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 a homer in your league who will be willing to draft Justin Fields in the second round. 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 Russell Wilson available a round or more later. If you pass on that tier, productive veterans like Tom Brady and Ryan Tannehill 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 too much 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 with massive upside like Sony Michel and Gus Edwards at their respective ADPs later on.
Attack upside wide receivers in the middle rounds and then wait to grab a couple of depth guys late. Rookies who have missed time with injuries this preseason like Elijah Moore and Rashod Bateman are currently undervalued, as both have WR3 potential with upside. Older veterans like Antonio Brown and Cole Beasley are undervalued as well with both playing in high-octane offense slated to pass the ball a ton. And while other teams reach for depth wide receivers with flashier names, grab young no. 3 receivers like D’Wayne Eskridge and Van Jefferson late in deeper drafts. Both 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 three second-tier tight ends with elite potential who are available in the middle rounds: Kyle Pitts, T.J. Hockenson, 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 Jonnu Smith and Blake Jarwin don’t have much hype, 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 Giovani Bernard and Tony Jones. Some potential sleepers to target late are Elijah Mitchell and Justin Jackson. 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 Chris Evans, who might just be the better bets over their teammates Alexander Mattison and Samaje Perine.
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.
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2021 PPR Rankings
Last updated on Wednesday, September 1st.
|2||RB2||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?|
|4||TE1||Travis Kelce||TE||KC||Elite TEs are difference-makers, and Kelce provides WR1 production in the TE slot, which is a huge advantage over other teams.|
|5||WR1||Tyreek Hill||WR||KC||With Mahomes now behind a top-5 OL, opponents will try (and fail) trying to contain Hill for more than 3 seconds. He's my clear no. 1 WR.|
|6||RB4||Alvin Kamara||RB||NO||There's risk with Brees gone, but Kamara's target share could remain high with Michael Thomas not ready to start the season.|
|7||RB5||Nick Chubb||RB||CLE||Yes, the lack of receiving usage is a concern in PPR, but the best pure runner behind the top OL in the NFL has immense rushing and TD upside.|
|8||WR2||Davante Adams||WR||GB||With Aaron Rodgers now back in Green Bay, Adams maintains his top-end WR status for another year as an elite fantasy asset.|
|11||RB6||Clyde Edwards-Helaire||RB||KC||With Bell gone & major OL upgrades, CEH has top-5 potential if he sees more passing-down work and goal-line touches in 2021.|
|12||TE2||Darren Waller||TE||LVR||Either Kelce's ADP is inflated, or Waller is undervalued. I think it's the latter given Waller's immense target share as LVR's top target.|
|13||RB7||Aaron Jones||RB||GB||With Aaron Rodgers returning and Jamaal Williams gone, Jones shouldn't fall out of Round 1, even with the loss of two starting OL from 2020.|
|14||RB8||Saquon Barkley||RB||NYG||ACL tears are only concerns for mortals. The ceiling is still sky high for Barkley, but there is a risk of compensatory injuries in his return.|
|15||RB9||Jonathan Taylor||RB||IND||With both Carson Wentz and Quenton Nelson both questionable to start the year, Taylor's ceiling and floor are both considerably lower.|
|17||RB11||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.|
|18||RB12||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.|
|20||RB14||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 a workhorse with elite upside.|
|23||TE3||George Kittle||TE||SF||Kittle is a true difference-maker in fantasy. Injury questions drop him into Rd 2, but expect a leap in efficiency with Trey Lance in SF.|
|24||WR7||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.|
|26||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.|
|27||WR9||CeeDee Lamb||WR||DAL||Lamb was the no. 11 WR in PPR last year from Weeks 1-5 when Dak Prescott was healthy, and he has WR1 upside again this year.|
|31||WR13||Amari Cooper||WR||DAL||Cooper moves down just a few spots due to concerns about not being 100% from ankle inflammation even assuming he starts the season.|
|36||WR18||Tyler Lockett||WR||SEA||Lockett is a volatile option week to week, but his ceiling remains immensely high if SEA passes more under new OC Shane Waldron.|
|37||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.|
|41||RB17||James Robinson||RB||JAX||Robinson won't step into the exact workhorse role he had last year, but he vaults up into the RB2 range with Etienne sidelined for the season.|
|45||QB4||Tom Brady||QB||TB||Returning all 22 offensive starters, a top-5 OL, and the best receiving corps in the NFL, Brady could have a record-breaking MVP season at age 44.|
|46||RB18||Gus Edwards||RB||BAL||Edwards had standalone flex value even with Dobbins there. With Dobbins out for the year, Edwards is a strong RB2 option.|
|47||QB5||Lamar Jackson||QB||BAL||Returning from his second bout with COVID and losing Bateman for the preseason is enough to drop Jackson a couple of spots.|
|48||QB6||Dak Prescott||QB||DAL||The shoulder strain doesn't sound like a long-term issue, but the risk of an aggravation in-season is there, however minute it may be.|
