2021 NFL Power Rankings: Post-Draft Rankings
Updated: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will update our consensus NFL Power Rankings from a variety of national sites.
Below you will find a table of our NFL Power Rankings heading following the 2021 NFL Draft, ranked by their average ranking.
+ Previous: 2020 NFL Power Rankings
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0-0||-||-||1.2||2||1||1||1||1|
|2||Kansas City Chiefs||0-0||-||-||1.8||1||2||2||2||2|
|4||Green Bay Packers||0-0||-||-||5||5||4||4||4||8|
|7||Los Angeles Rams||0-0||-||-||6.4||4||7||6||9||6|
|8||San Francisco 49ers||0-0||-||-||7.6||9||9||7||6||7|
|Full Post-Draft Consensus NFL Power Rankings|
2021 Fantasy Football Rankings
BY KEVIN HANSON (@EDSFootball)
Updated: Monday, May 17th
With the 2021 NFL Draft now behind us, I have updated my fantasy football rankings for the 2021 NFL season.
For now, here are our early fantasy quarterback rankings for 2021 season:
Mahomes is the easy choice as the top-ranked fantasy quarterback given the combination of his elite skill set, supporting cast and coaching. The only real decision for fantasy managers is whether or not to invest the early draft capital necessary to secure Mahomes as their starter. Leading the NFL with 316.0 passing yards per game, Mahomes was only a 260/2 game away from a second 5,000/40 season before the Chiefs rested him in Week 17.
One of the league's best young dual-threat quarterbacks, Allen has exactly 300 rush attempts in his three NFL seasons and has racked up 1,562 yards and 25 touchdowns on the ground. Remarkably, he has rushed for at least eight touchdowns in all three of his NFL seasons.
Continuing to make major strides as a passer, Allen shattered previous career bests across the board in 2020. In his third season, Allen threw for 4,544 yards (284.0/G, 7.9/A) and 37 touchdowns (6.5 TD%) with only 10 interceptions (1.7%). Despite last year's unusual offseason, the trade for Stefon Diggs paid immediate dividends as the duo's instant rapport allowed Diggs to post career highs across the board as well.
While Murray played all 16 games, shoulder and leg injuries slowed him a bit down the stretch. Even so, he finished his sophomore campaign as fantasy's QB2 (and was QB1 after Week 16). When healthy, Murray scored more than 20 fantasy points and finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in 10 consecutive games to start the season. Heading into 2021, Murray will be a top-three option once again.
Continue reading our 2021 Fantasy Football QB Rankings
Our way-too-early fantasy running back rankings for 2021 season:
If you drafted McCaffrey first overall in 2020, you likely find little solace that he was fantasy's top-scoring back over the three-week window in which he appeared (Weeks 1, 2 and 9). In those games, however, CMC handled 76 touches including 17 receptions, racked up 374 yards from scrimmage and scored six touchdowns. All of those numbers were either first or second among running backs in that split timeframe.
Before his lost season due to injury, McCaffrey was nearly an every-snap iron man in 2019. Heading into his age-25 season, he remains the top choice for me in 2021 drafts.
Once again, Cook has missed multiple games, but he set career highs in touches (356), yards from scrimmage (1,918) and touchdowns (17) and scored the third-most fantasy points (half-PPR) among running backs. The clear lead back in one of the league's most run-heavy offenses, Cook averaged a career-high 5.0 YPC and has a minimum of 40 catches in each of the past three seasons.
The clear favorite among the top six running backs in my rankings to finish last in receptions, Henry more than compensates for his smaller role as a receiver with his dominant rushing production. Not only is he the back-to-back rushing champion coming off a 2,000-yard campaign, but Henry has led the league in rushing touchdowns in each of the past two seasons with 33 rushing scores in 31 games.
No running back scored more fantasy points in non-PPR formats, but Henry also finished second in half-PPR and third in (full) PPR as well. In other words, the limited passing-game role hasn't hurt his value much, even in leagues that reward a full point per reception.
Continue reading our 2021 Fantasy Football RB Rankings
Our way-too-early fantasy wide receiver rankings for 2021 season:
Not only did Adams miss two games in 2020, but he has missed multiple games in three of his past four seasons. Even so, the seven-year veteran led the NFL in receiving touchdowns (18) and yards per game (98.1) and also set a career high in receptions (115). With double-digit touchdowns in four of five seasons, Adams has a total of 58 scores in 71 games over that span. With Aaron Rodgers still playing at an MVP level, Adams is the clear choice to be drafted as fantasy's WR1 (as long as Rodgers is under center for the Packers) in 2021.
2. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
Few players at any position have as much upside as Hill to erupt for a massive performance in any given week. Setting a career high in touchdowns (17), Hill had 87 receptions for 1,276 yards and 13 carries for 123 yards in 2020.
3. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals
In his first season in Arizona, Hopkins tied a career high in receptions (115) and his 1,407 receiving yards were the third most of his career while Stefon Diggs (166) was the only receiver with more targets than Hopkins (160). While his six touchdowns were a four-year low, Hopkins still finished as a top-five fantasy receiver in half-PPR formats.
Continue reading our 2021 Fantasy Football WR Rankings
Our way-too-early fantasy tight end rankings for 2021 season:
1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Tampa Bay's Rob Gronkowski finished as fantasy's TE8 (126.8) last season and Kelce (260.26, TE1) was so good in 2020 that he actually doubled Gronk up.
Kelce extended his 1,000-yard streak to five seasons and broke the single-season receiving yardage record (1,416) for tight ends in the process. In fact, he set career highs across the board (105/1,416/11) in his age-31 campaign. Kelce ended the regular season with eight consecutive games with at least seven catches.
Regardless of how you slice it, Kelce is not only the slam-dunk TE1 heading into 2021, but he's worthy of drafting in Round 1.
2. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
The only thing that can slow Kittle down is injury. Missing exactly half of the 2020 season, Kittle had 48/634/2 in eight games, which is comparable to a 96/1,268/4 (16-game) pace. Meanwhile, Kittle had 85/1,053/5 in 2019 and 88/1,377/5 in 2018.
3. Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders
Waller set career highs across the board -- 107 receptions on 146 targets for 1,196 yards and nine touchdowns -- and was dominant down the stretch. Not only did Waller have a 13/200/2 game in Week 13, but he exceeded the 100-yard mark in four of his final five games of the season.
Continue reading our 2021 Fantasy Football TE Rankings
BY KEVIN HANSON (@EDSFootball)
Updated: Monday, May 10th
Now that the 2021 NFL Draft is in our rearview mirror, it's time to look ahead to the upcoming NFL and college football seasons and even further ahead to the 2022 NFL Draft.
The pre-draft process should be more typical (fingers crossed) in 2022 with the NFL Scouting Combine, private workouts, etc. returning.
Perhaps the on-location draft weekend in Las Vegas will be anything but normal; I mean that in the best way possible. I'm looking forward to seeing the spectacle of a Vegas draft week(end)!
With that said, here is my way-too-early 2022 NFL Mock Draft:
Offseason trade demands and ongoing legal issues make Deshaun Watson's future with the Houston Texans anything but certain. If Houston is picking first in the 2022 NFL Draft, the organization could use this opportunity to draft a quarterback.
Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux will top my initial 2022 big board, but Howard is my QB1 a little less than a year out and a potential top-five pick. Like Watson, Howell has the ability to elevate the play of those around him and he's been one of the best deep passers in college football since his freshman season.
If the Lions are picking this high in 2022, it's possible that they could look to reset at quarterback. The Lions would only incur a $10 million cap hit if they moved on from Jared Goff next offseason. In addition, Lions general manager Brad Holmes recently said they "would have had to strongly consider" a quarterback at No. 7 if Penei Sewell weren't their highest-ranked player available.
Since 2018, two Sooner quarterbacks (Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray) have been selected first overall and another (Jalen Hurts) was a second-round pick. If there's a quarterback that will challenge Howell for the honor to be 2022's QB1, it's most likely Rattler. Based on props from Bovada, Rattler (11/2) is the early favorite to win the Heisman Trophy over Clemson's D.J. Uiagalelei (6/1), who's not eligible until the 2023 NFL Draft.
Arguably the top college football recruit in 2019, Thibodeaux has lived up to the hype so far with 12 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss over 21 games in his first two seasons. In a pair of Pac-12 Championship Games, he's been virtually unblockable -- 18 QB pressures, 4.5 TFLs and 3.5 sacks in those two games combined.
Current Oregon (and former Texas A&M) DC Tim DeRuyter has compared Thibodeaux's explosiveness to that of Von Miller, one of DeRuyter's former players, as he said that Kayvon is "probably the first person that I've seen in a while who has that explosiveness off the edge like Von" [Miller].
