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Published: May 1, 2017 at 07:58 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 2017 at 12:29 p.m.

Veteran Fantasy Winners and Losers from 2017 NFL Draft

The 2017 NFL Draft is in the books, so we now have a much clearer picture of how all 32 rosters are going to look heading into training camp and the preseason. And while the rookies now need to be evaluated for their individual fantasy value, owners also have to consider which veterans have been affected by their team's selections ... good or bad. Here's a look at the biggest winners and losers after draft week.

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  • Rivers, who finished 14th in fantasy points among quarterbacks last season, has a new weapon in the pass attack with the addition of Clemson's Mike Williams. He joins a talented core of pass catchers that includes Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Dontrelle Inman, Travis Benjamin, Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry. With so many attractive options, Rivers could push back into the top 10 among fantasy quarterbacks. 20

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    Winner: Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

    Rivers, who finished 14th in fantasy points among quarterbacks last season, has a new weapon in the pass attack with the addition of Clemson's Mike Williams. He joins a talented core of pass catchers that includes Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Dontrelle Inman, Travis Benjamin, Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry. With so many attractive options, Rivers could push back into the top 10 among fantasy quarterbacks.

  • Hill has scored a combined 20 touchdowns on the ground over the last two seasons, but his yards per attempt average has dropped to under four after a rookie campaign that saw him average a robust 5.1. The Bengals have seen the decline as well, which is part of the reason Joe Mixon was picked in the second round. A potential three-down runner at the next level, Mixon is very likely to unseat Hill atop the depth chart. 19

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    Loser: Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

    Hill has scored a combined 20 touchdowns on the ground over the last two seasons, but his yards per attempt average has dropped to under four after a rookie campaign that saw him average a robust 5.1. The Bengals have seen the decline as well, which is part of the reason Joe Mixon was picked in the second round. A potential three-down runner at the next level, Mixon is very likely to unseat Hill atop the depth chart.

  • There had been rumors that the Chargers might take Christian McCaffrey (Danny Woodhead replacement) with the seventh selection in the draft, but they went with Mike Williams instead. The Bolts went on to take three offensive linemen with their next five picks ... and no running backs. That leaves Branden Oliver and Kenneth Farrow behind Gordon, who is locked in as the featured back in Los Angeles and a top-15 pick. 18

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    Winner: Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

    There had been rumors that the Chargers might take Christian McCaffrey (Danny Woodhead replacement) with the seventh selection in the draft, but they went with Mike Williams instead. The Bolts went on to take three offensive linemen with their next five picks ... and no running backs. That leaves Branden Oliver and Kenneth Farrow behind Gordon, who is locked in as the featured back in Los Angeles and a top-15 pick.

  • Murray scored 12 touchdowns on the ground and was a viable No. 2 fantasy runner last season, and it looked like he was going to hold the same sort of value after signing with the Vikings this offseason. That was until the team drafted Florida State's Dalvin Cook in the second round. Murray, who is also coming off ankle surgery, is no longer a lock to lead the team in backfield touches and will fall down draft boards. 17

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    Loser: Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings

    Murray scored 12 touchdowns on the ground and was a viable No. 2 fantasy runner last season, and it looked like he was going to hold the same sort of value after signing with the Vikings this offseason. That was until the team drafted Florida State's Dalvin Cook in the second round. Murray, who is also coming off ankle surgery, is no longer a lock to lead the team in backfield touches and will fall down draft boards.

  • Hopkins was one of the bigger disappointments in fantasy football last season, as he finished 36th in points among wide receivers. Of course, Nuk's value rose when the Texans rid themselves of Brock Osweiler in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, but the addition of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson adds more hope that the future will be brighter for Hopkins. He'll be a borderline second or third rounder in 2017. 16

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    Winner: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

    Hopkins was one of the bigger disappointments in fantasy football last season, as he finished 36th in points among wide receivers. Of course, Nuk's value rose when the Texans rid themselves of Brock Osweiler in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, but the addition of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson adds more hope that the future will be brighter for Hopkins. He'll be a borderline second or third rounder in 2017.

  • Was there a player with more hype around him then Christian McCaffrey? He went from a potential first-rounder before the combine to the No. 8 overall selection in the NFL draft, and you can bet that the Panthers are going to use him often. That's bad news for Stewart, who could wind up second in backfield touches behind the versatile rookie next season. He'll be hard to trust as much more than a flex option. 15

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    Loser: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

    Was there a player with more hype around him then Christian McCaffrey? He went from a potential first-rounder before the combine to the No. 8 overall selection in the NFL draft, and you can bet that the Panthers are going to use him often. That's bad news for Stewart, who could wind up second in backfield touches behind the versatile rookie next season. He'll be hard to trust as much more than a flex option.

