2017 Fantasy Football Rankings-PPR

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 01: Running back David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals carries the ball against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

With NFL training camps starting this week, is it the perfect time to unveil our Fantasy Football Rankings for Point Per Reception (PPR) formats. Debating how much the extra point per reception affects each offensive position is pure enjoyment for fantasy football enthusiasts. As always, these positional lists are based on projected end of season finishes in PPR formats.

(All statistical data from PlayerProfiler. All ADP data is from MyFantasyLeague).

Quarterback Rankings

Rank Player Team
1 Aaron Rodgers GB
2 Drew Brees NO
3 Tom Brady NE
4 Russell Wilson Sea
5 Andrew Luck Ind
6 Philip Rivers LAC
7 Matt Ryan Atl
8 Marcus Mariota Ten
9 Kirk Cousins Was
10 Dak Prescott Dal
11 Ben Roethlisberger Pit
12 Jameis Winston TB
13 Derek Carr Oak
14 Cam Newton Car
15 Matthew Stafford Det
16 Andy Dalton Cin
17 Tyrod Taylor Buf
18 Eli Manning NYG
19 Carson Palmer Ari
20 Joe Flacco Bal
21 Carson Wentz Phi
22 Blake Bortles Jac
23 Sam Bradford Min
24 Ryan Tannehill Mia
25 Alex Smith KC
26 Brian Hoyer SF
27 Cody Kessler Cle
28 Jared Goff LAR
29 Trevor Siemian Den
30 Josh McCown NYJ
31 Tom Savage Hou
32 Mike Glennon Chi


Skinny: The consistency of the top three quarterbacks is unquestioned, putting Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady in a class by themselves. Fantasy owners are patiently waiting for Russell Wilson to put together a great full statistical season, and this will be the year. Phillip Rivers is one of the best values in all of fantasy football currently going as QB15.

Marcus Mariota will be the breakout fantasy quarterback of 2017, propelled by a great offensive line and a significant upgrade in offensive weapons. Derek Carr is a much better real life than fantasy football quarterback. Despite a great season that led to a massive contract, Carr ranked only 14th among quarterbacks with 17.8 fantasy points per game last season. Tyrod Taylor is always underappreciated, and will produce multiple QB1 weeks this yearSam Bradford is a great late round selection who set an NFL record for completion percentage last season.

Running Back Rankings

Rank Player Team
1 David Johnson Ari
2 Le’Veon Bell Pit
3 Melvin Gordon LAC
4 DeMarco Murray Ten
5 LeSean McCoy Buf
6 Ezekiel Elliott Dal
7 Jordan Howard Chi
8 Todd Gurley LAR
9 Lamar Miller Hou
10 Jay Ajayi Mia
11 Ty Montgomery GB
12 Devonta Freeman Atl
13 Isaiah Crowell Cle
14 Spencer Ware KC
15 Mike Gillislee NE
16 Danny Woodhead Bal
17 Marshawn Lynch Oak
18 Joe Mixon Cin
19 Eddie Lacy Sea
20 Adrian Peterson NO
21 Darren Sproles Phi
22 Dalvin Cook Min
23 Jonathan Stewart Car
24 Leonard Fournette Jac
25 Ameer Abdullah Det
26 Giovani Bernard Cin
27 Matt Forte NYJ
28 Frank Gore Ind
29 Samaje Perine Was
30 Christian McCaffrey Car
31 Carlos Hyde SF
32 Mark Ingram NO
33 Tevin Coleman Atl
34 James White NE
35 Theo Riddick Det
36 Robert Kelley Was
37 C.J. Anderson Den
38 LeGarrette Blount Phi
39 Bilal Powell NYJ
40 Paul Perkins NYG
41 C.J. Prosise Sea
42 DeAndre Washington Oak
43 Jacquizz Rodgers TB
44 Shane Vereen NYG
45 Duke Johnson Jr. Cle
46 Terrance West Bal
47 Doug Martin TB
48 Derrick Henry Ten
49 Latavius Murray Min
50 Jeremy Hill Cin
51 Alvin Kamara NO
52 T.J. Yeldon Jac
53 Chris Thompson Was
54 Dion Lewis NE
55 Jamaal Charles Den
56 Kenyon Drake Mia
57 Kareem Hunt KC
58 Devontae Booker Den
59 Tim Hightower SF
60 Lance Dunbar LAR


Skinny: Three down running backs that are prolific pass catchers rule the roost here, making David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell the clear top choices. Melvin Gordon‘s best competition is Brandon Oliver, who is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon last season. He gets the nod over DeMarco Murray, who has the highest fantasy floor of any other running back on this list. Lamar Miller and Jay Ajayi aren’t great PPR fantasy options, but opportunity trumps all.

The first rookie on this list is Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon, who should have the full time starting job by week four at the latest. Dalvin Cook gets a huge boost from the Latavius Murray injury news, and let’s pump the brakes on Leonard Fournette. Jacksonville will use both Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon behind an average offensive line. Darren Sproles and Giovani Bernard are annual underappreciated fantasy PPR assets.

Jacquizz Rodgers and Terrance West will start the year off very strong, and could move drastically up this list if they remain the lead back for their respective teams. If the Los Angeles Rams are trailing, Lance Dunbar is a sneaky RB2 play for his reception ability. Check the matchups and use him a bye week replacement against a strong Rams opponent.


