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Fantasy Football 2021 Tight End Rankings

Posted By: on August 28, 2021

It is no surprise that Travis Kelce once again sits atop the tight end rankings. Kelce has ripped off five straight 1,000+ yard season, topping out at 1,416 yards in 2020 while trailing only Stefon Diggs in receiving yards across the league. Kelce is unlikely to make it into the second round in many league and he’s fair game outside the top six in standard scoring formats. The top tier also serves up a couple of more affordable options in George Kittle and Darren Waller and if you are lucky enough to have a pick early in the first round, these guys both make sense in tail end of the second before diving into the wide receiver position.

ADP Targets

Mark Andrews (54.3) regressed a bit with the first half struggles on Lamar Jackson, but still managed 58 catches for 701 yards and seven scores. He remains a focal point in the banged up Ravens receiving corp and is threat to get back to double digit touchdowns… Tyler Higbee (108.4) flashed down the stretch in 2019 and could see a new bump in value with Matthew Stafford taking over at QB… Once Rob Gornkowski (119.2) got his legs under him with the Bucs last year he proved to be a still viable red zone threat… Evan Engram (154.2) has always looked the part despite rarely putting it all together. His discounted draft cost is now worth the risk… Pat Freiermuth (161.5) doesn’t get the hype of fellow rookie Kyle Pitts, but the Steelers rookie was a red zone machine in college and let’s face it, Eric Ebron stinks.

Top 40 Tight End Rankings

RankNameTeam
Tier 1
1Travis KelceKC
2George KittleSF
3Darren WallerLV
Tier 2
4T.J. HockensonDET
5Mark AndrewsBAL
6Kyle PittsATL
7Noah FantDEN
8Logan ThomasWAS
Tier 3
9Dallas GoedertPHI
10Robert TonyanGB
11Tyler HigbeeLAR
12Rob GronkowskiTB
13Evan EngramNYG
14Mike GesickiMIA
15Irv Smith Jr.MIN
16Jonnu SmithNE
17Anthony FirkserTEN
18C.J. UzomahCIN
19Pat FreiermuthPIT
Tier 4
20Hunter HenryNE
21Eric EbronPIT
22Zach ErtzPHI
23Jimmy GrahamCHI
24Blake JarwinDAL
25Cole KmetCHI
26Adam TrautmanNO
27Austin HooperCLE
28Gerald EverettSEA
29Jared CookLAC
30Dawson KnoxBUF
31Hayden HurstATL
32O.J. HowardTB
33Chris Herndon IVNYJ
34Dan ArnoldCAR
35Jack DoyleIND
36Kyle RudolphNYG
37Ian ThomasCAR
38Jordan AkinsHOU
39Mo Alie-CoxIND
40Dalton SchultzDAL

Fantasy Football 2021 Wide Receiver Rankings

Posted By: on August 25, 2021

Davante Adams proved in 2020 to be the most reliable touchdown threat in the fantasy game, reeling in 18 touchdowns in just 14 games played. He was held out of the end zone in just three of his 14 starts, while posting multiple scores on five different occasions. Only Stefon Diggs, Deandre Hopkins and Allen Robinson saw more than Adams’ 148 targets last season and with Aaron Rodgers looking to run it back in Green Bay, a repeat year as the top wideout in fantasy is well within reach.

Despite this effusive praise for Adams, the first tier contains 12 studs who all could find a path to the overall top spot and even though I’m more likely to snare a running back or tight end with a first round pick, I’d like to leave the draft with two receivers from this elite tier.

ADP Targets

Among the elite, Chris Godwin (46.1) and DJ Moore (63.0) leap off the page as values at the top end of the position. Godwin has scored 23 times over 42 games since 2018 while averaging 5 catches for 72 yards per game over that span. Moore has returned back-to-back 1100 yard seasons playing with a myriad of mediocre quarterbacks and while Sam Darnold hasn’t necessarily done anything to separate himself from that description, he certainly has a bigger arm than Teddy B.

Digging a little deeper, both Diontae Johnson (51.3) and Chase Claypool (66.8) in Pittsburgh make for fine draft day selections… Antonio Brown (86.9) showed an improved comfort with Tom Brady late in season and during the playoffs and will benefit from a full year in the system if he can keep his head on the field… Jerry Jeudy (77.8) is the receiver you want in Denver… Michael Pittman (102.6) flashed elite after-the-catch ability last season and could make a leap.

In the end game, everyone forgets about Marvin Jones Jr. (133.4) and he just continues to put up numbers… I guess I’m back on board with Sammy Watkins (200+) one more time if he’s the only healthy WR for Lamar…. Marquez Callaway (148.1) is sure to shoot up draft boards after his pre-season heroics, but he’ll still represent a discount as the top target in New Orleans (at least for now)… Take a shot on Quez Watkins (200+) with your last pick, you’ll know if the Eagles offense has any juice real quick.

