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Evans: Top-250 PPR Fantasy Football Rankings

The 2021 fantasy football season is here, and draft day is just around the corner. Fantasy football rankings are crucial tools in preparation for the season and during the fantasy draft. 

Leveraging fantasy football rankings to understand the dynamics of the draft board allows you to prepare for any scenario. That way, you will be ready to scoop up a player like an A.J. Brown if he slides in the draft while still adjusting your strategy accordingly. 

Roster construction is often an overlooked element of drafting, so these PPR rankings are sorted into various tiers to account for multiple positions. Use these rankings tiers to build a championship-winning roster filled with upside at every position.

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Rank Position Player Name Team Position Rank
1 RB Christian McCaffrey CAR 1
2 RB Dalvin Cook MIN 2
3 RB Alvin Kamara NO 3
4 RB Derrick Henry TEN 4
5 RB Aaron Jones GB 5
6 RB Ezekiel Elliott DAL 6
7 RB Saquon Barkley NYG 7
8 RB Austin Ekeler LAC 8
9 TE Travis Kelce KC 1
10 WR Davante Adams GB 1
11 WR Tyreek Hill KC 2
12 RB Najee Harris PIT 9
13 WR Stefon Diggs BUF 3
14 WR Calvin Ridley ATL 4
15 RB Nick Chubb CLE 10
16 RB Joe Mixon CIN 11
17 RB Antonio Gibson WAS 12
18 WR DeAndre Hopkins ARI 5
19 RB Jonathan Taylor IND 13
20 TE Darren Waller LV 2
21 WR A.J. Brown TEN 6
22 WR D.K. Metcalf SEA 7
23 WR Justin Jefferson MIN 8
24 WR Keenan Allen LAC 9
25 WR CeeDee Lamb DAL 10
26 RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC 14
27 TE George Kittle SF 3
28 WR Amari Cooper DAL 11
29 WR Allen Robinson II CHI 12
30 WR Terry McLaurin WAS 13
31 WR D.J. Moore CAR 14
32 WR Chris Godwin TB 15
33 WR Mike Evans TB 16
34 RB Chris Carson SEA 15
35 RB J.K. Dobbins BAL 16
36 RB D'Andre Swift DET 17
37 WR Julio Jones TEN 17
38 WR Robert Woods LAR 18
39 WR Cooper Kupp LAR 19
40 WR Tee Higgins BAL 20
41 RB David Montgomery CHI 18
42 QB Patrick Mahomes KC 1
43 QB Josh Allen BUF 2
44 QB Lamar Jackson BAL 3
45 WR Ja'Marr Chase CIN 21
46 WR Diontae Johnson PIT 22
47 WR Tyler Lockett SEA 23
48 RB Miles Sanders PHI 19
49 WR Adam Thielen MIN 24
50 RB Travis Etienne JAX 20
51 RB Javonte Williams DEN 21
52 RB Josh Jacobs LV 22
53 RB Mike Davis ATL 23
54 RB Darrell Henderson LAR 24
55 RB Kareem Hunt CLE 25
56 TE Mark Andrews BAL 4
57 TE T.J. Hockenson DET 5
58 QB Kyler Murray ARI 4
59 WR Brandon Aiyuk SF 25
60 WR Courtland Sutton DEN 26
61 WR Chase Claypool PIT 27
62 TE Kyle Pitts ATL 6
63 QB Dak Prescott DAL 5
64 WR Odell Beckham Jr. CLE 28
65 WR Jerry Jeudy DEN 29
66 WR Kenny Golladay NYG 30
67 WR Will Fuller V MIA 31
68 QB Justin Herbert LAC 6
69 WR Robby Anderson CAR 32
70 WR Deebo Samuel SF 33
71 WR DeVonta Smith PHI 34
72 RB Chase Edmonds ARI 26
73 RB Raheem Mostert SF 27
74 RB James Robinson JAX 28
75 QB Russell Wilson SEA 7
76 WR Tyler Boyd CIN 35
77 WR Antonio Brown TB 36
78 WR D.J. Chark Jr. JAX 37
79 WR Laviska Shenault Jr. JAX 38
80 WR Michael Gallup DAL 39
81 WR Mike Williams LAC 40
82 WR JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT 41
83 RB Damien Harris NE 29
84 RB Trey Sermon SF 30
