The 2017 fantasy football season is finally here. Thursday brings the first NFL game of the year between the Patriots and Chiefs and then just like that, we’re back to football. It’s crazy to think about and it’s even weirder to type it right now.
With that comes another roller coaster fantasy season, one in which right now we probably think we have all figured out, but undoubtedly will slip through our grasp. Whatever happens, we need to just stay on our toes and be ready to adapt.
Some of the biggest names in fantasy are no longer options we lust after. Gone is Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and Brandon Marshall from the top of your draft board. Andrew Luck could still be a fantasy god, but a lingering shoulder issue has made him a late-round grab at best. Cam Newton was the league MVP and fantasy beast just two years ago and now he’s the fantasy equivalent of chopped liver.
Insert the return of Marshawn Lynch, Ty Montgomery becoming a full-time running back, Brandin Cooks being traded to New England and an Ezekiel Elliott suspension, and we seriously have no idea what is going on anymore.
For the most part, we still do – at least before it gets really crazy. The fantasy football world still is what you think it is. Aaron Rodgers still rules the quarterbacks, Le’Veon Bell can still be your top pick in fantasy drafts and even a banged up Odell Beckham Jr. could still be the best wide receiver this year. Oh, and let’s not forget about Rob Gronkowski, who took half of 2016 off and still eases back into the top tight end spot like a valet into a Corvette. Some don’t think he belongs there, but come on, he totes does.
The fantasy landscape has shifted and it will continue to change, but we’ve kept tabs the whole way through and have a pretty good idea of player value heading into 2017. For those still conducting late fantasy drafts, look to our positional rankings. For those that already did their drafts, perhaps this can serve as validation for your top picks or give you insight into some waiver wire fodder you should be picking up: