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2017 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings: RBBC Edition

Week 2 Fantasy Football Rookie Report
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The 2017 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings are the most anticipated rookie ranks since 2016. Last year’s class came with a warning label of, “may cause nausea, constipation, vomiting, and headache.” While there were a number of 2016 rookies who served Fantasy owners well, there were more who ultimately disappointed.

Ezekiel Elliott, Michael Thomas and Sterling Shepard all met or exceeded high expectations. If you were smart enough to realize Jeremy Langford is bad at football, then Jordan Howard straight balled out on your team. Kudos.

Josh Doctson, Laquon Treadwell, Corey Coleman and C.J. Prosise all came up short. Johnny Manziel’s rookie season was more useful in Fantasy than the majority of this squad. Once again, Fantasy owners learned a valuable lesson in that rookie classes should come with tempered, realistic expectations.

That said, the 2017 rookie class is going to be lit! Expectations for this year’s class should be sky high and I’m totally buying into the hype. Whether you’re in a dynasty or redraft league, it’s going to be important to get to know a number of players in this year’s class.

It’s a little like high school. You should probably be aware and open minded of everyone. You never know just who might end up on your squad, and who you originally trusted that tried to bring you down along with them.

2017 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings

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Dynasty is a different ball game than redraft. Strategies overlap but more often than not an elite WR trumps an RB. The question is, can Corey Davis perform to the level of a Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas (who has a birthday on Christmas) or T.Y. Hilton? If you believe he can, Davis should be the first rookie off the board in your dynasty draft. A preseason injury has cost Davis both reps and exposure so if you’re sitting with the 1.02-1.05 pick, he may fall and you may get lucky.

2017 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings

To TE or Not To TE

The real excitement of this year’s class comes in the form of the RB and TE positions. If you’re a believer in SPARQ scores, this year’s TE class moves the needle. You may have to sit down while researching. O.J. Howard, David Njoku, Evan Engram, Gerald Everett, Adam Shaheen and even a few others are simply off the charts athletically and have the potential to buck the trend of TEs not contributing immediately.

The meat of the 2017 Fantasy Football Rankings, Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey and Joe Mixon all share something in common. All could be featured backs who become starting Fantasy contributors by Week 3-4. They could all fall into a time share with the veteran RB.

Chris Ivory, T.J. Yeldon, Latavius Murray, Jonathan Stewart, Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill all stand in the way. As much as some of us would like to say to the head coach, “move, I’ll do it” and insert the rookie into a full-time role, most NFL coaches are risk averse and it will likely take a few weeks, if not more for these players to get a majority workload.

 

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John has been playing Fantasy Sports for roughly twenty years. He works in the Customer Experience profession by day and is a fan of all things Dynasty, Daily and PPR by night. He currently resides in Boston, MA.
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