Fantasy Football Big Board Heading into Preseason Week 2

Matt Camp@TheMattCampFantasy Football Lead WriterAugust 16, 2017

Fantasy Football Big Board Heading into Preseason Week 2

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    The consistency of Antonio Brown is second to none.
    The consistency of Antonio Brown is second to none.Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    If there’s noteworthy news in the offseason, usually it’s something negative. Positive reports about players in offseason workouts mean little to me, but when trying to fill the football void, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of something as simple as a rookie learning the playbook. 

    With training camp winding down and a week of preseason action already behind us, player evaluation, injury updates and game performance become more important, although minor stories can get overblown. Should you worry about what a depth chart looks like in early August? They might as well print them on toilet paper.

    If there’s news on top players, it typically relates to a potential contract extension or something major like an injury or off-field issue. The Atlanta Falcons rewarded Devonta Freeman with an extension, which is a strong vote of confidence, but not a move that should greatly alter his fantasy value. 

    When the NFL announced a six-game suspension for Ezekiel Elliott, it seriously shook up what the rankings look like, and they could change again if his suspension is shortened or taken to the courts. Elliott’s change in ranking is covered in the running backs section of this article. His suspension makes Antonio Brown a viable option if you have a top-three pick.

    In subsequent updates to this article through the preseason, you’ll see players with good values, some you want to avoid at their current ADP and potential sleepers. 

    My rankings will be updated more often than this article, so you can bookmark this page to see the latest changes at any given point in the preseason.

    Note: All ADP data from Fantasy Football Calculator. All fantasy stats used to calculate finishes from FantasyPros. All advanced stats calculated using data from Pro Football Reference. All stats are based on points per reception (PPR) format.

Top 100

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    You'll have to pay a high price for Todd Gurley despite a disappointing performance in 2016.
    You'll have to pay a high price for Todd Gurley despite a disappointing performance in 2016.Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

    Based on current ADP data, the first 100 picks are comprised of 10 quarterbacks, 39 running backs, 42 wide receivers and nine tight ends. My top 100 isn’t far off with 11 quarterbacks, 37 running backs, 42 wide receivers and 10 tight ends. In 2016, the top 100 consisted of 11 QBs, 39 RBs, 41 WRs and nine TEs.

    If you look at the first 36 picks (top three rounds in 12-team leagues), ADP shows two QBs, 17 RBs, 16 WRs and one TE. By comparison, I have two QBs, 15 RBs, 17 WRs, and two TEs in my top 36. In 2016, the top 36 picks were made up of one QB, 13 RBs, 20 WRs and two TEs.

    The key trend to focus on is the rise of RBs in the first 36 picks from 14 RBs in 2016 to 17 RBs in 2017. Confidence in RBs has returned, although that strategy could be risky, as the position remains volatile even if the perception indicates otherwise. Seeing David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott dominate consistently in 2016 is one of the primary causes for the renewed love of RBs, yet that ignores the disappointing season of Todd Gurley.

