2017 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 200 Cheat Sheet- Updated: Tuesday, September 5th
Scoring: These rankings are based on standard scoring (one point per 25 passing yards, four points per passing touchdown, one point per 10 rushing yards, six points per rushing touchdown, one point per 10 receiving yards and six points per receiving touchdown) and are for the 2017 season only.
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Here are players 51-100 in our Top-200 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet:
51. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
Tom Brady isn't the only quarterback that thinks he can play to 45. Regardless of how much longer he actually plays, Brees is a top-three fantasy QB for the 2017 season. Granted, passing statistics are generally inflated in historical terms, but Brees has five career 5,000-yard seasons (including 5,208 last year) and 32-plus touchdowns in nine consecutive seasons. The last time Brees finished outside the top-six fantasy QBs was 2005 (QB9), his final season in San Diego.
52. Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
Despite his slow start last year, Tate extended his streak of 90-catch seasons to three as he finished the year with 91 catches for 1,077 yards and four touchdowns. Failing to exceed 41 yards in his first five games, Tate had five-plus catches in 10 of his final 11 games and only Larry Fitzgerald and Jordy Nelson had more receptions than Tate (74) from Weeks 6 to 17.
53. Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers
Olsen scored only three touchdowns, his lowest since his rookie season (2007). As steady as it gets, Olsen has three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and has played all 16 games every year except his rookie season. Olsen has finished as a top-seven fantasy tight end in five consecutive seasons and only Travis Kelce scored more last season.
54. DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
Preseason expectations were unfortunately greater than his actual production in 2016. Coaches, players and reporters have generally talked Parker up all offseason, which can be summed up by the offensive coordinator's 2017 expectations for him: "Gigantic year." With Cutler taken over for the injured Ryan Tannehill, it's likely that the former first-round pick finally outscores Jarvis Landry in fantasy points (at least, in standard-scoring formats).
55. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers
After missing all of 2015 due to an ACL injury, Benjamin started last season strong (13/199/3 in his first two games), but he finished the year overall with less production (63/941/7) than his rookie numbers (73/1,008/9). On a positive note, Benjamin is another year removed from his ACL injury.
56. Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks
In his comeback from a torn patellar tendon, Graham had 65 catches for 923 yards and six touchdowns. All three of his 100-yard games occurred in the first half of the season with a 38/545/3 split (compared to 27/378/3 over the final eight games). One more year removed from the injury, Graham has a chance to post similar (or even better) numbers in 2017.
57. Adrian Peterson, RB, New Orleans Saints
Mark Ingram may have a higher salary and be listed as the "starter," but it wouldn't be much of a surprise if Peterson emerged as the leader in terms of workload split (and production) in that duo. With double-digit rushing scores every year he's played at least four games, the ceiling for AP is through the roof in the high-powered, Drew Brees-led offense.
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58. Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets
Finishing as the RB23 (RB16 in PPR) in 2016, Powell set career highs in yards from scrimmage (1,110), receptions (58) and touchdowns (five). With Matt Forte either out or limited down the stretch, Powell had 82/411/2 rushing (5.01 YPC) and 21/141/1 receiving over the final four games of the season. Even if the Jets employ a "backfield-by-committee," Powell should lead the backfield in touches and production in 2017.
59. Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
With the ability to take it to the house on any play, Hill scored 12 touchdowns -- six receiving, three rushing and three returns -- despite getting only 61 receptions and 24 carries. The release of Jeremy Maclin this offseason will lead to a significant increase in opportunities for the explosive offensive weapon and few players have as high of a weekly scoring ceiling.
60. Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Missing the majority of the 2014 and 2016 seasons, Woodhead has played just 21 games over the past three years. Even more valuable in PPR formats as one of the league's top receiving backs, Woodhead has finished as a top-24 fantasy running back (standard scoring) in each of his past three full seasons. Given the season-ending injury to Kenneth Dixon, it's possible that Woodhead extends that streak if he can stay healthy.
61. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
Breaking the collegiate record for all-purpose yards previously held by Barry Sanders, McCaffrey's biggest strengths are his versatility and ability to create mismatches in the passing game. More valuable in PPR formats, McCaffrey doesn't seem destined to ever become a bellcow back at only 202 pounds. That said, (now ex) GM Dave Gettleman made the following comparison "The best tackle-box runner Ive ever seen is Curtis Martin out of Pitt. Christian is right there with him ..."
62. C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos
Not only did Anderson miss more than half of the 2016 season, but he averaged a career-low 4.0 yards per carry. With a new coach and the addition of Jamaal Charles, the Broncos are expected to employ a committee approach, but I'd expect CJA to get the largest share of the committee's workload.
63. Mike Gillislee, RB, New England Patriots
Gillislee capitalized on limited opportunities (110 touches) as LeSean McCoy's backup to rack up 627 yards from scrimmage and score nine touchdowns in 2017. Now in New England, Gillislee should get the majority of goal-line opportunities that went to LeGarrette Blount, who led the league with 18 rushing touchdowns last season. The only concern is the obvious one that comes with the uncertainty of how the workload will be distributed to New England's backs, but few backs have as much weekly upside as Gillislee.
64. Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
The good news: 18 touchdowns. The bad news: 22 games. Unfortunately, Eifert has missed more games (26) than he has played (22) over the past three seasons, but he has been a dominant red-zone target, when healthy, with 18 touchdowns during that stretch.
65. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Diggs had a few monster games -- back-to-back 13-catch games to start November and two separate 160-yard performances including his 13/164 outing on Nov. 13th. The Vikings should run the ball more often in 2017 than they did last year, but Diggs is clearly the team's best fantasy option at wide receiver with a WR2/3 outlook for 2017.
66. Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Giants
Changing teams but not home stadiums, Marshall will still play half of his football games at MetLife Stadium. While he gets a quarterback upgrade with Eli Manning, Marshall is clearly the team's No. 2 receiver to OBJ and the team has a talented young WR3 in Sterling Shepard as well.
67. Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts
In his age-33 season, Gore reached the 1,000-yard milestone, but he once again posted a sub-4.0 YPC average. With the addition of Marlon Mack in the fourth round, it's likely that Gore sees less than the 301 touches that he saw in 2016. Even so, he's likely to outperform his ADP as usual.
68. Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans
Finishing as fantasy's QB12 in 2016, Mariota gave us a glimpse of how good he could be during the eight-game span from Week 5 to 12. No QB scored more fantasy points and only Drew Brees (24.50/G) scored more than Mariota (24.19/G) on a per-game basis over that stretch. Given the team's offseason investments to put an improved supporting cast around Mariota, 2017 should be even better perhaps much better for this ascending dual-threat quarterback.
69. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
It was an uneven season for Wilson as he once again had a stronger second half than first half. Finishing as fantasy's QB11 in 2016, Wilson struggled running the ball with a career-low 3.6 YPC and 259 rushing yards with just one rushing score. Even though they used a second-round pick on LSU's Ethan Pocic, the offensive line remains one of the team's biggest concerns going into the 2017 season.
70. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
Coming off an MVP-winning season, Ryan shattered previous career highs with 4,944 passing yards and 38 touchdowns while throwing a career-low seven interceptions. With Steve Sarkisian taking over as offensive coordinator, the plan is to not deviate from the team's current offensive scheme, but it won't be easy for Ryan to duplicate last year's career numbers.
There is no denying that his best is about as good as any receiver's best, but there are a number of concerns with Watkins going into the 2017 season. While he's healthy at the moment, foot injuries are tricky, especially for wide receivers, and Watkins has missed a combined 11 games over the past two seasons. In addition, Watkins gets a quarterback downgrade going from Tyrod Taylor to Jared Goff.
72. Pierre Garcon, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Garcon is coming off his second career 1,000-yard season (79/1,041/3) and he could be in store for a bigger season in San Francisco with limited competition for targets. Garcon had 113 catches on 181 targets in 2013 when Kyle Shanahan was his coordinator in Washington.
73. DeSean Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Signing a three-year free-agent deal this offseason with the Buccaneers, Jackson posted a 56/1,005/4 slash line with Washington last season. Likely to score more touchdowns in 2017, D-Jax may not significantly exceed his receptions or yards totals in 2017 with Evans as the team's clear No. 1 receiver. With a 17.7 career Y/A average, the explosive wideout will likely have his share of big games with a few duds thrown in.
74. Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins
In the middle of the season, Crowder had a five-game stretch where he finished with 100-plus yards and/or scored a touchdown in all five games. In fact, all three of his 100-yard games occurred during that stretch. Given the changes to the receiving corps in free agency, Crowder should remain just as involved in the passing game as he was last season with the potential to improve on last year's overall numbers (67/847/7).
75. Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In his first five NFL seasons, Martin has rushed for 1,400-plus yards twice -- and under 500 yards three times. Playing a full 16-game slate in both 1,400-yard seasons, Martin has played a total of 25 games in his other three seasons combined. At a minimum, Martin will miss three games to start the season as he completes serving a four-game suspension.
76. Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins
Over the past two seasons, Landry has a total of 205 receptions for 2,295 yards and eight touchdowns in addition to 22 rush attempts for 128 yards and a touchdown and has finished as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver in back-to-back seasons. That's the good news. The bad news? Starting on Oct. 9th, the Dolphins gave Jay Ajayi double-digit carries over the final 12 games. Here are Landry's per-game numbers before Oct. 9th: 7.75/93.75/0.25 on 11.25 targets per game. Here they are on or after Oct. 9th: 5.25/63.42/0.25 on 7.17 targets per game. With the Dolphins becoming a run-first team, I'd expect Landry's per-game targets to be closer to 7.17 than 11.25 going forward.
77. Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Missing seven games in 2016, Moncrief (shoulder) didn't have the breakout that many (including myself) expected as he finished with 30 catches for 307 yards and seven touchdowns. With a tantalizing blend of size (6-2, 220) and 4.4 speed, Moncrief could break out in his age-24 season provided he can stay healthy. That said, Luck's absence in Week 1 and lack of a timetable is a concern for all of the skill-position players.
78. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Last season was a year to forget for Maclin (and his fantasy owners). Before last season, however, Maclin had 85-plus catches and 1,000-plus yards in each of his previous two seasons. Given the departure of targets from last year's squad, Maclin could bounce back in a big way with good health.
79. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings
Rudolph shattered previous career highs with 83 receptions (previous career high: 53) and 840 yards (previous: 495) while scoring seven touchdowns. Rudolph should come close to those numbers once again in 2017.
80. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Over the past two seasons, Ertz has a minimum of 75 catches and 816 yards each season and he once again closed the season strong. Over his final five games last season, Ertz caught 40 of 54 targets for 443 yards and three touchdowns. Even though the Eagles have added Alshon Jeffery (and Torrey Smith) to the receiving corps, trading away Jordan Matthews is a positive for Ertz's fantasy outlook.
81. Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns
It was an injury-plagued and disappointing rookie season for the top-15 selection in the 2016 NFL Draft. An explosive athlete when healthy, the Browns will be counting on him to take a big step forward in his sophomore campaign with 1,000-yard receiver Terrelle Pryor now in Washington.
82. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
After being named league MVP in 2015, Newton completed 52.9 percent of his pass attempts and averaged only 6.9 yards per attempt and 4.0 yards per carry, all of which set career lows, as he finished as fantasy's QB17 last year. The selections of Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel with their first two draft picks, however, should help to make things easier for Newton even if he runs less this season.
83. Paul Perkins, RB, New York Giants
Now the starter, Perkins should easily exceed his 127 rookie touches. Not only is the offensive line a concern, but Perkins (and the running game in general) has not inspired much confidence this preseason.
84. Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Expectations for a three-headed committee have obviously changed with the suspension and subsequent season-ending injury to Kenneth Dixon. West should handle the bulk of early-down work, but no team threw the ball on a higher percentage of their plays than the Ravens (65.99%) in 2016.
85. Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins
One year after throwing for 4,166 yards and 29 touchdowns (and finishing as fantasy's QB8), Cousins threw for 4,917 yards and 25 scores (and finished as fantasy's QB5). In addition, he has a total of nine rushing touchdowns over the past two seasons combined. Even though the team lost DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency, Washington signed 1,000-yard receiver Terrelle Pryor this offseason.
86. Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A top-15 fantasy quarterback in each of his first two seasons, Winston has the potential to post his first top-10 fantasy season in 2017. The Buccaneers added DeSean Jackson, one of the league's best vertical threats, in free agency and O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin via the draft, all of whom should take some pressure off of Mike Evans and really open things up for the passing offense in general.
87. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
The (nearly) 250-pound back averaged 4.5 yards per carry with five rushing scores as a rookie. Even though Murray remains the team's lead back heading into 2017, Henry should see an expanded share of the workload in his second season. Last year's split was 74-26 in Murray's favor, but I'd expect Henry to get closer to 35 percent of the duo's touches in 2017.
88. Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Even though Wallace had his first 1,000-yard season since 2011, he has finished as a top-30 fantasy wide receiver (standard scoring) in seven of eight seasons since entering the league in 2009. While I'm not necessarily targeting Wallace, I'm more than willing to draft him in the later rounds of drafts as he slips.
89. Martellus Bennett, TE, Green Bay Packers
Going from Tom Brady to Aaron Rodgers won't hurt Bennett's fantasy value. In fact, his outlook has improved. Not that Rodgers doesn't spread the ball around, but I'd expect Bennett to see a larger share of targets in Green Bay than he saw in New England (13.27 percent) last season. And considering Rob Gronkowski missed half of the season and the Patriots added Brandin Cooks this offseason, Bennett would have been lucky to get 13 percent of the targets from Brady this season.
90. Jordan Matthews, WR, Buffalo Bills
Being traded to a run-heavy team isn't usually a positive for a wide receiver, but you could certainly argue that J-Matt's fantasy outlook improved by being traded to the Bills, especially considering the Bills traded away Sammy Watkins. With that said, Matthews is currently dealing with a chip fracture in his sternum and he's week to week. When healthy, however, he'll be in the weekly WR3 mix.
91. Eric Decker, WR, Tennessee Titans
Released by the Jets this offseason, Decker had 1,000-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in three of his previous four seasons before missing 13 games in 2016. Signing a one-year deal with the Titans, he further boosts Marcus Mariota's fantasy outlook for 2017. And while Decker may be the most productive amongst the team's wide receivers, there are a lot of mouths to feed in the passing game that the group will likely limit each other's opportunities.
92. Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots
In his first season with the Patriots, Hogan set a career high with 680 yards on just 58 targets. Given the ACL injury to Julian Edelman, Hogan could be the biggest beneficiary in terms of fantasy outlook.
93. Robert Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins
When given an opportunity, Kelley made the most of it as the team's primary back on early downs. With the team using its fourth-round pick on Samaje Perine, a similar back to Kelley in terms of style, Kelley could eventually lose his role as lead back at some point this season, but he will begin the season as the starter.
94. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
The Panthers used their top-two picks on weapons to help Cam Newton -- and likely hurt the fantasy outlook for Jonathan Stewart. Both Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel are extremely versatile and dynamic weapons that should make significant contributions early. Now 30 years old, Stewart has missed at least three games in five consecutive seasons and he has averaged less than 4.0 yards per carry in three of those five seasons including last year (3.8 YPC).
95. Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks
The addition of Eddie Lacy creates a semi-uncertain role for Rawls, but Rawls appears to be a better value than Lacy based on current ADPs. If Rawls can stay healthy, it wouldn't surprise me if he has some big games. Over the past two seasons, Rawls has five 100-yard rushing games -- only eight players have more -- despite getting 10-plus carries in only 12 games over that two-year span.
96. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Last season, Blount finished with 299 carries for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns. Even though Ryan Mathews was released, it's unlikely that Blount comes anywhere near his New England numbers in his first year with the Eagles. In fact, there has been some speculation that Blount could be a surprise cut in Philadelphia.
97. Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions
One of the backs that is much better in PPR-scoring formats, Riddick is one of the league's most dynamic receiving backs. Over the past two seasons, he has averaged 5.12 receptions for 41.08 yards and 0.35 touchdowns per game and he should remain a vital part of the passing attack.
98. Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans
What's not to like about Davis as a prospect? Of course, he played against a lower level of collegiate competition at Western Michigan, but Davis has all of the physical tools to develop into an elite receiver at this level. Highly prolific in college, the 6-foot-3 wideout had 1,400-plus yards and 12-plus touchdowns in each of the past three seasons. Unfortunately, targets may be less plentiful than one would expect for a top-five selection, especially with the Titans adding Eric Decker on a one-year contract.
99. Tyrell Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
Williams had a breakout season in 2016 as he finished with 69 catches for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns. With a healthy Keenan Allen, he may not duplicate last year's numbers, but it wouldn't surprise me if he had another 1,000-yard season.
100. James White, RB, New England Patriots
Signing a three-year extension this offseason, White had a career-high 60 receptions in 2016 in addition to 14 receptions in their Super Bowl victory. While he may once again have more catches than carries and be better in PPR formats, White finished as the RB33 in standard-scoring formats (non-PPR) last season.
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