Chet Gresham PPR Fantasy Rankings

Published 6/7/2017 12:00 AM

By Chet Gresham

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  • 1. Le'Veon Bell, (RB No. 1) RB, Steelers. Bye: 8.

    The top spot is a fight between Bell and David Johnson this season, and I'm giving a slight edge to Bell. The Steelers should come back strong in 2017 and get some help back on offense, which should keep Bell in good spots all season long.

  • 2. David Johnson, (RB No. 2) RB, Cardinals. Bye: 9.

    Johnson could easily top Bell this season, but my main concern is Carson Palmer. I think coach Bruce Arians will keep giving Johnson the ball all over the field, but Palmer is hitting an old age wall. The offense could have trouble in 2017.

  • 3. Antonio Brown, (WR No. 1) WR, Steelers. Bye: 8.

    Brown had a down year for him, but there wasn't much room for him to exceed his previous three fantasy finishes. He's still easily in the top-wide receiver conversation and even the top-overall-pick conversation, as the Steelers' offense should remain strong.

  • 4. Odell Beckham Jr., (WR No. 2) WR, Giants. Bye: 8.

    The No. 1 wide receiver this coming season will likely come from Beckham, Antonio Brown, Mike Evans or Julio Jones once again. Beckham is the young gun of the group with plenty to prove still. I'm going to look to him as the highest-upside wide receiver of the year, but it's no doubt close.

  • 5. Ezekiel Elliott, (RB No. 3) RB, Cowboys. Bye: 7.

    I don't think Elliott will get the receptions he needs to pass Bell or Johnson, but his touchdown total has tremendous upside and could push him ahead of those two, especially in Non-PPR.

  • 6. Mike Evans, (WR No. 3) WR, Buccaneers. Bye: 6.

    Evans was a consistent touchdown scorer last season and should continue to be that for the Buccaneers this year as they will continue to search for play-makers on offense.

  • 7. Julio Jones, (WR No. 4) WR, Falcons. Bye: 11.

    Jones is the best receiver in the league when healthy, but continues to go down with injuries. They are frequent enough that I'm dropping him a bit from where he should be picked.

  • 8. LeSean McCoy, (RB No. 4) RB, Bills. Bye: 10.

    McCoy was right up near the top last season in ability, and despite missing a little time with injuries, he still finished as a Top-3 fantasy running back. How he will be used exactly with Rex Ryan out of town, I don't know, but he still was at the top of his game last year and deserves to be a top pick this year.

  • 9. Melvin Gordon, (RB No. 5) RB, Chargers. Bye: 11.

    Gordon was a touchdown machine last season, but also showed ability outside of the goal line, especially in the receiving game. With Danny Woodhead in Baltimore, Gordon's receptions should keep him near the top of the fantasy points.

  • 10. Jordy Nelson, (WR No. 5) WR, Packers. Bye: 4.

    Nelson was one of the most reliable receivers in the league this season, and despite age creeping up on him, I expect Aaron Rodgers will keep the touchdowns flowing in 2017.

  • 11. Michael Thomas, (WR No. 6) WR, Saints. Bye: 5.

    Thomas gets a bump because Brandin Cooks was shipped off to the northeast. Ted Ginn won't get the targets Cooks saw, so Thomas should easily be the top target getter on a prolific passing offense.

  • 12. A.J. Green, (WR No. 7) WR, Bengals. Bye: 9.

    Green's injuries are becoming a pain in the butt for his fantasy backers, but we still can see that he has plenty of ability when healthy.

  • 13. Dez Bryant, (WR No. 8) WR, Cowboys. Bye: 7.

    Bryant is in the wrong offense to put up huge numbers, but will continue to see good touchdown opportunities and should be efficient when he does get targets with so much attention going toward Ezekiel Elliott.

  • 14. Rob Gronkowski, (TE No. 1) TE, Patriots. Bye: 9.

    Gronkowski's injury worries will take him out of the first round this year, but he's still the no-doubt best tight end in the league, and that's not a hot take.

  • 15. Devonta Freeman, (RB No. 6) RB, Falcons. Bye: 11.

    Freeman showed that he has the ability to be a lead back, but Tevin Coleman isn't going to go away anytime soon. If the Falcons' offense regresses at all, Freeman could be squeezed a little in 2017.

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