Fantasy football rankings: Win your league in 2021

Expect another big year from Davante Adams. (Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons)

By MIKE HERNDON

Want to win your fantasy football league in 2021? We can help you with that. Here, at long last, are the 2021 SportsChasers fantasy rankings for standard scoring.

While we’d always advise you to trust your own instincts, these rankings may help you choose between players you’re undecided on if you haven’t already drafted. If you have, you’re on your own.

Potential suspension and injury questions are baked into these rankings. Deshaun Watson is low because of the high potential for suspension or sitting out. Michael Thomas is low because he’ll miss significant time with injury. Dak Prescott and Saquon Barkley are a few spots lower than I’d ordinarily have them because of the strong possibility that they won’t be 100 percent in Week One after suffering major injuries last season.

Play in a PPR league? Bump pass-catching RBs and prolific WRs like Jarvis Landry and Cole Beasley up a few spots. Play in a league with crazy bonus points? Check your settings and plan accordingly.

Another tip: Stash some upside on your bench. While it’s important to make sure you’re covered with players who can step in should one of your starters get injured, carving out room for a potential lottery ticket like Trey Lance (if/when he takes over for Jimmy Garoppolo) or Brandin Cooks (in case Deshaun Watson plays) could turn a good roster into a league-winner.

Above all, remember: Even if you bomb your draft, it’s not the end of the season. There are going to be injuries to top starters during the season, particularly to running backs. Leagues are often won by managers who keep their eye on the wire and, when injuries happen, are quick enough to grab the next man up.

Without further ado, the rankings for quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and tight ends

Quarterback:

  1. Patrick Mahomes
  2. Josh Allen
  3. Kyler Murray
  4. Aaron Rodgers
  5. Russell Wilson
  6. Lamar Jackson
  7. Justin Herbert
  8. Dak Prescott
  9. Tom Brady
  10. Matthew Stafford
  11. Jalen Hurts
  12. Ryan Tannehill
  13. Joe Burrow
  14. Matt Ryan
  15. Kirk Cousins
  16. Baker Mayfield
  17. Ben Roethlisberger
  18. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  19. Deshaun Watson
  20. Trevor Lawrence
  21. Derek Carr
  22. Zach Wilson
  23. Trey Lance
  24. Tua Tagovailoa
  25. Justin Fields
  26. Jared Goff
  27. Carson Wentz
  28. Jameis Winston
  29. Mac Jones
  30. Daniel Jones
  31. Sam Darnold
  32. Jimmy Garoppolo
  33. Teddy Bridgewater
  34. Andy Dalton
  35. Tyrod Taylor
  36. Drew Lock
  37. Taysom Hill

Running back:

  1. Christian McCaffrey
  2. Derrick Henry
  3. Dalvin Cook
  4. Alvin Kamara
  5. Nick Chubb
  6. Aaron Jones
  7. Ezekiel Elliott
  8. Jonathan Taylor
  9. Najee Harris
  10. Saquon Barkley
  11. Austin Ekeler
  12. Antonio Gibson
  13. Chris Carson
  14. Clyde Edwards-Helaire
  15. James Robinson
  16. Joe Mixon
  17. David Montgomery
  18. Josh Jacobs
  19. Darrell Henderson, Jr.
  20. Gus Edwards
  21. DeAndre Swift
  22. Miles Sanders
  23. Raheem Mostert
  24. Myles Gaskin
  25. Damien Harris
  26. Mike Davis
  27. Ronald Jones II
  28. Kareem Hunt
  29. Javonte Williams
  30. Melvin Gordon II
  31. Trey Sermon
  32. James Conner
  33. Chase Edmonds
  34. Sony Michel
  35. Wayne Gallman
  36. David Johnson
  37. Leonard Fournette
  38. Tevin Coleman
  39. AJ Dillon
  40. Nyheim Hines
  41. Kenyan Drake
  42. Devin Singletary
  43. Jamaal Williams
  44. J.D. McKissic
  45. James White
  46. Zack Moss
  47. Ty Johnson
  48. Phillip Lindsay
  49. Mark Ingram
  50. Michael Carter

Wide receiver:

  1. Davante Adams
  2. Tyreek Hill
  3. Stefon Diggs
  4. DeAndre Hopkins
  5. Calvin Ridley
  6. Justin Jefferson
  7. D.K. Metcalf
  8. A.J. Brown
  9. Keenan Allen
  10. Allen Robinson
  11. CeeDee Lamb
  12. Terry McLaurin
  13. Chris Godwin
  14. Mike Evans
  15. Amari Cooper
  16. Robert Woods
  17. Cooper Kupp
  18. Julio Jones
  19. Tyler Lockett
  20. D.J. Moore
  21. Diontae Johnson
  22. Adam Theilen
  23. Brandon Aiyuk
  24. Tee Higgins
  25. Odell Beckham, Jr.
  26. Jerry Jeudy
  27. Courtland Sutton
  28. Chase Claypool
  29. Robby Anderson
  30. Jamarr Chase
  31. Brandin Cooks
  32. Kenny Golladay
  33. JuJu Smith Schuster
  34. Corey Davis
  35. Tyler Boyd
  36. Antonio Brown
  37. Jaylen Waddle
  38. Laviska Shenault
  39. Will Fuller V
  40. DeVonta Smith
  41. Deebo Samuel
  42. Darnell Mooney
  43. DeVante Parker
  44. D.J.Chark
  45. Curtis Samuel
  46. Marquise Brown
  47. Jarvis Landry
  48. Michael Thomas
  49. Michael Pittman, Jr.
  50. Michael Gallup
  51. Jakobi Meyers
  52. Marquez Callaway
  53. Mike Williams
  54. Cole Beasley
  55. Henry Ruggs III
  56. Sterling Shepard
  57. Tyrell Williams
  58. Elijah Moore
  59. Russell Gage
  60. Mecole Hardman
  61. Marvin Jones Jr.
  62. Nelson Agholor
  63. Rondale Moore
  64. Marquez Valdes-Scantling
  65. Bryan Edwards

Tight End:

  1. Travis Kelce
  2. Darren Waller
  3. George Kittle
  4. Kyle Pitts
  5. T.J. Hockenson
  6. Mark Andrews
  7. Logan Thomas
  8. Robert Tonyan
  9. Dallas Goedert
  10. Jonnu Smith
  11. Mike Gesicki
  12. Tyler Higbee
  13. Noah Fant
  14. Gerald Everett
  15. Rob Gronkowski
  16. Hunter Henry
  17. Austin Hooper
  18. Jared Cook
  19. Evan Engram
  20. Anthony Firkser
  21. Blake Jarwin
  22. Cole Kmet
  23. Zach Ertz
  24. Adam Trautman
  25. Pat Freiermuth
  26. Dawson Knox
  27. Mo Alie-Cox
  28. Chris Herndon
  29. Tyler Kroft
  30. OJ Howard


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