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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

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

This is not going to be an easy week. In fact, it might be the most challenging week there is… Challenging might not necessarily be the right word to use, maybe frustrating or nerve wracking might be more like it.  If you are still playing it means one of two things: Either you have reached the championship, and in that case congratulations, or you are setting a DFS lineup to help ease the pain of the fantasy football season being over.

Regardless of what brings you here, it is commendable as there is nothing like filling out a Week 17 lineup. We already have an abundance of players sidelined as there is no reason to risk further injury when the game means nothing, and more inactive players will likely come this weekend.

The rankings below are based on what we know at this point, but also are very much subject to change based on who actually takes the field. If you are setting a lineup make sure to monitor who will be actually taking the field and try to read the tea leaves as to what the usage will be. We’ll try to note of the situations that might look a little different than they did last week as there are certainly opportunities for value out there. Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries and the potential for playoff bound teams to rest their starters makes Week 17 one of the toughest to predict.  For now we are ranking the quarterbacks as if they are going to be utilized as usual, but keep a close eye on the news as that easily may not be the case.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at the rankings for the coming week:

  1. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Miami
  3. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  4. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  6. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  7. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
  8. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
  9. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  10. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Los Angeles Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

Entering the season kickers were not receiving much, if any, respect. There was talk about eliminating the position entirely from fantasy leagues, and as a whole they didn’t do much to help their cause. Last week though, with weather becoming more of an issue across the league, kickers had a very good week. With fantasy championships on the line, let’s hope they can make it two in a row. Here is how the kickers rank for Week 16:

  1. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  2. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
  3. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  4. Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – vs. Indianapollis
  5. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at Oakland
  6. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys -vs. Detroit
  7. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  8. Josh Lambo – San Diego Chargers – at Cleveland Read more