After piling up more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage in 2016, David Johnson is a pretty safe bet as a top-five pick.
Super Bowl LI is now in the record books, which means football season is finally over, and even then you probably weren’t thinking too much about fantasy football during Sunday's big game. But even though the start of the 2017 season is seven months away, it’s never too early to starting thinking about it, right?
In fact, here are just two reasons why rankings, even ones that come out while the Super Bowl hangover is in full effect, can be useful:
1. It can actually help those in keeper/dynasty formats. These seasons are never truly over.
2. It is fun and a nice way to reminisce on the fantastic 2016 season gone by.
These reasons, however, don’t change how early it is in relation to the 2017 season. For one, the draft is still more than two months away. Free agency and all the offseason player movement hasn’t even started. Guys like Tyrod Taylor, Tony Romo, Adrian Peterson, Alshon Jeffrey and Jimmy Garrapalo, to name a few, could be playing for a different team by the time Week 1 rolls around.
Martavis Bryant could be reinstated after being suspended all of last season, a development that not only would impact the Steelers and how their wide receivers (with the exception of Antonio Brown) are valued, but also the rankings for the position overall. Plus there are several teams with quarterback questions, plenty of guys coming back from different types of injuries, and the usual offseason speculation of “is x player ready to take that next step?”
So needless to say, these rankings will change quite a bit between now and the end of April, and will certainly look different by the fall. But it’s never too early to start, right?
As always, if you feel like bantering or disputing my rankings, reach out to me on Twitter (@FantsyChillpony). Remember these are early, and if anything will keep you interested, or at least entertained. After all, football is a year-round sport!
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— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.