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Overall rankings for 2021 fantasy football

NFL free agency and the NFL Draft have both wrapped up, which gives us a chance to reassess our 2021 fantasy football rankings.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill  throws to Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown during the Tennessee Titans game against the Baltimore Ravens. USA TODAY Sports


The biggest news since our last update was Julio Jones being traded to the Titans for draft picks. It wasn’t the best spot for Jones to land, as the Titans rather run than throw and A.J. Brown will compete for targets, but there is upside for touchdowns to buoy Jones’ fantasy numbers. Brown falls while Jones stays in a similar spot.

I already had Matt Ryan fairly low, so kept him in the same range. He still has Ridley, who I boosted into the first tier and Kyle Pitts. The Falcons throw enough for there to be some upside there, but not enough for me to be that interested in Ryan as a starter.

Ryan Tannehill gets a boost and now has much higher upside if the Titans defense can’t keep them close enough to run the ball as much as they’d like. He’ll likely need to throw in some rushing touchdowns to truly get to a spot where you can count on him, but that ability is there.

The NFL Draft is over and free agency signings are down to a trickle. We will continue to see impactful moves that will push the rankings around a bit, but for the most part we are set at the fantasy skill positions. That means it’s time to see where we are in the 2021 fantasy football rankings. Closer to the season, we’ll split this up into standard and PPR, but until then, let’s go with .5 point PPR scoring.

Rankings at this time of the year are still fluid, but it’s good to get an idea of value throughout the offseason, as it allows you to watch trends with some perspective and maybe not jump on bandwagons unless absolutely necessary.

Draft Fallout


We already knew where Zach Wilson and Trevor Lawrence were going, but the 49ers taking Trey Lance gave him an immediate boost in fantasy value. At this point the only thing holding back his ascension in the rankings is Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers could keep Garoppolo at the helm while Lance learns the offense and his timetable would be hard to gauge for fantasy. But, if Garoppolo is traded before the season starts, I’m all in on Lance with Kyle Shanahan guiding him.

Mac Jones landed in a good spot for his longterm development, but this season might still be a bit early to see him put up fantasy numbers. It’s not out of the question, but he remains down on my list. In the end, Lawrence and Lance are my favorites for production, while Justin Fields has upside if he can get on the field early in the season.

Running backs

Everyone thought Harris was going to be drafted by the Steelers and it happened. But that doesn’t make it less of a positive for Harris’ fantasy prospects. The Steelers are one of the few teams still willing to give a back three-down work and with the lack of depth at running back, the Steelers are almost forced to get Harris 20+ touches a game. He’s going to put up fantasy points.

Javonte Williams and Travis Etienne both landed in spots where they will need to compete for touches. Williams will have Melvin Gordon in his way in Denver while Etienne will need to fight for touches with UDFA phenom James Robinson.

Wide Receivers

None of the top receivers landed in a spot where they have a direct route to WR1 targets. Ja’Marr Chase has Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd to deal with while Devonta Smith has a green quarterback in Jalen Hurts and lot of question marks overall for the Eagles offense. But that does at least give him a shot at WR1 targets early on.

Elijah Moore has room to pick up work and targets early on, but it’s hard to love the offense out of the gates. but Moore is one of my favorite rookies and I could see him forcing himself in to the fantasy scene earlier than later. The same can be said for Rashod Bateman in Baltimore and Rondale Moore in Arizona, but I just don’t see their target share getting to the percentage it needs to be for consistency.

Tight Ends

Kyle Pitts is the only tight end we can count on to get playing time early in the season and with his draft stock I’d expect the Falcons to find a way to get him targets even if he doesn’t have his blocking assignments mastered.

