Player Stock Ticker
The Wolf's Big Board:     Monday, August 21, 2017       Tier One - The Big Three ($65 - $75)   1 ) David Johnson (ARI) RB1   2 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT) RB2   Tier Two - High-end WR1 and RB1s ($50-$65)   3 ) Antonio Brown (PIT) WR1   4 ) Julio Jones (ATL) WR2   5 ) Mike Evans (TB) WR3   6 ) Odell Beckham JR. (NYG) WR4   7 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB3   8 ) AJ Green (CIN) WR5   9 ) Jordy Nelson (GB) WR6   10 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC) RB5   11 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA) RB6   12 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN) RB7   13 ) Michael Thomas (NO) WR7   14 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB8   15 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) RB9   Tier 3 - Remaining WR1s, Potential RB1s, and Gronk ($38 - $45)   16 ) Dez Bryant (DAL) WR8   17 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE1   18 ) Todd Gurley (LAR) RB10   19 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR9   20 ) Amari Cooper (OAK) WR10   21 ) Brandin Cooks (NE) WR11   22 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE) RB11   23 ) TY Hilton (IND) WR12   24 ) Demaryius Thomas (DEN) WR13   25 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR14   Tier 4 - High-End RB2 and WRs (with No.1 upside), Elite TEs ($25 - $35)   26 ) Jordan Howard (CHI) RB11   27 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK) RB12   28 ) Tyreek Hill (KC) WR15   29 ) Keenan Allen (LAC) WR16   30 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR17   31 ) Davante Adams (GB) WR18   32 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS) WR19   33 ) Ty Montgomery (GB) RB13   34 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR) RB14   35 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN) RB15   36 ) Joe Mixon (CIN) RB16   37 ) Leonard Fournette (JAX) RB17   38 ) Lamar Miller (HOU) RB18   39 ) Travis Kelce (KC) TE2   40 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK) WR20   41 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR21   42 ) Carlos Hyde (SF) RB19   Tier 5 - Remaining #2 RB & WR options, elite QBs, High-End TE1s ($15 - $25)   43 ) Tom Brady (NE) QB1   44 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB2   45 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ) RB20   46 ) Mark Ingram (NO) RB21   47 ) Eric Decker (TEN) WR22   48 ) Jordan Reed (WAS) TE3   49 ) Golden Tate (DET) WR23   50 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI) WR24   51 ) Allen Robinson (JAX) WR25   52 ) Greg Olsen (CAR) TE4   53 ) DeSean Jackson (TB) WR26   54 ) Doug Martin (TB) RB22   55 ) Adrian Peterson (NO) RB23   56 ) Spencer Ware (KC) RB24   57 ) Willie Snead (NO) WR27   58 ) Danny Woodhead (BAL) RB25   59 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS) WR28   60 ) Sammy Watkins (LAC) WR29   61 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL) RB26   62 ) Mike Gillislee (NE) RB27   63 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA) TE5   64 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE6   Tier 6 - Flex RBs, Upside