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Fantasy Football 2013 Quarterback Rankings: Week 1

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Aaron Rodgers

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.

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2013 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks

Rk

Player

Team

OPP

Notes

1

Drew Brees

NO

vs. ATL

No. 1 fantasy QB last season.

2

Tom Brady

NE

at BUF

Brady set to break in new weapons.

3

Matt Ryan

ATL

at NO

Saints awful on D last season.

4

Peyton Manning

DEN

vs. BAL (Thurs.)

Manning gets chance at some payback.

5

Aaron Rodgers

GB

at SF

Tough opening draw for A-Rodg.

6

Colin Kaepernick

SF

vs. GB

CK feasted on Pack last time.

7

Andrew Luck

IND

vs. OAK

Luck should get off to strong start.

8

Matthew Stafford

DET

vs. MIN

 

9

Tony Romo

DAL

vs. NYG

Giants' D already banged up.

10

Cam Newton

CAR

vs. SEA

Seahawks figure to be tough on Cam.

11

Robert Griffin III

WAS

vs. PHI (Mon.)

Everyone will be watching RG3's knee.

12

Russell Wilson

SEA

at CAR

 

13

Michael Vick

PHI

at WAS (Mon.)

Can he make Kelly's offense hum?

14

Eli Manning

NYG

at DAL

 

15

Ben Roethlisberger

PIT

vs. TEN

 

16

Sam Bradford

STL

vs. ARI

Ready to break out?

17

Joe Flacco

BAL

at DEN (Thurs.)

Needs to find new targets.

18

Jay Cutler

CHI

vs. CIN

Can he and Trestman thrive?

19

Matt Schaub

HOU

at SD (Mon.)

 

20

Carson Palmer

ARI

at STL

Is he the QB Cards have been missing?

21

Andy Dalton

CIN

at CHI

 

22

Alex Smith

KC

at JAC

Jaguars should ease transition.

23

Josh Freeman

TB

at NYJ

 

24

Ryan Tannehill

MIA

at CLE

Is he ready to take the next step?

25

Brandon Weeden

CLE

vs. MIA

 

26

Philip Rivers

SD

vs. HOU (Mon.)

Can he find his old form?

27

EJ Manuel

BUF

vs. NE

Rookie's time to shine.

28

Terrelle Pryor

OAK

at IND

Raiders' offense has yet to impress.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
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

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers