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Erickson: 2021 Half-PPR Fantasy Football Rankings & Tiers

It’s never too early to start prepping for the 2021 fantasy football season. The first step is to break every position into tiered rankings, which provide a full picture of where value may lie as other drafters begin to stray from the consensus.

Redraft half-PPR rankings will differ somewhat from full-PPR and best ball rankings because the different formats call for slightly altered stances on players. Some players are “better in best ball,” while others see massive boosts in their PPR rankings because of their involvement in the passing game.

The following is my latest collection of top-300 fantasy rankings for 2021 half-PPR fantasy football leagues. Find breakdowns of positional tiers below the overall 300 and more of PFF's fantasy rankings here

2021 Half-PPR Fantasy Football Rankings
Rank Name Team Position
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR RB
2 Dalvin Cook MIN RB
3 Derrick Henry TEN RB
4 Saquon Barkley NYG RB
5 Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB
6 Alvin Kamara NO RB
7 Jonathan Taylor IND RB
8 Nick Chubb CLE RB
9 Cam Akers LAR RB
10 Tyreek Hill KC WR
11 Davante Adams GB WR
12 Aaron Jones GB RB
13 Stefon Diggs BUF WR
14 Joe Mixon CIN RB
15 Austin Ekeler LAC RB
16 Calvin Ridley ATL WR
17 Travis Kelce KC TE
18 DeAndre Hopkins ARI WR
19 Darren Waller LV TE
20 Justin Jefferson MIN WR
21 Najee Harris PIT RB
22 Antonio Gibson WAS RB
23 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC RB
24 George Kittle SF TE
25 A.J. Brown TEN WR
26 D.K. Metcalf SEA WR
27 Michael Thomas NO WR
28 Keenan Allen LAC WR
29 Allen Robinson II CHI WR
30 CeeDee Lamb DAL WR
31 Chris Carson SEA RB
32 Terry McLaurin WAS WR
33 Amari Cooper DAL WR
34 D.J. Moore CAR WR
35 D'Andre Swift DET RB
36 J.K. Dobbins BAL RB
37 Chris Godwin TB WR
38 Patrick Mahomes II KC QB
39 Julio Jones TEN WR
40 Josh Allen BUF QB
41 T.J. Hockenson DET TE
42 Kenny Golladay NYG WR
43 Diontae Johnson PIT WR
44 Robert Woods LAR WR
45 Travis Etienne JAC RB
46 Mike Evans TB WR
47 Ja'Marr Chase CIN WR
48 Mark Andrews BAL TE
49 Javonte Williams DEN RB
50 Josh Jacobs LV RB
51 Courtland Sutton DEN WR
52 Cooper Kupp LAR WR
53 Tyler Lockett SEA WR
54 Tyler Boyd CIN WR
55 Kyler Murray ARI QB
56 Lamar Jackson BAL QB
57 Dak Prescott DAL QB
58 Tee Higgins CIN WR
59 Miles Sanders PHI RB
60 Kyle Pitts ATL TE
61 Brandon Aiyuk SF WR
62 David Montgomery CHI RB
63 Myles Gaskin MIA RB
64 Adam Thielen MIN WR
65 Chase Claypool PIT WR
66 Raheem Mostert SF RB
67 Odell Beckham Jr. CLE WR
68 Mike Davis ATL RB
69 Kareem Hunt CLE RB
70 Justin Herbert LAC QB
71 Russell Wilson SEA QB
72 Jerry Jeudy DEN WR
73 Brandin Cooks HOU WR
74 Dallas Goedert PHI TE
75 Chase Edmonds ARI RB
76 Trey Sermon SF RB
77 Robby Anderson CAR WR
78 Jalen Hurts PHI QB
79 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT WR
80 Laviska Shenault Jr. JAC WR
81 D.J. Chark Jr. JAC WR
82 Aaron Rodgers GB QB
83 Noah Fant DEN TE
84 DeVonta Smith PHI WR
85 Jaylen Waddle MIA WR
86 Will Fuller V MIA WR
87 Michael Carter NYJ RB
88 Zack Moss BUF RB
89 Antonio Brown TB WR
90 Damien Harris NE RB
91 AJ Dillon GB RB
92 Deebo Samuel SF WR
93 Joe Burrow CIN QB
94 Curtis Samuel WAS WR
95 Mike Williams LAC WR
96 James Robinson JAC RB
97 Ryan Tannehill TEN QB
98 Tom Brady TB QB
99 Melvin Gordon III DEN RB
100 Corey Davis NYJ WR
101 Leonard Fournette TB RB
102 Ronald Jones II TB RB
103 Trevor Lawrence JAC QB
104 Trey Lance SF QB
105 Gus Edwards BAL RB
106 Jamaal Williams DET RB
107 Michael Gallup DAL WR
108 Kenyan Drake LV RB
109 James Conner ARI RB
110 Tony Pollard DAL RB
111 Marquise Brown BAL WR
112 Jarvis Landry CLE WR
113 Michael Pittman Jr. IND WR
114 Darnell Mooney CHI WR
115 Mike Gesicki MIA TE
116 Logan Thomas WAS TE
117 Evan Engram NYG TE
118 Adam Trautman NO TE
119 Justin Fields CHI QB
120 Matthew Stafford LAR QB
121 David Johnson HOU RB
122 Darrell Henderson LAR RB
123 Hunter Henry NE TE
124 Elijah Moore NYJ WR
125 Alexander Mattison MIN RB
126 Latavius Murray NO RB
127 Jonnu Smith NE TE
128 Robert Tonyan GB TE
129 Irv Smith Jr. MIN TE
130 Gabriel Davis BUF WR
131 Terrace Marshall Jr. CAR WR
132 Rashod Bateman BAL WR
133 Rondale Moore ARI WR
134 Blake Jarwin DAL TE
135 Jalen Reagor PHI WR
136 Mecole Hardman KC WR
