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Updated: 1:55pm EDT 10/25/21
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Team Rank Name ADP Seasons Played DS Analysis
1 1 Christian McCaffrey, RB CAR N/A 4 McCaffrey never missed a game due to injury…until last season, when he sat out 13 (ankle/shoulder). He finished as the PPR RB1 in 2019 and the RB2 in 2018. Only 25, CMC will retain that type of upside for the foreseeable future.
2 2 Jonathan Taylor, RB IND N/A 1 Taylor rolled up 1,468 total yards as a rookie. Only 22, he brings an excellent combination of youth, talent and opportunity. Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines are slated for free agency in the spring.
3 3 Tyreek Hill, WR KC N/A 5 Hill, 27, just posted career-highs in targets per game, catches per game and TDs. He’s signed for just 2 more seasons, but we don’t expect the Chiefs to let him get away.
4 4 Alvin Kamara, RB NO N/A 4 Kamara hasn’t reached 200 carries in a season. But he has caught 82, 81, 81 and 83 balls to open his career. At 25, Kamara’s only question is how he adapts to life without Drew Brees.
5 5 Justin Jefferson, WR MIN N/A 1 Jefferson just posted the most receiving yards ever by a rookie WR. Only 22, and with an aging WR2 opposite him, the LSU product is in an excellent spot for volume long-term.
6 6 Saquon Barkley, RB NYG N/A 3 Barkley’s 2020 ACL tear steals the current headlines, but recall that he finished as the PPR RB1 in 2018; the RB10 in 2019 (13 games). The Giants have Barkley, 24, under contract through the 2022 season.
7 7 Dalvin Cook, RB MIN N/A 4 Since the start of the 2018 season, Cook has missed 10 games due to injury. That’s our only hesitation with the 26-year-old, though. He’s posted back-to-back top-6 PPR finishes, despite the absences. He’s signed through his age 30 season.
8 8 D.K. Metcalf, WR SEA N/A 2 Metcalf exited college with durability concerns, but he’s appeared in all 32 games through 2 pro seasons. While there are no guarantees about Russell Wilson’s long-term future in Seattle, Metcalf’s well established as a big-bodied playmaker. He sits 8th in yards among WRs over the past 2 seasons.
9 9 A.J. Brown, WR TEN N/A 2 Brown’s short-term target upside takes a hit with the acquisition of Julio Jones, who’s signed through 2023. But Brown’s an established stud, a dominant post-catch player with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to open his career. The 24-year-old is currently under contract for 2 more seasons.
10 10 Stefon Diggs, WR BUF N/A 6 Diggs ranked as the WR3 in year 1 with Josh Allen. At 27, Diggs is signed through the 2023 season. We fully expect the Bills to retain both players long-term.
11 11 Najee Harris, RB PIT N/A 0 The Steelers have talked up Harris as a 3-down back. He has the requisite size (6’1, 232), and we see the talent for him to thrive in that role. We’ll see how Pittsburgh addresses the QB position long-term. 2021 could be Ben Roethlisberger’s last year in the league.
12 12 Ja'Marr Chase, WR CIN N/A 0 The 5th overall pick, Chase arrives in Cincy to play with his former college QB. He opted out of the 2020 season but dropped a massive 84-1,780-20 line with Burrow as a sophomore. Pro-ready and ultra-physical, Chase will play his rookie year at 21 years old.
13 13 CeeDee Lamb, WR DAL N/A 1 Despite some rocky QB play, Lamb tallied 74-935-5 as a rookie. After playing almost exclusively in the slot, OC Kellen Moore talked this offseason about moving Lamb all over the formation. He’ll play this season at just 22 years old, and it’s comforting to know that Dak Prescott is locked up long-term.
14 14 Davante Adams, WR GB N/A 7 A free agent in 2022, Adams reportedly broke off long-term extension talks in July. Of course, sticking with Aaron Rodgers beyond 2021 will be key to retaining a massive ceiling. Adams is coming off a career-best 115-1,374-18 line and has hit double digit TDs in 4 of the past 5 seasons.
15 15 Nick Chubb, RB CLE N/A 3 Despite a physical style, Chubb’s first missed games in the NFL didn’t surface until last season. Still, he finished at PPR RB7 in PPG. 2021 was going to be a contract year, but the Browns inked him to a 3-year extension on July 31.
16 16 Calvin Ridley, WR ATL N/A 3 Ridley saw 143 targets last year, propelling him to a WR5 finish. Losing Julio Jones pops the top off Ridley’s 2021 target upside. Longer term, we’ll see what Atlanta does at QB, but we’re big believers in HC Arthur Smith’s offense. Ridley, who entered the league on the older side, turns 27 in December.
17 17 Derrick Henry, RB TEN N/A 5 Henry’s coming off a massive 397-touch regular season. While eye-opening, Henry’s been remarkably durable through 5 pro seasons. That’s helped the 27-year-old lead the league in rush yards in 2 straight seasons.
18 18 D'Andre Swift, RB DET N/A 1 Swift has the backing of a coaching staff that wants to lean run. The 5’8, 212-pounder has a 3-down skill set and flashed it last year with 4.6 yards per carry and 46 receptions (13 games). Swift doesn’t turn 23 until January.
19 19 Chris Godwin, WR TB N/A 4 Godwin, 25, will play the 2021 season on the franchise tag. His future — and Tom Brady’s future — adds an elements of unknown to the long-term picture. Godwin’s looking to rebound from the step back he took in 2020 (65-840-7).
20 20 Austin Ekeler, RB LAC N/A 4 Ekeler looks to rebound from a 10-game 2020 (hamstring, concussion). New OC Joe Lombardi — coming over from Sean Payton’s staff — is intriguing. Of course, the rapid rise of Justin Herbert also bodes well for Ekeler’s future. The 26-year-old is signed for 3 more seasons.
21 21 DeAndre Hopkins, WR ARI N/A 8 Hopkins’ 1st season in Arizona turned up massive volume — 160 targets, leading to 115-1,407-6. While his target competition increased for 2021, Hopkins showed no signs of decline last year. He turned 29 in June and is signed through the 2024 season.
22 22 Travis Kelce, TE KC N/A 8 Kelce’s finished as the PPR TE1 in 5 straight seasons. He turns 32 in October, but it's easy to see him aging well alongside Patrick Mahomes.
23 23 Aaron Jones, RB GB N/A 4 Jones caught a break with the return of Aaron Rodgers. Longer-term, the RB’s tied to Green Bay through the 2024 season after signing a new deal in the spring. A.J. Dillion’s presence isn’t ideal. But Jones, 26, should remain the clear "1A" RB following back to back seasons with 1,450+ total yards.
24 24 Joe Mixon, RB CIN N/A 4 After a lost 2020, 2021 is a critical campaign for Mixon. The 25-year-old at least looks like a 3-down player with Gio Bernard out of town. And you have to love the young weapons in this offense: Joe Burrow, Tee Higgins, Ja’Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd.
25 25 J.K. Dobbins, RB BAL N/A 1 Dobbins was highly efficient as a rookie (6.0 YPC), and efficiency should remain a huge plus alongside Lamar Jackson. Dobbins simply isn’t ticketed for a 3-down role this fall. Time will tell if Baltimore wants him to eventually become a bigger part of the passing game — but that’s the key to unlocking RB1 potential.
26 26 Antonio Gibson, RB WAS N/A 1 A raw rusher out of Memphis, Gibson torched year 1 expectations (1,042 total yards, 11 TDs in 14 games). The 23-year-old’s receiving ability helps boost his multi-year RB1 ceiling.
27 27 Cooper Kupp, WR LAR N/A 4 Kupp, 28, signed a contract extension prior to last season, tying him to the Rams through the 2023 season. He has also shown an immediate rapport with new QB Matt Stafford. Kupp should have a few elite seasons left.
28 28 Amari Cooper, WR DAL N/A 6 Cooper’s reached 1,000 yards in 5 of 6 NFL seasons. He hasn’t missed a game due to injury since 2018. Signed through 2024, we’ll see if Cooper, 27, can hold off CeeDee Lamb for Dallas’ WR1 role.
29 29 Mike Evans, WR TB N/A 7 Evans saw a career-low 109 targets last year, but he still posted his 7th straight 1,000-yard season. Signed through the 2023 season, Evans’ questions center around the future of Tom Brady and Chris Godwin, who’s playing under the franchise tag.
