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Week one is finally in the rear view mirror, and hopefully you’ve made your mid-week waiver / free agent pick ups. Here’s some advice, albeit amateur, for week two flex and deep league sit and start candidates.
Jared Goff, QB – LAR: Sure, I could be dead wrong about Goff, but I think last week was an idea of Goff’s ceiling and Washington presents his second straight favorable match up as they allowed 18.9 points to Carson Wentz and the Eagles. While he’s not likely to put up monster numbers, I think he could be a sneaky play for quarterback needy teams.
Joe Flacco, QB – BAL: It was an uninspired performance from Flacco last week as he made his first appearance in 2017 against the Bengals. This week he draws the porous secondary of the Browns and can be expected to put up 12-17 points even as he’s working back into game shape.
Ty Montgomery, RB – GB: While I’ve been a detractor of Ty Montgomery the starting NFL running back, the truth is that Atlanta was particularly bad against Chicago last week when it came to stopping the backs in the passing game. Expecting this game to be a shootout, Montgomery should do some damage through the air this week.
Mike Gillislee, RB – NE: Of course this play may not be as attractive if you’re in a PPR league and have a deeper bench, but it’s clear that Gillislee is going to touch the football inside the 20, and the NE offense has to prove they can score through the air before I downgrade him in terms of points per touch. I doubt he’ll see 3 TD’s again this week, but 60 yards and a TD is a realistic expectations against a bad Saints defense.
LeGarrett Blount, RB – PHI: Blount wasn’t super effective in terms of YPC last week but he was the defacto red-zone back scoring a TD to salvage a mediocre day. Kansas City did some damage in New England last week, but they conceded 3 short yardage TD’s against a similar back. Expect pay dirt for Blount this week.
Ted Ginn Jr, WR – NO: While Willy Snead is sidelined for his suspension, Ginn will remain the 2nd option in the offense behind Michael Thomas, and this weeks matchup against the New England Patriots offers a particular big game potential. Ginn has the kind of speed that NE defensive backs had trouble with last week; expect Sean Peyton to exploit it once or twice for big gains.
Cole Beasley, WR – DAL: Yes, Dallas plays against Denver this week, but as a slot receiver, Beasley could be in for a lot of work as Dallas will likely find itself in need of short gains to keep the chains moving.
Chris Hogan, WR – NE: It’s a risk, for sure, to play any New England pass catcher after the dud at home last week, but New Orleans passing defense isn’t exactly great, and Hogan should get more work with Danny Amendola likely sidelined due to his concussion. If this game goes the way I expect (a shootout) then Hogan presents an opportunity for points off the bench.
Rob Gronkowski, TE – NE: Normally, I wouldn’t have to suggest to start the big man, but after a disappointing first week, there may be some on the fence about starting him over potential bench options. Don’t. Similar to the Hogan blurb above, New England is going to throw the ball, and Gronk could see 15+ targets in a game like Sunday’s.
Jesse James, TE – PIT: Week 1’s top TE, James hasn’t got the track record of the other top 10 TE’s but what he does have is red zone targets. Minnesota’s defense is above average, but if the Steelers find their way into the red zone, James is going to be the top target for Big Ben.
Trevor Siemian, QB – DEN: Siemian had a nice week last week, against a defense many pegged as a top 10. This week he’ll come up against a Dallas defense that absolutely trashed Eli Manning and the Giants. Unless you have no other options, Siemian is likely to come back down to earth this week.
Deshone Kizer, QB – CLE: Much like Siemian, Kizer managed to put together a much better week one showing than many expected. Don’t get too excited tho, as Cleveland draws Baltimore in week 2, who made a better quarterback look awful (Andy Dalton). Baltimore’s defense is the real deal and Kizer is still a rookie.
Terrance West, RB – BAL: I drafted West myself as a late round starter, and much like the other backs in the area (Paul Perkins, Rob Kelley, etc) I’m only starting West when it makes sense. After Cleveland held Le’Veon Bell and company to less than 60 total rushing yards, I’m looking elsewhere for my flex.
Isaiah Crowell, RB – CLE: I’m a fan of The Crow, but this week he draws a short stick as they run into what looks like a buzzsaw in the Ravens defense. Only the passing backs produced last week and Crowell is a north south runner that will likely find running room hard to come by.
C.J. Anderson, RB – DEN: This week’s production relies heavily on how Siemian is able to move the ball through the air. Dallas’ defense was relentless against the run in week one, and while Anderson is a much more talented back than Paul Perkins, it will likely be a less than stellar game for the back.
Terrelle Pryor, WR – WAS: The offensive woes that plagued Washington in the preseason are still present after a tough week 1 which saw an unfamiliar unit continue to struggle. While Pryor certainly had his moments, the Rams secondary should keep Cousins from gelling just yet with his new toy. Expect another frustrating week.
Sammy Watkins, WR – LAR: I was convinced that the trade would be good for Watkins as he’d no longer be the only passing game weapon in a more balanced offense, but it’s clear that Cooper Kupp has earned the trust of Goff and the coaching staff.
Eric Decker, WR – TEN: Maybe it was a lingering injury, maybe it was his lack of rapport with Marcus Mariota, maybe we’ll never know. What we do know is that Jacksonville was not kind to wide receivers last week and Mariota was targeting Davis and Matthews a whole lot more than Decker. Not the match-up to gamble on his red zone presence.
