Fantasy Football Rankings (2021)

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Welcome to the ultimate guide for fantasy football rankings!

This is your one-stop shop for every type of player ranking you might need to win your fantasy league.

If you want to dive right in to the numbers, you can check out our pre-season rankings here:

Fantasy Football Rankings (PPR)

Table of Contents

  1. Full Rankings
  2. Cheat Sheet
  3. Average Draft Position (ADP) Rankings
  4. Quarterback Rankings
  5. Running Back Rankings
  6. Wide Receiver Rankings
  7. Tight End Rankings
  8. Kicker Rankings
  9. Defense Rankings
  10. Dynasty Rankings
  11. Weekly Rankings
  12. Daily Fantasy (DFS) Rankings
  13. About These Rankings

Full Rankings

We have a complete set of accurate rankings and projections for every player.

Small changes in your league's scoring format can have a significant change in the player projections. That's why we compiled our rankings in different scoring formats for you to easily see the top ranked players in each format.

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Cheat Sheet

The most common reason to be looking for rankings at this time of year is to print them out for your upcoming draft.

There are three different ways to generate a cheat sheet:

  1. Download a free one-page cheat sheet based on PPR scoring
  2. Import your league scoring system for a custom cheat sheet
  3. Create your own rankings and print them in a cheat sheet

1. Download a free one-page cheat sheet based on PPR scoring

If a free cheat sheet is what you're after, then you are in the right place.

Our accurate rankings are fresh and updated daily based on the latest information in player news.

You can download a free one-page PDF of our rankings in a cheat sheet format. Just click the button below to have it sent to you for easy printing.

2. Import your league scoring system for a custom cheat sheet

If you're wondering, "How can I import my league scoring system for fantasy football rankings?", we have you covered. Not only can Fantasy Football Calculator help you import your league scoring system to generate a list of ranked players, but you can simply click a button and turn it into a formatted printable PDF ready for your draft.

You can do that with any of our premium memberships that also give you access to premium draft tools, league sync start/sit tools, premium articles and more. Plans start at just $2.99 per month.

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3. Create your own rankings and print them in a cheat sheet

More advanced fantasy football players like to create pre-draft rankings rankings based on their own opinions and analysis. To help you do that, Fantasy Football Calculator has a personal rankings builder tool with all of it's premium memberships and starts at $2.99 per month.

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Average Draft Position (ADP) Rankings

ADP is a specific type of pre-season draft rankings based on data from fantasy football mock drafts. Here on Fantasy Football Calculator, thousands of people perform mock drafts against each other every day. We then crunch the numbers on that data, filter out computer picks, and come up with a list of Average Draft Position (ADP) rankings.

ADP is the best guide for knowing where players will be drafted in your real fantasy draft.

Here are today's latest ADP numbers for each scoring sytem:

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Quarterback (QB) Rankings

Pat Mahomes is our top ranked fantasy football quarterback

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Quarterbacks are generally the highest scoring position in any given week. You can't go into a tough fantasy matchup without the best possible QB in your starting lineup.

The challenge is trying to find the best spot in your draft to pick a quarterback. The sure-fire QBs get drafted high in every draft, causing you to lose out on great players at other positions.

Who are the best quarterbacks?

We have accurate and up-to-date quarterback rankings for all fantasy relevant players. Here is our list of the top 8 quarterbacks for fantasy football this year.

Rank Player Pos Team
1 Pat Mahomes QB KC
2 Josh Allen QB BUF
3 Kyler Murray QB ARI
4 Lamar Jackson QB BAL
5 Deshaun Watson QB HOU
6 Aaron Rodgers QB GB
7 Justin Herbert QB LAC
8 Russell Wilson QB SEA

For more than the top 8 players, you can see the full list of all quarterbacks in our QB rankings page and choose a scoring system or customize it to your own league settings.

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Running Back (RB) Rankings

Christian McCaffrey is our top ranked fantasy football running back

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Running backs are the most difficult position to draft in fantasy football. If you have a couple of stud RBs, you're golden, but if not, you have to dig deep in the rankings to find a diamond in the rough.

Who are the best running backs?

We have accurate and up-to-date running back rankings for all fantasy relevant players. Here is our list of the top 9 running backs for fantasy football this year.

Rank Player Pos Team
1 Christian McCaffrey RB CAR
2 Dalvin Cook RB MIN
3 Saquon Barkley RB NYG
4 Alvin Kamara RB NO
5 Derrick Henry RB TEN
6 Nick Chubb RB CLE
7 Jonathan Taylor RB IND
8 Ezekiel Elliott RB DAL
9 Austin Ekeler RB LAC

For more than the top 9 players, you can see the full list of all running backs in our RB rankings page and choose a scoring system or customize it to your own league settings.

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Wide Receiver (WR) Rankings

Davante Adams is our top ranked fantasy football wide receiver

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The most boom-bust position in fantasy football are WRs. Whether or not they catch a deep bomb can make or break their output for the week.

In your fantasy draft, make sure to take many WRs throughout the draft. You generally need depth at the position, and in formats that are rewarded for points-per-reception (PPR), they can rack up points quickly.

Who are the best wide receivers?

We have accurate and up-to-date wide receiver rankings for all fantasy relevant players. Here is our list of the top 9 wide receivers for fantasy football this year.

