Fantasy Football Rankings for Week 1, 2022: Model Says Start Dameon Pierce, Sit Down Aaron Rodgers

The 2022 NFL season is here and owners are hard at work on tough fantasy football starting decisions as they assess Week 1 fantasy football rankings. Many drafted Falcons rookie wide receiver Drake London in hopes that he could have an instant impact, but can you trust a rookie battling injury enough to push him into your Week 1 NFL Fantasy football lineups? A reliable set of week 1 fantasy football rankings can help ensure you’re prepared for any fantasy football injuries that come your way. So before you lock in your Fantasy Week 1 football picks, be sure to check out the computer model tested Fantasy Week 1 football predictions at SportsLine.

When it comes to ranking players, the SportsLine model has beaten the human experts in fantasy football over the last few seasons, especially when there were big differences in ranking. Over the course of a season, that could literally be the difference between winning the league or going home empty-handed.

Now the model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, has revealed its Fantasy football rankings for Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season. Head over to SportsLine now to watch them.

Top Fantasy Football Picks from Week 1

One player the model stands out for this week: Texans running back Dameon Pierce. The fourth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft was used fairly sparingly in Florida, touching the ball just 374 times during his four years in Gainesville. However, he produced 2,228 yards and 28 touchdowns in Florida and quickly impressed in Houston.

Pierce rushed for 86 yards on 11 carries during the preseason and climbed as high as No. 1 on the official depth chart. Pierce inspired so much confidence that the Texans released Marlon Mack, who entered camp as the presumed starter. Now, the model likes Pierce as a top-20 option in a Week 1 matchup against a Colts defense that ranked 20th in the NFL in yards allowed per carry (4.4).

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And one big surprise: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the NFL’s consecutive MVP, stumbles big and doesn’t even crack the top 12 at his position. Rodgers has now thrown for at least 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in each of his last five healthy seasons without throwing more than seven interceptions.

However, his 1.84 plays per minute ranked 32nd among NFL quarterbacks last season and his overall risk aversion limits his potential to some degree. But the biggest question mark heading into the 2022 season is how he will deal with the loss of No. 1 receiver Davante Adams. The future Hall of Famer made his displeasure with the current receiving room clear during the preseason, and the Vikings spent draft capital on upgrading their secondary.

How to set up Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings

The model is also calling out an amazing quarterback you’re not even thinking about to finish in the top 10 of her NFL Fantasy football rankings. This pick could be the difference between winning big and going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.

So who should you start and sit this week? And what amazing quarterback could lead you to victory? Visit SportsLine now for week 1 fantasy football rankings for each position, plus see which QB will come out of nowhere to rank in the top five, all from the model that has beaten the pundits in a big way.

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