Hello everyone, here are my Top-200 rankings for 2017! It’s my first ever attempt at one of these, so please leave any thoughts and comments about any such player or decision below. Hopefully I can follow in the footsteps of the great rankers before me, Jay and Tehol (soon!), and now Matt Bowe! Check out our entire 2017 Draft Kit with so much analysis and rankings that will have you on your way to fantasy dominance in the 2017 season. Enjoy!
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ADP – Average Draft Position
Sammy Watkins – I want to be high on Watkins, but I’m not. This isn’t the same player I fell in love with in Buffalo. He’s now in Los Angeles and his schedule is BRUTAL. He has to face some of the top cornerbacks in the league, not to mention those in his division in the NFC West. Right now he’s at 54th overall, but that number might grow larger unless we hear some fantastic reports with his chemistry with Goff and the rest of the offense.
LeGarrette Blount – Right now I’m higher on Blount on average than the rest of the fantasy community, and I’m okay with that. He’s running behind one of the best offensive lines in the country in Philadelphia, and without Ryan Mathews in the picture, Blount should be a bell-cow runner for this team with a very large volume.
Derek Carr – Yes, I’m high on Carr compared to the rest of the community. I really have no idea why people aren’t more excited about Carr. True, he has a difficult SOS as of now with playing DEN and KC twice a year, but he has one of the best offensive lines in the NFL (probably #2 or 3 behind DAL and PIT), with a great receiving corps of Cooper, Crabtree, and Cook, who will be the first decent TE Oakland has had in a while. Add in a quietly solid group of backs with Lynch, Washington and Richard, and you’re looking a quite a lethal offense. Carr was a fringe MVP candidate before his injury, so why shouldn’t we think that he’ll be just as good in 2017?
Mike Gillislee – I’m low on Gillislee compared to the rest of the community, but it’s for good reason. As a Pats fan, I don’t need to tell you how confusing Bill Belichick can be when it comes to running back play on his team, and I except much of the same this year. Should we be fully convinced that Gillislee is the starter? He’s being drafted as one, but when you check depth charts, Dion Lewis is the first back listed. It’s such a loaded and crowded offense that I’ll likely stay away until we truly see who the starter is in this offense.
Cam Newton – Nope. I’ve talked about this numerous times, but I do not like Newton at all. Coming off of injury, he’ll stop running the ball, they’ve invested heavily in McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, and he’s just not the greatest thrower. I’ll already have a QB before he comes off the board.
Delanie Walker and Eric Decker – Outside of Demarco Murray, Marcus Mariota, and possibly Derrick Henry, I want to stay away from this offense. Too many solid players and not enough room for all of them to be fantasy relevant. Walker and Decker have to compete with rookie Corey Davis and established receiver Rishard Matthews, and they can’t all be fantasy machines. Collectively, they’re very good, but I don’t want to invest heavily in all of them come draft day. They’re like a poor man’s New England Patriots.