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2017 Fantasy Football Rest of Season Rankings


We don’t write chronicles of Fantasy Football for future historians. The remnants of its past are like chalkdust when the blackboard is erased for the next week or the next year. It’s a good thing too. A season like 2017 really needs that fleeting sentiment to fall into the future of dispassionate wisps.

I can bear most of it, but when the injuries begin to affect your core enjoyment of the NFL outside of fantasy – that’s heavy. We march on no matter what, but man, is this season tough or what?

It’s all been said earlier this week about Aaron Rodgers and the impact, so I need not impart any further conclusions that you haven’t heard already. The rest of season rankings are affected by several downgrades in Green Bay.

This week’s changes at top of RBs and WRs in brief…

Although Kareem Hunt has yet to fall short of 100 yards of any game to date, I am noticing a trend that in part cost him the top spot this week – he consistently starts slow. Hunt’s ground workload dropped to just nine carries last week. His primary utility was in the passing game against Pittsburgh.

It’s safe to say that Le’Veon Bell has certainly warmed up and now owns that top spot. He’s taken it by storm actually, leaping other RB1 backs right into it.

Bell’s teammate, Antonio Brown is back in first for the rest of the season. A.J. Green has a chance to regain that spot next week, but I wouldn’t count on it.

Julio Jones really needs some steady output and especially touchdowns. The return value from his early high drafting spot to this point is barely that of a WR2.

Tyreek Hill takes a sharp hit and proved for the first time that he depends on matchup for strong production.

2017 Fantasy Football Rest of Season Rankings

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Notable Injuries

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Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

The number one quarterback of most draft cheatsheets in 2017. Rodgers is arguably the only quarterback who allows a contrast in norms for drafting the position. His loss is severe, but Brett Hundley should be adequate enough after a couple games to ensure there is no collapse in value for the other skill players on Green Bay. Much in the way Jacoby Brissett settled in for the Colts after a game or two.

Sam Bradford, QB, Minnesota Vikings

The story is much worse for Bradford. His career might be over with yet another recurring knee injury issue requiring complicated treatments. He might have to deal with these continual occasional swellings and knee problems whether he plays football or not. He has difficult decisions to make for his life.

Meanwhile, Teddy Bridgewater is back practicing – opening a curious option for the Vikings. Case Keenum is playing well enough to hold the fort, so the Vikings need to decide whether to PUP Bridgewater or activate him within a three-week timeframe. With Bradford out, it appears fate is forcing their hand on the question.

Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions

It is currently unknown what timetable Golden Tate has for a return. Since the Lions are on a bye this week, there’s no Wednesday practice report. If he is not ready to resume next week, then Kenny Golladay may finally see a rescue from fantasy limbo.

Notable Risers

Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants

You don’t rush for 100+ yards on the Broncos in 2017, or so the story goes. Melvin Gordon, Ezekiel Elliott, LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch all failed to get much going against these run stuffing Broncos. So it came as a surprise that Darkwa, the original number two running back of the Giants, would put an asterisk on that defense. Paul Perkins and young Wayne Gallman can’t touch him because Darkwa has earned at least a three game run or more as top dog.

Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Juju fits better as a number two receiver because Martavis Bryant seems locked into big-play routes only. A very reliable receiver; hauling in over 65% of his targets and a correct fit for the type of offense the Steelers run. We saw last season how Markus Wheaton handled medium range duty – and it’s a similar thing for Smith-Schuster.

Martavis, sadly, has become a Ted Ginn or Kenny Stills type of option. With Ben Roethlisberger less accurate on the deeper throws and seeking higher percentage connections, it doesn’t add up to much for Bryant’s value ahead.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Last week I said I would start Peterson off at a generous RB34. Not generous at all. In fact, it turned out to look like an insult. Full apology – and that’s all I have to say on that.

He rises to RB20, which allows more room to increase without going overboard. He cannot maintain a rest-of-season ranking too high for long because David Johnson is on this team, remember? Johnson will return somewhere in late November or early December creating something of a puzzle for Peterson’s worth after that.

The Cardinals are beset with the “good kind” of problems if Peterson continues to show his old fire. They don’t need to rush Johnson back and can let Peterson run all day with a fresh RB1 ready for the playoffs.

Notable Fallers

Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets

Okay, you can flag me for a false start. Not that I fell prey to any hype over McGuire, but I simply had a faulty expectation that the Jets would follow a normal course of transition with McGuire over Forte.

They didn’t do that. Nor did they make any real inclination that way. Quite the opposite. Forte took all eight of his targets for 59 yards and McGuire had zero looks against the Patriots. The ground split was pure RBBC.

But I’m still keeping an eye on this, because the Jets could change the deck chairs at any time. To be honest though, McGuire doesn’t look as good after “further review” and would need volume to carry decent fantasy strength. The Jets won’t give it.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Los Angeles Rams

Instead of a growing connection with Jared Goff after the delightfully entertaining Thursday night game a few weeks back, Watkins has since mysteriously disappeared in the offense. Goff seemingly has to force himself to target Watkins and clearly prefers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp in the workhorse roles.

This simply won’t do if the Rams intend on solid contention in the very tough NFC West division. I would hold Watkins for a bit longer because this is something the team is almost certain to address.

About Richard Savill

Richard is an NFL Fantasy Football Writer and Editor of Fantasy Six Pack. Host of The Fantasy Edge Podcast. FantasyPros Contributor. Member of the FSWA. Richard is known for his "outside the box" insight into NFL fantasy football. Winner of the 16-Team 2015 FSWA challenge.

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