  • Newton is coming off one of his worst fantasy seasons at the pro level, and he's coming off shoulder surgery to boot. So how was he a winner after the draft? Well, the team added a pair of playmakers in Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel. The Panthers also added OG Taylor Moton to bolster the offensive line, which is nothing but good news for Newton. The chances of a bounce-back season is now a bit higher. 14

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    Winner: Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

    Newton is coming off one of his worst fantasy seasons at the pro level, and he's coming off shoulder surgery to boot. So how was he a winner after the draft? Well, the team added a pair of playmakers in Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel. The Panthers also added OG Taylor Moton to bolster the offensive line, which is nothing but good news for Newton. The chances of a bounce-back season is now a bit higher.

  • The selection of Leonard Fournette in the draft all but ends any chance Ivory might have had to regain fantasy value next season. A solid fantasy option in 2015, Ivory missed five contests and was a disappointment for owners who hoped he could continue his success in Jacksonville. The veteran, entering his age-29 campaign, is now barely on the re-draft radar. The same goes for T.J. Yeldon, whose role will diminish too. 13

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    Loser: Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

    The selection of Leonard Fournette in the draft all but ends any chance Ivory might have had to regain fantasy value next season. A solid fantasy option in 2015, Ivory missed five contests and was a disappointment for owners who hoped he could continue his success in Jacksonville. The veteran, entering his age-29 campaign, is now barely on the re-draft radar. The same goes for T.J. Yeldon, whose role will diminish too.

  • The Giants' decision not to draft a running back until the fourth round (Wayne Gallman, Clemson) shows increased confidence in Perkins' skills as a potential NFL starter. While Shane Vereen and Shaun Draughn will be in the mix, Perkins looks more and more like the favorite to lead the team in backfield touches next season. Unless the G-Men add LeGarrette Blount, the UCLA product will have flex starter appeal. 12

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    Winner: Paul Perkins, RB, New York Giants

    The Giants' decision not to draft a running back until the fourth round (Wayne Gallman, Clemson) shows increased confidence in Perkins' skills as a potential NFL starter. While Shane Vereen and Shaun Draughn will be in the mix, Perkins looks more and more like the favorite to lead the team in backfield touches next season. Unless the G-Men add LeGarrette Blount, the UCLA product will have flex starter appeal.

  • Matthews, who scored nine touchdowns and finished 14th in fantasy points among wide receivers a season ago, is likely to experience a decline in value after the Titans selected Corey Davis with the fifth overall pick in the draft. While Matthews will no doubt remain a prominent member of the team's pass attack, he's no longer a lock to lead the Titans in targets with the talented rookie now on the roster. 11

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    Loser: Rishard Matthews, WR, Titans

    Matthews, who scored nine touchdowns and finished 14th in fantasy points among wide receivers a season ago, is likely to experience a decline in value after the Titans selected Corey Davis with the fifth overall pick in the draft. While Matthews will no doubt remain a prominent member of the team's pass attack, he's no longer a lock to lead the Titans in targets with the talented rookie now on the roster.

  • Winston, who finished 16th in fantasy points among quarterbacks a season ago, has had one of the best offseasons of any player at his position. Not only did the Buccaneers add DeSean Jackson, but the team drafted O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin to what is all of the sudden a stacked pass attack. While the quarterback position is deep (as always), Winston could push into the top 12 among all signal-callers next season. 10

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    Winner: Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Winston, who finished 16th in fantasy points among quarterbacks a season ago, has had one of the best offseasons of any player at his position. Not only did the Buccaneers add DeSean Jackson, but the team drafted O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin to what is all of the sudden a stacked pass attack. While the quarterback position is deep (as always), Winston could push into the top 12 among all signal-callers next season.

  • Kelley put up a nice rookie season with 704 rushing yards and seven total touchdowns, but does he have the tools to be a true featured back at the NFL level? Maybe he does, but the Redskins added some insurance in the draft in the form of Oklahoma's Samaje Perine. If he gets a chance to become the goal-line back for a team that struggled to score in the red zone last season, Perine will really hurt Kelley's appeal. 9

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    Loser: Rob Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins

    Kelley put up a nice rookie season with 704 rushing yards and seven total touchdowns, but does he have the tools to be a true featured back at the NFL level? Maybe he does, but the Redskins added some insurance in the draft in the form of Oklahoma's Samaje Perine. If he gets a chance to become the goal-line back for a team that struggled to score in the red zone last season, Perine will really hurt Kelley's appeal.

  • He just won't quit. Gore, who will be 34 when next season begins, appears set to remain the featured back for the Colts after the draft. While the team did add South Florida's Marlon Mack in Round 4, he's not going to threaten Gore's spot atop the depth chart. Unless Father Time (finally) catches up with him, the veteran has to be in conversation as one of the better flex running backs in fantasy football once again. 8

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    Winner: Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts

    He just won't quit. Gore, who will be 34 when next season begins, appears set to remain the featured back for the Colts after the draft. While the team did add South Florida's Marlon Mack in Round 4, he's not going to threaten Gore's spot atop the depth chart. Unless Father Time (finally) catches up with him, the veteran has to be in conversation as one of the better flex running backs in fantasy football once again.

