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! Below, you will find my standard rankings for the top 12 rounds as well as Yahoo’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 Yahoo. 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 3:00 ET

Round 1

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionYahoo Rankings+/-
1David JohnsonARIRB10
2Le'Veon BellPITRB20
3Antonio BrownPITWR30
4Ezekiel ElliottDALRB1814
5Julio JonesATLWR4-1
6Odell Beckham Jr.NYGWR5-1
7A.J. GreenCINWR114
8Mike EvansTBWR6-2
9Jordy NelsonGBWR123
10Melvin GordonLACRB9-1
11Michael ThomasNOWR132
12Devonta FreemanATLRB10-2

Analysis

In round one, Yahoo did a decent job of ranking the top players. I think A.J. Green is undervalued in the first round. Green is in his prime at age 29 and should be recovered from his hamstring injury. If you exclude the game he hurt his hamstring against Buffalo, Green averaged 13.38 fantasy points and more than 11 targets per game last season.

Round 2

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionYahoo Rankings+/-
13LeSean McCoyBUFRB8-5
14DeMarco MurrayTENRB140
15Jay AjayiMIARB7-8
16Jordan HowardCHIRB15-1
17Rob GronkowskiNETE3417
18Brandin CooksNEWR16-2
19Amari CooperOAKWR245
20Doug BaldwinSEAWR17-3
21Demaryius ThomasDENWR3514
22Dez BryantDALWR19-3
23DeAndre HopkinsHOUWR3310
24Alshon JefferyPHIWR4016

Analysis

Rob Gronkowski stands out as the most undervalued player in round two. I realize the injury risk with Gronkowski, but if we even get ten games of Gronkowski’s dominance, he may be worth a second round pick. Last season, in a four game stretch when Gronkowski was at his healthiest, he averaged 118.25 yards per game and 16.33 fantasy points per game. He was a vertical threat for the Patriots and has matchup winning upside when healthy.

Round 3

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionYahoo Rankings+/-
25Leonard FournetteJACRB22-3
26Todd GurleyLARRB20-6
27Terrelle PryorWASWR26-1
28Keenan AllenLACWR3911
29Michael CrabtreeOAKWR4617
30Kareem HuntKCRB300
31Allen RobinsonJACWR4918
32Davante AdamsGBWR4210
33Lamar MillerHOURB29-4
34Martavis BryantPITWR5420
35Travis KelceKCTE28-7
36Isaiah CrowellCLERB23-13

Analysis

Lamar Miller had a disappointing season last year and recorded career lows in yards per carry and yards per catch. He also was near the bottom of the league in many advanced metrics. When a player receives volume (299 touches), and still struggles to produce fantasy points, I find it hard to expect a bounce back performance.

Todd Gurley was another major disappointment. He played all 16 games last year and rushed for more than 80 yards just once. He finished the season averaging only 3.18 yards per carry. Gurley also struggled in some key advanced metrics and while the volume should still be there, I’m questioning the production even with the addition of Sammy Watkins to stretch the field. I won’t own Gurley or Miller in any Yahoo leagues this year.

Round 4

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionYahoo Rankings+/-
37Carlos HydeSFRB31-6
38Marshawn LynchOAKRB435
39Larry FitzgeraldARIWR5213
40T.Y. HiltonINDWR27-13
41Emmanuel SandersDENWR5514
42Golden TateDETWR6220
43Tyreek HillKCWR41-2
44Aaron RodgersGBQB32-12
45Mark IngramNORB538
46Jordan ReedWASTE5812
47Tom BradyNEQB36-11
48Sammy WatkinsLARWR6113

Analysis

In round four, Aaron Rodgers starts the trend of overvalued quarterbacks. Yahoo overvalues quarterbacks throughout the draft, but I’ll touch on it here since Rodgers will be the first quarterback Yahoo will tempt you with. The quarterback position is insanely deep this season. There are 16 quarterbacks I would be satisfied with as my QB1 in 2017 drafts, so drafting one in round four isn’t smart. Build a strong base of receivers and running backs while the rest of your league chases quarterbacks, then grab a value quarterback late in the draft and dominate your league.

Round 5

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionYahoo Rankings+/-
49Kelvin BenjaminCARWR48-1
50Greg OlsenCARTE44-6
51Dalvin CookMINRB21-30
52Joe MixonCINRB45-7
53Ty MontgomeryGBRB37-16
54Christian McCaffreyCARRB25-29
55Stefon DiggsMINWR6712
56Frank GoreINDRB8529
57Bilal PowellNYJRB7013
58Mike GillisleeNERB646
59Jarvis LandryMIAWR667
60Adrian PetersonNORB688

Analysis

In round five, Stefon Diggs is undervalued by Yahoo. Diggs is a talented receiver and clearly an undervalued one. NFL.com’s Matt Harmon, creator of Reception Perception, posted a graphic on Twitter in April showing Diggs’ route running abilities. In the graphic, Harmon showed Diggs is better than average in success rate vs. man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage and also has an above average contested catch rate. There is a lot to like about Diggs as he enters his third NFL season. He should be an easy steal in Yahoo leagues this year.

 

Round 6

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionYahoo Rankings+/-
61Brandon MarshallNYGWR9332
62Drew BreesNOQB38-24
63C.J. AndersonDENRB47-16
64Jamison CrowderWASWR57-7
65Danny WoodheadBALRB7510
66DeSean JacksonTBWR8418
67Willie SneadNOWR7912
68Jimmy GrahamSEATE56-12
69Terrance WestBALRB8314
70Russell WilsonSEAQB50-20
71Tevin ColemanATLRB63-8
72Ameer AbdullahDETRB51-21

Analysis

I expected Yahoo to correct Terrance West’s ranking once the news that Kenneth Dixon was out for the year, but they still undervalue him. West will see most of the early-down work for the Ravens and his overall volume in the offense will be enough to justify a mid-7th round pick.

