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Week 1 Matchup Meter

By David Ferris
CSNChicago.com Contributor

Following are complete fantasy football rankings based on this week's matchups for all the major positions (QB, RB, WR, TE, K, team defense). They are based on a combined yardagescoring system (4 points for a passing touchdown, 6 points for a rushingreceiving touchdown, one point for every 25 passing yards, one point for every 10 rushingreceiving yards).

Quarterback

1. Aaron Rodgers, GB vs. SF  NOTE: You still start him, no questions asked.
2. Drew Brees, NO vs. WAS            
3. Cam Newton, CAR at TB  NOTE: How many rushing TDs will he keep?
4. Tom Brady, NE at TEN            
5. Matthew Stafford, DET vs. STL            
6. Michael Vick, PHI at CLE            
7. Eli Manning, NYG vs. DAL            
8. Robert Griffin III, WAS at NO  NOTE: Seems ready for immediate splash.             
9. Matt Ryan, ATL at KC  NOTE: It will be more fun in dome.     
10. Jay Cutler, CHI vs. IND            
11. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT at DEN  NOTE: By default, this offense will have to chuck it.
12. Tony Romo, DAL at NYG  NOTE: Major questions about supporting cast.
13. Philip Rivers, SD at OAK            
14. Peyton Manning, DEN vs. PIT  NOTE: Don't expect stardom right away.
15. Josh Freeman, TB vs. CAR            
16. Russell Wilson, SEA at ARI  NOTE: Buzz player from preseason.
17. Matt Schaub, HOU vs. MIA  NOTE: Solid, but never an elite guy.
18. Andrew Luck, IND at CHI  NOTE: Tough opener, but overall we like him.
19. Joe Flacco, BAL vs. CIN            
20. Carson Palmer, OAK vs. SD            
21. Alex Smith, SF at GB            
22. Jake Locker, TEN vs. NE            
23. Christian Ponder, MIN vs. JAX  NOTE: Look for step up in Year 2.
24. John Skelton, ARI vs. SEA  NOTE: He can't be worse than Kolb.
25. Matt Cassel, KC vs. ATL            
26. Andy Dalton, CIN at BAL            
27. Mark Sanchez, NYJ vs. BUF            
28. Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF at NYJ            
29. Brandon Weeden, CLE vs. PHI            
30. Blaine Gabbert, JAX at MIN            
31. Sam Bradford, STL at DET  NOTE: Good luck against mean-streak unit.     
32. Ryan Tannehill, MIA at HOU            
33. Tim Tebow, NYJ vs. BUF  NOTE: How many snaps? No one knows.

Running Back

1. Arian Foster, HOU vs. MIA            
2. Ray Rice, BAL vs. CIN            
3. LeSean McCoy, PHI at CLE            
4. Darren McFadden, OAK vs. SD  NOTE: When healthy, he's a world-beater.             
5. Matt Forte, CHI vs. IND  NOTE: Even without goal-line work, a very safe player.  
     

