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5 Pressing 2017 Fantasy Football Questions: Reach, Avoid & Vets

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The growing popularity of Fantasy Football has resulted in an increase of available information for participating consumers. More information also means more providers of analysis and a wider variety of opinions. You can find Fantasy Football articles published on a multitude of websites and other media outlets.

Sorting through all of these endless resources can be overwhelming and time-consuming for some people. FantasyPros does a good job of providing expert consensus rankings for those of you looking for a little more unanimity compiled into one location. But others like to see a little reasoning, in addition to the number next to an NFL player’s name.

That is what you will find here, answers and explanations to some of Fantasy Football’s Pressing Questions compiled into one article.

5 Pressing 2017 Fantasy Football Questions

I asked five questions to analysts and writers across three other websites and combined their responses for you here. The questions asked concern topics relating to players to reach for, to avoid, and which players to like that are on a new team. Find out what these experts think, below.

1. Name a Running Back you are avoiding in drafts, and why?

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

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“Rookie RB on a team with poor history at the position since MJD (Maurice Jones-Drew) and they just had their LT retire* after their QB threw 5 interceptions in practice.  We talkin’ bout practice man!

*Update- The Jaguars placed Tackle, Branden Albert on the reserve/retired list.” – Keith Lott @WeTlkFntsySprts, WeTalkFantasySports.com

“Leonard Fournette. I want nothing to do with Leonard Fournette. First, it’ll take your second pick, which is just too high. Secondly, QB Blake Bortles is facing a make or break season. Opposing defenses are likely going to focus on Fournette. Lastly, there’s a chance RB T.J. Yeldon picks up a good chunk of the pass work. I’m not spending my second pick on a back who could only play on the first two downs and could be facing a lot of negative game scripts.” – Adam Strangis @Bucn4life, GridironExperts.com

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers

“Carlos Hyde’s name has been mentioned in nearly every 49ers’ report so far in the early stages of the upcoming season, unless of course they are talking about the former Niner, Colin Kaepernick, for whatever reason. Reports have been very conflicting on the once sought after tailback, with some even going as far to say he may not even be on the roster come week one. Hyde has talent, there is no questioning that, but in his three-year career, he has yet to play over 14 games in a single season and has yet to crack 1,000 rushing yards. Count me out on Hyde at his current 4.04 ADP according to fantasy football calculator.” – Ethan Lillard @JPSports217, GridironExperts.com

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders

“Marshawn Lynch. One running back that I have absolutely no interest in drafting this year is Marshawn Lynch. He is on the wrong side of 30, has not played a full season in three years, and there is too much other RB talent in Oakland (Deandre Washington, Jalen Richard) for him to be a volume play. For a late-second round pick there is just too much risk and not enough reward.” – Michael Tomlin @Tomlin3, SoCalledFantasyExperts.com

Writer’s Choice: Marshawn Lynch

2. Name a Wide Receiver you are avoiding in drafts, and why?

Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills/Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

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“Sammy Watkins/Keenan Allen. Both WRs have tremendous upside, but their injury history is ugly and their ADP does not reflect that.” – Keith Lott @WeTlkFntsySprts, WeTalkFantasySports.com

“Sammy Watkins. The NFL is one of the most difficult sports to predict due to injuries being such a significant factor. For that reason, I’m avoiding Sammy Watkins and the unknown that comes with the Bills could-be-star wideout. Watkins, like Hyde, has talent and when he is on the field can be a difference maker, but averaging 12.3 games played per season doesn’t do it for me at his current 3.10 asking price. Give me names such as Demaryius Thomas, Allen Robinson, Davante Adams and Michael Crabtree, all names going after the Clemson product.” – Ethan Lillard @JPSports217, GridironExperts.com

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

“DeAndre Hopkins. Maybe I’m missing the boat, but I don’t understand why DeAndre Hopkins is going in the 3rd Round. Yes, he’s uber talented. However, he still faces QB instability. Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson are both unproven. Houston wants to win on the strength of defense and the run game. Iffy QB play and questionable volume makes Hopkins a pass for me.” – Adam Strangis @Bucn4life, GridironExperts.com

Brandin Cooks, WR, New England Patriots

“Brandin Cooks is a player that I have yet to take in any mocks or real drafts so far. There are just too many mouths to feed in New England, and if Rob Gronkowski is healthy, I would argue that Cooks is the third option in the offense. If Gronk gets hurt and Julian Edelman falls off, then yeah Cooks will be a top receiver. I just do not want to spend an early pick in Round Three on a really big “if”.” – Michael Tomlin @Tomlin3, SoCalledFantasyExperts.com

Writer’s Choice: Brandin Cooks

3. Name a Running Back you are willing to reach, a round or so earlier, for, and why?

Practice and find out how early you need to reach for these players by doing a quick Mock Draft using FantasyPros’ Draft Wizard.

