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College Fantasy Football Rankings: August Update!

Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays, and for the past thirty years, it marked the start of the fantasy football season. In the Nineties, I would rush to the local book store and immediately go to the magazine racks looking for the first magazine of the year to purchase.

Among my best friends, July 4th would mark the beginning of fantasy football conversation at my Mom and Dad’s annual barbeque. I still look back fondly to the days before the internet and Twitter.

In 2021, the college fantasy football season is still second-fiddle to NFL fantasy football. Independence Day is a great time to begin researching for the upcoming campaign. I have participated in 10 CFF Drafts already this season and updated my player rankings for readers over the holiday.

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In an attempt to assist readers in upcoming drafts, I provide a list of players at each position who I have selected most often and their current ADP based on data provided by Jared Palmgren (@CFF_Jared).

One of the most exciting aspects of college fantasy football is the huge number of changes at the top of the rankings each season. In 2021, it will be even more challenging with a record number of players entering the transfer portal, and the NCAA granting players another season of eligibility.

Enjoy my fellow CFF diehards!


2021 Quarterback Outlook

At quarterback, astute CFF diehards always seek dual-threat signal-callers to anchor their rosters. Among the Top 10 QBs, six players produce prodigious points on the ground: Malik Willis, DJ Uiagalelei, Bryce Young, Dustin Crum, Dorial Thompson-Robinson, and Brennan Armstrong. I always want to acquire one of the elite scramblers on my CFF team and will surely target the aforementioned quarterbacks in the first two rounds.

There are also new starters on all four CFP teams from last year: Alabama (Young), Clemson (Uiagalelei), Ohio State (C.J. Stroud), and Notre Dame (Jack Coan). In the Top 204, there are eleven field generals among the Group of Five programs and all will impact CFF teams this season.


Scholar’s Most Drafted Quarterbacks:

Player, Team: % Selected, Current CFF ADP Overall

Jeff Sims, Georgia Tech: 50%, 167

Michael Pratt, Tulane: 50%, 187

Sean Clifford, Penn State: 40%, 199


2021 Running Back Outlook

At running back, a star-stuttered group adorns the top of the rankings. Last year, Breece Hall, Kyren Williams, Mohamed Ibrahim, Sincere McCormick, and Ronnie Rivers all were weekly starters and returned in 2021. Also, a crop of rising stars joins the cadre of fantasy runners: Bijan Robinson, Tank Bigsby, Jarek Broussard, Kevin Harris, and Jahmyr Gibbs will be in demand in upcoming CFF drafts.


Scholar’s Most Drafted Running Backs

Player, Team: % Selected, Current CFF ADP Overall

Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M: 40%, 22

Jerrion Ealy, Mississippi: 30%, 56 

Frank Gore, Jr., Southern Mississippi: 30%, 133


Top 10 Transfers in 2021

  1. RB Eric Gray, Tennessee to Oklahoma
  2. RB Ty Chandler, Tennessee to North Carolina
  3. RB Kenneth Walker, III, Wake Forest to Michigan State
  4. WR Andrew Parchment, Kansas to Florida State
  5. QB Tyler Shough, Oregon to Texas Tech
  6. RB Keaontay Ingram, Texas to USC
  7. QB Bailey Zappe, Houston Baptist to WKU
  8. QB Grant Gunnell, Arizona to Memphis
  9. QB Tanner Mordecai, Oklahoma to SMU
  10. RB Re’Mahn Davis, Temple to Vanderbilt


2021 Wide Receiver Outlook

Seeking a home run hitter at wide receiver? There are plenty of astounding options to choose from this year. David Bell, Treylon Burks, Garrett Wilson, Romeo Doubs, and Calvin Austin all illustrated incredible upside potential in 2020. And there are underclassmen sure to impact CFF rosters: Kayson Boutte, John Metchie, III, Drake London, and Marvin Mims.

Let’s not forget about the upperclassmen returning to campus. Khalil Shakir, Zay Flowers, Jaivon Heiligh, Justin Hall, Chris Olave, Ty Fryfogle, and Jahan Dotson will be available in the middle rounds in CFF drafts and become weekly starters.

 Scholar’s Most Drafted Wide Receivers

Player, Team: % Selected, Current CFF ADP Overall

Treylon Burks, Arkansas: 50%, 20

Sam Pinckney, Georgia State: 40%, 134

Jonathan Mingo, Mississippi: 30%, 155


2021 Tight End Outlook

The tight end position always challenges CFF managers but the 2021 group looks promising this early in the process. Jaylen Wydermyer, Sean Dykes, Charlie Kolar, Cole Turner, and Greg Dulcich all are capable of becoming difference-makers this season. And sophomores Michael Mayer and Arik Gilbert could be All-Americans if both reach their potential.


