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Projections last updated: Jun 8, 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 4.0 269.2 189.9
2 Dalvin Cook RB2 MIN 7 0 0.0 0.0 1377 13.3 50 431 0.9 266.0 186.7
3 Derrick Henry RB3 TEN 13 4 0.1 0.0 1497 13.6 21 157 0.6 251.2 171.9
4 Alvin Kamara RB4 NO 6 12 0.1 0.0 960 10.2 71 633 2.8 238.2 158.9
5 Jonathan Taylor RB5 IND 14 0 0.0 0.0 1339 11.2 33 256 1.0 232.7 153.4
6 Nick Chubb RB6 CLE 13 0 0.0 0.0 1295 11.3 28 201 0.9 222.8 143.5
7 Saquon Barkley RB7 NYG 10 0 0.0 0.0 1084 8.9 51 380 1.5 208.7 129.4
8 Tyreek Hill WR1 KC 12 0 0.0 0.0 86 1.0 93 1251 12.0 211.7 125.8
9 Joe Mixon RB8 CIN 10 0 0.0 0.0 1067 8.1 47 351 2.4 204.8 125.5
10 Aaron Jones RB9 GB 13 0 0.0 0.0 940 6.9 60 472 3.0 200.6 121.3
11 Ezekiel Elliott RB10 DAL 7 0 0.0 0.0 985 8.2 55 394 2.1 199.8 120.5
12 Patrick Mahomes QB1 KC 12 5077 39.5 10.1 283 2.6 0 0 0.0 384.8 117.4
13 Stefon Diggs WR2 BUF 7 15 0.3 0.0 7 0.1 110 1406 9.5 200.7 114.8
14 Davante Adams WR3 GB 13 0 0.0 0.0 6 0.0 106 1311 11.4 200.1 114.2
15 Josh Allen QB2 BUF 7 4701 32.1 12.1 459 6.7 0 5 0.2 380.0 113.5
16 Cam Akers RB11 LAR 11 0 0.0 0.0 956 9.1 35 296 2.1 192.3 113.0
17 Antonio Gibson RB12 WAS 9 0 0.0 0.0 951 8.1 45 364 2.0 192.1 112.8
18 Josh Jacobs RB13 LV 8 0 0.0 0.0 1121 9.4 24 194 0.3 189.6 110.3
19 Calvin Ridley WR4 ATL 6 0 0.0 0.0 10 0.1 106 1388 9.1 195.0 109.1
20 Miles Sanders RB14 PHI 14 0 0.0 0.0 1007 8.1 33 285 1.2 185.0 105.7
21 J.K. Dobbins RB15 BAL 8 0 0.0 0.0 1054 8.7 22 185 1.0 182.1 102.8
22 Najee Harris RB16 PIT 7 17 0.3 0.0 999 7.9 33 240 1.3 181.0 101.7
23 Travis Kelce TE1 KC 12 11 0.4 0.0 4 0.3 105 1261 9.1 184.9 101.0
24 David Montgomery RB17 CHI 10 4 0.1 0.0 1033 8.2 26 198 0.9 178.2 98.9
25 Justin Jefferson WR5 MIN 7 0 0.0 0.0 37 0.4 93 1306 8.0 184.6 98.7
26 Kyler Murray QB3 ARI 12 4244 27.0 12.7 626 6.7 0 0 0.0 355.2 93.7
26 D'Andre Swift RB18 DET 9 0 0.0 0.0 911 5.5 48 369 2.0 173.0 93.7
28 James Robinson RB19 JAC 7 0 0.0 0.0 901 7.6 38 288 1.4 172.9 93.6
29 DK Metcalf WR6 SEA 9 0 0.0 0.0 12 0.0 97 1205 9.3 177.5 91.6
30 Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB20 KC 12 0 0.0 0.0 826 5.9 46 360 2.8 170.8 91.5
31 DeAndre Hopkins WR7 ARI 12 4 0.1 0.0 9 0.0 106 1293 7.5 175.8 89.9
32 A.J. Brown WR8 TEN 13 13 0.1 0.0 32 0.5 87 1182 8.4 175.7 89.8
33 Robert Woods WR9 LAR 11 0 0.0 0.0 89 0.9 95 1218 6.1 172.6 86.7
34 Lamar Jackson QB4 BAL 8 3198 25.8 8.9 960 6.0 0 0 0.0 345.3 85.8
35 Russell Wilson QB5 SEA 9 4456 35.1 11.9 401 1.5 0 5 0.1 345.1 85.6
36 Darren Waller TE2 LV 8 0 0.0 0.0 6 0.0 99 1250 6.8 166.4 84.4
37 Austin Ekeler RB21 LAC 7 0 0.0 0.0 609 4.2 72 568 3.2 162.1 82.8
38 Keenan Allen WR10 LAC 7 0 0.0 0.0 11 0.0 106 1217 7.6 168.4 82.5
39 Tyler Lockett WR11 SEA 9 0 0.0 0.0 10 0.0 86 1164 8.1 166.0 80.1
39 CeeDee Lamb WR11 DAL 7 0 0.0 0.0 43 0.6 83 1167 6.9 166.0 80.1
41 Amari Cooper WR13 DAL 7 15 0.5 0.0 9 0.1 87 1157 7.2 163.0 77.1
42 Cooper Kupp WR14 LAR 11 0 0.0 0.0 7 0.1 90 1111 8.4 162.8 76.9
43 Chris Carson RB22 SEA 9 0 0.0 0.0 854 5.3 36 256 1.9 154.2 74.9
44 Dak Prescott QB6 DAL 7 4759 30.2 12.9 206 3.4 1 5 0.6 330.5 73.9
45 Justin Herbert QB7 LAC 7 4614 30.9 11.5 247 3.0 0 0 0.0 327.9 71.9
46 Chris Godwin WR15 TB 9 0 0.0 0.0 9 0.2 88 1114 7.3 157.3 71.4
47 Melvin Gordon III RB23 DEN 11 8 0.2 0.0 892 6.7 29 159 0.6 150.0 70.7
48 Tee Higgins WR16 CIN 10 13 0.2 0.1 54 0.4 82 1043 6.9 154.7 68.8
49 Terry McLaurin WR17 WAS 9 8 0.1 0.0 16 0.1 72 1082 7.1 153.8 67.9
50 Brandon Aiyuk WR18 SF 6 0 0.0 0.0 13 0.2 81 1093 6.8 152.6 66.7

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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.