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Fantasy Football: Players primed to outperform their PFF consensus rankings

Nailing the draft is the first step to winning your fantasy football league. And the best way to dominate your draft is to consistently select players with real potential to outperform their ADP.

Using PFF’s consensus fantasy rankings, here are several breakout players with the potential to smash their ADPs and finish near the top of their respective positions.

The following six players carry league-winning potential at a discounted draft-day price.

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QB Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers

Evans rank: QB6
Consensus rank: QB7

Justin Herbert is the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year after posting 4,336 passing yards, 31 passing touchdowns and a 79.9 PFF grade. He averaged 22.2 fantasy points per game, tied with Lamar Jackson for ninth among quarterbacks.

Herbert’s weekly ceiling makes him an extremely valuable fantasy football asset. He ripped off five top-five weekly fantasy finishes (sixth-most), including three in the top three — with 38.5, 27.7 and 33.0 fantasy points.

The Chargers' signal-caller enters 2021 with a remarkably improved situation compared to 2020. Los Angeles fielded the 30th-ranked pass-blocking unit last season, and Herbert was constantly under duress. His 193 pass attempts under pressure were the most in the entire NFL.

The team accordingly dedicated its offseason to fortifying the offensive line, adding center Corey Linsley (89.9 PFF grade, first), tackle Rashawn Slater (90.0 PFF grade, eighth) and guard Matt Feiler (65.0 PFF grade, 36th). Now Herbert should have clean pockets to pick apart defenses from when throwing to his top weapons — Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Austin Ekeler.

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