Fantasy Football Rankings; Plus my explanation of who I am taking first overall this year.

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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.

1 David Johnson
2 Le’Veon Bell
3 Antonio Brown
4 Ezekiel Elliott*
5 Julio Jones
6 Odell Beckham Jr.
7 Mike Evans
8 A.J. Green
9 Jordy Nelson
10 LeSean McCoy
11 Devonta Freeman
12 TY Hitlon
13 Michael Thomas
14 Melvin Gordon
15 Jay Ajayi
16 Jordan Howard
17 DeMarco Murray
18 Dez Bryant
19 Rob Gronkowski
20 Amari Cooper
21 Demaryius Thomas
22 Doug Baldwin
23 Leonard Fournette
24 Joe Mixon
25 Todd Gurley
26 DeAndre Hopkins
27 Lamar Miller
28 Brandin Cooks
29 Golden Tate
30 Sammy Watkins
31 Marshawn Lynch
32 Mike Gillislee
33 Allen Robinson
34 Aaron Rodgers
35 Terrelle Pryor
36 Isaiah Crowell
37 Jordan Reed
38 Christian McCaffrey
39 Keenan Allen
40 Alshon Jeffery
41 Ty Montgomery
42 Jarvis Landry
43 Emmanuel Sanders
44 Julian Edelman
45 Micheal Crabtree
46 Davante Adams
47 Travis Kelce
48 Bilal Powell
49 Tom Brady
50 Greg Olsen
51 Larry Fitzgerald
52 Carlos Hyde
53 Drew Brees
54 Danny Woodhead
55 Jamison Crowder
56 Mark Ingram
57 Dalvin Cook
58 Stefon Diggs
59 Tyreek Hill
60 Frank Gore
61 Martavis Bryant
62 C.J. Anderson
63 Matt Ryan
64 Spencer Ware
65 Theo Riddick
66 Brandon Marshall
67 Willie Snead
68 Eddie Lacy
69 Andrew Luck
70 Delanie Walker
71 Jimmy Graham
72 Donte Moncreif
73 Eric Decker
74 Paul Perkins
75 Jeremy Maclin
76 Ameer Abdullah
77 DeSean Jackson
78 Tevin Coleman
79 Mike Wallace
80 LeGarrette Blount
81 Kyle Rudolph
82 Adrian Peterson
83 Cameron Meredith
84 Samaje Perine
85 Terrance West
86 Duke Johnson Jr.
87 Tyrell Williams
88 Tyler Eifert
89 Russell Wilson
90 Kelvin Benjamin
91 John Brown
92 James White
93 Jordan Matthews
94 Kenny Britt
95 Matt Forte
96 Robert Kelley
97 Adam Thielen
98 Kirk Cousins
99 Pierre Garcon
100 Marcus Mariota
101 DeVante Parker
102 Corey Coleman
103 Ben Roethlisberger
104 Kareem Hunt
105 Richard Matthews
106 Zach Ertz
107 Darren Sproles
108 Doug Martin
109 Jonathan Stewart
110 C.J. Prosise
111 Randall Cobb
112 Dak Prescott
113 Derek Carr
114 Eric Ebron
115 Matthew Stafford
116 Martellus Bennett
117 Cam Newton
118 Jameis Winston
119 Corey Davis
120 Hunter Henry
121 Giovani Bernard
122 Derrick Henry
123 Tyrod Taylor
124 Jacquizz Rodgers
125 Robert Woods

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.Screen Shot 2017-07-09 at 3.04.39 PM.png

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.Screen Shot 2017-08-06 at 10.45.31 AM

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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