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Wolf's Big Board:     Tuesday, May 30, 2017     Tier One - The Big Three   1 ) David Johnson (ARI) RB1   2 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT) RB2   3 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) RB3   Tier Two - High-end WR1 and RB1s   4 ) Antonio Brown (PIT) WR1   5 ) Julio Jones (ATL) WR2   6 ) Mike Evans (TB) WR3   7 ) Odell Beckham JR. (NYG) WR4   8 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN) RB4   9 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC) RB5   10 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB6   11 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA) RB7   12 ) AJ Green (CIN) WR5   13 ) Jordy Nelson (GB) WR6   14 ) Michael Thomas (NO) WR7   15 ) Dez Bryant (DAL) WR8   16 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB8   Tier 3 - Lower-end RB1 and WR1s, elite second options   17 ) Lamar Miller (HOU) RB9   18 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR9   19 ) TY Hilton (IND) WR10   20 ) Leonard Fournette (JAX) RB10   21 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE1   22 ) Brandin Cooks (NE) WR11   23 ) Demaryius Thomas. (DEN) WR12   24 ) Jordan Reed (WAS) TE2   25 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR13   26 ) Amari Cooper (OAK) WR14   Tier 3.5   27 ) Todd Gurley (LAR) RB11   28 ) Carlos Hyde (SF) RB12   29 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR) RB13   30 ) Jordan Howard (CHI) RB14   31 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK) RB15   32 ) Davante Adams (GB) WR15   33 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI) WR16   34 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE) RB16   35 ) Tyreek Hill (KC) WR17   36 ) Keenan Allen (LAC) WR18   37 ) Spencer Ware (KC) RB17   Tier 4 - Elite QBs, Solid #2 RBs + WRs, side TE1s   38 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ) RB18   39 ) Tom Brady (NE) QB1   40 ) Sammy Watkins WR19   41 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB2   42 ) Travis Kielce (KC) TE3   43 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS) WR20   44 ) Allen Robinson (JAC) WR21   44 ) Mike Gillislee (NE) RB19   45 ) Mark Ingram (NO) RB20   46 ) Golden Tate (DET) WR22   47 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS) WR23   48 ) Greg Olsen (CAR) TE4   48 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL) RB21   49 ) Willie Snead (NO) WR24   50 ) Doug Martin (TB) RB22   51 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK) WR25   52 ) Brandon Marshal (NYG) WR26   53 ) Julian Edelman (NE) WR27   54 ) Donte Moncrief (IND) WR28   55 ) Drew Brees (NO) QB3   56 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET) RB23   57 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA) TE5   58 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE6   59 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR29   Tier 5 - Last Startable WRs and RBs + TE1 Candidates   60 ) Pierre Garcon (SF) WR30   61 ) Eric Decker (NYJ) WR31   62 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA) WR32   63 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR33   64 ) Samaje Perine (WAS) RB24   65 ) Joe Mixon (CIN) RB25   66 ) CJ Anderson (DEN) RB26   67 ) Matt Ryan (ATL) QB4   68 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN) WR33   69 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR34   70 ) Ty Montgomery (GB) RB27   71 ) Hunter Henry (LAC) TE7   72 ) Corey Davis (TEN) WR35   73 ) Adrian Peterson (NO) RB28   74 ) Kelvin Benjamin (CAR) WR36   75 ) Delanie Walker TE8   76 ) Paul Perkins (NYG) RB29   77 ) CJ Prosise (SEA) RB30   78 ) Eddie Lacy (SEA) RB31   79 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN) RB32   80 ) Theo Riddick (DET) RB33   81 ) Frank Gore (IND) RB34   82 ) Cameron Meredith (CHI) WR38   83 ) Mike Wallace (BAL) WR39   84 ) DeSean Jackson (TB) WR40   85 ) Martellus Bennett (GB) TE9   TIer 7 - side QB1s and Top WR and RB Lottery Tickets   86 ) Andrew Luck (IND) QB5   87 ) Derek Carr (OAK) QB6   88 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS) QB7   89 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN) QB8   90 ) Philip Rivers (LAC) QB9   91 ) Ben Roethlisberger QB10   92 ) Dak Prescott (DAL) QB11   93 ) Jameis Winston (TB) QB12   94 ) Joe Williams (SF) RB35   95 ) Derrick Henry (TEN) RB36   96 ) Kareem Hunt (KC) RB37   97 ) Jamaal Williams (GB) RB38   98 ) Davante Parker (MIA) WR41   99 ) Josh Doctson (WAS) WR42   100 ) Ted Ginn (NO) WR43  
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The Rotos 2016: Best Fantasy Football Draft Day Value Pick

