The 2017 NFL Draft is upon us, which will once again get people thinking about the upcoming fantasy football season. The draft also means there will be more changes to any type of rankings, just as has been the case with all of the free agency moves (with more veteran signings to come) and any retirements that have been announced.
In fact, everyone is still waiting to find out if Marshawn Lynch will be coming out of retirement to sign with his hometown Oakland Raiders (or perhaps a mystery team?). Lynch may not be a Brett Favre or Peyton Manning when it comes to fantasy cache, but he could still shake up the running back landscape should be choose to return. As of now, he doesn’t appear in these rankings, but should be say he’s coming back he will become an intriguing potential top-20 RB option, albeit one with plenty of risk.
As for those we know are still in uniform, several players have moved up the rankings since we last did this exercise, while others have seen their stock dip slightly. For example, Brandin Cooks in New England is intriguing, but will the change of scenery dramatically increase his fantasy production? I’m not so sure, but I would lean towards no right now. And what about Latavius Murray landing in Minnesota? He should help the Vikings’ running game, but Minnesota’s offensive line is nowhere near as stout as what Murray had in Oakland last season.
And as for Adrian Peterson, the word is that he is negotiating a contract with New Orleans. His signing would clearly impact Mark Ingram, although perhaps not as drastically as some may fear.
So needless to say, there will be quite a few changes between now and once the draft is complete and that will be the case up until the start of the regular season. As always, use these rankings as a tool to help you in your preparations, especially before all the hot-shot, can’t miss rookies come in and mess everything up.
Enjoy the draft, and stay tuned for more rankings updates and other fantasy-related content. Fantasy football is basically a year-round endeavor these days and AthlonSports.com is here to help.
— 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.