2021 Post NFL Draft

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The 2021 NFL Draft is already in the books and it was great to see the live interaction in Cleveland with some fans being present. Now the exciting piece for football and fantasy football lovers starts! The 2021 Post NFL Draft analysis and how these new players fit with their new teams! The teams have made changes and now we can calculate, reason and predict which players are in opportune spots to start their careers in regards to scoring points in fantasy football.

Quarterbacks

The early picks in the draft will most likely get their shot at some point in the upcoming 2021 NFL Season. Unless someone has a good rushing floor, most likely they won’t crack the top ten in their position category though. Some Quarterbacks that I am keeping an eye on going into the 2021 NFL Season in regards to Fantasy Football are:

  1. Justin Fields – CHI
  2. Trevor Lawrence – JAC
  3. Trey Lance – SF
  4. Mac Jones – NE
  5. Kellen Mond – MIN

Running Backs

Of all the positions, I believe as a group that the running backs are the most likely players to score the most points in fantasy football as the NFL season starts. Names that caught my eye in regards to Running Back opportunity heading into the 2021 NFL season in regards to Fantasy Football are:

  1. Najee Harris – PIT
  2. Travis Etienne – JAC
  3. Javonte Williams – DEN
  4. Trey Sermon – SF
  5. Michael Carter – NYJ
  6. Kenneth Gainwell – PHI
  7. Elijah Mitchell – SF
  8. Rhamondre Stevenson – NE
  9. Chuba Hubbard – CAR
  10. Larry Rountree III – LAC

Wide Receivers

The wide receivers usually need a little time in the beginning of the season to really get up to speed as far as offering consistent fantasy football points each week. This year had a deep group of wide receivers to choose from as well. Some Wide Receivers that caught my eye heading into the 2021 NFL season in regards to Fantasy Football initially are:

  1. Ja’Marr Chase – CIN
  2. Jaylen Waddle – MIA
  3. Terrace Marshall Jr. – CAR
  4. DeVonta Smith – PHI
  5. Rondale Moore – ARI
  6. Elijah Moore – NYJ
  7. Tutu Atwell – LAR
  8. Amari Rodgers – GB
  9. Kadarius Toney – NYG
  10. Rashod Bateman – BAL
  11. Amon-Ra St. Brown – DET
  12. D’Wayne Eskridge – SEA
  13. Jacob Harris – LAR
  14. Josh Palmer – LAC
  15. Dyami Brown – WAS
  16. Nico Collins – HOU
  17. Ihmir Smith-Marsette – MIN
  18. Cornell Powell – KC

Tight Ends

Usually a few years are needed before these guys become fantasy football relevant. Kyle Pitts may be an exception this year but as a rookie I would still temper expectations for him. Some Tight Ends that I am intrigued to see grow in their NFL career are:

  1. Kyle Pitts – ATL
  2. Pat Freiermuth – PIT
  3. Hunter Long – MIA
  4. Kylen Granson – IND
  5. Tre McKitty – LAC
  6. Tommy Tremble – CAR
  7. Brevin Jordan – HOU
  8. Noah Gray – KC

2021 Post NFL Draft Final Thoughts

It will be interesting to look back at these initial takes prior to the season getting started. I am sure some may drop off my watch list and some others will probably be added. The draft gets the players in, then they get to practice, learn plays/schemes to get their playing time opportunity at their position. A wide receiver playing on a team that runs the ball most times may not be great. While a fantastic running back in a pass happy offense isn’t always a combination for good things in fantasy football. Be aware of the teams the players find themselves on and let’s see who moves up depth charts as the summer goes along.

Ability, Availability and Opportunity have all gotten the players to this point! Some players are closer than others in how much of an opportunity that they will have. Who will have the chance for Touchdowns? Who slides in for a good portion of Targets? If you believe a player is in line for either, you know I would be interested in them! If you missed it before the draft feel free to check my thoughts leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft and keep it in mind when looking at rookies through a fantasy football lens.

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Find players that will have: Ability – Availability – Opportunity – Consistency – Advantage/Upside – Matchup

If your players are on an offensive team that can get many Targets and Touchdowns, you know I would be interested in them! Statistics courtesy of The Football Database , a great resource for your NFL players statistics. If you enjoyed the article please share it with others (via the social media links).

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