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 26-50 in our Top-200 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet:
26. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns
Crowell had single-digit carries in five games and less than 30 rushing yards in six of 16 games, but he set career highs in rushing yards (952), yards per carry (4.8) and receptions (40) in 2016. Not only did the Browns improve their offensive line in the offseason, but Hue Jackson expects to run the ball more often and the team added no real threat to Crowell's workload in the offseason.
27. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
Kelce set career highs in receptions (85), yards (1,125) and 100-yard games (six) and led the position in fantasy points scored despite scoring only four touchdowns. While Kelce has never scored more than five touchdowns in a season, he was targeted 16 times in the red zone last season -- only three TEs were targeted more inside the 20. With Jeremy Maclin now in Baltimore, Kelce should be even more of a focal point of the passing offense and has a chance to finish as fantasy's TE1 even if Rob Gronkowski plays a full season.
28. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Not only did Hilton record his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season, but he led the NFL in receiving yards (1,448) in 2016. Furthermore, Hilton set career highs in both receptions (91) and targets (155), but he has scored five to seven touchdowns (six last year) in all five of his NFL seasons. While Andrew Luck (shoulder) will miss at least the opener, it's unclear when he'll be ready to go so that puts a damper on Hilton's early-season outlook.
29. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
A free-agency steal if he can stay on the field, Jeffery signed a one-year deal that should keep him motivated to parlay 2017 success into a large contract next offseason. While he has played only 21 games over the past two seasons combined, Jeffery has averaged 78.9 yards per game since 2013 and instantly becomes Carson Wentz's No. 1 wide receiver.
30. Terrelle Pryor, WR, Washington Redskins
A full-time receiver for the first time, Pryor had 77 receptions for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns and added 21 rushing yards and another score despite Cleveland's quarterback issues. Getting a quarterback upgrade with Kirk Cousins on his one-year deal with Washington, Pryor should post better -- perhaps much better -- numbers in his second full season at receiver.
31. Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Through three NFL seasons, Hyde has played 34 of 48 games and missed multiple games each season. Despite concerns earlier in the offseason about how he may fit in Shanahan's offense, Hyde will enter the season as the team's lead back and has plenty of upside, health permitting.
32. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
Over his past 16 games, Allen has racked up 116 catches for 1,217 yards and eight touchdowns. Of course, the bad news is that those 16 games span three separate seasons as Allen has played just nine games over the past two years. Even though durability is the obvious concern, that 16-game production would equate to 169.7 fantasy points and 285.7 PPR points, which would have ranked ninth- and fifth-most, respectively, had all 16 of those games occurred in 2016 only.
33. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
One year after a 1,500-yard season, Hopkins was drafted in the first round of most leagues, but poor quarterback play sabotaged his 2016 production (78/954/4). Finishing as fantasy's WR35 (WR27 in PPR), Hopkins should be better in 2017 but a bounce-back will be dependent upon an inexperienced starter.
34. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
Posting an insane TD-INT ratio of 165 to 34 over the past five seasons combined, Rodgers led the league in passing touchdowns (40) last year while throwing for 4,428 yards, the third-most of his career. Since becoming a starter in 2008, Rodgers has finished as a top-two fantasy quarterback in seven of nine seasons (and one of those two outliers was his injury-shortened 2013 season). With good health, he's a lock for a top-two fantasy season.
35. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders
Coming out of retirement to play for his hometown Raiders, Lynch was a top-five fantasy running back in each of his past four full seasons. It would be unreasonable to expect that kind of production from him, but he should be viewed as an RB2 with plenty of weekly upside in Oakland's high-powered offense.
36. Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans
One touch shy of 300 in 14 games played, Miller was inefficient in his first season with the Texans as he set or tied career lows in YPC (4.0) and Y/R (6.1). With the team using its third-round pick on D'Onta Foreman, perhaps his addition helps to keep Miller fresh(er) and lead to a bounce-back in efficiency.
37. Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints
The good news is that Ingram played a full 16-game slate for the second time in his career while posting career highs of 1,043 rushing yards, 5.1 yards per carry and 10 total touchdowns. With Ingram taking a back seat at times to Tim Hightower, the threat of losing an even larger share to Adrian Peterson is a real concern even if Ingram is earning more money and going into the season as the "starter."