Overall 2021 .5 PPR Rankings

Rank Name Tm Pos
Rank Name Tm Pos
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR RB
2 Dalvin Cook MIN RB
3 Saquon Barkley NYG RB
4 Derrick Henry TEN RB
5 Tyreek Hill KC WR
6 Alvin Kamara NO RB
7 Stefon Diggs BUF WR
8 Nick Chubb CLE RB
9 Jonathan Taylor IND RB
10 DeAndre Hopkins ARI WR
11 Travis Kelce KC TE
12 Davante Adams GB WR
13 Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB
14 Aaron Jones GB RB
15 Austin Ekeler LAC RB
16 Calvin Ridley ATL WR
17 Najee Harris PIT RB
18 Joe Mixon CIN RB
19 D.K. Metcalf SEA WR
20 George Kittle SF TE
21 Patrick Mahomes II KC QB
22 Cam Akers LAR RB
23 Justin Jefferson MIN WR
24 Keenan Allen LAC WR
25 Antonio Gibson WAS RB
26 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC RB
27 Josh Allen BUF QB
28 Chris Godwin TB WR
29 Kyler Murray ARI QB
30 Miles Sanders PHI RB
31 Terry McLaurin WAS WR
32 A.J. Brown TEN WR
33 Dak Prescott DAL QB
34 Darren Waller LV TE
35 D'Andre Swift DET RB
36 Allen Robinson II CHI WR
37 J.K. Dobbins BAL RB
38 Lamar Jackson BAL QB
39 Chris Carson SEA RB
40 Julio Jones TEN WR
41 Mike Evans TB WR
42 Michael Thomas NO WR
43 Raheem Mostert SF RB
44 CeeDee Lamb DAL WR
45 Robert Woods LAR WR
46 Russell Wilson SEA QB
47 D.J. Moore CAR WR
48 Aaron Rodgers GB QB
49 Amari Cooper DAL WR
50 David Montgomery CHI RB
51 Josh Jacobs LV RB
52 Adam Thielen MIN WR
53 Cooper Kupp LAR WR
54 Kenny Golladay NYG WR
55 Mark Andrews BAL TE
56 Myles Gaskin MIA RB
57 D.J. Chark Jr. JAC WR
58 T.J. Hockenson DET TE
59 Deshaun Watson HOU QB
60 Diontae Johnson PIT WR
61 Kareem Hunt CLE RB
62 Tee Higgins CIN WR
63 Brandon Aiyuk SF WR
64 Chase Edmonds ARI RB
65 Travis Etienne JAC RB
66 Justin Herbert LAC QB
67 Melvin Gordon III DEN RB
68 Matthew Stafford LAR QB
69 James Robinson JAC RB
70 Tyler Lockett SEA WR
71 Odell Beckham Jr. CLE WR
72 Courtland Sutton DEN WR
73 Tom Brady TB QB
74 Chase Claypool PIT WR
75 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT WR
76 Ja'Marr Chase CIN WR
77 Mike Davis ATL RB
78 Gus Edwards BAL RB
79 Damien Harris NE RB
80 Ronald Jones II TB RB
81 Dallas Goedert PHI TE
82 Trey Sermon SF RB
83 Noah Fant DEN TE
84 Zack Moss BUF RB
85 Javonte Williams DEN RB
86 Will Fuller V MIA WR
87 James Conner ARI RB
88 Robby Anderson CAR WR
89 Brandin Cooks HOU WR
90 Tyler Boyd CIN WR
91 Kyle Pitts ATL TE
92 Curtis Samuel WAS WR
93 Tyler Higbee LAR TE
94 Leonard Fournette TB RB
95 Deebo Samuel SF WR
96 Jerry Jeudy DEN WR
97 Tony Pollard DAL RB
98 Giovani Bernard TB RB
99 David Johnson HOU RB
100 Devin Singletary BUF RB
101 Jarvis Landry CLE WR
102 Irv Smith Jr. MIN TE
103 Logan Thomas WAS TE
104 Jalen Hurts PHI QB
105 Ryan Tannehill TEN QB
106 Marquise Brown BAL WR
107 AJ Dillon GB RB
108 DeVante Parker MIA WR
109 Michael Pittman Jr. IND WR
110 Michael Carter NYJ RB
111 Robert Tonyan GB TE
112 DeVonta Smith PHI WR
113 T.Y. Hilton IND WR
114 Laviska Shenault Jr. JAC WR
115 Kenyan Drake LV RB
116 Michael Gallup DAL WR
117 Kirk Cousins MIN QB
118 Joe Burrow CIN QB
119 Mike Gesicki MIA TE
120 Mecole Hardman KC WR
121 Rashaad Penny SEA RB
122 Hunter Henry NE TE
