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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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.

  1. Chucky says:

    No Eddie Lacy?

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @Chucky: He should be there at 76th overall. If he isn’t showing up in the indiviual RB rankings, there is an issue with FantasyPros. For some unkown reason I have Lev Bell at #2 overall but he doesn’t show up in my individual rankings. Let me know if there are any other issues my man!

      • Chucky says:

        Lacy is slotted at #76 between Woodhead #70 and AP #86 on the overall, yet no listing for either Woody or Lacy on RB chart. AP listed at #29.
        While I got ya….Wendell Smallwood, getting some love with Matthews release? Blount GL/short yardage and Sproles, passing down. Any chance he gets to be a two down back?

        • Zach

          Zach says:

          @Chucky: Yeah those are FantasyPros errors in the rankings that I’m trying to fix. Woodhead and Lacy are in the rankings, but for some reason aren’t in the RB rankings themselves. I’m working on it.

          As for Smallwood, I think he’s a great PPR late round flier, but I don’t think they would give him anything more than a passing downs role. Blount should be the bell cow

  2. Nightpandas says:

    Hey Zach

    12 team .5ppr

    Can only keep 3 and only 1 per position

    Choices narrowed to:

    Qb: Winston Prescott
    Rb: Ajayi Gurley
    Wr: Cooper Dez Keenan Allen
    Te: Rudolph

    Also got a trade offer of Aj Green for my Ajayi

    Which three would you keep?

    • Nightpandas says:

      @Nightpandas: also would you trade Dez for Carr?

      • Zach

        Zach says:

        @Nightpandas: I would keep Dez because you already have a great QB in Winston

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @Nightpandas: What’s up my man?!! I would keep Winston, Gurley and Cooper.

      As for the trade, I think I would pull it because you’re in a 0.5 PPR league.

      Thanks for the question!

  3. SDub88 says:

    Are these rankings standard or PPR?

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @SDub88: Standard. I’m working on PPR as we speak!

  4. chris f. says:

    Keeper league question. $200 cap. Non-PPR points league. We are allowed to keep two players at $5 more each season. I have David Johnson as a no brainer at $12. Trying to decide between Carlos Hyde at $23 or Jameis Winston at $11. I am all aboard the Bucs bandwagon but secondary QBs are usually not that pricey. RBs seem to be hard to come by, but I’ve kept Hyde for 3 years in a row and been disappointed.

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @chris f.: Hyde is a tough player to read this season, as there have been conflicting reports about his status in San Fran. It’s a crowded backfield, and it’s too risky, so I’d go with Winston. He’s in a great spot.

  5. Fish says:

    I have a keeper conundrum. Can keep up to 4 guys in a PPR. They take place of first 4 picks, so if you keep 2, you pick in 3rd round.

    Antonio Brown
    Doug Baldwin
    Keenan Allen
    Matt Ryan
    Bilal Powell
    Tevin Coleman

    Obviously keeping Brown and Amari. I can’t decide whether keeping one of Baldwin/Keenan and/or Matty Ice is worth giving up chance to grab an impact rookie.

    Thanks for the help!

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @Fish: What’s up Fish!?

      I’d go with Brown, Baldwin (instead of Amari), and Bilal Powell (PPR specialist). I don’t think it’s worth giving up an impact rookie to take Matty Ice. Never take QB’s off of a career year unless you’re getting a serious discount.

      Let me know if you have any further Q’s. Thanks man!

  6. Seth says:

    Will the rankings include auction values? This is my first season auction drafting for football, so I never paid attention if Razzball posted in the past.

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      Auction values will come out Monday or Tuesday next week!

  7. Dom says:

    Really liking what Kareem hunt is doing, would you trade Eddie Lacy for Kareem Hunt?

    And should I try to try to upgrade TE position might cost me Pryor or stay still

    And lastly who would you consider my top 3 RBs in order and who to start yearlong

    QB Aaron Rodgers
    RB Mark Ingram
    RB Frank Gore
    WR Jordy Nelson
    WR Dez Bryant
    TE Austin Hooper
    Flex Terrelle Pryor

    QB Eli Manning
    RB Danny Woodhead
    RB Robert Turbin
    RB Jamaal Williams
    RB Eddie Lacy
    WR Martavis Bryant

    K Adam Vinateri
    Def Bengals

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