Jason Witten, TE – DAL: While his performance in week 1 was a nice surprise, Witten is going to get the Denver treatment in week 2. If Gates and Hunter (who wasn’t targeted once) couldn’t do better than 2 for 18 yards, then Witten may be worth staying away from.
Travis Kelce, TE – KC: In much the same way that Gronkowski and Reed get far more hype than a TE is worth, Kelce was a no-show against a New England defense that could stop a runny nose. This week he faces a Philly defense that only allowed 5 catches for less than 40 yards to top 3 TE Jordan Reed.
(I won’t dignify kickers and D/ST – if you are streaming them, chose the best matchup [SF, CLE, NYJ, CHI] and if you drafted high, then play your guys).
Miami vs. Tampa Bay Postponed
On the eve of the NFL season, two major news stories dropped. First, the NFL announced that due to the likely event of a south Florida landfall of Hurricane Irma, the week 1 game between the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been rescheduled for their mutual bye week (week 11).
While the impact is severe for teams featuring high picks on Miami’s RB Jay Ajayi or Tampa’s Mike Evans, the truth of a week one postponement is that your roster should feature plenty of stop gaps.
Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Upheld
What felt like a decision that would surely be overturned or at least downgraded several games suddenly turned into a real problem for gamblers who selected Zeke early in drafts hoping that he’d win his appeal and play a larger number of Cowboys games. Now, Zeke will miss the 6 games of the original suspension, albeit starting in week 2. If you paid a premium for Elliott, you’d better hope to stay afloat as his talent is undeniable as soon as he comes back.
From here, Darren McFadden is a solid 6 week starter, but keep an eye on Alfred Morris. Morris was the more effective runner in the preseason from what little I saw, so I could see a shift to a committee approach should McFadden struggle.
|1||David Johnson ARI||RB1||8|
|2||Le’Veon Bell PIT||RB2||9|
|3||Antonio Brown PIT||WR1||9|
|4||Julio Jones ATL||WR2||5|
|5||LeSean McCoy BUF||RB3||6|
|6||Mike Evans TB||WR3||11|
|7||A.J. Green CIN||WR4||6|
|8||Odell Beckham Jr. NYG||WR5||8|
|9||Devonta Freeman ATL||RB4||5|
|10||Melvin Gordon LAC||RB5||9|
|11||Jordy Nelson GB||WR6||8|
|12||DeMarco Murray TEN||RB6||8|
|13||Jordan Howard CHI||RB7||9|
|14||Michael Thomas NO||WR7||5|
|15||Jay Ajayi MIA||RB8||11|
|16||Dez Bryant DAL||WR8||6|
|17||Doug Baldwin SEA||WR9||6|
|18||Amari Cooper OAK||WR10||10|
|19||T.Y. Hilton IND||WR11||11|
|20||Todd Gurley LAR||RB9||8|
|21||Rob Gronkowski NE||TE1||9|
|22||DeAndre Hopkins HOU||WR12||7|
|23||Ezekiel Elliott DAL||RB10||6|
|24||Leonard Fournette JAC||RB11||8|
|25||Demaryius Thomas DEN||WR13||5|
|26||Brandin Cooks NE||WR14||9|
|27||Isaiah Crowell CLE||RB12||9|
|28||Keenan Allen LAC||WR15||9|
|29||Lamar Miller HOU||RB13||7|
|30||Travis Kelce KC||TE2||10|
|31||Terrelle Pryor WAS||WR16||5|
|32||Allen Robinson JAC||WR17||8|
|33||Alshon Jeffery PHI||WR18||10|
|34||Golden Tate DET||WR19||7|
|35||Aaron Rodgers GB||QB1||8|
|36||Larry Fitzgerald ARI||WR20||8|
|37||Davante Adams GB||WR21||8|
|38||Christian McCaffrey CAR||RB14||11|
|39||Michael Crabtree OAK||WR22||10|
|40||Tom Brady NE||QB2||9|
|41||Dalvin Cook MIN||RB15||9|
|42||Kareem Hunt KC||RB16||10|
|43||Marshawn Lynch OAK||RB17||10|
|44||Carlos Hyde SF||RB18||11|
|45||Joe Mixon CIN||RB19||6|
|46||Jarvis Landry MIA||WR24||11|
|47||Ty Montgomery GB||RB20||8|
|48||Drew Brees NO||QB3||5|
|49||Sammy Watkins LAR||WR25||8|
|50||Greg Olsen CAR||TE3||11|
|51||Danny Woodhead BAL||RB21||10|
|52||Jordan Reed WAS||TE4||5|
|53||Mark Ingram NO||RB22||5|
