Our fantasy wide receiver rankings: Whose are best?

There are just two weekends left before the NFL starts the regular season. Thousands of fantasy football leagues will be drafting this weekend. For the next few days reigning 3-peat Office Football League champ Rich Tijerina and I will share our rankings for each position side-by-side. We’ve ranked quarterbacks and running backs. Up next are wide receivers, followed by tight ends and defenses. At the end of this list are a few questions regarding where we ranked the wide receivers. Ranks in bold are discussed at the bottom.


1. Tijerina—Antonio Brown; Vasquez—Antonio Brown

2. Tijerina—Julio Jones; Vasquez—Julio Jones

3. Tijerina—Odell Beckham Jr.; Vasquez—Odell Beckham Jr.

4. Tijerina—Mike Evans; Vasquez—A.J. Green

5. Tijerina—Dez Bryant; Vasquez—Mike Evans

6. Tijerina—Jordy Nelson; Vasquez—Jordy Nelson

7. Tijerina—A.J. Green; Vasquez—Michael Thomas

8. Tijerina—Michael Thomas; Vasquez—Dez Bryant

9. Tijerina—Amari Cooper; Vasquez—T.Y. Hilton

10. Tijerina—Doug Baldwin; Vasquez—Doug Baldwin

11. Tijerina—T.Y. Hilton; Vasquez—Amari Cooper

12. Tijerina—Tyreek Hill; Vasquez—Alshon Jeffery

13. Tijerina—Demaryius Thomas; Vasquez—Demaryius Thomas

14. Tijerina—Michael Crabtree; Vasquez—Brandin Cooks

15. Tijerina—DeAndre Hopkins; Vasquez—Terrelle Pryor

16. Tijerina—Emmanuel Sanders; Vasquez—Michael Crabtree

17. Tijerina—Martavis Bryant; Vasquez—DeAndre Hopkins

18. Tijerina—Davante Adams; Vasquez—Larry Fitzgerald

19. Tijerina—Kelvin Benjamin; Vasquez—Golden Tate

20. Tijerina—Terrelle Pryor; Vasquez—Keenan Allen

21. Tijerina—Stefon Diggs; Vasquez—Julian Edelman

22. Tijerina—Larry Fitzgerald; Vasquez—Sammy Watkins

23. Tijerina—Golden Tate; Vasquez—Jamison Crowder

24. Tijerina—Keenan Allen; Vasquez—Allen Robinson

25. Tijerina—Jamison Crowder; Vasquez—Donte Moncrief

26. Tijerina—Brandin Cooks; Vasquez—Jarvis Landry

27. Tijerina—Randall Cobb; Vasquez—Tyreek Hill

28. Tijerina—DeVante Parker; Vasquez—Davante Adams

29. Tijerina—Jarvis Landry; Vasquez—Jeremy Maclin

30. Tijerina—Willie Snead; Vasquez—Martavis Bryant

31. Tijerina—Pierre Garcon; Vasquez—Stefon Diggs

32. Tijerina—Brandon Marshall; Vasquez—Brandon Marshall

33. Tijerina—Marvin Jones; Vasquez—Emmanuel Sanders

34. Tijerina—Donte Moncrief; Vasquez—Kelvin Benjamin

35. Tijerina—Mohamed Sanu; Vasquez—Pierre Garcon

Three questions about these rankings:

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates with De’Anthony Thomas #13 after returning a kickoff for a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 27, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Will Tyreek Hill be a WR1 after last season’s breakout performance?

Tijerina: I suspect he’ll end up being a WR2, somewhere in the good-to-upper-end WR2 territory. Still dangerous, still explosive. But the rest of the league is wise to him, he’s not going to be used as often on returns, and the addition of Kareem Hunt is going to affect him too. He’ll dip a bit from 2016 but is still a good one to get.

Vasquez: I’m going with no, due to the fact that he’s going to be the No. 1 wide receiver option in Kansas City. Sounds counter intuitive, doesn’t it? Well, the problem is he’ll be the top priority to stop for defenses now that Jeremy Maclin is in Baltimore. Travis Kelce will likely get more targets and I think the Chiefs will try to lean on a running game with Spencer Ware and rookie Kareem Hunt contributing. I like Hill and what he can do, but I wouldn’t draft him at his current ADP which is in the early fourth round.

Brandin Cooks #14 of the New England Patriots reacts before a preseason game with Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on August 10, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Do you believe Brandin Cooks will thrive in New England?

