Players To Reach For In 2017 Fantasy Football Drafts
Too many times in fantasy football drafts, it’ll come down to a player that’s Average Draft Position (ADP) exceeds where you have them ranked. Under the pressure of the literal or figurative clock, during your pick, you start second guessing all the research you’ve done in the months prior. Thoughts like “What if I’m wrong about my hunch”, “should I stay with what the experts consensus is” and “will my peers think I’m crazy for reaching for this guy so early?” Now your time has run out and you’re stuck with a D/ST in the 8th round.
Don’t be afraid to trust your research; that’s why you’ve been watching NFL Network and reading every tweet that’s hashtagged with fantasy football for the last month or more. I learned long ago, just go with your gut and don’t tinker with answers. More times than not, your gut is correct whether you know it or not. The same idea stands tall while drafting your fantasy squad. In this article I’ll confirm 3 players that you should not have a problem reaching for.
Donte Moncrief – WR – Indianapolis – ADP as of 6/14/17 (Round 6, Pick 7 in a 12 team PPR)
The 23 year-old wide out for the Colts found himself on many breakout articles last year. However, injuries gave him the set back not a lot of people were hoping for and got him on the bust list after the 2016 season. So why am I reaching for him this year? Moncrief is entering his contract year with a healthy Andrew Luck and a better offensive line. The offensive line improvements will help Luck stay confident, giving him a split second more to diagnose the whereabouts of his receivers. Luck being healthier will allow for another prolific passing year. Moncrief, even battling injuries was able to catch a TD in 5 straight weeks between weeks 8-13 (bye in week 10). He is a big touchdown threat for the Colts and with TY Hilton taking many double coverages, Moncrief will rely on his 4.40 40 yard dash speed to get open often. The incentive of a new contract will only boost his play this year and get him right back on the track he was on before last years injury. Bounce back candidate for sure, so don’t be afraid to go back to the well earlier than anyone else in your league.
Mike Gillislee – RB – New England – ADP as of 6/14/17 (Round 7, Pick 5 in a 12 team PPR)
The NFL leader in yards per attempt last year (minimum of 100 attempts) turned in his Bills uniform for another team in the AFC East. Fortunately for Mike Gillislee, it’s a team that should be winning most of the time they’re on the field. The Patriots turned LeGarrette Blount into a stud back (who was on my ‘Reach For’ list in 2016). So as my Dad always says, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” as I continue to preach getting the New England running back. All reports show that Gillislee is on the inside track to win the starting job in the backfield and with the low amount of miles he’s used in his career he should be in full gear when the season starts. He is an elusive back who scored 9 total TDs on only 110 touches. He’s got speed and power, putting him in position to pick up where Blount left off. I’m not going as far to say he’ll finish with 18 TDs as his predecessor did in 2016, but I’m having no problem getting Gillislee as early as 4th round to confirm his spot on my teams.
Jamaal Williams – RB – Green Bay – ADP as of 6/14/17 (Round 13, Pick 1 in a 12 team PPR)
The BYU standout running back didn’t impress all too much at the combine but found himself in a great position to do more than impress at the top-level. One of three running backs drafted by Green Bay this year. Williams sits in a position to backup, first full year Starting Running back Ty Montgomery. Williams is on track to earn the #2 spot on the depth chart and has elusiveness to be an amazing compliment to Montgomery. I’m grabbing him on all my teams not just because he could be a good RB2 on the packers but because I’ll be hard pressed to see Montgomery last a full 16 games. You must always be predicting the future in fantasy and my gut screams, “Get the Packers back up RB!” Williams posted over 1200 yards twice in his 4 statistical years at BYU and finished with 12 TDs also in 2 separate years. If he can win Rodger’s trust early in Training Camp then the sky’s the limit for the 22-year-old rookie.