Top 100 Wide Receiver Rankings

RankNameTeam
Tier 1
1Davante AdamsGB
2Tyreek HillKC
3DeAndre HopkinsARI
4Stefon DiggsBUF
5Calvin RidleyATL
6D.K. MetcalfSEA
7Allen Robinson IICHI
8Justin JeffersonMIN
9Chris GodwinTB
10A.J. BrownTEN
11D.J. MooreCAR
12Terry McLaurinWAS
Tier 2
13Julio JonesTEN
14Keenan AllenLAC
15Diontae JohnsonPIT
16Robert WoodsLAR
17Mike EvansTB
18Tyler LockettSEA
19CeeDee LambDAL
20Brandon AiyukSF
21Cooper KuppLAR
22Chase ClaypoolPIT
23Amari CooperDAL
Tier 3
24Jerry JeudyDEN
25Kenny GolladayNYG
26Adam ThielenMIN
27Tee HigginsCIN
28JuJu Smith-SchusterPIT
29Ja'Marr ChaseCIN
30Deebo SamuelSF
31Courtland SuttonDEN
32Odell Beckham Jr.CLE
33Mike WilliamsLAC
34Antonio BrownTB
35Will Fuller VMIA
36Robby AndersonCAR
37Tyler BoydCIN
38Laviska Shenault Jr.JAC
Tier 4
39D.J. Chark Jr.JAC
40Corey DavisNYJ
41Michael GallupDAL
42DeVonta SmithPHI
43Randall CobbGB
44Emmanuel SandersBUF
45Michael ThomasNO
46Jarvis LandryCLE
47Curtis SamuelWAS
48Michael Pittman Jr.IND
49DeVante ParkerMIA
50Jalen ReagorPHI
51Marquise BrownBAL
52Brandin CooksHOU
53Elijah MooreNYJ
54Marvin Jones Jr.JAC
55Mecole HardmanKC
56Jaylen WaddleMIA
57Darnell MooneyCHI
58Marquez CallawayNO
Tier 5
59Bryan EdwardsLV
60Cole BeasleyBUF
61T.Y. HiltonIND
62Henry Ruggs IIILV
63Nelson AgholorNE
64Quez WatkinsPHI
65Tim PatrickDEN
66Travis FulghamPHI
67Russell GageATL
68Jamison CrowderNYJ
69Sterling ShepardNYG
70John BrownLV
71Rashod BatemanBAL
72A.J. GreenARI
73Tre'Quan SmithNO
74Christian KirkARI
75Gabriel DavisBUF
76Parris CampbellIND
77Breshad PerrimanDET
78Rondale MooreARI
79Darius SlaytonNYG
80Jakobi MeyersNE
81Allen LazardGB
82Denzel MimsNYJ
83Marquez Valdes-ScantlingGB
84Amon-Ra St. BrownDET
85Sammy WatkinsBAL
86Josh ReynoldsTEN
87Terrace Marshall Jr.CAR
88Anthony MillerHOU
89KJ HamlerDEN
90Van JeffersonLAR
91Hunter RenfrowLV
92DeSean JacksonLAR
93Tyrell WilliamsDET
94Kadarius ToneyNYG
95James WashingtonPIT
96Tutu AtwellLAR
97Amari RodgersGB
98Dyami BrownWAS
99Rashard HigginsCLE
100Preston WilliamsMIA
101Kendrick BourneNE
102Zach PascalIND
103Keke CouteeHOU
104Nico CollinsHOU
105Quintez CephusDET
106N'Keal HarryNE
107Tyron JohnsonLAC
108Keelan Cole Sr.NYJ
109Scotty MillerTB
110Donovan Peoples-JonesCLE
111Andy IsabellaARI
112Greg WardPHI
113D'Wayne EskridgeSEA
114Miles BoykinBAL
115Josh PalmerLAC

Fantasy Football 2021 Running Back Rankings

Posted By: on August 24, 2021

The top spot in the running back rankings this year is closer than many others. Christian McCaffrey gets the slight nudge over Dalvin Cook, but the gap is razor thin. Arranging the rest of the top tier is a fun but futile exercise. Sure, Derrick Henry‘s pass-game usage is troubling, but he just keep on producing. Aaron Jones and Ezekiel Elliott get the bump over Alvin Kamara as we are a little more confident in the quarterback play and overall scoring output in Green Bay and Dallas.

ADP Targets

While you love leaving round one with a top tier option, it’s really not up to you if picking outside the top six. Among the next group, Austin Ekeler (10.6) and his target volume makes him the prime target at the back end of the first round for me. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (16.4) and Najee Harris (13.5) can both slip deep in the second round but should be in consideration at the 1/2 turn.

Deeper into the draft, Darell Henderson (34.0) and Miles Sanders (36.3) stand out as the third round running backs that we are most likely to take the dive on. James Robinson’s (45.5) ADP is likely to skyrocket following the news that Travis Etienne is going to miss the season, but perhaps he remains a value as some fail to adjust quickly enough… Raheem Mostert (53.7) is one of the best home run hitters in the league when healthyPhillip Lindsay (105.9) has the most juice in the Texans’ backfield and while the team is likely to be awful, there is value in volume… Ty Johnson (200+) looks like he may lead the Jets’ running back committee… Jerrick McKinnon (200+) is an interesting athlete and should he be needed for a larger role in KC, it could be a very productive one.

Top 100 Running Back Rankings

RankNameTeam
Tier 1
1Christian McCaffreyCAR
2Dalvin CookMIN
3Aaron JonesGB
4Derrick HenryTEN
5Ezekiel ElliottDAL
6Alvin KamaraNO
Tier 2
7Austin EkelerLAC
8Nick ChubbCLE
9Jonathan TaylorIND
10Antonio GibsonWAS
11Saquon BarkleyNYG
12Clyde Edwards-HelaireKC
13Najee HarrisPIT
Tier 3
14Miles SandersPHI
15J.K. DobbinsBAL
16Darrell HendersonLAR
17Joe MixonCIN
18Chris CarsonSEA
19David MontgomeryCHI
20Raheem MostertSF
21James RobinsonJAC
22Josh JacobsLV
23D'Andre SwiftDET
24Kareem HuntCLE
25Mike DavisATL
Tier 4
26Damien HarrisNE
27Myles GaskinMIA
28Chase EdmondsARI
29Ronald Jones IITB
30Javonte WilliamsDEN
31Melvin Gordon IIIDEN
32Ty JohnsonNYJ
33Gus EdwardsBAL
34Trey SermonSF
35Phillip LindsayHOU
36Michael CarterNYJ
37Malcolm BrownMIA
38David JohnsonHOU
39Latavius MurrayNO
40Leonard FournetteTB
41James ConnerARI
42Zack MossBUF
43Kenyan DrakeLV
44AJ DillonGB
45Devin SingletaryBUF
46Jerick McKinnonKC
47Jamaal WilliamsDET
48Tony PollardDAL
49Kenneth GainwellPHI
50Nyheim HinesIND
51Damien WilliamsCHI
52Joshua KelleyLAC
53J.D. McKissicWAS
54James WhiteNE
55Alexander MattisonMIN
56Tevin ColemanNYJ
57Rashaad PennySEA
58Giovani BernardTB
59Sony MichelNE
60Salvon AhmedMIA
61Xavier JonesLAR
62Marlon MackIND
63Darrel WilliamsKC
64Darrynton EvansTEN
65Chuba HubbardCAR
66Carlos HydeJAC
67Benny Snell Jr.PIT
68Justin JacksonLAC
69Mark Ingram IIHOU
70La'Mical PerineNYJ
71Tarik CohenCHI
72Boston ScottPHI
73Wayne GallmanSF
74Kerryon JohnsonPHI
75Rhamondre StevensonNE
76Matt BreidaBUF
77Anthony McFarland Jr.PIT
78Javian HawkinsATL
79Jeff Wilson Jr.SF
80Devontae BookerNYG
81Ke'Shawn VaughnTB
82Samaje PerineCIN
83DeeJay DallasSEA
84Jalen RichardLV
85Rex BurkheadHOU
86Justice HillBAL
87Kalen BallagePIT
88Brian HillTEN
89Eno BenjaminARI
90Le'Veon BellFA
91Todd Gurley IIFA
92Jordan HowardPHI
93Duke Johnson Jr.FA
94Jordan WilkinsIND
95Ito SmithMIN
96Adrian PetersonFA
97Jermar JeffersonDET
98Peyton BarberWAS
99Chris ThompsonFA
100Mike BooneDEN

Fantasy Football 2021 Quarterback Rankings

Posted By: on August 24, 2021

The Quarterback position is extremely fun heading into the 2021 season. We all know rushing equity can vault an inconsistent passer into the top-10 on regular basis, but the reliable touchdown throwers Pat Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady continue to make their presence felt in the first two tiers.

Russell Wilson gets the second spot here and while he faded down the stretch in 2020, we saw QB1 upside continually over the season’s first half. Dak Prescott sneaks into Tier 1, but his health remains a situation to monitor as the season approaches.

ADP Targets

With Rodgers ranked third on the board, his ADP as QB6 would seem attractive, but at 52 overall, that is still usually a but earlier than I’d like to dive in on a quarterback. Wilson is a similar case and while I can’t fault anyone for taking the plunge on Russ in round six, I’m likely trying to hang on just a little longer. If either slips into round seven, it’s time to pounce.

Ryan Tannehill (92.3) is a very solid target and a good bet to build off of a strong 2020 season in which he tossed 33 touchdowns to just seven interceptions and now adds Julio Jones to his set of targets… Jalen Hurts (95.8) put up together a run of useful fantasy games down the stretch despite the fact that he did not play particularly well. His status as the Eagles starter, rushing usage and week-winning upside–that 400+ total yard/4 TD, 37.8 point performance in Week 15 last year–make Hurts a target… Matt Ryan doesn’t get anyone too excited on draft day, but he’s 4,500 yards and 26 TDs in the bank… Trey Lance is the top rookie target here, even if he doesn’t get the starting job day one. The rushing ability and talent on that Kyle Shanahan offense is much easier to trust than anything you will see in Chicago or Jacksonville… Digging at the bottom of the barrel, Ben Roethlisberger (159.4) continues to put up numbers, Sam Darnold (200+) has some really nice targets, as does Teddy Bridgewater (200+) should he be able to hold off Drew Lock.

Top-40 Quarterback Rankings

RankNameTeam
Tier 1
1Patrick Mahomes IIKC
2Russell WilsonSEA
3Josh AllenBUF
4Aaron RodgersGB
5Lamar JacksonBAL
6Kyler MurrayARI
7Dak PrescottDAL
Tier 2
8Ryan TannehillTEN
9Tom BradyTB
10Justin HerbertLAC
11Jalen HurtsPHI
12Matthew StaffordLAR
13Matt RyanATL
Tier 3
14Joe BurrowCIN
15Jameis WinstonNO
16Ryan FitzpatrickWAS
17Trey LanceSF
18Ben RoethlisbergerPIT
19Baker MayfieldCLE
20Kirk CousinsMIN
21Trevor LawrenceJAC
22Derek CarrLV
23Sam DarnoldCAR
24Teddy BridgewaterDEN
Tier 4
25Carson WentzIND
26Daniel JonesNYG
27Tua TagovailoaMIA
28Justin FieldsCHI
29Jared GoffDET
30Zach WilsonNYJ
31Cam NewtonNE
32Jacob EasonIND
33Taysom HillNO
34Jimmy GaroppoloSF
35Drew LockDEN
36Deshaun WatsonHOU
37Andy DaltonCHI
38Gardner Minshew IIJAC
39Marcus MariotaLV
40Mac JonesNE
41Tyrod TaylorHOU

