2021 Fantasy Football: Redraft PPR Rankings
These 2021 fantasy football PPR rankings are fluid and should be used as a general guide to value players. Every league is different, and you know your league best. There’s always that guy who drafts Patrick Mahomes in the first round, or maybe you know one team who only drafts running backs in the first few rounds. Attack various positions based on your knowledge about your league mates to extract maximum value from each pick, but here is my overall draft strategy for each position.
As a general rule of thumb, you’ll find that quarterbacks are placed fairly late in my PPR rankings below, as there are plenty of productive starters in 1QB formats. Mahomes is likely to go way too early in many leagues, so wait for other guys with No. 1 quarterback upside like Dak Prescott or Lamar Jackson. If you pass on that tier, productive veterans like Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford shouldn’t be overlooked. And if you want rookie upside, many quarterbacks in this rookie class have high fantasy potential, especially guys like Trey Lance and Trevor Lawrence who can add rushing production in addition to their passing numbers.
Running backs with secure workloads are scarce, so they are prioritized in the early rounds of my PPR rankings. Don’t be scared away from players who disappointed in 2020 like Ezekiel Elliott and Clyde Edwards-Helaire, as both of their offensive lines got upgraded in a major way this offseason. And don’t worry about guys returning from injury either like Saquon Barkley and Joe Mixon, both of whom are projected for true workhorse roles. If you do select some elite wide receivers or tight ends early instead, there are plenty of upside running backs in the middle rounds. Target upside RB3s like Trey Sermon, James Conner, and Gus Edwards at their respective ADPs later on.
Attack high-upside wide receivers in the middle rounds, and then wait to grab a couple of depth guys late. Younger players like Ja’Marr Chase and Brandon Aiyuk are currently undervalued, as both have top-10 potential with up-and-coming quarterbacks. Older players like Adam Thielen and Cooper Kupp are values as well, as are veterans like Antonio Brown and Marvin Jones later on. And while other teams reach for depth wide receivers with flashier names, grab John Brown and Terrace Marshall, both of whom are higher in my rankings than ADP, as these wide receivers could possibly see far more targets than many are projecting.
There are only three elite tight ends, and I do think that positional scarcity warrants their selections in the first two rounds. If you forgo an elite tight end, my PPR rankings show four second-tier tight ends with elite potential who are available in the middle rounds: T.J. Hockenson, Kyle Pitts, Dallas Goedert, and Mark Andrews. If you miss out on the second tier, then wait until very late to take a starter, as there’s not much difference between the rest. Players like Anthony Firsker and Jonnu Smith don’t have much name value, but both have top-10 potential, and maybe even top-5 if everything goes their way.
The majority of your bench should focus on high-upside running backs, whether they’re handcuffs with RB1 potential or devalued backs in a committee who have a shot at winning the starting job. Everyone knows about Tony Pollard and A.J. Dillon, but don’t forget about Darrell Henderson and Darrel Williams. A few potential sleepers to target are Rhamondre Stevenson and Malcolm Brown. Both are an injury away from big workloads for teams with good run games. And for those in very deep leagues, whether it’s 16 teams or 30-man rosters, take a stab on Kene Nwangwu or Caleb Huntley, who might just be the better bets over their teammates Alexander Mattison and Javian Hawkins.
Here are my top-200 fantasy football rankings for the 2021 season for full PPR scoring. Best of luck! And be sure to check back for updated rankings as we near the season. Injuries are sure to happen, and other changing situations will shake up these PPR rankings as well, as we’ll find out whether Aaron Rodgers will play for Green Bay and whether Deshaun Watson will suit up for Week 1.
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2021 PPR Rankings
Last updated on Wednesday, June 9th.
