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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: Flex and Bench plays

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.

Previously in 2017 Running Back Rankings…

Part I – RB1s (#1 – #9)

Part II – RB2s (#10- #25)

Part III – Flex and Bench Plays

The following RBs don’t make ideal starters, but the volume or individual talent should be enough for useful flex production throughout the season.

Tier Five – Flex

26. Adrian Peterson (MIN)

Is AP super human, or just another old, withered RB? 2017 will answer this question, and I doubt it’ll matter to any of my teams; someone will bite far earlier than I’m willing. Of course anyone with the nickname “All Day” has the potential for a massive rebound, but nothing about his 2016 suggested an upwards trend. Peterson and his overall health / role will be among the most important camp storylines to follow.

27. Isaiah Crowell (CLE)

The Crow topped 12 points (.5 PPR) in four of five games with RGIII under center, which makes complete sense; RGIII’s dual threat as a runner creates more open cutback lanes, which jives with Crowell’s one-cut-and-go running style. If Griffin or a running QB is given the starting job, and Crowell’s still the lead horse, he’ll be bumped into the dependable RB2 range.  I’m skeptical of either happening.

28. C.J. Prosise (SEA)

I’m in love with the brief NFL tape Prosise put out in 2016 — the receiving skills and breakaway speed were truly special.  The main rub is the brevity, as Prosise struggled with separate hamstring, hand, and shoulder injuries that reduced him to only 6 total games; Pete Carroll has already expressed his worries, stating:

Still, Prosise is easily among the Seahawks most exciting offensive talents in both the running and passing game.  When healthy, he should see plenty of looks, potentially even on the same field as Rawls.  As seen in Atlanta all year and in Detroit during week one, offenses can funnel through mismatch-creating dual backfields, and the Seahawks seem like the perfect fit for a similar 2017 approach.

29. LeGarrette Blount (NE)

Of course Blount’s fantasy stock could rise if he re-signs in New England and is again the goal line hammer for the league’s most explosive offense. But just how much?

Let’s assume he returns to New England. The workload distribution versus the Texans heavily favored Dion Lewis, and seems like a fair forecast for 2017’s usage.  Sure, Blount would carry high weekly  TD upside; nonetheless, the 15-20 weekly carries from 2016 would now be reduced to 5-6 in close contests. Consequently, and unlike 2016, Blount would carry a 1 or 2 point floor during weeks he failed to find the end zone. Anytime Lewis has been healthy, this offense has belonged to him — an insane thought given Blount’s 18 TD, 1,100 yard masterpiece.

Perhaps Blount’s highest fantasy upside, therefore, would be a new landing spot. In the right role, Blount is a massive, powerful runner with strong vision and patience; he can wear down teams and finish them off with 15-20 carries. If he gets a real shot at that type of workload, Blount would shoot up the rankings. He could just as easily be signed as a team’s insurance policy, and be little more than a handcuff. In short, he’s purely landing spot dependent.

30. Frank Gore (IND)

Until Gore retires, I will continue ranking him in the 30s, and he will continue making me regret this. King Girth.

31. Danny Woodhead (LAC)

While his tiny frame and fair skin tone creates immediate (perhaps unintentional) skepticism, let’s not forget how incredible Woodhead is when on the field; in 2015, Woodhead finished as the #3 back in PPR leagues and #12 in Non-PPR formats; his only other full season in San Diego (2013) yielded a top-12 PPR finish as well.  True, Gordon has now locked down the goal line role which the tiny Woodhead once owned, but Rivers will no doubt continue leaning on his most-trusted RB target in the passing game every week.

Tier Six – Ideally not starters…

I’ll likely own at least three guys from the above tier, making this group mainly irrelevant (I’ll be filling out my QBs and TEs at this stage).

32. Paul Perkins or NYG Running Back

After weeks of pussy-footing, the Giants finally began unleashing Perkins down 2016’s stretch; the rookie rewarded them with a 100 yard Week 17 effort that helped them control the clock and keep a divisional rival in Washington out of the playoffs. Still, Perkins didn’t leap off the page as anything special ever, and, with Eli Manning in decline, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Giants go for a huge splash at the position. Plenty to still be seen here, but this ranking assumes a committee role at best.

33. Chris Ivory (JAC)

New head coach Doug Marrone is a hard-nosed kind of guy, and I can see him trying to establish physicality behind his battering ram. True, 2016 was an absolute trainwreck,  but Ivory’s workload was inconsistent as was his health.  Neither of these are guarantees in 2017 of course, but a major Ivory revival in 2017 would not shock me.

34. Eddie Lacy (GB)

I don’t care how many P90x’s the impending fat free agent does. Unless he actually looks slimmed down by about 50 pounds, I don’t touch him, regardless of the landing spot.

35. Jeremy Hill (CIN)

Hill averaged under 4.0 YPC in 12 out of 16 efforts in 2016, including six efforts with under 3.0 yards per tote.  Since his incredible rookie season finish, Hill has put nothing of quality on tape outside a nose for the end zone.  This inneffectiveness  is doubly  annoying because he had every opportunity to reestablish himself during Giovani Bernard’s extended 2016 absence, but Hill just continued plodding into irrelevancy.

This wraps our first, “Stream of Gut” round of Running Back rankings. We’ll organize them all in one place with a smoother, easier to read list tomorrow, before looking ahead to 2017’s receivers next week.  Are any names glaringly missing or misjudged? Who are you most interested in tracking this offseason? Sound off below! 

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