Eric Adams, Staff Writer
Week 17 is here and the 2017 Fantasy Football season is coming to a close. While the end of the season is bittersweet, it’s always nice to look back and reflect. Who surprised us this year? Who disappointed us this year? In this article, we will take a closer look at the unsung heroes of the 2017 Fantasy Football season.
Carson Wentz/ADP: 9th round or later: Talk about a bargain, Wentz took a huge leap forward in his second year as a starting quarterback. At the beginning of the season, Wentz went undrafted in many leagues. He will end the year a top 7 fantasy QB and would have been higher if he had not gotten hurt. Wentz has earned top-5 fantasy QB consideration heading into 2018.
Jared Goff/ADP: undrafted: Another 2016 NFL Draftee, Jared Goff also took a huge leap in his second year as the Rams starter. Amazing what a good group of receivers can do for a young guy. In all seriousness, fantasy pundits ranked Goff very low and even though there were some that were high on him, he went undrafted in a large amount of fantasy leagues. He will end the year a top 10 fantasy QB and that thought at the end of last year would’ve been laughed at.
Alvin Kamara/ADP: 7th round or later: The Tennessee product took the league by storm after Adrian Peterson was traded. Once that trade was executed, a lot of people around the league felt the move said more about how the Saints feel about Kamara than how they feel about Peterson. AK41 has been an absolute stud this season, running the ball effectively and catching the ball better than any other running back not named Todd Gurley. He will be among the top 10 players drafted next season and deservedly so.
Duke Johnson JR./ADP: 8th round or later: Is it me or has Duke Johnson been on the cusp of fantasy relevance for a couple of years now? Well, 2017 was finally the year for the dynamic Browns back, as he will likely finish the year amongst the top 12 at his position. Johnson failed to score double-digit points in only 4 of 15 games this season for the Browns. Those that showed faith in him this season were rewarded.
Dion Lewis/ ADP: 11th round or later: It took Dion Lewis 2 years to get back to his 2015 fantasy form and he has not disappointed since becoming the leading rusher in the Patriots backfield. He very likely won some fantasy owners their championships last week if they started him against the Bills. It’s also amazing to think where Lewis would be had New England started the season with him as the lead back. He didn’t get more than 7 carries in a game until week 6, he could’ve been a top 10 back this season but hey, that’s New England running backs in a nutshell.
Robby Anderson/ADP: 9th round or later: Anderson has emerged as a major hidden gem after going undrafted in the 2016 NFL draft. The Jets wide receiver is currently among the top 15 at his position in fantasy. That is bonkers considering his QB for most of the season was Josh McCown. I don’t know what to expect from Anderson next season from a fantasy perspective, but I have seen enough from him to know that this guy can play and that the Jets found an undrafted diamond in the rough for sure.
Nelson Agholor/ADP: 8th round or later: It took him 2 years but Agholor finally broke out in 2017. While he may not have the numbers you would like to see from a first round pick, he still performed very well in an Eagles offense that is full of weapons. Agholor likely has Carson Wentz to thank for his emergence because they definitely have developed a rapport. He is currently among the top 20 at his position in fantasy and is only 1 point behind Mike Evans. That is just downright absurd.
Evan Engram/ADP: 5th round or later: While it’s one thing to be hyped up as a possible fantasy stud like Engram was, it’s another to deliver and that is exactly what the rookie did in 2017. The lone silver lining in the Giants season, Engram showed that he was well worth the first round selection. He is currently the 4th best tight end in all of fantasy football and will be high on a lot of rankings lists coming into 2018.
Jack Doyle/ADP: 11th round or later: When the Colts traded Dwayne Allen to the Patriots, it signaled the true beginning of the Jack Doyle era in Indy. Even with no Luck this season, Doyle has not disappointed. He is currently the 7th best tight end in fantasy and has been one of the Colts’ top offensive weapons this season along with TY Hilton.