Fantasy Football: How does Round 1 of 2021 look now? Compare our…

Fantasy Football: How does Round 1 of 2021 look now? Compare our...

We’ve spent all week displaying you our excessive 12 PPR rankings at each place for 2021 to give you a sneak peek of what we’re fascinated about already for the next season. And you can take a look at these rank lists proper right here:

Now, we have to current to you what the first spherical might look like for 2021 with the very best 12 basic picks for me, Dave Richard, Heath Cummings, and Chris Towers.

These rankings will change many cases between now and August. But based mostly totally on what merely occurred inside the 2020 frequent season, along with what we mission to happen in the end, that is how we view the first 12 PPR picks for the next 12 months.

As a reference degree, listed below are the very best 12 basic non-quarterbacks in 2020 based mostly totally on complete PPR elements for the season on CBS Sports. The scoring depends on six elements for all touchdowns.

1. Alvin Kamara 364
2. Davante Adams 353
3. Dalvin Cook 327
4. Derrick Henry 321
5. Stefon Diggs 320
6. Tyreek Hill 317
7. Travis Kelce 305
8. DeAndre Hopkins 281
9. Calvin Ridley 277
10. Darren Waller 271
11. Justin Jefferson 267
12. DK Metcalf 265

And listed below are the very best 12 basic non-quarterbacks in 2020 based mostly totally on PPR elements per sport with in any case three begins.

1. Christian McCaffrey 28.7
2. Davante Adams 25.2
3. Alvin Kamara 24.3
4. Dalvin Cook 23.4
5. Tyreek Hill 21.1
6. Travis Kelce 20.3
7. Derrick Henry 20.1
8. Stefon Diggs 20.0
9. Calvin Ridley 18.5
10. Aaron Jones 17.6
11. DeAndre Hopkins 17.6
12. Keenan Allen 17.0

Dave and Jamey give attention to their excessive 12 players for 2021 on the Fantasy Football Today podcast. Listen underneath and subscribe at Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts:

The rankings

Jamey Eisenberg

1. Christian McCaffrey
2. Dalvin Cook
3. Alvin Kamara
4. Davante Adams
5. Derrick Henry
6. Jonathan Taylor
7. Saquon Barkley
8. Travis Kelce
9. Austin Ekeler
10. Ezekiel Elliott
11. Tyreek Hill
12. Nick Chubb

Dave Richard

1. Christian McCaffrey
2. Dalvin Cook
3. Alvin Kamara
4. Saquon Barkley
5. Derrick Henry
6. Jonathan Taylor
7. Davante Adams
8. Tyreek Hill
9. Ezekiel Elliott
10. Travis Kelce
11. James Robinson
12. Nick Chubb

Heath Cummings

1. Christian McCaffrey
2. Dalvin Cook
3. Alvin Kamara
4. Davante Adams
5. Derrick Henry
6. Saquon Barkley
7. Tyreek Hill
8. Travis Kelce
9. Aaron Jones
10. Stefon Diggs
11. Austin Ekeler
12. Jonathan Taylor

Chris Towers

1. Christian McCaffrey
2. Alvin Kamara
3. Saquon Barkley
4. Dalvin Cook
5. Austin Ekeler
6. Ezekiel Elliott
7. Travis Kelce
8. Davante Adams
9. George Kittle
10. Derrick Henry
11. James Robinson
12. Darren Waller

We’re all going with working backs with our first three picks, and Dave and Chris have not bought a non-running once more until No. 7 basic. On the entire, Dave and I solely have three non-running backs in our excessive 12 (Adams, Kelce, and Hill), whereas Heath (Adams, Kelce, Hill, and Diggs) and Chris have 4 (Adams, Kelce, Kittle, and Waller).

We all have McCaffrey at No. 1 basic regardless of him collaborating in merely three video video games in 2020 in consequence of diverse accidents. But within the occasion you look up and see his elements per sport, which had been No. 1 by a big margin, it’s easy to buy once more into McCaffrey as soon as extra in 2021.

Everyone nonetheless Chris has Cook at No. 2 basic, and I’m torn on Cook and Kamara at that spot. The quarterback state of affairs for Kamara will in all probability resolve his ranking, and if Drew Brees retires and is modified by Taysom Hill, I might be a bit concerned. Kamara averaged merely 2.5 catches per sport inside the 4 video video games Hill started for Brees in 2020. If Hill isn’t the starter then I am going to in all probability rank Kamara second.

As for Cook, he solely missed one sport in 2020 ensuing from hurt — he didn’t play in Week 17 following the demise of his father — and hopefully, the hurt points for him are an element of the earlier. He had 40-plus catches for the third 12 months in a row, nonetheless, he had in any case 4 receptions in 5 of his closing seven outings.