Fantasy Baseball 2021 Starting Pitcher Rankings

Posted By: on March 23, 2021

Traditionally, I’ve been a wait-on-pitching type of drafter — scooping up three or four exciting bats before even thinking about addressing the rotation. The lack of volume and perhaps the sheer awesome-ness that is a top tier led by Jacob deGrom has changed things here just a bit. DeGrom, Shane Bieber and Gerrit Cole have become first-round staples as we navigate a pre-season riddled with questions on innings caps. One thing that is certain now that we know that the will be no DH in the NL, deGrom comfortably sits atop this list.

The second tier is where things get truly interesting. Just about everyone ranks Yu Darvish, Trevor Bauer, Max Scherzer, Walker Buehler, Lucas Giolito and Clayton Kershaw as the next handful of arms, but there is absolutely no consensus on who is at the top of the tier. Nola, Darvish and Scherzer were in consideration for the four spot on my list and, despite some health concerns and performance concerns, Max Scherzer continues to occupy that position. Everything went in the wrong direction in 2020 for Max, his K% dipped to a five-year low (albeit at a still excellent 31.2%). He also walked more guys, allowed more hits and homers than in any point since he joined the Nationals. Still, the velocity is just fine, the strikeouts remain elite and we’re banking on Scherzer getting right as he shakes off a forgettable 2020.

As we navigate the lower tiers. I’m planning to leave the draft table with one or two arms from the top couple of tiers while going offense-heavy in the top-100 picks. Beyond that, there are a ton of interesting names, many of which may not survive April on my roster.

ADP Targets

In what will become a theme in this section we look to a couple of grizzled veterans — Max Scherzer (23) and Clayton Kershaw (31) — as two of the names that jump out in the first couple of rounds. Layne Lynn (54) is probably my most-owned pitcher thanks to what should be very reliable innings volume paired with perennially underrated consistency. Kenta Maeda (49) also sticks around a bit longer than his recent performance should allow and can be a nice value after the top-10 is off the board. Digging deeper, I am in on Stephen Strasburg (63) and if your draft room is scared by his constant health concerns, he’s a fine number two if paired with a more stable ace.

Charlie Morton (116), Zack Grienke (97) and Patrick Corbin (126) all get the boring-vet discount but have all the tools to return top-15 value. On the opposite end of his career, Sandy Alcantara (136) leads an up and coming Marlins rotation and is the one you want on your fantasy roster.

In the later rounds, we’re interested in a return from Corey Kluber (150) and Marcus Stroman (202). John Means (264) showed promise down the stretch in 2020. Mike Minor (294) is throwing harder and can offer volume with decent Ks. Robbie Ray (283) looks solid in the spring and Freddy Peralta (312) looks like he might finally get another shot in the rotation.

Top 120-ish Starting Pitcher Rankings for 2021

RankNameTeam
Tier 1
1Jacob deGromNYM
2Shane BieberCLE
3Gerrit ColeNYY
Tier 2
4Max ScherzerWSH
5Yu DarvishSD
6Aaron NolaPHI
7Trevor BauerLAD
8Walker BuehlerLAD
9Lucas GiolitoCWS
10Clayton KershawLAD
Tier 3
11Luis CastilloCIN
12Lance LynnCWS
13Brandon WoodruffMIL
14Stephen StrasburgWSH
15Kenta MaedaMIN
16Blake SnellSD
17Tyler GlasnowTB
18Jack FlahertySTL
Tier 4
19Kyle HendricksCHC
20Zack WheelerPHI
21Corbin BurnesMIL
22Sonny GrayCIN
23Charlie MortonATL
24Zack GreinkeHOU
25Hyun Jin RyuTOR
26Zac GallenARI
27Dinelson LametSD
28Carlos CarrascoNYM
29Max FriedATL
30Jose BerriosMIN
31Zach PlesacCLE
Tier 5
32Joe MusgroveSD
33Chris PaddackSD
34Sandy AlcantaraMIA
35Ian AndersonATL
36Frankie MontasOAK
37Patrick CorbinWSH
38Lance McCullers Jr.HOU
39Chris BassittOAK
40Dylan BundyLAA
41Sixto SanchezMIA
42John MeansBAL
43Corey KluberNYY
44Pablo LopezMIA
45David PriceLAD
46Marco GonzalesSEA
47Marcus StromanNYM
48Jesus LuzardoOAK
49Jameson TaillonNYY
50German MarquezCOL
51Jose UrquidyHOU
52Shohei OhtaniLAA
53Julio UriasLAD
54Zach EflinPHI
Tier 6
55Mike SorokaATL
56James PaxtonSEA
57Matthew BoydDET
58Aaron CivaleCLE
59Tyler MahleCIN
60Triston McKenzieCLE
61Andrew HeaneyLAA
62Dallas KeuchelCWS
63Tony GonsolinLAD
64Freddy PeraltaMIL
65Jordan MontgomeryNYY
66Dustin MayLAD
67Noah SyndergaardNYM
68Luis SeverinoNYY
69Chris SaleBOS
70Kevin GausmanSF
71Cristian JavierHOU
72Eduardo RodriguezBOS
73Mitch KellerPIT
74Brady SingerKC
75Mike MinorKC
76Michael PinedaMIN
77Sean ManaeaOAK
78Zach DaviesCHC
79Daulton JefferiesOAK
80Griffin CanningLAA
81Nathan EovaldiBOS
82Yusei KikuchiSEA
83Robbie RayTOR
84Jake OdorizziHOU
85Carlos MartinezSTL
86Ryan YarbroughTB
87J.A. HappMIN
88Kwang Hyun KimSTL
89Framber ValdezHOU
90MacKenzie GoreSD
91Adbert AlzolayCHC
92Michael KopechCWS
93Elieser HernandezMIA
94Josh LindblomMIL
95Drew SmylyATL
96Brad KellerKC
97Spencer HowardPHI
98Justus SheffieldSEA
99Tarik SkubalDET
100Madison BumgarnerARI
101Gregory SotoDET
102Diego CastilloTB
103Taijuan WalkerNYM
104Domingo GermanNYY
105Drew PomeranzSD
106Deivi GarciaNYY
107Tejay AntoneCIN
108Randy DobnakMIN
109Nate PearsonTOR
110Spencer TurnbullDET
111Chris ArcherTB
112Rich HillTB
113Logan WebbSF
114Caleb SmithARI
115Dane DunningTEX
116Mike FoltynewiczTEX
117Casey MizeDET
118Tanner HouckBOS
119Dylan CeaseCWS
120Jon GrayCOL
121Luke WeaverARI
122Seth LugoNYM
123Kris BubicKC
124Miles MikolasSTL
125Adam WainwrightSTL
126Ross StriplingTOR
127Dean KremerBAL
128Chad GreenNYY
129Garrett RichardsBOS
130Trevor RogersMIA
131Alec MillsCHC
132Matt ShoemakerMIN
133David PetersonNYM
134Johnny CuetoSF
135Kyle GibsonTEX
136Nick PivettaBOS
137Matt MoorePHI
138Jakob JunisKC
139Chase AndersonPHI
140Alex WoodSF
141Merrill KellyARI
142JT BrubakerPIT
143Chad KuhlPIT
144Jake ArrietaCHC
145Jaime BarriaLAA