6. Chris Johnson, TEN vs. NE            
7. Steven Jackson, STL at DET            
8. Doug Martin, TB vs. CAR            
9. Jamaal Charles, KC vs. ATL            
10. Ronnie Brown, SD at OAK            
11. DeMarco Murray, DAL at NYG  NOTE: Will he thrive with goal-line work?     
12. Fred Jackson, BUF at NYJ  NOTE: Snappy camp builds trust.             
13. Toby Gerhart, MIN vs. JAX  NOTE: Quietly averaged 4.9 a pop last year.
14. DeAngelo Williams, CAR at TB            
15. Kevin Smith, DET vs. STL            
16. Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG vs. DAL  NOTE: Sooner or later, Wilson probably takes over.             
17. Darren Sproles, NO vs. WAS            
18. Reggie Bush, MIA at HOU            
19. Frank Gore, SF at GB            
20. Michael Turner, ATL at KC            
21. Donald Brown, IND at CHI            
22. Robert Turbin, SEA at ARI  NOTE: Significant upside if he's needed.     
23. Marshawn Lynch, SEA at ARI  NOTE: Back spasms, may not go.             
24. Rashad Jennings, JAX at MIN            
25. Willis McGahee, DEN vs. PIT            
26. Stevan Ridley, NE at TEN  NOTE: Looks like a featured back, but hard to tell this this team.
27. Shonn Greene, NYJ vs. BUF  NOTE: Solid floor, but no real upside.
28. Trent Richardson, CLE vs. PHI            
29. Cedric Benson, GB vs. SF            
30. Peyton Hillis, KC vs. ATL  NOTE: Thrived with this OC in Cleveland.             
31. Michael Bush, CHI vs. IND            
32. David Wilson, NYG vs. DAL  NOTE: Eventually, he's a star.             
33. Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX at MIN  NOTE: Give him a get-back week.             
34. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, CIN at BAL            
35. Adrian Peterson, MIN vs. JAX            
36. Ben Tate, HOU vs. MIA            
37. Isaac Redman, PIT at DEN            
38. Beanie Wells, ARI vs. SEA  NOTE: Works behind terrible offensive line, and Williams pushing too.
39. Mark Ingram, NO vs. WAS            
40. C.J. Spiller, BUF at NYJ            
41. Pierre Thomas, NO vs. WAS            
42. Ryan Williams, ARI vs. SEA            
43. Evan Royster, WAS at NO
44. Jonathan Dwyer, PIT at DEN            
45. Alfred Morris, WAS at NO  NOTE: Nice camp, but you know Shanahan.         
46. Keiland Williams, DET vs. STL            
47. Jonathan Stewart, CAR at TB            
48. Roy Helu, WAS at NO            
49. Jacquizz Rodgers, ATL at KC            
50. Montario Hardesty, CLE vs. PHI            
51. Kendall Hunter, SF at GB            
52. Felix Jones, DAL at NYG            
53. Isaiah Pead, STL at DET  NOTE: One of the more overrated backups.
54. Brandon Jackson, CLE vs. PHI            
55. Mike Tolbert, CAR at TB            
56. Vick Ballard, IND at CHI            
57. Bilal Powell, NYJ vs. BUF            
58. Bernard Scott, CIN at BAL            
59. LeGarrette Blount, TB vs. CAR            
60. Bernard Pierce, BAL vs. CIN            

Wide Receiver

1. Calvin Johnson, DET vs. STL            
2. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI vs. SEA            
3. Julio Jones, ATL at KC  NOTE: Okay, we're buying in, too.     
4. Andre Johnson, HOU vs. MIA            
5. A.J. Green, CIN at BAL            
6. Percy Harvin, MIN vs. JAX            
7. Victor Cruz, NYG vs. DAL            
8. Roddy White, ATL at KC            
9. Brandon Marshall, CHI vs. IND  NOTE: Yardage star but TDs often disappoint.         
10. Jordy Nelson, GB vs. SF            
11. Steve Smith, CAR at TB            
12. Hakeem Nicks, NYG vs. DAL            
13. Antonio Brown, PIT at DEN  NOTE: Look for 7-9 spikes this year.         
14. Torrey Smith, BAL vs. CIN            
15. Wes Welker, NE at TEN            
16. Marques Colston, NO vs. WAS            
17. Dez Bryant, DAL at NYG  NOTE: Hard to trust the Dallas wideouts.         
18. Greg Jennings, GB vs. SF            
19. Dwayne Bowe, KC vs. ATL            
20. Jeremy Maclin, PHI at CLE            
21. Eric Decker, DEN vs. PIT  NOTE: Look for him to be Manning's main man.     
22. Mike Wallace, PIT at DEN  NOTE: Still can run by people fairly easily.             
23. Vincent Jackson, TB vs. CAR            
24. Miles Austin, DAL at NYG            
25. Brandon Lloyd, NE at TEN            
26. Pierre Garcon, WAS at NO            
27. Reggie Wayne, IND at CHI            
28. Demaryius Thomas, DEN vs. PIT  NOTE: Raw route runner, might need development time.         
29. DeSean Jackson, PHI at CLE            
30. Malcom Floyd, SD at OAK            
31. Nate Washington, TEN vs. NE            
32. Michael Crabtree, SF at GB            
33. Justin Blackmon, JAX at MIN  NOTE: Looks ready to produce right away.
34. Robert Meachem, SD at OAK            
35. Steve Johnson, BUF at NYJ            
36. Santonio Holmes, NYJ vs. BUF            
37. Greg Little, CLE vs. PHI            
38. Darrius Heyward-Bey, OAK vs. SD            
39. Anquan Boldin, BAL vs. CIN            
40. Sidney Rice, SEA at ARI  NOTE: A stud when he's healthy.
41. Titus Young, DET vs. STL  NOTE: All the signs of a breakout pick.
42. Lance Moore, NO vs. WAS            
43. Kendall Wright, TEN vs. NE            
44. Mike Williams, TB vs. CAR            
45. Brandon LaFell, CAR at TB            
46. Davone Bess, MIA at HOU            
47. Denarius Moore, OAK vs. SD  NOTE: Injury-prone camp, find someone else.
48. Austin Collie, IND at CHI            
49. Danny Amendola, STL at DET            
50. Andre Roberts, ARI vs. SEA            
51. Steve Breaston, KC vs. ATL            
52. Rod Streater, OAK vs. SD  NOTE: Nifty camp, could be sneaky PPR play.
53. Devery Henderson, NO vs. WAS            
54. Randy Moss, SF at GB  NOTE: Don't see much left in camp.
55. Laurent Robinson, JAX at MIN            
56. Steve Smith, STL at DET            
57. Stephen Hill, NYJ vs. BUF  NOTE: Size and speed combo, decent camp.
58. Santana Moss, WAS at NO            
59. Alshon Jeffery, CHI vs. IND            
60. Early Doucet, ARI vs. SEA            
61. James Jones, GB vs. SF  NOTE: Ordinary talent but he'll catch a few TDs anyway.
62. Doug Baldwin, SEA at ARI            
63. Josh Gordon, CLE vs. PHI            
64. Mario Manningham, SF at GB            
65. David Nelson, BUF at NYJ            

Tight End

1. Jimmy Graham, NO vs. WAS            
2. Rob Gronkowski, NE at TEN            
3. Antonio Gates, SD at OAK  NOTE: Big camp, but can feet hold up?
4. Vernon Davis, SF at GB  NOTE: Finally has offense down, look for big year.
5. Aaron Hernandez, NE at TEN            
6. Fred Davis, WAS at NO            
7. Jermichael Finley, GB vs. SF            
8. Brandon Pettigrew, DET vs. STL            
9. Tony Gonzalez, ATL at KC  NOTE: May we all age so gracefully.         
10. Jared Cook, TEN vs. NE            
11. Kyle Rudolph, MIN vs. JAX  NOTE: Growing up nicely, with Ponder.
12. Jermaine Gresham, CIN at BAL            
13. Greg Olsen, CAR at TB            
14. Dustin Keller, NYJ vs. BUF            
15. Brent Celek, PHI at CLE            
16. Owen Daniels, HOU vs. MIA            
17. Jacob Tamme, DEN vs. PIT  NOTE: Might not be on the field in goal-line packages.
18. Coby Fleener, IND at CHI            
19. Jason Witten, DAL at NYG            
20. Heath Miller, PIT at DEN            
21. Marcedes Lewis, JAX at MIN            
22. Lance Kendricks, STL at DET            
23. Dallas Clark, TB vs. CAR            
24. Scott Chandler, BUF at NYJ            
25. Martellus Bennett, NYG vs. DAL            
26. Kellen Davis, CHI vs. IND  NOTE: Cutler likes to throw inside the numbers; sleeper potential here.
27. Ed Dickson, BAL vs. CIN            
28. Dwayne Allen, IND at CHI            
29. Tony Moeaki, KC vs. ATL            
30. Anthony Fasano, MIA at HOU            
31. Ben Watson, CLE vs. PHI            
32. Zach Miller, SEA at ARI            
33. Tony Scheffler, DET vs. STL            