The Bengals (17) ranked last in the NFL in sacks last season. Even though they signed Trey Hendrickson to a four-year deal, Carl Lawson (team-high 5.5 sacks) departed via free agency.
Although not as dominant last year as he was in 2019, Stingley's true freshman season was as good as it gets for any defensive back regardless of level of experience. When the Detroit Lions selected Jeffery Okudah third overall in 2019, ESPN's Ryan Clark said that some coaches agreed with him that Stingley "would've been the number one cornerback drafted in that draft" at only 18 years old. Given his elite combination of size, speed and ball skills, Stingley will be a top-five pick in 2022 (or whenever he declares).
Even though the Jaguars have selected C.J. Henderson (2020) and Tyson Campbell (2021) with top-33 picks in back-to-back drafts, I don't think that precludes them from passing on a talent like Stingley.
No safeties were drafted in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but Hamilton will hear his named called early in 2022 and potentially inside the top-five picks. Leading Notre Dame in tackles last season, Hamilton has tremendous size and length (6-4, 219) at safety with the versatility to impact the game in a variety of ways.
Continue reading Kevin Hanson's 2022 NFL Mock Draft
Updated: April 6th
Throughout the 2020-21 NBA season, we will update our consensus NBA Power Rankings from a variety of national sites.
Below you will find a table of our NBA Power Rankings heading into 2020-21 NBA season, ranked by their average ranking. The table also lists their respective rankings at various sites.
|7||Los Angeles Clippers||6.25||6||7||6||6|
|9||Portland Trail Blazers||9.25||9||9||9||10|
|10||Los Angeles Lakers||10||8||11||10||11|
|Consensus NBA Power Rankings|
BY KEVIN HANSON (@EDSFootball)
Updated: Monday, March 15th
There were two reasons for this:
- Few mocks expected him to still be on the board when the Cowboys picked (17th overall)
- Wide receiver ranked low amongst the team's priorities of needs
In fact, the Cowboys had a pair of young 1,100-yard receivers -- Amari Cooper (1,189) and Michael Gallup (1,107) -- in 2019. That said, Randall Cobb (828) and tight end Jason Witten (529) both departed in free agency last offseason.
Providing the Cowboys with an upgrade over Cobb, no rookie receiver produced more from the slot than Lamb.
CeeDee Lamb from the slot among rookies last season:— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 7, 2021
💥 69 receptions (1st)
💥 877 yards (1st)
💥 5 TDs (1st) pic.twitter.com/9ICt7OEv8q
Minnesota's Justin Jefferson had a historic rookie season (88/1400/7) and other rookies like Cincinnati's Tee Higgins and Pittsburgh's Chase Claypool made significant impacts. That said, Jefferson was the only rookie to finish with more receiving yards than Lamb (935).
Lamb scored the 25th-most fantasy points among WRs (half-PPR scoring) as he finished with 74 catches for 935 yards and five touchdowns. If it weren't for the season-ending injury to quarterback Dak Prescott, however, Lamb's numbers would have likely been much better.
Continue reading our CeeDee Lamb 2021 Fantasy Football Profile
While Prescott missed the final 11 1/2 games of the 2020 season, he has never finished any worse than fantasy's QB11 in any of his four full seasons.
In his last full season, he scored the second-most fantasy points behind Baltimore's Lamar Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP. In addition, Prescott and the Cowboys' offense finished as the league's top-ranked offense in 2019.
Before suffering his season-ending ankle injury in Week 5 last year, Prescott was off to a terrific start -- from a statistical standpoint. Prescott was fantasy's QB4 through the first five weeks of the season.
That said, the trio of Patrick Mahomes (138.86, QB2), Josh Allen (138.66, QB3) and Prescott (138.64, QB4) were separated by a mere 0.22 fantasy points -- equivalent to 5.5 passing yards -- over that stretch to begin the season.
Continue reading our Dak Prescott 2021 Fantasy Football Profile
2021 Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule
Fantasy football strength of schedule helps fantasy managers determine which teams and players have favorable (or unfavorable) schedules for the 2021 NFL season.
Based on each team's scheduled opponents for 2021, we have tallied the average fantasy points allowed by each of their opponents to the position.
