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Projections last updated: Sep 9, 2021 Passing Rushing Receiving Fantasy
Rank Player Pos Team Bye Yds TD Int Yds TD Rec Yds TD FPts Value
1 Christian McCaffrey RB1 CAR 13 8 0.1 0.0 1120 11.3 85 646 4.0 269.2 186.8
2 Dalvin Cook RB2 MIN 7 0 0.0 0.0 1386 13.4 50 426 0.8 266.4 184.0
3 Derrick Henry RB3 TEN 13 4 0.1 0.0 1497 13.6 21 157 0.6 251.2 168.8
4 Alvin Kamara RB4 NO 6 13 0.1 0.0 914 9.5 79 688 3.1 236.7 154.3
5 Nick Chubb RB5 CLE 13 0 0.0 0.0 1295 11.5 28 201 1.1 225.2 142.8
6 Jonathan Taylor RB6 IND 14 0 0.0 0.0 1239 10.6 32 246 0.9 217.6 135.2
7 Saquon Barkley RB7 NYG 10 0 0.0 0.0 1065 9.1 51 380 1.5 208.0 125.6
8 Aaron Jones RB8 GB 13 0 0.0 0.0 973 7.3 60 472 3.0 206.3 123.9
9 Joe Mixon RB9 CIN 10 0 0.0 0.0 1067 8.1 47 351 2.4 204.8 122.4
10 Tyreek Hill WR1 KC 12 0 0.0 0.0 86 1.0 93 1251 11.9 211.1 119.3
11 Ezekiel Elliott RB10 DAL 7 0 0.0 0.0 985 8.2 55 394 2.1 199.8 117.4
12 Patrick Mahomes QB1 KC 12 5077 39.5 10.1 283 2.6 0 0 0.0 384.8 111.8
13 Antonio Gibson RB11 WAS 9 0 0.0 0.0 958 8.1 45 364 2.0 192.8 110.4
14 Stefon Diggs WR2 BUF 7 15 0.3 0.0 7 0.1 110 1406 9.5 200.7 108.9
15 Davante Adams WR3 GB 13 0 0.0 0.0 6 0.0 106 1311 11.4 200.1 108.3
16 Josh Allen QB2 BUF 7 4701 32.1 12.1 459 6.7 0 5 0.2 380.0 108.0
17 James Robinson RB12 JAC 7 0 0.0 0.0 987 7.6 46 354 1.7 189.9 107.5
18 Najee Harris RB13 PIT 7 17 0.3 0.0 1037 8.2 33 240 1.3 186.6 104.2
19 Travis Kelce TE1 KC 12 11 0.4 0.0 4 0.3 105 1261 9.0 184.3 101.3
20 Josh Jacobs RB14 LV 8 0 0.0 0.0 1101 9.3 20 157 0.3 183.4 101.0
21 Calvin Ridley WR4 ATL 6 0 0.0 0.0 10 0.1 104 1365 8.9 191.6 99.8
22 David Montgomery RB15 CHI 10 4 0.1 0.0 1033 8.2 26 198 0.9 178.2 95.8
23 DK Metcalf WR5 SEA 9 0 0.0 0.0 12 0.0 97 1297 9.3 186.7 94.9
24 Miles Sanders RB16 PHI 14 0 0.0 0.0 916 7.5 33 285 1.2 172.3 89.9
24 D'Andre Swift RB16 DET 9 0 0.0 0.0 911 5.8 46 350 1.9 172.3 89.9
26 Gus Edwards RB18 BAL 8 0 0.0 0.0 1028 8.1 19 150 0.9 171.9 89.5
27 Austin Ekeler RB19 LAC 7 0 0.0 0.0 681 4.5 72 573 3.2 171.6 89.2
28 Justin Jefferson WR6 MIN 7 0 0.0 0.0 37 0.4 93 1291 7.6 180.8 89.0
29 Kyler Murray QB3 ARI 12 4244 27.0 12.7 626 6.7 0 0 0.0 355.2 88.1
30 Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB20 KC 12 0 0.0 0.0 826 5.9 46 360 2.7 170.2 87.8
31 A.J. Brown WR7 TEN 13 13 0.1 0.0 32 0.5 88 1195 8.4 177.0 85.2
32 DeAndre Hopkins WR8 ARI 12 4 0.1 0.0 9 0.0 106 1293 7.5 175.8 84.0
33 Lamar Jackson QB4 BAL 8 3198 25.8 8.9 963 6.4 0 0 0.0 348.0 82.4
34 Damien Harris RB21 NE 14 9 0.1 0.0 962 8.6 15 126 0.5 164.1 81.7
35 Darren Waller TE2 LV 8 0 0.0 0.0 6 0.0 96 1186 7.0 161.2 80.5
36 Russell Wilson QB5 SEA 9 4456 35.1 11.9 401 1.5 0 5 0.1 345.1 80.1
37 CeeDee Lamb WR9 DAL 7 0 0.0 0.0 43 0.6 85 1192 6.9 168.6 76.8
38 Keenan Allen WR10 LAC 7 0 0.0 0.0 11 0.0 106 1217 7.6 168.4 76.6
39 Robert Woods WR11 LAR 11 0 0.0 0.0 85 0.8 97 1169 6.1 166.8 75.0
40 Cooper Kupp WR12 LAR 11 0 0.0 0.0 7 0.1 92 1125 8.4 164.2 72.4
41 Chris Carson RB22 SEA 9 0 0.0 0.0 854 5.3 36 256 1.9 154.2 71.8
42 Amari Cooper WR13 DAL 7 15 0.5 0.0 9 0.1 84 1132 7.2 160.5 68.7
43 Dak Prescott QB6 DAL 7 4759 30.2 12.9 206 3.4 1 5 0.6 330.5 68.4
44 Justin Herbert QB7 LAC 7 4614 30.9 11.5 247 3.0 0 0 0.0 327.9 66.3
45 Javonte Williams RB23 DEN 11 0 0.0 0.0 857 6.4 25 197 0.6 147.5 65.1
46 Terry McLaurin WR14 WAS 9 8 0.1 0.0 11 0.1 78 1103 7.2 156.0 64.2
47 Mike Evans WR15 TB 9 0 0.0 0.0 7 0.1 79 1002 8.9 155.0 63.2
48 Mike Davis RB24 ATL 6 5 0.1 0.0 757 6.3 31 224 1.1 143.1 60.7
49 Chris Godwin WR16 TB 9 0 0.0 0.0 9 0.2 84 1066 7.1 151.3 59.5
50 Julio Jones WR17 TEN 13 0 0.0 0.0 0 0.0 85 1106 6.7 150.8 59.0

