2017 Initial Dynasty/Keeper Fantasy Player Rankings
Brent Lathrop - 1/28/2017

*Ages are based on the players age at the start of the 2017 season

Rank

Tier

Quarterbacks

Age

FA Status

Comments

1

T1

Aaron Rodgers, GB

33

I was legitimately worried early this year. Not anymore.

2

Andrew Luck, IND

27

Showed he wasn't rusty after injury plaqued 2015.

3

T2

Drew Brees, NO

38

No reason to believe he doesn't have a few more years left in that arm.

4

Derek Carr, OAK

26

Production has increased every season. 2017 he should step into elite status.

5

Marcus Mariota, TEN

25

Exciting player with bright future ahead.

6

T3

Jameis Winston, TB

24

Fantasy numbers stayed flat from his rookie year.

7

Cam Newton, CAR

28

HUGE drop off in production from 2016. Concerning.

8

Russell Wilson, SEA

28

Was this past season the new norm or the outlier?

9

Matt Ryan, ATL

32

Shannahan leaving could be an issue.

10

Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

35

Still productive, but probably not a top five guy moving forward.

11

Dak Prescott, DAL

24

He's got the weapons on offense to help him avoid the sophomore slump.

12

Tom Brady, NE

40

Old man still has it. #4 when ranking points per game.

13

Carson Wentz, PHI

24

His size, mobility and arm strength make him intriguing in fantasy.

14

T4

Matthew Stafford, DET

29

Improvement, but not enough.

15

Kirk Cousins, WAS

29

UFA

With McVay leaving for LA, Cousins needs to prove he can be successful without him.

16

Philip Rivers, SD

35

Solid top ten contributor most years.

17

Eli Manning, NYG

36

When Eli's receivers aren't bailing him out, he struggles.

18

Andy Dalton, CIN

29

Sterotypical constistent, but not great, fantasy QB.

19

Blake Bortles, JAX

25

I'm optimistic he can turn it around and bounce back to top 5 production.

20

Jared Goff, LA

22

Didn't show much as a rookie. McVay could change that.

21

T5

Tyrod Taylor, BUF

28

New regime in town. Whispers are he'll have to fight for his job.

22

Paxton Lynch, DEN

23

Favorite to win the job at this particular moment. Broncos could add a veteran QB though.

23

Ryan Tannehill, MIA

29

If he hasn't made that leap yet, it's fair to say he's not going to.

24

Carson Palmer, ARI

37

2015 was a magical year for him that won't be reproduced.

25

T6

Jimmy Garoppolo, NE

25

Looked good with Brady out. Grab him, especially if you have Brady.

26

Robert Griffin III, CLE

27

Unless they take a quarterback early in the draft, he's their likely starter next year.

27

Alex Smith, KC

33

Reliable bye week backup with right matchup

28

Tony Romo, DAL

37

Won't be playing in Dallas in '17 -- but the bigger question is can he stay healthy.

29

Colin Kaepernick, SF

29

Hard to see the Niners keeping him around at that salary.

30

Teddy Bridgewater, MIN

24

Look elsewhere for fantasy value.

Rank

Tier

Running Backs

Age

FA Status

Comments

1

T1

David Johnson, ARI

25

Nearly unstoppable dual threat. He's just getting started.

2

LeVeon Bell, PIT

25

Only suspensions can slow him down. Absolutely went bonkers to finish off the season.

3

T2

Ezekiel Elliott, DAL

22

Once he starts catching the ball like the guys above him here, watch out NFL.

4

Melvin Gordon, SD

24

This is the player many thought they were getting last season. Strong bounce back season.

5

Todd Gurley, LA

25

LA needs to rebuild that O-Line, otherwise he'll continue to slide.

6

Devonta Freeman, ATL

25

Presence of Tevin Coleman will cap his potential.

7

Lamar Miller, HOU

26

Not the breakout many were expecting.

8

Jordan Howard, CHI

22

He was a bargain last season, won't be anymore.