|54||Tyreek Hill KC||WR26||10|
|55||Bilal Powell NYJ||RB23||11|
|56||Stefon Diggs MIN||WR27||9|
|57||Jamison Crowder WAS||WR28||5|
|58||Emmanuel Sanders DEN||WR29||5|
|59||C.J. Anderson DEN||RB24||5|
|60||Jimmy Graham SEA||TE5||6|
|61||Kelvin Benjamin CAR||WR30||11|
|62||Matt Ryan ATL||QB4||5|
|63||Russell Wilson SEA||QB5||6|
|64||Martavis Bryant PIT||WR31||9|
|65||Ameer Abdullah DET||RB25||7|
|66||Tevin Coleman ATL||RB26||5|
|67||Willie Snead NO||WR32||5|
|68||Pierre Garcon SF||WR33||11|
|69||Kyle Rudolph MIN||TE6||9|
|70||Frank Gore IND||RB27||11|
|71||Tyler Eifert CIN||TE7||6|
|72||Brandon Marshall NYG||WR34||8|
|73||Mike Gillislee NE||RB28||9|
|74||Theo Riddick DET||RB29||7|
|75||Kirk Cousins WAS||QB6||5|
|76||Jeremy Maclin BAL||WR35||10|
|77||Delanie Walker TEN||TE8||8|
|78||Zach Ertz PHI||TE9||10|
|79||Paul Perkins NYG||RB30||8|
|80||DeSean Jackson TB||WR36||11|
|81||Marcus Mariota TEN||QB7||8|
|82||Jameis Winston TB||QB8||11|
|83||Cam Newton CAR||QB9||11|
|84||Eric Decker TEN||WR37||8|
|85||Andrew Luck IND||QB10||11|
|86||Devante Parker MIA||WR38||11|
|87||Doug Martin TB||RB31||11|
|88||Adrian Peterson NO||RB32||5|
|89||Terrance West BAL||RB33||10|
|90||Tyrell Williams LAC||WR39||9|
|91||Donte Moncrief IND||WR40||11|
|92||Martellus Bennett GB||TE10||8|
|93||Duke Johnson CLE||RB34||9|
|94||LeGarrette Blount PHI||RB35||10|
|95||Derek Carr OAK||QB11||10|
|96||Randall Cobb GB||WR41||8|
|97||Adam Thielen MIN||WR42||9|
|98||Kenny Britt CLE||WR43||9|
|99||Eric Ebron DET||TE11||7|
|100||Dak Prescott DAL||QB12||6|
|101||Eddie Lacy SEA||RB36||6|
|102||Jordan Matthews BUF||WR44||6|
|103||C.J. Prosise SEA||RB37||6|
|104||Mike Wallace BAL||WR45||10|
|105||Philip Rivers LAC||QB13||9|
|106||Jack Doyle IND||TE12||11|
|107||Robert Kelley WAS||RB38||5|
|108||Corey Coleman CLE||WR46||9|
|109||John Brown ARI||WR47||8|
|110||Hunter Henry LAC||TE13||9|
|111||Derrick Henry TEN||RB39||8|
|112||Matthew Stafford DET||QB14||7|
|113||Ben Roethlisberger PIT||QB15||9|
|114||James White NE||RB40||9|
|115||Matt Forte NYJ||RB41||11|
|116||Rishard Matthews TEN||WR48||8|
|117||Corey Davis TEN||WR49||8|
|118||Darren Sproles PHI||RB42||10|
|119||Samaje Perine WAS||RB43||5|
|120||Jonathan Stewart CAR||RB44||11|
|121||Andy Dalton CIN||QB16||6|
|122||Marvin Jones DET||WR50||7|
|123||Darren McFadden DAL||RB45||6|
|124||Tyrod Taylor BUF||QB17||6|
|125||Zay Jones BUF||WR51||6|
|126||Jason Witten DAL||TE14||6|
|127||Eli Manning NYG||QB18||8|
|128||Coby Fleener NO||TE15||5|
|129||Kevin White CHI||WR52||9|
|130||Thomas Rawls SEA||RB46||6|
|131||Ted Ginn NO||WR53||5|
|132||Jacquizz Rodgers TB||RB47||11|
|134||Giovani Bernard CIN||RB48||6|
|135||C.J. Fiedorowicz HOU||TE16||7|
|136||Sterling Shepard NYG||WR54||8|
|139||Josh Doctson WAS||WR55||5|
|140||Carson Wentz PHI||QB19||10|
|141||Austin Hooper ATL||TE17||5|
|142||Cole Beasley DAL||WR56||6|
|143||Carson Palmer ARI||QB20||8|
|144||Robby Anderson NYJ||WR57||11|
|145||Chris Thompson WAS||RB49||5|
|146||Cameron Brate TB||TE18||11|
|147||Kansas City Chiefs||DST4||10|
|148||Jamaal Williams GB||RB50||8|
|149||Tyler Lockett SEA||WR58||6|
|150||Julius Thomas MIA||TE19||11|
|151||Jamaal Charles DEN||RB51||5|
|152||Latavius Murray MIN||RB52||9|
|153||Jeremy Hill CIN||RB53||6|
|154||Alvin Kamara NO||RB54||5|
|155||Robert Woods LAR||WR59||8|
|156||Shane Vereen NYG||RB55||8|
|157||Antonio Gates LAC||TE20||9|
|158||Breshad Perriman BAL||WR60||10|
|160||Kenny Stills MIA||WR61||11|
|161||Marqise Lee JAC||WR62||8|
|163||Blake Bortles JAC||QB21||8|
|164||John Ross CIN||WR63||6|
|165||O.J. Howard TB||TE21||11|
|166||DeAndre Washington OAK||RB56||10|
|167||Kenny Golladay DET||WR64||7|
|168||New England Patriots||DST7||9|
|169||Rex Burkhead NE||RB57||9|
