2021 Fantasy Football Player Rankings

NFL Player Rankings

Developing accurate fantasy football player rankings is a key component of creating reliable fantasy football cheat sheets, and as we know your cheat sheet could make or break your fantasy football draft. In modern fantasy football leagues, almost any football position can be added to your fantasy league scoring configuration (even defensive players).

Regardless of your league’s configuration, you’ll need to be sure to have accurate NFL player rankings for each position that is required to complete your fantasy roster. Otherwise, how would you know how to make picks for your fantasy football draft boards as the season approachs? Here are some factors we consider when developing our fantasy football player rankings:

  • Statistics- Obviously the stats from the previous season are most critical but as the season progresses current statistics become more relevant.
  • Fantasy Point Output- Understand how each player’s statistics translate to point output based on your fantasy league configuration. Just as statistic/point-values vary from league to league, a player's ranking will likewise rise or fall based on league settings.
  • Games Played- The number of games a player actually played in during the previous season is an oft-forgotten statistic. Would you rather draft a player that put up 80 fantasy points in 16 games, or a player who put up 60 fantasy points in 8 games? This is why FPPG output is a key statistic to follow (and also why it is integrated into all of our sheets by default).
  • Team- The team a player plays for should definitely factor into their ranking, especially if the player has changed teams. Those teams with high-powered offenses will have players who put up more fantasy points, so remember to factor in the team when you configure your rankings.
  • Experience- The factor that experience plays in your NFL player rankings is heavily dependent on the position being analyzed; a productive kicker will have a much longer career than a productive running back. Compare each player’s stats to their experience to ensure they are not on the downside of their career.
  • Position on Depth Chart- As training camp battles progress, a clearer picture of each team’s depth chart should arise. Know which players have cemented a starting job and which players are still battling to move up the depth chart.
  • Injury Concerns– Football players are constantly battling injuries, but some injuries are worse than others. Those players with injury concerns should slide down your player rankings; how far they slide will depend on the severity (and sometimes the frequency) of their injury.

There are many different factors to consider when configuring your 2021 NFL player rankings. The key to success is examining the relevant factors and properly applying them to the position and player being analyzed. We hope that the rankings provided will help you create reliable and accurate fantasy football cheat sheets in preparation for your 2021 fantasy football draft. Below are our top 5 players at each position named in the standard fantasy football scoring system. To view all rankings for a particular position please click the links above.


Top 10 Quarterbacks

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Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 1 in our 2021 Quarterback rankings.
Patrick Mahomes #13
KC Chiefs, 3 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=15, PAYD=4740, PATD=38, RUCA=62, RUYD=308, RUTD=2, INT=6, FUM=2, FPPG=29.6, TFP=444
2
Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills is ranked 2 in our 2021 Quarterback rankings.
Josh Allen #13
BUF Bills, 3 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, PAYD=4544, PATD=37, RUCA=102, RUYD=421, RUTD=8, INT=10, FUM=6, FPPG=28.9, TFP=462
3
Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 3 in our 2021 Quarterback rankings.
Lamar Jackson #13
BAL Ravens, 3 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=15, PAYD=2757, PATD=26, RUCA=159, RUYD=1005, RUTD=7, INT=9, FUM=4, FPPG=25.5, TFP=383
4
Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 4 in our 2021 Quarterback rankings.
Dak Prescott #12
DAL Cowboys, 5 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=5, PAYD=1856, PATD=9, RUCA=18, RUYD=93, RUTD=3, INT=4, FUM=3, FPPG=28.3, TFP=142
5
Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 5 in our 2021 Quarterback rankings.
Russell Wilson #3
SEA Seahawks, 9 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, PAYD=4212, PATD=40, RUCA=83, RUYD=513, RUTD=2, INT=13, FUM=4, FPPG=27.4, TFP=438
6
Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 6 in our 2021 Quarterback rankings.
Aaron Rodgers #12
GB Packers, 16 years exp , Bye 13
GAM=16, PAYD=4299, PATD=48, RUCA=38, RUYD=149, RUTD=3, INT=5, FUM=2, FPPG=29.9, TFP=479
7
Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 7 in our 2021 Quarterback rankings.
Kyler Murray #13
ARI Cardinals, 2 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=16, PAYD=3971, PATD=26, RUCA=133, RUYD=819, RUTD=11, INT=12, FUM=4, FPPG=26.9, TFP=431
8
Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 8 in our 2021 Quarterback rankings.
Jalen Hurts #14
PHI Eagles, 1 years exp , Bye 14
GAM=14, PAYD=1061, PATD=6, RUCA=63, RUYD=357, RUTD=3, INT=4, FUM=2, FPPG=8.6, TFP=120
9
Ryan Tannehill of the Tennessee Titans is ranked 9 in our 2021 Quarterback rankings.
Ryan Tannehill #17
TEN Titans, 8 years exp , Bye 13
GAM=16, PAYD=3819, PATD=33, RUCA=43, RUYD=266, RUTD=7, INT=7, FUM=1, FPPG=25.2, TFP=403
10
Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 10 in our 2021 Quarterback rankings.
Tom Brady #12
TB Buccaneers, 21 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, PAYD=4633, PATD=40, RUCA=30, RUYD=6, RUTD=3, INT=12, FUM=1, FPPG=26.1, TFP=418

