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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 Wide Receiver Rankings: WR1s

Enough of this “way too early” garbage. With Scott Hanson and his quad boxes of delight now three weeks removed, the fantasy football withdrawals are hitting harder than ever.  Fill the void and jump into our “not soon enough” 2017 Fantasy Football rankings.

Of course, values will change as the dust from free agency and the draft begins to settle. Still, it’s crucial to recognize your original thoughts BEFORE all of the other “expert” rankings pollute and bias your mind.  This way, you have a base of your own, independent gut feelings (a “Stream of Gut” if you will), before beginning your offseason research.

Blabber cease. On to the 2017 Fantasy Football rankings.  These assume 1/2 point PPR scoring to achieve a happy medium between the two formats (it’s also the best, most common format). As a huge sucker for tiers, I’ll be releasing different positional groups each day (i.e. RB1s, RB2s, Flex plays) before ultimately combining them all into a final Big Board by the beginning of February.

If you missed it last week, check out our 2017 RB Rankings.

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Tier 1 – The Elite

Barring an unforeseen explosion, one of these five wideouts will top the 2017 leader board; all six are locks for a top-10 spot, health-permitting.  Regardless of the matchups, double-digit weekly points is all but certain, and these pass catchers are sturdy anchors for fantasy squads once the top rushers are selected.  Each warrants serious Round One consideration.

1. Antonio Brown (PIT)

Since 2014, Antonio has finished as the #1, #1, and #3 fantasy wideout, topping 320 half ppr points in 2 of those 3 seasons. He hasn’t dipped below 100 catches, 1,200 yards, or double digit TDs a single time over that span, nor has he missed a game.   Indeed, the offense took a run-centric turn in 2016, funneling far more through Le’Veon Bell than Antonio, ultimately yielding Brown’s lowest fantasy output in three seasons. More of the same should be expected in 2017 with Ben Roethlisberger approaching the twilight.

But when your worst-case is 106 catches, 1284 yards and 12 TDs for over 250 fantasy points? You deserve the top spot. Antonio is fully capable of returning to the 320+ point range in 2017, and is as bust-proof as can be.  Once the big-three workhorse backs have been taken, Brown should be the immediate next selection. His ceiling / floor combination is unparalleled.

2. Julio Jones (ATL)

Even amidst a monster 91 catch, 1,448, 6 TD campaign, Julio remains a “what could’ve been.”  Despite missing two games, this Clydesdale was 40 yards away from the receiving yardage crown. What’s even more insulting given his massive frame and excellent ball skills, Julio ranked 80th in Red Zone targets among wideouts. Gasping scream emoji!

While TDs fluctuate year-to-year, yardage can typically be relied on.  In this realm, Julio is a true horse, never dipping below 1,400 in three straight years. Health remains a risk, and losing OC Kyle Shanahan, who just bombs his X Receivers with targets, won’t help. But another 100+ catch, 1,400+ yard, 6-8 TD campaign is a near certainty.  Some higher ceiling options exist, but a sturdier floor is tough to find, even if/when Julio misses a game or two.

3. Mike Evans (TB) 

After a hellish, drop-filled sophomore slump, Evans rebounded in a huge way in 2016, trailing only Jordy Nelson in half-PPR points.  The third year wideout and Jameis Winston spent all offseason honing their rapport, and the results were definitive, as Evans’ 175 targets lead the league.  In Year Two under Dirk Koetter, 2017 should bring even more target showers, whether or not a sturdier #2 WR is added.  As long as Evans remains motivated and in shape, his floor is as sturdy as any in the league.

But the sexiest part is Evans’ 2017 ceiling. Unlike most of these top wideouts, there’s a real chance we haven’t seen the best of Evans yet.  Another step forward from Winston… an improved surrounding cast to alleviate double teams… another personal leap from Evans himself… so many factors could yield an even stronger follow-up.

4. Odell Beckham JR (NYG)

The talent and explosiveness are untouchable, and Odell hasn’t  yet dipped under the top five in WR points per game in his brief career.  Still, with the mentality of a pre-pubescent teenage girl going through her first breakup, Beckham can be maddeningly inconsistent and prone to disappearing acts.  True, no WR outscored him from Week 5 on last year, but amidst this dominant stretch he still had three single digit outputs in 12 contests; his numbers were buoyed by a 41 point Week 6 thrashing of Baltimore.

When all’s said and done, though I hate tying fantasy fortunes to a declining Eli Manning, there’s a real chance we haven’t seen a full season of Beckham’s best. The guys ranked above him feel safer, but Beckham is totally capable of outscoring them if the cards fall right.

5.  Jordy Nelson (GB)

Despite bouncing back from ACL surgery, Nelson led all WRs in 2016 fantasy scoring thanks to 14 TD grabs.  With insane body contorting skills and ballerina-like toe tapping, Nelson’s my vote for the top sideline artist in the game right now; these talents make him an equally dangerous red zone weapon, as Aaron Rodgers consistently lobs jump balls and allows Nelson to make insanely acrobatic plays.  No wonder he’s scored 27 combined TDs in his last fully healthy season.

With Rodgers chucking the rock, Nelson should be expected for more of the same wizardry in 2017. Outside of missing all of 2015, Jordy’s played in all 16 games in six of eight chances, suggesting he is surprisingly durable; you can’t question his toughness after this postseason, with Jordy notching a 6 catch, 67 yard, 1 TD effort despite broken ribs. True, he’ll be 32 in 2017, but this in-depth study suggests WRs don’t breakdown until 35. Expect another ho-hum 90+ catch, 1300+ yard, 12+ TD effort from White Chocolate.

6. A.J. Green (CIN)

Prior to his Week 11 departure, our prediction of Green leading the NFL in targets seemed very real: the star wideout averaged 11 looks per game in his nine full contests (one bye and one injured), and his 176 pace would’ve indeed topped Mike Evans. More importantly, Green was riding this insane target pace to ridiculous numbers: 153.4 half PPR points in essentially 9 contests (after a Week 10 bye, Green was carted off after the second play in Week 11). This 17 points per game average tops all wideouts.

Barring unforeseen changes, Green should continue being funneled targets and tallying absurd points in 2017. He and Andy Dalton were ridiculously in sync, and the star wideout seemed to finally bring some consistency to his fantasy resume, topping double digits in 7 of his 9 contests and scoring over 26 in three of those. After missing only four games in his first five seasons, don’t let injuries keep you off  this train.

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“Oh, you don’t rank me in the elite Wolf…”

Tier 2 – Remaining WR1s

While the following guys won’t steal 2017’s scoring crown, they should very well anchor fantasy teams who go running back early. None should fall out of Round Two.

7. Dez Bryant (DAL) 

Likely owner of the biggest hog in the NFL, Dez hasn’t lived up to his inches lately.  From 2012-2014, Dez never dipped below 90 catches, 1,200 yards, or 12 TDs and was a consistent top-five wideout.  He rode this production to a fat contract, but injuries and inconsistency have kept his production down the past two years.

Expect The Dez to rise again (in all ways). We saw some vintage flashes down the stretch of 2016, as Dez was the sixth highest scoring fantasy wideout from Weeks 8 – 16 after returning from injury. He was again winning those “I’m-a-man, you’re-a-boy” jump balls, especially in the end zone, while topping 19 points four times in those final nine contests.  And don’t forget the 9 catch, 132 yard, 2 TD playoff beauty he just stamped the Packers with. This all suggests Dez finally found his groove with Dak Prescott, and, with a full offseason to continue nailing down chemistry, these two should make some serious 2017 music.

8. Michael Thomas (NO) 

Think this is insane? Well, Thomas bested this ranking as a rookie in 2016, finishing 7th among WRs in half ppr fantasy points. AS A ROOKIE.  With a wiry frame, smooth route-running, and sure hands, Thomas profiles as a more gifted Marques Colston, so his emergence shouldn’t surprise anyone after Drew Brees’ historic success with this mold of pass-catcher.

And now Thomas gets a full offseason to continue honing his game.  He gets another offseason to build his rapport with Brees. Creative playcaller Sean Payton gets a full offseason to craft up ways to use his new alpha #1.  See where I’m going? Unless Thomas suddenly gets out of shape and lazy (highly unlikely given his gym rat, football-loving reputation), there’s no reason he won’t build upon his wildly successful 92 catches, 1137 yards, and 9 TDs… perhaps enough to enter the top-five.

9. T.Y. Hilton (IND)

Hilton was a fantasy goldmine in 2016, finishing as a top five wideout despite a mid-third round price tag. As the #1 option in an explosive offense with a talented signal caller in Andre Luck, Hilton led the league in yardage despite his meager TD output (6).  Scoring is the exact rub with Hilton, as he ranks 19th in TDs over the past four seasons, despite piling up the fourth most yards in that span.  This makes sense given Donte Moncrief’s nose for the end zone, who’s continued ascension puts another dark mark on Hilton’s 2017 prospects. Still,  the speedster will rack up oodles of yards yet again, and should be a dependable WR1 all year.

Where did we nail it? Where are we morons? Sound off below, and check back at the same time tomorrow for an extensive list of Upside WR2s.