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2017 VIP Draft Kit


Table of Contents




Draft Day Advice
-General Advice
-Position Advice

-2017 NFL Schedule
-Strength of Schedule


QB Statistical Analysis
-2016 Top Performances
-2016 Most Fantasy Points
-2016 Most Avg Fantasy Points
-2016 Median Fantasy Points
-2016 Most Consistent
-Easiest 2017 Schedule
-Easiest 2017 Playoff Schedule

RB Statistical Analysis
-2016 Top Performances
-2016 Most Fantasy Points
-2016 Most Avg Fantasy Points
-2016 Median Fantasy Points
-2016 Most Consistent
-Easiest 2017 Schedule
-Easiest 2017 Playoff Schedule

WR Statistical Analysis
-2016 Top Performances
-2016 Most Fantasy Points
-2016 Most Avg Fantasy Points
-2016 Median Fantasy Points
-2016 Most Consistent
-Easiest 2017 Schedule
-Easiest 2017 Playoff Schedule

TE Statistical Analysis
-2016 Top Performances
-2016 Most Fantasy Points
-2016 Most Avg Fantasy Points
-2016 Median Fantasy Points
-2016 Most Consistent
-Easiest 2017 Schedule
-Easiest 2017 Playoff Schedule

Kicker Statistical Analysis
-2016 Top Performances
-2016 Most Fantasy Points
-2016 Most Avg Fantasy Points
-2016 Median Fantasy Points
-2016 Most Consistent
-Easiest 2017 Schedule
-Easiest 2017 Playoff Schedule

2016 Defense Rankings
-Fantasy Points Allowed (Total)
-Fantasy Points Allowed QBs
-Fantasy Points Allowed RBs
-Fantasy Points Allowed WRs
-Fantasy Points Allowed TEs
-Fantasy Points Allowed Ks

Proven Draft Strategy
-Numerical Analysis
-GCAM (Overview)
-GCAM (QBs)
-GCAM (RBs)
-GCAM (WRs)
-GCAM (TEs)
-GCAM (PKs)
-GCAM (D/ST)

Targets, Carries and Touches
-2016 Most Targets
-2016 Most Carries
-2016 Most Touches

Redzone Analysis
-2016 Redzone Passing
-2016 Redzone Rushing
-2016 Redzone Receiving
-2016 Redzone Touches

Depth Charts
-AFC East
-AFC North
-AFC South
-AFC West
-NFC East
-NFC North
-NFC South
-NFC West

Nagging Injuries
-QBs
-RBs
-WRs
-TEs

Moving Truck Tracker
-QBs
-RBs
-WRs
-TEs

Rookie Report
-QBs
-RBs
-WRs
-TEs
-PKs
-Dynasty/Rookie Snapshot

Sophomore Status
-QBs
-RBs
-WRs
-TEs
-PKs

Fantasy Studs
-QBs
-RBs
-WRs
-TEs
-PKs
-D/ST

Sleepers
-QBs
-RBs
-WRs
-TEs
-PKs
-D/ST

Duds
-QBs
-RBs
-WRs
-TEs
-PKs
-D/ST

Average Draft Position
-Top 150
-QB
-RB
-WR
-TE
-PK
-D/ST
-DL
-LB
-DB

ATC Cheat Sheets
QB Rankings
RB Rankings
WR Rankings
TE Rankings
PK Rankings
Team Defense/Special Teams Rankings
DL Rankings
LB Rankings
DB Rankings
Draft Board Snapshot
Top 200 Players Overall
Top 216 Auction Values

MOCK DRAFT

QB Duds

 

MANNING, ELI - NYG

MANNING, ELI

Manning has started 199 consecutive games tracing back to midway through his rookie season in 2004. Despite all that volume, Manning finished better than 10th at the position in fantasy points once during the past decade (2011). In what was a very disappointing 2016 season, he finished 21st for the second time in four years. Despite his receivers generating 5.3 yards after the catch (ninth most), Manning's yards per attempt dipped to 6.7 (ninth lowest). He managed a grand total of two top-10 fantasy weeks. Manning's 2017 prospects are helped by the additions of Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, but it's hard to trust a 36-year-old quarterback coming off one of his worst seasons in an offense that finished 23rd in touchdowns.


