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Post Super Bowl 2017 Fantasy Football Rankings

Jake Ciely Senior Writer February 8, 2017 12:05AM EDT
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

RkPlayerTeam RkPlayerTeam
1Aaron RodgersGB14Blake BortlesJAC
2Drew BreesNO15Tony Romo"FA"
3Tom BradyNE16Ben RoethlisbergerPIT
4Andrew LuckIND17Derek CarrOAK
5Marcus MariotaTEN18Jameis WinstonTB
6Russell WilsonSEA19Eli ManningNYG
7Matt RyanATL20Carson PalmerARI
8Cam NewtonCAR21Andy DaltonCIN
9Dak PrescottDAL22Joe FlaccoBAL
10Matthew StaffordDET23Carson WentzPHI
11Tyrod TaylorBUF24Alex SmithKC
12Kirk CousinsFA25Sam BradfordMIN
13Philip RiversSD26Ryan TannehillMIA

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

RkPlayerTeam RkPlayerTeam
1David JohnsonARI26Dalvin CookROOK
2Le'Veon BellPIT27Joe MixonROOK
3Ezekiel ElliottDAL28Jonathan StewartCAR
4DeMarco MurrayTEN29Leonard FournetteROOK
5Jordan HowardCHI30Adrian PetersonMIN
6LeSean McCoyBUF31Jamaal CharlesKC
7Melvin GordonSD32LeGarrette BlountFA
8Devonta FreemanATL33DeAndre WashingtonOAK
9Jay AjayiMIA34Doug MartinTB
10Mark IngramNO35Tevin ColemanATL
11Todd GurleyLAR36Ty MontgomeryGB
12Carlos HydeSF37C.J. ProsiseSEA
13Lamar MillerHOU38Ryan MathewsPHI
14Matt ForteNYJ39Theo RiddickDET
15Rob KelleyWAS40Bilal PowellNYJ
16Spencer WareKC41Christian McCaffreyROOK
17Isaiah CrowellCLE42Danny WoodheadFA
18Kenneth DixonBAL43Ameer AbdullahDET
19C.J. AndersonDEN44Dion LewisNE
20Giovani BernardCIN45Derrick HenryTEN
21Paul PerkinsNYG46T.J. YeldonJAC
22Latavius MurrayFA47Mike GillisleeBUF
23Eddie LacyFA48Darren SprolesPHI
24Thomas RawlsSEA49Charles SimsTB
25Frank GoreIND50Jalen RichardOAK

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

RkPlayerTeam RkPlayerTeam
1Antonio BrownPIT31Jarvis LandryMIA
2Julio JonesATL32Eric DeckerNYJ
3Mike EvansTB33Kelvin BenjaminCAR
4Odell BeckhamNYG34Jordan MatthewsPHI
5A.J. GreenCIN35Josh DoctsonWAS
6Jordy NelsonGB36Corey DavisROOK
7Michael ThomasNO37Kevin WhiteCHI
8T.Y. HiltonIND38DeSean JacksonFA
9Dez BryantDAL39Jeremy MaclinKC
10Davante AdamsGB40Martavis BryantPIT
11Brandin CooksNO41Jamison CrowderWAS
12Doug BaldwinSEA42Adam ThielenMIN
13Keenan AllenSD43Mike WallaceBAL
14Allen RobinsonJAC44J.J. NelsonARI
15Amari CooperOAK45Mike WilliamsROOK
16Michael CrabtreeOAK46Kenny BrittFA
17Alshon JefferyFA47Marqise LeeJAC
18Demaryius ThomasDEN48DeVante ParkerMIA
19DeAndre HopkinsHOU49Randall CobbGB
20Rishard MatthewsTEN50Willie SneadNO
21Terrelle PryorCLE51Stefon DiggsMIN
22Emmanuel SandersDEN52Tyler LockettSEA
23Julian EdelmanNE53Malcolm MitchellNE
24Donte MoncriefIND54John RossROOK
25Brandon MarshallNYJ55Tyreek HillKC
26Larry FitzgeraldARI56Ted GinnFA
27Golden TateDET57Cameron MeredithCHI
28Sammy WatkinsBUF58Pierre GarconFA
29Tyrell WilliamsSD59Corey ColemanCLE
30Sterling ShepardNYG60Mohamed SanuATL

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

RkPlayerTeam RkPlayerTeam
1Rob GronkowskiNE11Zach MillerCHI
2Jordan ReedWAS12Zach ErtzPHI
3Travis KelceKC13Antonio GatesSD
4Cameron BrateTB14Eric EbronDET
5Greg OlsenCAR15Martellus BennettNE
6Delanie WalkerTEN16Coby FleenerNO
7Tyler EifertCIN17C.J. FiedorowiczHOU
8Jimmy GrahamSEA18Jared CookGB
9Hunter HenrySD19Jason WittenDAL
10Kyle RudolphMIN20Dennis PittaBAL

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.

Main image credit: Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire


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