|170||Justin Tucker BAL||K1||10|
|171||Sam Bradford MIN||QB22||9|
|172||Jared Cook OAK||TE22||10|
|173||Taylor Gabriel ATL||WR65||5|
|174||Allen Hurns JAC||WR66||8|
|175||Marlon Mack IND||RB58||11|
|176||Joe Flacco BAL||QB23||10|
|177||D’Onta Foreman HOU||RB59||7|
|178||J.J. Nelson ARI||WR67||8|
|179||Evan Engram NYG||TE23||8|
|180||Joe Williams SF||RB60||11|
|181||David Njoku CLE||TE24||9|
|182||Charles Sims TB||RB61||11|
|183||Dan Bailey DAL||K2||6|
|184||Matt Bryant ATL||K3||5|
|185||Stephen Gostkowski NE||K4||9|
|187||Charles Clay BUF||TE25||6|
|188||Cooper Kupp LAR||WR68||8|
|189||Malcolm Mitchell NE||WR69||9|
|190||Jonathan Williams BUF||RB62||6|
|191||Mohamed Sanu ATL||WR70||5|
|192||New York Giants||DST9||8|
|193||Dion Lewis NE||RB63||9|
|194||Jalen Richard OAK||RB64||10|
|195||T.J. Yeldon JAC||RB65||8|
|196||Mason Crosby GB||K5||8|
|197||Jay Cutler MIA||QB24||11|
|198||Nelson Agholor PHI||WR71||10|
|199||Devin Funchess CAR||WR72||11|
|200||Alex Smith KC||QB25||10|
|201||Chris Conley KC||WR73||10|
|202||Los Angeles Rams||DST10||8|
|203||Jesse James PIT||TE26||9|
|204||Zach Miller CHI||TE27||9|
|205||Tavon Austin LAR||WR74||8|
|206||Adam Vinatieri IND||K6||11|
|207||Robert Turbin IND||RB66||11|
|208||Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ||TE28||11|
|210||Torrey Smith PHI||WR75||10|
|211||Will Fuller HOU||WR76||7|
|212||ArDarius Stewart NYJ||WR77||11|
|213||Mike Williams LAC||WR78||9|
|214||Tim Hightower SF||RB67||11|
|215||Jerick McKinnon MIN||RB68||9|
|216||Dwayne Allen NE||TE29||9|
|217||Benjamin Watson BAL||TE30||10|
|218||Deshaun Watson HOU||QB26||7|
|219||Brian Hoyer SF||QB27||11|
|220||Matt Prater DET||K7||7|
|221||Tyler Boyd CIN||WR79||6|
|222||Paul Richardson SEA||WR80||6|
|225||Wendell Smallwood PHI||RB69||10|
|226||Cairo Santos KC||K8||10|
|227||Dustin Hopkins WAS||K9||5|
|229||Curtis Samuel CAR||WR81||11|
|231||Steven Hauschka BUF||K10||6|
|232||James Conner PIT||RB70||9|
|233||Braxton Miller HOU||WR82||7|
|234||Kyle Juszczyk SF||RB71||11|
|235||De’Angelo Henderson DEN||RB72||5|
|236||Chris Boswell PIT||K11||9|
|237||Brandon LaFell CIN||WR83||6|
|238||Trevor Siemian DEN||QB28||5|
|239||Will Lutz NO||K12||5|
|240||Tyler Higbee LAR||TE31||8|
|241||Vance McDonald SF||TE32||11|
|242||Jaron Brown ARI||WR84||8|
|243||Laquon Treadwell MIN||WR85||9|
|244||Los Angeles Chargers||DST16||9|
|245||Chris Hogan NE||WR86||9|
|246||Jeremy Kerley SF||WR87||11|
|247||Carlos Henderson DEN||WR88||5|
|248||Sebastian Janikowski OAK||K13||10|
|249||Terrance Williams DAL||WR89||6|
|250||Chris Ivory JAC||RB73||8|
|251||Eli Rogers PIT||WR90||9|
|252||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||DST17||11|
|254||Graham Gano CAR||K14||11|
|255||Jared Goff LAR||QB29||8|
|256||Orleans Darkwa NYG||RB74||8|
|257||Caleb Sturgis PHI||K15||10|
|258||Jermaine Gresham ARI||TE33||8|
|259||Marquise Goodwin SF||WR91||11|
|260||Alfred Morris DAL||RB75||6|
|261||Zach Zenner DET||RB76||7|
|263||Jeremy McNichols TB||RB77||11|
|265||JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT||WR92||9|
|267||Brandon McManus DEN||K16||5|
|268||Dion Sims CHI||TE34||9|
|269||Kendall Wright CHI||WR93||9|
|270||Erik Swoope IND||TE35||11|
|271||Travis Benjamin LAC||WR94||9|
|272||Mike Glennon CHI||QB30||9|
|273||Tarik Cohen CHI||RB78||9|
|275||Mitch Trubisky CHI||QB31||9|
|276||Green Bay Packers||DST23||8|
|277||Elijah Hood OAK||RB79||10|
|278||Wayne Gallman NYG||RB80||8|
|279||Javorius Allen BAL||RB81||10|
|280||DeShone Kizer CLE||QB32||9|
|282||Chandler Catanzaro NYJ||K17||11|
|283||Tom Savage HOU||QB32||7|
|284||A.J. Derby DEN||TE36||5|
|285||Charone Peake NYJ||WR95||11|
|286||Branden Oliver LAC||RB82||9|
|287||Michael Floyd MIN||WR96||9|
|288||Aaron Jones GB||RB83||8|