123 Jamaal Williams DET RB
124 Trevor Lawrence JAC QB
125 Nyheim Hines IND RB
126 Matt Ryan ATL QB
127 Corey Davis NYJ WR
128 Mike Williams LAC WR
129 Marvin Jones Jr. JAC WR
130 Latavius Murray NO RB
131 Antonio Brown TB WR
132 Darrell Henderson LAR RB
133 Evan Engram NYG TE
134 Daniel Jones NYG QB
135 Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB
136 John Brown LV WR
137 Phillip Lindsay HOU RB
138 Jonnu Smith NE TE
139 Henry Ruggs III LV WR
140 Jalen Reagor PHI WR
141 Jaylen Waddle MIA WR
142 Blake Jarwin DAL TE
143 Ryan Fitzpatrick WAS QB
144 Tarik Cohen CHI RB
145 Cole Beasley BUF WR
146 J.D. McKissic WAS RB
147 Nelson Agholor NE WR
148 Alexander Mattison MIN RB
149 Darnell Mooney CHI WR
150 Jared Cook LAC TE
151 Jamison Crowder NYJ WR
152 Christian Kirk ARI WR
153 Hayden Hurst ATL TE
154 James White NE RB
155 Tevin Coleman NYJ RB
156 Carson Wentz IND QB
157 Parris Campbell IND WR
158 Los Angeles Rams LAR DST
159 Baker Mayfield CLE QB
160 Washington Football Team WAS DST
161 Sterling Shepard NYG WR
162 Pittsburgh Steelers PIT DST
163 Rob Gronkowski TB TE
164 Darrel Williams KC RB
165 Darius Slayton NYG WR
166 Rashod Bateman BAL WR
167 Baltimore Ravens BAL DST
168 Denzel Mims NYJ WR
169 Josh Reynolds TEN WR
170 Tua Tagovailoa MIA QB
171 Derek Carr LV QB
172 Cole Kmet CHI TE
173 Breshad Perriman DET WR
174 San Francisco 49ers SF DST
175 Dawson Knox BUF TE
176 Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB DST
177 Austin Hooper CLE TE
178 Justin Tucker BAL K
179 Emmanuel Sanders BUF WR
180 Younghoe Koo ATL K
181 Sam Darnold CAR QB
182 Trey Lance SF QB
183 Elijah Moore NYJ WR
184 Tim Patrick DEN WR
185 Justin Fields CHI QB
186 Gerald Everett SEA TE
187 Harrison Butker KC K
188 Jameis Winston NO QB
189 Tyrell Williams DET WR
190 Marlon Mack IND RB
191 Jalen Guyton LAC WR
192 Zach Ertz PHI TE
193 Indianapolis Colts IND DST
194 Greg Zuerlein DAL K
195 New Orleans Saints NO DST
196 Teddy Bridgewater DEN QB
197 Benny Snell Jr. PIT RB
198 Gabriel Davis BUF WR
199 Jason Sanders MIA K
200 Eric Ebron PIT TE
201 New England Patriots NE DST
202 Buffalo Bills BUF DST
203 Miami Dolphins MIA DST
204 Bryan Edwards LV WR
205 Allen Lazard GB WR
206 Rhamondre Stevenson NE RB
207 Cleveland Browns CLE DST
208 Kansas City Chiefs KC DST
209 KJ Hamler DEN WR
210 Adam Trautman NO TE
211 Kenneth Gainwell PHI RB
212 Los Angeles Chargers LAC DST
213 Wil Lutz NO K
214 Rodrigo Blankenship IND K
215 Matt Prater ARI K
216 Rondale Moore ARI WR
217 Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB WR
218 Mark Ingram II HOU RB
219 Tyler Bass BUF K
220 Salvon Ahmed MIA RB
221 Sammy Watkins BAL WR
222 Robbie Gould SF K
223 Denver Broncos DEN DST
224 Jason Myers SEA K
225 Carlos Hyde JAC RB
226 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF RB
227 Sony Michel NE RB
228 James Washington PIT WR
229 A.J. Green ARI WR
230 Cam Newton NE QB
231 Ryan Succop TB K
232 Chicago Bears CHI DST
233 Anthony Firkser TEN TE
234 Joshua Kelley LAC RB
235 Dan Arnold CAR TE
236 Jakobi Meyers NE WR
237 Justin Jackson LAC RB
238 Tre'Quan Smith NO WR