Adams is the consensus No. 1 receiver for all of us, and deservedly so. Despite missing two video video games in 2020, Adams was the very best Fantasy receiver by a big margin, and he turned one of three receivers in NFL historic previous — turning into a member of Randy Moss (2003) and Cris Carter (1995) — with 100-plus receptions and in any case 17 receiving touchdowns in a single season. As prolonged as Aaron Rodgers wouldn’t severely decline in 2021, Adams must be locked in as the first receiver off the board in all codecs.

Henry is No. 5 for everyone nonetheless Chris has him at No. 10, and hopefully Henry can have one different dominant advertising marketing campaign in 2021. He merely ran for 2,027 yards and led the NFL in dashing for the second 12 months in a row, and he has consecutive years of in any case 17 complete touchdowns.

I’m the very best on Taylor at No. 6, and I might even see myself ranking him as extreme as a result of of the No. 4 basic. He was great to close his rookie season in 2020, scoring in any case 15 PPR elements in each of his closing six video video games, along with three video video games with in any case 22 PPR elements. If you mission his stats over that span — he averaged 23.8 PPR elements per sport — for a full season then he would have been the No. 1 working once more in complete elements with 381.

Chris has Barkley the very best at No. 3 basic, and he has No. 1 upside as we seen in 2018 when he accomplished merely behind McCaffrey for the very best spot. Injuries have marred his earlier two seasons, along with a torn ACL in 2020, nonetheless, hopefully, he’ll rebound at 100 % and have a dominant advertising marketing campaign in 2021.

Kelce has been the No. 1 PPR tight end in every season since 2016, and he wouldn’t current any indicators of slowing down after virtually essential the NFL in receiving yards in 2020 with 1,416, which was second behind Diggs (1,535). Chris is the very best on Kelce, and Chris would draft Kelce ahead of Adams.

Dave is the one one who wouldn’t have Ekeler in his excessive 12, and Chris would draft him at No. 5 basic. Ekeler carried out eight full video video games in 2020, and he was on tempo for 214 carries for 1,000 yards and two touchdowns, along with 94 catches for 736 yards and two touchdowns. He should proceed to be a PPR monster with Justin Herbert in 2021.

We know many Fantasy managers might uncover it sturdy to imagine Elliott based mostly totally on a disappointing finish in 2020, and Heath wouldn’t have Elliott ranked in his excessive 12. But hopefully the healthful return of Dak Prescott (ankle), along with his offensive line getting once more to full energy, will help Elliott rebound. He scored 20-plus PPR elements in 4 of his first 5 video video games nonetheless had eight PPR elements or a lot much less in 5 of his closing 9 outings.

Chris is the one with out Hill in his excessive 12, which is stunning. Hill isn’t going to be among the many many leaders in receptions, and his 87 catches had been No. 15 in 2020. But he scored 17 complete touchdowns with better than 1,300 complete yards, and he performs with the simplest quarterback inside the NFL in Patrick Mahomes. Hill and Adams will in all probability be the one-two receivers I draft in Round 1 in 2021.

Heath and Chris have not bought Chubb ranked of their excessive 12, nonetheless it is arduous to overlook his upside, even collectively along with his lack of involvement inside the passing sport. He scored in any case 16 PPR elements in eight of the 11 healthful video video games he carried out in 2020, along with 4 video video games with in any case 23 PPR elements.

Dave and Chris each have Robinson at No. 11 basic, and hopefully, he wasn’t a one-hit shock as a shock rookie for the Jaguars. The good issue for Robinson is the quarterback play in Jacksonville ought to reinforce with the anticipated addition of Trevor Lawrence, nonetheless, we have no idea the coach of the Jaguars or the backfield rivals however. As of now, the earliest I would draft Robinson in Round 2.

Heath is the one one with Jones ranked in his excessive 12, and I might put him there moreover counting on what happens in free firm. If he leaves the Packers then I in all probability won’t have him inside the excessive 12 — and I might be way more keen about A.J. Dillon. We’ll see what happens, nonetheless that’s now back-to-back years averaging in any case 17.6 PPR elements per sport.

Heath may be the one one with Diggs ranked in his excessive 12, and his first 12 months in Buffalo have been distinctive. Diggs led the NFL in receptions (127) and receiving yards (1,535), whereas moreover scoring eight touchdowns. If I had been to draft the third receiver in Round 1 along with Adams and Hill then it could be Diggs.

Chris has three tight ends in his excessive 12 with Kittle and Waller turning into a member of Kelce. I identical to the aggressive ranking of the three excessive players at a thin place, nonetheless, I don’t depend on Kittle and Waller to be first-round picks in most leagues. And I would draft Waller over Kittle at this degree with out understanding who may be San Francisco’s quarterback in 2021.

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