|3||RB3||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||DAL||Why are we fading a guy who was the no. 3 RB in PPR last year from Weeks 1-5 when Dak Prescott and the DAL offensive line were healthy?|
|5||TE1||Travis Kelce||TE||KC||I was drafting Rob Gronkowski in the 2nd rd during his prime, and Kelce has a higher floor given lack of injury questions. Elite TEs are difference-makers.|
|6||RB5||Aaron Jones||RB||GB||Whether Aaron Rodgers will remain in GB greatly impacts both Jones and Adams. If Rodgers moves on, Jones would fall into high-end RB2 territory.|
|7||RB6||Austin Ekeler||RB||LAC||Ekeler was the no. 11 RB in PPR last year when healthy. LAC made major OL upgrades, and Joe Lombardi's hire gives Ekeler Kamara-esque upside.|
|8||RB7||Alvin Kamara||RB||NO||In 2020, 50% of Kamara's production came from receiving. He's unlikely to see as many targets with Brees gone from either Winston or Hill.|
|9||RB8||Joe Mixon||RB||CIN||Mixon was the no. 8 RB in PPR last year when healthy from Weeks 1-6. With Bernard gone and OL upgrades, he's be a workhorse with elite upside.|
|11||RB10||Derrick Henry||RB||TEN||Opposing defenses can no longer stack the box, but Brown and Julio's red zone targets offset this. Overall, Julio's arrival doesn't really impact Henry.|
|16||RB12||Clyde Edwards-Helaire||RB||KC||CEH was the no. 13 RB in PPR last year through Week 15 prior to injury. With Bell gone and major OL upgrades, CEH has top-5 potential in 2021.|
|19||TE3||George Kittle||TE||SF||Like Kelce, Kittle can be a true difference-maker in fantasy. Injury questions drop him into Rd 2, but expect a leap in efficiency with Trey Lance in SF.|
|22||WR5||Davante Adams||WR||GB||Adams would fall into the back-end WR1 range if Rodgers were to move on, but target volume as the undisputed no. 1 in GB would keep him viable.|
|23||RB15||Chris Carson||RB||SEA||Carson is underrated every single year. He missed four games in 2020 but was the no. 12 RB in PPR in PPG. SEA wants to run, and Carson is the guy.|
|26||WR8||A.J. Brown||WR||TEN||There are no real major concerns about Brown, but Julio's presence in TEN limits Brown's previous no. 1 WR ceiling due to projected target volume.|
|27||WR9||Calvin Ridley||WR||ATL||Ridley has a sky-high ceiling with Julio gone, but this minor foot surgery elevates his risk slightly and is worth monitoring throughout the offseason.|
|31||WR11||CeeDee Lamb||WR||DAL||Lamb was the no. 11 WR in PPR last year from Weeks 1-5 when Dak Prescott was healthy. That's exactly where I have him ranked for 2021.|
|35||RB18||J.K. Dobbins||RB||BAL||From Week 8 on in 2020, Dobbins saw just 53% of the snaps and 12.1 carries per game vs. Edwards's 32% snap share and 9.7 carries per game.|
|39||WR17||Ja'Marr Chase||WR||CIN||There's risk with rookies, but Higgins was the no. 24 WR in 2020 even with Burrow out for half the year. CIN will pass a ton, and Chase is the clear no. 1.|
|40||WR18||Julio Jones||WR||TEN||TEN should need to throw more in 2021 than in years past, but Julio was no longer a WR1 regardless of whether he remained in ATL or not.|
|41||WR19||Brandon Aiyuk||WR||SF||Despite target concerns, Aiyuk has elite upside. Justin Jefferson managed a no. 8 WR finish in 2020 despite MIN being the 6th most run-heavy team.|
|51||TE4||Kyle Pitts||TE||ATL||Pitts seems destined to shatter rookie TE records with Julio gone, and it's not crazy considering the lack of WR talent behind Ridley in ATL.|
|54||RB22||Trey Sermon||RB||SF||With Mostert missing some OTAs due to a minor knee injury and Wilson starting the year on PUP, Sermon could win the lead job and not look back.|
|55||RB23||Mike Davis||RB||ATL||There are questions with Davis, but ATL seems committed to him for 2021. He filled in admirably last year for McCaffrey and is a fine RB2 option.|
|59||WR25||Kenny Golladay||WR||NYG||Golladay should see plenty of targets considering his pricey contract, but it remains to be seen how efficient the offense will be with Jones & Garrett.|
|60||QB6||Justin Herbert||QB||LAC||Consider me a believer in Herbert with upgrades to the offensive line this offseason and the hiring of Joe Lombardi (see Ekeler, Austin).|
|64||WR26||Odell Beckham Jr.||WR||CLE|
|67||WR29||Diontae Johnson||WR||PIT||PIT ranked no. 2 in pass rate last year. That should decrease, and Freiermuth could steal some targets as a checkdown option for an aging Roethlisberger.|
|70||WR31||Antonio Brown||WR||TB||Many are writing off Brown after he had a quiet year in 2020, but with a full offseason to build rapport with Brady, he could easily outperform his ADP.|