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Fantasy Football Rankings 2021

The Fantasy Football Rankings page represents our full rankings combining all the positions. We list the top 300 players by “value,” which goes beyond simply who is projected to score the most points, to also consider position scarcity and starting requirements. These rankings are designed to be used to draft a team.

How We Determined Value for the 2021 Fantasy Football Rankings

The 2021 Fantasy Football rankings are listed in order of “value.” That value calculation is determined by using a different baseline for each position, depending on scoring format and league size. Value is determined by comparing the player’s expected points to the expected points of the players at the same position who would be on the cutline to make a fantasy football roster. 

We also adjusted the value at each position by whether the position typically required multiple starters or not, as well as by the predictability of the position. 

Why do we do this? If you are in a league that starts 3 WR (or 2 WR and a Flex), but 1 QB, then it’s more likely that the WR you drafted early is going to be in your starting fantasy roster than the QB will be. You might not have a big dropoff between your top QB and the other QB on your roster. Depending on matchup, you could switch them in your starting lineup on a given week. But at wide receiver, you would have to have 3 other wide receivers be a better option, making it less likely the first WR you draft is out of your starting lineup. So value represents both value over baseline, and likelihood of getting those points in your lineup.

Defense and Kicker Inconsistency is Accounted in Our Fantasy Football Rankings

Further, some positions just aren’t as consistent or predictable from year-to-year. Kicker and Defense are prime examples of this. So you wouldn’t want to draft them the same as others, and our value calculation takes that into account. Add in that both are “single start” positions, that is, you usually start only one, and the value further decreases. 

Comparing Our 2021 Fantasy Football Rankings to Average Draft Position

You may wonder how our rankings compare to average draft position results. Of course, there are certain players where we are higher or lower than consensus. In aggregate, in looking at position distribution and where we recommend players should be drafted, they compare fairly well with the average draft position data, with a caveat. It’s clear from fantasy football average draft position (ADP) data that many drafters do not specifically account for the scoring systems and formats strongly enough. 

For example, the difference in draft position between the top six wide receivers in standard and PPR formats last year was less than one draft slot on average. But one format strongly favors the position over the other. Our Fantasy Football rankings make these adjustments, which is why you will see a player like Austin Ekeler ranked lower on the standard rankings page than on a ranking for points-per-reception leagues, compared to other top running backs. We wrote about taking the scoring system into account in more detail in this blog post.