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2021 Fantasy Football’s Biggest Stars

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The NFL season is on the horizon which means daily fantasy football and fantasy football leagues all over the world will begin with a vengeance. So, if you want to pull down the cash in your daily tournament or season-long league then you will want to check out those who are projected to be the best and shine the brightest this year. 

But even if you are not a regular fantasy football player and might prefer sports betting instead, no worries, because the list of superstars below is something to consider when making your NFL picks this season. Without further ado, let’s look at the best at each position this season.

Quarterback

Top Pick – Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs) – There are five quarterbacks to consider this season as viable stud fantasy football producers. And although quarterbacks are ordinarily not chosen in the first two rounds because there are so many of them, we should note that getting one of the Fab 5 is a must for any legitimate FFL team. 

And to this end, we will side with Patrick Mahomes as the top dog of this class. Certainly, a case could be made for Josh Allen or even Kyler Murray but we will go with Mahomes even though he will likely lag behind Allen and Murray in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. 

However, Mahomes is clearly an elite quarterback and will have a retooled offensive line with two of the deadliest pass-catching targets at his disposal in Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. That additional time in the pocket will allow Mahomes to rack up bigger and better stats than ever before. If you snooze you lose on Mahomes this season. 

  1. Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills)
  2. Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals)
  3. Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers)
  4. Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)

Sleeper: Matthew Stafford (Los Angeles Rams)

Running Back

Top Pick – Christian McCaffrey (Carolina Panthers) – The 25-year-old wunderkind is about as dynamic a player as there is the NFL. Unfortunately, last season he saw only limited action due to an ankle sprain followed by a shoulder injury. However, he is back on track to be the multi-threat sensation he exhibited during the 2019 season when he laid waste to the rest of the tailback pack by scoring a whopping 156 more points than any other at his position. 

The man can do it all and will pile up the points by catching or running the rock. If you are lucky enough to have the first overall pick in your FFL draft make sure to take him because if you don’t have the No.1 then you won’t have McCaffrey on your roster. 

  1. Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings)
  2. Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints)
  3. Saquon Barkley (New York Giants)
  4. Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans)

Sleeper: Damien Harris (New England Patriots)

Wide Receiver

Top Pick: Tyreek Hill (Kansas City Chiefs) – There isn’t a more electrifying wide receiver in the game than Tyreek Hill and he happens to have a future Hall-of-Fame quarterback playing catch with him. Both Hill and Mahomes are in the primes of their career and will be on highlight films throughout the season. Some could argue that their new pass-catching running back, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, will steal targets away from Hill but that is of little concern. 

And while we are on the topic, let’s understand that last year’s No. 1 fantasy wide receiver, Davante Adams, will likely see a decline due to the uncertainty at the quarterback position in Green Bay. If Aaron Rodgers sticks to his guns and sits the season, it would be foolhardy to think that Jordan Love will immediately step in where Rodgers left off with his receiving corps. 

  1. Stefon Diggs (Buffalo Bills)
  2. DeAndre Hopkins (Arizona Cardinals) 
  3. Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers)
  4. Keenan Allen (Los Angeles Chargers) 

Sleeper: Robert Woods (Los Angeles Rams)

Tight End

Top Pick: Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs) – This resembles the All-Kansas City team but it is hard to think that any other tight end will stand up to Travis Kelce this season. What makes him so very dangerous is that he has two of the best in the business lining up alongside him. Patrick Mahomes is the man you want pulling the trigger whether you are a wideout or a tight end and Tyreek Hill is the perfect complement to mitigate double teams.

In 2020, Kelce set career highs in catches (105), receiving yards (1,416), touchdowns (11), and fantasy points (313). In 13 of 15 appearances, he had a top-five fantasy week, finishing no lower than ninth. Kelce’s 2,639 receiving yards after the catch over the last five seasons are more than 400 yards better than any other tight end or wide receiver in the league. Over the same time period, only Golden Tate and Jarvis Landry have forced more missed tackles.

  1. George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers
  2. Darren Waller (Las Vegas Raiders)
  3. T.J. Hockenson (Detroit Lions)
  4. Robert Tonyan (Green Bay Packers)

Sleeper: Jonnu Smith (New England Patriots)

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