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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 4.0 353.9 251.2
2 Dalvin Cook RB2 MIN 7 0 0.0 0.0 1377 13.3 50 431 0.9 315.9 213.2
3 Alvin Kamara RB3 NO 6 12 0.1 0.0 960 10.2 71 633 2.8 309.3 206.6
4 Stefon Diggs WR1 BUF 7 15 0.3 0.0 7 0.1 110 1406 9.5 310.4 175.4
5 Davante Adams WR2 GB 13 0 0.0 0.0 6 0.0 106 1311 11.4 306.2 171.2
6 Derrick Henry RB4 TEN 13 4 0.1 0.0 1497 13.6 21 157 0.6 272.6 169.9
7 Tyreek Hill WR3 KC 12 0 0.0 0.0 86 1.0 93 1251 12.0 304.6 169.6
8 Calvin Ridley WR4 ATL 6 0 0.0 0.0 10 0.1 106 1388 9.1 300.5 165.5
9 Jonathan Taylor RB5 IND 14 0 0.0 0.0 1339 11.2 33 256 1.0 265.4 162.7
10 Aaron Jones RB6 GB 13 0 0.0 0.0 940 6.9 60 472 3.0 260.9 158.2
11 Saquon Barkley RB7 NYG 10 0 0.0 0.0 1084 8.9 51 380 1.5 259.3 156.6
12 Travis Kelce TE1 KC 12 11 0.4 0.0 4 0.3 105 1261 9.1 289.8 155.1
13 Ezekiel Elliott RB8 DAL 7 0 0.0 0.0 985 8.2 55 394 2.1 254.5 151.8
14 Joe Mixon RB9 CIN 10 0 0.0 0.0 1067 8.1 47 351 2.4 252.0 149.3
15 Nick Chubb RB10 CLE 13 0 0.0 0.0 1295 11.3 28 201 0.9 250.4 147.7
16 DeAndre Hopkins WR5 ARI 12 4 0.1 0.0 9 0.0 106 1293 7.5 282.2 147.2
17 Justin Jefferson WR6 MIN 7 0 0.0 0.0 37 0.4 93 1306 8.0 277.2 142.2
18 DK Metcalf WR7 SEA 9 0 0.0 0.0 12 0.0 97 1205 9.3 274.8 139.8
19 Keenan Allen WR8 LAC 7 0 0.0 0.0 11 0.0 106 1217 7.6 274.0 139.0
20 Antonio Gibson RB11 WAS 9 0 0.0 0.0 951 8.1 45 364 2.0 237.2 134.5
21 Darren Waller TE2 LV 8 0 0.0 0.0 6 0.0 99 1250 6.8 265.2 133.0
22 Robert Woods WR9 LAR 11 0 0.0 0.0 89 0.9 95 1218 6.1 267.3 132.3
23 Austin Ekeler RB12 LAC 7 0 0.0 0.0 609 4.2 72 568 3.2 234.5 131.8
24 A.J. Brown WR10 TEN 13 13 0.1 0.0 32 0.5 87 1182 8.4 262.5 127.5
25 Cam Akers RB13 LAR 11 0 0.0 0.0 956 9.1 35 296 2.1 226.9 124.2
26 Cooper Kupp WR11 LAR 11 0 0.0 0.0 7 0.1 90 1111 8.4 253.3 118.3
27 D'Andre Swift RB14 DET 9 0 0.0 0.0 911 5.5 48 369 2.0 220.6 117.9
28 Tyler Lockett WR12 SEA 9 0 0.0 0.0 10 0.0 86 1164 8.1 252.1 117.1
29 Patrick Mahomes QB1 KC 12 5077 39.5 10.1 283 2.6 0 0 0.0 384.8 117.0
30 Miles Sanders RB15 PHI 14 0 0.0 0.0 1007 8.1 33 285 1.2 217.7 115.0
31 Amari Cooper WR13 DAL 7 15 0.5 0.0 9 0.1 87 1157 7.2 249.6 114.6
32 Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB16 KC 12 0 0.0 0.0 826 5.9 46 360 2.8 217.0 114.3
33 CeeDee Lamb WR14 DAL 7 0 0.0 0.0 43 0.6 83 1167 6.9 249.2 114.2
34 Josh Allen QB2 BUF 7 4701 32.1 12.1 459 6.7 0 5 0.2 380.4 113.5
35 Najee Harris RB17 PIT 7 17 0.3 0.0 999 7.9 33 240 1.3 214.3 111.6
36 Josh Jacobs RB18 LV 8 0 0.0 0.0 1121 9.4 24 194 0.3 213.5 110.8
37 Chris Godwin WR15 TB 9 0 0.0 0.0 9 0.2 88 1114 7.3 245.3 110.3
38 James Robinson RB19 JAC 7 0 0.0 0.0 901 7.6 38 288 1.4 211.4 108.7
39 Julio Jones WR16 TEN 13 0 0.0 0.0 0 0.0 86 1118 6.7 238.0 103.0
40 Tee Higgins WR17 CIN 10 13 0.2 0.1 54 0.4 82 1043 6.9 236.3 101.3
41 David Montgomery RB20 CHI 10 4 0.1 0.0 1033 8.2 26 198 0.9 203.8 101.1
41 J.K. Dobbins RB20 BAL 8 0 0.0 0.0 1054 8.7 22 185 1.0 203.8 101.1
43 DJ Moore WR18 CAR 13 0 0.0 0.0 23 0.2 90 1088 5.3 234.4 99.4
44 Brandon Aiyuk WR19 SF 6 0 0.0 0.0 13 0.2 81 1093 6.8 233.4 98.4
45 Michael Thomas WR20 NO 6 0 0.0 0.0 2 0.0 88 1102 5.6 232.3 97.3
46 Myles Gaskin RB22 MIA 14 0 0.0 0.0 700 3.6 53 425 1.9 198.3 95.6
47 Allen Robinson II WR21 CHI 10 4 0.0 0.0 4 0.0 85 1065 6.4 230.2 95.2
48 Kyler Murray QB3 ARI 12 4244 27.0 12.7 626 6.7 0 0 0.0 355.2 93.3
49 George Kittle TE3 SF 6 0 0.0 0.0 11 0.1 79 1040 5.9 220.3 92.6
50 Terry McLaurin WR22 WAS 9 8 0.1 0.0 16 0.1 72 1082 7.1 226.0 91.0