9

T3

Derrick Henry, TEN

23

Henry owners are going to need to be patient. Probably one more year of Murray leading.

10

DeMarco Murray, TEN

29

He's got one more year in the tank. Trade him while you can.

11

Jay Ajayi, MIA

24

Really struggled after that amazing three game stretch.

12

LeSean McCoy, BUF

29

Clock is about to strike midight with age 30 coming up next season. Has a lot of mileage too.

13

Carlos Hyde, SF

25

Consistently being injured is dragging his value down.

14

Mark Ingram, NO

27

Struggled with consistency but still finished as the No. 10 back.

15

T4

Thomas Rawls, SEA

24

Success of Prosise muddies the waters.

16

Kenneth Dixon, BAL

23

The rookie finished strong and should be started going into next season.

17

Tevin Coleman, ATL

24

Freeman is still capping his value, but should he get injured Coleman could excel.

18

Latavius Murray, OAK

26

UFA

Free agent. Could he leave because of lack of usage?

19

C.J. Anderson, DEN

26

May receive push from Davontae Booker for starting role.

20

T5

Ameer Abdullah, DET

24

Sleeper alert. Also injury alert.

21

C. J. Prosise, SEA

23

There's a logjam in Seattle with Rawls ahead of Prosise.

22

Spencer Ware, KC

25

Solid weekly performer. Needs to score more to become a RB1

23

Giovani Bernard, CIN

25

Probably not ready for the start of 2017 season.

24

Rob Kelley, WAS

24

Played well enough to be the clear starter for next season.

25

Isaiah Crowell, CLE

24

Put together a solid season on a very bad team. Consistency from QB would help him.

26

Dion Lewis, NE

26

Would be primary back if Blount leaves. Injuries are still a risk.

27

T6

Jeremy Hill, CIN

24

Finished top 20, but didn't take advantage of Bernard being out the last six weeks.

28

T.J. Yeldon, JAX

24

The Jaquars backfield is a mess. I advise avoiding.

29

Eddie Lacy, GB

26

UFA

Free agent. Have a feeling the Packers move on from this failed experiment.

30

Paul Perkins, NYG

22

No reason why he isn't given every chance to be starter. The rest of the backfield is bad.

31

Theo Riddick, DET

26

Will probably take a back seat to Abdullah in 2017.

32

Jerick McKinnon, MIN

25

Even with Peterson's likely exit it's hard to be hopeful for a McKinnon breakout.

33

Duke Johnson, CLE

23

Increased value in PPR leagues.

34

Charles Sims, TB

26

With Martin's struggls there's an opportunity for him.

35

Devontae Booker, DEN

25

Will need to find consistency if he expects to push Anderson aside.

36

Jonathan Stewart, CAR

30

He's a flex option at this point in his career, plus Panthers could look to upgrade the position.

37

LeGarrette Blount, NE

30

UFA

Free agent. Tough to imagine him not resigning with Patriots. He's a perfect fit.

38

T7

Adrian Peterson, MIN

32

Not worth your time, even on

39

Bilal Powell, NYJ

28

Should be the starter but will probably lose out to the higher paid Forte.

40

Terrance West, BAL

26

RFA

Had his best season as a pro. Will need to beat out Dixon next season though.

41

Frank Gore, IND

34

This guy has been amazing. But he has to slow down at some point.

42

DeAndre Washington, OAK

24

Could be starter if Latavius skips town.

43

Matt Forte, NYJ

31

Showed signs of really slowing down.

44

Chris Ivory, JAX

29

See T.J. Yeldon.

45

Jalen Richard, OAK

23

Could see increased role if Murray skips town.

46

Wendell Smallwood, PHI

23

Should have no problem passing Mathews on the depth chart.

47

T8

James White, NE

25

The Dion Lewis return sucks the life out of his value.

48

Doug Martin, TB

28

Rumors are he's worn out his welcome in Tampa.