RYAN, MATT - ATL

RYAN, MATT

Bust/Dud may be too strong of a term for Matt Ryan, as we do expect him to finish as a legitimate fantasy QB1. However, we want to caution everyone about overrating him after a career 2016 season. A year ago, Ryan was one of the least desirable quarterbacks in Fantasy Football. But he's in demand again after throwing for career-highs in yardage and touchdowns en route to the 2016 MVP Award. His offensive line protected him well, he had a ton of help in the passing game from a number of role players, not to mention some excellent work with stud receiver Julio Jones. Ryan should use the same formula to put up strong stats again in 2017, but typically MVP quarterbacks tend to regress following their big seasons. The Falcons also will have a new offensive coordinator in Steve Sarkisian, a first-year NFL playcaller. So long as Jones stays healthy, Ryan should finish around (or maybe even a little better than) his career averages of 4,189 yards and 27 touchdowns. That places him in the top 6-12 crowd of fantasy QBs rather than in the elite company of Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady. Bottom line: if he is still on the board in the 5th or 6th round, then go for it; just don't reach for him expecting him to chase 2016's totals.


Cousins, Kirk - WAS

Cousins, Kirk

Kirk Cousins has proven to be a standout Fantasy quarterback each of the past two seasons, and it's time for Fantasy owners to buy into him as a No. 1 option -- if you haven't done so already. He was the No. 9 Fantasy quarterback in 2015, and jumped to No. 5 last year, and he should continue to play at a high level even with a revamped receiving corps. Gone are DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, but those guys are being replaced by free agent Terrelle Pryor and a hopefully-healthy Josh Doctson, who was limited as a rookie in 2016. Along with Jamison Crowder, Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis, Cousins still has plenty of weapons at his disposal. Cousins still has the added motivation of a new contract since he's playing under the franchise tag for the second year in a row, and that aspect didn't hinder him in 2016 when he completed 67 percent of his passes for 4,917 yards, 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, while adding 96 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Cousins is worth drafting with a mid-round pick in all leagues.


Bortles, Blake - JAC

Bortles, Blake

The King of Garbage Time Production! Bortles has posted back-to-back top-nine fantasy campaigns, but it's hard to recommend a player who has been so reliant on volume and struggled so badly with efficiency. Compared to his breakout 2015 campaign, Bortles actually attempted 19 more passes in 2016, but threw for 523 fewer yards and tossed 12 fewer touchdowns. He completed 59 percent of his passes for the third straight season (sixth worst), was off target on 19 percent of his throws (ninth worst) and averaged 6.2 yards per attempt (fifth worst). Bortles was a top-10 fantasy quarterback during 63 percent of his starts in 2015, but only 25 percent in 2016. New ultra-conservative coach Doug Marrone does not like the fact that Bortles has been asked to throw the ball on average 37 times per contest. He would prefer to keep that number under 30. The Jaguars' much-improved defense and the addition of Leonard Fournette is only going to limit Bortles' volume, making him a good bet for a dip in fantasy production in 2017.


Prescott, Dak - DAL

Prescott, Dak

Dak Prescott had a tremendous rookie year in 2016, and now the Cowboys and Fantasy owners hope he can have a repeat performance this season. He was named the NFL Rookie of the Year in 2016 when he completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,667 yards, 23 touchdowns and four interceptions and ran for 282 yards and six touchdowns. He finished as the No. 9 Fantasy quarterback in standard leagues, and Prescott had at least 20 Fantasy points in 10 of 15 complete games (he barely played in a meaningless Week 17 outing). He also did well when Dez Bryant was healthy, and we hope Bryant is healthy for all 16 games this season. In Prescott's final nine games with Bryant (we'll throw out Week 17 again), he averaged 23.2 Fantasy points a game, including four games with at least 29 points in a standard league, which was an upgrade from his season average of 21.2 points. Prescott is a perfect quarterback to wait on with a mid- to late-round pick in all leagues, and he should have another quality campaign in 2017 as a low-end No. 1 Fantasy quarterback this year.




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