The Nobel Prize. Academy Awards. Pulitzers, ESPYs, and Golden Globes. While prestigious in their own rights, these honors pale in comparison to The Rotos.  In our first ever Rotos Award Show, the distinguished “Big Dick” prizes will be awarded to players with the most glorious performances in 2016, while the dreaded “Tiny Puds” will disgrace the season’s most dubious players. Grab the popcorn, place your bets, and settle in for a week of recapping the highs and lows from a wild fantasy season.  We have already given Rotos for Waiver Wire MVP,  the Top Individual Game Performance, and the Most Overhyped Player.

Best Draft Day Value Pick

Today, we will break down some of the best value players coming out of this years fantasy draft that may have come into the season overlooked and under-appreciated. Lets take a look at the best draft day value picks of 2016. Who will be crowned the winner?

2016 Nominees

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints, Pre-Draft Ranking – WR52

Michael Thomas had some hype coming into the season. Anytime you’re a big body wide receiver and your quarterback is Drew Brees, you’re bound to turn some heads. Lets just say Thomas didn’t disappoint! I mean, how could you when you finish the season as the 7th ranked fantasy wide receiver? Thomas had 92 receptions for 1137 yards and 9 touchdowns this season, which were extremely impressive numbers for the rookie out of The Ohio State.

Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts, Pre-Draft Ranking – RB26

As a 33-year-old, it makes sense to come into the season ranked 26th on the preseason running back rankings, but his consistency makes him an easy look in later rounds. In fact, Gore hasn’t missed a game in the past five seasons. Frank got more involved in the passing game this season, racking up 38 receptions — which is his most since 2010 — and all that dirty work showed as he finish the season ranked 12th overall in the fantasy running back category. Also, he was the first Colts running back to hit the 1,000 yard mark since 2007, and that’s a solid accomplishment in that pass heavy offense. Kudos to you, Frank!

Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns, Pre-Draft Ranking – RB39

Entering the fantasy season, Isaiah Crowell was the ranked 13 spots behind Frank Gore, but finished the season only two spots behind him as the RB14 — two spots ahead of first rounder and overhyped nominee, Lamar Miller. Playing from behind almost every single week it’s hard to imagine that a back with Crowell’s pure rushing abilities finished this high, but his 4.8 yards per carry really helped set the tone. Isaiah was one of the only bright spots this year in Cleveland besides our next player…

Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland Browns, Pre-Draft Ranking – WR80

I think we were all aware that Terrelle Pryor is a great football player, but the transition to wide receiver is always a little concerning for a former quarterback. However, through this season we’ve truly learned and experienced how outstanding of an athlete Terrelle Pryor is, and it seems he has found his footing as a wide out. The man was outstanding this year, finishing the season with the 21st most fantasy points at his position — putting up a cool 77 receptions for over 1,000 yards.

And the award goes to…

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As a rookie, Michael Thomas came out amongst the already established stars and showed how dominate he can be, earning him a Big Dick award for the Best Draft Day Value Pick of 2016.

Acceptance Speech

(As Michael Thomas walks to the podium, he is oblivious to the fact that Brandin Cooks is hammered in the back yelling at Sean Payton about his continued unhappiness in the offense)

“Honestly, coming into the season I knew I was great, but playing in the NFC South really helped boost my confidence. I’d like to personally thank the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers for all having young, inexperienced, and absolute trash secondaries which helped me to become a rookie of the year candidate, and hopefully in the future get the paper I’ve always been dreaming of.

Also, I can’t forget our atrocious defense. Without them, Drew wouldn’t have to throw the ball all game and we wouldn’t have to compete in shootouts every week, so even though they’re all tiny puds to the world, they’re all big dick players in my book.”

Way-too-early 2017 Winner: WR Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers

0 Comments

  1. The Wolf

    January 5, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Awesome article overall, love this list and Michael Thomas… but no love for LeGarrette Blount and his 18 TDs at a double digit ADP?? Must be a Colts fan that is just automatically trained to forget about that horse meat. DeMarco Murray as well… what an RB1 Horse for a midround steal.

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