Fantasy Baseball 2021 Outfield Rankings

Posted By: on March 18, 2021

We are just a few weeks away from opening day and while draft season picks up, it’s hard to contain the excitement for the coming season. Today we’re taking a walk through the what I feel is the most important offensive position — the outfield. The position contains the largest volume of first round talent, a swath of power/speed guys as well as some of the most exciting young players in the game.

Checking your league settings and eligibility rules will be of the utmost importance when planning your draft day strategy in the outfield. Restrictive Util-only candidates in some platforms can turn into underrated studs if they carry that extra eligibility, so why not take a look and see if Giancarlo Stanton, Yordan Alvarez or Trey Mancini can help you outside of the single utility spot. I love to hammer away at the outfield in the first quarter of the draft and if you are playing in a 5 OF league, finding the core of your offense is even more critical.

The top four players on my draft board sit in the outfield and while Mookie Betts gets the nod for me for his blend of stability, lineup support and plus production in literally every category, I certainly can’t doubt that Juan Soto or Ronald Acuna offer a bit more upside. Mike Trout could easily top the list as well and while Christian Yelich is not in that No. 1 overall conversation right now, he certainly was there 365 days ago and he has all the ability to get right back to that level. Cody Bellinger and Bryce Harper round out the top-tier and I am likely walking away from the draft table with at least one of these players on my roster.

ADP Targets

At the back end of the first round, Christian Yelich (10 adp) seems like a strong consolation prize for anyone wishing they could snag a top-4 guy. The shortened season was not kind to Yelich and while he finished with a disappointing .205 average, he continued to post a strong walk rate while mashing 12 homers and stealing four bags in 247 PAs. In Yelich’s previous two seasons, he averaged 40 home runs 26 steals with a .327 average, I’m willing to give just about anyone a pass for struggling in 2020.

Digging a little deeper, Starling Marte (52) always offers underrated juice for your fantasy squad. Yordan Alvarez (82) claims he’s healthy and has already shown he can be an elite bat when he’s right. Perhaps its a bit risky in deep leagues, but in a 10 or 12-teamer, Alvarez is a tasty gamble. Mike Yastrzemski (115) would be a top-100 player on draft day if he played in an east coast market. Michael Brantley (146) is quietly excellent year in and year out. Trey Mancini (151), Joc Pederson (281), and Justin Upton (321) ahve consistently produced when on their field and make nice back end options very late.