WR3s, Quality TE1s and Elite QB ($10 - $15   65 ) Kelvin Banjamin (CAR) WR30   66 ) Julian Edelman (NE) WR31   67 ) Rob Kelley (WAS) RB28   68 ) Theo Riddick (DET) RB29   69 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN) WR32   70 ) Brandon Marshall (NYG) WR33   71 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA) WR34   72 ) DeVante Parker(MIA) WR35   73 ) LeGarrette Blount (PHI) RB30   74 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET) RB31   75 ) CJ Anderson (DEN) RB32   76 ) Zach Ertz (PHI) TE7   77 ) Hunter Henry (LAC) TE8   78 ) Martellus Bennett (GB) TE9   79 ) Jeremy Maclin (BAL) WR36   80 ) Cameron Meredith (CHI) WR37   81 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR38   82 ) Pierre Garcon (SF) WR39   83 ) Drew Brees (NO) QB3   84 ) Matt Ryan (ATL) QB4   85 ) Delanie Walker (TEN) TE10   Tier 7 -Elite Bench Plays, Last Startable WRs and RBs, Quality QB1s   86 ) Derrick Henry (TEN) RB33   87 ) CJ Prosise (SEA) RB34   88 ) Donte Moncrief (IND) WR40   89 ) Terrance West (BAL) RB35   90 ) Thomas Rawls (SEA) RB36   91 ) James White (NE) RB37   92 ) Tyrell Williams (LAC) WR41   93 ) Randall Cobb (GB) WR42   94 ) Corey Davis (TEN) WR43   95 ) Frank Gore (IND) RB38   96 ) Jonathan Stewart (CR) RB39   97 ) Paul Perkins (NYG) RB40   98 ) Derek Carr (OAK) QB5   99 ) Jameis Winston (TB) QB6   100 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN) QB7   101 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS) QB8   102 ) Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB9   103 ) Philip Rivers (LAC) QB10   104 ) Cam Newton (CAR) QB11   105 ) Dak Prescott (DAL) QB12   106 ) Russell Wilson (SEA) QB13   107 ) Duke Johnson (CLE) RB41   108 ) Kareem Hunt (KC) RB42   109 ) Andrew Luck (IND) QB14   110 ) Tyrod Taylor (BUF) QB15   111 ) Jack Doyle (IND) TE10   112 ) Kyle Rudolph (MIN) TE11   Tier 7 - High End "Penny Stock" Bench Assets   113 ) Jamaal Williams (GB) RB43   114 ) Eddie Lacy (SEA) RB44   115 ) Joe Williams (SF) RB45   116 ) Robby Anderson (NYJ) WR44   117 ) Zay Jones (BUF) WR45   118 ) John Brown (ARI) WR46   119 ) Jamaal Charles (DEN) RB46   120 ) Eric Ebron (DET) TE13   121 ) D'Onta Foreman (HOU) RB47   122 ) Taylor Gabriel (ATL) WR47   123 ) Jacquizz Rodgers (TB) RB48   124 ) Darren Sproles (PHI) RB49   125 ) Marvin Jones (DET) WR48   126 ) Ted Ginn Jr (NO) WR49   127 ) Mike Wallace (BAL) WR50   128 ) Kenny Golladay (DET) WR51   129 ) Jonathan Williams (BUF) RB50   130 ) Alvin Kamara (NO) RB51   131 ) Samaje Perine (WAS) RB52   Tier 8 - Remaining "Penny Stocks" to consider   132 ) Josh Docston (WAS) WR52   133 ) Corey Coleman (CLE) WR53   134 ) Adam Thielen (MIN) WR54   135 ) Marlon Mack (IND) RB53   136 ) Julius Thomas (MIA) TE14   137 ) Austin Hooper (ATL) TE15   138 ) Jared Cook (OAK) TE16   139 ) OJ Howard (TB) TE17   140 ) Eli Manning (NYG) QB16   141 ) Andy Dalton (CIN) QB17   142 ) Matthew Stafford (DET) QB18   143 ) Carson Palmer (ARI) QB19   144 ) Matt Forte (NYJ) RB54   145 ) Branden Oliver (LAC) RB55   146 ) Kenny Britt (CLE) WR57   147 ) Cordarelle Patterson (OAK) WR58   148 ) Rex Burkhead (NE) RB56   149 ) Tarik Cohen (CHI) RB57   150 ) Nelson Agholor (PHI) WR59  

2017 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: RB2s UPDATED

Most sites will call these the “Way Too Early” Fantasy Football Rankings; we call them not soon enough.  After all, in the wise words of actor Peter Bergman, “When you are not practicing, remember somewhere someone is…and when you meet him, he will win.”

The Wolf will NOT get out practiced when it comes to fantasy football, and nor should you. 

True, fantasy values are far from set; plenty of these player will shoot up or plummet downward  in the rankings with each spin of the coaching carousel, free agency wheel, or NFL Draft cycle. Still, there’s plenty of value to a “Stream of Gut” rankings list: a collection of your unbiased, pure gut feelings about particular players, written before your mind can be swayed as the “advice” begins pouring down. This way, the foundation for all your rankings is wholly built upon your own, independent thoughts.

Without further adieu, welcome to the 2017 Fantasy Football Rankings. These rankings assume 1/2 point PPR scoring to achieve a happy medium between the two formats. As a huge sucker for tiers, I’ll be releasing different positional groups each day (i.e. WR1s, WR2s, Flex Plays) before ultimately combining them all into a final Big Board by the end of the month.


2/6 Update – Dion Lewis plummets 

After sinking to third fiddle behind James White and LeGarrette Blount as the playoffs progressed, Patriots RB Dion Lewis was removed from RB2 territory and falls to the bottom of mere flex consideration; I clearly overreacted to Lewis’ massive Houston game. This backfield is obviously a complete mystery, and Lewis could both rise up or fall further depending on where Blount lands and what White’s massive Super Bowl performance ultimately means for 2017. Clearly, the lead back will have some value given the offense’s explosiveness, but who that will be is a complete guess.

Previously in 2017 Running Back Rankings…

Part I – RB1s (#1 – #9)


Part II – RB2s

Unlike the previous nine backs, who are general locks for weekly production, the following guys come with a bit more risk or uncertainty, whether in health or role. Consequently, these ball-carriers should be considered #2 options instead of true anchors, despite plenty of RB1 ceilings.

Note – Some of the below are actually situations (i.e. Tampa Bay, Green Bay, and Baltimore) and not actual players, as the backfield is highly unsettled; yet, the surrounding talent and/or coaching scheme makes these backfield opportunities potential goldmines, and they are listed to keep on your mind.

Tier Three:  High-end RB2s with RB1 upside

11. Latavius Murray (or lead Oakland back)

Though an impending free agent, Latavius has already expressed a desire to remain in Oakland:


Meanwhile, former offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave has been let go after being publicly criticized by head coach Jack Del Rio for not feeding Murray enough:

True, new coordinator Todd Downing is a bit of a mystery, but you’d have to imagine Del Rio picked a philosophical match as his play caller. If so, Murray would still be in the dream set up of an explosive offense (pending Carr’s health) + mauling offensive line that already helped facilitate his RB13 finish in 2016, despite only playing in 14 games. We saw the TD upside (12, nearly one per game), and an uptick in volume would make Murray a sneaky RB1 breakout candidate. DeAndre Washington did look strong to finish the year, so monitoring workload reports is crucial here.


12. Lamar Miller (HOU)

Love the post hype bounce back appeal if his underwhelming 2016 makes him a third rounder. The expected volume was there, but the efficiency lacked. Perhaps Miller will come in motivated and in ridiculous shape, ala Shady this past season.

13. Mark Ingram (NO) 

Outscored Ajayi in 2016, and, most importantly, made it through all 16 games for just the second time in his career. Ingram maintained his strong 2015 receiving presence, hauling in 46 balls for 319 yards and 4 TDs, in addition to his first season of over 1,000 on the ground + 6 more TDs.

14. Todd Gurley (LAR)

Tracking Los Angeles’ overall offensive skill and line additions this offseason will be crucial, as a Gurley bounce back requires some massive upgrades. He’s equally capable of a huge rebound OR second straight disaster, pending the moves the Rams make.  Clearly, I believe they’ll make some upgrades under new leadership, but I fully reserve the right to send Gurley plummeting if not.

Tier 3.5

15. Thomas Rawls (SEA)

I’m such a Rawls guy, but his inconsistency is maddening. When he hits, few match his violent, explosive style, and he can churn out 150+ yard efforts with the best of them. Yet, he rarely strings together massive, hell, even useful, efforts in a row, and his consistency will be even trickier to project with the lightning-quick CJ Prosise returning. Looking into the crystal ball, I see a productive committee in which both guys are highly usable, and a strong double digit TD rebound for Rawls.

16. CJ Anderson (DEN) 

So injury prone, despite looking strong in his 2016 starts. New Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy shouldn’t hurt by any means (more in depth analysis on that coming soon), and Devontae Booker completely floundered, so the door is open for more RB1 games, but Anderson has yet to make it through a full season.

Tier Four – Less clear, still attractive RB2s

The following situations are highly unsettled, but carry significant (re: RB1) upside if the right talent fills the gap (we’ll do a whole article on Value Holes soon enough) OR if workloads shake out appropriately. 

