2017 Fantasy Football Players Who Should Be On Your Radar—No Not Matt Ryan

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So the NFL fantasy football season is all but over.  And now it it is time to think about your reboot for the  2017-2018 season.  And no it is never too early to start thinking about how you are going to dominate your fantasy football league.

So here are a few players to keep on your fantasy football radar.

All stats are acquired from RotoWire.

Quarterbacks

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Winston has been on an upward trajectory since coming into the league.  He is getting better.  His wide receivers (Yep we are looking at you Mike Evans) are getting a handle on their drops.

2016 stats: 345 completions   60.9% completion rate   28 touchdowns   18 interceptions

Average 2016 fantasy Points per Game: 18.6

While Winston’s touchdowns increased by six from the previous year, he also threw three more interceptions.  That’s a lot of interceptions, but keep in mind that total in inflated by the four interceptions he threw against the Arizona Cardinals and the three when playing the Dallas Cowboys.

Carson Wentz, Philadlphia Eagles

Wentz started out hot and then went cold.  It wasn’t all completely his fault.  Wentz was hobbled by a receiving corps that had trouble holding on to the ball.  According to Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice: Dorial Green-Beckham was responsible for seven drops; Jordan Matthews for six drops; Darren Sproles had four drops; Nelson Agholor can shoulder responsibility for three drops; Trey Burton added two more; and Zach Ertz and Wendell Smallwood each contributed one.  That equals 24 drops attributed to his supporting cast.

2016 stats: 3782 passing yards   16 touchdowns   14 interceptions   150 rushing yards  2 rushing touchdowns

Average 2016 fantasy Points per Game: 15.2

Wentz’s first four games he totaled fantasy points of 23, 14, 25 and 21 respectively.  His last four games he he had fantasy points of 17, 11,13, and 22 respectively.  He had one game where he did not score in double digit fantasy points.

Remember this is a rookie who wasn’t going to be the starter.  Look for him to find his footing to consistency in his second year.

Running Backs

Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins

Fronted by one of the best offensive lines in the league, Ajayi was a beast.  Then the line got banged up, the starting quarterback went down and Ajayi came back to mere mortal status.

2016 stats: 250 rushing attempts   1272 yards   8 touchdowns   151 receiving yards

Average 2016 fantasy points:  standard leagues  12.7   ppr leagues 14.5

Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns

There are two Cleveland Browns on this list and that is because of Head Coach Hue Jackson.  His second year in Cleveland will be marked by a more productive offense.  At the center of that will be a potent run game headed by Crowell.

2016 stats: 198 rushing attempts  952 yards  7 touchdowns  319 receiving yards

Average 2016 fantasy points: standard 10.6  ppr leagues  13.1

Wide Receivers

Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns

There is a caveat to this, and that is if Robert Griffin III is the quarterback.  Coleman missed a part of the season and still managed to make a mark on the Browns.  If he and RG III have a full off season together look for this duo to be really good.  He was clearly the favorite of RG III.

2016 stats: 73 targets   33 receptions  413 yards  3 touchdowns

Average 2016 fantasy points: standard 6.0   ppr 9.3

The targets to receptions was not good.  But again, this is a man who didn’t have a full season, off-season with his quarterback.

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

It helps to have Drew Brees passing you the ball.  And it helps to be 6’3″ and 212 pounds.

2016 stats: 121 targets  92 receptions  1137 yards   9 touchdowns

Average 2016 fantasy points: standard 11.2  ppr leagues 17.3

Even with loaded weapons to compete for touches, Thomas is and will be a stud.

Tight Ends

Hunter Henry, San Diego er Los Angeles Chargers

New location, new coach it’s still football and Philip Rivers is still shucking the ball.  Henry shared time with Rivers’ BFF Antonio Gates.  Look for Henry to surpass Gates as Rivers’ favorite next season.

2016 stats: 53 targets   36 receptions   478 yards  8 touchdowns

Average 2016 fantasy points:  standard 6.4 points  ppr leagues 8.8 points

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

All I look for is for my tight end to get into the end zone.  Brate is a legitimate red zone threat.

2016 stats: 81 targets   57 receptions  660 yards   8 touchdowns

Average 2016 fantasy points: standard 7.6 points  ppr leagues 11.4 points

IDP

Joey Bosa, Defensive End, Los Angeles Chargers

So yeah, this is a complete turnaround from my musings on draft day, mea culpa.  Bosa even with time missed is a stud.  He is one you need to have in your lineup.

2016 stats:  41 combined tackles   10.5 sacks

That’s pretty good.

 

Now we all know with coaching changes, players being replaced and dismissed, and injuries all this could change in a moments notice.  But that is why we are here for your fantasy football needs, to keep you abreast of whats going on.  So for now keep your fantasy football radar on this six players.  And stick with FakePigSkin for all you need to know about NFL and fantasy football.

 

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