239 Justice Hill BAL RB
240 Jared Goff DET QB
241 Javian Hawkins ATL RB
242 Michael Badgley LAC K
243 Darrynton Evans TEN RB
244 Adrian Peterson DET RB
245 Russell Gage ATL WR
246 Green Bay Packers GB DST
247 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB RB
248 Terrace Marshall Jr. CAR WR
249 Preston Williams MIA WR
250 Chuba Hubbard CAR RB
251 Dez Fitzpatrick TEN WR
252 Mason Crosby GB K
253 Anthony Miller CHI WR
254 Minnesota Vikings MIN DST
255 Todd Gurley II FA RB
256 Wayne Gallman SF RB
257 Randall Cobb HOU WR
258 Quintez Cephus DET WR
259 Seattle Seahawks SEA DST
260 Taysom Hill NO QB
261 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET WR
262 Amari Rodgers GB WR
263 Jake Elliott PHI K
264 Kylin Hill GB RB
265 Rashard Higgins CLE WR
266 Brandon McManus DEN K
267 New York Giants NYG DST
268 Mo Alie-Cox IND TE
269 Larry Rountree III LAC RB
270 Hunter Renfrow LV WR
271 Daniel Carlson LV K
272 Kendrick Bourne NE WR
273 Joey Slye CAR K
274 Keke Coutee HOU WR
275 Zach Wilson NYJ QB
276 Evan McPherson CIN K
277 Elijah Mitchell SF RB
278 Le'Veon Bell KC RB
279 Matt Gay LAR K
280 Zach Pascal IND WR
281 Cam Sims WAS WR
282 DeSean Jackson LAR WR
283 Scotty Miller TB WR
284 Chris Herndon IV NYJ TE
285 Zane Gonzalez FA K
286 Boston Scott PHI RB
287 Jordan Love GB QB
288 Jerick McKinnon KC RB
289 Drew Lock DEN QB
290 Malcolm Brown MIA RB
291 Philadelphia Eagles PHI DST
292 Anthony McFarland Jr. PIT RB
293 Tennessee Titans TEN DST
294 Mac Jones NE QB
295 Tyrod Taylor HOU QB
296 Ka'imi Fairbairn HOU K
297 Jimmy Garoppolo SF QB
298 Cody Parkey CLE K
299 Chris Boswell PIT K
300 Dustin Hopkins WAS K
301 O.J. Howard TB TE
302 Josh Lambo JAC K
303 Tyler Johnson TB WR
304 Stephen Gostkowski TEN K
305 Tyron Johnson LAC WR
306 Austin Seibert CIN K
307 Kadarius Toney NYG WR
308 Graham Gano NYG K
309 Donald Parham Jr. LAC TE
310 Dyami Brown WAS WR
311 Sam Sloman TEN K
312 Dan Bailey FA K
313 D'Wayne Eskridge SEA WR
314 Jordan Akins HOU TE
315 Keelan Cole Sr. NYJ WR
316 N'Keal Harry NE WR
317 Albert Okwuegbunam DEN TE
318 David Moore CAR WR
319 Tylan Wallace BAL WR
320 Cornell Powell KC WR
321 Jack Doyle IND TE
322 Tutu Atwell LAR WR
323 Collin Johnson JAC WR
324 Nico Collins HOU WR
325 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL WR
326 Lynn Bowden Jr. MIA WR
327 Dalton Schultz DAL TE
328 Van Jefferson LAR WR
329 Travis Fulgham PHI WR
330 Pat Freiermuth PIT TE
331 Demarcus Robinson KC WR
332 Byron Pringle KC WR
333 Andy Isabella ARI WR
334 Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE WR
335 Devin Duvernay BAL WR
336 Anthony Schwartz CLE WR
337 Harrison Bryant CLE TE
338 Josh Palmer LAC WR
339 Ihmir Smith-Marsette MIN WR
340 Hunter Long MIA TE
341 John Ross NYG WR
342 Auden Tate CIN WR
343 Greg Ward PHI WR
344 David Njoku CLE TE
345 Cameron Brate TB TE
346 Geoff Swaim TEN TE
347 Will Dissly SEA TE
348 Jimmy Graham CHI TE
349 Kyle Rudolph NYG TE
350 Brevin Jordan HOU TE
351 Drew Sample CIN TE
352 Foster Moreau LV TE
353 Ryan Griffin NYJ TE
354 C.J. Uzomah CIN TE
355 Jacob Hollister BUF TE
356 Kahale Warring HOU TE
357 Josh Oliver BAL TE