When drafting your fantasy team, the default settings on the site you use can frequently influence drafters. If you can look past the default rankings and simply choose the best player available, you will dominate your draft! ESPN made point per reception (PPR) leagues their standard league this season. Below, you will find my PPR rankings for the top 12 rounds as well as ESPN’s default ranking of that player.

You will also see a column labeled +/-. When you see a positive number in that column, it means I believe the player is undervalued by ESPN. When you see a negative number, it means I believe the player is overvalued. While drafting, avoid players with negative +/- numbers (unless they fall significantly during the draft) and select players with positive +/- numbers (as long as you don’t reach for them).

*Both sets of rankings are as of 9/1/2017 at 2:20PM ET

Round 1

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionESPN Rank+/-
1David JohnsonARIRB10
2Le'Veon BellPITRB20
3Antonio BrownPITWR30
4Julio JonesATLWR40
5Odell Beckham Jr.NYGWR50
6Ezekiel ElliottDALRB3024
7A.J. GreenCINWR92
8Mike EvansTBWR80
9Melvin GordonLACRB123
10Jordy NelsonGBWR7-3
11Devonta FreemanATLRB10-1
12LeSean McCoyBUFRB6-6

Analysis

ESPN did a good job ranking players in the first round. I don’t have many arguments. Melvin Gordon is the player I think they undervalued slightly. He should continue to see a high volume of touches in what should be an improved offense and an improved team.

Round 2

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionESPN Rank+/-
13Michael ThomasNOWR11-2
14Brandin CooksNEWR173
15Doug BaldwinSEAWR161
16Keenan AllenLACWR3216
17Amari CooperOAKWR225
18DeMarco MurrayTENRB14-4
19Jay AjayiMIARB15-4
20Rob GronkowskiNETE200
21DeAndre HopkinsHOUWR287
22Jordan HowardCHIRB13-9
23Demaryius ThomasDENWR241
24Larry FitzgeraldARIWR3612

Analysis

Keenan Allen has been a PPR monster when healthy. I think ESPN has built the injury risk into Allen’s ranking a bit more than I have. I’m no injury expert, but Allen’s injury history seems to be freak injuries rather than chronic issues. For that reason, I’m more optimistic on Allen than ESPN for 2017.

Larry Fitzgerald stands out as undervalued by ESPN in PPR drafts. He has 109 and 107 receptions in his past two seasons and has finished as a top 11 PPR WR in each of those years. Outside of David Johnson and potentially John Brown, there isn’t much competition for targets in the Cardinals offense. Fitzgerald offers a high floor and enough PPR upside to justify a late second round pick.

Round 3

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionESPN Rank+/-
25Dez BryantDALWR21-4
26Terrelle PryorWASWR260
27Alshon JefferyPHIWR270
28Golden TateDETWR335
29Lamar MillerHOURB25-4
30Leonard FournetteJACRB23-7
31Todd GurleyLARRB19-12
32T.Y. HiltonINDWR18-14
33Michael CrabtreeOAKWR31-2
34Kareem HuntKCRB384
35Allen RobinsonJACWR5217
36Davante AdamsGBWR426

Analysis

Dez Bryant stands out as an overvalued player. I wrote an entire article on my thoughts about Bryant this season. You can view it on my Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/fantasybeast15

Round 4

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionESPN Rank+/-
37Emmanuel SandersDENWR447
38Travis KelceKCTE4911
39Jarvis LandryMIAWR434
40Martavis BryantPITWR6121
41Stefon DiggsMINWR5918
42Isaiah CrowellCLERB29-13
43Tyreek HillKCWR5310
44Aaron RodgersGBQB473
45Carlos HydeSFRB41-4
46Ty MontgomeryGBRB37-9
47Tom BradyNEQB46-1
48Jamison CrowderWASWR502

Analysis

Martavis Bryant is reinstated and should beat his 6th round rank by ESPN. I have Bryant as a 4th round pick and wonder if ESPN is being cautious due to his off-field history. He may not catch as many passes as other top PPR WRs, but his upside is worth the risk in the fourth round. He has top 10 WR upside this season if he can stay on the field.

Round 5

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionESPN Rank+/-
49Jordan ReedWASTE40-9
50Greg OlsenCARTE555
51Bilal PowellNYJRB45-6
52Dalvin CookMINRB39-13
53Mark IngramNORB607
54Willie SneadNOWR6814
55Joe MixonCINRB54-1
56Christian McCaffreyCARRB34-22
57Danny WoodheadBALRB48-9
58Sammy WatkinsLARWR56-2
59Marshawn LynchOAKRB35-24
60Theo RiddickDETRB655

Analysis

Willie Snead is one of my favorite picks in PPR drafts this year. I’m trying to draft him everywhere I can for a few reasons. He’s underrated as a receiver. In fact, according to NFL.com’s Matt Harmon, a wide receiver guru, Snead was the only wide receiver he charted “with an above average success rate on all routes.” Harmon’s Reception Perception methodology loves Willie Snead, and I believe this could be a true breakout season for Snead in PPR leagues.

Christian McCaffery is certainly a hot name in fantasy football and one of my favorite dynasty picks, but for 2017 redraft leagues, I have concerns. While he receives a boost in PPR leagues due to his receiving ability, Cam Newton simply hasn’t thrown to running backs in the past. While that might change this season, it’s possible Newton still prefers to scramble rather than check down to his running backs. I also question McCaffery’s scoring abilities. Both Newton and Jonathan Stewart are superior goal-line options, so McCaffery’s scoring upside is limited.