Top 120-ish Outfield Rankings for 2021

RankNameTeam
Tier 1
1Mookie BettsLAD
2Juan SotoWSH
3Mike TroutLAA
4Ronald Acuna Jr.ATL
5Christian YelichMIL
6Cody BellingerLAD
7Bryce HarperPHI
Tier 2
8Marcell OzunaATL
9Starling MarteMIA
10Kyle TuckerHOU
11Eloy JimenezCWS
12Luis RobertCWS
13George SpringerTOR
14Michael ConfortoNYM
15Aaron JudgeNYY
16Randy ArozarenaTB
Tier 3
17Whit MerrifieldKC
18Yordan AlvarezHOU
19Dominic SmithNYM
20Charlie BlackmonCOL
21J.D. MartinezBOS
22Ketel MarteARI
23Austin MeadowsTB
24Trent GrishamSD
25Teoscar HernandezTOR
26Cavan BiggioTOR
27Nick CastellanosCIN
28Mike YastrzemskiSF
29Jeff McNeilNYM
30Michael BrantleyHOU
31Tommy PhamSD
32Brandon LoweTB
Tier 4
33Kris BryantCHC
34Giancarlo StantonNYY
35Dylan CarlsonSTL
36Eddie RosarioCLE
37Jesse WinkerCIN
38Jorge SolerKC
39Byron BuxtonMIN
40Ramon LaureanoOAK
41Franmil ReyesCLE
42Joey GalloTEX
43Lourdes Gurriel Jr.TOR
44Kyle LewisSEA
45Max KeplerMIN
46Victor RoblesWSH
47Anthony SantanderBAL
48Wil MyersSD
49AJ PollockLAD
50Andrew McCutchenPHI
51Dylan MooreSEA
52Justin UptonLAA
Tier 5
53Yasiel PuigFA
54Alex VerdugoBOS
55Ian HappCHC
56Ryan MountcastleBAL
57Lorenzo CainMIL
58Andrew BenintendiKC
59Clint FrazierNYY
60Randal GrichukTOR
61J.D. DavisNYM
62Tommy EdmanSTL
63Kyle SchwarberWSH
64Austin RileyATL
65Nick SolakTEX
66Mitch HanigerSEA
67Brandon NimmoNYM
68Brian AndersonMIA
69Austin HaysBAL
70David PeraltaARI
71Joc PedersonCHC
72Nick SenzelCIN
73Aaron HicksNYY
74Bryan ReynoldsPIT
75Jarred KelenicSEA
76David DahlTEX
77Jurickson ProfarSD
78Jo AdellLAA
Tier 6
79Alex KirilloffMIN
80Leody TaverasTEX
81Alex DickersonSF
82David FletcherLAA
83Trey ManciniBAL
84Victor ReyesDET
85Daulton VarshoARI
86Manuel MargotTB
87Yoshi TsutsugoTB
88Niko GoodrumDET
89Chris TaylorLAD
90Kole CalhounARI
91Garrett HampsonCOL
92Tim LocastroARI
93Jon BertiMIA
94Mark CanhaOAK
95Hunter DozierKC
96Avisail GarciaMIL
97Adam EatonCWS
98Jackie Bradley Jr.MIL
99Shogo AkiyamaCIN
100Raimel TapiaCOL
101Mike TauchmanNYY
102Adam DuvallMIA
103Kevin PillarNYM
104Corey DickersonMIA
105Jason HeywardCHC
106Brandon BeltSF
107Gregory PolancoPIT
108Myles StrawHOU
109Stephen PiscottyOAK
110Scott KingeryPHI
111Willie CalhounTEX
112Luis ArraezMIN
113Ryan BraunFA
114Cristian PacheATL
115Austin SlaterSF
116Sam HilliardCOL
117Mauricio DubonSF
118Harrison BaderSTL
119Hunter RenfroeBOS
120Kevin KiermaierTB
121Robbie GrossmanDET
122Oscar MercadoCLE
123Josh NaylorCLE
124Franchy CorderoBOS
125Jay BruceNYY

Fantasy Baseball 2021 Shortstop Rankings

Posted By: on March 9, 2021

Fernando Tatis Jr. spent a couple of weeks during the odd year that was 2020 establishing himself as one of the best baseball players on the planet. During one particularly scorching 16-game stretch last season, Tatis slashed .344/.400/.844 with 10 home runs 17 runs scored and 20 RBI. He wrapped the 60-game season with 17 homers 11 steals and a very strong .277/.366/.571 slash and parlayed that performance with a monster 14 year $340 million contract. At just 22 years old, Tatis is one of the most exciting players in the game and warrants consideration as the top overall player in fantasy. I’m not quite ready to put the young stud at the top of my draft board, but I certainly won’t doubt anyone who does.

The great part of it all? Tatis may not even be the top player at his position. Trea Turner led all players in offensive fantasy value last year, adding a touch more pop (career best .253 ISO) to his strong power/speed blend. Turner went 12/12 with a sizzling .335/.394/.588, a pace over 60-games that would stretch to something like a .335-127-33-113-33 line over a full 162 season.

The shortstop position holds a number of other top-tier options that could offer similar 5-category production. This is the juiciest position in fantasy and it’s really hard to go wrong. Given the bevy of options at any price-point, I may be inclined to actually lower each individual player just a touch in the overall rankings, knowing that there will be a solid value at cost whenever you decide to address the position.

ADP Targets

Xander Bogaerts (29) represents a really strong third round pick in any league. He’s sustained the power for three straight seasons now and while he doesn’t offer the top-end speed of those shortstops that will go in the top-20 overall, Bogaerts is as steady as anyone at the position. After a disappointing 2020, Javier Báez looks primed to get back on track as a four-plus category contributor. The projection systems all put Báez in the range of  .250-.260 range with 85 runs and RBIs, 30 homers and double-digit steals. The counting stats are super useful and though the K-rate is always an issue, Baez posted a .281 batting average from 2015-2019 before bottoming out at .203. That projection in the .250-.260 range feels like a hedge and a return to .270+ would not be a surprise at all. Javy remains a major target of mine with an average draft position sitting at 80 overall — the 14th shortstop off the board.

As we dip further Didi Gregorious, who was a top-40 bat in 2020, can be had outside of the top 150 picks in many drafts. Jonathan Villar (234) is interesting at either middle infield spot. Jorge Polanco (194), Andrelton Simmons (436) and Elvis Andrus (343) should provide plenty of volume at the back end of drafts as well.