30 30 D.J. Moore, WR CAR N/A 3 Moore’s gradually developed through 3 seasons, but we’ve yet to see a true fantasy breakout. While he’s posted 1,100+ yards in consecutive seasons, he hasn’t topped 4 TDs in a single campaign. The 24-year-old is under contract for 2 more seasons.
31 31 Terry McLaurin, WR WAS N/A 2 McLaurin ranked as the PPR WR29 as a rookie before finishing as the WR20 last fall. Established as a dynamic playmaker, the 26-year-old (in September) only lacks a long-term answer at QB.
32 32 Ezekiel Elliott, RB DAL N/A 5 We’re not putting too much stock into Elliott’s 2020, one that found Dak Prescott playing only 4 full games. He should remain a workhorse this fall. While we don’t see Zeke, 26, staying in Dallas this long, he’s currently signed through his age 31 season.
33 33 Patrick Mahomes, QB KC N/A 4 Mahomes, 26, already has an overall QB1 finish to his name. He’s finished no worse than QB6 in PPG since 2018. Tyreek Hill is signed for 2 more seasons, while Travis Kelce is locked up until 2026. Mahomes cashed in with a record-breaking extension last July.
34 34 Tee Higgins, WR CIN N/A 1 Higgins’ long-term target ceiling takes a hit with the arrival of Ja'Marr Chase. Still, it’s tough to ding Higgins too much considering his rookie year production (mostly alongside Joe Burrow): 67 catches, 908 yards, 6 TDs. The Clemson product turns just 23 in January.
35 35 Darren Waller, TE LVR N/A 6 Waller’s posted back to back 1,100-yard seasons. He hasn’t missed a game over that stretch. He turns 29 in September, but Waller — just a 2-year starter — doesn’t have the mileage of most TEs his age.
36 36 George Kittle, TE SF N/A 4 Kittle will look to rebound from an injury-plagued 2020. Only 27, the dynamic TE is signed through the 2025 season.
37 37 Michael Thomas, WR NO N/A 5 Thomas’ troublesome ankle will bear watching. We also don’t have a large sample of the 27-year-old without Drew Brees. Thomas is signed through the 2024 season.
38 38 Kyle Pitts, TE ATL N/A 0 At 6’6, 240 pounds, Pitts is essentially a hulked up WR. He dominated at Florida with 43-770-12 in just 8 games last season. We love his fit with new Falcons HC Arthur Smith. The uber-athletic 1st rounder also doesn’t turn 21 until October.
39 39 Josh Allen, QB BUF N/A 3 Allen crushed expectations to finish as the overall QB1 last season. Some regression can be expected going forward, but his rushing ability looks dependable. He’s scored 8, 9 and 9 rushing TDs through 3 seasons. Buffalo will look to extend the 25-year-old in due time.
40 40 Kyler Murray, QB ARI N/A 2 On the topic of rushing ability (and regression): Murray’s coming off a season with 11 rushing TDs. But he's rushed 93 and 133 times through 2 seasons. We like the offseason addition of Rondale Moore, a run-after-catch specialist who’s just 21. Murray will play his 3rd season at 24 years old.
41 41 Dak Prescott, QB DAL N/A 5 Dak was on a historic pace last year before an ugly ankle injury. Clearly, the team feels comfortable with his health after inking him to a long-term extension in March. The 28-year-old has an excellent 1-2 punch to work with in CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper. Michael Gallup is likely to walk in free agency next spring.
42 42 Lamar Jackson, QB BAL N/A 3 Jackson doesn’t have his contract extension as of this writing, but we have no doubt it'll come. The 24-year-old has reached 1,000 rushing yards in back to back seasons. Now he’s equipped with his deepest WR corps to date, one that includes 2021 Round 1 pick Rashod Bateman.
43 43 Jerry Jeudy, WR DEN N/A 1 Jeudy’s ability isn’t in question — his separation skills are on par with some of the league’s best WRs. But Denver’s long-term solution at QB is — along with the future of contract-year WR Courtland Sutton. Looking through an optimistic lens, though, Jeudy stayed healthy for his rookie season, busted off 16.5 YPC and doesn’t turn 23 until April.
44 44 Courtland Sutton, WR DEN N/A 3 From all indications, Sutton’s return from a torn ACL has gone smoothly. QB concerns hold him back, though, while Sutton also enters a contract season. The 4th-year pro turns 26 in October.
45 45 James Robinson, RB JAC N/A 1 Hopefully you sold Robinson immediately after his productive rookie season. He's likely to lose lead duties to 1st-rounder Travis Etienne sooner than later.
46 46 Javonte Williams, RB DEN N/A 0 Williams was an eye-popping tackle-breaker at UNC, and he’ll be given every opportunity to be Denver’s long-term lead back. The 21-year-old enters the league with little tread off his tires, never carrying more than 166 times in a season. Note that Melvin Gordon enters a contract year.
47 47 Mike Williams, WR LAC N/A 4 A former Round 1 pick, Williams’ career has largely been underwhelming....Until now. Big Mike has been the #1 target for Breakout QB Justin Herbert. Williams, 27 in October, is slated for free agency in the spring and should command a massive pay day. Hopefully he stays with the Chargers.
48 48 Justin Herbert, QB LAC N/A 1 Herbert put together an incredible rookie season; he ranked top-10 in yards and TDs en route to Rookie of the Year honors. High on arm talent and sneaky-good as a rusher, Herbert looks like a QB1 mainstay. He’s just 23 years old.
49 49 DeVonta Smith, WR PHI N/A 0 Smith profiles as an eventual #1 alpha for Philly. Questions persist about his skinny frame, but we don’t see it as a serious issue. We’ll see if Jalen Hurts — or DeShaun Watson, perhaps — become the team’s long-term QB. Either way, Smith is an electric talent worth betting on.
50 50 T.J. Hockenson, TE DET N/A 2 With 101-67-723-6, Hockenson took a sizable year 2 jump. He’ll have an opportunity for even more in 2021. The Lions can keep the 24-year-old under contract through the 2023 season.
51 51 Allen Robinson, WR CHI N/A 7 Robinson might finally get his QB upgrade with the arrival of Justin Fields. But when will he take over the starting gig? And will A-Rob even return to Chicago in 2022? The 28-year-old will play under the franchise tag this fall.
52 52 Miles Sanders, RB PHI N/A 2 We’ll see if Philly’s new coaching staff trusts Sanders in a 3-down role. Offseason additions at RB were underwhelming: Kerryon Johnson, Jordan Howard and 5th-rounder Kenneth Gainwell, an undersized player. Sanders, 24, is under contract for 2 more seasons.
53 53 Keenan Allen, WR LAC N/A 8 Allen dealt with back and hamstring injuries last year, leading to his first absences since 2016. Still, he ranked as the PPR WR6 in PPG. Tied to Justin Herbert, Allen, 29, is under contract through the 2024 season.
54 54 Jaylen Waddle, WR MIA N/A 0 The Dolphins made Waddle, 23 in November, the 6th overall pick, reuniting him with college QB Tua Tagovailoa. We loved his speed and acceleration on tape, and he’s poised for a major year 1 role. We’ll see if Tua can take a year 2 leap.
55 55 Travis Etienne, RB JAC N/A 0 A Round 1 pick, Etienne landed in an Urban Meyer offense that looks awful in the pros. Looking at just the player, though, Etienne has the run/catch skill set, athleticism and college production to forecast future RB1 totals. He turns 23 in January but James Robinson may have secured his spot as the RB1 on the Jags.
56 56 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB KC N/A 1 CEH underwhelmed as a rookie while dealing with late-season hip and ankle injuries. The former 1st rounder enters year 2 as the clear lead back, though. Only 22, he’ll have every chance to cement his status as the top back moving forward.
57 57 Cam Akers, RB LAR N/A 1 Akers is a major wild card after suffering a July Achilles tear. He showed lead back potential down the stretch in 2020 but now faces an uncertain role for 2022 and beyond. The good news: Akers just turned 22 in June.
58 58 Kenny Golladay, WR NYG N/A 4 Golladay signed a 4-year, $72 million free-agent deal with the Giants. He’s looking to rebound from an injury-ruined 2020 that produced only 5 games played. Golladay’s on the older side for a 5th-year pro; he turns 28 in November.
