The NFL season is still several months away, but the most competitive owners are keeping a constant eye on the latest news and adjusting their 2021 Fantasy football rankings. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman announced his retirement, while the Patriots could turn to rookie Mac Jones at quarterback. Given the offseason changes, how should you approach Patriots newcomers Jonnu Smith, Nelson Agholor, Hunter Henry and Kendrick Bourne during your 2021 Fantasy football draft prep?
A reliable set of the Fantasy football rankings 2021 can help you answer that question and also lead you to the 2021 Fantasy football sleepers, breakouts and busts who will define the upcoming season. Before making any 2021 Fantasy football picks, check out the Fantasy football rankings 2021 from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
The model was created by Mike McClure, a predictive data engineer and professional daily Fantasy player with almost $2 million in career winnings. He's used his prediction model to simulate the entire 2021 NFL schedule 10,000 times and identify the top Fantasy football sleepers, breakouts and busts. Head to SportsLine now to see them.
McClure has used this model to help him win almost $2 million in daily Fantasy sports, and it also powers his season-long NFL rankings. The projections can help you create a 2021 Fantasy football strategy that ensures you have the depth necessary to survive what could be another challenging season.
McClure's model takes factors such as player history, schedule, injuries and matchups into account to create the most unbiased 2021 Fantasy football picks possible. Now the model has zeroed in on the 2021 NFL season, ranked every player, and found the top sleepers, breakouts and busts. See every pick here.
Top 2021 Fantasy football picks
The model is extremely high on Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims. After beginning last season on injured reserve with a hamstring issue, Mims entered the Jets' lineup and turned in six consecutive games of 40 yards or more despite never catching more than four passes in a game during that span. After missing a game to attend to a family matter, he returned to catch just four passes for 33 yards in the final three games.
However, Mims averaged 15.5 yards per catch as a rookie and could benefit from a quarterback shakeup and the addition of Corey Davis to take attention away from Mims on the other side of the field. The Jets traded Sam Darnold away to clear the way for rookie Zach Wilson, who was one of the most accurate quarterbacks in college football last season. The model expects Mims to forge a bond quickly with his new signal-caller, becoming a top-50 wide receiver after finishing outside the top 100 in 2020.
Another shocker: Cardinals running back James Conner struggles, even though he's on a new team and nearly topped 1,000 yards from scrimmage a season ago. The former Steeler spent the last three seasons as the team's starting running back but never reached 1,000 yards on the ground in any year. He also struggled to stay on the field, as he's missed 15 games since entering the league in 2017, including three last season.
The Steelers finished last in rushing yards and yards per attempt last season, and much of that falls on Conner, who not only lacked burst but also the ability to convert short-yardage situations. Coach Mike Tomlin took away Conner's goal-line duties as the season progressed, as Bennie Snell Jr. had 19 carries inside the 10-yard line compared to Conner's 14. Conner will be part of the dreaded running-back-by-committee with his new team, making him one of the 2021 Fantasy football busts to avoid.
How to find proven 2021 Fantasy football rankings
The model has also made the call on where Dak Prescott ranks coming off of a gruesome injury last season, and it also has one rookie quarterback ranked over 150 spots ahead of No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence. You can only see the latest Fantasy football rankings 2021 here.
So what's the exact value of every Fantasy-relevant NFL player in the 2021 Fantasy football rankings? And which rookie will provide shocking value? Visit SportsLine now to get Fantasy football rankings, all from a DFS pro who has won almost $2 million in his career and has simulated the entire season 10,000 times, and find out.