2017 NFL Draft – First Round Fantasy Rankings

We all play fantasy football, right? Of course we do. Why else would we care about who the Rams backup tight end is?

With the unexpected run of offensive players, expect things to get interesting come fantasy draft time, especially for those of us who play in dynasty leagues.

Here is how I would rank the fantasy success for each skill position first round pick. This is for dynasty formats, so long term thinking here.


1. HB Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars. Ezekiel Elliott obviously set the gold standard, but he got to run behind an All Pro offensive line. Fournette will have a tougher time behind some bad blockers, but has the talent to rush for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns right out of the gate.

2. WR Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans. If Corey Davis can stay healthy, the Titans got the most complete receiver in the class. On top of that, he was drafted high enough that he will be the unquestioned number one receiver, and Marcus Mariota’s top pass catching option.

3. HB Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers. Christian McCaffrey will not start out as a 20 carry per game back, but he was not drafted 8th overall to sit on the bench. Bump him up a notch or two in PPR leagues.

4. WR John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals. While I thought he was a draft reach he is in great position to succeed. AJ Green gets double covered and Andy Dalton needs a secondary target to throw to.

5. WR Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers. It might take Mike Williams a while to get going, but once Keenan Allen gets hurt again you can expect quite a few touchdowns.

6. TE OJ Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This draft could be a much needed shot in the arm for the dying tight end fantasy position, but this was not the best spot for immediate value. The learning curve for tight ends is high and Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and Cameron Brate figure to soak up most of the targets.

7. TE Evan Engram, New York Giants. While I hated the pick in real life, this is a good spot fantasy wise for Evan Engram. He might not get a lot of targets right away, but could be a pass catching monster in two or three years.

8. QB Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans. Quarterbacks are hardly ever great investments in re-draft leagues, but I try to draft one every year or two in Dynasty. Watson is set up to have the best immediate success, as he will likely make several starts for a team with solid weapons.

9. QB Patrick Mahomes II, Kansas City Chiefs. The classic boom or bust pick, Mahomes could be a top five option one day, or never get his feet off of the ground. I’ll gladly spend a second round pick on him.

10. TE David Njoku, Cleveland Browns. I love David Njoku’s potential but this was probably the worst possible landing spot for him. The Browns still do not have a quarterback, and Corey Coleman, Kenny Britt and Gary Barnidge will snag all of the targets.

11. QB Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears. This is not a knock against Mitchell Trubisky. The Bears are just poorly coached and have no pass catchers whatsoever. It will take a lot to break right for Trubisky to succeed in Chicago.


 

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