Top 40-ish Shortstop Rankings for 2021

RankNameTeam
Tier 1
1Fernando Tatis Jr.SD
2Trea TurnerWSH
3Trevor StoryCOL
4Manny MachadoSD
5Francisco LindorNYM
6Xander BogaertsBOS
7Adalberto MondesiKC
8Alex BregmanHOU
Tier 2
9Bo BichetteTOR
10Corey SeagerLAD
11Tim AndersonCWS
12Javier BaezCHC
13Gleyber TorresNYY
Tier 3
14Ketel MarteARI
15Marcus SemienTOR
16Carlos CorreaHOU
17Didi GregoriusPHI
Tier 4
18Dansby SwansonATL
19Jonathan VillarNYM
20Jorge PolancoMIN
21Jean SeguraPHI
22Dylan MooreSEA
23Paul DeJongSTL
24Jake CronenworthSD
25Tommy EdmanSTL
26Ha-seong KimSD
27Wander FrancoTB
28Elvis AndrusOAK
29Amed RosarioCLE
30Andrelton SimmonsMIN
31David FletcherLAA
Tier 5
32Willi CastroDET
33Willy AdamesTB
34Niko GoodrumDET
35Isiah Kiner-FalefaTEX
36Chris TaylorLAD
37Andres GimenezCLE
38Garrett HampsonCOL
39Jon BertiMIA
40J.P. CrawfordSEA
41Kevin NewmanPIT
42Kike HernandezBOS

Fantasy Baseball 2021 Third Base Rankings

Posted By: on March 8, 2021

Third base is loaded and one of my favorite positons to draft. We’ve got 30/30 contenders at the top, rock solid 30-100 corner guys in the middle rounds and a fat tier of undervalued veterans. I tend to lean towards the outfield early if my league has five outfield spots, but if not securing a third baseman from the top couple tiers with one of my first three picks is a solid strategy.

Jose Ramirez is thisclose to being in his own tier, with a power/speed combo that is not likely matched by anyone else at the position. He’s the only first-rounder at the position, but if you don’t tend to prioritize steals, there is a clear path for any one of Manny Machado, Alex Bregman, Anthony Rendon or Nolan Arenado to out-earn Ramirez on the season. For the record, Arenado will be just fine away from Coors.

ADP Targets

Alex Bregman (37) and Anthony Rendon (31) lost some ground comparing their 2020 ADP to early drafts this year, though there is little to point to in terms of diminished skills that would warrant the drop. I’m fine with buying the dip on either. I love Max Muncy (97) as I do every year (and even moreso in OBP and points leagues), but he looks a little better in a second base slot if eligibility allows.

Gio Urshela (156) remains a bit of an underrated name in a loaded offense. Josh Donaldson (195) and Kyle Seager (235) get the job done whenever they’re on the field. Ty France (419) looks to be earning his way some at-bats and remains an interesting flier in deep leagues

Top 40-ish Third Base Rankings for 2021

RankNameTeam
Tier 1
1Jose RamirezCLE
2Manny MachadoSD
3Alex BregmanHOU
4Anthony RendonLAA
5Nolan ArenadoSTL
Tier 2
6DJ LeMahieuNYY
7Rafael DeversBOS
8Vladimir Guerrero Jr.TOR
9Max MuncyLAD
10Yoan MoncadaCWS
Tier 3
11Matt ChapmanOAK
12Cavan BiggioTOR
13Jeff McNeilNYM
14Kris BryantCHC
15Eugenio SuarezCIN
16Alec BohmPHI
17Ke'Bryan HayesPIT
18Mike MoustakasCIN
19Josh DonaldsonMIN
20Gio UrshelaNYY
21Kyle SeagerSEA
22Justin TurnerLAD
Tier 4
23Jean SeguraPHI
24Dylan MooreSEA
25Ian HappCHC
26Miguel SanoMIN
27Jeimer CandelarioDET
28J.D. DavisNYM
29Tommy EdmanSTL
30Austin RileyATL
31Nick SolakTEX
32Eduardo EscobarARI
33Brian AndersonMIA
34Hanser AlbertoKC
35Ty FranceSEA
36Starlin CastroWSH
Tier 5
37David FletcherLAA
38Willi CastroDET
39Isiah Kiner-FalefaTEX
40Andres GimenezCLE
41Jon BertiMIA
42Yuli GurrielHOU
43Hunter DozierKC
44Tommy La StellaSF
45Ryan McMahonCOL
46Evan LongoriaSF
47Yandy DiazTB
48Scott KingeryPHI

Fantasy Baseball 2021 Second Base Rankings

Posted By: on March 5, 2021

Second base has proven to be the trickiest position to tackle in drafts. There is a bit of a larger first tier without a whole lot of gap between them. The problem? There really aren’t any truly elite options that can contribute across the board. While DJ LaMahieu and Ozzie Albies can provide solid bankable production, I’m not likely to spend a pick on a second sacker in the first two round of the draft.

Unfortunately, the secret is out on Brandon Lowe, who has been my favorite second base target over the past couple of seasons. Lowe’s 2020 power surge has made him a top-70 pick on draft day. Love the power stroke, hate the strikeouts. Lowe likely wont end up on any of my teams in 2021, and thats disappointing.

