Get ready and be excited because the NFL and fantasy football are back! Yes, you might still have to squeeze in another draft or get those last-minute pool entries submitted. I know I was nervous that we might not have a season, but it looks we are going to kick things off on schedule.
Week 1 fantasy football rankings are typically little more than a reflection of preseason rankings. I pretty much rode along with the ECR (Experts Consensus Rankings) this week. However, the big exception for me this week was George Kittle. This is not the first time I've professed my fandom for him, and there's a good chance I'm going to do so all year.
But it's warranted. Do you remember how bad Arizona was against tight ends last year? To refresh your memory, they gave up the most fantasy points to TEs, and it was more than 60 points than the next worst team! The gap between them and the 31st-ranked (in this respect) Browns was bigger than the gap between the Browns and the next team on the list, the Bills (yes, you read that correctly). There have been some changes in personnel in Arizona, but more so on offense compared to the defensive side. And even if the Cardinals are just a little better, let's recall that Kittle is coming off a 1,000-yard season and will likely be the focal point of the 49ers' passing attack with injuries and question marks aplenty when it comes to the wide receivers.
Kittle's floor is one of the highest of the week, and I have no problem making him one of my top dozen flex plays for Week 1.
NFL Flex Rankings: Week 1
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.