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Post Super Bowl 2017 Fantasy Football Rankings

Jake Ciely, Senior Writer February 8, 2017

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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

1 Aaron Rodgers GB 14 Blake Bortles JAC
2 Drew Brees NO 15 Tony Romo “FA”
3 Tom Brady NE 16 Ben Roethlisberger PIT
4 Andrew Luck IND 17 Derek Carr OAK
5 Marcus Mariota TEN 18 Jameis Winston TB
6 Russell Wilson SEA 19 Eli Manning NYG
7 Matt Ryan ATL 20 Carson Palmer ARI
8 Cam Newton CAR 21 Andy Dalton CIN
9 Dak Prescott DAL 22 Joe Flacco BAL
10 Matthew Stafford DET 23 Carson Wentz PHI
11 Tyrod Taylor BUF 24 Alex Smith KC
12 Kirk Cousins FA 25 Sam Bradford MIN
13 Philip Rivers SD 26 Ryan Tannehill MIA

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

1 David Johnson ARI 26 Dalvin Cook ROOK
2 Le’Veon Bell PIT 27 Joe Mixon ROOK
3 Ezekiel Elliott DAL 28 Jonathan Stewart CAR
4 DeMarco Murray TEN 29 Leonard Fournette ROOK
5 Jordan Howard CHI 30 Adrian Peterson MIN
6 LeSean McCoy BUF 31 Jamaal Charles KC
7 Melvin Gordon SD 32 LeGarrette Blount FA
8 Devonta Freeman ATL 33 DeAndre Washington OAK
9 Jay Ajayi MIA 34 Doug Martin TB
10 Mark Ingram NO 35 Tevin Coleman ATL
11 Todd Gurley LAR 36 Ty Montgomery GB
12 Carlos Hyde SF 37 C.J. Prosise SEA
13 Lamar Miller HOU 38 Ryan Mathews PHI
14 Matt Forte NYJ 39 Theo Riddick DET
15 Rob Kelley WAS 40 Bilal Powell NYJ
16 Spencer Ware KC 41 Christian McCaffrey ROOK
17 Isaiah Crowell CLE 42 Danny Woodhead FA
18 Kenneth Dixon BAL 43 Ameer Abdullah DET
19 C.J. Anderson DEN 44 Dion Lewis NE
20 Giovani Bernard CIN 45 Derrick Henry TEN
21 Paul Perkins NYG 46 T.J. Yeldon JAC
22 Latavius Murray FA 47 Mike Gillislee BUF
23 Eddie Lacy FA 48 Darren Sproles PHI
24 Thomas Rawls SEA 49 Charles Sims TB
25 Frank Gore IND 50 Jalen Richard OAK

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

1 Antonio Brown PIT 31 Jarvis Landry MIA
2 Julio Jones ATL 32 Eric Decker NYJ
3 Mike Evans TB 33 Kelvin Benjamin CAR
4 Odell Beckham NYG 34 Jordan Matthews PHI
5 A.J. Green CIN 35 Josh Doctson WAS
6 Jordy Nelson GB 36 Corey Davis ROOK
7 Michael Thomas NO 37 Kevin White CHI
8 T.Y. Hilton IND 38 DeSean Jackson FA
9 Dez Bryant DAL 39 Jeremy Maclin KC
10 Davante Adams GB 40 Martavis Bryant PIT
11 Brandin Cooks NO 41 Jamison Crowder WAS
12 Doug Baldwin SEA 42 Adam Thielen MIN
13 Keenan Allen SD 43 Mike Wallace BAL
14 Allen Robinson JAC 44 J.J. Nelson ARI
15 Amari Cooper OAK 45 Mike Williams ROOK
16 Michael Crabtree OAK 46 Kenny Britt FA
17 Alshon Jeffery FA 47 Marqise Lee JAC
18 Demaryius Thomas DEN 48 DeVante Parker MIA
19 DeAndre Hopkins HOU 49 Randall Cobb GB
20 Rishard Matthews TEN 50 Willie Snead NO
21 Terrelle Pryor CLE 51 Stefon Diggs MIN
22 Emmanuel Sanders DEN 52 Tyler Lockett SEA
23 Julian Edelman NE 53 Malcolm Mitchell NE
24 Donte Moncrief IND 54 John Ross ROOK
25 Brandon Marshall NYJ 55 Tyreek Hill KC
26 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 56 Ted Ginn FA
27 Golden Tate DET 57 Cameron Meredith CHI
28 Sammy Watkins BUF 58 Pierre Garcon FA
29 Tyrell Williams SD 59 Corey Coleman CLE
30 Sterling Shepard NYG 60 Mohamed Sanu ATL

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

1 Rob Gronkowski NE 11 Zach Miller CHI
2 Jordan Reed WAS 12 Zach Ertz PHI
3 Travis Kelce KC 13 Antonio Gates SD
4 Cameron Brate TB 14 Eric Ebron DET
5 Greg Olsen CAR 15 Martellus Bennett NE
6 Delanie Walker TEN 16 Coby Fleener NO
7 Tyler Eifert CIN 17 C.J. Fiedorowicz HOU
8 Jimmy Graham SEA 18 Jared Cook GB
9 Hunter Henry SD 19 Jason Witten DAL
10 Kyle Rudolph MIN 20 Dennis Pitta BAL

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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