Tijerina: He won’t Randy Moss-thrive, but he’s the top receiver New England has. It’s Gronk, Cooks and Edelman in Tom Brady’s pecking order. I give Cooks the fantasy edge over Edelman, even with Edelman’s history with Brady, because Cooks is more explosive but also can catch those shorter routes that Brady likes. Brady will spread it around, though. That’ll affect all of their numbers.

Vasquez: Players just end up performing better when they go to New England. I go back-and-forth with Cooks. One one hand I see the talent and production he’s managed, but on the other I see the big fat goose egg he put up in one week last year. Still, I’m going to believe that Tom Brady takes advantage of Cooks’ skill set.

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) catches a 37-yard touchdown pass as he is defended by Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty (30) in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Who in your top-24 (WR1-WR2 range) concerns you the most?

Tijerina: T.Y. Hilton, at 11. He’s so dependent upon Andrew Luck, and Luck for me is so iffy for 2017. Luck still hasn’t thrown, Hilton still hasn’t caught a preseason pass, we don’t know if Luck will be there Week 1 and the Colts’ center is out till maybe November. I’m wary of all Colts this year. I have Hilton at 11 on the hope/assumption that Luck will be Luck. That being said, if it’s my pick, I need either a WR1 or WR2 and I’ve got my top four available guys on the board — No. 11 Hilton, No. 12 Hill, No. 13 Demaryius Thomas, No. 14 Michael Crabtree and No. 15 DeAndre Hopkins … I’m probably going to take Hill, Thomas, Hopkins or Crabtree ahead of Hilton, and probably in that order.

Vasquez: It’s Doug Baldwin at No. 10. Not because I don’t believe he’ll end up with great numbers overall, but because of the amount of games he came up short last season. For a WR1, which I’m predicting he’ll be, he busted in eight games last season. I’m defining that as not scoring or catching passes for less than 70 yards. That’s a lot of bad games. But at the end of the season, he still ended up as a WR1. That’s the problem. He gets the numbers over the course of the season, but he can lose you games if he puts up duds as frequently as he did last year. That said, I think Russell Wilson will be able to stay a bit healthier this season, helping Baldwin keep a high floor.

Contact Cat Vasquez at 512-445-3677. Email cvasquez@statesman.com. Twitter @AAS_Cat.

2017 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 200

The earliest date NFL rookies report to training camp is July 19. That’s less than two weeks away, so with that in mind we’ll take a look at our updated Top 200 fantasy football rankings.

It’s important to note that these rankings reflect a player’s true value in my opinion, not necessarily their average draft position. These rankings are for half-point PPR leagues, since more leagues are placing value on receptions.

1. David Johnson, RB, Cardinals
2. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers
3. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys
4. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers
5. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants
6. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
7. LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills
8. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers
9. Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons
10. Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers

Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the San Diego Chargers fights off cornerback Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 30, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

11. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
12. DeMarco Murray, RB, Titans
13. Jordan Howard, RB, Bears
14. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers
15. Michael Thomas, WR, Saints
16. Jay Ajayi, RB, Dolphins
17. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys
18. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
19. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns
20. Lamar Miller, RB, Texans

Lamar Miller #26 of the Houston Texans rushes past Rashaan Melvin #30 of the Indianapolis Colts and Darryl Morris #35 in the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

21. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
22. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
23. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks
24. Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders
25. Todd Gurley, RB, Rams
26. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars
27. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles
28. Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars
29. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
30. Brandin Cooks, WR, Patriots

Brandin Cooks is the top receiver in New Orleans, but he'll have a tough time getting free from Patrick Peterson in Week One. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Brandin Cooks before being traded to the New England Patriots. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

31. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills
32. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Raiders
33. Frank Gore, RB, Colts
34. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
35. Davante Adams, WR, Packers
36. Mike Gillislee, RB, Patriots
37. Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins
38. Terrelle Pryor, WR, Redskins
39. Michael Crabtree, WR, Raiders
40. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs
41. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers
42. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
43. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans
44. Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals
45. Golden Tate, WR, Lions
46. Spencer Ware, RB, Chiefs
47. Drew Brees, QB, Saints
48. Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
49. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
50. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints

Mark Ingram #22 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Lavonte David #54 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 24, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

51. Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins
52. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers
53. Ty Montgomery, RB, Packers
54. Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons
55. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Lions
56. Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
57. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
58. Donte Moncrief, WR, Colts
59. Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers
60. Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs
61. Jimmy Graham, TE, Seahawks
62. Danny Woodhead, RB, Ravens
63. Adrian Peterson, RB, Saints
64. Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals
65. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Ravens
66. Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers
67. C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos
68. Matt Forte, RB, Jets
69. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks
70. Bilal Powell, RB, Jets

Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets rushes for a 19-yard touchdown to beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 in overtime of their NFL game at Levi’s Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

71. Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings
72. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
73. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings
74. Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins
75. Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings
76. Theo Riddick, RB, Lions
77. Paul Perkins, RB, Giants
78. Brandon Marshall, WR, Giants
79. Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys
80. Jamison Crowder, WR, Redskins
81. Terrance West, RB, Ravens
82. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos
83. C.J. Prosise, RB, Seahawks
84. Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers
85. Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles
86. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers
87. Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers
88. Derek Carr, QB, Raiders
89. Latavius Murray, RB, Vikings
90. Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals
91. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Eagles
92. Eddie Lacy, RB, Seahawks
93. Pierre Garcon, WR, 49ers
94. Willie Snead, WR, Saints
95. Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions
96. Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs
97. Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals
98. DeSean Jackson, WR, Buccaneers
99. Eric Decker, WR, Titans
100. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals

Jeremy Hill #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball during the fourth quarter of the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Baltimore 24-16. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
Jeremy Hill #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball during the fourth quarter of the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Baltimore 24-16. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

101. Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
102. John Brown, WR, Cardinals
103. Devante Parker, WR, Dolphins
104. Duke Johnson, RB, Browns
105. Denver Broncos, DST
106. Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
107. Quincy Enunwa, WR, Jets
108. Derrick Henry, RB, Titans
109. Eric Ebron, TE, Lions
110. Seattle Seahawks, DST
111. Houston Texans, DST
112. Corey Coleman, WR, Browns
113. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers
114. Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles
115. Arizona Cardinals, DST
116. Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans
117. Jack Doyle, TE, Colts
118. Cameron Meredith, WR, Bears
119. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
120. Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings
121. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
122. Jamaal Charles, RB, Broncos
123. Tyrell Williams, WR, Chargers
124. New England Patriots, DST
125. Delanie Walker, TE, Titans
126. Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints

Alvin Kamara #6 carries the ball against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Vanderbilt Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt defeated Tennessee 45-34. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

127. Mike Wallace, WR, Ravens
128. Ted Ginn, WR, Saints
129. Robert Kelley, RB, Redskins
130. Kansas City Chiefs, DST
131. Samaje Perine, RB, Redskins
132. Kenny Stills, WR, Dolphins
133. Carolina Panthers, DST
134. Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles
135. Minnesota Vikings, DST
136. Marvin Jones, WR, Lions
137. Tyrod Taylor, QB, Bills
138. Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars
139. Josh Doctson, WR, Redskins
140. Joe Williams, RB, 49ers
141. Martellus Bennett, TE, Packers
142. Kenny Britt, WR, Browns
143. Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals
144. Kevin White, WR, Bears
145. Corey Davis, WR, Titans
146. New York Giants, DST
147. James White, RB, Patriots
148. Robert Woods, WR, Rams
149. Kenneth Dixon, RB, Ravens
150. Jamaal Williams, RB, Packers
151. Coby Fleener, TE, Saints
152. Will Fuller, WR, Texans

Will Fuller #15 of the Houston Texans runs with the ball in the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Will Fuller #15 of the Houston Texans runs with the ball in the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

153. Marlon Mack, RB, Colts
154. Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants
155. Eli Manning, QB, Giants
156. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jaguars
157. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins
158. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys
159. Charles Clay, TE, Bills
160. Taylor Gabriel, WR, Falcons
161. Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles
162. Dion Lewis, RB, Patriots
163. Los Angeles Rams, DST
164. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers
165. Rex Burkhead, RB, Patriots
166. Benjamin Watson, TE, Ravens
167. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Buccaneers
168. Jalen Richard, RB, Raiders
169. Devontae Booker, RB, Broncos
170. David Njoku, TE, Browns
171. Pittsburgh Steelers, DST
172. Darren McFadden, RB, Cowboys
173. Rishard Matthews, WR, Titans
174. Jesse James, TE, Steelers
175. Baltimore Ravens, DST
176. Austin Hooper, TE, Falcons
177. Chris Thompson, RB, Redskins
178. Justin Tucker, K, Ravens

Kicker Justin Tucker #9 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after a first quarter field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles at M&T Bank Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