Scholar’s Most Drafted Tight Ends

Player, Team: % Selected, Current CFF ADP Overall

Jaylen Wydermyer, Texas A&M: 60%, 112

Isaac Rex, BYU: 50%, 128


Spring camps and early depth charts changed the rankings, and news and notes throughout training camp will provide additional insights. I am ready for kickoff! Are you?

Update Rankings: August 22, 2021


2021 College Fantasy Football Rankings

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1Malik WillisLiberty
2Spencer RattlerOklahoma
3Matt CorralMississippi
4DJ UiagaleleiClemson
5Dustin CrumKent State
6Bryce YoungAlabama
7CJ StroudOhio State
8Sam HowellNorth Carolina
9D. Thompson-RobinsonUCLA
10Dillon GabrielUCF
11Brennan ArmstrongVirginia
12Desmond RidderCincinnati
13Carson StrongNevada
14Grayson McCallCoastal Carolina
15Preston HutchinsonEastern Michigan
16Kedon SlovisUSC
17Jake HaenerFresno St.
18Kaleb ElebyWestern Michigan
19Clayton TuneHouston
20D'Eriq KingMiami
21Emory JonesFlorida
22Jeff SimsGeorgiaTech
23Max DugganTCU
24Bailey ZappeWKU
25Malik CunninghamLouisville
26Max JohnsonLSU
27Chevan CordeiroHawaii
28Phil JurkovecBoston College
29Cornelius BrownGeorgia State
30Jayden DanielsArizona State
31Sean CliffordPenn State
32Tyler ShoughTexas Tech
33Brock PurdyIowa State
34Michael Penix, Jr.Indiana
35Casey ThompsonTexas
36Will RogersMississippi St.
37JT DanielsGeorgia
38Jayden de LauraWashington St.
39Sam HartmanWake Forest
40Taulia TagovailoaMaryland
41Holton AhlersEast Carolina
42Haynes KingTexas A&M
43Spencer SandersOklahoma St.
44Michael PrattTulane
45Frank HarrisUTSA
46Anthony BrownOregon
47Milton McKenzieFlorida St.
48Tanner MordecaiSMU
49Grant GunnellMemphis
50KJ JeffersonArkansas
51Chris ReynoldsCharlotte
52Adrian MartinezNebraska
53Graham MertzWisconsin
54Brady McBrideTexas St.
55Levi LewisLouisiana
56J.J. McCathyMichigan
57Jake BentleySouth Alabama
58Drew PlittBall State
59Layne HatcherArkansas State
60Austin AuneN. Texas
61Sean ChambersWyoming
62Hendon HookerTennessee
63Grant WellsMarshall
64Bo NixAuburn
65Tanner MorganMinnesota
66Jaren HallBYU
67Connor BazelakMissouri
68Gunnar WatsonTroy
69Jack PlummerPurdue
70Nick StarkelSan Jose State
71Kenny PicketPittsburgh
72Hank BachmeierBoise State
73Skylar ThompsonKansas State
74Devin LearyNCSU
75Carter BradleyToledo
76Joey GatewoodKentucky
77Luke McCaffreyRice