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38. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
Now 40 years old, Brady has shown no signs of slowing down. In 12 games following his four-game suspension, Brady averaged 296.2 yards per game and 8.2 Y/A, a five-year high, while posting a 28-to-two TD-INT ratio. With the Patriots acquiring Brandin Cooks this offseason and Rob Gronkowski missing half of last season, Brady could post even better per-game numbers even though Julian Edelman will miss all of 2017 with a torn ACL.
Cook did not slip to the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft due to his on-field production at Florida State. While he didn't perform well in agility drills at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, Cook looked more explosive on the field as he exceeded the 100-yard rushing mark in nine of his final 10 games for the Seminoles with an average of 190.7 YFS per game during that stretch.
40. Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers
Due to injuries, Montgomery moved to running back last season where he play again this season. If he remains the starter all season, Montgomery could finish as a top-24 (or higher) fantasy running back in Green Bay's high-powered offense. That said, Ted Thompson used three draft picks on running backs -- Jamaal Williams (134th overall), Aaron Jones (182nd) and Devante Mays (238) -- and Williams could challenge him to start, perhaps early in the season.
41. Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Playing only 21 games in three seasons and none last year due to suspension, skepticism about his ability to stay on the field (or off suspension) would be natural. That said, the big-play receiver has averaged 17.29 Y/R and scored on one out of every 5.43 receptions in his young career. In addition, Bryant has added 10 pounds of muscle this offseason as the 6-foot-4 wideout is now up to 225 pounds. If (a big if) he can stay clean, he's a high-upside option for fantasy owners.
42. Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders
Half of one of the NFL's top wide receiver duos, Crabtree has been highly productive in both of his seasons in Oakland. Crabtree has a minimum of 85 catches, 900 yards and eight touchdowns each season and is coming off his first 1,000-yard season since 2012.
43. Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
Missing multiple regular-season games every year, Reed missed another four games last season and durability is obviously the main concern with Reed. Since Kirk Cousins became the team's starting quarterback in 2015, Reed has averaged the per-game equivalent of a 94/1,008/10 season (16 games).
44. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
Adams just missed the 1,000-yard mark last season, but he shattered previous career highs with 75 catches for 997 yards and 12 touchdowns. Going into the 2017 season, he is clearly the No. 2 option for Aaron Rodgers behind Jordy Nelson in one of the league's most-explosive offenses.
45. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
With 4.5 speed at 226 pounds, Mixon has the talent and versatility to stay on the field on all three downs and has drawn some comparisons to David Johnson. For the Sooners, Mixon carried the ball 187 times for 1,274 yards (6.8 YPC) and 10 touchdowns and added 37/538/5 (14.5 Y/R) receiving in 2016. Marvis Lewis has talked up Mixon's on-field ability this offseason and he should become the team's lead back by the end of the season, if not sooner.
46. Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
As Blake Bortles and the passing offense regressed, Robinson finished with 73 catches for 880 yards and six touchdowns in his age-23 season following an 80/1,400/14 line in 2015. Based on his talent, I expect improvement from A-Rob, but the Jags should become more of a run-first team with Leonard Fournette added to the mix.
47. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Back for (at least) one more season, Fitzgerald has finished as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver with 100-plus catches and 1,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons. Going into his age-34 season, Fitzgerald is a safe WR2 for fantasy owners.
48. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos
After a career year in 2014 (101/1,404/9), Sanders has at least 75 catches and 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons. Both of those -- 75 catches and 1,000 yards -- seem to be a reasonable floor, but there is some upside for improvement over the past two seasons with Mike McCoy returning to run Denver's offense.
49. Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Once again, Coleman has missed multiple games, but he showed his big-play ability when he was on the field. While Freeman will continue to lead the backfield in usage and production, Coleman had double-digit touches in 11 of his 13 games last year and finished the season as a top-20 fantasy running back.
50. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions
After missing all but two games last season due to a Lisfranc injury, Abdullah goes into the 2017 season as the Lions starting running back. On a per-touch basis, Abdullah was off to a good start last year -- 18/101 (5.6 YPC) rushing and 5/57/1 (11.4 Y/R) receiving -- and there is definitely some fantasy breakout potential in 2017.
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