As we head into week four of the preseason, the 2017 season is right around the corner. With the season opener about a week away, fantasy football drafts are happening on a hourly basis. For fantasy owners looking to find the best value per round regardless of position, I offer my favorite player per round based upon current ADP on fantasyfootballcalculator.com.
Round 1: RB David Johnson (1.01)
David Johnson is an elite fantasy running back worthy of the top pick. Last year Johnson finished with 20 touchdowns (16 rushing, four receiving), 1,239 rushing yards, 879 receiving yards, and 407.8 fantasy points in PPR scoring. Johnson is a tier one back and is Arizona’s best offensive weapon. Johnson is expected to produce similar numbers this season and will likely finish as a top three running back.
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Round 2: WR Michael Thomas (2.03)
With Brandin Cooks being traded to New England in the offseason, Michael Thomas is now the clear-cut number one passing option for Drew Brees. Thomas finished seventh among wide receivers last year finishing with 92 receptions on 122 targets for 1,137 yards and nine touchdowns. Thomas finished the 2016 season with 255.7 fantasy points. With Brees throwing the ball, Thomas has a high ceiling and floor. Another top ten fantasy season is almost a guarantee and Thomas is a tier one wide receiver option.
Round 3: QB Tom Brady (3.03)
While Julian Edelman will have to watch from the sidelines this year, Brady will still be playing at a high level. Despite a four game suspension, Brady finished as the QB 15 last year with 258.6 fantasy points. Brady passed for 3,554 yards and 28 touchdowns while only throwing two interceptions. Brady, in my opinion, will finish as a top three quarterback despite losing Edelman. In a pass first offense with the offseason additions like Cooks, Mike Gillislee and more, Brady is a player I would definitely target in round three.
Round 4: TE Travis Kelce (4.03)
Kelce is definitely one of my favorite players to draft every year. Kelce finished as the TE1 last season, finishing the season with 85 receptions for 1,125 yards and four touchdowns. Kelce is the number one option in Kansas City. With Alex Smith, who doesn’t really push the ball downfield, looks for Kelce in the middle of field often. Kelce should finish as a top five tight end in 2017.
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Round 5: RB Ameer Abdullah (5.03)
Abdullah had 101 rushing yards on 18 carries, and 57 receiving yards on five catches last season. However, Abdullah missed 14 games last season due to a foot injury, but I believe he will bounce back this season. He has played well during the preseason. In week three of the preseason against the Patriots he had 60 yards on 13 rushing attempts along with 39 yards on three receptions. If he can get back to his old form from 2015, Abdullah is a solid RB2 that you can get in the fifth round.
Round 6: WR Larry Fitzgerald (6.03)
Larry Fitzgerald finished as the WR11 in PPR scoring last season. Fitzgerald is the number one passing option for Carson Palmer in the Cardinals offense. Leading the offense with 1,023 receiving yards on 107 receptions with six touchdowns, Fitzgerald is a stable, solid option to pick up as your WR2.
Round 7: RB Tevin Coleman (7.03)
In Atlanta, Coleman is the number two option in the backfield behind Devonta Freeman. Coleman did not get as many rushing attempts or yards as Freeman. Coleman finished with only 191.1 points last year, but he has value to slide in and out of your FLEX spot depending on his weekly matchup.
Round 8: QB Kirk Cousins (8.01)
While losing both Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson in the offseason, and the Redskins’ offense struggling to click in the preseason concerns me, I still have faith in Cousins. Last season Cousins finished as the QB5 and 11th highest scoring player overall in PPR scoring. Washington does have pieces around them to allow Cousins to succeed. I have Cousins as a top ten fantasy quarterback this season, and to get him in the eighth round is a steal.
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Round 9: WR Donte Moncrief (9.08)
While it looks more and more likely that Andrew Luck will not be ready for week one, Moncrief’s value takes a hit. However, Moncrief is still a value in the ninth round. While Moncrief is injury prone, he is a reliable redzone target, regardless of who’s throwing the ball.
Round 10: WR Marvin Jones (10.01)
While Marvin Jones had less reception, yards and targets than Golden Tate did, Jones’ value matches well for drafting in the tenth round as a possible weekly FLEX option.
Round 11: D/ST Seattle (11.02)
When healthy, the “Legion of Boom”is one of the best secondaries in the league. Combine that with a solid run stopping front seven, the Seahawks have a dominate defense. The Seahawks defense alone makes them my D/ST1 this season. Last year, despite a number of injuries, the Seahawks D/ST finished as the D/ST9 finishing with 113 points. While many believe you shouldn’t take a D/ST till the second to last round, I think the Seahawks D/ST is a value in the 11th round.
Round 12: TE Jack Doyle (12.02)
Jack Doyle finished as the TE13 last season in PPR scoring with 145.4 points. Doyle is a potential sleeper and is a fringe TE1 for me this season.
Round 13: K Justin Tucker (13.06)
Justin Tucker is my favorite kicker to draft. Tucker always finishes as as top five kicker, last year he finished second among kickers in fantasy points with 174.
— Stephen Czarda (@SCzardaRedskins) August 23, 2017
Round 14: WR Josh Doctson (14.09)
While coming off of an Achilles injury last year, Josh Doctson is a sleeper and very well could turn into a reliable receiving option for Cousins by midseason.
Round 15: RB Alvin Kamara (15.10)
Alvin Kamara is another sleeper for me and I would not be surprised if he starts over both Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson at some point this season.
Round 16: WR John Ross (16.04)
John Ross is a flier for me; literally. While defenses have to double team A.J. Green, Ross will be left one in single coverage and has the speed to fly right by most cornerbacks. Ross is a boom or bust player, but when he does hit, he can give you a 22 point week in PPR leagues.