2017 Fantasy Football Player Rankings

NFL Player Rankings

Developing accurate fantasy football player rankings is a key component of creating reliable fantasy football cheat sheets, and as we know your cheat sheet could make or break your fantasy football draft. In modern fantasy football leagues, almost any football position can be added to your fantasy league scoring configuration (even defensive players).

Regardless of your league’s configuration, you’ll need to be sure to have accurate NFL player rankings for each position that is required to complete your fantasy roster. Here are some factors we consider when developing our fantasy football player rankings:

  • Statistics- Obviously the stats from the previous season are most critical but as the season progresses current statistics become more relevant.
  • Fantasy Point Output- Understand how each player’s statistics translate to point output based on your fantasy league configuration. Just as statistic/point-values vary from league to league, a player's ranking will likewise rise or fall based on league settings.
  • Games Played- The number of games a player actually played in during the previous season is an oft-forgotten statistic. Would you rather draft a player that put up 80 fantasy points in 16 games, or a player who put up 60 fantasy points in 8 games? This is why FPPG output is a key statistic to follow (and also why it is integrated into all of our sheets by default).
  • Team- The team a player plays for should definitely factor into their ranking, especially if the player has changed teams. Those teams with high-powered offenses will have players who put up more fantasy points, so remember to factor in the team when you configure your rankings.
  • Experience- The factor that experience plays in your NFL player rankings is heavily dependent on the position being analyzed; a productive kicker will have a much longer career than a productive running back. Compare each player’s stats to their experience to ensure they are not on the downside of their career.
  • Position on Depth Chart- As training camp battles progress, a clearer picture of each team’s depth chart should arise. Know which players have cemented a starting job and which players are still battling to move up the depth chart.
  • Injury Concerns– Football players are constantly battling injuries, but some injuries are worse than others. Those players with injury concerns should slide down your player rankings; how far they slide will depend on the severity (and sometimes the frequency) of their injury.

There are many different factors to consider when configuring your 2017 NFL player rankings. The key to success is examining the relevant factors and properly applying them to the position and player being analyzed. We hope that the rankings provided will help you create reliable and accurate fantasy football cheat sheets in preparation for your 2017 fantasy football draft. Below are our top 5 players at each position named in the standard fantasy football scoring system. To view all rankings for a particular position please click the links above.



Top 10 Quarterbacks

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Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 1 in our 2017 Quarterback rankings.
Russell Wilson #3
SEA Seahawks, 5 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, PAYD=3983, PATD=34, RUCA=95, RUYD=586, RUTD=3, INT=11, FUM=3, FPPG=25.7, TFP=412
2
Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is ranked 2 in our 2017 Quarterback rankings.
Tom Brady #12
NE Patriots, 17 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, PAYD=4577, PATD=32, RUCA=25, RUYD=28, RUTD=0, INT=8, FUM=3, FPPG=22.2, TFP=356
3
Alex D Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 3 in our 2017 Quarterback rankings.
Alex D Smith #11
KC Chiefs, 12 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=15, PAYD=4042, PATD=26, RUCA=60, RUYD=355, RUTD=1, INT=5, FUM=1, FPPG=23.1, TFP=347
4
Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 4 in our 2017 Quarterback rankings.
Cam Newton #1
CAR Panthers, 6 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, PAYD=3302, PATD=22, RUCA=139, RUYD=754, RUTD=6, INT=16, FUM=1, FPPG=21.3, TFP=341
5
Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 5 in our 2017 Quarterback rankings.
Carson Wentz #12
PHI Eagles, 1 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=13, PAYD=3296, PATD=33, RUCA=64, RUYD=299, RUTD=0, INT=7, FUM=3, FPPG=26.1, TFP=340
6
Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins is ranked 6 in our 2017 Quarterback rankings.
Kirk Cousins #8
WAS Redskins, 5 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, PAYD=4093, PATD=27, RUCA=49, RUYD=179, RUTD=4, INT=13, FUM=5, FPPG=20.7, TFP=332
7
Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions is ranked 7 in our 2017 Quarterback rankings.
Matthew Stafford #9
DET Lions, 8 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, PAYD=4446, PATD=29, RUCA=29, RUYD=98, RUTD=0, INT=10, FUM=7, FPPG=20.5, TFP=328
8
Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers is ranked 8 in our 2017 Quarterback rankings.
Philip Rivers #17
LAC Chargers, 13 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, PAYD=4515, PATD=28, RUCA=18, RUYD=-2, RUTD=0, INT=10, FUM=1, FPPG=20.4, TFP=326
9
Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 9 in our 2017 Quarterback rankings.
Ben Roethlisberger #7
PIT Steelers, 13 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=15, PAYD=4251, PATD=28, RUCA=28, RUYD=47, RUTD=0, INT=14, FUM=1, FPPG=20.8, TFP=313
10
Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams is ranked 10 in our 2017 Quarterback rankings.
Jared Goff #12
LAR Rams, 1 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=15, PAYD=3804, PATD=28, RUCA=28, RUYD=51, RUTD=1, INT=7, FUM=3, FPPG=20.8, TFP=311

Top 10 Running Backs

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Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams is ranked 11 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
Todd Gurley #30
LAR Rams, 2 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=15, RUCA=279, RUYD=1305, RUTD=13, RETR=87, RECP=64, REYD=788, RETD=6, FUM=2, FPPG=21.3, TFP=319
12
Le'Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 12 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
Le'Veon Bell #26
PIT Steelers, 4 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=15, RUCA=321, RUYD=1291, RUTD=9, RETR=106, RECP=85, REYD=655, RETD=2, FUM=2, FPPG=17.1, TFP=257
13
Kareem Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 13 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
Kareem Hunt #34
KC Chiefs, Rookie , Bye 10
GAM=16, RUCA=272, RUYD=1327, RUTD=8, RETR=63, RECP=53, REYD=455, RETD=3, FUM=1, FPPG=15.1, TFP=242
14
Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 14 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
Alvin Kamara #34
NO Saints, Rookie , Bye 5
GAM=16, RUCA=120, RUYD=728, RUTD=8, RETR=100, RECP=81, REYD=826, RETD=5, FUM=1, FPPG=14.5, TFP=231
15
Melvin Gordon of the Los Angeles Chargers is ranked 15 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
Melvin Gordon #28
LAC Chargers, 2 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, RUCA=284, RUYD=1105, RUTD=8, RETR=83, RECP=58, REYD=476, RETD=4, FUM=0, FPPG=14.4, TFP=230
16
Mark Ingram of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 16 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
Mark Ingram #22
NO Saints, 6 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, RUCA=230, RUYD=1124, RUTD=12, RETR=71, RECP=58, REYD=416, RETD=0, FUM=3, FPPG=13.8, TFP=220
17
LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills is ranked 17 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
LeSean McCoy #25
BUF Bills, 8 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, RUCA=287, RUYD=1138, RUTD=6, RETR=77, RECP=59, REYD=448, RETD=2, FUM=1, FPPG=12.8, TFP=205
18
Leonard Fournette of the Jacksonville Jaguars is ranked 18 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
Leonard Fournette #23
JAC Jaguars, Rookie , Bye 8
GAM=13, RUCA=268, RUYD=1040, RUTD=9, RETR=48, RECP=36, REYD=302, RETD=1, FUM=0, FPPG=14.9, TFP=194
19
Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 19 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
Ezekiel Elliott #34
DAL Cowboys, 1 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=10, RUCA=242, RUYD=983, RUTD=7, RETR=38, RECP=26, REYD=269, RETD=2, FUM=1, FPPG=17.7, TFP=177
20
Jordan Howard of the Chicago Bears is ranked 20 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
Jordan Howard #34
CHI Bears, 1 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, RUCA=276, RUYD=1122, RUTD=9, RETR=32, RECP=23, REYD=125, RETD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=11, TFP=177

Top 10 Wide Receivers

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DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans is ranked 21 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
DeAndre Hopkins #10
HOU Texans, 4 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=15, RETR=174, RECP=96, REYD=1378, RETD=13, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=14.3, TFP=214
22
Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 22 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
Antonio Brown #84
PIT Steelers, 7 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=14, RETR=162, RECP=101, REYD=1533, RETD=9, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=14.8, TFP=207
23
Keenan Allen of the Los Angeles Chargers is ranked 23 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
Keenan Allen #13
LAC Chargers, 4 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, RETR=159, RECP=102, REYD=1393, RETD=6, RUYD=9, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=11, TFP=176
24
Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 24 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
Tyreek Hill #80
KC Chiefs, 1 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=15, RETR=105, RECP=75, REYD=1183, RETD=7, RUYD=59, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=11.1, TFP=166
25
Marvin Jones of the Detroit Lions is ranked 25 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
Marvin Jones #82
DET Lions, 5 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, RETR=107, RECP=61, REYD=1101, RETD=9, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.3, TFP=164
26
Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 26 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
Julio Jones #11
ATL Falcons, 6 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, RETR=148, RECP=88, REYD=1444, RETD=3, RUYD=15, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.2, TFP=164
27
Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 27 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
Michael Thomas #80
NO Saints, 1 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, RETR=149, RECP=104, REYD=1245, RETD=5, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=9.7, TFP=154
28
Brandin Cooks of the New England Patriots is ranked 28 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
Brandin Cooks #10
NE Patriots, 2 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, RETR=114, RECP=65, REYD=1082, RETD=7, RUYD=40, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=9.6, TFP=154
29
A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals is ranked 29 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
A.J. Green #18
CIN Bengals, 6 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, RETR=143, RECP=75, REYD=1078, RETD=8, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=9.5, TFP=152
30
Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 30 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
Larry Fitzgerald #11
ARI Cardinals, 13 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, RETR=161, RECP=109, REYD=1156, RETD=6, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=9.4, TFP=150

Top 10 Tight Ends

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Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked 31 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Rob Gronkowski #87
NE Patriots, 7 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=13, RETR=105, RECP=69, REYD=1084, RETD=8, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=12, TFP=156
32
Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 32 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Travis Kelce #87
KC Chiefs, 4 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=15, RETR=122, RECP=83, REYD=1038, RETD=8, RUYD=7, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.2, TFP=152
33
Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 33 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Zach Ertz #86
PHI Eagles, 4 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=14, RETR=110, RECP=74, REYD=824, RETD=8, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=9.2, TFP=128
34
Jimmy Graham of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 34 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Jimmy Graham #88
SEA Seahawks, 7 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, RETR=95, RECP=57, REYD=520, RETD=10, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7, TFP=112
35
Evan Engram of the New York Giants is ranked 35 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Evan Engram #85
NYG Giants, Rookie , Bye 8
GAM=15, RETR=115, RECP=64, REYD=722, RETD=6, RUYD=14, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.3, TFP=110
36
Kyle Rudolph of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 36 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Kyle Rudolph #82
MIN Vikings, 6 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, RETR=81, RECP=57, REYD=532, RETD=8, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=6.3, TFP=101
37
Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans is ranked 37 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Delanie Walker #82
TEN Titans, 11 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, RETR=111, RECP=74, REYD=807, RETD=3, RUYD=-2, RUTD=1, FUM=2, FPPG=6.3, TFP=100
38
Cameron Brate of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 38 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Cameron Brate #84
TB Buccaneers, 3 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, RETR=77, RECP=48, REYD=591, RETD=6, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=5.9, TFP=95
39
Jack Doyle of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 39 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Jack Doyle #84
IND Colts, 4 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=15, RETR=108, RECP=80, REYD=690, RETD=4, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=5.9, TFP=89
40
Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 40 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Jason Witten #82
DAL Cowboys, 14 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, RETR=87, RECP=63, REYD=560, RETD=5, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=5.2, TFP=84

