Fantasy Football standings for week 1, 2022: Model says start Marquise Brown, sit down Aaron Rodgers

Second-year quarterbacks have been one of the most valuable commodities in the fantasy football rankings, with Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert earning superstar status during their sophomore seasons. That trend has owners looking to Justin Fields, Trey Lance, Mac Jones and several other second-year quarterbacks to make a similar leap in the second year. However, putting a largely untested group of players into your Week 1 fantasy football rosters can be a daunting task. A reliable set of Fantasy Football 2022 rankings for Week 1 and beyond can help you figure out how to handle sophomore quarterbacks and help you ace any other tough decisions sitting in the early Fantasy Football. 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.

The best fantasy football picks of week 1

One player the model stands out for this week: Cardinals wide receiver Marquise Brown. With eight touchdowns of 39 yards or more in her first three seasons, “Hollywood” lived up to her name and earned a larger role in Baltimore’s offense. That capped off his first 1,000-yard season in 2021, but the Ravens traded him to the Cardinals to recoup their investment before an expensive upcoming contract negotiation.

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Now, Brown should be able to take advantage of a relationship with Kyler Murray, who was his quarterback at Oklahoma. In the short term, Brown’s Fantasy prospects get an even bigger boost thanks to a six-game suspension for DeAndre Hopkins, making him the de facto No. 1 wide receiver. That’s why the model likes him as a top 10 option for Week 1 against the Chiefs.

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 general aversion to risk limits his potential to some extent. 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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