|289||Gary Barnidge FA||TE37|
|290||Seth Roberts OAK||WR97||10|
|291||Gerald Everett LAR||TE38||8|
|292||Andre Ellington ARI||RB84||8|
|293||Blair Walsh SEA||K18||6|
|294||New York Jets||RB85||11|
|295||Jeremy Langford CHI||RB86||9|
|296||Nick Novak HOU||K19||7|
|297||Chester Rogers IND||WR98||11|
|298||Jimmy Garoppolo NE||QB33||9|
|299||Kenyan Drake MIA||RB87||11|
|300||Josh McCown NYJ||QB34||11|
|301||Chad Williams ARI||WR99||8|
|302||Taywan Taylor TEN||WR100||8|
|303||Maxx Williams BAL||TE39||10|
|304||Nick Folk TB||K20||11|
|305||Wendall Williams HOU||WR101||7|
|308||Phil Dawson ARI||K21||8|
|309||Chris Johnson ARI||RB88||8|
|310||Ladarius Green FA||TE40|
|311||Jordan Leggett NYJ||TE41||11|
|312||Tajae Sharpe TEN||WR102||8|
|313||Vernon Davis WAS||TE42||5|
|314||Josh Gordon CLE||WR103||9|
|315||Benny Cunningham CHI||RB89||9|
|316||Andre Holmes BUF||WR104||6|
|317||Dontrelle Inman LAC||WR105||9|
|318||Seth DeValve CLE||TE43||9|
|319||Alfred Blue HOU||RB90||7|
|320||Aldrick Robinson SF||WR106||11|
|321||Chris Carson SEA||RB91||6|
|322||Charcandrick West KC||RB92||10|
|323||Lance Dunbar LAR||RB93||8|
|324||Matt Jones WAS||RB94||5|
|325||DeAngelo Williams FA||RB95|
|326||Brock Osweiler CLE||QB35||9|
|327||Cody Kessler CLE||QB36||9|
|328||Danny Amendola NE||WR107||9|
|329||Paxton Lynch DEN||QB37||5|
|331||Josh Lambo LAC||K22||9|
|332||Donnel Pumphrey PHI||RB96||10|
|333||Lance Kendricks GB||TE44||8|
|334||Leonte Carroo MIA||WR108||11|
|335||Dorial Green-Beckham FA||WR109|
|336||Matt Breida SF||RB97||11|
|337||Dede Westbrook JAC||WR110||8|
|338||Amara Darboh SEA||WR111||6|
|339||Malcolm Brown LAR||RB98||8|
|340||Chris Godwin TB||WR112||11|
|341||Mychal Rivera JAC||TE45||8|
|342||Ryan Switzer DAL||WR113||6|
|343||New Orleans Saints||DST28||5|
|344||Markus Wheaton CHI||WR114||9|
|345||Robbie Gould SF||K23||11|
|347||Jason Myers JAC||K24||8|
|348||Ryan Succop TEN||K25||8|
|349||Rashard Higgins CLE||WR115||9|
|350||Damien Williams MIA||RB99||11|
2017 Wide Receiver Rankings
Updated June 8th, 2017
Antonio Brown, PIT (E)
Julio Jones, ATL (E)
Mike Evans, TB (E)
Odell Beckham Jr, NYG (E)
Jordy Nelson, GB (+1)
A.J. Green, CIN (+1)
T.Y. Hilton, IND (-2)
Michael Thomas, NO (E)
Amari Cooper, OAK (+1)
Doug Baldwin, SEA (+1)
Dez Bryant, DAL (-2)
Alshon Jeffrey, PHI (+1)
Sammy Watkins, BUF (+2)
Allen Robinson, JAC (E)
DeAndre Hopkins, HOU (-3)
Brandon Cooks, NE (E)
Demaryius Thomas, DEN (E)
Keenan Allen, LAC (E)
Michael Crabtree, OAK (+2)
Davante Adams, GB (-2)
Jarvis Landry, MIA (+1)
Golden Tate, DET (+2)
Terrelle Pryor, CLE (-3)
Julian Edelman, NE (+1)
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI (+1)
Tyreek Hill, KC (+3)
Stefon Diggs, MIN (+1)
Kelvin Benjamin, CAR (+3)
Emmanuel Sanders, DEN (-6)
DeSean Jackson, TB (E)
Jamison Crowder, WAS (+1)
Willie Snead, NO (+4)
Eric Decker, TEN (+2)
Brandon Marshall, NYG (E)
Martavis Bryant, PIT (-2)
Pierre Garcon, SF (+3)
Donte Moncrief, IND (-10)
Corey Davis, TEN (-1)
Devante Parker, MIA (+2)
Rishard Matthews, TEN (-2)
Cameron Mereditch, CHI (+1)
Kenny Britt, CLE (+1)
Randall Cobb, GB (+1)
Jordan Matthews, PHI (+1)
Adam Thielen, MIN (+1)
Corey Coleman, CLE (-5)
Jeremy Maclin, BAL (+4)
John Brown, ARI (E)
Mike Wallace, BAL (-2)
Marvin Jones, DET (+2)
Josh Doctson, WAS (+4)
Kevin White, CHI (+5)
Sterling Shepard, NYG (+1)
Mike Williams, LAC (-1)
John Ross, CIN (+3)
Robert Woods, LAR (+4)
Quincy Enunwa, NYJ (+5)
Taylor Gabriel, ATL (+6)
Kenny Stills, MIA (+2)
Tyrell Williams, LAC (-11)
So you’re willing to get creative to produce a roster that maximizes the plays on the field. Drafting a valuable QB/RB combo is one of the easiest ways to ensure that every point is wrung from the towel that is fantasy scoring.
