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Hello, everyone. Dan Schneier (@DanSchneierNFL) here. Since you've likely completed your final Fantasy Football draft, it's now time to get you prepared for Week 1 of the 2021 season. Every week I will get together the Fantasy Football Today crew to provide me responses to a panel of questions that could help you win your week and ultimately (hopefully) your league. Today's discussion centers around players who were ranked in the preseason outside of the top of their positions -- most likely drafted to your bench if you used a traditional build -- who our crew believes will finish strong in Week 1. Matchups are key in Fantasy and we'll be discussing players with plus matchups below. Without further ado, let's dive right in:

1. Which QB ranked outside the top-12 in ADP will finish top-12 in Week 1?

Adam: Kirk Cousins could pick up where he left off (23 TDs to just 3 interceptions in his last 9 games of 2020 with a 112.6 passer rating in those games) at Cincinnati in Week 1. Last season, the Bengals were actually just an average matchup for opposing QBs and they have added to their defensive line with pass rusher Trey Hendrickson. But they also lost their top cornerback (according to PFF) William Jackson in free agency and won't have starter Trea Waynes for this game. Cousins should play well and be efficient, but will he have enough volume? I'm banking on the Bengals offense to do its part and give Cousins enough pass attempts to finish in the top 12 with the possibility of a top-five finish. My biggest concern is Dalvin Cook destroying a defense that allowed the second-most yards per carry to RBs in 2020. 

Dave: I currently have Ben Roethlisberger ranked the highest, but allow me to make the case for Kirk Cousins. He's got the dream matchup against the Bengals in that he not only should be able to throw against weaker coverage, but Cincy's offense should put some points on the board. Cousins has 21-plus Fantasy points in 18 of his past 27 games (67%). Remember this when you're looking for under-the-radar DFS options.

Jamey: Trevor Lawrence. He has the chance for a big first week against the Texans, and it's great that he has his receiving corps healthy with D.J. Chark (finger) and Marvin Jones (shoulder) back. I hope it's not the case, but this might be Lawrence's best game of the season.

Chris: Matt Ryan (QB15 in ADP). We still don't know quite what to expect from the Falcons offense under Arthur Smith, but I'm still operating under the assumption that it will at least be more pass-heavy than your typical team, given the strengths and weaknesses of the team. Ryan benefits from a high implied team total for the Falcons as well as my assumption that the passing game will still be the primary way this team moves the ball, and a two-touchdown game is a reasonable expectation here, at least. 

Heath: Matt Ryan has a great matchup against a bad Eagles secondary at home. If he's not a top-12 quarterback this week, I'm not sure when he will be. 

2. Which RB ranked outside the top 24 in ADP will finish top 24 in Week 1?

Adam: Raheem Mostert faces the Lions! Detroit and Houston allowed the most Fantasy points to RBs in 2020, and Mostert's ridiculous efficiency could lead to something like 14 carries, 80 yards and a TD. That will certainly be enough to get him into the top 24. Of course with Mostert you can't expect much in the passing game, so you might need that rushing TD. I'm willing to bet it happens in this matchup. What about Trey Sermon? He'll still have his role and I wouldn't be surprised to see him lead the team in carries in Week 1 with a bulk of those coming in garbage time. Sermon is a good sleeper in Week 1, but Mostert is the guy to start. As I write this early in the week, I would start Mostert over Saquon Barkley who is likely to be limited in Week 1, according to reports. 

Dave: It's got to be Gus Edwards against Las Vegas. It's a humongous opportunity for Edwards to spike the season-opener with a touchdown and perhaps very good rushing totals as the Ravens' lead back. Baltimore is a small favorite on the road, but Las Vegas' defense isn't exactly inspiring even with all its offseason moves. This should go down as one of Edwards' best games of the year and should be confidently started as a top-20 Fantasy rusher this week.

Jamey: James White. I love the matchup for him against Miami with Mac Jones making his first start. Jones should lean on White out of the backfield, and he has the chance for a quality outing in PPR. In non-PPR leagues, I wouldn't consider starting White, but he should rack up receptions in Week 1.

Chris: Gus Edwards (RB29). I'm surprised Edwards' ADP didn't end up pushing into the top 24 for the position, but that makes answering this question much easier. I'm lower on Edwards than most -- technically he's RB25 for me, but it's not hard to see him ending up inside of the top 20. I'll have more a little later on about why I'm not quite as bull-ish on Edwards as most, but he's an easy start for Week 1 against the Raiders. 

Heath: Gus Edwards should absolutely smash on Monday Night Football against the Raiders -- 15 carries should be more than enough for him to put up double digit Fantasy points in all formats, and he has 20-point upside. The Ravens look like they'll only have two active running backs on the roster, so this could be Edwards' biggest usage of the season.

3. Which WR ranked outside the top 36 in ADP will finish top 36 in Week 1?

Adam: There will be a number of WRs who were drafted outside the top 36 who will finish in the top 36 in Week 1. It's a deep position and you can expect to have several decent options both on your bench and on the waiver wire each week. In Week 1, let's go with Marquise Brown. Brown became a bit of a Fantasy afterthought during draft season, but let's not forget that in his last 8 games of 2020 (including the postseason) he was on a 16-game pace of 74 catches, 1,068 yards and 12 TDs on 114 targets. With a juicy matchup at the Raiders in Week 1, I would start Brown over Kenny Golladay and Jaylen Waddle. If you're looking for another bench WR to put in your lineup, give Brandin Cooks a look against Jacksonville. Unless he is facing an elite cornerback, Cooks will likely have a safe floor every week and finish in the top 36 frequently.