Top 10 Running Backs

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Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 1 in our 2021 Running Back rankings.
Christian McCaffrey #34
CAR Panthers, 4 years exp , Bye 13
GAM=3, RUCA=59, RUYD=225, RUTD=5, RETR=19, RECP=17, REYD=149, RETD=1, FUM=0, FPPG=24.5, TFP=73
2
Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans is ranked 2 in our 2021 Running Back rankings.
Derrick Henry #34
TEN Titans, 5 years exp , Bye 13
GAM=16, RUCA=378, RUYD=2027, RUTD=17, RETR=31, RECP=19, REYD=114, RETD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=19.5, TFP=312
3
Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 3 in our 2021 Running Back rankings.
Alvin Kamara #34
NO Saints, 4 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=15, RUCA=187, RUYD=932, RUTD=16, RETR=107, RECP=83, REYD=756, RETD=5, FUM=0, FPPG=19.7, TFP=295
4
Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 4 in our 2021 Running Back rankings.
Dalvin Cook #34
MIN Vikings, 4 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=14, RUCA=312, RUYD=1557, RUTD=16, RETR=54, RECP=44, REYD=361, RETD=1, FUM=3, FPPG=20.6, TFP=288
5
Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 5 in our 2021 Running Back rankings.
Ezekiel Elliott #34
DAL Cowboys, 5 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=15, RUCA=244, RUYD=979, RUTD=6, RETR=71, RECP=52, REYD=338, RETD=2, FUM=5, FPPG=11.3, TFP=170
6
Jonathan Taylor of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 6 in our 2021 Running Back rankings.
Jonathan Taylor #34
IND Colts, 1 years exp , Bye 14
GAM=15, RUCA=232, RUYD=1169, RUTD=11, RETR=39, RECP=36, REYD=299, RETD=1, FUM=1, FPPG=14.5, TFP=217
7
Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants is ranked 7 in our 2021 Running Back rankings.
Saquon Barkley #0
NYG Giants, 3 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=2, RUCA=19, RUYD=34, RUTD=0, RETR=9, RECP=6, REYD=60, RETD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=4.7, TFP=9
8
Aaron Jones of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 8 in our 2021 Running Back rankings.
Aaron Jones #34
GB Packers, 4 years exp , Bye 13
GAM=14, RUCA=201, RUYD=1104, RUTD=9, RETR=63, RECP=47, REYD=355, RETD=2, FUM=0, FPPG=15.1, TFP=212
9
Nick Chubb of the Cleveland Browns is ranked 9 in our 2021 Running Back rankings.
Nick Chubb #34
CLE Browns, 3 years exp , Bye 13
GAM=12, RUCA=190, RUYD=1067, RUTD=12, RETR=18, RECP=16, REYD=150, RETD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=16, TFP=192
10
Austin Ekeler of the Los Angeles Chargers is ranked 10 in our 2021 Running Back rankings.
Austin Ekeler #30
LAC Chargers, 4 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=10, RUCA=116, RUYD=530, RUTD=1, RETR=65, RECP=54, REYD=403, RETD=2, FUM=0, FPPG=11.1, TFP=111