1Breece HallIowa State
2Bijan RobinsonTexas
3Sincere McCormickUTSA
4Mohamed IbrahimMinnesota
5Kyren WilliamsNotre Dame
6Tank BigsbyAuburn
7Isaiah SpillerTexas A&M
8Ronnie RiversFresno State
9Leddie BrownWest Virginia
10Jahmyr GibbsGeorgia Tech
11Kevin MarksBuffalo
12Austin JonesStanford
13Ulysses BentleySMU
14Eric GrayOklahoma
15Jerrion EalyMississippi
16Jalen BergerWisconsin
17Jerome FordCincinnati
18Camerun PeoplesAppalachian St.
19Duece VaughnKansas State
20Lew NicholsCentral Michigan
21Xazavian ValladayWyoming
22Calvin TurnerHawaii
23Rachaad WhiteArizona State
24Kevin HarrisSouth Carolina
25Christopher RodriquezKentucky
26DeWayne McBrideUAB
27D'Vonte PriceFIU
28Tyler AllgeierBYU
29Jarek BroussardColorado
30Tyler GoodsonIowa
31Greg BellSan Diego St.
32David BaileyColorado State
33Bryant KobackToledo
34Chris SmithLouisiana-Laf
35Jalen MitchellLouisville
36Master TeagueOhio State
37Zach EvansTCU
38Zamir WhiteGeorgia
39De'Montre TuggleOhio
40Ty ChandlerTennessee
41Max BorghiWashington St.
42George HolaniBoise State
43Destin CoatesGeorgia St.
44Jo'Quavius MarksMiss. State
45Trelon SmithArkansas
46Re'Mahn DavisVanderbilt
47Zonovan KnightNCSU
48Tyler BadieMissouri
49CJ VerdellOregon
50Brian Robinson, Jr.Alabama
51Frank Gore, Jr.S. Mississippi
52Brittain BrownUCLA
53Reese WhiteCoastal Carolina
54MarShawn LloydSouth Carolina
55Kimani VidalTroy
56La'Darius JeffersonW. Michigan
57Kobe LewisCental Michigan
58TreVeyon HendersonOhio State
59Micah BernardUtah
60Toa TauaNevada
61T.J. PledgerUtah
62Noah CainPenn State
63Christian Beal-SmithWake Forest
64Jashaun CorbinFlorida State
65Rodrigues ClarkMemphis
66Lyn-J DixonClemson
67Hassan HaskinsMichigan
68Kobe PaceClemson
69Chase BrownIllinois
70Charles WilliamsUNLV
71Keontay IngramUSC
72Rahjai HarrisECU
73Terion StewartBowling Green
74Kevin MensahUConn
75Deshaun FenwickOregon State
76Martell PettawayMTSU
77Kyron DronesBaylor
78Israel AbanikandaPittsburgh
79Chip TraynaumArizona State
80Peny BooneMaryland
81Jaren ManghamUSF
82Marcus WilliamsLa Tech
83Deion HankinsUTEP
84Kenneth WalkerMichigan St.
85Tyjae SpearsTulane
86Ronnie Walker Jr,Virginia
87LD BrownOklahoma State
88Donovan EdwardsMichigan
89Sean TuckerSyracuse
90Marquez CooperKent State
91Zander HorvathPurdue
92Brad RobertsAir Force
93Donald Chaney, Jr.Miami
94Zach CharbonnetUCLA
95Kennedy BrooksOklahoma
96Mateo DurantDuke
97SaRoderick ThompsonTexas Tech
98John Emery, Jr.LSU
99Antario BrownNIU
100Raheem BlackshearVirginia Tech
101Jaylon BesterMiami
102Joshua MackLiberty
103Tyler NevensSan Jose St.
104Calvin HillTexas State
105Lawrence ToafiliFlorida State