Dave: There are many receivers who fit this bill, but the one I'll speak on is Marquez Callaway. All he's done this preseason is prove he's the Saints No. 1 receiver for however long Michael Thomas is out. The matchup against the Packers is a challenging one, but there's still room for Callaway to break away in coverage from anyone -- he's that quick. At the very least, I wouldn't expect Jameis Winston to care about the coverage -- Callaway should push for a lot of targets.

Jamey: Laviska Shenault. Another one of my favorite plays this week based on the matchup with the Texans. Shenault should benefit with Chark and Jones missing time, and Lawrence will hopefully lean on him based on their rapport. He's going to be a short-area target for the Jaguars, but he should also have the ability to find the end zone. I love his upside this week -- and for the year.  

Chris: Corey Davis. Davis' ADP never pushed too high because nobody really views him as a high-upside player -- if you were looking for that in this Jets offense, you were looking for Elijah Moore. However, Davis is exactly the kind of player who tends to rank higher in weekly rankings than preseason rankings, because so many players get pushed up draft boards based on theoretical roles and upside they may come into later in the season. We're pretty confident Davis is going to be the Jets top target on offense, and that makes him a solid WR3 option for PPR leagues, especially to open the season. 

Heath: Marquez Callaway saw a huge boost. This offensive attack has been very concentrated over the past few years between the No. 1 wide receiver and Alvin Kamara. And they don't have any secondary options who should change that in Week 1.

4. Which TE ranked outside the top 12 in ADP will finish top 12 in Week 1?

Adam: I don't love the streaming TEs this week, mostly because I'm not ready to believe in Carolina's Dan Arnold even though he is facing a Jets team that was the worst in the NFL against TEs in 2020. The Jets allowed 70 yards or a TD to a TE in each of their last seven games last season. That includes the likes of Adam Shaheen, Will Dissly and Devin Asiasi. I don't see the Jets defense being much improved, so if you want to gamble on Arnold you could certainly do worse. I'm going to take a shot on Zach Ertz, specifically in a PPR league. I'm not confident in Ertz catching a TD, but I could see a high-scoring game against the Falcons and five or more catches for Ertz. That could be enough to make him a low-end starter. Ertz is currently available in a third of CBS leagues. 

Dave: Don't think for a second I'm running away from Jonnu Smith now. While he's not quite as physically dominant as someone his size should be, he's got speed to be a problem for opposing defenses, and his track record spells out just how good he can be in the red zone. Last season he tied for the second-most receptions by tight ends inside the 5-yard line, and tied for first in touchdowns from inside the 5. The Dolphins may have some tough choices to make in how they handle Smith, but his young wunderkind at quarterback should give him chances to reel in catchable throws.

Jamey: I'll take a chance on Jonnu Smith this week against the Dolphins. We'll see how much Hunter Henry (shoulder) is involved after missing a lot of practice time, and the Patriots will hopefully get an early return on their investment with Smith, who was a big free-agent acquisition.

Chris: Jonnu Smith. I've got Smith as a top-eight tight end, so this wasn't even a tough decision. He got the most money in NFL history for a tight end except for Kyle Pitts' rookie contract, and I expect him to be the top target in this offense, or at least right there with Jakobi Meyers. That volume alone puts him into must-start territory for me at the position. 

Heath: I love Austin Hooper as a bounce-back candidate this season. In Week 1 he gets a Chiefs defense that gave up the fifth most Fantasy points to tight ends in 2020. But it's the Chiefs offense that makes me like Hooper even more. There's very little risk of the Browns going run-heavy in Week 1, at least not for long, Kansas City's offense should keep them passing.

5. Who is your favorite match-based sleeper to get in your lineups and on all DFS rosters?

Adam: I didn't draft Robby Anderson in any leagues this season, and I'm going to regret that in Week 1. While Adam Gase is no longer on the sidelines for the Jets, don't you think Anderson and Sam Darnold want to show their former franchise what they're missing? It's REVENGE WEEK for those two! Additionally, the Jets could easily have a bottom-five defense this season, so I would like Anderson this week even if he weren't facing his former team. I'm not putting Darnold in my DFS lineups nor am I considering him in my redraft leagues, but I'm sure he'll be fairly popular in DFS this week and with good reason. Carolina should put up plenty of points this week, so make sure you have some Panthers in your lineups, especially that McCaffrey guy!

Dave: The whole world will load up on Jaguars and Panthers stacks in GPPs. I'm liking the Vikings and Jets as under-the-radar options. Zach Wilson impressed me in the preseason and I think we're days away from having Elijah Moore explode on the scene. I mentioned Cousins already but believe his connection with Adam Thielen will especially be in play against the Bengals' iffy secondary. I also wouldn't hesitate to roll with a Titans stack at home against the Cardinals, who currently have one decent cornerback and one decent safety on the roster. 

Jamey: I'll have a lot of lineups with Brandin Cooks this week with his matchup against the Jaguars. This might be Houston's best chance to win a game, and getting Cooks the ball should be the priority on offense. He has a quarterback downgrade with Tyrod Taylor under center, but Cooks should still have the chance for a big Week 1.

Chris: If Jamison Crowder doesn't play, it's Elijah Moore. If not, how about this one: David Johnson. There are sexier options out there, to be sure, and I'd have to be pretty desperate to play him in a season-long league. However, the Texans are home underdogs against a bad Jaguars defense and the Texans receiving corps is badly depleted, meaning Johnson could very well have a significant role in the passing game. Johnson won't have much of a role as a rusher, which means there's no floor here, but I think Johnson could surprise for at least one week as a PPR sleeper. 

Heath: I'm playing a lot of Ryan, Callaway and Hooper in Week 1 DFS. Callaway is my favorite, but I would expect him to have a higher roster rate. than Ryan or Hooper. As for running back, I actually think Mike Davis might be the best DFS sleeper this week. He's a home favorite and the backup running back on his team has been there for about a week. Davis should see a good workload in a positive game script.