Kicker
           
1. Jason Hanson, DET vs. STL  NOTE: Indoors in a likely blowout.
2. Garrett Hartley, NO vs. WAS            
3. Robbie Gould, CHI vs. IND            
4. Stephen Gostkowski, NE at TEN            
5. Shayne Graham, HOU vs. MIA  NOTE: Perfect setup for a kicker.
6. Mason Crosby, GB vs. SF            
7. Lawrence Tynes, NYG vs. DAL            
8. Justin Tucker, BAL vs. CIN  NOTE: Pushed Cundiff out of town.
9. Sebastian Janikowski, OAK vs. SD            
10. Alex Henery, PHI at CLE            
11. David Akers, SF at GB            
12. Nate Kaeding, SD at OAK            
13. Justin Medlock, CAR at TB            
14. Matt Prater, DEN vs. PIT  NOTE: Long leg, thin air, nice seasonal play.
15. Matt Bryant, ATL at KC  NOTE: Come back to him in the dome.
16. Shaun Suisham, PIT at DEN            
16. Steve Hauschka, SEA at ARI            
18. Connor Barth, TB vs. CAR            
19. Nick Folk, NYJ vs. BUF            
20. Ryan Succop, KC vs. ATL            
21. Rob Bironas, TEN vs. NE            
22. Rian Lindell, BUF at NYJ            
23. Dan Bailey, DAL at NYG  NOTE: Hard to trust this offense right now.
24. Billy Cundiff, WAS at NO            
25. Jay Feely, ARI vs. SEA            
26. Blair Walsh, MIN vs. JAX            
27. Phil Dawson, CLE vs. PHI            
28. Adam Vinatieri, IND at CHI            
29. Josh Scobee, JAX at MIN            
30. Mike Nugent, CIN at BAL            
31. Greg Zuerlein, STL at DET  NOTE: Distance monster, but will Rams support him?           
32. Dan Carpenter, MIA at HOU             
                    
Defense

1. Detroit vs. St. Louis  NOTE: Pick on Bradford until proven otherwise.        
2. Houston vs. Miami       
3. Chicago vs. Indianapolis       
4. Seattle at Arizona  NOTE: Nasty unit, but more so in Seattle.        
5. Philadelphia at Cleveland       
6. Minnesota vs. Jacksonville  NOTE: Strong pass rush, dome advantage, inexperienced Gabbert.        
7. New York Giants vs. Dallas       
8. New York Jets vs. Buffalo       
9. Green Bay vs. San Francisco       
10. Atlanta at Kansas City       
11. San Francisco at Green Bay  NOTE: Elite defense but have to downgrade here.
12. Denver vs. Pittsburgh       
13. Buffalo at New York Jets       
14. New England at Tennessee  NOTE: Like Belichick against a young QB.        
15. San Diego at Oakland       
16. Carolina at Tampa Bay       
17. Pittsburgh at Denver       
18. Baltimore vs. Cincinnati       
19. Cincinnati at Baltimore       
20. New Orleans vs. Washington       
21. Oakland vs. San Diego       
22. Dallas at New York Giants  NOTE: Pass rush can cause havoc, but like NYG here.
23. Arizona vs. Seattle       
24. Jacksonville at Minnesota       
25. Cleveland vs. Philadelphia  NOTE: This unit is much better than many realize; possible sleeper later.
26. Tampa Bay vs. Carolina       
26. Kansas City vs. Atlanta       
28. St. Louis at Detroit       
29. Indianapolis at Chicago       
30. Tennessee vs. New England       
31. Miami at Houston       
32. Washington at New Orleans

Young White Sox pitchers offering 'a glimpse of what's to come'

Young White Sox pitchers offering 'a glimpse of what's to come'

Carlos Rodon is on a roll, Carson Fulmer made his first big league start and Lucas Giolito’s White Sox premiere is on deck. With Reynaldo Lopez already in the majors and Michael Kopech now at Triple-A Charlotte, the first wave of the White Sox pitching future is on hand.

Rodon turned in another good outing to help the White Sox to a split of Monday’s doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field. The third-year starter overcame a slow start and delivered 6 1/3 strong innings in a 7-6 victory in Game 1 at Guaranteed Rate Field. While Fulmer was knocked out after only 1 1/3 innings in the nightcap, White Sox manager Rick Renteria is enthusiastic to see that several of his young pitchers have reached their final stage of development.

“It's a glimpse of what's to come,” Renteria said. “I think they should be excited. We're excited to finally get to have them here with us and start to see them a little bit more and we can start to gauge where we're at, where they are in their development. We look forward kind of starting to scratch the surface of what's coming in the future.”