Top 10 Wide Receivers

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Davante Adams of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 1 in our 2021 Wide Receiver rankings.
Davante Adams #17
GB Packers, 7 years exp , Bye 13
GAM=14, RETR=149, RECP=115, REYD=1374, RETD=18, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=17.4, TFP=243
2
Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 2 in our 2021 Wide Receiver rankings.
Tyreek Hill #80
KC Chiefs, 5 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=15, RETR=135, RECP=87, REYD=1276, RETD=15, RUYD=123, RUTD=2, FUM=0, FPPG=16.1, TFP=242
3
Stefon Diggs of the Buffalo Bills is ranked 3 in our 2021 Wide Receiver rankings.
Stefon Diggs #14
BUF Bills, 6 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, RETR=166, RECP=127, REYD=1535, RETD=8, RUYD=1, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=12.6, TFP=202
4
DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 4 in our 2021 Wide Receiver rankings.
DeAndre Hopkins #10
ARI Cardinals, 8 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=16, RETR=160, RECP=115, REYD=1407, RETD=6, RUYD=1, RUTD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=10.8, TFP=173
5
Calvin Ridley of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 5 in our 2021 Wide Receiver rankings.
Calvin Ridley #18
ATL Falcons, 3 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=15, RETR=143, RECP=90, REYD=1374, RETD=9, RUYD=1, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=12.6, TFP=190
6
A.J. Brown of the Tennessee Titans is ranked 6 in our 2021 Wide Receiver rankings.
A.J. Brown #80
TEN Titans, 2 years exp , Bye 13
GAM=14, RETR=106, RECP=70, REYD=1075, RETD=11, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=12.2, TFP=172
7
D.K. Metcalf of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 7 in our 2021 Wide Receiver rankings.
D.K. Metcalf #80
SEA Seahawks, 1 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, RETR=129, RECP=83, REYD=1303, RETD=10, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=11.8, TFP=188
8
Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 8 in our 2021 Wide Receiver rankings.
Justin Jefferson #80
MIN Vikings, 1 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, RETR=125, RECP=88, REYD=1400, RETD=7, RUYD=2, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=11.4, TFP=182
9
Terry McLaurin of the Washington Team is ranked 9 in our 2021 Wide Receiver rankings.
Terry McLaurin #80
WAS Team, 2 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=15, RETR=134, RECP=87, REYD=1118, RETD=4, RUYD=30, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=9.1, TFP=137
10
Allen Robinson of the Chicago Bears is ranked 10 in our 2021 Wide Receiver rankings.
Allen Robinson #15
CHI Bears, 7 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, RETR=151, RECP=102, REYD=1250, RETD=6, RUYD=-1, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.1, TFP=161

Top 10 Tight Ends

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Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 1 in our 2021 Tight End rankings.
Travis Kelce #87
KC Chiefs, 8 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=15, RETR=145, RECP=105, REYD=1416, RETD=11, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=13.7, TFP=206
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Darren Waller of the Las Vegas Raiders is ranked 2 in our 2021 Tight End rankings.
Darren Waller #85
LV Raiders, 2 years exp , Bye 8
3
George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers is ranked 3 in our 2021 Tight End rankings.
George Kittle #85
SF 49ers, 4 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=8, RETR=63, RECP=48, REYD=634, RETD=2, RUYD=17, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=9.6, TFP=77
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Mark Andrews of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 4 in our 2021 Tight End rankings.
Mark Andrews #89
BAL Ravens, 3 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=14, RETR=88, RECP=58, REYD=701, RETD=7, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=8, TFP=112
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T.J. Hockenson of the Detroit Lions is ranked 5 in our 2021 Tight End rankings.
T.J. Hockenson #88
DET Lions, 2 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, RETR=101, RECP=67, REYD=723, RETD=6, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=6.6, TFP=106
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Kyle Pitts of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 6 in our 2021 Tight End rankings.
Kyle Pitts #84
ATL Falcons, Rookie , Bye 6
7
Noah Fant of the Denver Broncos is ranked 7 in our 2021 Tight End rankings.
Noah Fant #88
DEN Broncos, 2 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=14, RETR=93, RECP=62, REYD=673, RETD=3, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=6.1, TFP=85
8
Logan Thomas of the Washington Team is ranked 8 in our 2021 Tight End rankings.
Logan Thomas #5
WAS Team, 7 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, RETR=110, RECP=72, REYD=670, RETD=6, RUYD=5, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=6.5, TFP=104
9
Jonnu Smith of the New England Patriots is ranked 9 in our 2021 Tight End rankings.
Jonnu Smith #85
NE Patriots, 3 years exp , Bye 14
GAM=14, RETR=65, RECP=41, REYD=448, RETD=8, RUYD=4, RUTD=1, FUM=0, FPPG=7.1, TFP=99
10
Tyler Higbee of the Los Angeles Rams is ranked 10 in our 2021 Tight End rankings.
Tyler Higbee #80
LAR Rams, 5 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=15, RETR=60, RECP=44, REYD=521, RETD=5, RUYD=1, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=5.5, TFP=82

