I'm sure you already recognize the premise of this article by the title: I'll provide you with one guy per team that will not be on any of my fantasy teams in 2017. Sometimes that will be due to injury, past experience, disagreement in value, or literally anything else.
Let's dive right in. Rankings are for Standard scoring as of this writing according to FantasyPros, and the verbiage is for a 10-team league (i.e. end of the fourth round).
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Baltimore Ravens: I'm actually from Baltimore, so I get to see the Ravens offense on a weekly basis (often times unfortunately). Most Ravens go at a pretty good value, so forgive me for picking a weak Mike Wallace (ADP: 136). You can basically get Wallace for free, but I'd rather aim my late-round dart throws at a more consistent, high-powered offense.
Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Mixon (ADP: 41) was arguably the most talented RB from the 2017 NFL draft, but the Bengals RB corps is way too crowded for Mixon's draft price. They have a receiving specialist in Giovani Bernard and a goal-line specialist in Jeremy Hill. Mixon may be productive otherwise, but not for a 4th-5th rounder.
Cleveland Browns: I actually like Isaiah Crowell (ADP: 30) this year considering his talent and the changing intent to run the ball in Cleveland, but I have a feeling that if I'm looking at him and a nice tier two receiver like Keenan Allen or Demaryius Thomas, I'm going receiver every time.
Pittsburgh Steelers: He's back from suspension, but Martavis Bryant (ADP: 52) won't be on any of my teams this year. The combination of suspension risk and general boombustability (just made that up) scares me for a late 5th/early 6th round pick.
Buffalo Bills: After the trades that sent ripples through the NFL last week, I did move up Jordan Matthews (ADP: 131) in my rankings a bit. Regardless, I'll never see him as more of an inconsistent slot guy, and I bet his ADP heads into the 8th or 9th round. No thank you.
Miami Dolphins: With slingin' Jay Cutler in Miami now, I'll be talking myself out of a lot of Jarvis Landry (ADP: 51). I'd much rather go after Devante Parker at 90th overall.
New England Patriots: This is a general draft strategy thing, but I won't start looking at QBs until the sixth round at the absolute earliest. As a result, I probably wont be seeing Tom Brady (ADP: 26) listed on any of my rosters.
New York Jets: I want none of them. Moving on.
Houston Texans: Did you see what happened with DeAndre Hopkins (ADP: 29) last year? I'm going to need to see a recovery year before I can slap his name on the draft board.
Indianapolis Colts: Frank Gore (ADP: 84) literally has no upside. He's as solid as they come, but I'm not going down that road, even in the 9th round.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Similar to Hopkins above, I need to see the Jaguars offense click before I go after Mr. Allen Robinson (ADP: 36) again.
Tennessee Titans: I'm very concerned about DeMarco Murray's (ADP: 14) involvement heading into 2017. I'll be including him in an upcoming article as well, but Derrick Henry's usage spiked at the end of 2016 and I'm going to need to see serious value to grab Murray this August.
Denver Broncos: I essentially consider Jamaal Charles (ADP: 117) to be retired, so I won't be searching for gems anywhere near him.
Kansas City Chiefs: Tyreek Hill (ADP: 45) is entirely too boom or bust for me. Add in Alex Smith's "safety-net" style of play, and I can't pull the trigger on Hill.
Los Angeles Chargers: The only thing I hate more than tight ends is a tight end by committee, which is exactly what we have in San Diego. Hunter Henry (ADP: 92) just isn't going to give me any confidence in 2017 with Antonio Gates peering over his shoulder.
Oakland Raiders: Did you know that they make glasses that can completely eliminate someone from your line of vision? Just ask Derek Carr if you can borrow his. He literally never targets Amari Cooper (ADP: 23) in the red-zone, and that's enough for me to pass.
Dallas Cowboys: With the recent suspension, Ezekiel Elliott (ADP: 7, will drop quickly) is going to have to fall quite a bit for me to grab him. Missing six games is enough, but the prospect of missing the whole season due to another infringement is enough to make me shake in my boots.
Philadelphia Eagles: Similar to Cincinnati's situation above, they have too many RBs in specific role silos. I'll pass across the board.
New York Giants: I realize that the opportunity is there, but I'll likely be passing on Paul Perkins (ADP: 77) across the board. The Giants haven't been able to establish a consistent running attack since the days of probably Brandon Jacobs, plus I'd rather have RBs like Eddie Lacy, Danny Woodhead, Rob Kelley, and Kareem Hunt going around the same price.
