Chet Gresham Fantasy Rankings



Published 3/22/2017 12:00 AM

By Chet Gresham

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  • 1. Le'Veon Bell, (RB No. 1) RB, Steelers. Bye: 8.

    The top spot is a fight between Bell and David Johnson this season, and I'm giving a slight edge to Bell. The Steelers should come back strong in 2017 and get some help back on offense, which should keep Bell in good spots all season long.

  • 2. David Johnson, (RB No. 2) RB, Cardinals. Bye: 9.

    Johnson could easily top Bell this season, but my main concern is Carson Palmer. I think coach Bruce Arians will keep giving Johnson the ball all over the field, but Palmer is hitting an old age wall. The offense could have trouble in 2017.

  • 3. Ezekiel Elliott, (RB No. 3) RB, Cowboys. Bye: 7.

    I don't think Elliott will get the receptions he needs to pass Bell or Johnson, but his touchdown total has tremendous upside and could push him ahead of those two, especially in Non-PPR.


  • 4. Odell Beckham Jr., (WR No. 1) WR, Giants. Bye: 8.

    The No. 1 wide receiver this coming season will likely come from Beckham, Antonio Brown or Julio Jones once again. Beckham is the young gun of the group with plenty to prove still. I'm going to look to him as the highest-upside wide receiver of the year, but it's no doubt close.

  • 5. Antonio Brown, (WR No. 2) WR, Steelers. Bye: 8.

    Brown had a down year for him, but there wasn't much room for him to exceed his previous three fantasy finishes. He's still easily in the top-wide receiver conversation and even the top-overall-pick conversation, as the Steelers' offense should remain strong.

  • 6. Mike Evans, (WR No. 3) WR, Buccaneers. Bye: 6.

    Evans was a consistent touchdown scorer last season and should continue to be that for the Buccaneers this year as they will continue to search for play-makers on offense.


  • 7. Julio Jones, (WR No. 4) WR, Falcons. Bye: 11.

    Jones is the best receiver in the league when healthy, but continues to go down with injuries. They are frequent enough that I'm dropping him a bit from where he should be picked.

  • 8. LeSean McCoy, (RB No. 4) RB, Bills. Bye: 10.

    McCoy was right up near the top last season in ability, and despite missing a little time with injuries, he still finished as a Top-3 fantasy running back. How he will be used exactly with Rex Ryan out of town, I don't know, but he still was at the top of his game last year and deserves to be a top pick this year.

  • 9. A.J. Green, (WR No. 5) WR, Bengals. Bye: 9.

    Green's injuries are becoming a pain in the butt for his fantasy backers, but we still can see that he has plenty of ability when healthy.


  • 11. Jordan Howard, (RB No. 6) RB, Bears. Bye: 9.

    Howard looked great last season despite not starting the year as the Bears' lead back and playing on a bad football team. His upside is going to be touchdown dependent, but he did catch the ball enough to not knock him too far down. He's going to be a workhorse, and as long as he stays healthy, he'll be a top back this year.

  • 12. Dez Bryant, (WR No. 6) WR, Cowboys. Bye: 7.

    Bryant is in the wrong offense to put up huge numbers, but will continue to see good touchdown opportunities and should be efficient when he does get targets with so much attention going toward Ezekiel Elliott.

  • 13. Jordy Nelson, (WR No. 7) WR, Packers. Bye: 4.

    Nelson was one of the most reliable receivers in the league this season, and despite age creeping up on him, I expect Aaron Rodgers will keep the touchdowns flowing in 2017.


  • 14. Jay Ajayi, (RB No. 7) RB, Dolphins. Bye: 8.

    Ajayi was a beast last season and led the league in forced missed tackles. The Dolphins' offensive line is a strong unit, and with Adam Gase as the coach, I believe he can keep this offense on track enough to give Ajayi plenty of work.

  • 15. Rob Gronkowski, (TE No. 1) TE, Patriots. Bye: 9.

    Gronkowski's injury worries will take him out of the first round this year, but he's still the no-doubt best tight end in the league, and that's not a hot take.

  • 16. T.Y. Hilton, (WR No. 8) WR, Colts. Bye: 10.

    Hilton continues to show that a home dome and Andrew Luck as his quarterback is enough to keep him near the top each year in fantasy. That should continue this coming season as well.


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