59 59 Diontae Johnson, WR PIT N/A 2 Only 25, Johnson’s coming off an 88-catch 2nd season. He caught flak for his drops, but they’re not a long-term concern. He’s signed for 2 more seasons, while teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster re-upped on a 1-year deal this spring. We’ll see about Pittsburgh’s QB plans beyond Ben Roethlisberger.
60 60 Chase Claypool, WR PIT N/A 1 Claypool flashed excellent downfield ability as a rookie. At just 23, he should remain a high-ceiling player for a long time. However, as with Diontae Johnson, Claypool’s long-term QB is a mystery.
61 61 Mark Andrews, TE BAL N/A 3 Andrews, 26, enters a contract year. He’s finished as a top-6 PPR TE in 2 straight seasons. 2021 brings on stiffer target competition following the additions of Rashod Bateman and Sammy Watkins.
62 62 Tyler Lockett, WR SEA N/A 6 Lockett set career highs last year in targets (132) and catches (100). He’s played hurt in recent years but hasn’t missed a game since 2016. The 29-year-old is under contract through the 2025 season. Fingers crossed that Russ Wilson sticks around long-term.
63 63 Josh Jacobs, RB LVR N/A 2 Jacobs scored 12 TDs in 2020, but his efficiency took a major step back (4.8 YPC to 3.9 YPC). He retained a limited pass-catching role, too. The arrival of Kenyan Drake doesn’t signal that HC Jon Gruden wants a big change for Jacobs. Time’s at least on Jacobs’ side — he doesn’t turn 24 until February.
64 64 David Montgomery, RB CHI N/A 2 You have to be encouraged by Montgomery’s strong end to 2020. But his pass catching role will be the key factor to watch going forward. The 24-year-old is under contract for 2 more seasons.
65 65 Tyler Boyd, WR CIN N/A 5 Boyd’s long-term potential took a hit with the arrival of Ja’Marr Chase. Still, Boyd’s tied to Joe Burrow through at least 2023. And that’s plenty valuable. Turning 27 in November, Boyd has caught 75+ balls in 3 straight seasons.
66 66 Elijah Moore, WR NYJ N/A 0 Moore goes just 5’10, 178 pounds, but he plays bigger. He's coming off a massive junior season at Ole Miss (86-1,193-8) and might also bring some added juice in the rushing game. While he tore up the Jets offseason program, we don’t expect a year 1 breakout. Moore doesn’t turn 22 until March.
67 67 Julio Jones, WR TEN N/A 10 Julio played just 9 games last year — his lowest tally since 2013. While he’s lost a step, there’s little doubt he’s still good enough to excel alongside an efficient QB like Ryan Tannehill. Tennessee’s run-first approach is expected to remain, though. Jones, 32, is signed through the 2023 season.
68 68 Will Fuller, WR MIA N/A 5 There’s no denying Fuller’s talent, but there are risks here. His injury history is worrisome — at least pre-2020 — while he’s coming off a PED suspension. We’ll also see how he adjusts to life without Deshaun Watson. Miami inked the dynamic 27-year-old to just a 1-year deal in March.
69 69 Deebo Samuel, WR SF N/A 2 Durability remains the big question here. But Samuel has looked like the focal point of the passing game. Deebo should also see a boost if QB Trey Lance can develop.
70 70 Robert Woods, WR LAR N/A 8 Woods has been ultra-consistent, hitting 86+ catches in 3 straight seasons. He’s missed just 1 game over that stretch. He turns 30 in April, but you have to like the Rams’ move to get Matthew Stafford. Woods is slated for free agency in 2026.
71 71 Chris Carson, RB SEA N/A 4 Durability is a question for Carson, 27 in September. But it’s clear the team has some short-term faith in the veteran back after signing re-signing him to a 2-year deal this offseason. He’s the locked in lead back for at least 2021.
72 72 Kareem Hunt, RB CLE N/A 4 Hunt, 26, signed a 2-year extension last September. He’s taken some work off Nick Chubb’s plate over the past 2 years while excelling in the receiving game (75 combined catches). Chubb signed a 3-year contract extension on July 31.
73 73 Darrell Henderson, RB LAR N/A 2 Henderson finds a huge opportunity in 2021 after Cam Akers' season-ending injury. But he has a lot to prove after injuries and inconsistency held him back over his first 2 NFL seasons. Henderson will be 24 when the 2021 campaign kicks off.
74 74 Marquise Brown, WR BAL N/A 2 Brown appeared in all 16 games in 2020 but largely underwhelmed outside of the TD department (58-769-8). Getting better play from Lamar Jackson will be key. Baltimore also added serious target competition in Round 1 pick Rashod Bateman.
75 75 Deshaun Watson, QB HOU N/A 4 Watson’s an undeniable fantasy stud, finishing as a top-5 QB in 3 straight seasons. Now we await word on punishment for his off-field transgressions — and his next team.
76 76 Trevor Lawrence, QB JAC N/A 0 At Clemson, Lawrence performed like 1 of the top QB prospects in recent memory. Experienced, loaded with arm talent and sneaky-athletic, the 21-year-old top pick landed in a situation with plenty of weapons. DJ Chark does enter a contract season.
77 77 Curtis Samuel, WR WAS N/A 4 Samuel signed a 3-year, $34.5 million deal in March, reuniting him with former Panthers (interim) OC Scott Turner. The electric playmaker is fresh off a season with career highs in catches (77), yards (851) and carries (41). Entering his 5th season, Samuel’s only 25 years old.
78 78 Terrace Marshall, WR CAR N/A 0 Marshall has an elite combination of size (6'3, 205 lbs.) and athleticism (97th percentile Relative Athletic Score) and produced well at LSU. He should immediately be Carolina's #3 WR and will have a chance to move into a top-2 role if Robby Anderson departs in free agency next offseason.
79 79 Brandon Aiyuk, WR SF N/A 1 Aiyuk’s dynamic ability from college immediately translated to Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Taking advantage of injuries around him, the 23-year-old busted off 60-748-5 (plus 2 rushing scores). We buy Trey Lance as the 49ers’ long-term answer at QB, but we’ll see about true WR1 target volume for Aiyuk.
80 80 Rashod Bateman, WR BAL N/A 0 Bateman checks all the boxes we're looking for in a college prospect. And he got 1st-round draft capital. The problem is that he landed with a Ravens team that will be run-heavy for as long as QB Lamar Jackson is around.
81 81 Brandin Cooks, WR HOU N/A 7 Cooks topped 1,000 yards last year for the 5th time in the last 6 seasons. The QB situation has become a major concern in Houston. But Cooks is a bet on talent. He turns just 28 in September.
82 82 Laviska Shenault, WR JAC N/A 1 Shenault flashed as a run-after-catch specialist as a rookie. We’ll see how new HC Urban Meyer evaluates his role, but Shenault, 23 in October, has the size, skill set and college production worth betting on. The Trevor Lawrence addition is clearly huge. And it’s worth noting that DJ Chark enters a contract year, while Marvin Jones is 31.
83 83 Jarvis Landry, WR CLE N/A 7 The ceiling here might not be exciting. But Landry has finished as a top 40 fantasy WR in 6 straight seasons. He'll be 29 in November.
84 84 Noah Fant, TE DEN N/A 2 Fant was a good-looking prospect coming out of Iowa and has turned in 2 promising seasons to open his pro career. He's a prime 3rd-year breakout candidate, so this might be your last chance to buy at a reasonable price. Fant turns 24 in November,.
85 85 Dallas Goedert, TE PHI N/A 3 A high-ankle sprain got in the way last year, but Goedert set a new career high with 10.6 PPR points per game -- good for 8th among TEs. At 26 years old, he should still be on the ascent. And Zach Ertz isn't long for Philadelphia.
86 86 JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR PIT N/A 4 JuJu hasn't quite lived up to the expectations set by his incredible first 2 seasons. But he still finished 16th among WRs in PPR points and 23rd in non-PPR last year. Plus, he turns just 25 in November. Smith-Schuster will hit free agency again next offseason after inking a 1-year deal with the Steelers in March.
87 87 Michael Pittman, WR IND N/A 1 A significant calf injury interrupted Pittman's rookie season. But he flashed a bit over the 2nd half, especially with a 5-catch, 90-yard outing in the playoff loss to the Bills. The 34th overall pick of the 2020 draft has a shot to emerge as the Colts' #1 WR this season.
