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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 4.0 353.9 244.6
2 Dalvin Cook RB2 MIN 7 0 0.0 0.0 1386 13.4 50 426 0.8 316.3 207.0
3 Alvin Kamara RB3 NO 6 13 0.1 0.0 914 9.5 79 688 3.1 315.4 206.1
4 Stefon Diggs WR1 BUF 7 15 0.3 0.0 7 0.1 110 1406 9.5 310.4 169.7
5 Davante Adams WR2 GB 13 0 0.0 0.0 6 0.0 106 1311 11.4 306.2 165.5
6 Derrick Henry RB4 TEN 13 4 0.1 0.0 1497 13.6 21 157 0.6 272.6 163.3
6 Tyreek Hill WR3 KC 12 0 0.0 0.0 86 1.0 93 1251 11.9 304.0 163.3
8 Aaron Jones RB5 GB 13 0 0.0 0.0 973 7.3 60 472 3.0 266.6 157.3
9 Travis Kelce TE1 KC 12 11 0.4 0.0 4 0.3 105 1261 9.0 289.2 157.0
10 Calvin Ridley WR4 ATL 6 0 0.0 0.0 10 0.1 104 1365 8.9 295.7 155.0
11 Saquon Barkley RB6 NYG 10 0 0.0 0.0 1065 9.1 51 380 1.5 258.6 149.3
12 Ezekiel Elliott RB7 DAL 7 0 0.0 0.0 985 8.2 55 394 2.1 254.5 145.2
13 Nick Chubb RB8 CLE 13 0 0.0 0.0 1295 11.5 28 201 1.1 252.8 143.5
14 DK Metcalf WR5 SEA 9 0 0.0 0.0 12 0.0 97 1297 9.3 284.0 143.3
15 Joe Mixon RB9 CIN 10 0 0.0 0.0 1067 8.1 47 351 2.4 252.0 142.7
16 DeAndre Hopkins WR6 ARI 12 4 0.1 0.0 9 0.0 106 1293 7.5 282.2 141.5
17 Jonathan Taylor RB10 IND 14 0 0.0 0.0 1239 10.6 32 246 0.9 249.4 140.1
18 Austin Ekeler RB11 LAC 7 0 0.0 0.0 681 4.5 72 573 3.2 244.0 134.7
19 Keenan Allen WR7 LAC 7 0 0.0 0.0 11 0.0 106 1217 7.6 274.0 133.3
20 Justin Jefferson WR8 MIN 7 0 0.0 0.0 37 0.4 93 1291 7.6 273.4 132.7
21 Antonio Gibson RB12 WAS 9 0 0.0 0.0 958 8.1 45 364 2.0 237.9 128.6
22 Darren Waller TE2 LV 8 0 0.0 0.0 6 0.0 96 1186 7.0 257.3 128.3
23 James Robinson RB13 JAC 7 0 0.0 0.0 987 7.6 46 354 1.7 235.7 126.4
24 A.J. Brown WR9 TEN 13 13 0.1 0.0 32 0.5 88 1195 8.4 264.8 124.1
25 Robert Woods WR10 LAR 11 0 0.0 0.0 85 0.8 97 1169 6.1 263.5 122.8
26 Cooper Kupp WR11 LAR 11 0 0.0 0.0 7 0.1 92 1125 8.4 256.6 115.9
27 CeeDee Lamb WR12 DAL 7 0 0.0 0.0 43 0.6 85 1192 6.9 253.9 113.2
28 Patrick Mahomes QB1 KC 12 5077 39.5 10.1 283 2.6 0 0 0.0 384.8 111.8
29 Najee Harris RB14 PIT 7 17 0.3 0.0 1037 8.2 33 240 1.3 219.9 110.6
30 D'Andre Swift RB15 DET 9 0 0.0 0.0 911 5.8 46 350 1.9 218.2 108.9
31 Josh Allen QB2 BUF 7 4701 32.1 12.1 459 6.7 0 5 0.2 380.4 108.2
32 Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB16 KC 12 0 0.0 0.0 826 5.9 46 360 2.7 216.4 107.1
33 Amari Cooper WR13 DAL 7 15 0.5 0.0 9 0.1 84 1132 7.2 245.0 104.3
34 Miles Sanders RB17 PHI 14 0 0.0 0.0 916 7.5 33 285 1.2 205.0 95.7
35 Julio Jones WR14 TEN 13 0 0.0 0.0 0 0.0 85 1106 6.7 235.7 95.0
36 David Montgomery RB18 CHI 10 4 0.1 0.0 1033 8.2 26 198 0.9 203.8 94.5
37 Chris Godwin WR15 TB 9 0 0.0 0.0 9 0.2 84 1066 7.1 235.0 94.3
38 Josh Jacobs RB19 LV 8 0 0.0 0.0 1101 9.3 20 157 0.3 203.5 94.2
39 Mike Evans WR16 TB 9 0 0.0 0.0 7 0.1 79 1002 8.9 234.4 93.7
40 Allen Robinson II WR17 CHI 10 4 0.0 0.0 4 0.0 86 1088 6.4 234.3 93.6
41 Terry McLaurin WR18 WAS 9 8 0.1 0.0 11 0.1 78 1103 7.2 233.9 93.2
42 Tyler Lockett WR19 SEA 9 0 0.0 0.0 10 0.0 82 1027 7.4 230.1 89.4
43 Kyler Murray QB3 ARI 12 4244 27.0 12.7 626 6.7 0 0 0.0 355.2 88.1
44 George Kittle TE3 SF 6 0 0.0 0.0 12 0.1 76 1002 5.7 211.7 87.3
45 Brandon Aiyuk WR20 SF 6 0 0.0 0.0 14 0.2 78 1070 6.6 227.7 87.0
46 DJ Moore WR21 CAR 13 0 0.0 0.0 23 0.2 83 1068 5.7 227.3 86.6
47 Tee Higgins WR22 CIN 10 13 0.2 0.1 54 0.4 78 999 6.6 226.0 85.3
48 Lamar Jackson QB4 BAL 8 3198 25.8 8.9 963 6.4 0 0 0.0 348.0 82.3
49 Gus Edwards RB20 BAL 8 0 0.0 0.0 1028 8.1 19 150 0.9 190.9 81.6
50 Chris Carson RB21 SEA 9 0 0.0 0.0 854 5.3 36 256 1.9 190.4 81.1

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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.