The Super Bowl is over, meaning it’s time to tweak the way too early 2017 Fantasy Football rankings a bit. The major changes come with the added rookies, but there are a few player tweaks as well that account for recent news circulating around the NFL. Some free agents don’t have the FA tag, as there is no chance the player’s respective team is going to let them walk, a la Le’Veon Bell, Kirk Cousins, Terrelle Pryor, etc.
2017 Fantasy Football QB Rankings[table “1634” not found /]
Not much movement here. I did knock Matt Ryan down a few spots with Kyle Shanahan leaving and Steve Sarkasian replacing him. How much Sarkasian changes the system is going to be a significant factor in Ryan’s 2017 success. Kirk Cousins possibly being without DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon is worrisome, despite my fondness of Josh Doctson (can he get on the field?). Tony Romo has FA in quotes because I’d be shocked if he’s back in Dallas next year, and if he’s with any semi-talented team, Romo could return to QB1 glory, but we won’t pay that draft cost.
2017 Fantasy Football RB Rankings[table “1635” not found /]
The biggest changes in the running back rankings come with the rookies I added to the mix. As you know (or might not and are just finding out), I’ll have my full rookie preview in late March/early April with pre draft rankings and post draft rankings. The rookies could shift before we even reach the 2017 NFL Draft, but that’s why these are way too early rankings. In any case, the Top 25 is relatively unchanged, but Dalvin Cook and Joe Mixon barely miss the RB2 cut. Mixon arguably has the most talent, but given his off-field concerns, a team might not draft him as their clear starter, as they will with Cook and Leonard Fournette. I would love to see Mixon in Green Bay for his value, but we can only hope for now. Christian McCaffrey will see his value hinge on landing spot. A team like the Patriots would lead to inconsistent use, despite it giving him a high ceiling. If McCaffrey has the opportunity to lead a backfield, he could also be in the RB2 conversation. I doubt Adrian Peterson returns to the Vikings, but I also doubt that any team gives him a high workload at this point. If the Packers don’t actually address their running back situation, Ty Montgomery would rocket up the rankings.
2017 Fantasy Football WR Rankings[table “1636” not found /]
Michael Thomas that high? If you followed me at all last year or Thomas’ rookie season, you would know that he has Top 5 potential, not just Top 10. Allen Robinson (and Blake Bortles) showed signs of 2015 late in the season, and we can hope that it carries into 2017. Brandon Marshall claims he still in the Top 5 for receivers, and his career is far from over. We’ll have to see where he’s playing before moving him up the list however. As mentioned with Doctson, he’s exceptionally talented and can lead the Redskins in touchdowns if he could just get healthy… and assuming at least one of DJax or Garcon is gone. Jamison Crowder will continue his success with that same assumption in free agency. As for the rookies, Corey Davis has been my top receiver since last year. He would have been in the conversation with Doctson for top rookie receiver overall, and I might have gone Davis. I keep seeing Terrell Owens in him. Mike Williams isn’t far behind, and as of today, John Ross is my third highest rated rookie receiver. Tyler Lockett and Malcolm Mitchell could both take bigger leaps than their rankings in 2017, but health (Lockett) and opportunity (Mitchell… well, Lockett too) will be important.
2017 Fantasy Football TE Rankings[table “1637” not found /]
Not much to see here compared to the pre-playoffs rankings, except Jared Cook. Yes, as much as I despise him in Fantasy Football, if Aaron Rodgers is right and Cook is a priority for the Packers, he’s at least inside the Top 20. Heck, just as with Ben Roethlisberger, he’ll finish higher than his ranking, but neither will be on my teams. You want that inconsistency, they’re all yours! The rookies O.J. Howard and David Njoku are more talented than most rookie tight ends over the past few years, but as always, it’s exceptionally rare to see Fantasy Football value in rookie seasons for tight ends.
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