88 88 Leonard Fournette, RB TB N/A 4 Fournette came up huge in the postseason last season, and the team rewarded him with a 1-year deal worth up to $4 million. He projects as the backfield touch leader but will be pushed on rushing downs by Ronald Jones and passing downs by Gio Bernard. Fournette turns 27 in January.
89 89 Adam Thielen, WR MIN N/A 7 Thielen is no longer the top dog in Minnesota (hello, Justin Jefferson). But he remained effective last season and should still see nice volume this year in a concentrated Vikings passing game. The 31-year-old is a nice piece for win-now dynasty teams.
90 90 Odell Beckham Jr., WR LAR N/A 7 OBJ lasted only 7 games in 2020 before suffering an ACL tear. Beckham continues to struggle with injuries in 2021 and he may be broken. He’ll turn 29 in November.
91 91 Rondale Moore, WR ARI N/A 0 Moore turned in 1 of the most impressive freshman seasons you'll ever see and got 2nd-round draft capital with an ascending Cardinals offense. His downfield ability is limited and he has durability questions to answer. But there's exciting upside with this 21-year-old.
92 92 Chase Edmonds, RB ARI N/A 3 Edmonds has proved himself as a pass-catcher, racking up 53 grabs last year. So that lays a nice floor. The ceiling potential comes if he can capture Arizona's lead ball-carrying role with Kenyan Drake out of the picture.
93 93 Russell Wilson, QB SEA N/A 9 Wilson struggled over the 2nd half of last season and turns 33 in November, so there's some risk of decline here. But he also scored as a top-6 fantasy QB last year, returns WRs D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett and might have gotten a coordinator upgrade in Shane Waldron. We like Wilson for win-now dynasty teams.
94 94 Trey Lance, QB SF N/A 0 Lance started for just 1 full season at North Dakota State, so he has a big jump to make. But his combination of football IQ, arm talent and rushing ability give him an exciting fantasy ceiling. And we like the landing spot with offensive guru Kyle Shanahan.
95 95 Kadarius Toney, WR NYG N/A 0 Toney didn’t emerge at Florida until his senior year, when he tallied 70-984-10. While in need of polish, his tape turned up impressive vision and burst. His raw profile means we should keep year 1 expectations in check. New York, meanwhile, needs to figure out if Daniel Jones is the long-term answer.
96 96 Joe Burrow, QB CIN N/A 1 Burrow showed plenty of promise as a rookie and now has 1 of the top WR trios in the league in Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd. The obstacles here are his return from last year's multi-ligament knee injury and a still-questionable offensive line.
97 97 Justin Fields, QB CHI N/A 0 Fields has the arm talent and rushing ability to be a perennial QB1. We'll see how long it takes him to get on the field and whether Chicago can surround him with enough weapons. WR Allen Robinson is notably set to hit the free-agent market next offseason.
98 98 Robby Anderson, WR CAR N/A 5 Anderson was awesome in his 1st year with the Panthers, finishing top 13 among WRs in targets, catches and yards. Now he reunites with QB Sam Darnold. This might be Anderson's final year in Carolina, though. He's set to hit free agency next offseason, and the Panthers just added rookie Terrace Marshall. Anderson is 28.
99 99 Damien Harris, RB NE N/A 2 After a redshirt rookie season, Harris ripped off 5.0 yards per carry last year. He looks like New England's lead back -- at lest in the short term. The issue is that he doesn't project for a big pass-catching role.
100 100 Michael Carter, RB NYJ N/A 0 Carter dropped to Round 4, but he landed in a fine spot for immediate playing time. While he’ll never project as a workhorse, he brings the pass-catching skill set we like to see. The UNC product exited school with 82 career catches (4 seasons). We’re also high on new OC Mike LaFleur, a Kyle Shanahan disciple.
101 101 Irv Smith, TE MIN N/A 2 Smith has flashed through his first 2 NFL seasons and now gets his biggest opportunity yet with Kyle Rudolph out of the way. Smith, the 50th overall pick of the 2019 draft, is still only 23.
102 102 Michael Gallup, WR DAL N/A 3 A healthy Dak could have Gallup back in the WR2 mix this fall. Long-term, though, Gallup's value is less clear. The 25-year-old will likely depart in free agency next spring.
103 103 Matthew Stafford, QB LAR N/A 12 A trade to Los Angeles lifts the lid off Stafford’s upside. Missing Cam Akers for 2021 could immediately have Stafford near the top of the league in pass attempts. Plus, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp are signed long-term. Stafford does turn 34 in February.
104 104 D.J. Chark, WR JAC N/A 3 Chark struggled along with the rest of Jacksonville's passing game last season. But the 25-year-old, former 2nd-round pick is just a year removed from a 1,008-yard season. And he got a huge QB upgrade in rookie Trevor Lawrence.
105 105 Mike Gesicki, TE MIA N/A 3 Gesicki has improved his fantasy production in each of his first 3 NFL seasons. He's currently scheduled to hit free agency next offseason but should find a nice pass-catching role wherever he ends up. Gesicki turns 26 in October.
106 106 Corey Davis, WR NYJ N/A 4 The Jets signed Davis to a 3-year, $37 million deal in the spring. He projects as the team’s target leader in the short-term, but there’s no doubt Zach Wilson has a wide range of outcomes. Davis turns 27 in January.
107 107 Gus Edwards, RB BAL N/A 3 Edwards, who signed a 2-year deal this offseason, finds himself back in a timeshare with rising stud J.K. Dobbins. Edwards’ upside remains capped because of the Ravens’ backfield timeshare. He’ll play this season at 26 years old.
108 108 Ronald Jones, RB TB N/A 3 RoJo entered a contract season looking to take over the Bucs back field. Didn't happen. Fournette has the Backfield on lock The USC product is at least on the young side — he’ll play this season at just 24 before he enters free agency in 2022.
109 109 Jalen Reagor, WR PHI N/A 1 There wasn't much positive to take away from Reagor's rookie season. But he dealt with a couple of injuries and played on a crappy Eagles offense. The 2020 1st-rounder is a decent "buy-low" right now.
110 110 Myles Gaskin, RB MIA N/A 2 Miami courted RB upgrades over the offseason but ultimately settled on former Ram Malcolm Brown and 7th rounder Gerrid Doaks as additions. Bullish news for Gaskin — at least for ’21. He’s signed for 2 more seasons.
111 111 Aaron Rodgers, QB GB N/A 16 Rodgers will return in 2021, likely for 1 final season with the Packers. He’s coming off a career year with 48 TDs at a 9.1% TD rate. Expect some regression for 2021. At 38 (in December) — and with known interests outside football — Rodgers should be considered year to year.
112 112 Henry Ruggs, WR UNS N/A 1 Ruggs was a year 1 dud, managing 26-452-2 in 13 appearances. He never topped 5 targets in a game. The Raiders swapped out Nelson Agholor for John Brown, but that’s about it at WR. Ruggs will be given another opportunity to establish himself as a starting-caliber WR — and a potential fantasy WR3. The speedster is only 22.
113 113 Tony Pollard, RB DAL N/A 2 We like Pollard’s ability, but he’s fully expected to remain behind Zeke Elliott for the next 2 seasons. (Pollard is a free agent in 2023 — the first year Dallas can reasonably get out of Elliott’s massive contract.) The Memphis product is just 24.
114 114 Elijah Mitchell, RB SF N/A 0 This 6th-round pick joins a crowded 49ers backfield alongside fellow rookie Trey Sermon, plus veterans Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson and Wayne Gallman. Mitchell isn’t even a lock to make the final roster. But there’s also a chance he captures a role in 1 of the league’s top rushing attacks. Mitchell brings some juice with a 4.35-second 40 time, an 83rd-percentile vertical, a 94th-percentile broad jump and a 71st-percentile 3-cone drill.
115 115 Zack Moss, RB BUF N/A 1 Health will be key for Moss, who's coming off January ankle surgery. He’ll also need to fend off Devin Singletary, who’s signed for 2 more seasons. Buffalo’s pass-heavy approach limits the overall appeal of this backfield.
116 116 Trey Sermon, RB SF N/A 0 Sermon landed in a nice spot: 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan's run scheme is 1 of the best in the NFL, and similar to what Sermon ran at Ohio State. The 3rd-round rookie has not been able to win the trust of the coaching staff and looks to be buried on the depth chart year 1.
