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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

Early 2017 Rankings: Top 15 Tight Ends: Will Zach Ertz Finally Emerge, Hunter Henry On The Rise & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end is often a frustrating position to fill, as we see week-to-week inconsistency (outside of the elite in the game).  While that makes it more difficult to stream an option, the idea of owning one of the top options who you know you can count on becomes that much more important.  We all know that a healthy Rob Gronkowski is among that group, but who joins him?  The potential candidates have grown, so let’s take a look at our early rankings and see who it is that we’d be targeting:

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

Early 2017 Rankings: Top 15 Quarterbacks: Does Drew Brees Remain In The Top 5 & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all think we have a good grasp of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, and to an extent we do.  The Top 4 or 5 names on this list are pretty obvious, though you may want to alter the order a little bit.  After that, though?  Things start to get a little bit cloudier.  Who are the names we should be targeting?  Who are likely to be overvalued on draft day?  Let’s take an early look at our Top 15 quarterbacks for the coming season (this list will be expanded as we get closer to the season):

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

Early 2017 Rankings: Top 25 Running Backs: How High does Jay Ajayi Rise, Crowell Borderline RB1 & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

As more and more NFL teams gravitate towards a committee approach in the backfield, the top tier running backs grow that much more valuable.  Someone who is going to be on the field for all three downs, drive after drive, gives fantasy owners that much of an advantage over the rest of their league.  Who are those running backs?  Who are the prime draft day targets?  Let’s take a look:

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

Top 10 Rookie Running Backs For 2017: An Intriguing Name Rising Up The Rankings & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

You don’t need to be an early round draft pick in order to be a productive running back.  That’s a lesson we’ve all learned by now, with opportunity often being the biggest key.  Which rookies have the highest upside for the 2017 season?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars
You don’t select a running back among the Top 5 picks without the intention to insert him as the centerpiece of the offense.  You can question how productive he’ll be able to be, thanks to being surrounded by a lackluster offense that will allow opposing defenses to focus on him.  Still the carries and opportunities are going to be there and it’s easy to argue that he’s the most talented pure runner from this draft class. Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

This is it. Just one more week that we need to hear about kickers until next season. Or at least until the debate begins as to whether or not we should eliminate the position for 2017.

But not so fast.

We still should not overlook the position, as the upper level kickers can average about nine to ten points per game with the potential for a 15 point week. That could mean the difference between a championship and a painful second place finish. Let’s take a look at how the kickers rank for this week:

  1. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  2. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  3. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
  4. Cairo Santos – Kansas City Chiefs – at San Diego
  5. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Miami
  6. Stephen Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  7. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  8. Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – at Denver Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

Stop me if you have heard this before; expected point totals will continue to go down as we get closer to kickoff. To close out the season, all of the games will be taking place on Sunday, and there aren’t many teams who don’t know (or have control) of where they will be next weekend.

Since last week’s games, all we have seen is a steady parade of offensive skill position players who will be bystanders to close out the regular season. That means offense will be at a premium and the risk involved with most defenses should be at a minimum. Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs – at San Diego
  2. Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  3. Denver Broncos – vs. Oakland
  4. Arizona Cardinals – at Los Angeles
  5. Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  6. Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  7. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

If you’re paying attention and playing this week then you are clearly playing for something big. Week 17 can be a tricky one to navigate because you never know what a team’s mindset is going into the week and who will play, and who will play part of the game and sit the rest, etc. That said, we’re still here for you and we’re still giving you our best effort as we rank the top receivers played for the week:

  1. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ Detroit
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans
  3. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville
  4. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina
  5. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta
  6. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco
  7. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots @ Miami
  8. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Ray Kuhn

Things have not been easy this year at the tight end position, and things will likely not get better this week. If there is anything good to takeaway here, and it’s really just an optimistic point of view, it’s that things aren’t going get anymore difficult for the last week of the season. Let’s jump into the rankings:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at San Diego
  2. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
  3. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
  4. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  5. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  6. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants
  7. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – vs. Green Bay
  8. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Kansas City
  9. Charles Clay – Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  10. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Chicago Read more