Round 7

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionYahoo Rankings+/-
73Paul PerkinsNYGRB9118
74Kyle RudolphMINTE817
75Theo RiddickDETRB10934
76Donte MoncriefINDWR11034
77Doug MartinTBRB781
78Andrew LuckINDQB9921
79LeGarrette BlountPHIRB9415
80Chris HoganNEWR9717
81Eric DeckerTENWR9615
82Pierre GarconSFWR897
83Robert KelleyWASRB77-6
84Jonathan StewartCARRB9511

Analysis

In standard leagues, touchdowns are king. If you’re receiver can score double-digit touchdowns in a season, he has a great shot at being at least a top 24 wide receiver. Donte Moncrief scored seven touchdowns last season on only 30 receptions. Obviously the 30 receptions isn’t what you want, but if Andrew Luck can get healthy, Moncrief has a shot to reach double-digit touchdowns.

Round 8

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionYahoo Rankings+/-
85Tyler EifertCINTE861
86Devante ParkerMIAWR59-27
87Jeremy MaclinBALWR82-5
88Ted GinnNOWR12032
89Tyrell WilliamsLACWR73-16
90Derrick HenryTENRB69-21
91Kenny BrittCLEWR987
92John BrownARIWR11624
93Randall CobbGBWR10512
94Adam ThielenMINWR11319
95Delanie WalkerTENTE87-8
96Matt ForteNYJRB13438

Analysis

Taking over for Brandin Cooks, Ted Ginn becomes the field-stretcher in the Saints offense. He’ll get a quarterback upgrade and will run on New Orleans’ turf for half of his games, helping his speed. Ginn will play in ten indoor stadiums this season, a big change from playing most of this games outdoors last year. While Ginn might not be Brandin Cooks, the role should be the same. Ginn has matchup winning upside with Drew Brees under center and should be a great WR4/5 for your fantasy team. The fact that Yahoo values him in the 10th/111th round allows you to select Ginn at a strong value.

Round 9

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionYahoo Rankings+/-
97Kirk CousinsWASQB72-25
98Marcus MariotaTENQB60-38
99Jack DoyleINDTE1078
100Jordan MatthewsBUFWR11818
101Rex BurkheadNERB12423
102Corey DavisTENWR13937
103Thomas RawlsSEARB101-2
104Darren McFaddenDALRB1117
105Jacquizz RodgersTBRB11914
106Devin FunchessCARWR16458
107Matt RyanATLQB65-42
108Josh DoctsonWASWR18072

Analysis

Matt Ryan stands out as another overvalued quarterback. I don’t own Matt Ryan in a single league this year, and in my future drafts, I don’t plan to select him either. In 2016, he finished as QB2, behind only Aaron Rodgers. In 2016, Ryan had a 7.1% touchdown percentage. His career average touchdown percentage is 4.7%, and that’s after his hyper-efficient 2016 season. If we regress Ryan’s touchdown percentage to the mean, he would have thrown for 25 touchdowns instead of 38. Applying only this regression to 2016, he would have scored 52 fewer fantasy points and would have dropped to QB6. While Yahoo ranks Ryan in the 6th round, I think the Falcons offense is worse this year, so I’ve ranked Ryan outside of my top 100 players.

Round 10

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionYahoo Rankings+/-
109Mike WallaceBALWR13021
110Dak PrescottDALQB90-20
111Eddie LacySEARB1143
112Cam NewtonCARQB76-36
113Ben RoethlisbergerPITQB71-42
114Jamaal CharlesDENRB285171
115Martellus BennettGBTE54-61
116Duke JohnsonCLERB106-10
117Samaje PerineWASRB16649
118Hunter HenryLACTE103-15
119Kevin WhiteCHIWR17051
120C.J. ProsiseSEARB13818

Round 11

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionYahoo Rankings+/-
121Corey ColemanCLEWR1276
122Zay JonesBUFWR13513
123Derek CarrOAKQB100-23
124Danny AmendolaNEWR16945
125Rishard MatthewsTENWR108-17
126Philip RiversLACQB80-46
127Marvin JonesDETWR122-5
128DeAndre WashingtonOAKRB244116
129Kenny StillsMIAWR15223
130Tyler LockettSEAWR16232
131Jameis WinstonTBQB74-57
132Zach ErtzPHITE88-44

Analysis

Round 11 and 12 feature three running backs who will see plenty of receiving work. While Yahoo does not feature PPR settings, these three backs already have a role in their team’s offense, and would likely see an expanded role if the lead running back(s) on their teams were to get injured. My favorite of the three is DeAndre Washington, followed by Giovani Bernard and Alvin Kamara.

Round 12

RankPlayer NameTeamPositionYahoo Rankings+/-
133Giovani BernardCINRB19966
134Eric EbronDETTE117-17
135Alvin KamaraNORB19156
136Kenny GolladayDETWR17943
137Nelson AgholorPHIWR16326
138Darren SprolesPHIRB1479
139Matthew StaffordDETQB102-37
140Sterling ShepardNYGWR15414
141James WhiteNERB131-10
142Robert WoodsLARWR17836
143Marqise LeeJACWR15815
144Breshad PerrimanBALWR16824

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