Another NFL season is upon us, and it’s time to once again isolate our favorite picks from among roughly the top 250 players in the 2017 player pool.

Previously, we’d list more early-round no-brainers than needed, so this year’s list is more about players who are being drafted 30-plus picks in. Just because a player is not listed in this article does not mean we dislike the player, especially those who are early picks!

And with many key position battles and unsettled roles heading into 2017 training camps, this year’s list of deep sleepers (and even our early-round targets) will likely change considerably by September.

Since ADP (average draft position) is considered heavily in this article, players can move on or off the list as ADP changes throughout the summer, during which we will update the article regularly. That, combined with news, team analysis, and stat analysis, forms the basis of this article.

For reference, “target" players are players whom we believe are priced fairly, but are still viewing them as appealing at that price. “Value" players are those for whom we see an opportunity to exploit their market, which is currently undervaluing them based on our projections.

This year, we are excited to announce that we are partnering with FantasyPros.com for ADP (average draft position) data. FantasyPros has long been the industry standard for this data, pooling from multiple sources and multiple drafts to create the most well rounded source of ADP. Soon, we will have an interactive ADP tool on the site using the data.
NoteFor simplicity’s sake, any reference to draft rounds in this article reflects a 12-team league, and reference to specific ADP selections refer to the player’s standing in a 12-team PPR league at the time of publication.

 

Picks 1-30

Quarterback Targets

None in this range.

Quarterback Values

None in this range.

Running Back Targets

Jay Ajayi (Mia, ADP 17/RB9) – Ajayi had a breakout 2016 season, but it’s still obvious that his campaign was buoyed by three games of 200-plus rushing yards (he ran for 1272 yards in total). The hope in 2017 – and our expectation – is that Ajayi will even out his production a little more. What could help would be an increase in involvement in the passing game. Ajayi was awful from a receiving point in 2016, posting a horrendously inefficient 27/151/0 on 35 t...