    Top 100 PPR Rankings

    #Player (Team/Bye)Pos
    1David Johnson ARI (8)RB
    2Le'Veon Bell PIT (9)RB
    3Antonio Brown PIT (9)WR
    4Julio Jones ATL (5)WR
    5Odell Beckham Jr. NYG (8)WR
    6LeSean McCoy BUF (6)RB
    7Jordy Nelson GB (8)WR
    8Mike Evans TB (11)WR
    9Devonta Freeman ATL (5)RB
    10T.Y. Hilton IND (11)WR
    11A.J. Green CIN (6)WR
    12Michael Thomas NO (5)WR
    13Melvin Gordon LAC (9)RB
    14DeMarco Murray TEN (8)RB
    15Jordan Howard CHI (9)RB
    16Jay Ajayi MIA (11)RB
    17Leonard Fournette JAC (8)RB
    18Amari Cooper OAK (10)WR
    19Doug Baldwin SEA (6)WR
    20Christian McCaffrey CAR (11)RB
    21Dez Bryant DAL (6)WR
    22Brandin Cooks NE (9)WR
    23Stefon Diggs MIN (9)WR
    24Davante Adams GB (8)WR
    25Ezekiel Elliott DAL (6)RB
    26Danny Woodhead BAL (10)RB
    27Joe Mixon CIN (6)RB
    28Todd Gurley LAR (8)RB
    29DeAndre Hopkins HOU (7)WR
    30Terrelle Pryor WAS (5)WR
    31Travis Kelce KC (10)TE
    32Rob Gronkowski NE (9)TE
    33Golden Tate DET (7)WR
    34Tom Brady NE (9)QB
    35Aaron Rodgers GB (8)QB
    36Isaiah Crowell CLE (9)RB
    37Larry Fitzgerald ARI (8)WR
    38Allen Robinson JAC (8)WR
    39Alshon Jeffery PHI (10)WR
    40Martavis Bryant PIT (9)WR
    41Bilal Powell NYJ (11)RB
    42Mark Ingram NO (5)RB
    43Demaryius Thomas DEN (5)WR
    44C.J. Anderson DEN (5)RB
    45Drew Brees NO (5)QB
    46Keenan Allen LAC (9)WR
    47Lamar Miller HOU (7)RB
    48Ty Montgomery GB (8)RB
    49Pierre Garcon SF (11)WR
    50Julian Edelman NE (9)WR
    51Greg Olsen CAR (11)TE
    52Jimmy Graham SEA (6)TE
    53Jordan Reed WAS (5)TE
    54Terrance West BAL (10)RB
    55Theo Riddick DET (7)RB
    56Russell Wilson SEA (6)QB
    57Andrew Luck IND (11)QB
    58Tyrell Williams LAC (9)WR
    59Tyreek Hill KC (10)WR
    60Frank Gore IND (11)RB
    61Marshawn Lynch OAK (10)RB
    62Jamison Crowder WAS (5)WR
    63Carlos Hyde SF (11)RB
    64Kyle Rudolph MIN (9)TE
    65Matt Ryan ATL (5)QB
    66Jarvis Landry MIA (11)WR
    67Dalvin Cook MIN (9)RB
    68Willie Snead NO (5)WR
    69Jeremy Maclin BAL (10)WR
    70Emmanuel Sanders DEN (5)WR
    71Derek Carr OAK (10)QB
    72Adrian Peterson NO (5)RB
    73Ameer Abdullah DET (7)RB
    74DeSean Jackson TB (11)WR
    75Sammy Watkins LAR (8)WR
    76Zach Ertz PHI (10)TE
    77Cameron Meredith CHI (9)WR
    78Jameis Winston TB (11)QB
    79Mike Gillislee NE (9)RB
    80Tevin Coleman ATL (5)RB
    81Kirk Cousins WAS (5)QB
    82Michael Crabtree OAK (10)WR
    83C.J. Prosise SEA (6)RB
    84Kareem Hunt KC (10)RB
    85Brandon Marshall NYG (8)WR
    86Hunter Henry LAC (9)TE
    87Tyler Eifert CIN (6)TE
    88Marcus Mariota TEN (8)QB
    89Adam Thielen MIN (9)WR
    90Kenny Britt CLE (9)WR
    91Duke Johnson CLE (9)RB
    92Cam Newton CAR (11)QB
    93Eric Ebron DET (7)TE
    94Spencer Ware KC (10)RB
    95Kelvin Benjamin CAR (11)WR
    96Doug Martin TB (11)RB
    97Darren Sproles PHI (10)RB
    98DeVante Parker MIA (11)WR
    99Cole Beasley DAL (6)WR
    100Samaje Perine WAS (5)RB
    2017 Fantasy Football Rankings powered by FantasyPros


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    Will Andrew Luck be ready for Week 1?
    Will Andrew Luck be ready for Week 1?Tony Avelar/Associated Press

    Notable Changes in Rankings (since start of training camp)

    12. Matthew Stafford, DET

    13. Dak Prescott, DAL

    14. Philip Rivers, LAC

    15. Eli Manning, NYG

    16. Tyrod Taylor, BUF

    While I initially considered Taylor a value, his stock took a big hit when the Buffalo Bills traded Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams and acquired Jordan Matthews from the Philadelphia Eagles. That leaves Taylor with a completely different receiving corps compared to last year, as two of the additions (Matthews and Anquan Boldin) joined the team during the preseason. Taylor went from a potential top-12 QB to a fantasy backup.

    Targets Based on Value 

    Russell Wilson, SEA

    Current ADP: 77.6/QB6

    My Ranking: QB4

    Matthew Stafford, DET

    Current ADP: 118.1/QB14

    My Ranking: QB12


    Overvalued Players 

    Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

    Current ADP: 104.5/QB12

    My Ranking: QB17


    Potential Sleepers

    Carson Wentz, PHI

    Current ADP: 141.3/QB19

    My Ranking: QB18


    Other Names to Monitor

    Andrew Luck, IND

    Current ADP: 84.5/QB7

    My Ranking: QB5


    2017 Quarterback Rankings

    #Player (Team/Bye)
    1Tom Brady NE (9)
    2Aaron Rodgers GB (8)
    3Drew Brees NO (5)
    4Russell Wilson SEA (6)
    5Andrew Luck IND (11)
    6Matt Ryan ATL (5)
    7Derek Carr OAK (10)
    8Jameis Winston TB (11)
    9Kirk Cousins WAS (5)
    10Marcus Mariota TEN (8)
    11Cam Newton CAR (11)
    12Matthew Stafford DET (7)
    13Dak Prescott DAL (6)
    14Philip Rivers LAC (9)
    15Eli Manning NYG (8)
    16Tyrod Taylor BUF (6)
    17Ben Roethlisberger PIT (9)
    18Carson Wentz PHI (10)
    19Andy Dalton CIN (6)
    20Carson Palmer ARI (8)
    21Jay Cutler MIA (11)
    22Joe Flacco BAL (10)
    23Blake Bortles JAC (8)
    24Brian Hoyer SF (11)
    25Sam Bradford MIN (9)
    26Alex Smith KC (10)
    27Jared Goff LAR (8)
    28Trevor Siemian DEN (5)
    29Deshaun Watson HOU (7)
    30Josh McCown NYJ (11)
    31Mitch Trubisky CHI (9)
    32DeShone Kizer CLE (9)
    33Brock Osweiler CLE (9)
    34Mike Glennon CHI (9)
    35Paxton Lynch DEN (5)

Running Backs

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    David Johnson remains the focal point of the Arizona Cardinals offense.
    David Johnson remains the focal point of the Arizona Cardinals offense.Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Changes in Rankings (since start of training camp)

    3. LeSean McCoy, BUF

    4. Devonta Freeman, ATL

    5. Melvin Gordon, LAC

    6. DeMarco Murray, TEN

    7. Jordan Howard, CHI

    8. Jay Ajayi, MIA

    9. Leonard Fournette, JAC

    10. Christian McCaffrey, CAR

    11. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL


    Elliott was initially ranked as the No. 3 RB, but when his six-game suspension was announced, he slipped eight spots, although that still puts him in the RB1 range. I wrestled with the decision of how far to drop Elliott knowing that he might not serve all six games or could try to push the suspension back by taking it to court. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Elliott is “ready for a long battle” as it pertains to fighting the suspension.

    While each player moved up with Elliott dropping from RB3 to RB11, McCoy moved up two spots, as he jumped over Freeman. Following the trade of Sammy Watkins and a lack of a true No. 1 WR in Buffalo, McCoy could see an even bigger role as both a runner and a receiver. 

    For the time being, neither Ajayi (concussion) nor Fournette (foot) will move, but if they are still battling injuries next week, adjustment could be made.


