In my second annual Fantasy Football Blind Resumes: From A to Z, the 2021 edition, there is a lot of information. That is the point of the article: finding statistics and information, not giving opinions.
I like to do this every year in the offseason so that I can get a true grasp on the previous season. With Fantasy Football blind resumes there is no bias. There are only facts.
So everything I will give in these Fantasy Football blind resumes is nothing but the truth. You can make your own inferences and formulate your own opinions off of the data.
All of the information in the Fantasy Football blind resumes is up to date as of May 11th, 2021. The Average Draft Position (ADP) and consensus rankings for the Fantasy Football blind resumes are courtesy of Fantasy Pros.
2021 Fantasy Football Blind Resumes: From A to Z
Quarterback A Is Still Under-Rated
Quarterback A was the seventh-highest scoring quarterback last season. In 2019 he averaged 22.5 Fantasy Points per start, third-best among passers. Quarterback A has Wide Receiver B entering his third season that has become the popular pick to lead all wide receivers in scoring.
Position C Has Reached New Heights
Position C had the tenth best player in Fantasy Points per game, finishing with D points per game.
There were two players at position C to reach that mark in 2019 as well as 2018. There were zero players to reach it in 2017, and just a single player the previous two years before that. Two players also reached Fantasy Point total D in 2014 and 2013 with zero players hitting it in 2012.
However, 10 guys hit that mark in 2020. Position C is quarterback and Fantasy Points Per Game D is 21.87. And that does not even include Dak Prescott’s record-shattering pace.
Running Back E Has No Competition
Running Back E finished tenth at the position in points per game. He did not even start all his games played. Running Back E only had more than ten carries in six of his ten games. He did have at least three catches in all but one contest, averaging over four receptions per game.
Running Back F Is Being Over-Looked
Running Back F is on no one’s radar. I’m serious. I have not seen a single Fantasy Football analyst mention his name once in the offseason. Running back F led all backs in receptions and was RB17 last season in PPR scoring. His backfield situation is basically identical, but with a better quarterback leading to an overall better offense.
Running back F’s consensus ranking is currently RB56. That’s somewhere around Round 14/15 in a 12-team league, for the guy that was RB17 last season. Running back F is J.D. McKissic.
Running Back G Is Still On the Upswing
Running Back G is the Bust du jour of the offseason. Running Back G’s team added Running Back H and people think he will have serious touchdown regression. However, Running Back H is on his third team in his sixth season. He got a career-high in carries but barely cracked 4.0 YPC and truly was dependent on touchdowns, leading the league in goal-to-go carries.
Running Back G, on the other hand, increased his reception total by 65% while handling a much bigger rushing workload as well. He finished as RB8 last season but is currently ranked as RB20 in half-PPR, available near the end of Round Four. Running Back G is Josh Jacobs and Running Back H is Kenyan Drake.
Running Back I Returns to the Fantasy Football Blind Resumes
Running Back I is no stranger to the Fantasy Football Blind Resumes. He was here last year and people are still discounting him this year. Running Back I had some injury issues, but still pulled out 12 games and was RB9 in Fantasy Points per game.
His team spent no significant capital on running backs and actually gave Running Back I a large contract extension. Yet, Running Back I is currently ranked as RB21 by Fantasy Pros consensus. Running Back I is Chris Carson.
Running Back J May Be Bust-Proof
Running Back J finished as the RB4 in all sorts of PPR scoring last season. Since 2012, if a running back finished in the Top Four at the position and played at least twelve games the next season then his average finish among the position was 6.25. No one in that group finished worse than RB14 and only one back overall finished worse than RB14 in Fantasy Points per game.
So the absolute floor for a Top-Four back from the previous year is RB14 the next year, with an average of nearly RB6. Running Back J is getting a backfield mate back from injury, but he still fits this category. Running Back J also averaged over 137 scrimmage yards over his last six games of the season with eight touchdowns. He had no less than 112 total yards over that span and scored in every game. His consensus ranking currently sits at RB20. What am I missing here? Running back J is David Montgomery.
Running Back K May Still Be Elite
Running Back K was the RB4 whenever his starting quarterback finished the game last season. He averaged 22.1 PPR Fantasy Points per game. Even in games in which the second-string quarterback finished and Running Back K got more than 15 touches he averaged over 18 PPR Fantasy Points per game.
I know that is an arbitrary line. However, for his career, Running Back K averages more than 23 touches per game, including the low touch total last season. Without last season, Running Back K averages more than 24 touches a game. He is a volume back that will get the high touch totals if it is at least his second-string quarterback.
So, in those eight games referenced, Running Back K averaged over 20 PPR Fantasy Points per game. That would have been RB4 last season. Running Back K is currently ranked as the RB8, going at the end of Round One. Running Back K is Ezekiel Elliott.
