This week we wrap up our 2017 fantasy football rankings with Top-120 players. Join Andy Germani, Tommy Landseadel, Joe Mica, Dan Marcus and Neil Schnurbach as they help you prepare for your rapidly approaching football drafts.
So why a Top-120? The reasoning behind this is simple. Standard league and roster size is 12-team with a 14/15 man roster. A top-120 essentially takes you through round 10 of your draft. Most teams take a kicker and defense in the final rounds. Also, teams that didn’t take one of those top tight ends will be selecting their TE here as well.
The remainder of the players selected after round 10 are dart throws, sleepers, lottery tickets – whatever you’d like to call them. The problem is, and it is something you might have noticed if you looked at the final players and honorable mentions for each position, everyone has their own idea and opinion who those dart throw players should be.
The only thing that gets a late round player ranked higher than another is one particular person ranks them higher than the collective group. If you look at just the honorable mentions you’ll see dozens of players that made in on to just one ranking list. If he was ranked high enough by that one person he will rank higher. Does that make him better? Only in the eye of the man who ranked him that high.
So, to simplify things, we’ve taken out the rounds that cover the less important positions and stuck to the rounds that cover what most owners covet – quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers, and a few tight ends sprinkled in. There will still be some honorable mentions and one-hit wonders; look to these players near the end of round 10 and beyond.
Disclaimer: As you will see, everyone has changed their lists around a bit from the positional ranks. Much has happened over the past few weeks, so naturally players have been moving up and down the draft board. Injuries are a part of preseason football, and job security and their place on the depth chart is still being decided for a number of players. If you notice a player higher or lower, this explains most of that.
Finally, keep in mind that each ranker compiled their top-120 using their own rankings. Maybe you didn’t think that much of it when you saw someone rank a player 5-10 spots higher or lower than the collective group in our positional rankings. Now that all the positions are combined that same player could appear 30-40 points outside the collective. Try not to overreact and crucify the “experts” for this unless you feel it’s absolutely necessary. Right or wrong, odds are there is one guy in your league that feels their ranking is correct.
Opinions vary; that’s why we consolidate the rankings.
As always, all of our rankings assume standard scoring:
- 6 points for TD
- 1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
- 1 point for 25 yards passing – no PPR
Without further ado, here is our top 150 for 2017. N/R denotes a non-ranking of that particular player.
Judging by the rankings, other than Gronkowski you should be taking a wide receiver or running back in the first two rounds. The two positions are evenly split so don’t be afraid to take a wide receiver if your target running back goes off the board – or vice versa.
Rounds 3-5 should look very similar to the first two with 15 wide receivers and 13 running backs potentially going off the board. This is also where owners start targeting the top quarterbacks and tight ends if you are formulating a draft plan. In total, you could see 27 wide receivers and 24 running backs off the board by the end of round 5.
The big story in the round 6-8 range is quarterback. Five of the more popular ones were ranked and potential taken in the previous rounds. Another seven could go off the board here. If you can be happy with one of the quarterbacks not ranked yet then your draft plan is clear and you should target as many backs and receivers as possible. Another 14 receivers and 12 backs were ranked in the round 6-8 range with the remaining three slots going to the tight end.
In a perfect world each team would have a quarterback and six combined wide receivers and running backs before having to consider the above players in rounds 9-10. As you can see by the number of N/R spots these players are all subject to personal preference. Use them as a general guide to filling out your roster.
Honorable Mentions: There were 14 players ranked on two of five lists that just missed the cut. If you are unhappy with the players in 97-120 range, these would be your best alternatives.
- QB: Philip Rivers, Andy Dalton
- RB: Jamaal Williams, Rex Burkhead, Joe Williams, Chris Carson, James White, Marlon Mack, C.J. Prosise
- WR: Corey Davis, Mike Wallace, Cooper Kupp, Robby Anderson
- TE: Martellus Bennett
One-Hit Wonders: There are our rankers personal favorites – players they would see ranked in the top-120 in their world.
- Neil: Jamaal Charles, O.J. Howard, Coby Fleener, Tyler Lockett, Allen Hurns.
- Dan: Eric Ebron, Josh Doctson, Ted Ginn, Marqise Lee, Jaron Brown, DeAndre Washington
- Andy: Randall Cobb, D’Onta Foreman, Kevin White
- Joe: John Brown, Dion Lewis
- Tommy: All remaining picks fell under the honorable mention section.
That’s it! Good luck to everyone in the draft and the upcoming season.