    Targets Based on Value

    Danny Woodhead, BAL

    Current ADP: 44.2/RB19

    My Ranking: RB12


    C.J. Anderson, DEN

    Current ADP: 57.6/RB24

    My Ranking: RB18


    Bilal Powell, NYJ

    Current ADP: 59.7/RB25

    My Ranking: RB16


    Mark Ingram, NO

    Current ADP: 61.4/RB26

    My Ranking: RB17


    Terrance West, BAL

    Current ADP: 86.5/RB36

    My Ranking: RB21


    Darren Sproles, PHI

    Current ADP: 135.6/RB51

    My Ranking: RB36


    Overvalued Players

    Todd Gurley, LAR

    Current ADP: 18.1/RB10

    My Ranking: RB14


    Lamar Miller, HOU

    Current ADP: 26.8/RB12

    My Ranking: RB19


    Spencer Ware, KC

    Current ADP: 48.2/RB21

    My Ranking: RB34


    Dalvin Cook, MIN

    Current ADP: 35.5/RB17

    My Ranking: RB26


    Paul Perkins, NYG

    Current ADP: 71.3/RB29

    My Ranking: RB39


    Eddie Lacy, SEA

    Current ADP: 80/RB33

    My Ranking: RB41


    Derrick Henry, TEN

    Current ADP: 80.5/RB34

    My Ranking: RB50


    Potential Sleepers

    Kareem Hunt, KC

    Current ADP: 88.9/RB37

    My Ranking: RB34


    C.J. Prosise, SEA

    Current ADP: 104.7/RB43

    My Ranking: RB31


    Kyle Juszczyk, SF

    Current ADP: Undrafted

    My Ranking: RB43


    Other Names to Monitor

    Thomas Rawls, SEA

    Current ADP: 103.6/RB42

    My Ranking: RB40


    Samaje Perine, WAS

    Current ADP: 107.7/RB44

    My Ranking: RB37


    2017 Running Back PPR Rankings

    #Player (Team/Bye)
    1David Johnson ARI (8)
    2Le'Veon Bell PIT (9)
    3LeSean McCoy BUF (6)
    4Devonta Freeman ATL (5)
    5Melvin Gordon LAC (9)
    6DeMarco Murray TEN (8)
    7Jordan Howard CHI (9)
    8Jay Ajayi MIA (11)
    9Leonard Fournette JAC (8)
    10Christian McCaffrey CAR (11)
    11Ezekiel Elliott DAL (6)
    12Danny Woodhead BAL (10)
    13Joe Mixon CIN (6)
    14Todd Gurley LAR (8)
    15Isaiah Crowell CLE (9)
    16Bilal Powell NYJ (11)
    17Mark Ingram NO (5)
    18C.J. Anderson DEN (5)
    19Lamar Miller HOU (7)
    20Ty Montgomery GB (8)
    21Terrance West BAL (10)
    22Theo Riddick DET (7)
    23Frank Gore IND (11)
    24Marshawn Lynch OAK (10)
    25Carlos Hyde SF (11)
    26Dalvin Cook MIN (9)
    27Adrian Peterson NO (5)
    28Ameer Abdullah DET (7)
    29Mike Gillislee NE (9)
    30Tevin Coleman ATL (5)
    31C.J. Prosise SEA (6)
    32Kareem Hunt KC (10)
    33Duke Johnson CLE (9)
    34Spencer Ware KC (10)
    35Doug Martin TB (11)
    36Darren Sproles PHI (10)
    37Samaje Perine WAS (5)
    38LeGarrette Blount PHI (10)
    39Paul Perkins NYG (8)
    40Thomas Rawls SEA (6)
    41Eddie Lacy SEA (6)
    42Shane Vereen NYG (8)
    43Kyle Juszczyk SF (11)
    44James White NE (9)
    45Matt Forte NYJ (11)
    46Jamaal Williams GB (8)
    47Robert Kelley WAS (5)
    48Darren McFadden DAL (6)
    49Derrick Henry TEN (8)
    50Chris Thompson WAS (5)
    51Jonathan Stewart CAR (11)
    52Alvin Kamara NO (5)
    53Tim Hightower SF (11)
    54Jerick McKinnon MIN (9)
    55T.J. Yeldon JAC (8)
    56Latavius Murray MIN (9)
    57Dion Lewis NE (9)
    58Jalen Richard OAK (10)
    59Jeremy Hill CIN (6)
    60Robert Turbin IND (11)
    61Charles Sims TB (11)
    62Lance Dunbar LAR (8)
    63Devontae Booker DEN (5)
    64Rex Burkhead NE (9)
    65Giovani Bernard CIN (6)
    66D'Onta Foreman HOU (7)
    67Jacquizz Rodgers TB (11)
    68Damien Williams MIA (11)
    69Joe Williams SF (11)
    70Marlon Mack IND (11)
    71DeAndre Washington OAK (10)
    72Orleans Darkwa NYG (8)
    73Tarik Cohen CHI (9)
    74De'Angelo Henderson DEN (5)
    75Jeremy Langford CHI (9)
    76Charcandrick West KC (10)
    77Kenyan Drake MIA (11)
    78Chris Ivory JAC (8)
    79Zach Zenner DET (7)
    80Bobby Rainey BAL (10)
    81Elijah McGuire NYJ (11)
    82Jonathan Williams BUF (6)
    83Donnel Pumphrey PHI (10)
    84James Conner PIT (9)
    85Andre Ellington ARI (8)
    86Chris Johnson ARI (8)
    87Aaron Jones GB (8)
    88Jamaal Charles DEN (5)
    89Mike Tolbert BUF (6)
    90Wendell Smallwood PHI (10)
    91Jeremy McNichols TB (11)
    92Fozzy Whittaker CAR (11)
    93Dwayne Washington DET (7)
    94Alfred Morris DAL (6)
    95Cameron Artis-Payne CAR (11)

