Hey you beautiful people.
FantasyFusion has been on somewhat of a hiatus during the offseason. Simply put, there isn't a ton going on, and it's hard for my to justify writing about a ton of stuff that could change at any moment.
For example, I could have written 87,000 words about how DeAndre Washington was going to be the breakout star of 2017. Then, the Raiders agree to terms with Marshawn Lynch, and I could have used those 87,000 words on Brandin Cooks instead (insert heart eye emoji) (insert big dumb smiley face emoji) (insert fire emoji).
I've been pretty intrigued thus far about where certain guys are being ranked. Keep in mind that it's way too early to fully gauge a player's average draft position (ADP), nor has the draft happened yet. As we get closer, we should be able to drill down where certain guys will be going, but exploring some trends can't hurt, right?
The spots that I will be referencing are PPR rankings courtesy of FantasyPros, which is where you can always find my updated rankings along with those from many others. You know, the smarter people than me.
Jordan Howard - 12th overall, RB7
Jordan Howard is the first guy that you see then subsequently rub your eyes and make sure 1) your vision is okay and 2) the website that you're viewing is in English and not Swahili.
Howard was quietly second in the NFL in rushing yards in 2016, and that in itself demands plenty of respect. At this point, he's clearly the focal point of the Bears offense, as Mike Glennon and Cameron Meredith have plenty of question marks to say the least. My rankings have Howard at RB9 and 17th overall, so I'm pretty close to the consensus here. Regardless, he seems like a guy that you can justify ranking there, but when draft time rolls around, he'll slide a bit.
Michael Thomas - 15th overall, WR8
I've already heard plenty of comparisons of Thomas to Allen Robinson in 2016. Robinson generally went right around 15th overall, and that's where Thomas should go. Both Thomas and Robinson are 6'3" and coming off breakout seasons where their touchdown totals were higher than anyone anticipated. We know the story with Robinson - yes I'm talking to you Mr. Sir in the corner who's still crying about it.
I don't see a similar result with Thomas. There are a healthy amount of targets to go around with the departure of Brandin Cooks, not to mention another year of rapport and development with a quarterback who absolutely slings it. I also have him at WR8.
Keenan Allen - 26th overall, WR14
I actually have Allen notably higher than this: 18th overall and WR9. The appeal with Allen is allllllllllll volume. If he can stay healthy, he will absolutely eat - something like DeAndre Hopkins in 2015 and Mike Evans in 2016. Are you willing to take a risk on that ACL, though?
Travis Kelce - 32nd overall, TE2
Well, well, well. It looks like Kelce is finally getting some respect. After erupting in 2016 (and almost costing me a championship, ahem), Kelce finds himself slotted in as TE2. I'm generally a guy that waits on tight ends. I'm behind Kelce being the TE2, but I think the overall price is too high, as that would be an early fourth rounder in a 10-team league. I have him at 41st overall, and also TE2.
Robert Kelley - 51st overall, RB18
I actually have Kelley at 33rd overall and RB14. Simply put, I believe. Kelley ripped the job away from Matt Jones last year and never looked back. I loved his running style when actually watching him play, and the departures of Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson - despite the arrival of Terrelle Pryor - should tip the scales in Kelley's favor, at least a tad.
Jamison Crowder - 56th overall, WR27
Same situation here: I have Crowder much higher than the consensus. He's my WR20 and 37th overall player. The two best Redskins receivers in terms of yardage are gone, and someone has to take that spot. I think it's Crowder before Pryor or Jordan Reed. He'll be gold in PPR.
Danny Woodhead - 66th overall, RB24
Okay. I think I've been pretty clear about the fact that I'm a Ravens fan, and I live in Baltimore. Watching Ravens games, however, is insufferable. The one main thing that makes my blood boil is watching Joe Flacco throw a two-yard dump-off on 3rd and 9 - and that happened about 500 times last year (at least it felt that way).
He. Throws. So. Many. Dump. Off. Passes.
Danny Woodhead may break the RB receiving record this year. He's always underdrafted, so he'll be a massive value if he can stay healthy. I have him 49th overall and RB18.
Kelvin Benjamin - 71st overall, WR32
I won't have any shares of Benjamin on my team in 2017. He was a major fantasy disappointment in 2016, and I need to see a year of productivity with a healthy Cam Newton for me to get anywhere near him. I have him at 104th overall.
Tyrell Williams - 104th overall, WR42
I think Williams is being vastly underdrafted. He went for over 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016, not to mention he's 6'4" and a matchup nightmare. Even if Keenan Allen is healthy, Williams will be involved, especially in the redzone. He's 83rd overall and WR36 for me, and that's probably going to creep up throughout the offseason.
Adrian Peterson - 112th overall, RB40 and Jamaal Charles - 119th overall, RB43
Carson Wentz - 134th overall, QB19
I liked what I saw from Wentz last year, and now he has actually has some weapons, headlined by the addition of Alshon Jeffery. Wentz is my QB14, and he may be the guy I'm targeting if I decide to go late QB.
That's all I have at this point. The NFL draft is a mere 12 days away, so keep an eye out for some draft takes on Twitter @DonaldGibsonFF or, more than likely, an upcoming draft article.
Start preparing now. Football season will be here before you know it.