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ESPN Fantasy Football Rankings 2021

These are our 2021 ESPN Fantasy Football rankings for those that play in an ESPN league using their default scoring system. 

ESPN fantasy football scoring mostly resembles PPR scoring format, with:

  • One point per reception

  • One point for every 25 passing yards;

  • Four points for every passing TD;

  • One point for every 10 rushing or receiving yards;

  • Six points for every rushing or receiving TD

The kicker scoring and defense scoring are unique from some other formats. Kickers can lose a point for misses, and get yardage bonuses for kicks over 40 yards. On defense, the scoring includes the possibility of both positive and negative points for yards allowed and points allowed. The yards allowed component (where you can start losing points at 350 or more yards allowed) makes drafting defenses that limit yards relatively more valuable than other scoring formats.

How We Determined Value for the ESPN Fantasy Football Rankings

We rank the players by “value.” Value is calculated by looking at the baseline scores for players at the position (the specific baseline is selected based on the typical number of players on all rosters for each position). It is also adjusted based on both scarcity and predictability of the position.

For example, value is also adjusted based on how many starters are typically required at 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. It’s more likely that the difference between your top WR and 4th WR will be more. 

Finally, value also includes consideration of how consistent the position is in fantasy football. Positions that are less consistent, like kicker and defense, have their value reduced in our 2021 ESPN Fantasy Football Rankings.