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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

WR Nagging Injuries/Suspensions

 

Bryant, Dez - DAL

Bryant, Dez

If the Dez Bryant who showed up in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs last year against Green Bay is available for 16 games, he could be the best Fantasy receiver in 2017. After two years of dealing with foot and knee injuries, Bryant looked back to his dominant self against the Packers, torching them for nine catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns, and he pronounced himself back to 100 percent at the Pro Bowl in February. For the season, Bryant had 50 catches for 796 yards and eight touchdowns on 97 targets in 12 games (he missed three games with a knee injury and barely played in a meaningless Week 7 game). He actually was better than most Fantasy owners give him credit for since he was the No. 19 Fantasy receiver in standard leagues, scoring double digits in points in seven games. With a healthy offseason and a better rapport with second-year quarterback Dak Prescott, we could see Bryant have one of his best seasons in the NFL, and he's worth drafting toward the end of Round 1 or beginning of Round 2 in all formats. We're excited that Bryant is healthy and back to his former self. 


Jones, Julio - ATL

Jones, Julio

By some measures, Jones was a disappointment last year, but it won't change how Fantasy owners view him this year. From 2015 to 2016 his targets dropped by over 30 percent, his receptions by nearly 40 percent and his yards by nearly 25 percent. Missing two games and being a decoy for another clearly played a role, but it was the evolution of the Falcons offense that really dinged Jones' stats.  Matt Ryan didn't need to force him the ball as other Falcons players stepped up, especially in the end zone. There's a very real chance this continues, but not to the point where Jones' numbers decline further. Jones is a safe bet to be among the league leaders in catches and receiving yards, thus serving Fantasy owners safely as a No. 1 receiver. He'll be one of the first three receivers taken in every draft, likely anywhere from third to eighth overall. 


Allen, Keenan - LAC

Allen, Keenan

Injuries have severely impacted Keenan Allen the past two years, and we hope he's back at 100 percent this season. He suffered a torn ACL in Week 1 last year, which came after he had a lacerated kidney that limited him to eight games in 2015. He's expected to be ready for training camp, and Allen should be drafted as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues. He has to prove he can stay healthy and now work in a crowded receiving corps, which features Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates. But Allen is the No. 1 option in the passing game, and he's been great when healthy. Prior to getting hurt in 2015, Allen had 67 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns, and if you project that over 16 games he would have finished with 134 catches for 1,450 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had 71 catches for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie in 2013. His stats should be somewhere in between those two totals, and Allen is worth drafting in Round 4 in standard leagues and Round 3 in PPR.


Bryant, Martavis - PIT

Bryant, Martavis

With the belief that he'll be reinstated, receiver Martavis Bryant will provide an incredible element to the Steelers offense. He has 14 touchdowns and has averaged 62.6 yards over 21 career games, which is remarkable. He'll rarely get double-teamed because he'll share the field with Antonio Brown, and his height and exceptional speed will help him come up with touchdowns. Eight of his 14 touchdowns are red-zone scores, after all. We'll need to see Bryant show up to training camp in shape and with his trademark speed, but once we cross that off the checklist, we'll have a Fantasy receiver worth grabbing for his boom-or-bust potential in Round 7 or 8. 


Goodwin, Marquise - SF

Goodwin, Marquise

Marquise Goodwin signed a two-year contract with the 49ers this offseason, and he's expected to be a complementary receiver in a rebuilding offense. Goodwin is coming off the best year in his four-year career in 2016 with Buffalo when he had 29 catches for 431 yards and three touchdowns on 68 targets. It's hard to expect him to make a difference for Fantasy owners, but the 49ers need help at receiver with Pierre Garcon as the No. 1 option and little else on the roster. Still, Goodwin has proven to be a deep threat and little else in his career, and the best you can hope for is new 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan using Goodwin like he did with Taylor Gabriel as the offensive coordinator in Atlanta; Gabriel had 35 catches for 579 yards and six touchdowns on 49 targets. Goodwin is not worth drafting in the majority of leagues, but he can be added off waivers if he starts off the season playing well.


MARSHALL, BRANDON - NYG

MARSHALL, BRANDON

Fantasy owners are hoping Brandon Marshall's first year with the Giants is similar to his first year with the Jets in 2015, as well as his first year with the Bears in 2012. Both times, Marshall proved he can still be a dominant receiver, and now he's paired with arguably the best quarterback of his career in Eli Manning. But this is also the first time Marshall will be considered the No. 2 receiver on his team, since Odell Beckham is clearly the No. 1 option for the Giants. Still, going to the Giants is a good move for Marshall, at 33. He struggled in 2016 with the Jets and their quarterback mess of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith and Bryce Petty for 59 catches, 788 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games. That came after he had 109 catches for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015. We doubt Marshall gets back to that level, but he's an easy No. 3 Fantasy receiver to target in Round 6, with the chance to be a No. 2 option in the majority of leagues. He should prove to be a solid red-zone threat for Manning, and his touchdowns could push him into standout Fantasy value this year.


Williams, Mike - LAC

Williams, Mike

Williams will miss all of training camp due to a back issue. In fact, the Chargers are noncommittal on whether Williams will play at all this season. Proceed with extreme caution if you are contemplating drafting him.


Watkins, Sammy - LAR

Watkins, Sammy

When healthy, Sammy Watkins has proven to be a standout Fantasy receiver, but health was his biggest issue in 2016. He was limited to eight games because of a foot injury, which required two surgeries, the latest of which came in January. He's on track to make a full recovery and be ready for training camp, and hopefully he doesn't suffer a setback along the way. In 2015, Watkins showed his skills with 60 catches for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns on just 96 targets, but he did most of that damage over the final nine games of the season. He had at least 13 Fantasy points in a standard league in six of those nine outings. It's good news for Watkins that Tyrod Taylor is back at quarterback, and Fantasy owners should benefit if Watkins falls on Draft Day. Especially now that he's in a contract year after Buffalo declined his option for 2018. He's a No. 2 Fantasy receiver coming into the season because of his past health issues, but he offers No. 1 upside in all formats if he can stay on the field. There's risk involved with drafting Watkins, but there's also plenty of reward. We would target him as early as Round 3 in the majority of leagues.


Powell, Walter - BUF

Powell, Walter

Powell has received a four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, the Bills' official site reports. Powell claims he accidentally used a product that caused the positive result, but has accepted the NFL's discipline and won't appeal. He'll be eligible to return to the team's active roster in early October following the Bills' Week 4 matchup against the Falcons. Powell has hauled in just 14 passes throughout his past two seasons in Buffalo, while news of a suspension won't bode well for his chances at making the team in the long run.




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