Rank Player Pos Team
1 Davante Adams WR GB
2 Tyreek Hill WR KC
3 Stefon Diggs WR BUF
4 DeAndre Hopkins WR ARI
5 D.K. Metcalf WR SEA
6 Calvin Ridley WR ATL
7 Michael Thomas WR NO
8 Keenan Allen WR LAC
9 A.J. Brown WR TEN

For more than the top 9 players, you can see the full list of all wide receivers in our WR rankings page and choose a scoring system or customize it to your own league settings.

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Tight End (TE) Rankings

Travis Kelce is our top ranked fantasy football tight end

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People fall into one of two camps with tight ends: Stud TE or Streaming TE.

If you're in the former category, then you won't have any problem knowing who to start. But if you're not that lucky, you're going to have to make some tough decisions at the tight end position every week.

The downside of drafting a stud TE early is the opportunity cost of getting a stud at another position.

Who are the best tight ends?

We have accurate and up-to-date tight end rankings for all fantasy relevant players. Here is our list of the top 8 tight ends for fantasy football this year.

Rank Player Pos Team
1 Travis Kelce TE KC
2 George Kittle TE SF
3 Darren Waller TE LV
4 Mark Andrews TE BAL
5 T.J. Hockenson TE DET
6 Noah Fant TE DEN
7 Evan Engram TE NYG
8 Hayden Hurst TE ATL

For more than the top 8 players, you can see the full list of all tight ends in our TE rankings page and choose a scoring system or customize it to your own league settings.

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Kicker Rankings

Justin Tucker is our top ranked fantasy football kicker

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Kickers are ignored by many in fantasy football, which creates an opporunity for you to get an edge. Just make sure that in your draft you're waiting until the last round or two to draft your kicker. Then pick one that is accurate and on a high-scoring offense.

Who are the best kickers?

We have accurate and up-to-date kicker rankings for all fantasy relevant players. Here is our list of the top 8 kickers for fantasy football this year.

Rank Player Pos Team
1 Justin Tucker PK BAL
2 Younghoe Koo PK ATL
3 Harrison Butker PK KC
4 Jason Sanders PK MIA
5 Wil Lutz PK NO
6 Rodrigo Blankenship PK IND
7 Tyler Bass PK BUF
8 Greg Zuerlein PK DAL

For more than the top 8 players, you can see the full list of all kickers in our kicker rankings page and choose a scoring system or customize it to your own league settings.

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Defense Rankings

Pittsburgh Defense is our top ranked fantasy football defense

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Team Defense (DEF, D/ST) is a fickle position. There is little correlation year-to-year between fantasy defense performances. Your goal should be to wait on drafting a defense as long as possible, and then pick one that has some history of generating turnovers in previous years. Just be prepared to drop them during the season for a jucier matchup against a young, inexperienced quarterback.

Who are the best defenses?

We have accurate and up-to-date defense rankings for all fantasy relevant players. Here is our list of the top 10 defenses for fantasy football this year.

Rank Player Pos Team
1 Pittsburgh Defense DEF PIT
2 LA Rams Defense DEF LAR
3 Baltimore Defense DEF BAL
4 Indianapolis Defense DEF IND
5 Washington Defense DEF WAS
6 Tampa Bay Defense DEF TB
7 San Francisco Defense DEF SF
8 Buffalo Defense DEF BUF
9 Miami Defense DEF MIA
10 New Orleans Defense DEF NO

For more than the top 10 players, you can see the full list of all defenses in our defense rankings page and choose a scoring system or customize it to your own league settings.

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Dynasty Rankings

If you're in a dynasty league, you know that you need dynasty-specific rankings to determine true player value. Younger players hold much more value than their equivalent older players.

Here are our dynasty and dynasty rookie rankings:

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Weekly Rankings

We keep our full rankings table updated multiple times per day throughout the NFL season.

You can also read a summary of each week's projected top players here:

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Daily Fantasy (DFS) Rankings

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) on sites like DraftKings and FanDuel add a salary to every player, and it's important to take that into consideration when building DFS lineups.

We have two sets of rankings for DFS. One for projected draft (ownership) % for general contests on DraftKings and FanDuel. We then project out each player in the scoring format of DK or FD and then divide the projected points by their salary to determine their "value" on that DFS slate.

These DFS-specific rankings are only updated during the NFL season when the site operators have released salaries for their slates.

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About These Rankings

Fantasy Football Calculator was founded in 2006 and is a leading provider of fantasy data, tools and advice. FFC has millions of visitors annually and thousands of premium subscribers.

The data for the pre-season rankings is generated by a combination of thousands of daily community fantasy football mock drafts and machine learning techniques. The pre-season rankings are published annually in the USA Today and also syndicated in the data feed for SportsData. The weekly and rest of season (ROS) rankings are provided by RotoWire and are updated multiple times per day.

The founder, Kevin Day, has experience working as an engineer at NASA and General Electric. He has conducted research in nanotechnology and is also a VP of Engineering at RVshare, a fast-growing software company. He holds a Six Sigma Green Belt, and his background in data analysis has helped him turn Fantasy Football Calculator into one of the most trusted fantasy data sources on the internet.

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