179. DeAndre Washington, RB, Raiders
180. Breshad Perriman, WR, Ravens
181. D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texans
182. Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens
183. Stephen Gostkowski, K, Patriots
184. Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars
185. Marqise Lee, WR, Jaguars
186. Dan Bailey, K, Cowboys
187. Cole Beasley, WR, Cowboys
188. John Ross, WR, Bengals
189. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Falcons
190. Matt Bryant, K, Falcons
191. Adam Vinatieri, K, Colts
192. Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers
193. Chris Conley, WR, Chiefs
194. C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Texans
195. Robert Turbin, RB, Colts
196. Cincinnati Bengals, DST
197. Jonathan Williams, RB, Bills
198. Tim Hightower, RB, 49ers
199. Sam Bradford, QB, Vikings
200. Mike Glennon, QB, Bears

2017 fantasy football rankings: Kickers

Continuing our series of position rankings for the upcoming 2017 fantasy football season, we’ll take a look at the top 12 kickers before we update our higher-valued positions next week. We’ve ranked the quarterbacks 1-32running backs from 1-36, wide receivers 1-36, tight ends 1-24 and defenses 1-12. Kickers will be ranked 1-12.

If there were a position I would eliminate from fantasy football, it would be kickers. As it stands, however, most leagues force you to draft at least one. Here are our rankings for the 2017 season.

1. Justin Tucker, Ravens—You can’t go wrong with a guy who can hit from 60+ with historic accuracy. He went 38-of-39 last season and was 10-for-10 from beyond 50 yards.

2. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots—He’s consistent and so is the Patriots offense. Gostkowski attempted 49 extra points last season, third most in the league.

3. Dan Bailey, Cowboys—If the Cowboys continue to control the ground game and Dak Prescott stays efficient, he’ll be kicking a lot of extra points. He was perfect from 39 yards and under.

4. Matt Bryant, Falcons—He was 34-for-37 last season and was 15-of-17 from beyond 40 yards. The Falcons high-octane offense should still be effective. Bryant connected on 56-of-57 extra points last season, best in the league.

5. Adam Vinatieri, Colts—I expect the Colts offense to improve a bit, allowing Vinatieri to benefit from good field position. He was 17-of-21 from beyond 40 yards last season and made 44 extra points.

6. Mason Crosby, Packers—He hit 87 percent of his field goals last season and was 25-of-28 from 49 yards and under.

7. Matt Prater, Lions

8. Cairo Santos, Chiefs

9. Steven Hauschka, Bills

10. Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders

11. Will Lutz, Saints

12. Chris Boswell, Steelers

2017 fantasy football rankings: Defense/Special Teams

Continuing our series of position rankings for the upcoming 2017 fantasy football season, we’ll take a look at the top 12 defenses before ranking kickers next week. We’ve ranked the quarterbacks 1-32running backs from 1-36, wide receivers 1-36 and the tight ends 1-24. Kickers will be ranked 1-12.

Defense wins championships. You’ve heard it time and again. But is it true in fantasy football? While it may be less of a factor than in real football, the starting position is one that can’t be ignored. Make sure you don’t take a top-tier defense until at least late in the ninth round. You can definitely find something serviceable in the 14th.

1. Seattle Seahawks—The performance of the Seahawks defense this season is very contingent on the health of Earl Thomas and if Seattle can play well at the cornerback spot opposite Richard Sherman. You have to like them playing the 49ers and Rams twice.

2. Denver Broncos—They tried to address their run stopping issues last season by adding some beef in the trenches. They added two 300-plus pound veterans and signed another undrafted rookie free agent. Von Miller is at his peak right now and that pass rush is huge for defensive scoring potential in fantasy.

3. Houston Texans—If J.J. Watt comes back from his back surgery at even 85 percent of his usual production, the Texans’ defense should be really good. Jadeveon Clowney is finally looking like the player they drafted and the defensive front is looking as stout as ever. Throw in two games against the Jaguars and things look good for them.

4. Arizona Cardinals—There are some question marks, but the talent in the secondary and a stout rush defense make for a nice defensive scoring floor.

5. New England Patriots—They get to play the Jets, Bills and Dolphins twice apiece and Bill Belichick is a rare defensive guru who finds ways to disrupt what teams want to do offensively. Not to take credit from current defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia, who shut down the Falcons in the second half of the most recent Super Bowl.

6. Carolina Panthers—The Panthers took a step back in 2016 after losing Josh Norman to the Redskins. They should see some improvement as their second-year cornerback James Bradberry was rated as the top rookie at his position last year, according to Pro Football Focus. They’ve added Julius Peppers, Mike Adams and Captain Munnerlyn to shore things up.