Skip the Early Rounds
I’d argue that drafting a duo over the first four rounds is foolhardy, as it requires you to either reach for a player to ensure you get them, or overlook a player who may be much more valuable. Pairs like Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson are a perfect example as they’re both being drafted in the 2nd round. Do you really want to spend a first round pick on either of them? The same goes for Brady and Gronk; it’s just too hard to organize your targets to ensure you get them both.
I’m not saying that if they fall to you don’t take them; hell you’d be insane not to take advantage. But you’re playing a game of chicken that you’ll lose more often than not.
First Round WRs
Looking at current draft data, it appears that the easiest way to secure a potent duo is to select a stud WR in the first round. Here’s the first round receivers and their corresponding QB.
- Antonio Brown, PIT (Ben Roethlisburger, ADP 89)
- Julio Jones, ATL (Matt Ryan, ADP 45)
- Odell Beckham Jr, NYG (Eli Manning, ADP 130)
- A.J. Green, CIN (Andy Dalton, ADP 148)
- Mike Evans, TB (Jameis Winston, ADP 93)
As you can see, all five projected first round WR’s can be paired with their starting QB without much effort. Of course, maybe one of these duo’s features a player you loathe, or maybe you draft at the end of the first and you feel that you missed your chance. I’d argue that the real value of the strategy is in the meat of the draft
Middle Round Finds
If you’re like me, you see a draft with maybe a dozen safe backs and a wealth of top end talent at WR. So you want to draft a RB in the first and piece together your roster later? Not a problem, there’s even more valuable combinations to be had outside of the first round.
Amari Cooper – OAK, ADP 24 – So you drafted to RB’s and you’re looking to add a WR. Amari Cooper is one of those young, high volume WR’s that commands the ball. Having him on your roster is a boon, especially considering that Derek Carr is being drafted currently in the 9th round. Sure, you may have to stab a bit early, but with his upside, there’s very little risk and the reward could be fantastic.
Doug Baldwin – SEA, ADP 30 – Now we’re in the fourth round and you find yourself drafting the under valued Baldwin… great, he’s a wonderful fantasy asset. So is his starting QB. Russell Wilson is being drafted criminally late; current ADP data shows him going in the 8th round. Not bad when every catch counts double for your team.
Terrell Pryor – WAS, ADP 48 – There’s some questions surrounding the former QB, but his athleticism and ability to read a defense makes him an intriguing WR1 for the Washington Redskins. Kirk Cousins seems to be perpetually in a contract year so drafting him between rounds 8-10 serves up some serious upside when these two are clicking. Expect some huge weeks.
Golden Tate – DET, ADP 54 – Tate continues to be viewed with skeptisism even after he proved when he’s on the field he’s every bit the number one receiver Detroit envisioned when Calvin Johnson retired. He’s also a great option if you like to wait on your QB’s considering that, despite off-season praise from owners and coaches, Matt Stafford (and his 600+ attempts) are being drafted as late as the 12-13th rounds!
I’d caution against hitching your wagon to QB/WR combo’s for teams that don’t consistently produce through the air. While the options above feature offenses built around their respective stars, there are several teams that don’t offer much in terms of added value. Chicago, the Jets, Houston, or Cleveland are all obvious choices to avoid.
As always, do your research and think as abstractly as you can; it’s important to adjust on the fly and not be too dialed into any strategy going into the draft. Do you agree with our pairs above or have a different strategy that’s worked for you? Well feel free to let us know; leave a comment or send us an e-mail. As always, happy drafting!
Over the next few days, we’ll publish a series entitled Sparknotes, each article will take a birds eye view into each NFL division and it’s most important fantasy players.
Turnover amongst the skill positions is a constant concern for Fantasy owners, but no division embodies this in the AFC as completely as the AFC West. Denver looks like it will continue to toil at the bottom of the division with the Chargers looking improved and the Chiefs and Raiders set to slug it out again for the division title.
Kansas City Chiefs
Notable Fantasy Stars: Travis Kelce (TE2)m Spencer Ware (RB19), Tyreek Hill (WR29), Alex Smith (QB 23), Chris Conley (WR75),
Synopsis – This ain’t your grandfathers Chiefs team now that Maclin and Charles are both gone. Sliding into the starter roles are Tyreek Hill and Spencer Ware, both who should be drafted with confidence as the methodical KC offense is very consistent. Chris Conley gets the largest bump (from WR115 to WR75) and could see even more attention as the season gets closer. Of course, Travis Kelce is the defacto #1 in this passing offense, and could see a bump into the Gronk range with even more responsibility. Ware may not be as flashy a name as Charles was, but he has a firm grip on the starting gig, and I expect him to man all three downs at least until he proves he can’t handle it.
Notable Fantasy Stars: Amari Cooper (WR10), Derek Carr (QB12), Marshawn Lynch (RB15), Michael Crabtree (WR21), Jared Cook (TE24) DeAndre Washington (RB66)
Synopsis – While it appears Derek Carr is making a full recovery following his season ending leg break, wideouts Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree would both take a major hit if Connor Cook (or god forbid E.J. Manuel) was forced to start. Jared Cook will likely be targeted as a third option again this year so he’s no more than a late round flier. The biggest question mark in Oakland remains it’s running game as the team parted ways with Latavius Murray and added the un-retired Marshawn Lynch to the roster. Will Beast Mode return to form? If not, DeAndre Washington is an intriguing handcuff for Lynch owners as he could have mid to late season value.
