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Full PPR Rankings – Fantasy Football 2021

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Matthew Freedman

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A couple of weeks ago I released my 2021 dynasty fantasy rankings, and now, with the regular season approaching at a rapid pace, it’s time to publish the first draft of my position-by-position redraft rankings.

These are specifically for PPR scoring, although for most players the format doesn’t make a huge evaluative difference on an intra-positional basis.

Also, it’s 7 a.m. and I just wrote the word “intra-positional.” There’s a chance I even created the word right then and there as I typed it. That’s a good sign. Today is gonna be a banger.

A couple of items to note:

  1. These rankings represent my early thoughts, and more specifically my thoughts at this moment. In two weeks, I will likely have stronger and more nuanced opinions than I do now.
  2. Even in the early rounds, I tend to place a premium on upside. When I play fantasy, I don’t want just to make the playoffs. I want to win the league. And that requires capturing some ceiling performances from a few players. If you want to win in fantasy, you don’t hunt for bargains: You hunt for dragons.

PPR Rankings – Fantasy Football 2021

Here are my rankings at each position. For our official rankings, check out our FTN rankings page:

QB PPR rankings – Fantasy Football 2021

Here are my top-12 PPR quarterbacks.

Pos Rk Player Team
QB1 Patrick Mahomes KC
QB2 Lamar Jackson BAL
QB3 Josh Allen BUF
QB4 Kyler Murray ARI
QB5 Dak Prescott DAL
QB6 Russell Wilson SEA
QB7 Jalen Hurts PHI
QB8 Justin Herbert LAC
QB9 Tom Brady TB
QB10 Matthew Stafford LAR
QB11 Joe Burrow CIN
QB12 Aaron Rodgers GB

RB PPR rankings – Fantasy Football 2021

Here are my top-24 PPR running backs.

Pos Rk Player Team
RB1 Christian McCaffrey CAR
RB2 Dalvin Cook MIN
RB3 Jonathan Taylor IND
RB4 Alvin Kamara NO
RB5 Derrick Henry TEN
RB6 Aaron Jones GB
RB7 Austin Ekeler LAC
RB8 Saquon Barkley NYG
RB9 Antonio Gibson WAS
RB10 Ezekiel Elliott DAL
RB11 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC
RB12 Joe Mixon CIN
RB13 Najee Harris PIT
RB14 Nick Chubb CLE
RB15 Chris Carson SEA
RB16 D’Andre Swift DET
RB17 David Montgomery CHI
RB18 Josh Jacobs LV
RB19 J.K. Dobbins BAL
RB20 Myles Gaskin MIA
RB21 Mike Davis ATL
RB22 Miles Sanders PHI
RB23 Darrell Henderson LAR
RB24 Kareem Hunt CLE

WR PPR rankings – Fantasy Football 2021

Here are my top-36 PPR wide receivers.

Pos Rk Player Team
WR1 Tyreek Hill KC
WR2 Stefon Diggs BUF
WR3 Davante Adams GB
WR4 Calvin Ridley ATL
WR5 DeAndre Hopkins ARI
WR6 A.J. Brown TEN
WR7 DK Metcalf SEA
WR8 Justin Jefferson MIN
WR9 D.J. Moore CAR
WR10 Amari Cooper DAL
WR11 Terry McLaurin WAS
WR12 Keenan Allen LAC
WR13 Mike Evans TB
WR14 Chris Godwin TB
WR15 Julio Jones TEN
WR16 CeeDee Lamb DAL
WR17 Michael Thomas NO
WR18 Robert Woods LAR
WR19 Allen Robinson CHI
WR20 Will Fuller MIA
WR21 Cooper Kupp LAR
WR22 Tyler Lockett SEA
WR23 Diontae Johnson PIT
WR24 Robby Anderson CAR
WR25 Tee Higgins CIN
WR26 Ja’Marr Chase CIN
WR27 Brandon Aiyuk SF
WR28 Chase Claypool PIT
WR29 Adam Thielen MIN
WR30 Odell Beckham Jr. CLE
WR31 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT
WR32 Marquise Brown BAL
WR33 Kenny Golladay NYG
WR34 Brandin Cooks HOU
WR35 Laviska Shenault JAC
WR36 Michael Gallup DAL

TE PPR rankings – Fantasy Football 2021

Here are my top-12 PPR tight ends.

