The 2017 NFL season is almost upon us and people are starting to get itchy fingers as they try to lock in their fantasy team picks. Whether you’re big into your own fantasy league or just like to try your luck now and again there are going to be some top players to watch this season. First and foremost you need to understand that the top picks are those that are considered on the verge of having a breakout season and have been seen to be tested and proven for their worth in any fantasy league. Second, no one’s forcing you to pick anyone. You’re an adult, pick who you want and go with your gut feeling. If it leaves you with indigestion later on though you might want to at least listen to the experts every now and again.
So are you ready to see who looks like the top pick of the 2017 season? Take a look and see if you agree.
5. Antonio Brown-Pittsburgh Steelers
Brown is expected to be a solid first-round pick throughout the season and that shouldn’t change any time soon. With 11 targets in 2016 and the return of Martavis Bryant to the offense it’s expected that the Steelers will be able to let Brown just run loose on the defense this season and have his way with the secondary.
4. Mike Evans-Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It’s kind of believed that Evans would be behind Odell Beckham on the pecking order but considering Beckham’s unpredictable behavior in the past season look for Evans to be a more solid pick. His performance alone and the fact that he hasn’t been flying off the chain like a madman should make him a good addition to anyone’s fantasy roster.
3. Le’Veon Bell-Pittsburgh Steelers
Bell is not the most solid pick but considering the season he had in 2016 he’s still a favorite for the top five. Aside from having core muscle surgery recently he’s also held himself out training camp for his own reasons and this isn’t something that most owners and coaches look favorably upon. So if you’re going to pick him you might want to pick his backup too.
2. Ezekiel Elliott-Dallas Cowboys
Elliott had an awesome freshman year and isn’t expected to suffer a sophomore slump this season as he’s coming in healthy and ready to go. His numbers were nearly off the charts last season in fantasy leagues and he’s been seen as a cinch to be either number one or at least in the top three when all is said and done.
1. David Johnson-Arizona Cardinals
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Johnson had almost 1,000 yards receiving and rushing last season and has shown that he can be incredibly versatile on the line. Arians is already saying he wants to get Johnson as many as 30 touches a game this coming season, and with Johnson all healed up and ready to go it could happen.
If you didn’t see your favorite player in the starting five then keep in mind that fantasy lineups can change throughout the season according to performance and personal choice. Don’t give up hope on your team just because things aren’t going well.