Top 10 Kickers

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Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 1 in our 2021 Kicker rankings.
Justin Tucker #9
BAL Ravens, 9 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, MAFG=26, MIFG=3, MAXP=52, MIXP=1, FPPG=7.5, TFP=120
2
Younghoe Koo of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 2 in our 2021 Kicker rankings.
Younghoe Koo #7
ATL Falcons, 4 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=15, MAFG=37, MIFG=2, MAXP=33, MIXP=3, FPPG=9, TFP=135
3
Harrison Butker of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 3 in our 2021 Kicker rankings.
Harrison Butker #8
KC Chiefs, 4 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=16, MAFG=25, MIFG=2, MAXP=48, MIXP=6, FPPG=6.9, TFP=111
4
Jason Sanders of the Miami Dolphins is ranked 4 in our 2021 Kicker rankings.
Jason Sanders #3
MIA Dolphins, 3 years exp , Bye 14
GAM=16, MAFG=36, MIFG=3, MAXP=36, MIXP=0, FPPG=8.4, TFP=135
5
Rodrigo Blankenship of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 5 in our 2021 Kicker rankings.
Rodrigo Blankenship #3
IND Colts, 1 years exp , Bye 14
GAM=16, MAFG=32, MIFG=5, MAXP=43, MIXP=2, FPPG=7.6, TFP=122
6
Tyler Bass of the Buffalo Bills is ranked 6 in our 2021 Kicker rankings.
Tyler Bass #2
BUF Bills, 1 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, MAFG=28, MIFG=6, MAXP=57, MIXP=2, FPPG=7.6, TFP=121
7
Greg Zuerlein of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 7 in our 2021 Kicker rankings.
Greg Zuerlein #4
DAL Cowboys, 9 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, MAFG=34, MIFG=7, MAXP=33, MIXP=3, FPPG=6.9, TFP=111
8
Robbie Gould of the San Francisco 49ers is ranked 8 in our 2021 Kicker rankings.
Robbie Gould #9
SF 49ers, 16 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=15, MAFG=19, MIFG=4, MAXP=36, MIXP=2, FPPG=5.3, TFP=79
9
Matt Prater of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 9 in our 2021 Kicker rankings.
Matt Prater #5
ARI Cardinals, 13 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=16, MAFG=21, MIFG=7, MAXP=38, MIXP=4, FPPG=4.8, TFP=76
10
Ryan Succop of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 10 in our 2021 Kicker rankings.
Ryan Succop #4
TB Buccaneers, 12 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, MAFG=28, MIFG=3, MAXP=52, MIXP=5, FPPG=7.6, TFP=122

Top 10 Defenses/Special Teams

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Los Angeles Rams of the Los Angeles Rams is ranked 1 in our 2021 Defense rankings.
Los Angeles Rams
Bye 11
GAM=16, FREC=8, INT=14, SACK=53, DTD=4, PA=296, FPPG=7.8, TFP=125
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San Francisco 49ers of the San Francisco 49ers is ranked 2 in our 2021 Defense rankings.
San Francisco 49ers
Bye 6
GAM=16, FREC=8, INT=12, SACK=30, DTD=1, PA=390, FPPG=4.8, TFP=76
3
Washington Redskins of the Washington Team is ranked 3 in our 2021 Defense rankings.
Washington Redskins
Bye 9
GAM=16, FREC=7, INT=16, SACK=47, DTD=3, PA=329, FPPG=7.2, TFP=115
4
New England Patriots of the New England Patriots is ranked 4 in our 2021 Defense rankings.
New England Patriots
Bye 14
GAM=16, FREC=4, INT=18, SACK=24, DTD=2, PA=353, FPPG=5, TFP=80
5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 5 in our 2021 Defense rankings.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bye 9
GAM=16, FREC=10, INT=15, SACK=48, DTD=1, PA=355, FPPG=6.8, TFP=108
6
Baltimore Ravens of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 6 in our 2021 Defense rankings.
Baltimore Ravens
Bye 8
GAM=16, FREC=12, INT=10, SACK=39, DTD=3, PA=303, FPPG=6.8, TFP=109
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Pittsburgh Steelers of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 7 in our 2021 Defense rankings.
Pittsburgh Steelers
Bye 7
GAM=16, FREC=9, INT=18, SACK=56, DTD=3, PA=312, FPPG=8.2, TFP=132
8
Denver Broncos of the Denver Broncos is ranked 8 in our 2021 Defense rankings.
Denver Broncos
Bye 11
GAM=16, FREC=6, INT=10, SACK=42, DTD=0, PA=446, FPPG=4.6, TFP=74
9
Minnesota Vikings of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 9 in our 2021 Defense rankings.
Minnesota Vikings
Bye 7
GAM=16, FREC=7, INT=15, SACK=23, DTD=0, PA=475, FPPG=4.4, TFP=71
10
Cleveland Browns of the Cleveland Browns is ranked 10 in our 2021 Defense rankings.
Cleveland Browns
Bye 13
GAM=16, FREC=10, INT=11, SACK=38, DTD=2, PA=419, FPPG=6.2, TFP=100