7. Kansas City Chiefs

8. Minnesota Vikings

9. Los Angeles Rams

10. Pittsburgh Steelers

11. Baltimore Ravens

12. Cincinnati Bengals

2017 fantasy football position rankings: Running Backs

Continuing our series of position rankings for the upcoming 2017 fantasy football season, we’ll take a look at running backs before turning to wide receivers next week. We’ve ranked the QBs from 1 to 32. We’ll rank the running backs from 1-36, the wide receivers 1-36 and the tight ends 1-24. Defenses and kickers will be ranked 1-12.

The top three running backs are so close, but I give the edge to David Johnson since he had 80 receptions last year and caught passes for more yards than Dez Bryant, Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall and Jordan Reed.

1. David Johnson, Cardinals—He nearly carried the ball 300 times last season and caught 80 passes. There’s no reason to think he won’t be used to that degree yet again.

2. Le’Veon Bell, Steelers—No worries about an early-season suspension this time around. I had him No. 1 early in my rankings, but Johnson’s touches gave him the edge at this point.

3. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys—Elliott couldn’t have had a better rookie season. Given that, you have to assume he has just a tiny bit of regression. The Cowboys will also want to save him from too much work by using Darren McFadden to relieve some pressure.

4. LeSean McCoy, Bills—Mike Gillislee is in New England now, so if McCoy can stay healthy he might get even more work than he already does.

5. Jordan Howard, Bears—Howard gained the most yardage between the tackles in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus. He should see an increase in touches given that he’ll likely be playing with a rookie quarterback at some point.

Jordan Howard #24 of the Chicago Bears is hit by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21 of the Green Bay Packers as he scores a touchdown in the 4th quarter at Soldier Field on December 18, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 30-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

6. Melvin Gordon, Chargers—Gordon’s value has been improved by this offseason. Danny Woodhead is a Raven and the Chargers didn’t draft a running back, they drafted two offensive linemen. Gordon will continue to dominate touches in the backfield.

7. Devonta Freeman, Falcons—Have no fear of Tevin Coleman, Freeman actually is more productive when Coleman gets touches. If the Falcons can continue to run a potent offense without Kyle Shanahan, Freeman will do well.

Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons fails to reach the pylon against Vinnie Sunseri #40 of the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at the Georgia Dome on December 18, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

8. DeMarco Murray, Titans—He surprised some people last season, given his average draft position was in mid-to-later rounds. Murray suffered from Chip Kelly’s sideways run scheme the year before so he was undervalued in drafts in 2016. He seems to be back to his Cowboys-era self.

9. Jay Ajayi, Dolphins—Three games rushing for at least 200 yards can’t be ignored. Plus, it looks as if he’s making strides in the passing game. He showed his ability as a pass catcher in college so if he improves in that portion of his game he could be remarkable.

10. Lamar Miller, Texans—The addition of D’Onta Foreman may end up helping Miller stay fresh all season. Quality touches will be the key to his success in addition to decent volume.

11. Todd Gurley, Rams—He remains an RB1 despite his rough season last year. That’s because the volume is still there. His bad season probably means he can be had in the second round. But he’ll end up being undervalued if he goes after the first.

Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams rushes for a first down during the fourth quarter of the game against the Carolina Panthers at the Los Angeles Coliseum on November 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


12. Spencer Ware, Chiefs—He got great news when the Chiefs didn’t re-sign Jamaal Charles, but they did end up drafting Kareem Hunt. Keep an eye on training camp to make sure Ware holds firm to the starting spot.

13. C.J. Anderson, Broncos

14. Isaiah Crowell, Browns

15. Carlos Hyde, 49ers

16. Mark Ingram, Saints

17. Tevin Coleman, Falcons

18. Adrian Peterson, Saints

19. Latavius Murray, Vikings

20. Eddie Lacy, Seahawks

21. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars

22. Marshawn Lynch, Raiders

23. Doug Martin, Buccaneers

24. Mike Gillislee, Patriots

25. Robert Kelley, Redskins

26. Ty Montgomery, Packers

27. Jeremy Hill, Bengals

28. Derrick Henry, Titans

29. Frank Gore, Colts

30. Bilal Powell, Jets

31. Ameer Abdullah, Lions

32. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers

33. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers

34. Paul Perkins, Giants

35. Matt Forte, Jets

36. Joe Mixon, Bengals