The White Sox need look no further than Rodon’s own path to identify how a young pitcher’s development can zig and zag. The third pick of the 2014 amateur draft raced through the minor leagues, struggled with command once he arrived in the majors, found some solid footing late in the 2015 season, battled again early in 2016 before he righted the ship over the final two months. And that’s before Rodon spent three months on the disabled list with a sore left shoulder and had command issues when he returned nearly two months ago.

But now, Rodon is on yet another of those rolls in which he appears to be a front-of-the-rotation starter. His re-emergence has yet again presented the White Sox with hope that Rodon can front the new wave of starting pitchers. After Monday’s effort, Rodon has five straight quality starts with a 2.25 ERA and 36 strikeouts over his last 36 innings.

Even so, Rodon knows he has more work ahead to get where he wants.

“There’s still stuff to work on,” Rodon said. “There’s stuff I need to get better at and more strikes, more command and trying to get back to that no walk thing.”

The White Sox understood they needed to be patient with Rodon and are even more aware of how they’ll need to be now that Giolito, Lopez and Fulmer have reached their final stages of development.

Fulmer, who was up for the day as the team’s 26th man, is headed back to Charlotte. As much as he struggled in his first chance, Fulmer — who allowed two three-run homers — is almost certain to get another down the road. Even if it never pans out as a starter, Fulmer almost certainly would be given a chance to succeed in relief.

“I guess perhaps we have a longer-term view of a given player, more rope so to speak, to prove who they are, show who they are over an extended period at the big-league level,” general manager Rick Hahn said earlier this month.

The same goes for Lopez, who appears to be improving after he was placed on the DL with a strained back, and Giolito, who has shown a vast improvement after a slow start at Triple-A Charlotte. The team announced he and reliever Brad Goldberg were headed back to Triple-A following the game. The option of Goldberg makes room for Gioliito, who will be added to the 25-man on Tuesday.

“I’m still confident in my ability to go out there and throw strikes and help us win,” Fulmer said. “I’m always going to continue to learn. That’s never going to stop for me as a baseball player and I have to go through these experiences to get better as a baseball player and as a pitcher. Take the positive out of this outing and learn from what happened to tonight.”

The White Sox went into their rebuild with the long-term approach in mind, knowing how critical it was to develop. For Giolito, it was regaining the confidence that had him rated as the top pitching prospect in baseball headed into last winter.

Whether it’s simplifying his thought process, trusting his routine between starts or finding confidence in his curveball, Giolito knows he’s in a better place as he makes his first White Sox start since they acquired him last December. After posting a 5.40 ERA in his first 16 starts at Charlotte, Giolito has rebounded with a 2.78 ERA in the last eight turns he has made.

“Started out pretty rough,” Giolito said last week. “Certain times where it’s like, ‘What do I have to do? What do I need to work on?’ And then finally putting together a really, really solid routine — certain drills, certain things I’m doing every day to better myself and trusting it.

“The results are starting to come with that and I feel like I’m much better off than I was in the beginning of the year and the confidence is much better.”

Having worked with them in a spring training and later spent a month in the minors on his rehab assignment, Rodon has anticipated the arrivals of Lopez, Giolito and Fulmer. He’s excited to see what everyone can do and how they handle their on-the-job training.

“It’s fun for these guys to be back up here and part of this team again,” Rodon said. “It was good to be down there and watch them. It’s time to watch them grow up and play in the big leagues.”

Grand theft foul ball: Thievery in White Sox stands

Grand theft foul ball: Thievery in White Sox stands

The scrum for a foul ball is one of baseball's great traditions. Usually, it ends with one hyped fan hoisting the souvenir high above his or her head while surrounding fans look on with intense jealousy. 

Not Monday night, though. Something far weirder happened after a ball found its way into the Guaranteed Rate Field seats. 

One Sox fan seemed to have scooped a keepsake until a sly woman committed straight thievery, prying it right from his hands. 

The dude's baffled face is high-level entertainment as he struggles to comprehend how he just got straight up hoodwinked. 

Watch the video above to see the robbery and Jason Benetti debate Steve Stone on what really happened.