Pos Rk Player Team
TE1 Travis Kelce KC
TE2 Darren Waller LV
TE3 George Kittle SF
TE4 Mark Andrews BAL
TE5 Kyle Pitts ATL
TE6 Dallas Goedert PHI
TE7 T.J. Hockenson DET
TE8 Noah Fant DEN
TE9 Logan Thomas WAS
TE10 Rob Gronkowski TB
TE11 Jared Cook LAC
TE12 Robert Tonyan GB

Players I like more than the consensus

Based on the data in our FTN ADP tool, I am relatively high on these players.

Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson has an incredibly high Konami Code floor with back-to-back seasons of 1,000-plus yards rushing. On top of that, he has better wide receivers this year with the additions of Rashod Bateman and Sammy Watkins, and his offensive line should be better with the return of tackle Ronnie Stanley and acquisition of guard Kevin Zeitler.

Side note: I’m middling Jackson’s season-long passing yardage prop — over 3,055.5 yards at FOX Bet, under 3,475.5 yards at BetMGM. That’s a massive middle, and in our official 2021 FTN player projections we have Jackson slated for 3,378. Eliot Crist has also bet the over on Jackson’s passing prop.

To see the other bets I’ve made for the upcoming NFL season — including a side or total for every Week 1 game — check out our FTN Bet Tracker.

Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts

While many other top backs are aging out of their peak productivity windows, Jonathan Taylor is now entering his prime as a 22-year-old second-season dominator. Blessed with an incredible combination of size and speed (226 pounds, 4.39-second 40-yard dash), Taylor put up 1,247 yards rushing and 305 yards receiving in 16 games as a rookie (including playoffs). With one of the best offensive lines in football, I don’t know why he wouldn’t be just as good — and possibly better — this year.

D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers

Think of all the great receivers in the league. We are in a golden era of wide receiver play. Out of all those elite players, only one has managed to go over 1,200 scrimmage yards in each of the past two seasons — and that’s D.J. Moore. And he’s done it while catching passes from Teddy Bridgewater, Phillip Walker, Kyle Allen, Will Grier and Cam Newton. He’s entering his prime at just 24 years old, and he could have more targets and advantageous usage coming his way this year now that Curtis Samuel is gone. His upside is massive.

Jared Cook, TE, Los Angeles Chargers

Over the past four years, Jared Cook has averaged 698.2 yards and six touchdowns receiving in 15.3 games per season. That’s not elite, but that easily makes him a TE1, and there’s little reason to think he can’t approximate those numbers again. He’s on the older side at 34, but for a tight end that age is not ancient, and he’s partnered with an ascending quarterback in Justin Herbert and a familiar playcaller in offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. At his low ADP of TE25, Cook offers massive value.

Players I like less than the consensus

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

Even if Aaron Rodgers returns to the Packers and plays the entire year (I believe that’s the likeliest outcome), he could still suffer regression from what was a career-best MVP campaign. Remember that in the 2018-19 seasons Rodgers averaged just 4,222 yards and 25.5 touchdowns passing per year. Add on top of that the uncertainty with his situation, and I don’t see the point in taking a risk at such a deep position.

Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns

Nick Chubb is a great runner, one of the best between-the-tackles playmakers in the league. Of all backs with 100-plus carries last year, Chubb was No. 1 with a 17.9% gash rate.

But in the words of Renly Baratheon: “Do you still believe good soldiers make good kings?” With Kareem Hunt sharing the backfield, Chubb — as efficient as he is — might struggle to earn the sheer volume of snaps, carries, targets, and goal-line opportunities he needs in order to be a high-end fantasy producer. Being talented is not the same thing as scoring fantasy points. 

Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears

More of a high-volume producer than an efficient playmaker, Allen Robinson is almost 28 years old, and this season he’ll be catching passes from a nearly washed-up veteran in Andy Dalton and a promising-yet-raw rookie in Justin Fields. I feel like his risk/reward profile is skewed to the downside: If he overachieves, it won’t be by much. If he underachieves, he could massively disappoint. 

Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins

Maybe I’ve overly jaded, but I think I’ve seen enough of the Mike Gesicki experiment. He hasn’t been bad the past two years, but he feels more like an athletic version of Austin Hooper than a low-grade knockoff of Travis Kelce. With the offseason additions of wide receivers Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle, Gesicki now might be No. 4 — and maybe even No. 5 behind running back Myles Gaskin — in pass-catching priority. 

Additional content

For more players I like and dislike relative to the consensus, check out my 10 bold predictions for 2021.

Looking for half-PPR rankings? Check out Jeff Ratcliffe’s Top 100.

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