Wide Receivers

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    Michael Thomas has room to improve even after a superb rookie season.
    Michael Thomas has room to improve even after a superb rookie season.Jeff Haynes/Associated Press

    Notable Changes in Rankings (since start of training camp) 

    5. Mike Evans, TB

    6. T.Y. Hilton, IND


    For the time being, Evans moves ahead of Hilton. Until we get more clarification on Andrew Luck’s shoulder injury, there’s no ignoring the real possibility of Luck missing at least Week 1. Even owner Jim Irsay wouldn’t confirm Luck’s status for the opener, according to Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star. A game or two without Luck isn’t terrible for Hilton, but obviously not ideal.


    34. Sammy Watkins, LAR

    I wasn’t as high on Watkins as others coming into the preseason because of his injury history, but his value took an immediate hit when the Los Angeles Rams acquired him in a trade. Tyrod Taylor isn’t a superstar, but he’s a much better QB for Watkins than Jared Goff. 

    Watkins joining a new team during the preseason with a new coaching staff and young QB trying to battle back from a terrible rookie campaign is not a situation conducive to a bounce-back season for fantasy.


    Targets Based on Value

    Golden Tate, DET

    Current ADP: 48.4/WR24

    My Ranking: WR17


    Stefon Diggs, MIN

    Current ADP: 61.5/WR30

    My Ranking: WR13


    Pierre Garcon, SF

    Current ADP: 74.9/WR34

    My Ranking: WR24


    Tyrell Williams, LAC

    Current ADP: 96.6/WR42

    My Ranking: WR26


    Kenny Britt, CLE

    Current ADP: 118.4/WR49

    My Ranking: WR39


    Overvalued Players 

    Demaryius Thomas, DEN

    Current ADP: 30.2/WR15

    My Ranking: WR22


    Tyreek Hill, KC

    Current ADP: 38.1/WR18

    My Ranking: WR27


    Michael Crabtree, OAK

    Current ADP: 42.7/WR21

    My Ranking: WR36


    Jarvis Landry, MIA

    Current ADP: 46.5/WR22

    My Ranking: WR29


    Potential Sleepers 

    Adam Thielen, MIN

    Current ADP: 114.4/WR47

    My Ranking: WR38


    Corey Coleman, CLE

    Current ADP: 118.2/WR48

    My Ranking: WR46


    Josh Doctson, WAS

    Current ADP: 137.3/WR54

    My Ranking: WR57


    Other Names to Monitor

    T.Y. Hilton, IND

    Current ADP: 21.1/WR10

    My Ranking: WR6


    Jordan Matthews, BUF

    Current ADP: 109.9/WR45

    My Ranking: WR43


    Zay Jones, BUF

    Current ADP: 143.5/WR56

    My Ranking: WR81


    2017 Wide Receiver PPR Rankings

    #Player (Team/Bye)
    1Antonio Brown PIT (9)
    2Julio Jones ATL (5)
    3Odell Beckham Jr. NYG (8)
    4Jordy Nelson GB (8)
    5Mike Evans TB (11)
    6T.Y. Hilton IND (11)
    7A.J. Green CIN (6)
    8Michael Thomas NO (5)
    9Amari Cooper OAK (10)
    10Doug Baldwin SEA (6)
    11Dez Bryant DAL (6)
    12Brandin Cooks NE (9)
    13Stefon Diggs MIN (9)
    14Davante Adams GB (8)
    15DeAndre Hopkins HOU (7)
    16Terrelle Pryor WAS (5)
    17Golden Tate DET (7)
    18Larry Fitzgerald ARI (8)
    19Allen Robinson JAC (8)
    20Alshon Jeffery PHI (10)
    21Martavis Bryant PIT (9)
    22Demaryius Thomas DEN (5)
    23Keenan Allen LAC (9)
    24Pierre Garcon SF (11)
    25Julian Edelman NE (9)
    26Tyrell Williams LAC (9)