Wide Receiver Rankings

Rank Player Team
1 Antonio Brown Pit
2 Jordy Nelson GB
3 Julio Jones Atl
4 A.J. Green Cin
5 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG
6 Mike Evans TB
7 Doug Baldwin Sea
8 Michael Thomas NO
9 T.Y. Hilton Ind
10 Golden Tate Det
11 Amari Cooper Oak
12 Dez Bryant Dal
13 Terrelle Pryor Was
14 Sammy Watkins Buf
15 Demaryius Thomas Den
16 Julian Edelman NE
17 Keenan Allen LAC
18 Davante Adams GB
19 Allen Robinson Jac
20 Jamison Crowder Was
21 DeAndre Hopkins Hou
22 Larry Fitzgerald Ari
23 Jarvis Landry Mia
24 Brandin Cooks NE
25 Alshon Jeffery Phi
26 Pierre Garcon SF
27 Michael Crabtree Oak
28 Willie Snead NO
29 Jordan Matthews Phi
30 Emmanuel Sanders Den
31 Rishard Matthews Ten
32 Brandon Marshall NYG
33 Stefon Diggs Min
34 Jeremy Maclin Bal
35 Donte Moncrief Ind
36 Cameron Meredith Chi
37 Kelvin Benjamin Car
38 Tyrell Williams LAC
39 Adam Thielen Min
40 DeSean Jackson TB
41 Tyreek Hill KC
42 Eric Decker Ten
43 Mike Wallace Bal
44 Robert Woods LAR
45 Kenny Britt Cle
46 Corey Coleman Cle
47 DeVante Parker Mia
48 Martavis Bryant Pit
49 Randall Cobb GB
50 Marqise Lee Jac
51 Marvin Jones Det
52 Sterling Shepard NYG
53 Tavon Austin LAR
54 John Brown Ari
55 John Ross Cin
56 Ted Ginn Jr. NO
57 Kenny Stills Mia
58 JJ Nelson Ari
59 Corey Davis Ten
60 Anquan Boldin FA


Skinny: The top five wide receivers are the typical names but in a different order. The last two years Jordy Nelson has played all 16 games, he has finished as the WR2 and WR3 in PPR formats. Cincinnati will look to open up the offense this year by acquiring more weapons through the 2017 NFL Draft. This will lead to a career year from A.J. Green. Keep doubting Doug Baldwin, and he’ll continue to prove you wrong. Golden Tate‘s return to slot receiver makes him a PPR bonanza in a pass heavy Detroit offense.

Tough to continue to rely on Dez Bryant red zone touchdowns, he was 66th and 81st among wide receivers the last two seasons in yards after catch. Don’t kid yourself, Julian Edelman is the best fantasy wide receiver in New England. Terrelle Pryor gets the nod over Jamison Crowder, but in a PPR format that will be a battle worth watching. Jeremy Maclin ranks as WR34, but will move up higher at the season approaches. He will have WR2 production if Joe Flacco approaches 700 pass attempts again.

You say Tyreek Hill, I say Cordarrelle Patterson. Chicago’s main receiving weapon will be Cameron Meredith, who produced five top 10 PPR performances last season. Tyrell Williams jumps to a WR2 if Keenan Allen gets injured again, and Kenny Britt could produce a Terrelle Pryor-esque line in Cleveland with just average quarterback play. JJ Nelson and Ted Ginn Jr. are best-ball receivers with seasonal home run potential during the right week. Anquan Boldin had a dominant red zone season in 2016, so whichever team he lands with will get multiple WR3 performances.

Tight End Rankings

Rank Player Team
1 Rob Gronkowski NE
2 Travis Kelce KC
3 Kyle Rudolph Min
4 Jimmy Graham Sea
5 Greg Olsen Car
6 Tyler Eifert Cin
7 Delanie Walker Ten
8 Jordan Reed Was
9 Austin Hooper Atl
10 Antonio Gates LAC
11 Jack Doyle Ind
12 Coby Fleener NO
13 Eric Ebron Det
14 Zach Ertz Phi
15 Julius Thomas Mia
16 Jason Witten Dal
17 Martellus Bennett GB
18 Ben Watson Bal
19 Hunter Henry LAC
20 Cameron Brate TB
21 Dion Sims Chi
22 C.J. Fiedorowicz Hou
23 Jesse James Pit
24 Jared Cook Oak
25 Charles Clay Buf
26 Vance McDonald SF
27 David Njoku Cle
28 O.J. Howard TB
29 Zach Miller Chi
30 Dwayne Allen NE


Skinny:  Rob Gronkowski is the absolute best tight end in real life or fantasy football, but his ADP is simply way too high. Travis Kelce was the top fantasy tight end in total points last season, and that was before the Chiefs jettisoned their best wide receiver in Jeremy Maclin. Kyle Rudolph‘s TE7 ADP is an amazing bargain for a player who led all tight ends with 15 red zone receptions in 2016.

Austin Hooper has an incredible athletic profile and no longer has to contend with Jacob Tamme. Since his rookie season in 2003, the only time Antonio Gates did not finish as a TE1 in either PPR formats was in 2012 when he was the TE13. That’s the safest bet in all of fantasy football. Here’s believing Coby Fleener is settled in New Orleans and soaks up some of Brandin Cooks targets.

Martellus Bennett is the most athletic and accomplished tight end in Green Bay since Jermichael Finley. The Bears didn’t sign Dion Sims to this contract for him to sit on the bench. Charles Clay and Vance McDonald are two veteran starting tight ends with solid NFL production.  I prefer them over rookie tight ends who always struggle to contribute in year one.


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