To get started, these rankings are in PPR format. So, I will be posting my Aug 6th edition of my Top 125 PPR fantasy players for 2017, expect many more updated ranks in the future. Also, below these ranks is my explanation of who I’m taking with the first picks in draft, so make sure to check that out. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or Tweet at us @ProSportsFandom and we would love to discuss our ranks. So without further ado, here are the ranks.
|6||Odell Beckham Jr.|
|86||Duke Johnson Jr.|
With the rankings out of the way, now we look into who to take with the first pick:
David Johnson over Le’Veon Bell
David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell should be ranked #1 and #2 in almost every format. The question that will be haunting fantasy owners for the next month or so is “which one should I take first”. Both are extremely good players and below you can see a table comparing their 2016 seasons.
This choice goes for both Stantard Scoring leagues and PPR leagues. While it may seem obvious to pick the highest scoring RB last season to be the top player in fantasy the next year, Bell doesn’t make it easy. Bell missed the first few games last season, once he got back on the field he was the example of dominance as a runner, and that is why many others have him ranked first overall. But, you can’t forget about David Johnson…
This cannot take away from what David Johnson did last year, he put up over 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground. Oh yeah, not to mention, he put up 879 yards and 4 touchdowns as a reciever. To show how good that is, Allen Robinson played 16 games last season, AS A RECIEVER, and had 883 yards, just four more than David Johnson, who is a RUNNINGBACK!
OK, OK we get it, both players are incredibly impressive players who should be looked at almost like a 1A and 1B. But if you have the first pick, there is a desicion you must make, and below is why I’m taking David Johnson.
While most experts urge you not to look into strength of schedule, in this case I feel it is warranted. Below is a chart showing each players (Fantasy) play-off schedule.
As you can see from looking at this, Bell is in for three tough defenses all in a row. While who knows how things will look like in December, it looks like David Johnson will have the opportunity to play “easier” defenses.
The play-offs are when things really matter and when looking at these two players and there schdules, it looks like David Johnson will have better opportunities to win you your fantasy title you deserve.
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