2017 Outlook: Cousins' breakout 2015 campaign saw him finish 10th in the league in passing yards (4,166), eighth in yards per attempt (7.7) and eighth in fantasy points. He was even better last season, ranking third in yards (4,915), third in YPA (8.1) and fifth in fantasy points. Cousins has a reputation for being too conservative, but his 8.9 average depth of throw was ninth highest in the league in 2016. He's shown good accuracy and quietly ranks third at the position with nine rushing scores over the past two years. Cousins will be without Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson this season, but he's still sitting pretty with Jordan Reed, Terrelle Pryor Sr., Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson.
2017 Outlook: White has quickly emerged as one of the game's premier pass-catching backs. Prior to racking up 139 yards and three touchdowns against Atlanta in the Super Bowl, White finished third among backs in targets, receptions and receiving yards during the regular season. He paces all backs with nine receiving touchdowns over the past two seasons. White's fantasy upside is capped by a near-nonexistent role as a rusher (career-high 39 carries last season) and he'll face competition for snaps from Dion Lewis and newcomers Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead. White is only a flex option in PPR formats.
2017 Outlook: Martin's 2016 season was a disaster from all angles. He entered the year off a 1,673-yard bounce-back campaign that landed him a five-year, $35.75 million extension. He went on to appear in only eight games due to injury and suspension and posted a 2.9 YPC (fourth worst). Of course, in his defense, Martin was afforded 1.1 yards before contact per attempt, which was second lowest in the NFL and down from 2.8 in 2015. Martin has now missed at least five games during three of the past four years and averaged 3.7 YPC or worse during those three seasons. He's also suspended three games to start 2017 and is thus worth no more than a mid-round pick.
2017 Outlook: The combination of Lacy's weight struggles and high-end effectiveness have suddenly turned him into one of the league's most-polarizing players. Before going down with an ankle injury last season, Lacy averaged 5.1 YPC (10th), including 2.8 after contact (second), and he forced one missed tackle for every 0.27 carries (second), according to Pro Football Focus. Lacy has averaged at least 4.1 YPC during each of his four NFL campaigns, including at least 4.6 YPC during two of those seasons. He forced missed tackles at a high rate, was terrific after contact during his four years in Green Bay and now heads to Seattle, where he'll settle in as the early-down complement to C.J. Prosise. Lacy adds very little as a receiver but has double-digit touchdown upside in a quality Seattle offense.
2017 Outlook: Snead is yet another example of Drew Brees' raising a relative unknown to fantasy relevance. Snead went undrafted in 2014 and made his NFL debut in 2015. He's posted a pair of top-34 fantasy campaigns over the past two seasons despite scoring a grand total of seven touchdowns. Of Snead's 103 targets last season, an NFL-low 5.8 percent were charted as off target. Snead's scoring deficiencies and short-area role led to a 7.4 average depth of target (10th lowest) and allowed only three top-20 fantasy weeks. Of course, with Brandin Cooks gone, Snead is again assured a big role in 2017. He'll be a WR3 option once he returns from a three-game suspension to open the year.
2017 Outlook: Ertz has finished fifth in targets and top nine in fantasy points at the tight end position each of the past two seasons. He's shown terrific hands (10 drops) in his career, but has really struggled to find the end zone. Since entering the league in 2013, Ertz ranks seventh in targets (362) and 17th in touchdowns (13) at the position. On the plus side, he set a career-high with nine end-zone targets (fifth-most in the NFL among TEs) last year. The tight end position has been extremely busy (minimum 27 percent target share) during head coach Doug Pederson's seasons as a coach and coordinator, but Ertz's role figures to be reduced after the team's signings of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. Ertz is a back-end TE1.
2017 Outlook: Stewart had a quality 2016 campaign for Carolina, although a lot of his fantasy success was tied to touchdowns. He ranked fifth among backs in carries inside the opponent's 5-yard line (16) and was eighth in rushing touchdowns (9). He was limited to 3.8 YPC, but only 1.9 of that came before initial contact (15th lowest). Stewart offers close to nothing as a pass-catcher, recording just eight receptions for 60 yards last season. That's a major detriment to his fantasy production. His offseason contract extension suggests he'll maintain a role in 2017, but Christian McCaffrey is now the fantasy back to own in Carolina. At best, Stewart is a touchdown-dependent flex in non-PPR leagues.