49

Chris Thompson, WAS

26

RFA

Productive when given the opportunity.

50

Christine Michael, GB

26

UFA

He's not the future and didn't do anything when given the chance.

51

Cameron Artis-Payne, CAR

25

Stewart is signed through 2018, so injury will be his only opportunity.

52

Jeremy Langford, CHI

25

Blew his chance.

53

Mike Gillislee, BUF

27

RFA

McCoy only has a year or two left.

54

T9

Kenyan Drake, MIA

23

Could push Ajayi for carries considering his late season struggles.

55

Danny Woodhead, SD

32

UFA

Free agent. If he comes back to the Chargers he'll play behind Gordon, but will steal touches.

56

Tim Hightower, NO

31

UFA

Free agent. He took four years off of football so he's not your average 31 year old.

57

Dwayne Washington, DET

23

Had the opportunity to impress and didn't.

58

Kapri Bibbs, DEN

24

ERFA

Would need a lot to go his way in order ot be fantasy relevant.

59

Jonathan Williams, BUF

23

Clearly behind Gillislee, but that could change with new regime.

60

Keith Marshall, WAS

23

He was a super sleeper in preseason, but now he'll need to make the roster.

61

Ryan Mathews, PHI

30

We know who he is by now. Avoid.

62

Jamaal Charles, KC

30

Has he played his last down of football in the NFL?

63

Charcandrick West, KC

26

Chiefs don't see him as an everydown back.

64

Peyton Barber, TB

23

If Martin continues to struggle, the Bucs could give Barber a chance.

65

Andre Ellington, ARI

28

UFA

Free agent. He showed some flashes his rookie season, so might find value in the right spot.

66

Matt Jones, WAS

24

Should take lessons from Tiki Barber on how to not fumble.

67

Alex Collins, SEA

23

Won't see the field much unless there's some injuries.

68

Rashad Jennings, NYG

32

He's done and should retire.

69

Darren Sproles, PHI

34

Can't help but admire this guy, but he's just not fantasy option any longer.

70

Alfred Morris, DAL

28

Only insurance for an Elliott injury.

Rank

Tier

Wide Receivers

Age

FA Status

Comments

1

T1

Antonio Brown, PIT

29

Nothing slows this guy down.

2

Odell Beckham Jr, NYG

24

Drama and points always surround Beckham.

3

Mike Evans, TB

24

Led all receivers in targets.

4

T2

Julio Jones, ATL

28

A down season for him, but he's still one of the best in the game.

5

Dez Bryant, DAL

28

Prescott showed in the playoffs he knows where to look now.

6

A.J. Green, CIN

29

Injury broke his streak of five straight 1000 yard seasons.

7

Amari Cooper, OAK

23

Slight improvements over great rookie season. We'll need to see more next season.

8

Michael Thomas, NO

23

Fantastic rookie season for the receiver out of Ohio St.

9

Sammy Watkins, BUF

24

Those feet keep doggin' him. If he stays healthy he's going to light it up.

10

T.Y. Hilton, IND

27

One of the top deep threats in the game. More TD's would elevate his fantasy outlook.

11

T3

DeAndre Hopkins, HOU

25

QB situation really drags his value down.

12

Keenan Allen, SD

25

Rivers will love getting a reliable, consistent receiver in the lineup next season.

13

Stefon Diggs, MIN

23

Offense and QB dampen his value.

14

Allen Robinson, JAX

24

Hopeful that new staff can help right the Jags offense.

15

Brandin Cooks, NO

23

Lot's of competition for the ball in New Orleans, which keeps him from elite status.

16

Donte Moncrief, IND

24

He's a touchdown machine…when healthy.

17

Alshon Jeffery, CHI

27

UFA

Free agent. Probably staying put with franchise tag.

18

Davante Adams, GB

24

Regained Rodgers trust after a lackluster 2015 season.

19

Demaryius Thomas, DEN

29

Despite struggles at QB he still almost had a third straight 100 catch season.