Round 6

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionESPN Rank+/-
61Kelvin BenjaminCARWR51-10
62Drew BreesNOQB57-5
63Pierre GarconSFWR58-5
64Frank GoreINDRB62-2
65Adrian PetersonNORB661
66C.J. AndersonDENRB726
67Ameer AbdullahDETRB703
68Tevin ColemanATLRB8416
69Mike GillisleeNERB64-5
70Russell WilsonSEAQB8212
71Jeremy MaclinBALWR732
72DeSean JacksonTBWR764

Analysis

Adrian Peterson stands out in the sixth round. This is likely the best offense he’s ever played in, and he won’t see as many stacked boxes with Drew Brees under center. There will be a clear committee at running back, but Peterson should have plenty of opportunities to score. Even with a crowded backfield, I think Peterson provides enough upside to be worth a sixth round pick.

Round 7

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionESPN Rank+/-
73Brandon MarshallNYGWR63-10
74Chris HoganNEWR10228
75Eric DeckerTENWR750
76Paul PerkinsNYGRB71-5
77Doug MartinTBRB9518
78Andrew LuckINDQB10022
79Jimmy GrahamSEATE801
80Tyrell WilliamsLACWR9414
81Kenny BrittCLEWR832
82Randall CobbGBWR9715
83Kyle RudolphMINTE896
84Terrance WestBALRB77-7

Analysis

Chris Hogan is a hot name in fantasy football right now. With the injury to Julian Edelman, Hogan is now undervalued. ESPN adjusted their ranking of Hogan, but I don’t think they’ve adjusted it enough. When you’re the WR2 in a Tom Brady offense, you’re going to have fantasy value.

Round 8

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionESPN Rank+/-
85Donte MoncriefINDWR81-4
86Devante ParkerMIAWR67-19
87Jordan MatthewsBUFWR10619
88LeGarrette BlountPHIRB10315
89Robert KelleyWASRB74-15
90John BrownARIWR11929
91Duke JohnsonCLERB78-13
92James WhiteNERB87-5
93Adam ThielenMINWR85-8
94Delanie WalkerTENTE88-6
95Tyler EifertCINTE11116
96Ted GinnNOWR12125

Analysis

In round 8, Delanie Walker stands out as overvalued. There are plenty of tight ends I like in fantasy drafts this season, but Walker is one I’m avoiding. The Titans likely will remain a run-first offense, and have a plethora of talented pass catchers. They drafted Corey Davis in the first round and signed Eric Decker, likely taking away some of Walker’s volume in the passing game. Additionally, Decker has always been involved in the red zone, and I’m worried he could take Walker’s looks in that area of the field. For all of these reasons, I’m avoiding Walker where ESPN has him ranked.

Round 9

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionESPN Rank+/-
97Kirk CousinsWASQB93-4
98Marcus MariotaTENQB11517
99Corey ColemanCLEWR10910
100Mike WallaceBALWR79-21
101Zay JonesBUFWR1109
102Rex BurkheadNERB12826
103Matt ForteNYJRB90-13
104Darren McFaddenDALRB91-13
105C.J. ProsiseSEARB1072
106Kevin WhiteCHIWR11711
107Matt RyanATLQB69-38
108Derrick HenryTENRB12214

 

Round 10

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionESPN Rank+/-
109Jacquizz RodgersTBRB1134
110Dak PrescottDALQB108-2
111Giovani BernardCINRB105-6
112Cam NewtonCARQB92-20
113Ben RoethlisbergerPITQB12714
114Jack DoyleINDTE13218
115Jamaal CharlesDENRB19277
116Rishard MatthewsTENWR99-17
117Jonathan StewartCARRB96-21
118Corey DavisTENWR112-6
119Thomas RawlsSEARB104-15
120Darren SprolesPHIRB101-19

Round 11

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionESPN Rank+/-
121Eddie LacySEARB86-35
122Devin FunchessCARWR19068
123Derek CarrOAKQB116-7
124Martellus BennettGBTE1262
125Danny AmendolaNEWR123-2
126Philip RiversLACQB14014
127Zach ErtzPHITE96-31
128Josh DoctsonWASWR124-4
129Samaje PerineWASRB16637
130Marvin JonesDETWR1300
131Jameis WinstonTBQB114-17
132Eric EbronDETTE15422

Analysis

Devin Funchess looks like a value in the 11th round. He should see a massive increase in targets this season, as he’s expected to be the Panthers second receiver behind Kelvin Benjamin. Ted Ginn Jr., now with the Saints, held that role last season and received 95 targets. Funchess is superior to Ginn in the red zone, so if he receives a similar target share, I like his upside for a cheap price.

Round 12

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionESPN Rank+/-
133Sterling ShepardNYGWR1385
134Alvin KamaraNORB14612
135Marqise LeeJACWR15520
136Hunter HenryLACTE122-14
137Robert WoodsLARWR15821
138DeAndre WashingtonOAKRB17234
139Matthew StaffordDETQB118-21
140Nelson AgholorPHIWR18747
141Tyler LockettSEAWR17332
142Chris ThompsonWASRB120-22
143Cole BeasleyDALWR17835
144Kenny GolladayDETWR20460

Analysis

Tyler Lockett is on many of my dynasty teams and is one of my favorite picks in the late rounds this season. Last season, Lockett had an average draft position of 76th overall according to Fantasy Football Calculator. This season, ESPN has him ranked as their 173rd player. While I’m more pessimistic than I was last season, Lockett is a steal in the 12 round. He should be fully recovered from his leg injury and provides a deep threat for the Seahawks.

 


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