The last time you heard from me here with DLF was around Thanksgiving. And believe it or not, I was already talking about the dynasty top 100 rookies for 2017 way back then.
By now you’ve probably fully recovered from your various holiday food comas, spent some time with the family, and gone to the gym a few times since the New Year (and then maybe given up on that resolution thing, but at least you tried). I hope you took home your dynasty championship(s) while you were at it too.
I somehow managed to win four championships this year (#blessed), and I hope to do some more winning in the near future. But I won’t be winning at all if I don’t continue working to gain every edge on my league mates.
That’s why I took (way too much) time last fall to put together my top 100 rankings. And that’s exactly why I decided to do it again before we enter into the brunt of NFL Draft season.
“But Travis, how does this even matter right now? We don’t even know where these players will land yet. Opportunity and landing spot will change everything!”
You’re right. Well, you’re at least half right. Opportunity has proven time and time again to be the most important thing in all forms of fantasy football, not just dynasty.
However, if we just sit back and relax until the draft happens we’re faced with at least two problems. One, we would then be forced to spend our time doing something besides fantasy football. And two, if we as dynasty owners don’t familiarize ourselves with the skill sets of incoming rookies, we may improperly overvalue perceived opportunity and miss out on drafting the best players.
That’s the key. But’s let’s slow down.
I’m not saying my top 100 list is your magical ticket to dynasty championship land. As I mentioned in my previous list, rankings are just one data point and one way we learn from each other and become better drafters.
Why do I have Noah Brown so high? Why do I have Curtis Samuel so low? Am I just wrong? Or perhaps I know or see something that others don’t?
Let’s be real, by this time next year this rankings list may look awful. But right now, it’s a snap shot of the players who I believe can best assist you in bringing home some dynasty championships sooner than later.
My hope is that you take a close look at this list, learn from it, and dig deeper into your own rookie rankings so that you continue building the best dynasty team you possibly can.
As always, feel free to reach out to me on the Twitter (@FF_TravisM). I will gladly embrace being told that I am grossly undervaluing Brian Hill, ranking him 56th. I’m always looking to learn from other owners in this great dynasty community we get to be a part of.