Top 10 Kickers

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Greg Zuerlein of the Los Angeles Rams is ranked 41 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Greg Zuerlein #4
LAR Rams, 5 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=14, MAFG=38, MIFG=2, MAXP=44, MIXP=2, FPPG=10.7, TFP=150
42
Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked 42 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Stephen Gostkowski #3
NE Patriots, 11 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, MAFG=37, MIFG=3, MAXP=45, MIXP=2, FPPG=9.1, TFP=145
43
Robbie Gould of the San Francisco 49ers is ranked 43 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Robbie Gould #9
SF 49ers, 12 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, MAFG=39, MIFG=2, MAXP=28, MIXP=2, FPPG=8.6, TFP=137
44
Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 44 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Justin Tucker #9
BAL Ravens, 5 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, MAFG=34, MIFG=3, MAXP=39, MIXP=0, FPPG=8.2, TFP=132
45
Chris Boswell of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 45 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Chris Boswell #9
PIT Steelers, 2 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, MAFG=35, MIFG=3, MAXP=37, MIXP=2, FPPG=8.2, TFP=131
46
Harrison Butker of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 46 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Harrison Butker #8
CAR Panthers, Rookie , Bye 11
GAM=13, MAFG=38, MIFG=4, MAXP=28, MIXP=0, FPPG=10, TFP=130
47
Will Lutz of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 47 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Will Lutz #3
NO Saints, 1 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, MAFG=31, MIFG=5, MAXP=47, MIXP=3, FPPG=7.6, TFP=122
48
Matt Bryant of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 48 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Matt Bryant #3
ATL Falcons, 15 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, MAFG=34, MIFG=5, MAXP=35, MIXP=0, FPPG=7.6, TFP=122
49
Graham Gano of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 49 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Graham Gano #9
CAR Panthers, 7 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, MAFG=29, MIFG=1, MAXP=34, MIXP=3, FPPG=7.2, TFP=115
50
Matt Prater of the Detroit Lions is ranked 50 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Matt Prater #5
DET Lions, 10 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, MAFG=30, MIFG=5, MAXP=40, MIXP=1, FPPG=7.1, TFP=114

Top 10 Defenses/Special Teams

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Jacksonville Jaguars of the Jacksonville Jaguars is ranked 51 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
Jacksonville Jaguars
Bye 8
GAM=16, FREC=12, INT=21, SACK=55, DTD=7, PA=268, FPPG=10.2, TFP=163
52
Baltimore Ravens of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 52 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
Baltimore Ravens
Bye 10
GAM=16, FREC=12, INT=22, SACK=41, DTD=5, PA=303, FPPG=8.7, TFP=139
53
Philidelphia Eagles of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 53 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
Philidelphia Eagles
Bye 10
GAM=16, FREC=12, INT=19, SACK=38, DTD=5, PA=295, FPPG=8.1, TFP=130
54
Los Angeles Rams of the Los Angeles Rams is ranked 54 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
Los Angeles Rams
Bye 8
GAM=16, FREC=10, INT=18, SACK=48, DTD=3, PA=329, FPPG=8.1, TFP=130
55
Detroit Lions of the Detroit Lions is ranked 55 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
Detroit Lions
Bye 7
GAM=16, FREC=13, INT=19, SACK=35, DTD=5, PA=376, FPPG=8.1, TFP=129
56
Seattle Seahawks of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 56 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
Seattle Seahawks
Bye 6
GAM=16, FREC=11, INT=14, SACK=39, DTD=4, PA=332, FPPG=7.6, TFP=121
57
San Diego Chargers of the Los Angeles Chargers is ranked 57 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
San Diego Chargers
Bye 9
GAM=16, FREC=9, INT=18, SACK=43, DTD=3, PA=272, FPPG=7.2, TFP=115
58
New Orleans Saints of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 58 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
New Orleans Saints
Bye 5
GAM=16, FREC=5, INT=20, SACK=42, DTD=3, PA=326, FPPG=6.9, TFP=110
59
Chicago Bears of the Chicago Bears is ranked 59 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
Chicago Bears
Bye 9
GAM=16, FREC=14, INT=8, SACK=42, DTD=3, PA=320, FPPG=6.8, TFP=108
60
Pittsburgh Steelers of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 60 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
Pittsburgh Steelers
Bye 9
GAM=16, FREC=6, INT=16, SACK=56, DTD=0, PA=308, FPPG=6.5, TFP=104




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