2017 Outlook: Matthews was fantasy's No. 22 scoring wide receiver last year (No. 15 in non-PPR), but he was actually a part-time player until midseason. Matthews was on the field for 62 percent of Tennessee's pass plays during his first seven games, but 95 percent from that point on. Matthews handled 4.9 targets per game (16 percent share) during the first stretch and 8.0 (28 percent) during the remainder of the season. Matthews is a poor bet to repeat his touchdown total of nine, especially with Corey Davis and Eric Decker in the mix, but he's an underrated and reliable target who can work on all areas of the field. He's a solid late-round target.
2017 Outlook: Cobb is only 26 years old and a top-three target in Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers-led offense, but he simply can't be trusted as any more than a flex after two consecutive disappointing seasons. Cobb finished eighth among wide receivers in fantasy points in 2014, but fell to 26th in 2015 and 52nd (in 13 games) last season. Cobb has posted two top-10 fantasy weeks over the past two seasons. Cobb's efficiency has been fine -- he caught 74 percent of his targets (ranking eighth) and averaged 6.0 yards after the catch (ninth) last year -- but his role (6.5-yard average depth of target) limited him to a career-low 10.2 yards per catch (10th lowest). Downgrade Green Bay's slot receiver slightly in non-PPR.
2017 Outlook: The ageless Sproles announced last year that 2017 would be his last in the NFL. He's coming off yet another strong campaign in which he caught at least 40 passes for the eighth consecutive season. That includes at least 52 receptions during each of the past two years and six of the past seven seasons. After posting a 3.8 YPC in 2015, Sproles bounced back to 4.7 (17th) last year. Sproles will spend his final season handling 10 or so touches per game as a complement to LeGarrette Blount and Wendell Smallwood.
2017 Outlook: Jones was selected by the Bills in the second round of this year's draft. The East Carolina product was targeted a whopping 220 times last year and caught an NCAA record 158 passes for 1,746 yards and 8 touchdowns. He dropped only four passes, but his average depth of target (8.3) was very low. Jones also killed it at the combine, posting at least an above-average mark in every drill. Jones is 6-foot-2, 201 pounds and figures to immediately step in as Buffalo's No. 2 or 3 wideout alongside Jordan Matthews and Anquan Boldin. He's an intriguing PPR sleeper.
2017 Outlook: Blount had some highlight moments during his time with New England, but it all came together for a career year in 2016. The perpetually underrated big man ran for a league-high 18 touchdowns during 16 regular-season games. Of his 299 carries, an NFL-high 24 came inside the opponent's 5-yard line. Blount averaged 3.9 YPC but faced a league-high average of 8.3 in-box defenders. Blount is now 30 years old and has never eclipsed 15 receptions in a season. Now in Philadelphia, Blount will slide in as the team's primary early down and short-yardage back, but won't see many targets. He's best-viewed as a flex and should be upgraded in non-PPR.
2017 Outlook: Rawls' career has been quite the roller coaster thus far. He went undrafted out of Central Michigan in 2015, but Seattle scooped him up and watched him produce 830 yards and four touchdowns on 147 rookie-season carries. That 5.6 YPC was tops in the NFL, and his 2.7 post-contact average ranked third. A laundry list of injuries limited Rawls to nine games last season and, although his 3.2 YPC during the regular season was ugly, he did explode for 195 yards on 38 postseason attempts. Rawls is only 23 years old but figures to open 2017 behind Eddie Lacy and passing-down specialist C.J. Prosise. Rawls' flashes of upside make him worth a late-round flier.
2017 Outlook: Bernard had racked up 673 yards and three touchdowns on 130 touches before suffering a season-ending torn ACL in Week 11 last season. He was averaging a career-worst 3.7 YPC, but he was well on his way to another strong PPR campaign. He finished 20th at the position in receptions in 10 games after finishing top 12 each of the previous three seasons. Bernard doesn't score many touchdowns and lacks upside as a result of his role, but he certainly does enough to warrant flex consideration. The ACL recovery and the progress of rookie Joe Mixon will determine how much we can expect from Bernard in 2017.
2017 Outlook: Say what you want about the Cowboys' offensive line, the quarterback still has to make throws. And Prescott did that at the highest level imaginable for a rookie last season. The fourth-round gem ranked 23rd in pass attempts, but posted a 23-to-4 TD/INT mark and ran for 282 yards and a position-high six touchdowns. Prescott ranked fourth in the league in completion percentage (68 percent) and yards per attempt (8.0). The rookie was fantasy's sixth-highest-scoring quarterback, but that's likely his ceiling unless 2016's run-heaviest offense is forced to throw the ball more often. Regardless, Prescott's efficiency and rushing ability keeps him in the top 10 at the position.