2021 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet

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Jack Lotz, Co-Sports Editor

It’s been a long off-season, but we have made it. It’s the best time of the year, football season. Along with the rapidly approaching NFL season, fantasy football is on the horizon. Whether you have done your fantasy draft already or are doing it soon, I have come up with my top 10 fantasy players for each major position. 

Quarterback:

One of the biggest debates in fantasy football is when to draft your team’s Quarterback (QB). Since you can only play one quarterback in most PPR (Points Per Reception) leagues, they aren’t as valuable as Running Backs (RB) or Wide Receivers (WR). In my opinion, wait as long as you can to draft a QB. Yes, it is nice to have Patrick Mahomes but the gap between a higher tier running backs and a lower tier running back is a larger difference than at the quarterback position. Josh Allen emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the league last year and with Stefon Diggs running past defenders, Allen is poised to have an MVP type year. Lamar Jackson didn’t quite have the season we expected in 2020, but is still a threat both passing and running the football. Whenever you decide to draft a quarterback, these are the best options. 

  1. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs
  2. Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills
  3. Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens
  4. Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals
  5. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys
  6. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
  7. Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers 
  8. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
  9. Jalen Hurts – Philadelphia Eagles
  10.  Matthew Stafford – Los Angeles Rams

Running Back:

In my opinion, running backs are the most important position in fantasy football. Running backs could be taken with each of the first eight picks in the draft this year even if the NFL has transitioned to a passing league. The safest picks in Fantasy are running backs as they are guaranteed to get tons of touches every game unlike receivers and tight ends. I suggest taking a RB with your first and maybe even second round pick. It can’t hurt having two top running backs on your team. Christain McCaffery is the obvious first pick in drafts this year with his incredible pass catching along with being one of the most agile runners in the NFL. Derrick Henry is the reigning rushing yards leader and will look for another 350 carry, 2,000 yard season. 

  1. Christian McCaffery – Carolina Panthers
  2. Dalvin Cook – Minnesota Vikings
  3. Alvin Kamara- New Orleans Saints
  4. Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans 
  5. Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys
  6. Austin Ekeler – Los Angeles Chargers
  7. Aaron Jones – Green Bay Packers 
  8. Antonio Gibson – Washington Football Team
  9. Nick Chubb – Cleveland Browns 
  10.  Saquon Barkley – New York Giants

Wide Receiver:

There is tremendous depth at the receiver position this year due to the running back frenzy expected to occur at the beginning of drafts. Teams near the end of the draft tend to grab two elite WR. While that’s not my favorite style of drafting, that is certainly not a bad way to start your draft. Davante Adams is considered by most the best receiver in the league and with Aaron Rodgers at the helm (perhaps for the last time) he is as safe as a pick you can get. Calvin Ridley came out of nowhere last year and became one of the top fantasy receivers in the game and with the loss of Julio Jones in Atlanta, Ridley should get more attention. With that being said, here are my top 10 fantasy wide receivers. 

  1. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers
  2. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs
  3. Stefon Diggs – Buffalo Bills
  4. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons
  5. DeAndre Hopkins – Arizona Cardinals 
  6. D.K Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks
  7. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers
  8. Terry Mclaurin – Washington Football Team
  9.  A.J Brown – Tennessee Titans
  10.  Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings

Tight End:

I usually don’t recommend drafting a Tight End (TE) early, but you cannot go wrong with Travis Kelce. He has dominated the past four seasons and is way above the competition at his position. The scarcity at the TE position is huge and if you can’t grab a TE early, then don’t bother to grab one until the ninth round. The disparity in production at this position is great, but one that can be overshadowed by an overall solid draft early. Darren Waller has become Las Vegas’ favorite target and should receive a bulk of the catches again this year. Coming off an injury, George Kittle is doubted by some but I firmly believe that he will be at the top of fantasy tight ends come the season’s end. 

 

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs
  2. Darren Waller – Las Vegas Raiders
  3. George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers
  4. T.J Hockenson – Detroit Lions
  5. Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens
  6. Kyle Pitts – Atlanta Falcons
  7. Logan Thomas – Washington Football Team
  8. Noah Fant – Denver Broncos 
  9. Robert Tonyan – Green Bay Packers
  10.  Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles