Want to win your fantasy football league? It all starts with the draft. We understand your time is limited, creating your own cheat sheet is a none starter. So here are a few players that we think will be sleepers, busts and breakout stars in 2017.
Here is how we define each:
Sleeper: A player not being drafted as a starter but should be.
Bust: A player drafted as a starter but will disappoint.
Breakout Star: A player projected to finish in the top five at their position but are not currently being drafted like a superstar.
To create these rankings, we used a combination of FantasyPros experts and then compared those rankings to the average draft position (ADP), which is a composite of rankings from ESPN and Yahoo, of each player. The draft rankings are based on a standard league.
2017 ADP: 6th quarterback
2017 Projected Rankings: 5th quarterback
The Seahawks quarterback finished 10th in fantasy points last year, a disappointing result after being top three in 2014 and 2015. Injuries were the biggest reason for the drop in production. Wilson never missed a game but had career-low rushing attempts, rushing yards and got into the end zone just once. Wilson says he is a 100%, if he can be the same mobile quarterback we saw early in his career then a top five finish in fantasy points is possible.
2017 ADP: 6th running back,
2017 Projected Rankings: 6th running back
The concern over workload in the Atlanta backfield is depressing Freeman’s average draft position. Which is great for anyone that believes he has top 5 upside. Freeman has racked up more than 1,500 yards rushing and receiving in each of the last two seasons. The fourth year back was third in the NFL in red-zone carries and led the Falcons in red-zone targets last year, which explains how he consistently finds the end zone. Atlanta has one of the most explosive offenses in the league and Freeman is the starter in the backfield.
2017 ADP: 7th receiver
2017 Projected Rankings: 6th receiver
A year after tearing his ACL the Packers wide out caught 97 balls for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns (NFL best). Jordy is one of the most consistent receivers in football having averaged over 1,200 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in the last five years. Playing with Aaron Rodgers helps. Green Bay loves to throw the ball and was second last year in passing play percentage. Nelson is currently being drafted in a tier below the likes of Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr. and Julio Jones but it’s hard to argue that he isn’t one of the best playmakers in the game.
2017 ADP: 6th tight end
2017 Projected Rankings: 6th tight end
Injuries are the only thing keeping Eifert from being a perennial Pro Bowler. The Bengals tight end has missed action every season of his career but when he plays he scores. In eight games last year he found the end zone five times and in 2015 he caught 13 touchdowns in 13 games. Eifert is a high risk, high reward pick.
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