If you are reading this article, you are looking ahead to next year. Maybe you are still going on in your league but trying to prepare for next year, or maybe you have been eliminated already and are trying to come back better than ever for next year. Personally, I missed the playoffs in the first of my two main leagues and faced Le’Veon Bell, Carlos Hyde and the Falcons Defense in the first round of the other league.
Whichever category you fall under, it is always a good idea to get ready for next year, and it sure it going to be a fun 2017 season. Unlike this year, we have a very exciting crop of players to look forward to. Instead of a unanimous top three and then a whole bunch of mysteries, we have a stacked first round with a bunch of great sleeper targets that could fall due to injury or other reasons.
If you did not know, I was in charge of the Rest-of-Season articles here at SCFE during the season. I always love looking ahead in the fantasy world, and there is no better way to do it than a mock draft.
Now yes, this is a very early mock draft. So much could change from now to next year. Players could change teams, get injured, or even retire early like we had last year with Marshawn Lynch and Calvin Johnson, both who would have been very high picks. There also is the draft that can produce first year studs like we had this year in Ezekiel Elliott. So while this article should be taken with a grain of salt for now, it is always good to look ahead to be as prepared as possible for the next season.
In this mock draft, I will be predicting the first three rounds of a Standard 12 team league. As you probably could figure out by the title, I will use one sentence to summarize each player’s fantasy status for the next season. Here we go.
2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft
1.1: David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals (RB1)
The NFL’s leader in both scrimmage yards and non-quarterback touchdowns makes for a great #1 overall pick.
1.2: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers (RB2)
Week 14: 38 carries, 236 yards, three touchdowns, enough said.
1.3: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (WR1)
Brown is on pace for his third straight year as the top scoring fantasy wide receiver.
1.4: Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys (RB3)
Somehow seems like a steal at No. 4.
1.5: Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers (RB4)
Woodhead is likely gone which means another big workload for Gordon.
1.6: Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants (WR2)
A fantastic second half of the season sets him up for elite WR1 production next year.
1.7: Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (WR3)
Evans will surely rebound from his late season struggles as a sure-fire WR1 for 2017.
1.8: Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (WR4)
Injury concerns can’t keep you from selecting Julio with a mid-first round pick.
1.9: AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals (WR5)
Great season this year makes him a great WR1 for next year.
1.10: LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills (RB5)
Just please don’t get injured (Part 1).
1.11: DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans (RB6)
Derrick Henry worries me, but Murray would still have to play his way out of the workhorse role.
1.12: Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons (RB7)
Maybe he wasn’t as much of a fluke as I thought he was.
2.1: TY Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (WR6)
Hilton should be able to build on a strong 2016 season as a WR1 for 2017.
2.2: Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (WR7)
A fully healthy Dez could be a steal even at the start of the second round.
2.3: Lamar Miller, Houston Texans (RB8)
Way too talented to not be an RB1 in a workhorse role.
2.4: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (RB9)
Jeff Fisher is gone, finally.
2.5: Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears (RB10)
Howard is pretty much all that the Bears have on offense.
2.6: Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots (TE1)
2.7: Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders (WR8)
Late season struggles could open an opportunity to steal Cooper late.
2.8: Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (WR9)
Jordy has shown no signs of statistical regression after returning from his ACL injury.
2.9: Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (RB11)
The Muscle Hamster should return to form when given an entire offseason to get healthy.
2.10: Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers (RB12)
There still isn’t enough talent around him to: A. Carry risk and B. Rise to the elite tier.
2.11: Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (RB13)
There is no reason to doubt Murray’s second half breakout.
2.12: Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears (WR10)
He should be a fantasy stud as long as he gets out of Chicago in this year’s free agency.
3.1: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (QB1)
Rodgaaaaaaaaaaaas. *Editors note: I miss these commercials
3.2: Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers (WR11)
Just please don’t get injured (Part 2).
3.3: Tom Brady, New England Patriots (QB2)
Brady has shown absolutely no signs of slowing down and should be a top fantasy QB next year.
3.4: Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs (TE2)
The Chiefs have finally figured out how to use Kelce which makes him an elite TE1.
3.5: Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (TE3)
Just please don’t get injured (Part 3).
3.6: C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos (RB14)
Devontae Booker isn’t very good, so C.J. could be a steal at an RB2 ADP.
3.7: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (RB15)
Just please don’t get injured (Part 4).
3.8: Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins (RB16)
If the offense can improve around him, he could be a stud.
3.9: Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks (RB17)
He has shown flashes, but let’s see if he can stay healthy over the course of an entire season.
3.10: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (WR12)
As long as he doesn’t retire, he is as safe as they come.
3.11: Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs (RB18)
I like Ware as a sleeper providing that he can get in the endzone more often.
3.12: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (QB3)
Can’t go wrong with Brees as your quarterback.
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