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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Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 1 in our 2017 Quarterback rankings.
Aaron Rodgers #12
GB Packers, 12 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, PAYD=4428, PATD=40, RUCA=67, RUYD=369, RUTD=4, INT=7, FUM=4, FPPG=28.5, TFP=456
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=12, PAYD=3554, PATD=28, RUCA=28, RUYD=64, RUTD=0, INT=2, FUM=0, FPPG=26, TFP=313
3
Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 3 in our 2017 Quarterback rankings.
Andrew Luck #12
IND Colts, 5 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=15, PAYD=4240, PATD=31, RUCA=64, RUYD=341, RUTD=2, INT=13, FUM=5, FPPG=24.4, TFP=366
4
Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 4 in our 2017 Quarterback rankings.
Drew Brees #9
NO Saints, 16 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, PAYD=5208, PATD=37, RUCA=23, RUYD=20, RUTD=2, INT=15, FUM=4, FPPG=25.4, TFP=406
5
Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 5 in our 2017 Quarterback rankings.
Matt Ryan #2
ATL Falcons, 9 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, PAYD=4944, PATD=38, RUCA=35, RUYD=117, RUTD=0, INT=7, FUM=2, FPPG=26.2, TFP=419
6
Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 6 in our 2017 Quarterback rankings.
Russell Wilson #3
SEA Seahawks, 5 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, PAYD=4219, PATD=21, RUCA=72, RUYD=259, RUTD=1, INT=11, FUM=3, FPPG=18.7, TFP=299
7
Jameis Winston of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 7 in our 2017 Quarterback rankings.
Jameis Winston #3
TB Buccaneers, 2 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, PAYD=4090, PATD=28, RUCA=53, RUYD=165, RUTD=1, INT=18, FUM=6, FPPG=19.1, TFP=306
8
Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 8 in our 2017 Quarterback rankings.
Ben Roethlisberger #7
PIT Steelers, 13 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=14, PAYD=3819, PATD=29, RUCA=16, RUYD=14, RUTD=1, INT=13, FUM=2, FPPG=21.7, TFP=304
9
Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans is ranked 9 in our 2017 Quarterback rankings.
Marcus Mariota #8
TEN Titans, 2 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=15, PAYD=3426, PATD=26, RUCA=60, RUYD=349, RUTD=2, INT=9, FUM=5, FPPG=20.8, TFP=312
10
Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins is ranked 10 in our 2017 Quarterback rankings.
Kirk Cousins #8
WAS Redskins, 5 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, PAYD=4917, PATD=25, RUCA=34, RUYD=96, RUTD=4, INT=12, FUM=3, FPPG=21.9, TFP=350

Top 10 Running Backs

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David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 1 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
David Johnson #31
ARI Cardinals, 2 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, RUCA=293, RUYD=1239, RUTD=16, RETR=120, RECP=80, REYD=879, RETD=4, FUM=3, FPPG=20.4, TFP=326
2
Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 2 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
Ezekiel Elliott #34
DAL Cowboys, 1 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=15, RUCA=322, RUYD=1631, RUTD=15, RETR=40, RECP=32, REYD=363, RETD=1, FUM=1, FPPG=19.6, TFP=293
3
LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills is ranked 3 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
LeSean McCoy #25
BUF Bills, 8 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=15, RUCA=234, RUYD=1267, RUTD=13, RETR=58, RECP=50, REYD=356, RETD=1, FUM=0, FPPG=16.4, TFP=246
4
Le'Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 4 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
Le'Veon Bell #26
PIT Steelers, 4 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=12, RUCA=261, RUYD=1268, RUTD=7, RETR=94, RECP=75, REYD=616, RETD=2, FUM=1, FPPG=20, TFP=240
5
DeMarco Murray of the Tennessee Titans is ranked 5 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
DeMarco Murray #29
TEN Titans, 6 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, RUCA=293, RUYD=1287, RUTD=9, RETR=67, RECP=53, REYD=377, RETD=3, FUM=1, FPPG=14.8, TFP=236
6
DeVonta Freeman of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 6 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
DeVonta Freeman #24
ATL Falcons, 3 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, RUCA=227, RUYD=1079, RUTD=11, RETR=65, RECP=54, REYD=462, RETD=2, FUM=1, FPPG=14.4, TFP=230
7
LeGarrette Blount of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 7 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
LeGarrette Blount #29
PHI Eagles, 7 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, RUCA=299, RUYD=1161, RUTD=18, RETR=8, RECP=7, REYD=38, RETD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=14.1, TFP=226
8
Melvin Gordon of the Los Angeles Chargers is ranked 8 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
Melvin Gordon #28
SD Chargers, 2 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=13, RUCA=254, RUYD=997, RUTD=10, RETR=57, RECP=41, REYD=419, RETD=2, FUM=2, FPPG=16.1, TFP=210
9
Jordan Howard of the Chicago Bears is ranked 9 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
Jordan Howard #34
CHI Bears, 1 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=15, RUCA=252, RUYD=1313, RUTD=6, RETR=50, RECP=29, REYD=298, RETD=1, FUM=1, FPPG=13.4, TFP=201
10
Mark Ingram of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 10 in our 2017 Running Back rankings.
Mark Ingram #22
NO Saints, 6 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, RUCA=205, RUYD=1043, RUTD=6, RETR=58, RECP=46, REYD=319, RETD=4, FUM=2, FPPG=12, TFP=192