|50||WR19||Antonio Brown||WR||TB||Brown is an incredible value after a full offseason to build rapport with Brady, and a top-15 WR finish is within his range of outcomes.|
|51||WR20||Ja'Marr Chase||WR||CIN||Chase may need a few games to get acclimated, but his talent is evident, and CIN projects to pass the ball a ton again in 2021.|
|53||RB20||Trey Sermon||RB||SF||With Mostert's injury history and Wilson on PUP, Sermon could win the lead job and not look back in this efficient SF run game.|
|55||WR21||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.|
|57||WR23||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.|
|60||RB22||Darrell Henderson||RB||LAR||Henderson is still the lead back for now even with Michel in town, but it's no longer certain that his projected workload will be much greater.|
|61||RB23||D'Andre Swift||RB||DET||On top of workload concerns, Swift's lingering groin injury makes him questionable for Week 1. He's a risk/reward pick at ADP.|
|64||WR26||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.|
|67||RB26||Myles Gaskin||RB||MIA||Gaskin is the most talented MIA RB, but he could see fewer targets than 2020 with Fuller and Waddle there, and Brown looks to be the GL back.|
|69||WR30||Michael Gallup||WR||DAL||DAL moving their WRs around bodes well for Gallup, who could see more slot work instead of being pigeon-holed into a downfield role like in 2020.|
|70||RB27||Chase Edmonds||RB||ARI||It's encouraging that Edmonds is getting all the 3rd down work and some early down snaps as well in the preseason even with Conner there.|
|71||RB28||Damien Harris||RB||NE||Is the Michel trade a vote of confidence for Harris or Stevenson? Or both? Only time will tell. Harris remains a two-down back in a committee.|
|72||WR31||Cole Beasley||WR||BUF||Beasley's tweets are controversial, but he was the clear no. 2 WR in BUF and the PPR WR15 when healthy last year. He's a steal at ADP.|
|73||WR32||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".|
|74||RB29||Mike Davis||RB||ATL||There are questions with Davis, but ATL seems committed to him for 2021. He filled in admirably for McCaffrey in 2020 and can be an okay RB2 option.|
|75||WR33||Marvin Jones||WR||JAX||With Chark out, Jones seemed to be Lawrence's preferred target vs. CLE and could finish the year as the top fantasy WR in JAX.|
|78||WR36||Michael Pittman||WR||IND||With T.Y. Hilton out for an unspecified amount of time, Pittman could establish himself as the clear no. 1 WR with plenty of targets.|
|79||WR37||Jerry Jeudy||WR||DEN||Bridgewater winning the starting job in DEN helps Jeudy's floor and ceiling, as his route-running ability helps on timing throws and shorter passes.|
|80||WR38||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.|
|81||RB30||Sony Michel||RB||NE||I speculated about a potential fit for Michel with the Rams, and here we are. He becomes a standalone flex with upside depending on the split.|
|85||RB33||Tony Jones||RB||NO||With Jones usurping Latavius Murray on the depth chart, he could be a valuable complement and handcuff to Alvin Kamara this year.|
|86||QB9||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.|
|87||QB10||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).|
|90||WR41||D.J. Chark||WR||JAX||Chark is slated to be ready for Week 1 despite the finger fracture, but he's losing valuable camp reps to build rapport with Lawrence.|
|93||WR44||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.|
|94||WR45||Will Fuller V||WR||MIA||Fuller is overvalued given the QB downgrade, a Week 1 suspension, lack of target volume with Waddle there, and of course injury risk.|
|95||WR46||Marquez Callaway||WR||NO||Callaway has shown flashes in the preseason and could be a PPR machine while Thomas is out and maintain a strong role even after his return.|
|97||QB11||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.|
|98||WR48||Laviska Shenault||WR||JAX||Shenault was the slot receiver in 11 personnel vs. CLE, and Lawrence seemed to have far more chemistry with Jones in limited action.|
|100||RB34||Michael Carter||RB||NYJ||Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson have seen enough preseason work to indicate that the Jets' backfield could be a very messy committee.|
|101||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 back in GB.|
|104||RB35||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 is worth a shot.|
|108||WR51||Rondale Moore||WR||ARI||Moore's preseason usage in the slot and manufactured touches is encouraging for him to emerge as the no. 2 WR in ARI.|
|112||WR52||Terrace Marshall||WR||CAR||Marshall saw usage in 2-WR sets and was the slot receiver in 3-WR sets vs. IND. He'll contribute immediately and could lead CAR's WRs in TDs.|
|113||WR53||Michael Thomas||WR||NO||It's anyone's guess why Thomas waited until June to have ankle surgery, but he's now a risk/reward upside pick for the second half of the year.|
|115||QB16||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.|
|116||WR54||Mecole Hardman||WR||KC||KC did little to address Watkins leaving, and Mahomes will have more time to throw deep with OL upgrades. Hardman is a boom/bust flex option.|
|119||WR55||Rashod Bateman||WR||BAL||Bateman should return early in the year despite the groin injury, but stunted development and overall target volume remain concerns.|
|120||RB41||Giovani Bernard||RB||TB||Yes, the TB backfield will be a messy committee, but there's plenty of fantasy relevance for the "James White" receiving role with Tom Brady.|
