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Updated 2017 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks: Potential Missed Time Brings Significant Impact

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know about the injury to Andrew Luck, which is looking more and more likely to keep him out for at least Week 1 of the regular season.  However he’s not alone, as a few other quarterbacks have questions hanging over them.  How have things been impacted on our rankings?  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers (1)
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots (2)
  3. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons (3)
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints (4)
  5. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks (5)
  6. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders (7)
  7. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts (6)
  8. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8) Read more

2017 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses: Will The Houston Texans Be Among The Elite?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Picking a defense for your fantasy squad is often overlooked, but making the right selection could make a big difference in your fantasy success.  That’s not to say that they are as valuable as your star running back or wide receiver, but there are plenty of examples of a defense winning you a week.  Who are the best defenses heading into the season?  Who should we ignore?  Let’s take a look at how things currently rank:

  1. Denver Broncos
  2. Kansas City Chiefs
  3. Seattle Seahawks
  4. Houston Texans
  5. Minnesota Vikings
  6. Arizona Cardinals
  7. New England Patriots
  8. New York Giants Read more

Updated 2017 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends: Injuries Already Shaking Up The Rankings & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end remains one of the more frustrating positions to fill, as options tend to rise and fall without warning.  If you don’t have one of the truly elite options you could be digging for an option consistently.  So who are the players we want to target?  Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently stand given the recent news:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots (1)
  2. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs (2)
  3. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers (3)
  4. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks (9)
  5. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins (4)
  6. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles (5)
  7. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals (6)
  8. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans (7) Read more

Updated 2017 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks: The Fallout From Andrew Luck’s Injury & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are obviously still lacking some certainty in regards to Andrew Luck’s availability for Week 1, but the fact that there’s any doubt certainly sends him trending down our rankings.  That’s not the only change, though, as Buffalo’s trades had an impact on Tyrod Taylor’s outlook, Ezekiel Elliot’s suspension puts more pressure on Dak Prescott and more.  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers (1)
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots (2)
  3. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons (3)
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints (4)
  5. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks (6)
  6. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts (5)
  7. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders (7)
  8. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8) Read more

Updated 2017 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs: Ezekiel Elliot’s Suspension Leads To Major Changes

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Obviously the biggest fallout from the first week of preseason action came off the field, with the announcement of Ezekiel Elliot’s six-game suspension.  However that was hardly the only news to impact the rankings.  Who is on the rise?  Who is seeing their stock drop?  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand:

  1. David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals (1)
  2. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers (2)
  3. Melvin Gordon – Los Angeles Chargers (4)
  4. Jay Ajayi – Miami Dolphins (5)
  5. Jordan Howard – Chicago Bears (6)
  6. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills (7)
  7. Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons (8)
  8. Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams (9) Read more

Updated/Expanded 2017 Rankings: Top 60 Wide Receivers: The Fallout From Buffalo’s Deals & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Buffalo Bills helped to shake things up, as they traded away Sammy Watkins and acquired Jordan Matthews.  Those two are hardly the only receivers on the move, though, as cloudy quarterback situations, injuries and a host of other issues have caused changes across our rankings.  With the preseason fully underway, let’s take a look at how our rankings currently stand:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers (1)
  2. Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants (2)
  3. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons (3)
  4. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4)
  5. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers (5)
  6. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals (6)
  7. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders (7)
  8. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints (8)
  9. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts (9)
  10. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys (10) Read more

Updated/Expanded 2017 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs: Ajayi Joins The Top 5 & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Unlike on the quarterback side we don’t have any significant injuries to account for, though a potential suspension for Ezekiel Elliot does cloud the very top of our rankings.  That said there has been some movement, for various reasons.  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand, though preseason will hopefully continue to add some clarity to situations across the league:

  1. David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals (1)
  2. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers (2)
  3. Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys (3)
  4. Melvin Gordon – Los Angeles Chargers (5)
  5. Jay Ajayi – Miami Dolphins (6)
  6. Jordan Howard – Chicago Bears (4)
  7. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills (7)
  8. Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons (8)
  9. Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams (9)
  10. Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars (11) Read more

Updated/Expanded 2017 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks: Luck’s Health Concerns & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It doesn’t seem right, but football season is only weeks away (the season really sneaks up on you, doesn’t )!  While preseason games have yet to start, there have already been some key injuries that have impacted our rankings (both to quarterbacks and to the skill position players surrounding them).  Who is on the rise?  Who is falling off?  How do the expanded rankings look?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers (1)
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots (2)
  3. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons (4)
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints (5)
  5. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts (3)
  6. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks (6)
  7. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders (7)
  8. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8) Read more

Early 2017 Rankings: Top 40 Wide Receivers: How high Does Michael Thomas Rank & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know who the top few wide receivers are, though you could argue the order (Antonio Brown or Odell Beckham Jr.).  After those top few, though, things do start to get a little bit questionable.  Whether it’s a player in a poor situation or questions about health or some other issue, things are definitely in flux.  Let’s take a look at how things currently look, keeping in mind that they will likely change dramatically as we get closer to the start of the season:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers
  2. Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants
  3. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons
  4. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  5. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers
  6. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals
  7. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders
  8. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints Read more

Top 10 Rookie Quarterbacks For 2017: Is There Anyone Who Could Emerge In ’17?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

While there is some potential upside in this year’s quarterback class, it’s hard to imagine much of an impact from any of them in 2017.  That doesn’t mean that there won’t be some production, and maybe someone ultimately emerges, but in one-quarterback leagues we wouldn’t be targeted any of them.  In deeper formats (and in dynasty leagues) it’s a different story, but let’s take a look at the group and see if there is any glimmer of upside:

 

1) Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans
Just looking at the quarterbacks currently on the roster (Watson, Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden) tells us that Watson is highly likely to be starting Week 1.  With one of the better defenses in the league, as well as a potentially strong running game and an elite wide receiver (DeAndre Hopkins), Watson will be asked to manage the games and deliver when the opportunity is there.

Then again there could be a lot of growing pains as he transitions from the spread offense to having to receive the snap from under center.  That alone makes us wonder how productive he can be immediately, as Walter Football described him by saying: Read more