Top 10 Wide Receivers

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Jordy Nelson of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 1 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
Jordy Nelson #87
GB Packers, 9 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, RETR=152, RECP=97, REYD=1257, RETD=14, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=13, TFP=208
2
Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 2 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
Mike Evans #13
TB Buccaneers, 3 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, RETR=173, RECP=96, REYD=1321, RETD=12, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=12.8, TFP=204
3
Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 3 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
Antonio Brown #84
PIT Steelers, 7 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=15, RETR=154, RECP=106, REYD=1284, RETD=12, RUYD=9, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=13.4, TFP=201
4
Odell Beckham of the New York Giants is ranked 4 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
Odell Beckham #13
NYG Giants, 3 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, RETR=169, RECP=101, REYD=1367, RETD=10, RUYD=9, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=12.2, TFP=196
5
T.Y. Hilton of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 5 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
T.Y. Hilton #13
IND Colts, 5 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, RETR=155, RECP=91, REYD=1448, RETD=6, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=11.3, TFP=181
6
Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 6 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
Julio Jones #11
ATL Falcons, 6 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=14, RETR=129, RECP=83, REYD=1409, RETD=6, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=12.6, TFP=177
7
Davante Adams of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 7 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
Davante Adams #17
GB Packers, 3 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, RETR=121, RECP=75, REYD=997, RETD=12, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=10.6, TFP=170
8
Brandin Cooks of the New England Patriots is ranked 8 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
Brandin Cooks #10
NE Patriots, 2 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=15, RETR=117, RECP=78, REYD=1173, RETD=8, RUYD=30, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=11.2, TFP=168
9
Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 9 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
Michael Thomas #80
NO Saints, 1 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=15, RETR=121, RECP=92, REYD=1137, RETD=9, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=10.9, TFP=164
10
Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 10 in our 2017 Wide Receiver rankings.
Doug Baldwin #89
SEA Seahawks, 6 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, RETR=125, RECP=94, REYD=1128, RETD=7, RUYD=2, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=9.7, TFP=155

Top 10 Tight Ends

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Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 1 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Travis Kelce #87
KC Chiefs, 4 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, RETR=117, RECP=85, REYD=1125, RETD=4, RUYD=-5, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=8.5, TFP=136
2
Kyle Rudolph of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 2 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Kyle Rudolph #82
MIN Vikings, 6 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, RETR=132, RECP=83, REYD=840, RETD=7, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.9, TFP=126
3
Greg Olsen of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 3 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Greg Olsen #88
CAR Panthers, 10 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, RETR=129, RECP=80, REYD=1073, RETD=3, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.8, TFP=125
4
Jimmy Graham of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 4 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Jimmy Graham #88
SEA Seahawks, 7 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, RETR=95, RECP=65, REYD=923, RETD=6, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=7.8, TFP=124
5
Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans is ranked 5 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Delanie Walker #82
TEN Titans, 11 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=15, RETR=102, RECP=65, REYD=800, RETD=7, RUYD=11, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=8.2, TFP=123
6
Cameron Brate of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 6 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Cameron Brate #84
TB Buccaneers, 3 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=15, RETR=81, RECP=57, REYD=660, RETD=8, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.6, TFP=114
7
Martellus Bennett of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 7 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Martellus Bennett #83
GB Packers, 8 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, RETR=73, RECP=55, REYD=701, RETD=7, RUYD=10, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.1, TFP=113
8
Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 8 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Zach Ertz #86
PHI Eagles, 4 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=14, RETR=106, RECP=78, REYD=816, RETD=4, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.5, TFP=106
9
Jordan Reed of the Washington Redskins is ranked 9 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Jordan Reed #86
WAS Redskins, 4 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=12, RETR=89, RECP=66, REYD=686, RETD=6, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=8.5, TFP=103
10
Antonio Gates of the Los Angeles Chargers is ranked 10 in our 2017 Tight End rankings.
Antonio Gates #85
SD Chargers, 14 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=13, RETR=93, RECP=53, REYD=548, RETD=7, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=7.3, TFP=95

