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Superflex Rookie Rankings for 2021 Fantasy Football

Many dynasty football leagues now play in a superflex format. Quarterback scarcity is a far bigger concern in superflex formats, which changes how I have the incoming class of quarterbacks ranked between 1QB rookie rankings and superflex rookie rankings. In 1QB leagues, few quarterback prospects are selected in the first round of rookie drafts. However, in superflex leagues, consistent producers at QB2 and QB3 on dynasty rosters are necessary depth since it’s beneficial for the vast majority of teams start two quarterbacks every week.

Scarcity at the position pushes many quarterbacks up into the first round of superflex rookie rankings, which in turn pushes talent at running back and wide receiver down into the second and third rounds. With the 2021 NFL Draft in the books, here are my updated top-36 rookies assuming a superflex format with PPR scoring (you can find my 1QB rookie rankings here).

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2021 Superflex Rookie Rankings

Last updated on Thursday, May 6th. 

RkPos RkPlayerPosTeamComments
1QB1Trey LanceQBSFLance is a raw prospect but has a great deep ball, limits turnovers, and adds value as a runner. He has a Mahomes-esque ceiling with Kyle Shanahan.
2QB2Trevor LawrenceQBJAXA polished prospect who should produce from Day 1 and add rushing production, it doesn't hurt that Lawrence gets Travis Etienne back.
3WR1Ja'Marr ChaseWRCINChase creates separation with elite acceleration as an incredible YAC playmaker, and his reunion with Joe Burrow is a match made in heaven.
4TE1Kyle PittsTEATLPitts is essentially a WR with speed to threaten the seam & a monstrous red-zone threat, but will the offense run through him with Ridley and Julio there?
5QB3Justin FieldsQBCHIThe ceiling is there for Fields with great accuracy and value as a dynamic runner, but we'll see if Matt Nagy can maximize Fields's potential.
6QB4Zach WilsonQBNYJMike LaFleur's Shanahan-esque offense is a good fit for Wilson, and he has mobility to make amazing off-platform throws and create yards on the ground.
7RB1Najee HarrisRBPITHarris is a smooth runner and receiver built to be a workhorse, but the Steelers' offensive line and Roethlisberger's looming retirement are concerns.
8QB5Mac JonesQBNEAn accurate rhythm thrower who can make anticipation throws, the ceiling is there for Jones paired with Josh McDaniels, but the floor is questionable.
9WR2Jaylen WaddleWRMIAElite acceleration and speed make Waddle dangerous on all levels, though he may be limited as a rookie by MIA's balanced offense and Fuller's presence.
10RB2Travis EtienneRBJAXEtienne has breakaway speed and has developed into an able receiver, but the issue is how many touches Robinson and/or Hyde may take away.
11WR3Rashod BatemanWRBALA crisp route-runner who can win contested catches, the big question is how much volume Bateman will see in the most run-heavy offense in the league.
12WR4DeVonta SmithWRPHISmith is a great route-runner with decent speed, but durability at the NFL level given his frame and a late breakout age remain distinct concerns.
13RB3Javonte WilliamsRBDENWilliams is a good runner & receiver but invites contact, which increases injury risk. Even if Gordon is gone in 2022, a committee backfield is likely.
14RB4Trey SermonRBSFSermon is a tough runner who's perfect for Shanahan's zone scheme. Though it's a crowded backfield, he could emerge as the lead back as soon as 2022.
15WR5Terrace MarshallWRCARThe reunion with Joe Brady bodes well, and Robby Anderson a free agent after 2021, but Marshall's fall in the draft due to medical concerns is a worry.
16WR6Elijah MooreWRNYJA reliable slot receiver who can be used in a variety of ways, the NYJ receiving corps. is wide open for him to become a primary target for Wilson.
17WR7Rondale MooreWRARIA versatile receiver with great YAC ability, Moore could be great in the slot in ARI, but he'll need to overcome his small frame and durability concerns.
18WR8Amari RodgersWRGBAmari Rodgers didn’t break out until his senior year, but if Aaron Rodgers remains in GB, the slot role there will have plenty of fantasy upside.
19RB5Michael CarterRBNYJCarter has good burst as a runner and does everything well, but a leaner build likely relegates him to a committee role even if he sees snaps early on.
20WR9Kadarius ToneyWRNYGIt's hard to see volume for Toney with Golladay and Engram there, as he's best suited for a slot or gadget role due to limited routes & durability concerns.
21TE2Pat FreiermuthTEPITFreiermuth is a good route-runner who could quickly become one of Roethlisberger's favorite check-down targets like Heath Miller before him.
22WR10Amon-Ra St. BrownWRDETSt. Brown could be the immediate starter at slot for DET and has upside if he develops a rapport with Goff and sees target volume as his go-to outlet option.
23RB6Rhamondre StevensonRBNENE's committee backfield is a constant headache to decipher, but the 4th round RB has a chance to run behind a strong offensive line in that offense.
24WR11Dyami BrownWRWASBrown is a big-play WR but will see questionable target volume in WAS with McLaurin and Samuel there and needs to clean up his drop issues.
25RB7Chuba HubbardRBCARA patient one-cut runner with breakaway speed, Hubbard is a COP back or handcuff who could see the bulk of the carries if McCaffrey were to miss time.
26RB8Kenneth GainwellRBPHIGainwell figures to be a great passing-down back to complement Sanders, but it'll be hard to predict which weeks he's actually startable in fantasy.
27QB6Davis MillsQBHOUWith Watson likely to be traded at some point, Mills may have the most immediate ROI outside of the top-5 rookie QBs in this class.
28WR12D'Wayne EskridgeWRSEADynamic after the catch, Eskridge can also high-point the ball in traffic, but his ceiling is capped as the no. 3 WR in a run-heavy SEA offense.
29RB9Elijah MitchellRBSFDraft capital suggests that Sermon will get the first crack, but with Mostert & Wilson both FAs after 2021, there could be a role for Mitchell as well.
30RB10Larry RountreeRBLACNeither Joshua Kelley nor Justin Jackson impressed last year in Ekeler's absence, so Rountree has a chance to be the no. 2 RB for LAC's new regime.
31WR13Nico CollinsWRHOUIt's hard to judge Collins given unreliable QB play in college, but he's a big-bodied downfield playmaker who could develop alongside Cooks.
32WR14Josh PalmerWRLACWith Mike Williams hitting free agency after 2021, Palmer has a chance to compete to be the no. 2 WR in LAC behind Keenan Allen in 2022 and beyond.
33WR15Dez FitzpatrickWRTENFitzpatrick is a physical WR who can haul in jump balls, but it remains to be seen how many targets he'll see in TEN behind Brown, Reynolds, and Firkser.
34TE3Brevin JordanTEHOUA pure receiving TE without much height, Jordan can threaten the seam with speed and has YAC ability if HOU gets their QB situation settled.
35QB7Kellen MondQBMINWith a big arm and great deep ball, Mond is a developmental prospect with accuracy issues but is mobile enough to add value as a rusher in fantasy.
36QB8Kyle TraskQBTBTrask has footwork issues and is unathletic, but perhaps he can develop into a serviceable starter in the NFL if even a little bit of Tom Brady rubs off on him.

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