The coming season will be different than any other with the NFL schedule expanding to 17 games. Accordingly, depth will be as important as ever with the added wear and tear of an extra week. Christian McCaffrey was a top pick in last year's Fantasy football drafts after putting up 2,392 scrimmage yards and 19 touchdowns in 2019, but he wound up missing 13 games due to injury. Those who handcuffed him with Mike Davis may have been able to weather the storm, but where does McCaffrey belong in your 2021 Fantasy football rankings?
Is handcuffing a worthwhile strategy as you make your 2021 Fantasy football picks, or should you build depth in another fashion? It's been an unusual couple of seasons, which makes finding quality 2021 Fantasy football advice critical to dominating your league. Before beginning the search for the top 2021 Fantasy football sleepers, breakouts and busts, be sure to see what the team at SportsLine has to say.
Prepared by proven SportsLine Fantasy experts Scott Engel, Jody Smith and Jacob Gibbs, this is a must-have guide for any Fantasy player preparing for snake, auction or best ball drafts. Engel is a Fantasy Hall of Famer, Smith has been ranked among the most accurate experts in the nation by FantasyPros, and Gibbs is a data-driven prodigy who called Patrick Mahomes' monster 2018 season. This trio brings decades of Fantasy experience and can give you a huge edge in your league.
This guide ranks every player at each position, but goes well beyond that, breaking down sleepers, breakouts and busts. There are also Fantasy football rookie rankings, strategy tips and much more. Head to SportsLine now to see the 2021 Fantasy football draft bible.
Top 2021 Fantasy football picks
The Fantasy football draft bible includes SportsLine's top 2021 TD regression candidates:
Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Football Team: A receiver's target per route run rate is one of the most important metrics to consider for Fantasy. McLaurin improved on his TPRR from Year 1 to Year 2, finishing with a respectable top-25 rate. He boasted a top-10 TPRR rate prior to injuring his ankle in Week 11. His splits from that point on suggest the ankle really limited him. His TPRR decreased from 23 percent to 19.8 percent, while his YPRR decreased from 2.16 to 1.42, a massive 35 percent drop that's basically the difference between Tyreek Hill and Kendrick Bourne.
With better health and better QB play, McLaurin's efficiency should be massively improved in 2021. Also note that only Robby Anderson, Jakobi Meyers and Cooper Kupp had a lower touchdown dependency rate among qualified wide receivers.
Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers: Ekeler's 21.4 percent TDR in 2019 was near the league average, but it was cut in half in 2020, when only J.D. McKissic and Devin Singletary were lower among qualified backs. His usage when healthy last year was among the best you'll find at the running back position. Ekeler's 16-game pace for targets in games he played with Justin Herbert at QB was 126. He has all the makings of a top-eight Fantasy RB in PPR formats if he has better luck finding the end zone in 2021.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Zeke's 26 carries from inside the five-yard line led the NFL, even with Dallas' offense struggling mightily after Dak Prescott went down. But guess what his 16-game pace for carries from inside the five was prior to Dak's injury? 45. Zeke had one of the lowest TD dependency scores at the RB position, even with all those goal line carries. After scoring on 56 percent of his carries from inside the five in 2019, Zeke scored on just 19.2 percent in 2020.
How to find proven 2021 Fantasy football rankings
SportsLine's Fantasy football 2021 draft guide has also identified a massive bust you need to steer completely clear of. This player is going off the board in the second round in many leagues, but could completely sink your playoff hopes. You can only see who it is here.
So what is the value of every single player for your 2021 Fantasy football rankings? And which huge bust can sink your season? Visit SportsLine now to see the complete 2021 Fantasy football draft bible, all from a team of proven Fantasy analysts who can give you a huge edge in your league.