[Note: Our SOS includes all 17 opponents given the expectation that the NFL will implement a 17-game regular-season schedule in 2021.]
While strength of schedule should not be the sole factor in determining who to draft/add, it could help potentially break a tie between two players that you may view as comparable.
The complete strength of schedule for quarterbacks is below:
|1||New York Jets||Sam Darnold||19.94|
|2||New England Patriots||Jarrett Stidham||19.84|
|3||Pittsburgh Steelers||Ben Roethlisberger||19.78|
|4||Indianapolis Colts||Carson Wentz||19.77|
|5||Denver Broncos||Drew Lock||19.65|
|6||New Orleans Saints||Drew Brees||19.62|
|7||Houston Texans||Deshaun Watson||19.59|
|9||Jacksonville Jaguars||Gardner Minshew||19.5|
|10||San Francisco 49ers||Jimmy Garoppolo||19.47|
|View full Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule (SOS)|
Note: Fantasy SOS = Average fantasy points per game allowed in 2020 of each team's 2021 opponents.
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We are more than two years away for the 2023 NFL Draft, which will be held in Kansas City, MO.
For our 2021 (and 2022) mock draft(s), we know which prospects have declared early (or decided to return for another season). For the pool of players for our early top-10 mock draft for 2023, we've limited our pool of prospects to only players that will become draft-eligible beginning in 2023.
The draft order used is based on the inverse order of NFL wins over the past decade.
As noted in our 2021 NFL mock draft, the Jaguars own the rights to their first-ever No. 1 overall pick, which they will undoubtedly use on Clemson's Trevor Lawrence. More than likely, the Jags won't be picking first again in 2023 given their treasure trove of draft picks and ability to spend in free agency.
Nonetheless, they have the first pick based on our criteria for determining the draft order and get a disruptive edge rusher in Anderson. Among SEC defenders, only Georgia's Azeez Ojulari and former teammate Christian Barmore had more sacks in 2020 than Anderson had as a true freshman. Only the Cincinnati Bengals (17) had fewer sacks than the Jaguars (18) in 2020.
The No. 1 recruit in the 247Sports Composite (2020), Bresee enjoyed immediate success for the Tigers. The ACC Defensive Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-ACC performer finished his true freshman season with 6.5 tackles for loss including four sacks and 33 tackles. With a rare combination of first-step explosiveness for a man his size, Bresee has the versatility to line up at various alignments along the defensive line.
Murphy stepped onto the Clemson campus with NFL-ready size and athleticism. As a true freshman, Murphy led the Tigers in tackles for loss (12.5) and forced fumbles (three), had four sacks and was as good as it gets against the run.
The highest-graded run defender last season was a true freshman— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) February 20, 2021
Myles Murphy, Clemson - 92.5 pic.twitter.com/NM7coDqv1B
Continue reading our way-too-early Top-10 2023 NFL Mock Draft
Cam Akers 2021 Fantasy Football Profile
Despite a modest start, Los Angeles Rams rookie running back Cam Akers emerged as a workhorse down the stretch in 2020.
Making his NFL debut against the Dallas Cowboys with 15 touches, Akers exited early -- after three touches -- with a rib injury sustained against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2. That rib injury kept him out of Week 3 and 4 as well. From Weeks 5 to 12, he never exceeded 10 touches.
In that Week 12 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, however, Akers was clearly the team's most productive back as he carried the ball nine times for 84 yards and a touchdown. After that point, he became the clear lead back.
"Probably about midseason, that's when I started to get a good grasp on the run concepts, what the coaches wanted," Akers said after the season (per ESPN). "I just kind of settled in, played football and it showed."
Even though he missed Week 16, only four running backs had more touches than Akers (94) from Weeks 13 to 17.
Continue reading our Cam Akers 2021 Fantasy Football Profile
2021 NBA Mock Draft
With the 2020-21 NBA season underway, we have posted our first 2021 NBA mock draft of the season.
This mock draft will be updated at various points throughout the year leading up to the 2021 NBA Draft.
The draft order used for this update was the inverse order of our Consensus NBA Power Rankings.
|1||Cleveland Cavaliers||Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State|
|2||Detroit Pistons||Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga|
|3||New York Knicks||Evan Mobley, USC|
|4||Oklahoma City Thunder||Jonathan Kuminga, G League|
|5||Charlotte Hornets||Jalen Green, G League|
|Continue to full 2021 NBA Mock Draft|