137 Nelson Agholor NE WR
138 Tyler Higbee LAR TE
139 Devin Singletary BUF RB
140 Nyheim Hines IND RB
141 Matt Ryan ATL QB
142 Tua Tagovailoa MIA QB
143 Austin Hooper CLE TE
144 Ryan Fitzpatrick WAS QB
145 Daniel Jones NYG QB
146 Baker Mayfield CLE QB
147 Kirk Cousins MIN QB
148 Jameis Winston NO QB
149 Wayne Gallman SF RB
150 Anthony Firkser TEN TE
151 Tarik Cohen CHI RB
152 Giovani Bernard TB RB
153 Parris Campbell IND WR
154 Henry Ruggs III LV WR
155 Deshaun Watson HOU QB
156 Cole Kmet CHI TE
157 Gerald Everett SEA TE
158 Sterling Shepard NYG WR
159 John Brown LV WR
160 Tevin Coleman NYJ RB
161 Ty Johnson NYJ RB
162 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB RB
163 DeVante Parker MIA WR
164 Elijah Mitchell SF RB
165 Rob Gronkowski TB TE
166 Rhamondre Stevenson NE RB
167 Jared Cook LAC TE
168 Cole Beasley BUF WR
169 Phillip Lindsay HOU RB
170 Nico Collins HOU WR
171 Bryan Edwards LV WR
172 Russell Gage ATL WR
173 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET WR
174 Jimmy Graham CHI TE
175 Christian Kirk ARI WR
176 Denzel Mims NYJ WR
177 Kenneth Gainwell PHI RB
178 Khalil Herbert CHI RB
179 Chuba Hubbard CAR RB
180 Mike Boone DEN RB
181 Rashaad Penny SEA RB
182 Dyami Brown WAS WR
183 Tre'Quan Smith NO WR
184 Allen Lazard GB WR
185 Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB WR
186 Van Jefferson LAR WR
187 Marvin Jones Jr. JAC WR
188 DeSean Jackson LAR WR
189 Josh Palmer LAC WR
190 Breshad Perriman DET WR
191 Olamide Zaccheaus ATL WR
192 Javian Hawkins ATL RB
193 Cam Newton NE QB
194 Zach Wilson NYJ QB
195 Derek Carr LV QB
196 Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB
197 Mac Jones NE QB
198 Zach Ertz PHI TE
199 Chris Herndon IV NYJ TE
200 James White NE RB
201 Carlos Hyde JAC RB
202 Jamison Crowder NYJ WR
203 Amari Rodgers GB WR
204 Darrynton Evans TEN RB
205 Kadarius Toney NYG WR
206 O.J. Howard TB TE
207 Teddy Bridgewater DEN QB
208 Taysom Hill NO QB
209 T.Y. Hilton IND WR
210 Darrel Williams KC RB
211 Devontae Booker NYG RB
212 Marlon Mack IND RB
213 Joshua Kelley LAC RB
214 Josh Reynolds TEN WR
215 Darius Slayton NYG WR
216 Scotty Miller TB WR
217 Jakobi Meyers NE WR
218 D'Wayne Eskridge SEA WR
219 Boston Scott PHI RB
220 Jordan Akins HOU TE
221 Hayden Hurst ATL TE
222 Carson Wentz IND QB
223 Jared Goff DET QB
224 Jordan Love GB QB
225 Drew Lock DEN QB
226 KJ Hamler DEN WR
227 Salvon Ahmed MIA RB
228 Sony Michel NE RB
229 Todd Gurley II FA RB
230 Tylan Wallace BAL WR
231 Benny Snell Jr. PIT RB
232 Eric Ebron PIT TE
233 Emmanuel Sanders BUF WR
234 James Washington PIT WR
235 Keelan Cole Sr. NYJ WR
236 Jaelon Darden TB WR
237 Deonte Harris NO WR
238 Collin Johnson JAC WR
239 Dan Arnold CAR TE
240 C.J. Uzomah CIN TE
241 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF RB
242 Jermar Jefferson DET RB
243 Sam Darnold CAR QB
244 Tim Patrick DEN WR
245 Anthony McFarland Jr. PIT RB
246 A.J. Green ARI WR
247 J.D. McKissic WAS RB
248 Preston Williams MIA WR
249 Dawson Knox BUF TE
250 Tutu Atwell LAR WR
251 Matt Breida BUF RB
252 Justin Jackson LAC RB
253 Damien Williams CHI RB
254 Anthony Schwartz CLE WR
255 Tyler Johnson TB WR
256 Randall Cobb HOU WR
257 Harrison Bryant CLE TE
258 N'Keal Harry NE WR
259 Quintez Cephus DET WR
260 Zach Pascal IND WR
261 Sammy Watkins BAL WR
262 Devin Duvernay BAL WR
263 Malcolm Brown MIA RB
264 Jaret Patterson WAS RB
265 Ihmir Smith-Marsette MIN WR
266 Keke Coutee HOU WR
267 Cade Johnson SEA WR
268 Hunter Renfrow LV WR
269 Kerryon Johnson PHI RB
270 Rex Burkhead HOU RB
271 Tyler Conklin MIN TE
272 Seth Williams DEN WR
273 Anthony Miller CHI WR
274 Mike Strachan IND WR
275 Demetric Felton CLE WR
276 Andy Isabella ARI WR
277 Rashard Higgins CLE WR
278 Larry Rountree III LAC RB
279 La'Mical Perine NYJ RB
280 Pat Freiermuth PIT TE
281 David Njoku CLE TE
282 Tyrell Williams DET WR
283 Tyron Johnson LAC WR
284 Austin Watkins Jr. SF WR
285 Shi Smith CAR WR
286 Tamorrion Terry SEA WR
287 Le'Veon Bell KC RB
288 Marquez Stevenson BUF WR
289 Sage Surratt DET WR
290 Qadree Ollison ATL RB
291 Duke Johnson Jr. FA RB
292 Mark Ingram II HOU RB
293 Dazz Newsome CHI WR
294 Simi Fehoko DAL WR
295 Kellen Mond MIN QB
296 Kylin Hill GB RB
297 Kylen Granson IND TE
298 Tyrod Taylor HOU QB
299 Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE WR
300 Marlon Williams HOU WR