|74||WR35||Tyler Lockett||WR||SEA||Lockett was the no. 38 WR in PPR over the second half of 2020 after SEA reverted to a run-heavy approach. His weekly production remains volatile.|
|76||QB8||Ryan Tannehill||QB||TEN||Tannehill has been a top-12 fantasy QB in PPG since taking over in TEN. With Brown and Julio at his disposal, a career year and top-5 finish are doable.|
|82||WR38||Mike Williams||WR||LAC||Maybe it's coach speak, but Joe Lombardi recently lauded Williams as the X and "sees a big role for him" with "nice numbers...on the stat sheet".|
|83||WR39||Marvin Jones Jr.||WR||JAX|
|84||RB27||James Conner||RB||ARI||There are injury concerns with Conner, but Drake was the no. 14 RB last year in this role. With injury risk baked into ADP, Conner in Rd 7 is worth a shot.|
|90||WR41||Jaylen Waddle||WR||MIA||MIA's balanced offense could limit upside, but do we really expect Will Fuller to stay healthy? Waddle could be a league-winner in the back half of 2021.|
|91||WR42||Will Fuller V||WR||MIA||Fuller is overvalued at ADP considering the QB downgrade, a Week 1 suspension, lack of target volume with Waddle there, and of course injury risk.|
|95||RB32||Gus Edwards||RB||BAL||The BAL backfield is projected to be more of a split than many expect, so Edwards has standalone flex value + RB1 upside if Dobbins were to miss time.|
|99||QB12||Aaron Rodgers||QB||GB||Rodgers's incredible 9.1 TDs per throw last year was a career high. With TD regression incoming, he's a fine QB1 but not elite even if he stays in GB.|
|100||QB13||Trey Lance||QB||SF||Uncertainty makes Lance a value right now. Garoppolo is on thin ice, and Lance's rushing gives him top-5 QB upside as soon as he starts.|
|102||QB15||Matt Ryan||QB||ATL||Ryan is still a fine QB2 option and might even see a top-12 finish even without Julio, but that loss of course limits Ryan's fantasy ceiling.|
|106||WR45||Michael Pittman Jr.||WR||IND|
|108||WR47||Mecole Hardman||WR||KC||I was way too high on Hardman last year, but KC did little to address Watkins leaving, and Mahomes will have more time to throw deep with an OL upgrade.|
|115||RB42||Ronald Jones II||RB||TB|
|116||TE9||Irv Smith Jr.||TE||MIN|
|122||TE12||Robert Tonyan||TE||GB||See Rodgers, Aaron. Tonyan had 11 TDs on just 52 catches in 2020, and Amari Rodgers in the slot could eat into target share as well.|
|123||TE13||Logan Thomas||TE||WAS||The beneficiary of incredible target volume in 2020, CAR has since added Curtis Samuel and Dyami Brown, who will cut into Thomas's target volume.|
|124||TE14||Anthony Firkser||TE||TEN||Julio's arrival obviously limits Firkser's ceiling, but he should still be involved as the no. 3 receiving option and top TE for the team with fair upside.|
|125||TE15||Zach Ertz||TE||PHI||Ertz is a likely trade candidate, and whichever team trades for him has a role in mind. BUF or IND in particular would be ideal spots for fantasy.|
|126||RB43||Rhamondre Stevenson||RB||NE||You can probably wait to snag Stevenson, but NE's RB depth chart is fluid, and Stevenson has the skills to be a three-down back behind a very good OL.|
|128||RB45||Malcolm Brown||RB||MIA||Myles Gaskin is the starter, but Brown should see work, and if Gaskin were to miss time, I'd bet on MIA turning to the trusty vet over Ahmed or Doaks.|
|129||WR53||Terrace Marshall||WR||CAR||Curtis Samuel leaves behind 97 targets from 2020, and Marshall should be an immediate starter in 3WR sets reunited with his college OC from LSU.|
|138||WR58||Russell Gage||WR||ATL||Gage will see more targets with Julio gone, but his production last year came without Kyle Pitts on the field. Gage remains an uninspiring option.|
|140||WR60||Amari Rodgers||WR||GB||Assuming Aaron Rodgers stays in GB this year, Amari Rodgers could step into immediate fantasy WR3 production as the starting slot WR.|
|142||QB17||Sam Darnold||QB||CAR||Darnold is moving from Adam Gase to Joe Brady, who helped Joe Burrow win a Heisman. His new WRs and McCaffrey are also a big upgrade.|
|145||QB20||Deshaun Watson||QB||HOU||We'll know more about Watson as we near September, but the upside is there this late if he's traded and starting in the second half of the season.|
|149||RB48||Darrel Williams||RB||KC||Why are we forgetting about Darrel Williams? Damien Williams was cut, making Darrel Williams a high-value handcuff for CEH.|
|154||TE20||Mo Alie-Cox||TE||IND||Zach Ertz could still end up in IND, but for now, Alie-Cox is the incumbent starter. With Wentz's affinity for targeting TEs, Alie-Cox has top-10 TE upside.|
|161||RB51||Jeff Wilson Jr.||RB||SF|
|189||WR73||Amon-Ra St. Brown||WR||DET|
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