117 117 Zach Wilson, QB NYJ N/A 0 Wilson missed out on some valuable reps early in training camp (contract). He’s already facing a huge jump in competition coming from BYU. The 22-year-old was hyper-accurate in college, while the Jets brought in a coaching staff with Kyle Shanahan roots. The front office has surrounded him with plenty of young talent, so hopes are high here long-term.
118 118 Melvin Gordon, RB DEN N/A 6 Gordon was solid as a rusher last year, ranking 10th among 47 RBs in Pro Football Focus’ Elusive Rating. He struggled as a pass catcher, though. And the Broncos signaled that they want a long-term backfield change with the drafting of Javonte Williams early in Round 2. Gordon, 28, is a free agent in the spring.
119 119 Jonnu Smith, TE NE N/A 4 Playing through injury, Jonnu didn’t deliver the major 2020 breakout many had hoped. Yet he still set career highs in targets (65), catches (41), yards (448) and TDs (8). The Pats clearly have high hopes here after signing him to a 4-year deal with ~$31 million guaranteed. However, the Pats also paid top dollar for fellow veteran TE Hunter Henry. The Pats’ ability to quickly develop Mac Jones will be key.
120 120 Evan Engram, TE NYG N/A 4 Engram played all 16 games last year and even ranked 4th among TEs in targets. Yet he sank to TE14 because of only 2 total scores. The 27-year-old enters a contract season with increased target competition and persistent QB concerns.
121 121 Kenneth Gainwell, RB PHI N/A 0 Like most of the RBs in this class, Gainwell got disappointing draft capital, slipping into the early 5th round. Even more worrisome is that he was the 9th RB off the board. He landed in a decent spot, though. Gainwell hasclaimed the pass catching role alongside Miles Sanders and looks to leap frog him on the depth chart.
122 122 Hunter Henry, TE NE N/A 5 Henry caught a career-high 60 balls in 2020. Then he signed a 3-year deal with an average annual value of $12.5 million. That’s tied for the 3rd-most cash among TEs — right alongside new teammate Jonnu Smith. Volume might be an issue in 2021 — but note that Henry’s only 27 (in December). He’s signed with New England through the 2023 season.
123 123 Jalen Hurts, QB PHI N/A 1 Hurts needs to show major strides as a passer to stick as Philly’s long-term answer. But his rushing ability keeps him in the short-term QB1 mix. The Eagles also have a pair of young, upside WRs in DeVonta Smith and Jalen Reagor. Dallas Goedert is entering a contract year.
124 124 Darnell Mooney, WR CHI N/A 1 Mooney was a bright spot for the Bears last fall, posting 61-631-4 as a Round 5 rookie. The 5’10, 180-pounder will continue as a clear-cut #2 WR behind Allen Robinson, who’s likely to depart next offseason. Chicago’s ability to land Justin Fields in the ’21 draft bodes well for Mooney’s deep ball (and overall) upside.
125 125 A.J. Dillon, RB GB N/A 1 A surprise pick last spring, Dillion (6'0, 247) was predictably quiet as a rookie (48 touches). Jamaal Williams’ departure puts Dillion in the #2 role alongside Aaron Jones, who recently signed a 4-year deal. Aaron Rodgers’ return at least boosts Dillion’s profile for 2021.
126 126 James Conner, RB ARI N/A 4 Durability remained an issue last year for Conner, who missed 3 games. It’ll be critical for him to handle goal line work in Arizona, especially with Chase Edmonds set to see most of the pass catching work. Conner is only 26, but it’s no shock he landed just a 1-year deal ($1.75 million) in free agency.
127 127 Sony Michel, RB LAR N/A 3
128 128 Tua Tagovailoa, QB MIA N/A 1 Tua wasn’t a fantasy factor as a rookie, but he’ll look to rebound in 2021 with a much better supporting cast. When healthy, new additions Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle add a much needed vertical element. Mike Gesicki enters a contract year.
129 129 Mecole Hardman, WR KC N/A 2 Hardman came out of Georgia as raw product, and he’s showed it through 2 seasons. But the offseason loss of Sammy Watkins puts Hardman in his best spot for targets to date. The 24-year-old is signed for 2 more seasons, but 2021 looks like a make-or-break campaign.
130 130 Dyami Brown, WR WAS N/A 0 Brown excelled as a deep threat at UNC. With 4.45 speed, he tallied 20.0+ yards per catch in consecutive seasons. His tape led to a John Brown/Nelson Agholor comp from our own Jared Smola. The Round 3 pick likely has a WR2 ceiling.
131 131 Kenyan Drake, RB LVR N/A 5 Surprisingly, Vegas signed Drake to a 2-year deal with an average annual value of $5.5 million — slightly more than what Chris Carson got from Seattle. Drake’s efficiency stunk last year with Arizona, but he doesn’t turn 28 until January and the big contract clearly signals a sizable role. Josh Jacobs is signed for at least 2 more seasons.
132 132 Baker Mayfield, QB CLE N/A 3 Mayfield ended 2020 strong, cracking 20 fantasy points in 4 of his final 6 regular season games. While pass volume continues to look like a negative, it’s worth noting that Nick Chubb enters a contract season. We’ll see how the Browns approach contract talks with Mayfield, who’s signed through 2022.
133 133 Logan Thomas, TE WAS N/A 7 Thomas broke out last year with 72-670-6 on 110 targets. 2021 brings about stiffer target competition, while Thomas — a former college QB — is already 30. He’s signed through the 2024 season.
134 134 Ryan Tannehill, QB TEN N/A 9 Tannehill lost OC (and play-caller) Arthur Smith, but the team cushioned that blow with the trade for Julio Jones. Signed through the 2023 season, Jones pairs with A.J. Brown to give Tannehill an elite 1-2 punch. Tannehill, 33, has already been a highly efficient passer. with Tennessee.
135 135 Daniel Jones, QB NYG N/A 2 Jones enters a critical 3rd year in New York. The team has surrounded him with talent, making offseason additions in Kenny Golladay and Round 1 pick Kadarius Toney. Now it’s a matter of Jones cutting down on turnovers and taking command of the offense. An unproven O-line could stand in the way of a breakout.
136 136 Mike Davis, RB ATL N/A 6 Davis landed in an excellent spot for 2021 production. And he proved that he can provide a boost to fantasy owners when given an opportunity: Davis ranked as the PPR RB12 last year in place of Christian McCaffrey. Just note that Atlanta marks his 5th team since entering the league. Davis, 28, is playing on a 2-year deal.
137 137 Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR DET N/A 0 St. Brown profiles as a big slot with trusty hands and strong body control. Targets are certainly up for grabs in the Lions' talent-thin WR corps.
138 138 Nyheim Hines, RB IND N/A 3 With 170 career catches, Hines is established as a pass-catching back. But he enters the 2021 season with QB concerns due to Carson Wentz’s foot injury. Hines, 25 in November, also enters a contract year.
139 139 Nico Collins, WR HOU N/A 0 Collins got nice draft capital, going in the 3rd round as the WR14. And he landed in Houston, where he’ll be competing for outside snaps with Brandin Cooks and a bunch of nobodies. It’s possible that he finishes 2nd on the team in targets this season. The QB situation, of course, is the concern.
140 140 Christian Kirk, WR ARI N/A 3 With 48-621-6, 2020 was another uneven year for Kirk. He again battled injury, this time missing 2 games. The Cardinals have likely seen enough after 3 seasons — and offseason additions A.J. Green and Round 2 pick Rondale Moore prove it. 2021 is a contract year for Kirk, 25 in November.
141 141 Antonio Brown, WR TB N/A 11 In 2020, AB joined the Bucs at mid-season and fit in nicely, posting 45-483-4 for pass-happy HC Bruce Arians. Much like Tom Brady, Brown’s playing career should be treated year to year. The 33-year-old re-signed on a 1-year deal in April.
142 142 Gabriel Davis, WR BUF N/A 1 Davis’ 2021 outlook took a hit with the arrival of Emmanuel Sanders. But we can’t overlook his 35-599-7 line as a 4th round rookie. Clearly, the environment in Buffalo is ripe for fantasy production. And pass volume should continue to be favorable going forward. Davis could eventually develop into Buffalo’s long-term WR2.
143 143 DeVante Parker, WR MIA N/A 6 Parker never really gelled with Tua Tagovailoa in 2020. Then came the offseason and the arrivals of Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle. We’d be surprised if Parker, 28, made it to the end of his current contract, which runs through the 2023 season.
