Prepare in your season with theScore’s 2017 Fantasy Soccer Draft Package.

Playing together with your fantasy picks may be demanding, nevertheless it can be exhilarating. Should you’re prepared to take some possibilities, listed here are eight gamers who might ship league-profitable performances in 2017 – so long as they do not sink your group first.

Common draft place (ADP) knowledge courtesy of FantasyPros and is predicated on 12-workforce leagues with commonplace scoring.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers

Was Roethlisberger crying wolf when he spoke of retirement this offseason? Or was he revealing one thing soccer followers ought to have observed some time in the past: he is breaking down. Roethlisberger has performed all sixteen video games simply twice within the final eight years and has ceaselessly rushed again from accidents, maybe with out permitting them to completely heal. When wholesome, and when his formidable arsenal of receiving weapons are too, Roethlisberger must be certainly one of fantasy’s prime passers. However can house owners actually matter on him being out there when it issues?

Danger Issue: ☢☢☢☢
ADP: eighth spherical (QB13)

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Raiders

Lynch returns from retirement to a plum state of affairs behind one of many NFL’s greatest offensive strains in a metropolis he loves and that adores him again. So, why are we so uneasy about drafting him? It might be that Lynch is 31 and it is uncommon for a participant his age to supply RB1 numbers, not to mention one coming off a yr away from soccer. There’s additionally the truth that Lynch wasn’t notably efficient once we final noticed him on the sector. “Beast Mode” averaged a paltry three.eight yards per carry as he battled a sports activities hernia in 2015. The danger of him taking a couple of arduous hits in Oakland and remembering why he walked away from soccer within the first place is actual.

Danger Issue: ☢☢☢☢
ADP: 2nd spherical (RB12)

Spencer Ware, RB, Chiefs

Ware appeared the a part of a lead again early in 2016, earlier than fading badly over the second half of the season. Which will have motivated the Chiefs to pick Kareem Hunt within the third spherical of this yr’s draft. The rookie is reportedly impressing in offseason periods and will problem Ware – not only for touches, however for the beginning job itself. If he can maintain off Hunt, Ware has the power to be a excessive-finish fantasy RB2, however taking him at his present ADP appears far too harmful.

Danger Issue: ☢☢☢☢☢
ADP: 4th spherical (RB18)

Ty Montgomery, RB, Packers

The Packers gave Montgomery one thing of a vote of confidence by not signing a free-agent operating again and ready till the fourth spherical of the draft so as to add depth on the place. It can’t be missed, nevertheless, that they drafted three tailbacks and certainly one of them, Jamaal Williams, is seeing first-group reps in coaching camp. A transformed receiver, Montgomery has only one recreation on his profession resume with greater than 12 carries. He has super upside in what must be one of many NFL’s highest-scoring offenses, however his house owners will not relaxation straightforward till Montgomery proves he can maintain as much as a function-again workload.

Danger Issue: ☢☢☢☢
ADP: fifth spherical (RB20)

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Eagles

Fantasy house owners who take a look at final yr’s stats can be drawn to Blount after his 18-landing marketing campaign. Nevertheless, that got here as a member of the Tremendous Bowl champion Patriots. Now with the Eagles, Blount’s aim-line alternatives will not be almost as frequent. Behind one of many league’s greatest offensive strains, Blount may have an opportunity at reaching double digit touchdowns, however eclipsing 1,one hundred yards once more might be a problem for the 30-yr-previous again.

Danger Issue: ☢☢☢☢☢
ADP: fifth spherical (RB23)

Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars

Most fantasy house owners might be reluctant to decide to Robinson after he adopted up his 1,four hundred-yard, 14-landing breakout season in 2015 with simply 883 yards and 6 scores final yr. The Jags’ No. 1 receiver did not prime 60 yards in 10 of his outings in 2016, relegating him to the bench in lots of fantasy leagues. The 23-yr-previous did finish the yr on a excessive observe with two strong video games, one thing new head coach Doug Marrone attributed to the teaching employees shifting him across the formation extra. So long as Blake Bortles does not sewer the offense by himself, the Jags might be an improved unit and Robinson ought to get again to dominating downfield.

Danger Issue: ☢☢☢
ADP: 4th spherical (WR18)

Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers

There is no greater danger than a participant coming off a yr-lengthy suspension. Bryant is one mistake away from probably dropping his profession, so he’ll have to earn again the belief of the teaching employees earlier than he as soon as once more settles in as a starter. When he is on the sector, Bryant is the second-greatest receiver on the roster, and the Steelers have missed his recreation-breaking means throughout from Antonio Brown. You will not discover many gamers with Bryant’s upside within the center rounds.

Danger Issue: ☢☢☢☢☢
ADP: fifth spherical (WR26)

Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins

When wholesome, Reed is the one tight finish within the NFL who can problem Rob Gronkowski because the league’s greatest on the place. Sadly, he is missed 18 video games over his 4-yr NFL profession and his concussion historical past is extraordinarily worrisome. Jay Gruden has been very clear about what Reed means to the Redskins – stating in March that their offense runs by means of their star tight finish – so fantasy house owners ought to proceed to anticipate him to place up monster numbers when he is lively. The one query would be the variety of weeks you will have to discover a alternative.

Danger Issue: ☢☢☢☢☢
ADP: fifth spherical (TE4)

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