Way-too-early 2017 fantasy football rankings

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Tuesday January 3rd, 2017

With all due respect to playoff fantasy football and the DFS game, the 2016 fantasy football season has come to an end. Time for fantasy owners to get away from the waiver wire and start/sit decisions for a few short months before coming back refreshed and ready to get after another fantasy season.

Of course, we can’t in good conscience send you off into the abyss without some sort of guiding light. After all, the fantasy off-season seems to get shorter every year. The NFL draft is four months away, and as we start assessing which fantasy-relevant rookies found the best landing spots, teams will start mini-camps and OTAs. Shortly thereafter, spring gives way to summer, and training camps, the unofficial starting gun for many fantasy owners, begin. You don’t want to start your draft prep from scratch at that time. You need a jumping-off point months in advance. Let our first set of rankings be the start of your road map to a championship next season.

We’d like to thank you for joining us all season long here on SI.com. We can’t wait to get back with you next year. And to hold you over until then, allow us to present our way-too-early top 100 for 2017.

RANK

PLAYER

POSITION

TEAM

1

Le'Veon Bell

RB

Pittsburgh Steelers

2

David Johnson

RB

Arizona Cardinals

3

Odell Beckham Jr.

WR

New York Giants

4

Ezekiel Elliott

RB

Dallas Cowboys

5

Antonio Brown

WR

Pittsburgh Steelers

6

Mike Evans

WR

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

7

Julio Jones

WR

Atlanta Falcons

8

Jordan Howard

RB

Chicago Bears

9

A.J. Green

WR

Cincinnati Bengals

10

Melvin Gordon

RB

San Diego Chargers

11

LeSean McCoy

RB

Buffalo Bills

12

Jordy Nelson

WR

Green Bay Packers

13

Dez Bryant

WR

Dallas Cowboys

14

T.Y. Hilton

WR

Indianapolis Colts

15

DeMarco Murray

RB

Tennessee Titans

16

Devonta Freeman

RB

Atlanta Falcons

17

Jay Ajayi

RB

Miami Dolphins

18

Sammy Watkins

WR

Buffalo Bills

19

DeAndre Hopkins

WR

Houston Texans

20

Michael Thomas

WR

New Orleans Saints

21

Allen Robinson

WR

Jacksonville Jaguars

22

Brandin Cooks

WR

New Orleans Saints

23

Alshon Jeffery

WR

Chicago Bears

24

Lamar Miller

RB

Houston Texans

25

Todd Gurley

RB

Los Angeles Rams

26

Carlos Hyde

RB

San Francisco 49ers

27

Doug Baldwin

WR

Seattle Seahawks

28

Rob Gronkowski

TE

New England Patriots

29

Mark Ingram

RB

New Orleans Saints

30

Amari Cooper

WR

Oakland Raiders

31

Kenneth Dixon

RB

Baltimore Ravens

32

Demaryius Thomas

WR

Denver Broncos

33

Keenan Allen

WR

San Diego Chargers

34

Adrian Peterson

RB

Minnesota Vikings

35

LeGarrette Blount

RB

New England Patriots

36

Terrelle Pryor

WR

Cleveland Browns

37

Latavius Murray

RB

Oakland Raiders

38

Travis Kelce

TE

Kansas City Chiefs

39

Michael Crabtree

WR

Oakland Raiders

40

Spencer Ware

RB

Kansas City Chiefs

41

Eric Decker

WR

New York Jets

42

C.J. Anderson

RB

Denver Broncos

43

Stefon Diggs

WR

Minnesota Vikings

44

Jordan Reed

TE

Washington Redskins

45

Tevin Coleman

RB

Atlanta Falcons

46

Robert Kelley

RB

Redskins

47

Aaron Rodgers

QB

Green Bay Packers

48

Davante Adams

WR

Green Bay Packers

49

Emmanuel Sanders

WR

Denver Broncos

50

Eddie Lacy

RB

Green Bay Packers

51

Drew Brees

QB

New Orleans Saints

52

Rishard Matthews

WR

Tennessee Titans

53

DeSean Jackson

WR

Washington Redskins

54

Julian Edelman

WR

New England Patriots

55

Dion Lewis

RB

New England Patriots

56

Jonathan Stewart

RB

Carolina Panthers

57

Larry Fitzgerald

WR

Arizona Cardinals

58

Andrew Luck

QB

Indianapolis Colts

59

Russell Wilson

QB

Seattle Seahawks

60

Donte Moncrief

WR

Indianapolis Colts

61

Derrick Henry

RB

Tennessee Titans

62

Tyreek Hill

WR

Kansas City Chiefs

63

Tom Brady

QB

New England Patriots

64

Ben Roethlisberger

QB

Pittsburgh Steelers

65

DeVante Parker

WR

Miami Dolphins

66

Paul Perkins

RB

New York Giants

67

Matt Ryan

QB

Atlanta Falcons

68

Jamison Crowder

WR

Washington Redskins

69

Jamaal Charles

RB

Kansas City Chiefs

70

Jeremy Hill

RB

Cincinnati Bengals

71

Thomas Rawls

RB

Seattle Seahawks

72

Greg Olsen

TE

Carolina Panthers

73

Cam Newton

QB

Carolina Panthers

74

Derek Carr

QB

Oakland Raiders

75

C.J. Prosise

RB

Seattle Seahawks

76

Ameer Abdullah

RB

Detroit Lions

77

Jimmy Graham

TE

Seattle Seahawks

78

Golden Tate

WR

Detroit Lions

79

Brandon Marshall

WR

New York Jets

80

Jarvis Landry

WR

Miami Dolphins

81

Dak Prescott

QB

Dallas Cowboys

82

Matt Forte

RB

New York Jets

83

Corey Coleman

WR

Cleveland Browns

84

Sterling Shepard

WR

New York Giants

85

Giovani Bernard

RB

Cincinnati Bengals

86

Tyler Eifert

TE

Cincinnati Bengals

87

Tyrell Williams

WR

San Diego Chargers

88

Frank Gore

RB

Indianapolis Colts

89

Marcus Mariota

QB

Tennessee Titans

90

Malcolm Mitchell

WR

New England Patriots

91

Ty Montgomery

RB

Green Bay Packers

92

Bilal Powell

RB

New York Jets

93

Kenny Britt

WR

Los Angeles Rams

94

Kirk Cousins

QB

Washington Redskins

95

Isaiah Crowell

RB

Cleveland Browns

96

Jordan Matthews

WR

Philadelphia Eagles

97

Ryan Mathews

RB

Philadelphia Eagles

98

Kelvin Benjamin

WR

Carolina Panthers

99

Theo Riddick

RB

Detroit Lions

100

Danny Woodhead

RB

San Diego Chargers

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