ADP Targets

I’m confident in a bounce back from Ketel Marte and his power/speed upside makes sense around pick 75. If Max Muncy keeps his second base eligibility in your format, he’s always a nice power option that can provide some versatility. I am willing to take a chance on a Jose Altuve bounce back inside the top-100 and veteran slugger Mike Moustakas remains a fine value in the Dan Uggla mold.

Beyond that the real value at the position comes at the back end and even outside the top 200 draft picks on average. Jonathan Villar (175) is just a year removed from a 24 homer, 40 steal season. Jean Segura (186) give you a little bit of everything, Cesar Hernandez (330) has a very nice average and runs floor witha  touch of speed and Jonathan Schoop (347) continues to be an underrated power option with 20+ homer upside coming off a very strong .278/.324/.475 season in 2020.

Top 40-ish Second Base Rankings for 2021

RankNameTeam
Tier 1
1DJ LeMahieuNYY
2Ozzie AlbiesATL
3Whit MerrifieldKC
4Gleyber TorresNYY
5Max MuncyLAD
6Ketel MarteARI
7Jose AltuveHOU
Tier 2
8Keston HiuraMIL
9Cavan BiggioTOR
10Jeff McNeilNYM
11Brandon LoweTB
Tier 3
12Mike MoustakasCIN
13Lourdes Gurriel Jr.TOR
14Jonathan VillarNYM
15Cesar HernandezCLE
16Jonathan SchoopDET
17Jean SeguraPHI
18Dylan MooreSEA
19Jake CronenworthSD
20Austin NolaSD
21Ian HappCHC
22Gavin LuxLAD
Tier 4
23Nick MadrigalCWS
24Tommy EdmanSTL
25Ha-seong KimSD
26Nick SolakTEX
27Eduardo EscobarARI
28Hanser AlbertoKC
29Ty FranceSEA
30Jurickson ProfarSD
31Starlin CastroWSH
32David FletcherLAA
33Niko GoodrumDET
34Chris TaylorLAD
35Andres GimenezCLE
36Kike HernandezBOS
37Garrett HampsonCOL
38Jon BertiMIA
39Kolten WongMIL
40Tommy La StellaSF
41Ryan McMahonCOL
42Luis ArraezMIN
43Scott KingeryPHI
44Donovan SolanoSF

Fantasy Baseball 2021 First Base Rankings

Posted By: on March 4, 2021

Let’s kick of the 2021 season in style here at BretskyBall with our first base rankings. It’s a fun group of power bats to anchor your squad. The tough decisions start right at the top with Freddie Freeman and Cody Bellinger battling it out in the top tier. Bellinger showed us his upside in 2019 with a .305-121-34-115-15 line before struggling a bit out of the gates last season. Still, 12 home runs and six steals in 56 games is nothing to scoff at from Dodgers stud. The primary worry about Cody coming into the season is the health of his shoulder — injured celebrating his Game 7 NLCS bomb — but all indications are that the slugger should be just fine.

Freddie Freeman capture the NL MVP award in the shortened 2020 season, slashing .3341/.462/.640 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI over 60 games. He’s been a rock at the dish, putting together a .306-110-34-108-8 per 162 pace.

When forced to choose between the top two first baseman, Bellinger gets the slight edge in our ranks with his ability to provide double digit steals. Both are fine picks in the late-first, early-second rounds but the strength of the second tier at this position likely has us looking elsewhere early in the first this season.

ADP Targets

New York sluggers Luke Voit (57) and Dominic Smith (120) leap off the page as some of our favorite values in drafts so far this season. Two of 2020’s breakout players should both continue to mash in prime run-producing spots in the middle of productive lineups. Digging a little deeper, betting on a bounceback from Josh Bell as he moves from Pittsburgh to DC to add a little pop behind Juan Soto in the Nationals lineup. Bell is currently the 141st player taken in drafts on average.

Looking even deeper, C.J. Cron in Coors is an intruiging late round option as is Jeimer Candelario who should be entrenched in the middle of the Tigers lineup.

Top 40-ish First Base Rankings for 2021

RankNameTeam
Tier 1
1Cody BellingerLAD
2Freddie FreemanATL
Tier 2
3DJ LeMahieuNYY
4Jose AbreuCWS
5Luke VoitNYY
6Pete AlonsoNYM
7Vladimir Guerrero Jr.TOR
8Dominic SmithNYM
9Max MuncyLAD
10Anthony RizzoCHC
Tier 3
11Brandon LoweTB
12Alec BohmPHI
13Mike MoustakasCIN
14Paul GoldschmidtSTL
15Matt OlsonOAK
16Wil MyersSD
17Josh BellWSH
18Rhys HoskinsPHI
Tier 4
19Travis d'ArnaudATL
20Yasmani GrandalCWS
21Jake CronenworthSD
22Austin NolaSD
23Ryan MountcastleBAL
24Miguel SanoMIN
25Jeimer CandelarioDET
26C.J. CronCOL
27Joc PedersonCHC
28Eric HosmerSD
29Trey ManciniBAL
30Christian WalkerARI
Tier 5
31Rowdy TellezTOR
32Andrew VaughnCWS
33Edwin EncarnacionFA
34Brandon BeltSF
35Daniel VogelbachMIL
36Bobby DalbecBOS
37Niko GoodrumDET
38Buster PoseySF
39Christian VazquezBOS
40Carlos SantanaKC
41Jared WalshLAA
42Yuli GurrielHOU
43Mark CanhaOAK
44Jesus AguilarMIA
45Hunter DozierKC
46Tommy La StellaSF
47Ryan McMahonCOL
48Joey VottoCIN
49Nate LoweTEX