Notable Fantasy Stars: Damaryius Thomas (WR17) C.J. Anderson (RB17), Emmanuel Sanders (WR23), Paxton Lynch (QB28), Jamaal Charles (RB45)
Synopsis – I hardly think I’m going out on a ledge by ranking Paxton Lynch over Trevor Semien in my rankings; I can’t see Denver not giving Lynch a chance after trading up to pick the young QB at this point, so take the depth charts with a grain of salt. Regardless of who is under center, Demaryius Thomas is going to be the focal point of the passing game. Sanders will see his fair share of targets, but he may fall short of the season’s we’ve grown accustomed to. With the addition of Jamaal Charles, the backfield gets a little murky. Anderson should still handle the lion’s share of carries, but Charles will more than likely steal the passing downs, and if Anderson struggles, Charles could very easily jump him on the depth chart.
Los Angeles Chargers
Notable Fantasy Stars: Melvin Gordon (RB8), Hunter Henry (TE11), Philip Rivers (QB14), Keenan Allen (WR19), Mike Williams (WR53), Tyrell Williams (WR59)
Synopsis – New home; same old gunslinger in Philip Rivers. The biggest concern coming into the season is whether or not Keenan Allen can stay healthy. Despite his absence, Rivers put together a decent season, and the Charger’s rewarded him by adding Mike Williams in the draft. I’d expect Tyrell Williams to come back to earth a bit if Allen is healthy, and all signs point to the affirmative. With the added weapons, last year’s breakout star Melvin Gordon is in line for some big numbers. His value suffers a bit in PPR leagues as he’s TD heavy but should return most 2-3rd round investments.
Over the next few days, we’ll publish a series entitled Sparknotes, each article will take a birds eye view into each NFL division and it’s most important fantasy players.
The 2016 season was a mess for the AFC South as the sole representative in the playoffs was the underwhelming Houston Texans. Another year of heavy turnover and all four teams are hoping for a change in fortunes in 2017.
Notable Fantasy Stars: Leonard Fournette (RB13), Allen Robinson (WR14), Blake Bortles (QB18), Marcedes Lewis (TE48), Marquise Lee (WR66), Allen Hurns (WR70), T.J. Yeldon (RB74)
Synopsis: Trying to predict where Bortles likely 600+ pass attempts will be headed is enough to give anyone a headache. Allen Robinson is a shoe in for 125-150 targets, but Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns are going to have to fight it out to be the #2. Hurns defenitely has the history but Lee’s pedigree is hard to ignore. In the backfield, Leonard Fournette adds the element of a battering ram who can scorch you in the open field as well. His presence should limit Yeldon’s fantasy yield while opening up space for Bortles to bounce back.
Notable Fantasy Stars: Lamar Miller (RB11, DeAndre Hopkins (WR12), C.J. Fiedorowicz (TE15, Deshaun Watson (QB25), Will Fuller (WR67).
Synopsis: Houston struggled last year with injuries and the inconsistent play of newly-departed Brock Osweiler, prompting them to add Clemson QB Deshaun Watson at the draft. It’s worth noting that while Savage may occupy the #1 spot on the depth chart, this team will be Watson’s sooner rather than later. His arrival should mean a return to the top 10 for both Lamar Miller and DeAndre Hopkins, while Will Fuller and Fiedorowicz remain just outside of the circle of fantasy relevance.
Notable Fantasy Stars: Andrew Luck (QB5), T.Y. Hilton (WR5), Jack Doyle (TE13) Frank Gore (RB25), Donte Moncrief (WR27), Erik Swoope (TE37)
Synopsis: There are major concerns at the moment that Luck will be 100% at the start of the season, and this casts doubt on every major player on this offense. Hilton would suffer the least, as his role is clearly defined and any QB under center would likely look his way often, but Moncrief was dismal even with Luck on the field. It’s been common practice to write Frank Gore off over the last few years, but I think he has enough in the tank to remain relevant, especially as the 25th RB selected. While those positions are set in stone, Jack Doyle continues to lead the TE column despite the buzzy off season that Erik Swoope is having.
Notable Fantasy Stars: DeMarco Murray (RB 7), Delanie Walker (TE7), Marcus Mariota (QB15), Corey Davis (WR37), Derrick Henry (RB38), Rishard Mathews (WR38)
Synopsis: Assuming Mariota returns at close to 100%, he should be in line to have his breakout season with newly aquired Corey Davis providing a transendent pass catching weapon to this offense. Rishard Matthews may have fewer opportunities but will still command a large portion of the offense. DeMarco Murray is the day one starter but with Henry looming in the background he’ll have to stay healthy and effective to stave off the talented 2nd year player. Probably the most consistent member of the offense is the consistent, if not un-sexy, Delanie Walker. His production as a TE1 is a bargain as he generally falls in early drafts.
Over the next few days, we’ll publish a series entitled Sparknotes, each article will take a birds eye view into each NFL division and it’s most important fantasy players.
After a timultuous regular season, the lone AFC North representative to qualify for the playoffs was dispatched by the eventual Superbowl champion Patriots in the AFC championship game. This year, three teams not named the Cleveland Browns have aspirations for their own big games.
Notable Fantasy Stars: Antonio Brown (WR1), Le’Veon Bell (RB2), Ben Roethlisberger (QB13), Jesse James (TE33), Martavius Bryant (WR33), Eli Rodgers (WR79)
Synopsis: Pittsburgh is a perennial fantasy powerhouse, and the 2017 season looks to continue on that trend. Big Ben falls in my rankings due to injuries and age; the guy has taken a ton of damage over his storied career, but Brown and Bell are the most potent skill position due on the NFL. Part of their allure is the lack of reliable stars around them. Bryant figures to carve a nice little WR4 role for himself, but Rodgers and Jesse James offer little value for this year.