20

DeVante Parker, MIA

24

Major disappointment this past season. Approaching busts status.

21

T4

Doug Baldwin, SEA

28

I thought 2015 was a fluke. Apparently not.

22

Jarvis Landry, MIA

24

Not spectacular but gets the job done and finishes in the top 20 the last two seasons.

23

Kelvin Benjamin, CAR

26

Very inconsistent after missing all of 2015 with the knee injury.

24

Sterling Shepard, NYG

24

Solid rookie season.

25

Jordy Nelson, GB

32

Finished strong. Rodgers loves throwing the ball his way.

26

Randall Cobb, GB

27

The promise of that 2014 season is long passed and we know who he is now.

27

Kevin White, CHI

24

Can't catch a break. So much potential there.

28

Emmanuel Sanders, DEN

29

Doesn't get much more reliable than Sanders.

29

Jordan Matthews, PHI

25

Hopefully full offseason with Wentz will lead to better productions next season.

30

T5

Michael Crabtree, OAK

29

Raiders got good things going in that passing game.

31

Josh Doctson, WAS

24

Rookie season was bust to injury, so he'll be hyped as sleeper next season.

32

Terrelle Pryor, CLE

28

UFA

Free Agent. First season as a true receiver and the results were very promising.

33

Jamison Crowder, WAS

24

Could he make DeSean expendable?

34

Golden Tate, DET

29

A solid WR2 with no much upside.

35

Malcolm Mitchell, NE

24

Brady spreads the ball around, so he's won't be consistent.

36

Will Fuller, HOU

23

Houston's checkdown QB doesn't go well with Fuller's deep threat ability.

37

Kenny Britt, LA

28

UFA

Free Agent. Career year and a healthy one for Britt.

38

T6

Corey Coleman, CLE

23

Came out of the gate strong, got injured and never recovered. Tough rookie season.

39

DeSean Jackson, WAS

30

UFA

Free Agent. Doesn't sound like he'll be back in Washington.

40

Tyler Lockett, SEA

24

I warned ya'll about the Lockett hype.

41

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

34

Somehow still getting it done. Consumate professional.

42

Tyrell Williams, SD

25

Big target with some big potential.

43

Jeremy Maclin, KC

29

He's taken a back seat to Kelce and Tyreek.

44

Julian Edelman, NE

31

Textbook possession receiver. Needs to possess more touchdowns though.

45

Willie Snead, NO

25

Needs an injury in front of him to be able to produce consistently.

46

Marvin Jones, DET

27

Was a non-factor after week 5.

47

Martavis Bryant, PIT

25

Will make the Steelers even more dangerous, if/when he comes back from suspension.

48

Eric Decker, NYJ

30

Relies on touchdowns for his value, so he could come back from injury and still produce.

49

T7

Laquon Treadwell, MIN

22

Invisible in first season.

50

Ty Montgomery, GB

24

Should be interesting to see what the Packers do with Montgomery next season.

51

Tyreek Hill, KC

23

The Chiefs will have fun game planning for him next season.

52

Brandon Marshall, NYJ

33

Fading quickly. The lack of a NFL caliber quarterback hurts too.

53

John Brown, ARI

27

Fell flat after a promising 2015 campaign.

54

Breshad Perriman, BAL

22

Now that he's fully healthy major strides in 2017 is the goal.

55

Tavon Austin, LA

26

Versatility is his game and new staff will find ways to get him the ball.

56

Rishard Matthews, TEN

27

Became Mariotta's favorite target after coming over from Miami in the offseason.

57

Tyler Boyd, CIN

22

Lots of noise about him in the preseason, but not much substance…yet.

58

Travis Benjamin, SD

23

The return of Allen stimies his value.

59

Cole Beasley, DAL

28

Firmly the No. 2 receiver as of this posting.

60

T8

Marqise Lee, JAX

25

Career year for Lee, but he's still 3rd on the depth chart.