    27Tyreek Hill KC (10)
    28Jamison Crowder WAS (5)
    29Jarvis Landry MIA (11)
    30Willie Snead NO (5)
    31Jeremy Maclin BAL (10)
    32Emmanuel Sanders DEN (5)
    33DeSean Jackson TB (11)
    34Sammy Watkins LAR (8)
    35Cameron Meredith CHI (9)
    36Michael Crabtree OAK (10)
    37Brandon Marshall NYG (8)
    38Adam Thielen MIN (9)
    39Kenny Britt CLE (9)
    40Kelvin Benjamin CAR (11)
    41DeVante Parker MIA (11)
    42Cole Beasley DAL (6)
    43Jordan Matthews BUF (6)
    44Rishard Matthews TEN (8)
    45Mike Wallace BAL (10)
    46Corey Coleman CLE (9)
    47Tavon Austin LAR (8)
    48Donte Moncrief IND (11)
    49Corey Davis TEN (8)
    50Marvin Jones DET (7)
    51Marqise Lee JAC (8)
    52John Brown ARI (8)
    53Robby Anderson NYJ (11)
    54Eric Decker TEN (8)
    55Randall Cobb GB (8)
    56Kenny Stills MIA (11)
    57Josh Doctson WAS (5)
    58Mohamed Sanu ATL (5)
    59Ted Ginn NO (5)
    60Breshad Perriman BAL (10)
    61Tyler Boyd CIN (6)
    62Tyler Lockett SEA (6)
    63Anquan Boldin BUF (6)
    64Sterling Shepard NYG (8)
    65Brandon LaFell CIN (6)
    66J.J. Nelson ARI (8)
    67Kevin White CHI (9)
    68Jeremy Kerley SF (11)
    69Taylor Gabriel ATL (5)
    70Robert Woods LAR (8)
    71Nelson Agholor PHI (10)
    72Devin Funchess CAR (11)
    73Eli Rogers PIT (9)
    74Allen Hurns JAC (8)
    75Chris Conley KC (10)
    76Torrey Smith PHI (10)
    77Terrance Williams DAL (6)
    78Charone Peake NYJ (11)
    79Kendall Wright CHI (9)
    80Cordarrelle Patterson OAK (10)
    81Zay Jones BUF (6)
    82Will Fuller HOU (7)
    83Chris Hogan NE (9)
    84Travis Benjamin LAC (9)
    85Kenny Golladay DET (7)
    86Seth Roberts OAK (10)
    87Kamar Aiken IND (11)
    88Marquise Goodwin SF (11)
    89Laquon Treadwell MIN (9)
    90Malcolm Mitchell NE (9)
    91Cooper Kupp LAR (8)
    92Jermaine Kearse SEA (6)
    93Curtis Samuel CAR (11)
    94Adam Humphries TB (11)
    95JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT (9)
    96Phillip Dorsett IND (11)
    97Paul Richardson SEA (6)
    98Mike Williams LAC (9)
    99Justin Hardy ATL (5)
    100Dede Westbrook JAC (8)
    101Carlos Henderson DEN (5)
    102Ryan Switzer DAL (6)
    103John Ross CIN (6)

Tight Ends

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    Jimmy Graham bounced back in a big way last season.
    Jimmy Graham bounced back in a big way last season.Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Changes in Rankings (since start of training camp)

    4. Jimmy Graham, SEA

    5. Jordan Reed, WAS


    I moved Graham over Reed based on the health of both players. Reed opened training camp on the PUP list because of a toe injury, but he has since been fitted with orthotics for cushioning, according to Liz Clarke of the Washington Post. The hope is he’ll return to action next week, but he doesn’t know if he’ll play in the final three preseason games.

    On the flip side, Graham told John Clayton of 710 ESPN Seattle that he feels "almost a hundred times" better than he did at this time last season (via Sheil Kapadia of Considering Graham was still the No. 4 TE in total fantasy points last season at less than peak shape, expectations should be higher for 2017. I’m considering moving him ahead of Greg Olsen to the No. 3 spot.


