smitty fantasy football advice

Ok, folks, it’s time to dig deep into the fantasy football depth charts and breakdown every single team and every single relevant fantasy football player. Below is a Team by Team 2017 Fantasy Football Analysis/Breakdown. This is both a depth chart and a player by player breakdown.

2017 Team by Team Fantasy Football Breakdown

Buffalo Bills

QB1: Tyrod Taylor – He has top 10 upside at times, so he could be a solid backup if on the field; however, he is the kind of player that may or may not be the starter at Week 16’s end.
Ceiling Value Positionally: 12, Floor Value Positionally: 33
QB2: Nathan Peterman – Not fantasy relevant.
Ceiling Value Positionally: 32, Floor Value Positionally: 33
Running Backs
RB1: LeSean McCoy – While healthy, McCoy clearly has top 5 appeal. That said, he will be 29 before the 2017 season begins, and given he has played 8 NFL seasons, it’s not crazy to think he could completely fall off the face of the earth, fantasy wise, at any moment. I recommend selling high in all formats, but only sell-high. Package deals are sometimes the only way to get rid of a player like McCoy, who has top 5RB appeal, but is on the fence age wise. Example: McCoy/future first-round pick in exchange for one stud, or maybe try buying low on an Amari Cooper, Todd Gurely or DeAndre Hopkins using just McCoy and a second-round pick? Or a Tyreek Hill type? That’s how you dump a McCoy like player on the high.
Ceiling Value Positionally: 5-7, Floor Value Positionally: 20

RB2: Jonathan Williams – He is a handcuff for certain, but his upside is tough to predict at this point. I think all McCoy owners have to have Williams handcuffed, though. It’s a must. It’s a safe way to protect your McCoy investment, especially if you cannot sell him on the high.
Ceiling Value Positionally: 20, Floor Value Positionally: 33

Wide Receivers
WR1: Sammy Watkins – While he’s fully capable of top 5-7 fantasy WR numbers during any given week, his injury risk really caps his upside into that high-end WR2 type range. It just does. You can’t draft a guy like Watkins as your first-drafted player, you just can’t. He can play that well in bursts, though, know that.
Ceiling Value Positionally: 7, Floor Value Positionally: 20

WR2: Zay Jones – He has nice upside, maybe eventually WR2-type upside. But, in redraft, it’s tough to count on him.
Ceiling Value Positionally: 25, Floor Value Positionally: 96

WR3: Andre Holmes – I have always liked Holmes. Consider him a WR4-5 in fantasy with upside for more should he see more targets.
Ceiling Value Positionally: 40, Floor Value Positionally: 96

WR4: Corey Brown – The guy is still young, as he is only 25, so who knows what he will turn into. He isn’t a player I’d worry about unless he was shoved into a bigger role.
Ceiling Value Positionally: 40, Floor Value Positionally: 96

Tight Ends
TE1: Charles Clay – He is 28, so given his injury history, it’s tough to count on Clay for a 16-game season. When on the field, he does have top 12TE appeal, but overall, he is a TE2 in fantasy.
Ceiling Value Positionally: 10, Floor Value Positionally: 33

Miami Dolphins


QB1: Ryan Tannehill – There isn’t a lot of fantasy starter upside here, if any. The main thing I hope in regards to Tannehill is that he gets the football to Jarvis Landry in the red zone.
Ceiling Value Positionally: 16, Floor Value Positionally: 33

QB2: Matt Moore – While he will likely never be a fantasy starter week in and week out, it’s possible that he is better for Jarvis Landry and that Miami offense. Time will tell.
Ceiling Value Positionally: 22, Floor Value Positionally: 33

Running Backs
RB1: Jay Ajayi – Jay Ajayi is a machine. He has some injury concerns, and there are even concerns about usage, as the Dolphins have clearly been underutilizing players for a handful of straight years (Lamar Miller, Jarvis Landry, etc.); that said, if healthy and on the field, and the team is expected to pass to him even more this year, you might just see top 5RB numbers out of Ajayi in 2017. You don’t rush for 200+ yards on three separate occasions during the same year and not have insane talent… he is a talent. He could be the next elite rusher for years to come, and I mean of the top 2-5 variety. The thing is, though, he is probably the one single runner that ranks both in the top 5RBs on some rankings, and outside of the top 15RBs on others. He will likely either boom or bust, there might not be much in between. There sits the risk. However, with an ADP around 15-19 overall (in all formats), there is probably more upside than risk, making him a fine second-drafted player in all 2017 drafts. I love Ajayi, proven by the fact that he was on the Bold Predictions list heading into last year, and we clearly landed the prediction. It would be hard for you to find a single site or fantasy writer out there that talked him up more than we/I did heading into last year. The risk is real, but the upside is even more feasible — if the ADP/trade value is in the right spot for you, and 15-19 overall is still in the ‘right’ range, believe!
Ceiling Value Positionally: 5, Floor Value Positionally: 20

RB2: Damien Williams – He is only a handcuff in the deepest of leagues.
Ceiling Value Positionally: 32, Floor Value Positionally: 33

Wide Receivers
WR1: Jarvis Landry – This kid has top 10 WR upside, no question. His situation is the only reason he isn’t already a top 10WR in everyone’s eyes. Many may think I’m crazy by saying this, but he and Odell Beckham are both elite in many of the same ways. The crazy part is, minus the TDs, he is proving it… with lines like 111/1,159/4TDs and 94/1,136/4TDs in back-to-back years, he is only missing the TDs! Landry just needs end zone targets, something receivers can get in bad situations… it happens all the time… so his questionable passing attack in Miami doesn’t rule him out of being elite for both the now and the future. Certainly don’t draft him as a top 10WR, as you don’t have to, but he is the kind of player you can have at your low-end WR2 spot and maybe get those elite WR1 numbers that are hiding and waiting to emerge. He’s a great buy-low!
Ceiling Value Positionally: 7-10, Floor Value Positionally: 20

WR2: Kenny Stills – He has bench upside in most fantasy football leagues.
Ceiling Value Positionally: 26, Floor Value Positionally: 66

WR3: DeVante Parker – His 56/744/4TD season last year is kinda promising, and despite not being as good as many expected through his young career, fantasy-wise, keep in mind that he is just now entering his third NFL season, the year many WRs breakout. For now, though, he remains a bench WR in fantasy, but surely draftable in larger leagues, and surely capable if ever given WR1-like targets.
Ceiling Value Positionally: 26, Floor Value Positionally: 66

WR4: Leonte Carroo – Not fantasy relevant.
Ceiling Value Positionally: 50, Floor Value Positionally: 66

Tight Ends
TE1: Julius Thomas – In 2016, he dropped just 30/281/4TDs, but he was hurt for much of the year. The truth is, though, he has never played more than 14 games in his six seasons in the pros, and over his last four years, his played games are as follows: 14, 13, 12 and 9, and in that order. If he stays healthy, he should be a top 5-7TE in 2017.
Ceiling Value Positionally: 5-8, Floor Value Positionally: 15
TE2: Anthony Fasano – Not fantasy relevant, but he can block, which is good for Jay Ajayi, so it’s good that he has a role due to Dion Sims leaving.
Ceiling Value Positionally: 15, Floor Value Positionally: 40

New England Patriots

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  1. Avatar Whos_Ur_Doggie on June 9, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Is Damien Williams really Ajayi’s backup? I’m not so sure that Drake is the real backup to Ajayi and Drake will see a lot more touches this year and going forward.

    • Smitty Smitty on June 9, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Depth charts say soon a few places, I’ll list both! Good one!

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