The Top 250 Dynasty Football Players, August 2017
This is version 2.0 of the #TDG250 which comes just two weeks before the start of the 2017 NFL season. Between now and then there will be some minor edits here and there to adjust to preseason happenings, injuries, and camp battles. As always, think of this as a value list. There will be some groups of players (such as QB and TE) that will are clustered together for a reason. Personal preference or season goals (such as rebuilding or competing) can play a huge role in player value. If you are competing you would obviously much rather a guy like Larry Fitzgerald (who could retire next year) than a rookie who may be currently ranked higher. One has to understand their situation and then adjust accordingly.
The biggest risers since the last rankings:
Austin Seferian-Jenkins: He has his act together, for now. One could make the argument that following his two game suspension he may just be the best option in the Jets passing offense. He could become the primary target on a very bad team and he is still just 24 years old.
Nelson Agholor: After being labelled a Chip Kelly bust, Agholor finds himself as the starting slot wide receiver for the eagles in his third NFL season. It is a role to take over a heavily targeted spot in the Eagles offense and one they must have confidence he could play considering they shipped Jordan Matthews off to Buffalo.
Wendell Smallwood: In more Eagles news, OC Frank Reich recently gave praise to Smallwood calling him a “true three-down back.” There are whispers of LeGarrette Blount possibly not making the team. While we temper expectations for a huge move like that, Smallwood still gets a boost for his youth and share potential in the Eagles offense.
Darren McFadden: The Ezekiel Elliott drama of course sends Darren McFadden up the rankings board. Temper expectations because it could likely be a committee, but the potential for McFadden to have some strong weeks in the Cowboys offense is enough to warrant him some movement up Dynasty lists despite his long term value being extremely low.
Gerald Everett: This coincides with a big drop for Tyler Higbee as Everett’s fantasy value is just higher long term. Everett is clearly the better athlete and comes with the higher draft pedigree.
The biggest fallers since the last rankings:
Donnel Pumphrey: He drops given the Smallwood praise and the questions around Pumphrey being able to carve a role out on this team any time soon. Ball security issues combined with a lack of explosiveness that is a must have when you weigh 176 pounds make his future in the NFL more questionable.
Kenneth Dixon: After experiencing his third knee injury in under a year, Dixon underwent meniscus surgery and will be out for the season. His dynasty value takes a decent hit but he is still worth holding if you have him.
Tyler Higbee: The emergence of Gerald Everett lowers the ceiling for Higbee that was already stunted by the underwhelming Jared Goff.
Will Fuller: He drops a bit but should return mid-season from his collarbone injury. Missing any training camp or time to develop rapport with future QB Deshaun Watson is slightly concerning. Though Jaelen Strong, Braxton Miller, and Bruce Ellington don’t project to run away with Fullers spot across from DeAndre Hopkins.
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