QUARTERBACKS

TIER 1: THE FANTASTIC FIVE

TIER 2: TOP-TIER UPSIDE

The market is particularly sharp at the quarterback position. The Tier 2 quarterbacks are in lockstep with their ADPs, so there aren’t player values available. But don't shy away just because the price is right. This group of quarterbacks offers elite upside that can match that of the Tier 1 signal-callers.

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts easily offers the most upside because of the fantasy value he adds with his legs. In his four starts last season, he averaged 79.3 rushing yards and 12.6 rushes per game. That translated to 23.9 fantasy points per game — eighth-best among quarterbacks.

The big question mark is whether Hurts can develop as a passer in Year 2. Philadelphia drafted Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith in the first round to bolster the receiver position, so Hurts is already working with much more than he had in 2020. He also has the benefit of the Eagles offensive line returning to form after the unit was plagued by injuries. 

But an upgraded supporting cast can only help so much, so an improved passing attack ultimately falls on Hurts’ shoulders. His man/zone passing splits are a tell-tale sign that he can progress, especially now that he has college football's highest-graded wide receiver versus man coverage in 2020 at his disposal (DeVonta Smith). 

Jalen Hurts splits | zone vs. man coverage 2020
Cov. Scheme PFF passing grade Yds per attempt Adjusted completion % Passer rating
Man 38.8 4.2 53% 65.9
Zone 64.1 8.3 72% 82.7

Hurts' encouraging splits versus zone schemes indicate that he’s at least serviceable reading defenses. His man/zone splits as a rookie are similar to those of first-year seasons from Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray, who profile similarly to Hurts as dual-threat quarterbacks. Both took massive leaps against man coverage in their sophomore seasons and went on to produce mega-fantasy seasons.

TIER 3: POCKET PASSERS AND MOBILE ROOKIES

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