Notable Fantasy Stars: Joe Flacco (QB22), Benjamin Watson (TE30), Danny Woodhead (RB32), Kenneth Dixon (RB42), Mike Wallace (WR47), Breshard Perriman (WR50)
Synopsis: It should be an interesting year in Baltimore, as the team no longer features the ageless Steve Smith (retired) or TE Dennis Pitta (released). Flacco aims to bounce back in a big way this year, but his targets will be redistributed in a way that makes predicting this offense difficult. Danny Woodhead may be the back that sees the largest spike in value as he’ll man the passing downs exclusively and youngster Kenneth Dixon takes over goal line and short distance duties. Mike Wallace will continue to be a 15+YPC guy but Perriman is a conundrum: do the Ravens bring in a Decker or Maclin to be the #2 or do they trust Breshard to make the leap?
Notable Fantasy Stars: Tyler Eifert (TE4), A.J. Green (WR7), Andy Dalton (QB17) Joe Mixon (RB21), Giovani Bernard (RB46), Jeremy Hill (RB47), John Ross (WR58)
Synopsis: Going in 2017, the one sure thing on the Bengals roster is that Green and Eifert are going to see a ton of looks. John Ross figures to factor in to a much smaller degree, but his speed and ability should warrant him as a flier pick, especially in deeper leagues or keeper formats. The running back situation is where it gets muddled. They didn’t add Mixon to take a back seat to the previous two-headed monster. All signs point to Mixon being something closely resembling a workhorse, but Hill and Bernard present a conundrum. I expect Bernard to remain in the pass catching role potentially leaving Hill as the odd man out, but this is an interesting one to watch going into the season.
Notable Fantasy Stars: Isaiah Crowell (RB14), David Njoku (TE19), DeShone Kizer (QB26), Corey Coleman (WR41), Kenny Britt (WR43)
Synopsis: Truthfully, no one knows exactly who’s going to be calling plays from under center. I assumed by now Brock Osweiller would have been cut, but he continues to take starter reps even as draft pick DeShone Kizer and Cody Kessler both garner support as the starting QB. Neither Corey Coleman nor Kenny Britt offer much upside at this point, but either could be intriguing once some clarity forms from the passing game. One thing for certain is that The Crow should see the bulk of the reps at RB, with Duke Johnson Jr’s only real value coming in deeper PPR leagues.
We (I) here at DRF are pleased to announce that our WAY TOO EARLY rankings for 2017 are up on the site. I don’t have a top 250 put together yet but each skill position has been ranked with mini break-downs of each ranking.
Kickers and Defenses ranked but no additional information at this time.
So kick back, peruse the rankings, and feel free to shoot us a an e-mail with any questions or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year we spend our fantasy prep time pouring through periodicals and compiling statistics based off of “expert” analysis. And while this information is invaluable, we often times ignore the most important players to a championship team: The Bench.
Finding these hidden gems can be difficult but rewarding when your first and second round picks start experiencing the injuries that come with playing as often as elite NFL players do. We’ll examine who from the bargain barrel section of the drafts can help you when they inevitably enter the fray.
Surest Thing – Ryan Tannehill: While it’s always been a rule of thumb to wait on a QB, Tannehill is being drafted far later than his recent performances would dictate in my opinion. As a passer, he’s averaged nearly 4,000 yards and 25 TD’s following his rookie season, and he’s a good bet to add 200 yards on the ground to that. Coupled with the fact that Adam Gase got decent fantasy numbers out of Jay Cutler and he’s returning a talented WR group that will likely be better this year and you have a case for Tannehill to be the best bet amongst the late round picks this year.
Highest Risk Reward – Brock Osweiler: Being drafted in the last rounds of drafts, Osweiler has a lot to prove after only 8 starts last year for the eventual Superbowl Champion Broncos. Now he’s got the offense to himself and he’s playing under Bill O’Brien who has managed to squeeze more out of Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallet than maybe we expected. With a go-and-get it WR in Hopkins as a saftey blanket, it’s just as easy to envision 4,000 yards and 25 TDs as it is a complete flameout as a starter. At pick 200, he’s worth a shot though.
Big Ole’ Bust – Kirk Cousins: If you’re a Kirk Cousins fans, I’ll forgive your outrage. And as a disclaimer, I think he’s a fine player, but he’s not worth drafting at his current ADP while other quarterbacks named Matt Ryan and Matt Stafford are still on the board. Cousins will likely be fine over the course of 16 games, but he’s proven much less than he’s being given credit for and he’s throwing to a collection of talented but often injuried wideouts in DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. If he falls another few rounds he’d likely be be a better value, but in the 10th and 11th rounds I’ll take my chances elsewhere.
BONUS – Robert Griffin III… Going into the offseason I felt that Cleveland was taking a huge chance bringing in another potential headache to replace the departed Johnny Manziel. Now they’ve announced their handing over the key to the Winnebego. So here we are, asking the same question again; does RG3 have any football left in him? It’s likely in shallow leagues he’ll spend a week or two riding the waiver bus, but in deeper leagues he may be worth a late (and I do mean late) flier. If he is on your roster watch the waivers in case he does flame out spectacularly (as I see him doing).