How many running backs should I draft?
If you are required to start just two, you should draft five or six among your 17 total players. If you have a flex position, having up to seven backs would be acceptable. Sporting NewsFantasy Football Draft Strategy: Best tips, advice for dominating your 2021 snake draft
03 September, 2021 - 03:00pm
03 September, 2021 - 03:00pm
Fantasy football 2021 rankings, draft prep: QB, WR, RB, TE picks, cheat sheets, ADP from unbiased model
03 September, 2021 - 03:00pm
Identifying the top players ahead of your Fantasy football 2021 drafts is one challenge, but knowing who to select is another. Christian McCaffrey and Derrick Henry are two of the top running backs, but who should you put more faith in when you're on the clock? The same goes for Davante Adams versus Tyreek Hill at the receiver position. If only one is on the board, then there's no choice to make, but when both are available, who should you pick?
A trusty set of 2021 Fantasy football rankings will help you identify the top 2021 Fantasy football QB, RB and WR picks. You simply can't miss on these selections if you want to stay competitive in your league and secure a playoff spot. Which 2021 Fantasy football breakouts exist this year If you're looking for 2021 Fantasy football advice, be sure to check out the 2021 Fantasy football cheat sheets from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
Last year, the model accurately predicted that Bills quarterback Josh Allen was being drastically undervalued. His Fantasy football ADP was barely in the top 70, but the model pegged him as a top-five Fantasy quarterback, a QB1 who would finish well ahead of players like Kyler Murray, Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Allen ended up being the No. 2-scoring Fantasy QB, outscoring all three of those quarterbacks and even surpassing Patrick Mahomes. That's just one example of a league-winning pick that SportsLine's model has been high on.
It's called past Fantasy football sleepers like Derrick Henry in 2019, Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara in 2018, and Davante Adams in 2017. Anybody who banked on players like those made a run at their league title.
The model is powered by the same people who generated projections for all three major Fantasy sites, and it beat human experts last season when there was a big difference in ranking. The projections update multiple times daily, so you're always getting the best Fantasy football advice.
Now, SportsLine has simulated the entire NFL season 10,000 times and released its latest Fantasy football rankings 2021 and draft advice, along with its top Fantasy QB, WR, RB picks. Head to SportsLine now to see them.
Here's a look at SportsLine's top three 2021 Fantasy football QB picks:
1. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills: Allen jumped from 21st in the Fantasy football QB rankings as a rookie to sixth in the 2019 season before topping all quarterbacks last year. He can't improve upon that ranking, but Allen's stats could increase with Emmanuel Sanders now in the fold, adding to Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley. Buffalo didn't make any notable additions to its backfield, so Allen should continue to operate as their goal line runner after posting eight rushing touchdowns last year.
2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs: Arguably the most gifted quarterback in the league, Mahomes captains the NFL's most explosive offense. He led the league with 316 passing yards per game last year and could challenge for the single-season passing yardage record with the schedule expanding to 17 games. Improvements across the Chiefs' offensive line should keep Mahomes upright and see his name amongst MVP discussions at the end of the year.
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: After an offseason of uncertainty and hosting "Jeopardy!," the Green Bay legend is heading back to Lambeau locked in on the 2021 season. He dissected opposing defenses last year, leading the league with 48 touchdown passes and throwing just five picks. A strong Aaron Jones-A.J. Dillon backfield should keep defenses honest, giving Rodgers plenty of upside again in 2021.
Here's a look at SportsLine's top three 2021 Fantasy football RB picks:
1. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers: The model is able to look past McCaffrey's forgetful 2020 season, and it would be wise for you to do the same. His skill set was on full display in 2019, and pairing with offensive coordinator Joe Brady could allow McCaffrey to top what happened two years ago. Brady did wonders with Clyde Edwards-Helaire at LSU, and McCaffrey is a bigger and better version of him, so the model loves him as the top overall running back.
2. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings: Adding a receiver like Justin Jefferson to keep defenses honest did wonders for Cook in 2020, as he posted nearly 2,000 scrimmage yards in just 14 games. He could surpass that total this year, and perhaps no back in the league is better on screen passes than Cook. He has 880 receiving yards over the last two seasons and will again be the focal point of Minnesota's offense.
3. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans: A big-bodied running back who uses his size to his advantage, Henry is the reigning two-time rushing champion. He's also led the NFL in rushing touchdowns each of the last two years and there's even room for him to do more in Tennessee's offense. The Titans could exchange some of Henry's carries with passes out of the backfield, so his production should stay the same even if it comes via different means.