144 144 Jamaal Williams, RB DET N/A 4 Williams’ and his diverse skill set garnered a 2-year deal worth $6 million. He’s stuck behind D’Andre Swift in the short-term, but we know this Lions coaching staff wants to emphasize the run. Williams is 26.
145 145 Alexander Mattison, RB MIN N/A 2 Signed for 2 more years, Mattison will remain in a handcuff role behind Dalvin Cook. The Vikings drafted competition in the spring with 4th-round speedster Kene Nwangwu.
146 146 Rashaad Penny, RB SEA N/A 3 2021 will be an audition for Penny, who’s highly unlikely to return to Seattle. The oft-injured back has made only 27 appearances in 3 seasons. He’ll need to play well to lock down Seattle’s #2 job behind Chris Carson. Penny does profile as a low-risk trade target because he’s (1) only 25 and (2) highly talented.
147 147 Kirk Cousins, QB MIN N/A 9 Cousins tossed a career-high 35 TD passes in 2020. Justin Jefferson and Irv Smith are strong building blocks, but Adam Thielen, 31, is likely past his prime. Volume also figures to remain a limiting factor for Cousins, who’s made his money with high efficiency. The 32-year-old is only signed for 2 more seasons. Minnesota used a Round 3 pick on Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond.
148 148 Matt Ryan, QB ATL N/A 13 In 2020, Ryan hit 600+ attempts for the 3rd straight season. Yet he ranked a ho hum QB12. Losing Julio Jones hurts, but Atlanta cushioned that blow with the drafting of TE Kyle Pitts. At 36, Ryan’s best days are very likely behind him. He’s signed for 3 more seasons.
149 149 Carson Wentz, QB IND N/A 5 Wentz’s shaky durability struck again in July; foot surgery will likely keep him out for the early part of the regular season. He flat out stunk in 2020, but the hope is a better supporting cast can revive his career. The 28-year-old’s current contract runs through the 2024 season.
150 150 Adam Trautman, TE NO N/A 1 Trautman was quiet as a rookie (15 catches on 16 targets) but showed enough to earn the starting job in year 2. The Dayton product brings plus size and savvy route running — and he projects for a sizable role given New Orleans’ issues at WR. We’ll see about the QB position, though.
151 151 Bryan Edwards, WR LVR N/A 1 Injuries derailed Edwards' rookie year. But recall that he entered the season as a starter before getting hurt. Now healthy, Edwards has been among the league's most hyped players in training camp. With an early breakout age, plus size and intriguing opportunity, Edwards looks like a 2021 breakout candidate.
152 152 Josh Palmer, WR LAC N/A 0 The Chargers somewhat surprisingly made Palmer the 11th WR off the board when they nabbed him in the middle of the 3rd round. He never stuffed the stat sheet at Tennessee but showed strong contested-catch skills on tape and tested well at 6’1, 210 pounds. Palmer can compete for Los Angeles’ #3 WR spot this year. And Mike Williams is due to hit free agency next offseason.
153 153 Tom Brady, QB TB N/A 21 Brady, 44, is year to year at this point. But as we saw last year with the Bucs, he still possesses top-10 upside. Worth noting: Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin are both playing this season on 1-year deals.
154 154 Derek Carr, QB LVR N/A 7 Carr continues to look better as a real-life QB than a fantasy one. Held back by low volume, he’s never finished as a QB1. The Raiders remain highly unproven at the pass catching spots beyond Darren Waller. Carr, meanwhile, will play the 2021 season at 30 years old. He’s signed for 2 more seasons.
155 155 Tyler Higbee, TE LAR N/A 5 Higbee’s incredible end to the 2019 season never carried over into 2020. Only 28, he at least faces less TE target competition following the departure of Gerald Everett. And Matthew Stafford should provide a sizable, immediate upgrade on Jared Goff. Higbee is signed through the 2023 season.
156 156 Amari Rodgers, WR GB N/A 0 Rodgers doesn’t have high-end size or athleticism but should be NFL-ready coming out of Clemson and is good after the catch. His short-term value takes a hit with the arrival of Randall Cobb. Plus, it's quite possible he plays only 1 season alongside Aaron Rodgers.
157 157 Rhamondre Stevenson, RB NE N/A 0 The Patriots backfield is a blessing and a curse. New England has finished top 10 in rushing TDs in 5 straight seasons and top 10 in rushing yards in 4 of those 5. But the RB room tends to be a guessing game from week to week. Stevenson will be cheap in drafts, though, and brings some intrigue as a 227-pounder with nimble feet.
158 158 Cole Kmet, TE CHI N/A 1 Kmet was held back by a stagnant offense in 2020, but the arrival of Justin Fields gives hope to this unit’s long-term potential. While Jimmy Graham remains on the roster, Kmet projects as the lead TE this fall. HC Matt Nagy said in July that he expects an increased role for the Notre Dame product. There’s long-term top-10 upside for Kmet.
159 159 Robert Tonyan, TE GB N/A 3 Tonyan grabbed Green Bay’s lead TE role last year and proceeded to score 11 times. Of course, a resurgent season from Aaron Rodgers helped, but it’s comforting to know he’s back for 2021. Tonyan’s value beyond this season is certainly less secure; the 27-year-old is a free agent in 2022.
160 160 Denzel Mims, WR NYJ N/A 1 Injuries limited Mims to 9 games (and 23 catches) as a rookie. Then, the offseason brought the arrival of Round 2 pick Elijah Moore and free agents Corey Davis and Keelan Cole. Not ideal. Mims is a questionable fit for new OC Mike LaFleur’s offense, which prioritizes catch-and-run specialists.
161 161 Austin Hooper, TE CLE N/A 5 Hooper’s 2020 was derailed by appendicitis. Now healthy, he’s looking to show why the Browns handed him $20 million guaranteed in 2020. HC Kevin Stefanski said in July that he expects the 26-year-old’s role to grow. Cleveland, however, will remain run-heavy, putting a premium on efficiency and TD scoring.
162 162 Sterling Shepard, WR NYG N/A 5 While Shepard lacks big play upside, he’s provided a safe floor with 57+ catches in all 5 pro seasons. The 27-year-old's floor will be tested following the additions of Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney. Getting a breakout season from Daniel Jones will be key.
163 163 K.J. Hamler, WR DEN N/A 1 Durability is a concern here for the 5'9, 180-pounder. But Hamler, 22, is just a 2nd-year Round 2 pick with truly rare speed. Plus, Courtland Sutton’s current contract will expire next spring.
164 164 Mac Jones, QB NE N/A 0 Jones is a better bet than most of the guys in this range to make some fantasy impact. But it’s tough to get excited about the ultimate fantasy upside considering he brings no rushing ability. Think Matt Ryan for the ceiling.
165 165 Eric Ebron, TE PIT N/A 7 Last year, Ebron finished as the PPR TE15 despite playing 15 games and seeing Pittsburgh rank 1st in pass attempts. Round 2 TE Pat Freiermuth — plus the return of JuJu Smith-Schuster — hurts Ebron in the short-term. The 28-year-old is likely entering his final year as a Steeler.
166 166 Marvin Jones, WR JAC N/A 9
167 167 Devin Singletary, RB BUF N/A 2 Has proven he can be a rotational back on one of the better offenses in the league
168 168 Tylan Wallace, WR BAL N/A 0 Wallace slid all the way into the late 4th round as the WR19 -- a reminder of his athletic limitations and prior ACL tear. The landing spot with the run-loving Ravens isn’t great, either. (They also added Rashod Bateman in Round 1.) But Wallace at least finds opportunity to win a top 3 spot on the depth chart. And he brings a strong college production profile.
169 169 Pat Freiermuth, TE PIT N/A 0 The clear TE2 in this class. Freiermuth got 2nd-round draft capital and joins a Steelers team that has Eric Ebron signed for only 1 more season. There’s a good chance Freiermuth is Pittsburgh’s starter by 2022. The question is who will be throwing him the rock at that point.
170 170 Gerald Everett, TE SEA N/A 4 Everett never emerged as the clear lead TE for the Rams. But that’s the role he should hold this fall — especially with former coach Shane Waldron now calling plays for Seattle. The team’s thin WR depth also opens up immediate opportunities. At 27, Everett is just signed for 2021.
