Welcome everyone to another article from the F6P team. This week's article will be on the 2021 Fantasy Football Top Ten Safest Players. In this article, I will be providing ten players that you can't go wrong with while drafting this year.
Everyone knows that certain players, like Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, etc.. are locks for picks, so I will not be going over them. Instead, I will be providing the safest players you can get at their current ADPs.
So if you are ready to get this thing rocking, let's dive in.
Welcome everyone to the 2021 Fantasy Football Top Ten Safest Players article.
2021 Fantasy Football Top Ten Safest Players
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs - ADP: 8.6 (RD. 1) TE1
This is a no-brainer. Travis Kelce is the best fantasy tight end in the league. He puts up numbers that can put him as a WR1, and he is on the best offense in the league. Travis Kelce has had five straight TE1 seasons (3 of them 300+ points in a season), including five straight 1000 yards receiving.
Coming into 2021, I expect the same type of dance from Travis Kelce this year. Barring injury (15+ games played since 2014), Kelce will get to 300+ fantasy points. He will also be the TE1 for the sixth straight year. His ADP has never been higher than it is in 2021, but he is most certainly worth a first-round pick.
Not only is he worth this pick, but he is also probably one of the safest you can take in the first round.
Stefon Diggs, WR, Buffalo Bills - ADP: 12.2 (RD. 1) WR2
If you are afraid to draft Stefon Diggs, you are doing fantasy football wrong. Stefon Diggs is here to stay as a perennial WR1, and you can bookmark that. Last year, Diggs went bonkers. He caught a career-high 127 balls for a career-high 1,535 yards and eight touchdowns. This was good enough to place him as WR3 (328 fantasy points). If that doesn't satisfy you, Diggs has been a WR1 twice in the past three seasons. He wasn't even on a potent offense when he did it in 2018 (Vikings), so expect him to go off as he did in 2020.
He is worth a first-round selection. There is even an argument to be made that he should be the first wide receiver off the board. The Bills' offense can be just as mighty as the Chiefs' offense.
Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers - ADP: 27.8 (RD. 3) WR9
For the first time since 2016, Keenan Allen didn't finish as a WR1. This is because he missed two games for the first time since 2016 also. He has been one of the most consistent wideouts in the league the past few years, and now he has a star QB.
Last year, Keenan Allen caught 100 balls (147 targets) with 992 yards and eight touchdowns (tied for career-high). He finished as WR14. I expect him to do better than this for sure. As of right now, he is going as WR9. I see him outperforming this easily.
George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers - ADP: 28.7 (RD.3) TE3
He may have been injured last year, but George Kittle is still that guy. In 2020, he averaged 15.6 fantasy points per game (3rd). You know he will be involved in this offense, and that is why I view him as one of the safest players. George Kittle played in eight games last year, and he scored 10+ fantasy points in seven of them. This includes a 20+ fantasy performance and a 47 pointer.
Before 2020, George Kittle finished as TE2 and TE3 the past two years.
Currently going in round three, you can get the TE1 for 2021 without using first-round draft capital. Who doesn't love that?
Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears - ADP: 36 (RD. 3) WR12
Allen Robinson is back to being a perennial WR1. Since joining the Bears, Allen Robinson had finished as WR7 in 2019 and WR9 in 2020. Last year he caught 102 balls (152 targets) for 1250 yards and six touchdowns. In 2019, Robinson had 152 targets, 98 catches, and 1147 yards. For two years, Robinson has been a consistent WR1, and I don't expect this to change in 2021.
In his final six games, Allen Robinson went over 20 fantasy points three times. He may have a true QB this year, so the sky could finally be the limit for Allen Robinson.
Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals - ADP: 44.4 (RD. 4) QB3
In 2020, Kyler Murray was on pace to have the most incredible fantasy QB season. This all came to a halt when he injured his shoulder. He still finished as QB3, throwing for 3,971 yards and 26 touchdowns. He does most of his damage on the ground, though he rushed for 819 yards and 11 touchdowns.
I expect Kyler Murray to have a similar season, maybe even better. There is a real chance that he can end up as the QB1 for 2021. If he can rush for 1000 yards and bring up his touchdowns, he could be deadly. Draft him feeling this way because it can happen.
Before his injury (Weeks 1-10), Kyler was QB1 averaging 30.16 fantasy points. This was six more than the next highest guy (Josh Allen, 24.89).
You can't go wrong drafting Kyler Murray.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks - ADP: 65.2 (RD. 6) QB7
I have written about Russell Wilson before if you follow my work here, so you know how high I am on him this year. In 2020, Russell Wilson finished as QB6. He had a career-high 40 touchdowns and reached 4000+ yards for the second straight year.
Russell Wilson has been a QB1 (1-12) for nine straight seasons. I don't think that will change in 2021. He is one of the safest QB's to draft, so please keep that in mind while drafting.
Don't Let Their ADP's Scare You (Their Still Safe)
There are "questions" surrounding these guys. There is no reason they should be falling in drafts. I am here to calm your nerves on these guys so that you can feel confident drafting them.
Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints - ADP: 3.8 (RD. 1) RB4
Don't let the loss of Drew Brees sway you from taking Alvin Kamara. Kamara is still one of, if not the best, running back in fantasy football. He proved this last year when he finished as the RB1 (376 fantasy points). He rushed for a career-high 932 yards with 16 touchdowns. Yes! I said 16. Expect this to go down a little bit. Alvin also added 83 catches (107 targets) for 756 yards and five touchdowns.
Alvin Kamara has been one of the most consistent running backs since entering the league, finishing as an RB1 all four years (2017-2020).
To me, it doesn't matter who is at the helm for the QB position. There is no way you aren't getting one of the best playmakers in football involved. I expect Alvin Kamara to replicate what he has been doing for the past four years, which is to be an RB1 by the end of the year. So please feel safe drafting him, and you won't regret it.
Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers - ADP: 10.3 (RD. 1) RB9
Austin Ekeler is now a part of one of the most explosive offenses in football. This is all because Justin Herbert has unlocked the potential of this offense. Austin Ekeler is just coming along for the ride, and he will be deadly in 2021.
Last year, Ekeler only played in 10 games and still finished as RB26. He only rushed for 530 yards, but he made up for it with 54 catches (65 targets) and 403 yards. In his games played, Ekeler went over 15 fantasy points in six of his ten games played. From weeks 12 to 17, Ekeler played all six games. He was RB6.
In 2019, Ekeler played all 16 games and finished as RB4. As you can tell, Austin Ekeler can easily be a top-five running back in 2021. He is currently going as the RB9. I believe he can outperform this. I'm looking at him more like an RB5 or higher. You should too.
Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills - ADP: 37.4 (RD. 4) QB2
Josh Allen finished as the QB1 in 2020. He had career-highs in attempts (572), completions (396), yards (4544), and touchdowns (37). He also added 421 rush yards and eight touchdowns. The Bills' have unlocked Josh Allen's potential, and he is here to stay.
Don't be afraid to draft him because you think he had a "fluke" season. He didn't. He was just let loose. Josh Allen has an explosive passing offense with not much of a running game, so expect a lot of the same from Josh Allen in 2021. He will be a top-five QB by the end of the year. He could even finish as the QB1 again. Just don't expect it.
These guys are some of the safest players you can draft. Remember this while drafting, so you don't end up reaching for some guy that will inevitably disappoint you. That should do it for the 2021 Fantasy Football Top Ten Safest Players article.
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