  • Brate had a good season for fantasy fans in 2016, scoring eight touchdowns while ranking in the top 10 in fantasy points among tight ends. Based on those totals, he was billed as a potential No. 1 option at the position heading into next season ... that is, until the Buccaneers landed O.J. Howard in the first round. With a glut of options in the pass attack, Brate's targets (and stock) are now on the decline. 7

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    Loser: Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Brate had a good season for fantasy fans in 2016, scoring eight touchdowns while ranking in the top 10 in fantasy points among tight ends. Based on those totals, he was billed as a potential No. 1 option at the position heading into next season ... that is, until the Buccaneers landed O.J. Howard in the first round. With a glut of options in the pass attack, Brate's targets (and stock) are now on the decline.

  • Dalton, who finished 12th in fantasy points among quarterbacks last season, will have a whole lot of talent on offense after the selections of playmakers like John Ross and Joe Mixon in the draft. With incumbent superstars like A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert also back in the mix, Dalton could outperform his average draft position (ADP) and become one of the better fantasy draft bargains among all signal-callers. 6

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    Winner: Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

    Dalton, who finished 12th in fantasy points among quarterbacks last season, will have a whole lot of talent on offense after the selections of playmakers like John Ross and Joe Mixon in the draft. With incumbent superstars like A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert also back in the mix, Dalton could outperform his average draft position (ADP) and become one of the better fantasy draft bargains among all signal-callers.

  • Glennon was without question the biggest loser after the draft, if for no other reason than where and how the Bears selected North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky. The team moved up to the No. 2 overall pick, trading a king's ransom for a quarterback who is no lock to succeed at the next level. While Glennon still figures to be under center in Week 1, his time as the starter in Chicago is going to be extremely brief. 5

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    Loser: Mike Glennon, QB, Chicago Bears

    Glennon was without question the biggest loser after the draft, if for no other reason than where and how the Bears selected North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky. The team moved up to the No. 2 overall pick, trading a king's ransom for a quarterback who is no lock to succeed at the next level. While Glennon still figures to be under center in Week 1, his time as the starter in Chicago is going to be extremely brief.

  • There was a lot of talk about the Cardinals adding one of the top wideouts in the draft with their first pick, but the team went with a defender in Temple linebacker Haason Reddick instead. While the birds did pick Chad Williams in Round 3, he's very unlikely to make a move on Brown's projected increase in targets after what was a lost 2016 campaign. J.J. Nelson also benefits from Arizona's draft decisions. 4

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    Winner: John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals

    There was a lot of talk about the Cardinals adding one of the top wideouts in the draft with their first pick, but the team went with a defender in Temple linebacker Haason Reddick instead. While the birds did pick Chad Williams in Round 3, he's very unlikely to make a move on Brown's projected increase in targets after what was a lost 2016 campaign. J.J. Nelson also benefits from Arizona's draft decisions.

  • Williams, who wasn't even on the radar of most fantasy owners last summer, rose to statistical prominence after the loss of Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead. In fact, only 12 wide receivers scored more fantasy points. Unfortunately the addition of Mike Williams leaves Tyrell's status as a starter in serious question. I'd be shocked (no pun intended) if he comes even close to matching his 2016 totals next season. 3

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    Loser: Tyrell Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

    Williams, who wasn't even on the radar of most fantasy owners last summer, rose to statistical prominence after the loss of Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead. In fact, only 12 wide receivers scored more fantasy points. Unfortunately the addition of Mike Williams leaves Tyrell's status as a starter in serious question. I'd be shocked (no pun intended) if he comes even close to matching his 2016 totals next season.

  • The Ravens lost Steve Smith Sr. to retirement (and the NFL Network), but the team still ignored the wide receiver position in the draft. Instead, Baltimore will enter next season with Wallace, Breshad Perriman and Chris Moore atop their depth chart. Wallace, who recorded over 1,000 yards and ranked 24th in fantasy points among wideouts a season ago, could end up being a decent draft bargain if he's picked late. 2

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    Winner: Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens

    The Ravens lost Steve Smith Sr. to retirement (and the NFL Network), but the team still ignored the wide receiver position in the draft. Instead, Baltimore will enter next season with Wallace, Breshad Perriman and Chris Moore atop their depth chart. Wallace, who recorded over 1,000 yards and ranked 24th in fantasy points among wideouts a season ago, could end up being a decent draft bargain if he's picked late.

  • One of the best tight ends in fantasy football in 2015, Barnidge experienced a major statistical decline and was ultimately waiver-wire fodder at the end of last season. When the Browns selected David Njoku in the NFL draft, Barnidge welcomed him to the "TE room" in a tweet. He was told of his release soon afterwards, and thanked the Browns organization. Barnidge will land on his feet, but his fantasy value is in peril. 1

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    Loser: Gary Barnidge, TE, free agent

    One of the best tight ends in fantasy football in 2015, Barnidge experienced a major statistical decline and was ultimately waiver-wire fodder at the end of last season. When the Browns selected David Njoku in the NFL draft, Barnidge welcomed him to the "TE room" in a tweet. He was told of his release soon afterwards, and thanked the Browns organization. Barnidge will land on his feet, but his fantasy value is in peril.

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