Week 1 of the 2013 fantasy football season is here and it's only fitting that the quarterback who finished 2012 with the most fantasy points comes in at No. 1 in the first installment of Athlon Sports' weekly Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings. Drew Brees tallied the most fantasy points of any signal-caller last season and the Saints' field general should get off to another strong start with his head coach (Sean Payton) back on the sidelines and a home game against NFC South division rival Atlanta on tap.
Likewise, Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan is a strong play for Week 1 considering the Saints set an NFL record for most yards allowed last season. Tom Brady has a brand-new receiving corps in 2013, but expect little drop-off, especially with Buffalo the opponent in Week 1. The Bills will send our first-round pick EJ Manuel to make his NFL debut. For now, Manuel and fellow rookie Geno Smith of the New York Jets (who is not ranked) are probably wait-and-see options at best.
That is not the case, however, for Aaron Rodgers, who is a must-start every week. Those who are fortunate enough to own Rodgers, however, may want to temper expectations a little bit since the Packers have the tough opening assignment of facing the 49ers on their own turf. Cam Newton is another top fantasy option who could get out of the gate slowly as the Panthers host Seattle. And of course, all eyes will be on the games that will open and close the first week of the regular season as Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco will square off in Denver tonight for the second time in eight months, while Robert Griffin III will mark his return from a serious knee injury suffered in January and Michael Vick will help usher in the Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia when they share the stage on "Monday Night Football."
Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.
2013 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks
No. 1 fantasy QB last season.
Brady set to break in new weapons.
Saints awful on D last season.
vs. BAL (Thurs.)
Manning gets chance at some payback.
Tough opening draw for A-Rodg.
CK feasted on Pack last time.
Luck should get off to strong start.
Giants' D already banged up.
Seahawks figure to be tough on Cam.
Robert Griffin III
vs. PHI (Mon.)
Everyone will be watching RG3's knee.
at WAS (Mon.)
Can he make Kelly's offense hum?
Ready to break out?
at DEN (Thurs.)
Needs to find new targets.
Can he and Trestman thrive?
at SD (Mon.)
Is he the QB Cards have been missing?
Jaguars should ease transition.
Is he ready to take the next step?
vs. HOU (Mon.)
Can he find his old form?
Rookie's time to shine.
Raiders' offense has yet to impress.
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points
Additional Week 1 Positional Rankings