171 171 Jamison Crowder, WR NYJ N/A 6
172 172 Marquez Callaway, WR NO N/A 1
173 173 Sam Darnold, QB CAR N/A 3 Darnold will look to turn his career around alongside HC Matt Rhule and OC Joe Brady. While he’s in a much better environment, questions surrounding Darnold’s accuracy and decision-making persist. He’s at least on the young side — 24 — especially for someone with 3 years of experience. The USC product is under contract through the 2022 season.
174 174 Tre'Quan Smith, WR NO N/A 3
175 175 Cole Beasley, WR BUF N/A 9
176 176 Parris Campbell, WR IND N/A 2
177 177 Blake Jarwin, TE DAL N/A 4 Jarwin lost all of 2020 to a torn ACL. He returns to face stiff target competition from a loaded WR corps, but note that Michael Gallup is slated for free agency next spring. We’ll also see how the playing time shakes out between Jarwin, 27, and 4th-year man Dalton Schultz. Dallas did sign Jarwin to a multi-year deal with $9.2 million guaranteed in 2020 (pre-injury).
178 178 Tutu Atwell, WR LAR N/A 0 Rams HC Sean McVay reportedly sees Atwell as a young version of DeSean Jackson. That’s exactly who Atwell figures to be playing behind at least to open 2021. Jackson, of course, has always had trouble staying healthy, so Atwell could find himself with a sizable role this season. The big difference between those 2 guys, though, is that Jackson is 175 pounds and Atwell just 149. Tough to imagine him becoming a real fantasy asset at that weight.
179 179 D'Wayne Eskridge, WR SEA N/A 0 Even if you believe in Eskridge as a prospect, what’s the upside here? Seattle’s #3 WR has totaled 53, 34 and 47 targets the past 3 seasons. D.K. Metcalf is signed through 2022 and Tyler Lockett through 2025. Eskridge doesn’t have much time to wait around considering he’s already 24.
180 180 Chuba Hubbard, RB CAR N/A 0 We were hoping Hubbard would land somewhere where he’d have a chance to win the lead ball-carrying job as part of a committee backfield. In Carolina, his short-term upside is Christian McCaffrey’s handcuff. And even a CMC injury probably wouldn’t turn Hubbard into a 3-down back considering he didn’t excel in the passing game at Oklahoma State.
181 181 Jared Goff, QB DET N/A 5 Goff’s play declined sharply with the Rams in 2020. Now with the Lions, he’s not guaranteed to start beyond this fall. A weak supporting cast (plus zero rushing upside) doesn’t allow much room for 2021 optimism.
182 182 O.J. Howard, TE TB N/A 4 Howard missed most of last season with a torn Achilles. He out-targeted Rob Gronkowski through the first 4 games, but questions will persist about Howard’s post-injury effectiveness given the seriousness of Achilles tears. 2021 is a contract year for the 26-year-old.
183 183 Darius Slayton, WR NYG N/A 2
184 184 Nelson Agholor, WR NE N/A 6
185 185 Jakobi Meyers, WR NE N/A 2
186 186 Russell Gage, WR ATL N/A 3
187 187 Van Jefferson, WR LAR N/A 1
188 188 Raheem Mostert, RB SF N/A 5 The 49ers drafted 2 RBs — 3rd rounder Trey Sermon and 6th rounder Elijah Mitchell. So Mostert’s time may soon be up in San Francisco. Knee and ankle issues limited the veteran to only 8 appearances in 2020. The 29-year-old enters a contract year.
189 189 Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR CLE N/A 1
190 190 Allen Lazard, WR GB N/A 3
191 191 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR GB N/A 3
192 192 Anthony Firkser, TE TEN N/A 3 Firkser worked his way into a TE timeshare last year, snagging 39 balls on 53 targets. With Jonnu Smith in Tennessee, Firkser projects as close to a full-time player this fall. Only 26, his target upside is held back by Julio Jones, AJ Brown and a run-first O. Firkser’s also a free agent next spring.
193 193 Zach Ertz, TE ARI N/A 8 Ertz’s future in Philly remains in limbo. The 31-year-old (in December) is coming off a career-low 11 games played and a lowly 36-335-1 line. His days of being a high-volume asset are over.
194 194 Hayden Hurst, TE ATL N/A 3 Hurst’s offseason started off well with the addition of HC Arthur Smith. But the arrival of Kyle Pitts puts a serious dent into Hurst’s upside, even with the departure of Julio Jones. At 28, Hurst is signed for just 1 more season.
195 195 Rob Gronkowski, TE TB N/A 11 Gronk was respectable in his first year out of retirement (45-623-7, TE8 numbers). He also played all 16 games. At 32, his playing career will likely be determined year-to-year alongside Tom Brady.
196 196 Jameis Winston, QB NO N/A 6 As of this writing, Winston’s locked in a training camp battle with Taysom Hill for the Week 1 starting nod. If he can’t beat out Hill — essentially a utility player — it’ll be time to question Winston’s future value. The Saints are thin at pass catcher with Michael Thomas battling more ankle trouble that required surgery. Only 27, Winston is signed through this season.
197 197 Jordan Love, QB GB N/A 1 Love will take a backseat to Aaron Rodgers for at least 1 more season. The smart money, however, is on Rodgers playing elsewhere in 2022. Two straight years on the bench would make the mobile Love a major wild card.
198 198 Darrynton Evans, RB TEN N/A 1
199 199 Dez Fitzpatrick, WR TEN N/A 0 Fitzpatrick (6'2, 208) went earlier than expected in the early 4th round as WR16. Unfortunately, he landed on a squad that's set at WR right now with A.J. Brown and Julio Jones. He could push Josh Reynolds for the WR3 job in 2021.
200 200 Harrison Bryant, TE CLE N/A 1 The Browns spent a 4th rounder on Bryant in 2020, the same year they inked Austin Hooper to a big deal. So he did well to post 24-238-3 as a rookie. HC Kevin Stefanski’s history of utilizing multiple TEs is promising. David Njoku remains under contract, but 2021 looks like his final season with Cleveland.
201 201 Mo Alie-Cox, TE IND N/A 3 Alie-Cox enjoyed a career-year in 2020, but it still wasn’t much: 31 catches, 394 yards and 2 TDs. Jack Doyle returns, though, while the Colts have routinely talked up rookie TE Kylen Granson. The uber-athletic Alie-Cox is slated for free agency next spring.
202 202 Tyler Johnson, WR TB N/A 1
203 203 Dan Arnold, TE JAC N/A 3
204 204 Ben Roethlisberger, QB PIT N/A 17
205 205 T.Y. Hilton, WR IND N/A 9
206 206 Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB WAS N/A 14
207 207 Cam Newton, QB CAR N/A 10
208 208 Josh Reynolds, WR DET N/A 4
209 209 David Njoku, TE CLE N/A 4
210 210 Jared Cook, TE LAC N/A 12
211 211 Chris Herndon, TE MIN N/A 3
212 212 Dawson Knox, TE BUF N/A 2
213 213 David Johnson, RB HOU N/A 6 Johnson projects as Houston’s lead back for 2021. Somewhat surprisingly, he fared OK in that role last year (RB21 production in 12 games). The issue is Houston’s supporting cast, especially with Deshaun Watson unlikely to play for the Texans any time soon (if at all). DJ turns 30 in December.
214 214 Jeff Wilson Jr., RB SF N/A 3
215 215 Seth Williams, WR UNS N/A 0 Williams faces an uphill battle as a 6th-round pick joining a currently loaded Broncos WR corps. It’s worth noting, though, that Courtland Sutton is currently slated to hit free agency next offseason. At 6’3, 211 pounds with a 37-inch vertical, Williams could be the Sutton replacement in a best-case scenario.
216 216 Anthony Schwartz, WR CLE N/A 0 Schwartz was an actual track star in high school and college and blazed a 4.27-second 40 time at his Pro Day. There’s not much else to his game besides speed right now, but the Browns did spend a 3rd-round pick on him. We’ll see what their plans are for him. The downside is that Odell Beckham is signed through 2023; Jarvis Landry through 2022.
217 217 John Brown, WR JAC N/A 7
218 218 Simi Fehoko, WR DAL N/A 0 Fehoko is an intriguing developmental prospect: A 6’4, 222-pounder with 4.44 speed, a 34.5-inch vertical and nice agility. He’s a long shot for 2021 fantasy value, of course. But beyond that, Michael Gallup will be a free agent next offseason and there’s a chance Amari Cooper will be a salary-cap casualty with his $22 million price tag.