Mike Gillislee, RB, New England Patriots

“Mike Gillislee. Most people probably don’t even know who this is but he is taking over for Blount who was a TD machine last year for the Patriots and is the only true running back on the roster.  A better standard pick than PPR though.” – Keith Lott @WeTlkFntsySprts, WeTalkFantasySports.com

Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts

“Frank Gore. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Frank Gore is not broke and he is still getting it done as a starting running back, so why not pick a veteran back guaranteed a starting spot on what could be one of the most prolific offenses in the league? Gore isn’t a spring chicken, everyone knows that, but the dude hasn’t missed a single game in six years, not to mention in all of those seasons but one he rushed for over 1,000 yards. Give me Gore as an RB2 at his steal of a value in the beginning of the 7th round.” – Ethan Lillard @JPSports217, GridironExperts.com

Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens

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“Terrance West. Once Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon was declared out for the season, the fantasy world went crazy for Danny Woodhead. I understand the allure of Woodhead if he’s healthy, West represents the better value. He sits at the end of the 7th Round, and I’m happy to take him in the 6th. I really believe Baltimore will run the ball more than they have the past two seasons.” – Adam Strangis @Bucn4life, GridironExperts.com

Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore Ravens

“Danny Woodhead. I will “reach” on Danny Woodhead all pre-season until people reassess the backfield situation in Baltimore. With presumptive starter Kenneth Dixon out for the season, Woodhead will not only be the primary third-down back/slot receiver but also get 10+ carries a game. Barring injury (which is a risk with him) he will finish as a Top-20 PPR running back that you can get in Round Six.” – Michael Tomlin @Tomlin3, SoCalledFantasyExperts.com

Writer’s Choice: Mike Gillislee

4. Name a Wide Receiver you are willing to reach, a round or so earlier, for, and why?

Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders

“Michael Crabtree.  Since joining the Raiders he has 17 touchdowns (5th among WR), 9th in receptions, 11th in targets and 17th in receiving yards.” – Keith Lott @WeTlkFntsySprts, WeTalkFantasySports.com

Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

“Davante Adams. Jordy Nelson is back and therefore Davante Adams’ draft stock sits below other receivers that are riddled with question marks. Despite posting 12 touchdowns to go with 997 yards, Adams is currently being selected after Tyreek Hill, Keenan Allen, Alshon Jeffery, Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins is being selected in the middle of the third round, while Adams sits quietly towards the end of the fourth. Any receiver paired with Aaron Rogers is a must have, especially one surrounded by others with injury concerns and one that is coming off a double digit touchdown season.” – Ethan Lillard @JPSports217, GridironExperts.com

Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings

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“Stefon Diggs. I’ve ended up with a lot of Stefon Diggs this off-season because he’s sitting in the 7th round. Injuries derailed his season in 2016, and I believe he’s going to breakout in 2017. He’s healthy and he’s had a full off-season to build even more rapport with QB Sam Bradford. Diggs is a matchup issue wherever he lines up and is in line for a big season.” – Adam Strangis @Bucn4life, GridironExperts.com

John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals

“John Brown had a cyst removed from his spine after last season, which I can bet is pretty painful to try to play through. Because of his down year, people are overlooking the upside and promise he showed in 2015. As the second option in a potent offense, I think Brown bounces back in a huge way. His current ADP is 111 overall and the 47th wide receiver off the board, but I will happily take him in the eighth or ninth round.” – Michael Tomlin @Tomlin3, SoCalledFantasyExperts.com

Writer’s Choice: Stefon Diggs

5. Name your favorite veteran player in a new location, and why?

Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore Ravens

“Danny Woodhead. One of the best PPR backs in the league, when healthy.  The Ravens just lost Kenneth Dixon for the year and Flacco is more than willing to target his RBs – see Ray Rice/Justin Forsett.” – Keith Lott @WeTlkFntsySprts, WeTalkFantasySports.com

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders

“Marshawn Lynch. There are plenty of stud veteran players that have transferred teams in the offseason and will make some noise this year, nameingly; Terrelle Pryor, Brandon Marshall, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Jeremy Maclin. However, being the Raider lover I am, I have to go with my man Marshawn Lynch as my favorite to make the biggest impact. The downside with Lynch will obviously be age and injury concerns, but with those aside, there isn’t a single player in the entire NFL that I like more than Lynch to make an impact on his new team. If he gets Latavius Murray‘s touchdown totals and goes over his yardage, he is a near lock as an RB1 in any league.” – Ethan Lillard @JPSports217, GridironExperts.com

Pierre Garcon, WR, San Francisco 49ers

“Pierre Garcon. The player that stands out to me on a new squad is WR Pierre Garcon. Coach Kyle Shanahan is an excellent offensive mind and even though the San Francisco 49ers almost surely won’t be good in real life, that’s going to help Garcon in fantasy. The 49ers are going to be trailing quite a bit and odds are Garcon is going to be able to eat, even if it is in garbage time. With an ADP of just 8.02, owners have the luxury of taking Garcon as a bench player while his likely finish is a high end WR3.”  – Adam Strangis @Bucn4life, GridironExperts.com

“Pierre Garcon played on the same team as the great Peyton Manning for four seasons. Yet, the most productive season of his career was with Robert Griffin and Kirk Cousins playing quarterback and Kyle Shanahan calling the plays. Now, Garcon is reunited in San Francisco with Shanahan and no other clear competitor for targets. I think Garcon will be force-fed by the under-rated Brian Hoyer and finish as a WR2.” – Michael Tomlin @Tomlin3, SoCalledFantasyExperts.com

Writer’s Choice: Pierre Garcon


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About Alex Hamrick

Alex is an avid fantasy football enthusiast and writer for Fantasy Six Pack. With a background in quantitative methods and analysis, Alex enjoys using statistics and data analytics to develop detailed fantasy football analysis. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @AlexBHamrick

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