Top 10 Kickers

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Matt Bryant of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 1 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Matt Bryant #3
ATL Falcons, 15 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, MAFG=34, MIFG=3, MAXP=56, MIXP=1, FPPG=9.2, TFP=148
2
Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 2 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Justin Tucker #9
BAL Ravens, 5 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, MAFG=38, MIFG=1, MAXP=27, MIXP=0, FPPG=8.6, TFP=138
3
Caleb Sturgis of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 3 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Caleb Sturgis #6
PHI Eagles, 4 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, MAFG=35, MIFG=6, MAXP=30, MIXP=1, FPPG=7.2, TFP=116
4
Cairo Santos of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 4 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Cairo Santos #5
KC Chiefs, 3 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, MAFG=31, MIFG=4, MAXP=36, MIXP=3, FPPG=7.1, TFP=114
5
Will Lutz of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 5 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Will Lutz #3
NO Saints, 1 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, MAFG=28, MIFG=6, MAXP=49, MIXP=1, FPPG=7.1, TFP=114
6
Adam Vinatieri of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 6 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Adam Vinatieri #4
IND Colts, 21 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, MAFG=27, MIFG=4, MAXP=44, MIXP=0, FPPG=7.1, TFP=113
7
Dan Bailey of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 7 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Dan Bailey #5
DAL Cowboys, 6 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, MAFG=27, MIFG=5, MAXP=46, MIXP=0, FPPG=7, TFP=112
8
Dustin Hopkins of the Washington Redskins is ranked 8 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Dustin Hopkins #3
WAS Redskins, 4 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, MAFG=34, MIFG=8, MAXP=36, MIXP=3, FPPG=6.9, TFP=111
9
Steven Hauschka of the Buffalo Bills is ranked 9 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Steven Hauschka #4
BUF Bills, 8 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, MAFG=33, MIFG=4, MAXP=29, MIXP=6, FPPG=6.9, TFP=110
10
Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked 10 in our 2017 Kicker rankings.
Stephen Gostkowski #3
NE Patriots, 11 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, MAFG=27, MIFG=5, MAXP=46, MIXP=3, FPPG=6.8, TFP=109

Top 10 Defenses/Special Teams

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Arizona Cardinals of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 1 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
Arizona Cardinals
Bye 8
GAM=16, FREC=14, INT=14, SACK=48, DTD=3, PA=362, FPPG=8.1, TFP=130
2
Kansas City Chiefs of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 2 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
Kansas City Chiefs
Bye 10
GAM=16, FREC=15, INT=18, SACK=28, DTD=5, PA=311, FPPG=8, TFP=128
3
San Diego Chargers of the Los Angeles Chargers is ranked 3 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
San Diego Chargers
Bye 9
GAM=16, FREC=10, INT=18, SACK=35, DTD=5, PA=423, FPPG=7.8, TFP=125
4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 4 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bye 11
GAM=16, FREC=12, INT=17, SACK=38, DTD=4, PA=369, FPPG=7.8, TFP=124
5
Minnesota Vikings of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 5 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
Minnesota Vikings
Bye 9
GAM=16, FREC=13, INT=14, SACK=41, DTD=4, PA=307, FPPG=7.7, TFP=123
6
Carolina Panthers of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 6 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
Carolina Panthers
Bye 11
GAM=16, FREC=10, INT=17, SACK=47, DTD=3, PA=402, FPPG=7.7, TFP=123
7
Denver Broncos of the Denver Broncos is ranked 7 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
Denver Broncos
Bye 5
GAM=16, FREC=13, INT=14, SACK=42, DTD=4, PA=297, FPPG=7.5, TFP=120
8
Atlanta Falcons of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 8 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
Atlanta Falcons
Bye 5
GAM=16, FREC=10, INT=12, SACK=34, DTD=5, PA=406, FPPG=6.8, TFP=108
9
Philidelphia Eagles of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 9 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
Philidelphia Eagles
Bye 10
GAM=16, FREC=10, INT=16, SACK=34, DTD=3, PA=331, FPPG=6.8, TFP=108
10
New York Giants of the New York Giants is ranked 10 in our 2017 Defense rankings.
New York Giants
Bye 8
GAM=16, FREC=8, INT=17, SACK=35, DTD=3, PA=284, FPPG=6.4, TFP=103
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