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 very obvious 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.
PLAYERS ADDED TO THIS UPDATE
- Devonta Freeman (RB, Atl)
- Tyreek Hill (WR, KC)
- Stefon Diggs (WR, Min)
- Zach Ertz (TE, Phi)
- Kenny Golladay (WR, Det)
PLAYERS REMOVED FROM THIS UPDATE
- Aaron Jones (RB, GB) – We liked Jones' tape more than Jamaal Williams, but the Packers clearly view Williams as the superior option for now.
- Wayne Gallman (RB, NYG) – All indications thus far are that the rookie Gallman has had a very slow camp.
None in this range.