|123||TE11||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||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.|
|125||WR56||Parris Campbell||WR||IND||Hilton's injury opens up immediate opportunity for Campbell. If he can stay healthy, he's a worthwhile flex option early in the year.|
|128||RB43||Rhamondre Stevenson||RB||NE||With Michel now gone, Stevenson has an opportunity to step into a timeshare behind a top-10 OL and potentially the GL role.|
|130||WR59||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||RB46||Justin Jackson||RB||LAC||Reports from camp are that Jackson is the clear no. 2 behind Ekeler running behind a much-improved LAC OL after offseason upgrades.|
|141||RB47||Carlos Hyde||RB||JAX||With Etienne out, for the year, Hyde figures to step into a complementary role alongside Robinson and perhaps see some GL touches.|
|145||QB20||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.|
|148||TE16||Tyler Conklin||TE||MIN||Conklin saw similar snaps and targets as Irv late in 2020 when Rudolph was out and could see more red-zone targets with Irv now out for 2021.|
|153||RB49||Ty'Son Williams||RB||BAL||With Dobbins out for the season and Justice Hill working back from an ankle injury, Williams has an opportunity to be the 1B.|
|162||WR69||Randall Cobb||WR||GB||With Cobb back in GB, he's worth a flier late as a potential flex. Tonyan takes a hit, and Lazard and MVS don't need to be drafted.|
|165||TE21||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.|
|169||RB53||Darrel Williams||RB||KC||Don't forget about Darrel Williams. Damien Williams was cut, making Darrel Williams a high-value handcuff for CEH.|
|172||WR71||Gabriel Davis||WR||BUF||It sounds like Davis is currently the no. 4 WR in BUF behind Diggs, Beasley, and Sanders. He'll need an injury to see significant snaps.|
|176||TE23||Adam Trautman||TE||NO||Trautman is questionable to start the year depending on the severity of his foot injury, and even then his role as a receiver is in question.|
|177||WR72||Amon-Ra St. Brown||WR||DET|
|179||RB55||Elijah Mitchell||RB||SF||Mostert has had a litany of injury issues. Sermon stands to benefit, but Mitchell would likely take over some of Mostert's role if he were to miss time.|
|187||RB60||Malcolm Brown||RB||MIA||Brown seems to be a co-starter alongside Gaskin, though MIA's porous OL limits Brown's fantasy ceiling even in a complementary GL role.|
|190||TE26||Mo Alie-Cox||TE||IND||Zach Ertz could still end up in IND, but for now, Alie-Cox is a starter. With Wentz's affinity for targeting TEs, Alie-Cox has top-10 TE upside.|
|191||WR75||Donovan Peoples-Jones||WR||CLE||Mayfield ranked 6th in deep ball completion rate last year and has a top-5 OL. Peoples-Jones is a boom or bust WR with high weekly upside.|
|200||QB32||Deshaun Watson||QB||HOU||Even with no clarity on Watson's situation, the potential reward outweighs the risk if he's the last pick of your draft in deeper bench formats.|
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Appreciate your PPR football rankings on Fantrax HQ! I’m curious to know why you have Najee Harris so low? I’m really considering using your rankings for my high stakes PPR draft because they don’t fall in line with the typical rankings I see on other websites. I’ll probably have more questions to ask you about your rationale on other players after I’ve had time to analyze things further in depth.
Is it possible for you to provide a more condensed printable version of your rankings in the future?
Appreciate your response back to me!
Appreciate the feedback Rich! I don’t know that I’m low on Harris more so than I’m high on some of the 2020 RBs ahead of him. In general, I think RB is deeper this year than in recent history. It certainly wouldn’t shock me if he finished as a top-10 RB considering his projected workload in PIT, but I’d rather bet on Taylor, CEH, and Akers being more efficient with their touches in better offenses and running behind better OLs.
You can copy and paste the rankings into Excel and then delete the comments column if you’d like. That should make it more condensed for printing out.
Thank you so much for your response Meng!
You don’t have any concerns D. Williams and D. Henderson won’t take any substantial work (touches) or GL work from their respective starters? Harris is locked and loaded as the clear 3-down starter as you’ve stated with his projected massive workload. Don’t get me wrong I understand where you’re coming from better OLs within better offenses with CEH and Akers. Based on your comments, CEH’s ADP of 3.04 on Fantasy Football Calculator is a steal right now. I suspect his ADP will rise before the start of the season though. It seems Harris ADP of 6.08 hasn’t been updated correctly yet being a rookie.
Thanks for the suggestion of using Excel to print out your rankings. How many rankings updates do you plan to show on here by the end of August? That’s when my high stakes PPR league draft will take place and I want to be so ready and pumped for it!
I’m willing to go all in with your rankings to win that Championship!!! Speaking of which, do you provide any regular season commentary during the regular season to help out your fan followers?
I do have some concerns, but a workhorse role is still within their range of outcomes. I’d have no issue with anyone taking Harris over them though, as they’re all in that same upside tier.
I’ll be updating the rankings regularly throughout training camp and preseason. You can find all my stuff on Fantrax and on Twitter.
Appreciate it much!
Look forward to seeing your updates.