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Prime 2021 bounce-back candidates in fantasy football

New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) catches the ball during the last day of mandatory minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Thursday, June 10, 2021, in East Rutherford. Giants Minicamp

Finding value in fantasy football drafts is paramount for success, and one of the best strategies to deploy is to analyze which players are primed for a rebound season. Many players regress, often because of a bad situation, a decreased role or even injury. The players in this collection are the most likely candidates to bounce back in a big way from such issues for 2021 fantasy football

More of PFF's 2021 Fantasy Football tools here: 
Fantasy Football Draft Kit | Rankings & Tiers | Draft Guide | Cheat Sheets
Projections | Strength of Schedule | Expected Points Weekly Finishes

All average draft position (ADP) info is sourced from Underdog Fantasy.

Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers: RB1 (1.0 ADP)

There is probably not much that needs to be said here: McCaffrey is perhaps the first player ever to nearly miss an entire season after being the 1.01 and still remain the top pick. McCaffrey was the highest-scoring player in fantasy football in 2019 with an absurd 469.2 fantasy points. The next-closest skill player was nearly 95 points behind.

CMC also had 10 top-four finishes at the position. His ceiling was abnormally high, and his floor was nearly as ridiculous. In only three games last season, he was still able to scoop up 90.4 total fantasy points for a ridiculous 30.1 points per game.

McCaffrey is primed for a massive campaign and everybody knows it. He’s the 1.01 for a reason: PFF’s fantasy projections have him slotted as the the highest-scoring player once again. 

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys: RB5 (5.5 ADP)

Last year was the first time Zeke didn’t surpass the 1,000-yard mark as a rusher since his suspension-plagued 2017 season. Elliott struggled mightily, putting up career lows in rushing yards, yards per carry (4.0) and rushing yards per game (65.3).

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