Here's a look at SportsLine's top three 2021 Fantasy football WR picks:
1. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers: Adams led the league in touchdown receptions a year ago, finishing with 18. He also led the NFL with 98.1 receiving yards per game on average. With Aaron Rodgers back under center for Green Bay this season, it's easy to see why Adams is SportsLine's top-ranked wide receiver.
2. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs: Hill remains one of the NFL's best deep threats, finishing the 2020 campaign averaging 14.7 yards per reception. He's also proven himself to be one of the best red-zone targets in the league. Hill has scored 12 or more touchdowns in two of his last three seasons, making him one of the most productive wideouts in Fantasy football.
3. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills: A change of scenery worked wonders for Diggs, as he led the league in receptions (127), targets (166) and receiving yards (1,535) in his first season in Buffalo. He was one of the most consistent receivers in the league last season, as had at least 75 yards or one touchdown in 17 of 19 games last year, including the postseason. That level of consistency is a big reason why SportsLine's model is so high on Diggs again in 2021.
Now that you know who the top three at each position are, you'll want to see the full Fantasy football rankings 2021 and cheat sheets from SportsLine. The model has identified a stunner in the top five at quarterback, and knowing who it is can give you a huge edge in your league. Head to SportsLine now to get Fantasy football cheat sheets.
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03 September, 2021 - 03:00pm
So, why try to play matchups at all then? Well, we have to base these rankings on something, and historical performance mixed with season outlooks is the best way to do it. Perhaps the Lions and Texans, who were tied for the most fantasy points allowed to RBs last year, have improved, but based on offseason moves and projections, they still won't be particularly strong. That's why Robinson and Mostert are ranked where they are. Whether you think they should be as high as they're ranked is a matter of debate, but it's tough to argue that they should be safe starters in 10- and 12-team leagues this week.
That's why you shouldn't get too hung up on the order here, at least for the top few tiers. Guys like Ezekiel Elliott (@ Bucs), Saquon Barkley (vs. Broncos), and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (vs. Browns) are lower than where you drafted them, but we're still recommending they be in your lineups. We're not getting too crazy.
It's the guys in the 24-45 range, as it is every week, who fantasy owners will have questions about. Given how little we know about some of these committee situations (Broncos, Jets, Buccaneers, Texans, Cardinals, Bills, Dolphins), it's tough to feel overly confident about any of their backs this week, but chances are, you'll be taking some chances on at least one RB in your lineup. Our rankings give an approximation of who we think will have the most value. Some are so close that it's not even worth trying to guess if you don't have to, especially in a situation like the Bills (vs. Steelers) where they're playing a stout defense.
We'll learn a lot more about these committees after Week 1, but even then we won't know everything. The first weeks of the season are a feeling out process, both for fantasy owners and the teams themselves. You can bet on talent or perceived matchups, or try to find a combination of both. That's why we're still recommending both Broncos backs (@ Giants) be used as at least flexes, but have no love for any Jets backs (@ Panthers). The matchup isn't expected to be bad, but we have no idea who will get an appreciable amount of touches, if anyone.
You never want to bench a good performance, and it's especially painful in Week 1. You don't need to totally ditch a guy you drafted high (unless there are worries about his workload), but you also shouldn't just play the guys you drafted in the order you drafted them. It's never too early to consider other factors, especially at a position as important as running back.
Note: We'll be updating these RB rankings as needed throughout the week. so check back for the latest changes and analysis.
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03 September, 2021 - 12:48pm
During their interview with Ann Griper on Pod Save the Queen they admitted Prince William has been ‘deeply hurt’ by the accusations.
Reportedly, “The issues about whether they (Harry and Meghan) were prepared to name the so-called 'royal racist' – the member of the Royal Family Harry and Meghan had claimed had made derogatory comments about the skin colour of their unborn child.”
“They were then persuaded not to (Finding Freedom claims), that would have been particularly explosive, especially because Harry said in the Oprah Winfrey interview he was choosing not to name that person because it would be very damaging to their reputation.”
He also went on to say, “William was furious, as the book puts it, that she was choosing to air their dirty linen in public.”
“I think you can tell by William's reaction when he was asked by a TV correspondent whether the Royal Family is a racist family, and he said, paraphrasing, that they certainly are not a racist family.”
“You could tell in his voice and his manner at that time, that he was particularly aggrieved. We've spoken about it at length, William was deeply hurt that that was their course of action.”