Washington Redskins: I actually like the idea of Terrelle Pryor (ADP: 33), but his ADP just keeps rising, and I'm at the point that I'm most likely going to pass. He'll go for 90/1300/9 though to make me look stupid.
Chicago Bears: I was talking to a co-worker yesterday in line at Chick-Fil-A, and I had a realization that I probably won't have any shares of Jordan Howard (ADP: 14) in 2017. I like his ability as a running back as well as his stronghold on the job, but game scripts will not favor Howard, and I don't see a ton of games where he's going to be a lock for 20+ touches. I'll probably just go with Dez Bryant at that spot instead.
Detroit Lions: I'm actually pretty fond of the Lions this season, but I'm going to avoid Eric Ebron (ADP: 139) at all costs. I'd rather just not be sad after both of his hamstrings fall off, ya know? Plus, drafting Ebron would require me to draft two TEs, which I generally try to avoid.
Green Bay Packers: I have my doubts about Davante Adams (ADP: 44), though I fully realize that he's probably the second-most important playmaker in arguably the best offense in the NFL. I won't own him simply because I'll be happy with wide receivers later (Martavis Bryant, Willie Snead, Jeremy Maclin), and I'm going to try to lean RB in the first few rounds so I don't end up with a duct-taped committee of running backs.
Minnesota Vikings: I don't trust the Vikings offense, mostly because of their line and Sam Bradford, so I won't own any Kyle Rudolph. Here's the real reason though. In like 2012 or whatever year that was, I drafted C.J. Spiller in the first round in literally every single draft - 2nd overall, 9th overall, I didn't care. I was all in. As a result of his HORRID season (and probably the rest of my team), I started 0-6 in my home league. Kyle Rudolph was my tight end. The Vikings played the Giants on prime time in Week 7, and I only needed like 8 PPR points from Rudolph to get my first win. Josh Freeman was the QB (at least on the box score - he actually looked like he should be behind a desk or farming or literally anywhere except a football field), and Rudolph finished with 3 catches for 27 yards aka not 8 PPR points. If memory serves correctly, I went on to win 6 in a row, and would have made the playoffs if it wasn't for Rudolph's performance - at least that's what I tell myself. It definitely had nothing to do with the awful team I put together or Josh Freeman's QB play. No way.
Atlanta Falcons: Weirdly enough, I don't think I'm going to own much Julio Jones (ADP: 4) this season. I much prefer ODB as the second WR off the board, and I actually prefer LeSean McCoy over Julio overall. Chances I have the 6th pick, and Julio lasts longer than both ODB and McCoy? Not too high.
Carolina Panthers: I have zero faith in Panthers receivers not named Olsen, and I refuse to pay a 7th round price tag for Kelvin Benjamin (ADP: 67). There are a ton of receivers below him that I prefer in Brandon Marshall, Willie Snead, Jamison Crowder, etc.
New Orleans Saints: Ted Ginn (ADP: 163) cannot catch footballs well. Ted Ginn's job is to catch footballs well.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The more I look into Mike Evans (ADP: 8), the more I tend to shy away from him. He's fallen from 6th overall to 10th overall in my rankings, and I tend to find myself justifying other players around him. Evans dropped off significantly last season and didn't surpass 100 receiving yards - including only one over 66 yards - in any of his final five games. Two of them were against the Saints!
Arizona Cardinals: John Brown (ADP: 116) burned me in a few leagues last year. I hope he's healthy and can return to form, but Carson Palmer played very poorly in 2016, and I can't take a risk that Brown still isn't healthy.
Los Angeles Rams: Sammy Watkins (ADP: 37) is currently going at the end of the fourth round. I actually like Watkins more than I did as soon as the trade happened, but his ADP is going to have to fall another round or so for me to be willing to take a chance on him.
San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers will probably be losing a lot of games, which will handicap Carlos Hyde's (ADP: 34) workload. In addition, you can get guys like C.J. Anderson, Dalvin Cook, and Ty Montgomery more than a round later, so I'll probably hold off on Hyde.
Seattle Seahawks: I was never a huge fan of Doug Baldwin (ADP: 27), but I must admit that he's been growing on me lately. He should be the focal point of that offense, but I can't see myself actually drafting him when guys like Brandin Cooks and Demaryius Thomas are still on the board.
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