Top 3 NFL Fantasy Players at Each Position
Football is back and it's time to draft, set lineups and obsess over rankings and match-ups. Here, we have compiled a list of the top three players at each position. These are the game changers that absolutely must be targeted in drafts of all formats of fantasy football.
1. Aaron Rodgers - Packers
Rodgers in the reining top scoring quarterback across all formats and has finished as the top two fantasy quarterback in seven of the past nine years. With a high-powered offense, Rodgers is as dependable for big numbers on a weekly basis as it gets.
2. Tom Brady - Patriots
Despite being forty years old going into the 2017 season, Brady is poised for yet another dominant season and the Patriots maintain their perennial Super Bowl favorite status. Despite the recent loss of Julian Edelman for the entire season, Brady has a healthy Gronk and the addition of Brandin Cooks will open up the offense.
3. Drew Brees - Saints
Brees has finished as a top three QB in seven of the last eleven seasons and has shown no signs of slowing down. In six of the last seven seasons, Brees has ranked among the NFL's top two in attempts, yardage, completions, and completion percentage.
1. David Johnson - Cardinals
The reigning top scoring RB from 2016 had 2,118 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on 373 touches last year. He also led all running backs in targets, receptions, receiving yards and end zone targets. Johnson is poised to once again be the focal point of the Arizona offense.
2. Le'Veon Bell - Steelers
Despite being suspended for the first four games last year and holding out this training camp over contract negotiations, Is off field concerns is what keeps him at the number two ranking, but Bell's heavy usage and dynamic playmaking ability make him a lock to be a dominant force in all leagues.
3. LeSean McCoy - Bills
Shady's consistency and pass catching prowess makes him a model high ceiling, low floor back. The Buffalo Bills have an elite offensive line and with Sammy Watkins departing, it seems the Bills are going to lean heavily of McCoy this year.
1. Antonio Brown - Steelers
Brown led all NFL wide receivers in both formats for the third consecutive year in 2016, despite having what some would consider a letdown performance of 106 catches, 1,284 yards, and twelve touchdowns.
2. Mike Evans - Buccaneers
At 6-4, Evans is a downfield beast that has gotten better and more consistent in all three years he's been in the NFL. With the development of Winston at QB, look for Evans to try to take the crown from Antonio Brown this year.
3. Jordy Nelson - Packers
At age 32, Nelson continues to be the cog of the high powered Green Bay pass attack. Missing the entire 2015 season, Nelson had a huge comeback year and looks to stay among the league's top wide outs in 2017.
1. Rob Gronkowski - Patriots
The all world tight end seems, at this point, to be unable to make it through an entire season. Despite this, when he's healthy he is a man playing against boys.
2. Jordan Reed - Redskins
See above. Gronkowski may be more physically gifted, by Reed may be just as talented. The only difference is who is throwing the balls - Tom Brady versus Kirk Cousins.
3. Travis Kelce - Chiefs
The more reliable option of the three, Kelce is a veteran and reliable option that has become a favorite of short pass game QB Alex Smith.
1. Justin Tucker - Ravens
Tucker was 10/10 from kicks beyond fifty yards last year. Despite his positional dominance, do not take a kicker before the second to last round.
2. Matt Bryant - Falcons
The ultra-dependable kicker in a high powered offense should have another fine season.
3. Adam Vinatieri - Colts
The soon to be 45 year old has been among the league's most efficient kickers for 20 years.
1. Denver Broncos
With playmakers at all eleven positions on the field and the inhospitable home field, Denver remains the defense to beat.
2. New England Patriots
The Pats have made additions to their secondary and always have an elite special teams performance.
3. Seattle Seahawks
The Legion of Boom days may be winding down, but Seattle still has enough play makers to make a difference in 2017.