Second-Year Breakout for Wide Receiver L?
Wide Receiver L finished as WR20 in half-PPR scoring in his rookie season in 2020. He did this with only four complete games from his starting quarterback, even going as far to catch passes from an off-the-street fourth-stringer behind center. Wide Receiver L did all this while entering an offense with two legit Fantasy receivers already on the roster.
I'll Bet You Can't Guess Wide Receiver M
Wide Receiver M had the quietest WR15 season that I can remember. I mean, I would have lost a lot of money if someone asked me, “Did Wide Receiver M finish higher or lower than 15.5?” There was another wide receiver on the same team as him last year and finished as WR6 finish in Fantasy Points per game.
That receiver is on a new team. While there are some issues with Wide Receiver M’s quarterback, they did not really add any significant pass catchers. He has also had at least 1,082 receiving yards in five of the last six seasons. Wide Receiver M’s current consensus ranking is WR39. Wide Receiver M is Brandin Cooks.
This Wide Receiver Trio Are Like Triplets
Wide Receivers N, O, and P finished as WR18, WR19, and WR23 respectively. Wide Receiver N led this trio in receptions. Wide Receiver O led the group in yards per catch by a mile. Wide Receiver P led the group in targets (by a lot) and yards. All in all, the group is pretty similar. However, their current consensus rankings are WR22 for P, WR28 for O, and WR 31 for N.
So their rankings are in the complete opposite order of their finish last season. Yet, all three guys are in the same exact situation. That is because they are on the same team. Wide Receivers N, O, and P are JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool, and Diontae Johnson.
Which of These Receivers is the 'Guy' For Team S?
Wide Receivers Q and R are on Team S. Team S lost arguably its top two receiving options from last season who averaged nearly twelve targets per game. Team S had the fewest pass attempts to wide receivers in the league last year. Team S’ returning quarterback dealt with injury and COVID last year. They also drafted another signal-caller in the first round.
One of Wide Receiver Q or R will lead the team in wide receiver targets. No matter how bad an offense is, the leader of a team in targets is worth a draft pick. These two are ranked as WR59 and WR74 respectively. Wide Receiver Q is Nelson Agholor, Wide Receiver R is Jakobi Meyers and Team S is the New England Patriots.
Wide Receiver T is an Often Over-Looked Veteran
Wide Receiver T finished as the WR17 last season. He was the WR27 the year before in just 13 games. He was WR25 in points per game the year before that. In 2017, Wide Receiver T was the WR9 for the season.
Wide Receiver T has had at least 3.7 catches and 51 yards per game each of the last six seasons. So that’s 8.8 PPR Fantasy Points per game before adding in any touchdowns. He has also scored at least nine touchdowns three times in the last four seasons. Wide Receiver T has a current consensus ranking of WR48, going in Round 11. Wide Receiver T is Marvin Jones Jr.
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Position U is Super Shallow
Only two players at Position U scored more than ten half-PPR points per game. It is obvious that Position U is tight end, but good gracious that is a barren wasteland.
Tight End V May Break Out
Tight End V was just TE26 last season. However, Team W lost its leading tight end, who was TE14 last season. The team had 139 targets to tight ends last season. If Tight End V can at least get 100 of those, he is almost guaranteed to be in the top five at the position. Tight End V is currently ranked as the TE27. Tight End V Anthony Firkser. Team W is the Tennessee Titans.
Tight End X Has More Potential
Tight End X played his first full season at the position in his life in 2020. Tight End X finished as the third-best scoring tight end in PPR scoring. He was second among all tight ends in receptions. Team Y now upgraded their passing attack immensely. Last season, Team Y had some of the worst quarterback play in the league.
In 2021, Team Y at least has someone who will take chances and will easily pass for 4,000 yards. Tight End Y is currently the ninth-ranked player at the position, going at nearly pick 100. Tight End X is Logan Thomas and Team Y is the Washington Football Team.
Tight End Z is Worth More Than You Even Think
Tight End Z has been the top-scoring tight end for five straight seasons (I know, it’s obvious, but go with me here). Tight End Z has outscored the SECOND-best tight end by more than twenty points each of the last three seasons. He has outscored the third-best tight end by almost 30 points in 2018 and 2019…. Then 110 half-PPR points in 2020. Seriously. Tight End Z had almost SEVEN more half-PPR points per game than the third-best tight end.
Tight End Z has outscored the TE12 by 140 half-PPR points in 2018, 97 points in 2019, and 142 points in 2020. So, your baseline value above replacement is 100 Fantasy Points, with 140 more likely. Tight End Z is obviously Travis Kelce, and there is a good chance I’m taking him in the top six or seven of drafts this season.
That is it for the Fantasy Football blind resumes! Stay tuned as our amazing Fantasy Football content is just getting started for the 2021 season!