61

Mike Wallace, BAL

31

First thousand yard seasons since 2011.

62

Kenny Stills, MIA

25

UFA

Was a touchdown machine, but likely an outlier.

63

Allen Hurns, JAX

24

Major regression like all Jags players. Bounce back candidate.

64

J.J. Nelson, ARI

25

Will battle it out with Brown for the slot opposite Fitzgerald next season.

65

Dorial Green-Beckham, PHI

24

New city, new results..except they were worse.

66

Quincy Enunwa, NYJ

25

He's third in line, unless they part ways with Decker or Marshall.

67

Phillip Dorsett, IND

24

Not enough balls to go around in Indy.

68

Devin Funchess, CAR

23

Remember when Funchess was reported going to push Benjamin for No.1? That was funny.

69

Michael Floyd, NE

27

UFA

Free agent. Patriots have been known to revive careers, should he resign of course.

70

Josh Gordon, CLE

26

RFA

If only. Cris Carter was able to get his life in order, maybe Gordon does as well.

Rank

Tier

Tight Ends

Age

FA Status

Comments

1

T1

Rob Gronkowski, NE

32

Getting concerned injuries are going to be the norm now.

2

Greg Olsen, CAR

32

Consistently dominant over the last three seasons -- and an ironman.

3

T2

Travis Kelce, KC

29

Killed it when it mattered most this past season.

4

Jordan Reed, WAS

28

Talent that needs to drink more milk so he stops getting injured.

5

Tyler Eifert, CIN

28

Speaking of injuries. Played 22 total games over the last three seasons. Ouch!

6

Jimmy Graham, SEA

32

Welcome back Jimmy.

7

Hunter Henry, SD

22

If Gates is finally done, then Henry could shine.

8

Zach Ertz, PHI

27

Did his usual late season run to finish right where he usual does.

9

Cameron Brate, TB

26

ERFA

Surprise of the season at the tight end position. The next Jordan Cameron?

10

T3

Austin Hooper, ATL

22

Not much competition ahead of him, but Falcons don't throw much to the tight end.

11

Eric Ebron, DET

24

Clearly needs to score more touchdowns in order to break into the top 10.

12

Tyler Higbee, LA

24

Seemed overwhelmed by transition from Western Kentucky to the NFL.

13

Martellus Bennett, NE

30

UFA

Free Agent. With Gonk back his numbers will fall significantly.

14

T4

Delanie Walker, TEN

33

Had played 15 or more games in ten of his last eleven seasons.

15

C.J. Fiedorowicz, HOU

25

Found some value as a flex for a short while.

16

Kyle Rudolph, MIN

27

Career year for Rudolph, but uncertaintly looms with the QB position.

17

Jack Doyle, IND

27

UFA

Allen and Doyle kind of cancel each other out.

18

Ladarius Green, PIT

27

Has there been a bigger tease in NFL history than Green?

19

T5

Coby Fleener, NO

28

He had flex value, but was suppose to be so much more.

20

A.J. Derby, DEN

25

Raw talent with some upside and not much competition at the position.

21

Clive Walford, OAK

25

Carr doesn't look for the tight end very often.

22

Vance McDonald, SF

26

Led the Niners in touchdowns…with..wait for it -- four.

23

Dennis Pitta, BAL

32

Let all tight ends in catches in 2016. Bet you didn't know that.

24

Gary Barnidge, CLE

31

Betting that 2015 season was an outlier.

25

Julius Thomas, JAX

29

Think he missed Peyton Manning?

26

T6

Charles Clay, BUF

28

Consistently below average over the last three seasons.

27

Maxx Williams, BAL

23

Lost 2016 to a knee injury.

28

Dwayne Allen, IND

27

See Jack Doyle.

29

Jared Cook, GB

30

UFA

Rodgers started to trust him in the playoffs. Might be back.

30

Will Tye, NYG

25

ERFA

Giants tight ends have never really been a reliable fantasy source.

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