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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

RB Sleepers

 

Powell, Bilal - NYJ

Powell, Bilal

Despite opening last season as the No. 2 running back for the Jets behind Matt Forte, Bilal Powell might have been the best running back in New York in 2016. He finished as the No. 23 Fantasy running back in standard leagues, which was just three spots behind Forte, with 131 carries for 722 yards (5.51 yards per carry) and three touchdowns, and 58 catches for 388 yards and two touchdowns. The rushing yards, yards per carry and receptions were career highs, and he tied his career high in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. And now Powell should be the lead back this season. He completely outplayed an injured Forte, who only had 3.73 yards per carry, before Forte was forced to miss two games with a torn meniscus. Powell at 28 is more explosive than Forte at 31. In his final seven games, Powell had at least 14 Fantasy points in a standard league in four of those outings. We'd love to see Powell open as the starter, but he's going to get his share of touches either way. He's a solid No. 3 Fantasy running back to target with a mid- to late-round pick, with his value higher in PPR.


Martin, Doug - TB

Martin, Doug

A three-game suspension and no guarantee of playing time crush the Fantasy expectations for Doug Martin. In order for him to bounce back he'll first have to unseat Jacquizz Rodgers as the main running back for the Bucs, which won't be easy if Rodgers plays well in Weeks 1 through 3. Then Martin will have to play like he did in 2015, when he averaged 4.9 yards per run and 8.2 yards per catch. Perhaps he'll get the chance -- his coaches and teammates seem satisfied with how Martin looked this offseason. He even claimed he's a stronger person after going through some personal problems. With optimism starting to creep back in, Martin is looking more like a bargain than an afterthought. Round 6 is when running back-hungry Fantasy owners will chase D-Mart, potentially landing him and Jacquizz Rodgers within 30-to-40 picks of each other. That would lock up a big dose of the Bucs backfield, which isn't a bad plan when comes to Fantasy roster building. 


Crowell, Isaiah - CLE

Crowell, Isaiah

Isaiah Crowell seems to be trending in the right direction. He finished last season as a top 15 Fantasy running back regardless of format (he caught 40 passes!) and locked up 10-plus Fantasy points in half of his games. He also impressively averaged 4.8 yards per carry and nearly 80 total yards per matchup. Beginning this year, Crowell will work behind one of the better offensive lines in football, led by tackle Joe Thomas and an interior trio of newcomers Kevin Zeitler and J.C. Tretter and returning guard Joel Bitonio. It's going to make for a solid work environment for Crowell, who averaged a mere 12.4 carries per game and should be in line for more given the improvements the Browns made on both sides of the ball. The more competitive the Browns get, the more opportunities Crowell will have. While an old-school Fantasy owner won't take Crowell just because of where he plays, a forward-thinking owner will value Crowell based on his improving skills, O-line and creative playcaller in Hue Jackson. He's not a bad pick once you get to late Round 3 or Round 4.  


Abdullah, Ameer - DET

Abdullah, Ameer

The Lions, and Fantasy owners, hope Ameer Abdullah can bounce back after a foot injury sidelined him for 14 games in 2016. Naturally, that will saddle him with the injury-prone label, but it's not necessarily fair -- he played 16 games as a rookie! The bigger worry is that the Lions seem perfectly content using two running backs week in and week out. That caps the potential for Abdullah, who has had only four career games with 15-plus touches. He's had fumbling issues over his career and his small build suggests he wouldn't be the coaches' choice to work the goal line, either. So while Abdullah definitely has potential for well over 1,000 total yards, he's probably not going to score many touchdowns. Round 6 is the right time to get Abdullah as a low-end No. 2 Fantasy running back.


Williams, Jonathan - BUF

Williams, Jonathan

Jonathan Williams gets a boost in Fantasy value this season with Mike Gillislee leaving Buffalo for New England. That opens the door for Williams to become the No. 2 running back for the Bills behind LeSean McCoy, and Williams is someone to target in all leagues with a late-round pick. Last year, Gillislee actually finished as the No. 26 Fantasy running back in standard leagues, and he had 101 carries for 577 yards (5.71 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns and nine catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. We're not sure if Williams is capable of that kind of production, and he was limited as a rookie in 2016 with 27 carries for 94 yards (3.5 yards per carry) and one touchdown in 10 games. He's a former fifth-round pick out of Arkansas, and he didn't play in 2015 because of a foot injury. But he was great in 2014 with 211 carries for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdowns and 11 catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns, and hopefully we get to see that player if he gets work in tandem or behind McCoy. Williams is worth a late-round pick in all leagues, especially as a handcuff for McCoy, because he could have a nice role as Gillislee's replacement. And if McCoy gets hurt, we could see Williams in a starring role.  


Perkins, Paul - NYG

Perkins, Paul

Paul Perkins has the chance to be the starting running back for the Giants, which makes him a breakout candidate heading into this season. He still has plenty to prove after a relatively quiet rookie year in 2016, but he could step into a big role on what should be an explosive offense. In 2016, Perkins opened the season behind Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen, but Jennings proved to be ineffective, while Vereen was injured. By the end of the season, Perkins got more work and started to show he could be capable of starting. Perkins closed the season with four games in a row with double digits in carries, totaling 62 carries for 271 yards (4.4-yards per carry) over that span. He had 21 carries for 102 yards (4.9-yards per carry) in Week 17 at Washington and averaged at least 4.5-yards per carry in his final three outings. Now, he only had 15 catches for 162 yards for the season, and he could be limited as a receiver if Vereen is healthy. And he failed to score a touchdown for the year, but that will come if he gets the work expected as a starter. Perkins is worth drafting no later than Round 5 of 6 in standard leagues and Round 7 in PPR, and he could be a solid Fantasy option if he remains the starting running back for the Giants in 2017.


Gillislee, Mike - NE

Gillislee, Mike

Gillislee will officially join the Patriots after the Bills declined to match the two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet he signed with New England last week, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. Gillislee now enters a backfield already headlined by Dion Lewis (hamstring), James White and Rex Burkhead, effectively ruling out the possibility of LeGarrette Blount returning to the Patriots in the process. Although Buffalo's decision not to match will cost New England a fifth-round pick, Gillislee provides the team with an ascending backfield talent. In 15 games last year as LeSean McCoy's primary backup, Gillislee rushed 101 times for 577 yards and eight touchdowns, while catching nine of 11 targets for 50 yards and another score.


Lacy, Eddie - SEA

Lacy, Eddie

Eddie Lacy will get another chance to play ball with the Seahawks after signing there as a free agent. Coach Pete Carroll wanted to add some physical traits to his run game and believes Lacy can deliver if he can get down to 240 pounds. Lacy turned in pretty good numbers in five games with the Packers last year, averaging 5.1 yards per run and actually looking spry on several plays. But then he hurt his ankle, which may have been compounded by his gain on the scale, and missed the rest of the season.  The Seahawks have contract provisions in place if Lacy can't get his size under control, plus they still have Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise on the roster in case Lacy is too heavy or ineffective. If you're looking for Lacy to put up numbers like he did in his first two seasons, you'll probably need a time machine. The Seahawks' offensive line is average and the coaching staff won't give Lacy a Marshawn Lynch-like role, at least not until he proves he can dominate. Until then, Lacy is a boom-or-bust No. 2 Fantasy running back worth a pick starting in Round 6. Grabbing Rawls as a handcuff several rounds later is an idea that, ahem, carries some weight.  


McCaffrey, Christian - CAR

McCaffrey, Christian

Christian McCaffrey should be more than just a running back for the Panthers -- he'll also end up playing some receiver, some kick returner and some punt returner too. The uber-versatile McCaffrey was the team's first-round pick, giving them a dimension to their offense they haven't had with Cam Newton. The fleet-footed 5-foot-11, 202-pound player out of Stanford had over 1,900 total yards of offense in consecutive seasons, scoring a minimum of 13 times on offense each year. He also set the NCAA single-season record for all-purpose yards in '15 with 3,864, breaking Barry Sanders' mark. The Panthers love McCaffrey's versatility, and while he might not be a pure between-the-tackles runner like Jonathan Stewart, he's sure to be involved in the offense on a regular basis and could even contend for over 50 catches as a rookie. Having Stewart around will take some carries (and short-yardage scores) off McCaffrey's plate, but there's still a lot of hope for a 1,000-total-yard season. Bank on McCaffrey as a No. 2 running back right out of the gate, making him worth a Round 5 pick in standard leagues and Round 4 in PPR. That Round 4 range is where he'll wind up in dynasty/keeper leagues, while he'll be selected between second and fifth overall in rookie-only drafts. 




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