1David BellPurdue
2Treylon BurksArkansas
3Kayshon BoutteLSU
4Khalil ShakirBoise State
5Garrett WilsonOhio State
6Calvin AustinMemphis
7Jaylon RobinsonUCF
8John Metchie, IIIAlabama
9Jalen TolbertSouth Alabama
10Romeo DoubsNevada
11Marvin MimsOklahoma
12Drake LondonUSC
13Reggie RobersonSMU
14Zay FlowersBoston College
15Jaquarii RobersonWake Forest
16Justyn RossClemson
17Josh DownsNorth Carolina
18Chris OlaveOhio State
19Jalen CropperFresno State
20Jaivon HeilighCoastal Carolina
21Justin HallBall State
22Ty FryfogleIndiana
23Jahan DotsonPenn State
24Jaden WalleyMississippi State
25Corey RuckerArkansas State
26Travell HarrisWashington St.
27Braylon SandersMississippi
28Dante WrightColorade State
29Jordan AddisonPittsbugh
30Jyaire ShorterNorth Texas
31Brennan PresleyOklahoma State
32Jerreth SternsWestern Kentucky
33Zakhari FranklinUTSA
34Yo'Heinz TylerBall State
35Tyrice RichieNorthen Illinois
36Elijah CanionAuburn
37Ainias SmithTexas A&M
38Quentin JohnsonTCU
39Jermaine BurtonGeorgia
40Sam PinckneyGeorgia State
41Kalil PimpletonCentral Michigan
42Keylon StokesTulsa
43Jordan WhittingtonTexas
44Chris Autman-BellMinnesota
45Mike HarleyMiami
46Erik EzukanmaTexas Tech
47Danny GraySMU
48John Rhys PlumleeMississippi
49Ja'Shaun PokeKent State
50Andrew ParchmentFSU
51Nykeim JohnsonKent State
52Parker WashingtonPenn State
53CJ JohnsonEast Carolina
54Bo MeltonRutgers
55Tahj WashingtonUSC
56LV Bunkley-SheltonArizona St
57Joseph NgataClemson
58Xavier HutchinsonIowa State
59Jarrin PierceMTSU
60Elijah CooksNevada
61Rakim JarrettMaryland
62Skky MooreWestern Michigan
63Hassan BeydounEastern Michigan
64Mike WoodsOklahoma
65Victor TuckerCharlotte
66Joshua MooreTexas
67Tyler SneadECU
68Ze'Vian CapersAuburn
69Jonathan MingoMississippi
70Agiye HallAlabama
71Jacob CopelandFlorida
72Jacob CowingUTEP
73Isaiah HamiltonSan Jose St.
74Rashee RiceSMU
75Cornelius JohnsonMichigan
76Kyle PhillipsUCLA
77Taj HarrisSyracuse
78Billy Kemp, IVVirginia
79Cameron RossUConn
80Khafre BrownUNC
81Troy OmeireTexas
82Kevin AustinNotre Dame
83Dontay DemusMaryland
84Marcell BarbeeTexas State
85Duece WattsTulane
86Dontayvion WicksVirginia
87Javon BakerAlabama
88Tyrone Tracy, Jr.Iowa
89Jordan JohnsonUCF
90Jaylen HallWestern Michigan
91M. Rosemy-JacksaintGeorgia
92Lincoln VictorWashington St.
93Jadon HaselwoodOklahoma
94Zavier BettsNebraska
95Jahcour PearsonMississippi
96Daniel JacksonMinnesota
97Jadan BlueTemple
98Alec PierceCincinnati
99Cam JohnsonVanderbilt
100Corey GammageMarshall
101Winston WrightWest Virginia
102Jack SorensonMiami
103Johnny JohnsonOregon
104Samori ToureNebraska
105Tay MartinOklahoma State
106Nathaniel DellHouston
107Jeff ForemanArkansas State
108Christian LewisKentucky
109Jameson WilliamsAlabama
110Garrett WalchliUtah State
111Jalin HyattTennessee
112Ryan O'KeefeUCF
113Zeriah BeasonOregon State

1Jalen WydermyerTexas A&M
2Greg DulcichUCLA
3Cole TurnerNevada
4Charlie KolarIowa State
5Sean DykesMemphis
6Brant KuitheUtah
7Michael MayerNotre Dame
8Isaac RexBYU
9Isaiah LikelyCoastal Carolina
10Jahleel BillingsleyAlabama
11Tre McBrideColorado St.
12Cade OttonWashington
13Will MalloryMiami
14Josh WhyleCincinnati
15Grant CalcaterraSMU
16Austin StognerOklahoma
17Jake FergusonWisconsin
18Derrick Deese, Jr.San Jose St.
19Jeremy RuckertOhio State
20James MitchellVirginia Tech
21Arik GilbertGeorgia
22Branden GallowayClemson
23Peyton HendershotIndiana
24Marshon FordLouisville
25Darnell WashingtonGeorgia
26Roger CarterGeorgia State
27Casey KellyMississippi
28Hudson HenryArkansas
29Joshua SimonWestern Kentucky
30Payne DurhamPurdue
31Brenton StrangePenn State
32EJ JenkinsSouth Carolina
33Keon ZippererFlorida
34Xavier GainesMarshall
35Riley SmithBoise State
36Sam LaPortaIowa
37Luke FordIllinois
38Ryan LuehrmanOhio
39Garrett WalstonNorth Carolina
40Brady RussellColorado

1Will ReichardAlabama
2Gabe BrkicOklahoma
3BT PotterClemson
4Blake MazzaSMU
5Cameron DickerTexas
6Cade YorkLSU
7Jake SeibertOhio State
8Daniel ObarskiUCF
9Nick ScibaWake Forest
10D. WitherspoonHouston
11Parker LewisUSC
12Grayson AtkinsUNC
13Anders CarlsonAuburn
14Alec BarbirLiberty
15Brayden NarvesonWKU
16Jadon ReddingUtah
17Jonathan DoererNotre Dame
18Chandler StatonApp. State
19John HoylandWyoming
20Hunter DuplessisUTSA
21Noel RuizGeorgia St.
22Seth SmallTexas A&M
23Jack PodlesnyGeorgia
24Jake OldroydBYU
25Blake GrupeArkansas St.
26Cole SmithCincinnati

6Coastal Carolina
7Texas A&M
9Ohio State
10Appalachian St.
15Notre Dame
16Iowa State
17West Virginia
18San Diego St.
19Penn State
22Arizona St.

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