    Targets Based on Value

    Zach Ertz, PHI

    Current ADP: 104.5/TE11

    My Ranking: TE7


    Jason Witten, DAL

    Current ADP: 154.3/TE18

    My Ranking: TE14


    Overvalued Players

    Martellus Bennett, GB

    Current ADP: 83.1/TE8

    My Ranking: TE15


    O.J. Howard, TB

    Current ADP: 140.7/TE14

    My Ranking: TE20


    Potential Sleepers 

    David Njoku, CLE

    Current ADP: Undrafted

    My Ranking: TE19


    Other Names to Monitor 

    Tyler Higbee, LAR

    Current ADP: Undrafted

    My Ranking: TE26


    2017 Tight End PPR Rankings

    #Player (Team/Bye)
    1Travis Kelce KC (10)
    2Rob Gronkowski NE (9)
    3Greg Olsen CAR (11)
    4Jimmy Graham SEA (6)
    5Jordan Reed WAS (5)
    6Kyle Rudolph MIN (9)
    7Zach Ertz PHI (10)
    8Hunter Henry LAC (9)
    9Tyler Eifert CIN (6)
    10Eric Ebron DET (7)
    11Delanie Walker TEN (8)
    12Jack Doyle IND (11)
    13C.J. Fiedorowicz HOU (7)
    14Jason Witten DAL (6)
    15Martellus Bennett GB (8)
    16Cameron Brate TB (11)
    17Antonio Gates LAC (9)
    18Coby Fleener NO (5)
    19David Njoku CLE (9)
    20O.J. Howard TB (11)
    21Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ (11)
    22Julius Thomas MIA (11)
    23Jared Cook OAK (10)
    24Austin Hooper ATL (5)
    25Charles Clay BUF (6)
    26Tyler Higbee LAR (8)
    27Zach Miller CHI (9)
    28Evan Engram NYG (8)
    29Jesse James PIT (9)
    30Jermaine Gresham ARI (8)
    31Dwayne Allen NE (9)
    32Benjamin Watson BAL (10)
    33A.J. Derby DEN (5)
    34Vernon Davis WAS (5)
    35C.J. Uzomah CIN (6)
    36Vance McDonald SF (11)
    37Marcedes Lewis JAC (8)
    38Dion Sims CHI (9)
    39Lance Kendricks GB (8)
    40Adam Shaheen CHI (9)
    41Jake Butt DEN (5)
    42Maxx Williams BAL (10)
    43Virgil Green DEN (5)
    44George Kittle SF (11)
    45Crockett Gillmore BAL (10)
    46Clive Walford OAK (10)
    47Erik Swoope IND (11)
    48Gerald Everett LAR (8)
    49Luke Willson SEA (6)
    50Levine Toilolo ATL (5)
    51Jordan Leggett NYJ (11)
    52Bucky Hodges MIN (9)
    53Josh Hill NO (5)
    54Jonnu Smith TEN (8)


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    Von Miller and the Denver Broncos should remain one of the top fantasy units.
    Von Miller and the Denver Broncos should remain one of the top fantasy units.Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

    Because the NFL is way too offensively driven to have reliable and dominant fantasy defenses on a weekly basis, I’m sticking to my sound logic of waiting on a defensive selection until the final three rounds, or if you’re really wise, the final two rounds. 

    Toward the end of the preseason, I’ll provide defense targets to grab based on favorable schedules to open the season. Streaming defenses is a smarter strategy than investing a valuable pick in a highly ranked defense like the Denver Broncos.

    2017 Defense Rankings


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    You can't go wrong with Stephen Gostkowski.
    You can't go wrong with Stephen Gostkowski.Winslow Townson/Associated Press

    Don’t overthink kickers. 

    You’re looking for accuracy and players in good situations with lots of opportunities to score. It explains why Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots is consistently among the best kickers.

    If you don’t have to draft a kicker, don’t take one. You’re better off taking a flier on a player at another position since you can always pick up a kicker before Week 1. If you have to take a kicker, just wait until the final round to make that selection. This is another position to stream during the season.

    2017 Kicker Rankings

    #Player (Team/Bye)
    1Justin Tucker BAL (10)
    2Stephen Gostkowski NE (9)
    3Dan Bailey DAL (6)
    4Matt Bryant ATL (5)
    5Mason Crosby GB (8)
    6Will Lutz NO (5)
    7Adam Vinatieri IND (11)
    8Matt Prater DET (7)
    9Sebastian Janikowski OAK (10)
    10Cairo Santos KC (10)
    11Graham Gano CAR (11)
    12Brandon McManus DEN (5)
    13Chris Boswell PIT (9)
    14Dustin Hopkins WAS (5)
    15Caleb Sturgis PHI (10)
    16Blair Walsh SEA (6)
    17Josh Lambo LAC (9)
    18Nick Novak HOU (7)
    19Mike Nugent NYG (8)
    20Steven Hauschka BUF (6)