2017 Top-120 for the NFL Draft

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.



  Pos Player Neil Tommy Dan Andy Joe
1 RB David Johnson 1 1 1 1 1
2 RB Le’Veon Bell 2 2 2 2 2
3 WR Antonio Brown 5 5 3 3 3
4 WR Odell Beckham 7 3 4 4 4
5 WR Julio Jones 4 4 5 5 6
6 RB LeSean McCoy 3 6 12 7 5
7 RB Melvin Gordon 13 7 9 6 8
T8 WR A.J. Green 8 9 10 11 12
T8 WR Mike Evans 9 12 6 12 11
10 RB Devonta Freeman 10 11 14 8 9
11 RB Jordan Howard 11 10 11 16 7
12 WR Michael Thomas 6 14 8 13 15
13 RB DeMarco Murray 15 13 13 9 10
14 WR Jordy Nelson 21 15 7 10 13
15 RB Jay Ajayi 12 8 20 15 14
16 WR Dez Bryant 18 23 17 18 17
17 WR Amari Cooper 17 27 15 20 19
18 WR T.Y. Hilton 22 18 25 19 18
19 RB Lamar Miller 14 24 22 26 20
20 RB Leonard Fournette 19 16 28 22 22
21 WR Doug Baldwin 25 25 18 17 24
22 TE Rob Gronkowski 16 20 27 14 39
23 RB Todd Gurley 55 22 16 25 16
24 WR Allen Robinson 27 26 24 40 27

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.

  Pos Player Neil Tommy Dan Andy Joe
25 WR Demaryius Thomas 43 28 23 28 26
26 WR DeAndre Hopkins 26 21 36 29 38
27 RB Carlos Hyde 30 46 19 27 30
28 WR Alshon Jeffery 31 31 26 31 36
29 WR Brandin Cooks 48 34 31 23 21
30 QB Aaron Rodgers 36 38 29 32 23
31 RB Marshawn Lynch 24 32 53 24 29
32 RB Isaiah Crowell 70 19 21 44 25
33 RB Dalvin Cook 34 29 34 41 45
T34 RB Ezekiel Elliott 28 17 51 21 68
T34 WR Terrelle Pryor 49 33 33 30 40
36 WR Davante Adams 47 35 35 36 35
T37 RB Christian McCaffrey 20 37 40 43 54
T37 WR Keenan Allen 32 36 54 35 37
39 QB Tom Brady 37 39 59 34 28
40 TE Travis Kelce 38 54 30 49 33
41 RB Spencer Ware 23 44 39 54 46
42 WR Michael Crabtree 50 40 37 45 44
43 QB Drew Brees 46 51 46 33 43
T44 WR Sammy Watkins 29 52 42 51 53
T44 WR Emmanuel Sanders 42 41 32 62 50
46 WR Jarvis Landry 33 67 47 57 31
47 RB Ty Montgomery 35 62 62 38 42
48 RB Joe Mixon 71 30 56 39 52
49 TE Greg Olsen 53 56 55 53 34
50 WR Golden Tate 59 42 44 52 56
51 WR Larry Fitzgerald 63 58 38 46 51
52 RB Mike Gillislee 41 45 50 56 81
53 TE Jordan Reed 66 57 45 50 60
54 RB C.J. Anderson 92 61 48 37 48
55 QB Matt Ryan 44 50 82 67 57
56 WR Martavis Bryant 85 59 61 47 49
57 QB Russell Wilson 56 73 43 60 73
58 WR Tyreek Hill 87 48 72 48 55
59 RB Mark Ingram 73 80 41 42 79
60 RB Paul Perkins 40 75 85 75 41

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.

  Pos Player Neil Tommy Dan Andy Joe
61 TE Jimmy Graham 67 69 58 65 59
T62 WR Julian Edelman 84 68 80 64 32
T62 RB Ameer Abdullah 91 55 52 69 61
64 RB Frank Gore 72 77 60 55 67
65 WR Kelvin Benjamin 79 79 49 59 66
66 RB Bilal Powell 54 65 90 63 63
67 QB Andrew Luck 57 63 99 68 58
68 WR Stefon Diggs 80 71 89 58 65
69 WR Jamison Crowder 82 49 86 80 70
70 QB Cam Newton 45 89 57 90 87
T71 WR Brandon Marshall 60 78 63 98 71
T71 RB Tevin Coleman 90 74 68 76 62
73 WR DeVante Parker 86 64 71 82 75
74 QB Kirk Cousins 76 72 84 66 83
75 RB Thomas Rawls 39 43 115 72 116
76 WR Willie Snead 81 83 81 78 72
77 WR Donte Moncrief 89 70 96 79 76
T78 TE Tyler Eifert 51 96 66 107 92
T78 WR Cameron Meredith 64 87 104 83 74
80 RB Adrian Peterson 106 53 100 85 69
81 WR Eric Decker 61 84 76 96 97
82 WR DeSean Jackson 83 88 67 94 89
83 QB Derek Carr 58 95 79 110 85
84 QB Marcus Mariota 97 91 73 88 82
85 RB Robert Kelley 115 47 N/R 73 47
86 RB Danny Woodhead N/R 60 74 61 88
87 RB Eddie Lacy 118 100 65 71 80
88 RB Doug Martin 120 82 83 70 84
89 RB LeGarrette Blount 119 81 91 91 64
90 WR Jeremy Maclin 88 109 69 106 77
91 WR Pierre Garcon 62 108 95 95 94
92 RB Jonathan Stewart 95 93 97 87 93
93 QB Ben Roethlisberger 75 98 107 89 98
94 WR Tyrell Williams 110 99 70 81 114
95 TE Kyle Rudolph 104 97 78 108 95
96 QB Jameis Winston 68 90 64 112 N/R

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.

  Pos Player Neil Tommy Dan Andy Joe
97 RB Derrick Henry 113 76 110 102 96
98 TE Zach Ertz 78 101 105 109 106
99 WR Corey Coleman 100 106 116 100 101
100 TE Delanie Walker 52 N/R 87 N/R 86
101 RB Kareem Hunt N/R 66 120 92 108
102 RB Darren McFadden N/R 85 N/R 74 78
T103 QB Matthew Stafford 69 N/R 103 104 113
T103 WR Kenny Britt 107 105 93 84 N/R
105 RB Terrance West N/R N/R 77 77 90
T106 WR Adam Thielen 101 111 101 116 117
T106 RB Matt Forte 114 94 88 N/R 100
108 RB Samaje Perine 93 110 102 N/R 112
109 RB Jacquizz Rodgers 105 86 N/R 86 N/R
110 WR Jordan Matthews 108 104 N/R 101 115
111 RB Theo Riddick 74 119 N/R N/R 91
112 QB Dak Prescott N/R 112 75 111 N/R
113 WR Zay Jones 117 N/R 117 97 119
114 QB Eli Manning 98 N/R 113 N/R 102
115 WR Rishard Matthews N/R N/R 94 117 104
116 RB Jeremy Hill N/R 114 N/R 93 111
117 WR Marvin Jones 99 N/R 106 N/R 118
118 RB Duke Johnson 112 N/R 114 N/R 105
119 TE Hunter Henry 77 N/R N/R N/R 107
120 RB Latavius Murray N/R 92 N/R N/R 99

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.

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