17. Tampa Bay RB, Doug Martin?

I love Dirk Koetter RBs. Even in committees, Koetter funnels volume to his RBs, which produced a monstrous 2015 revival of Doug Martin and made Maurice Jones Drew a dynamite fantasy product for years in Jacksonville; even Jacquizz Rodgers produced RB1 weeks as the lead guy in Martin’s 2016 absence.  Whether the ultimate starter is Martin or a fresh face, someone in Tampa Bay will be, at minimum, a weekly RB2… should they invest in an explosive rookie or free agent, we’d have real top-10 RB upside here. This will be among the most important backfields to monitor this offseason.

18. Kansas City RB, Spencer Ware? Jamaal Charles? 

Given his high usage of backs in the passing game, Andy Reid has facilitated monstrous fantasy seasons (Brian Westbrook, JaCha in 2014). As such, owners need to heavily monitor the workload distribution in KC / health of Charles entering 2017.  The early assumption is Ware plays the lead back, 15-18 carry role, while Charles and Tyreek Hill are sprinkled in.

19. Tevin Coleman (ATL)

Love his sturdy RB2 appeal even when in a committee, and top-five RB ceiling in the event of a Devonta injury.  One of the best middle round investments owners can make. Big Coleman guy.

20. Bilal Powell (NYJ)

I absolutely love Powell’s talent; he’s incredibly shifty in the hole and deceptively powerful for his size, ala Dion Lewis. This ranking assumes he enters 2017 as the starter, which is admittedly a huge leap to take, especially with Chan Gailey since departed. Nonetheless, I’d be a heavy investor in Powell if the workload and coordinator fit are right. Look at his 2016 game logs in Forte’s absence:

  • Week 14 @ SF:  179 total yards, 2 TDs (5 receptions)
  • Week 15 vs MIA: 162 total yards, 11 receptions
  • Week 16 @ NE: 74 total yards, 2 catches
  • Week 17  vs. BUF: 137 total yards, 1 TD (3 receptions)

Monstrous upside if he’s fed properly. Fingers crossed they find the right play caller.

21. Ameer Abdullah and 22. Theo Riddick (DET)

If Abdullah is fully healthy and in the starter’s seat, he’ll shoot up these rankings rapidly.  Though the time was brief, this offense was humming through the sophomore against the Colts: 17 touches (5 receptions), 120 yards, and a TD.

Unbelievably, Theo Riddick also had his best game while sharing duties in Week One: 12 touches (5 receptions), 108 yards, 2 TDs (one receiving).

Of course, these joint numbers were put up against one of the softest teams in the league. But this offense was built to operate through these two backs, and this is a rare committee that is better together. One can only imagine the tandem numbers they’d put up if both can stay on the field all season– that’s the major rub here given both’s smaller frames & historic injury concerns. (Zach Zenner could get annoying at the goal line too). I’m expecting this backfield to come at a discount, making it a juicy opportunity.

23. Ty Montgomery? (GB) 

Eddie Lacy’s tub ass hits free agency in 2017, which factors heavily into Mongtogomery’s fantasy value.  Should the converted wideout be the main backfield option, he’ll skyrocket into the “RB2 w/ RB1 upside” group. If Lacy returns, or even worse, the team pursues a more legitimate backfield mate, Montgomery could suffer.  TDs are often plentiful in an Aaron Rodgers-led offense, so this is a must-watch backfield.

24. Robert Kelley (WAS)

Fairly solid talent in fairly solid offense = fairly solid RB2.

25. Ravens RB, Kenneth Dixon?

If the John Harbaugh’s early offseason comments are any indication , owners can expect some major shakeups in the Baltimore backfield:

“We need another back. What type of back is that? I think we’re talking about it. We have a pretty good idea of the type of back we want to add. Marty believes in running the football, and I believe in running the football. We have not run the football well enough or enough, really, for the last two years. That has to change.”

Work. Horse. Anyone?

The same report mentioned Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott were high on the Ravens’ wish lists the past two years, and a first round talent addition here could instantly create an RB1 investing opportunity. For now, we rank with Dixon in mind.


Where is The Wolf crazy? Where is he dead right? Any names glaringly missing so far? 

Be sure to tune in tomorrow as we finish off the 2017 Running Back Rankings (for now) with the last names to consider for starting lineups.