Draft Strategy

When to Ignore Your 2017 Fantasy Football Rankings

By Matt Schauf 8:07am EDT 7/10/17


If you haven’t created your MVP Board yet, please go ahead and do so. I’ll wait …

Now you’ll find our 2017 fantasy football rankings tailored to your league’s scoring and lineup settings. We’ve already spent tons of time on those numbers, and we’ll keep fiddling and updating right up until the final hours of draft season.

When you’re selecting your team on draft day, that board will give you value-driven recommendations at every turn to help build a league-winning roster.

And at some point, you need to just ignore them.

Is that a cop out? Nah. Are we trying to cover our butts for a few players bound to disappoint? Nope.

Consider this our annual reminder that you make your team your own. Projections are helpful, essential — but they’re not the whole story. That’s why we include “replacement points,” which account for what you can expect to get when your starter misses time. That’s why you’ll find “ceiling” and “floor” projections next to the regular numbers on your MVP Board.

Frankly, that’s why we write all of these articles instead of just providing rankings and wishing you luck.

There’s art to building your fantasy football roster. It’s easier to take a shot on that boom/bust wideout if you fortify the corps with bedrock. And come Round 15, do you just want the next RB on the list or the guy who could happen upon big opportunity with 1 well-placed injury?

Let’s take a walk through the positions now and see where things get truly interesting …

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