219 219 Cornell Powell, WR UNS N/A 0 Powell was just a 1-year producer at Clemson. But he was a highly regarded recruit out of high school and tested as an above-average athlete at 6’0, 204 pounds. Of course, the big selling point here is the opportunity to catch passes from Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City’s WR corps is unsettled behind Tyreek Hill.
220 220 Tim Patrick, WR DEN N/A 3
221 221 Phillip Lindsay, RB MIA N/A 3
222 222 Tarik Cohen, RB CHI N/A 4
223 223 Anthony McFarland Jr., RB PIT N/A 1
224 224 Drew Lock, QB DEN N/A 2
225 225 Javian Hawkins, RB UNS N/A 0 Here’s the 1st undrafted player to make our rankings. We’ve seen undrafted RBs make noise recently in Phillip Lindsay and James Robinson -- but those guys are still much more the exception than the rule. Hawkins (only 5'9, 183 pounds) is a long shot but at least landed in a backfield with some short- and plenty of long-term opportunity. Mike Davis is signed for 2 years, and behind him sits Cordarrelle Patterson and Qadree Ollison.
226 226 Taysom Hill, QB NO N/A 5
227 227 Teddy Bridgewater, QB DEN N/A 7
228 228 Jimmy Garoppolo, QB SF N/A 7
229 229 James Washington, WR PIT N/A 3
230 230 Kene Nwangwu, RB MIN N/A 0 Minnesota surprisingly made Nwangwu the 6th RB off the board. It’s a bet on traits and athleticism. Nwangwu totaled just 150 touches (143 carries, 7 catches) across 4 seasons at Iowa State. But he flashes elite burst on tape and tested as a 99th percentile athlete. He’ll battle for the #3 RB job in Minnesota this year. Dalvin Cook is signed through 2025 and Alexander Mattison through 2022.
231 231 Tevin Coleman, RB NYJ N/A 6
232 232 Tyler Conklin, TE MIN N/A 3
233 233 Latavius Murray, RB BAL N/A 8
234 234 Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB TB N/A 1
235 235 Malcolm Brown, RB MIA N/A 6
236 236 Albert Okwuegbunam, TE DEN N/A 1
237 237 Sammy Watkins, WR BAL N/A 7
238 238 Kylin Hill, RB GB N/A 0 Hill was 1 of our favorite pre-draft sleepers after excelling as a runner in 2019 and a pass-catcher in 2020. His stock takes a hit, though, after he sunk to the late 7th round of the NFL Draft. He also joins a crowded Packers backfield behind Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon. The hope here is that Hill can eventually take on Jamaal Williams’ old role as a change-of-pace and pass-catching back behind Jones.
239 239 Khalil Herbert, RB CHI N/A 0
240 240 Larry Rountree, RB LAC N/A 0
241 241 Hunter Long, TE MIA N/A 0
242 242 Kellen Mond, QB MIN N/A 0
243 243 Jaelon Darden, WR TB N/A 0
244 244 Rashard Higgins, WR CLE N/A 5
245 245 Racey McMath, WR TEN N/A 0
246 246 Dalton Schultz, TE DAL N/A 3
247 247 Brycen Hopkins, TE LAR N/A 1
248 248 Ty'Son Williams, RB BAL N/A 1
249 249 Marquez Stevenson, WR BUF N/A 0
250 250 Mike Strachan, WR IND N/A 0
251 251 Tommy Tremble, TE CAR N/A 0
252 252 Jacob Harris, TE LAR N/A 0
253 253 Kendrick Bourne, WR NE N/A 4
254 254 Jordan Akins, TE HOU N/A 3
255 255 Tre McKitty, TE LAC N/A 0
256 256 Brevin Jordan, TE HOU N/A 0
257 257 Chris Evans, RB CIN N/A 0
258 258 J.D. McKissic, RB WAS N/A 5
259 259 Donald Parham, TE LAC N/A 2
260 260 Gerrid Doaks, RB UNS N/A 0
261 261 Will Dissly, TE SEA N/A 3
262 262 Marcus Mariota, QB LVR N/A 6
263 263 Jalen Camp, WR UNS N/A 0
264 264 Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR MIN N/A 0
265 265 Jonathan Adams, WR UNS N/A 0
266 266 Kahale Warring, TE UNS N/A 2
267 267 Dazz Newsome, WR UNS N/A 0
268 268 La'Mical Perine, RB NYJ N/A 1
269 269 Jack Doyle, TE IND N/A 7
270 270 Foster Moreau, TE LVR N/A 2
271 271 Preston Williams, WR MIA N/A 2
272 272 Andy Dalton, QB CHI N/A 10
273 273 Marlon Mack, RB IND N/A 4
274 274 Devin Asiasi, TE NE N/A 1
275 275 James White, RB NE N/A 7
276 276 Emmanuel Sanders, WR BUF N/A 11
277 277 Ian Thomas, TE CAR N/A 3
278 278 Anthony Miller, WR PIT N/A 3
279 279 Scott Miller, WR TB N/A 2
280 280 Damien Williams, RB CHI N/A 7
281 281 Justin Jackson, RB LAC N/A 3
282 282 Joshua Kelley, RB LAC N/A 1
283 283 Quintez Cephus, WR DET N/A 1
284 284 A.J. Green, WR ARI N/A 10
285 285 Travis Fulgham, WR MIA N/A 2
286 286 Cameron Brate, TE TB N/A 7
287 287 Benny Snell, RB PIT N/A 2
288 288 Trey Burton, TE UNS N/A 7
289 289 Hunter Renfrow, WR LVR N/A 2
290 290 Andy Isabella, WR ARI N/A 2
291 291 Dalton Keene, TE NE N/A 1
292 292 Lynn Bowden, WR MIA N/A 1
293 293 Breshad Perriman, WR TB N/A 6
294 294 Jalen Hurd, WR UNS N/A 2
295 295 Justice Hill, RB BAL N/A 2
296 296 Tyrell Williams, WR UNS N/A 6
297 297 Boston Scott, RB PHI N/A 3
298 298 Kerryon Johnson, RB UNS N/A 3
299 299 Jimmy Graham, TE CHI N/A 11
300 300 Wayne Gallman, RB ATL N/A 4
301 301 Duke Johnson, RB MIA N/A 6
302 302 Miles Boykin, WR BAL N/A 2
303 303 Salvon Ahmed, RB MIA N/A 1
304 304 Mitchell Trubisky, QB BUF N/A 4
305 305 Keelan Cole, WR NYJ N/A 4
306 306 Eno Benjamin, RB ARI N/A 1
307 307 Keke Coutee, WR IND N/A 3
308 308 DeeJay Dallas, RB SEA N/A 1
309 309 Todd Gurley, RB UNS N/A 6
310 310 Zach Pascal, WR IND N/A 3
311 311 Kyle Trask, QB TB N/A 0
312 312 Ian Book, QB NO N/A 0
313 313 Davis Mills, QB HOU N/A 0
314 314 Devin Duvernay, WR BAL N/A 1
315 315 Kyle Rudolph, TE NYG N/A 10
316 316 Cam Sims, WR WAS N/A 3
317 317 Kelvin Harmon, WR UNS N/A 2
318 318 Collin Johnson, WR NYG N/A 1
319 319 Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR WAS N/A 1
320 320 Kalen Ballage, RB PIT N/A 3
321 321 Tyron Johnson, WR LVR N/A 1
322 322 Dede Westbrook, WR MIN N/A 4
323 323 Carlos Hyde, RB JAC N/A 7
324 324 Jalen Guyton, WR LAC N/A 2
325 325 Quez Watkins, WR PHI N/A 1
326 326 Jacob Hollister, TE JAC N/A 4
327 327 Matt Breida, RB BUF N/A 4
328 328 John Hightower, WR UNS N/A 1
329 329 N'Keal Harry, WR NE N/A 2
330 330 Damiere Byrd, WR CHI N/A 6
331 331 Kenny Yeboah, TE UNS N/A 0
332 332 Jordan Wilkins, RB JAC N/A 3
333 333 Drew Sample, TE CIN N/A 2
334 334 Colby Parkinson, TE SEA N/A 1
335 335 Jamie Newman, QB UNS N/A 0
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