85 TE Dallas Goedert PHI 7
86 QB Jalen Hurts PHI 8
87 QB Aaron Rodgers GB 9
88 TE Noah Fant DEN 8
89 QB Tom Brady TB 10
90 QB Joe Burrow CIN 11
91 WR Marquise Brown BAL 42
92 WR Brandin Cooks HOU 43
93 WR Curtis Samuel WAS 44
94 RB A.J. Dillon GB 31
95 RB Myles Gaskin MIA 32
96 RB Michael Carter NYJ 33
97 RB Zack Moss BUF 34
98 RB Melvin Gordon III DEN 35
99 WR Jarvis Landry CLE 45
100 WR Michael Pittman Jr. IND 46
101 QB Ryan Tannehill TEN 12
102 QB Matthew Stafford LAR 13
103 TE Logan Thomas WAS 9
104 WR Jaylen Waddle MIA 47
105 WR Elijah Moore NYJ 48
106 WR Marvin Jones Jr. JAX 49
107 WR Corey Davis NYJ 50
108 WR Michael Thomas NO 51
109 WR Rashod Bateman BAL 52
110 WR Darnell Mooney CHI 53
111 WR Mecole Hardman KC 54
112 RB James Conner ARI 36
113 RB Leonard Fournette TB 37
114 RB Ronald Jones TB 38
115 RB Tony Pollard DAL 39
116 RB Gus Edwards BAL 40
117 RB Kenyan Drake LV 41
118 TE Robert Tonyan GB 10
119 TE Mike Gesicki MIA 11
120 QB Trevor Lawrence JAX 14
121 TE Tyler Higbee LAR 12
122 QB Matt Ryan ATL 15
123 WR DeVante Parker MIA 55
124 WR Terrace Marshall Jr. CAR 56
125 WR Henry Ruggs III LV 57
126 WR Russell Gage ATL 58
127 WR Cole Beasley BUF 59
128 WR Randall Cobb GB 60
129 QB Baker Mayfield CLE 16
130 QB Tua Tagovailoa MIA 17
131 QB Kirk Cousins MIN 18
132 QB Justin Fields CHI 19
133 QB Trey Lance SF 20
134 WR Jalen Reagor PHI 61
135 WR Rondale Moore ARI 62
136 RB Latavius Murray NO 42
137 TE Irv Smith Jr. MIN 13
138 RB Jamaal Williams DET 43
139 RB Nyheim Hines IND 44
140 RB Alexander Mattison MIN 45
141 RB Devin Singletary BUF 46
142 QB Ryan Fitzpatrick WAS 21
143 QB Carson Wentz IND 22
144 WR Gabriel Davis BUF 63
145 WR Parris Campbell IND 64
146 TE Adam Trautman NO 14
147 TE Jonnu Smith NE 15
148 TE Evan Engram NYG 16
149 WR Tre'Quan Smith NO 65
150 TE Anthony Firkser TEN 17
151 RB J.D. McKissic WAS 47
152 WR Nico Collins HOU 66
153 WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB 67
154 WR Amon-Ra St. Brown DET 68
155 WR K.J. Hamler DEN 69
156 WR Bryan Edwards LV 70
157 TE Hunter Henry NE 18
158 DST Los Angeles Rams LAR 1
159 DST Pittsburgh Steelers PIT 2
160 TE Gerald Everett SEA 19
161 TE Rob Gronkowski TB 20
162 DST Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB 3
163 DST Baltimore Ravens BAL 4
164 RB James White NE 48
165 QB Daniel Jones NYG 23
166 TE Cole Kmet CHI 21
167 WR Nelson Agholor NE 71
168 RB Damien Williams CHI 50
169 RB Phillip Lindsay HOU 51
170 RB Tevin Coleman NYJ 52
171 RB Marlon Mack IND 53
172 DST Washington Football Team WAS 5
173 WR Emmanuel Sanders BUF 72
174 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE 73
175 RB Rashaad Penny SEA 49
176 TE Blake Jarwin DAL 22
177 TE Austin Hooper CLE 23
178 WR John Brown LV 74
179 RB Giovani Bernard TB 54
180 WR T.Y. Hilton IND 75
181 WR DeSean Jackson LAR 76
182 WR Josh Palmer LAC 77
183 QB Zach Wilson NYJ 24
184 QB Taysom Hill NO 25
185 QB Jameis Winston NO 26
186 QB Sam Darnold CAR 27
187 QB Ben Roethlisberger PIT 28
188 TE Jared Cook LAC 24
189 QB Derek Carr LV 29
190 DST Buffalo Bills BUF 6
191 WR Christian Kirk ARI 78
192 WR Sammy Watkins BAL 79
193 WR Sterling Shepard NYG 80
194 WR Tim Patrick DEN 81
195 WR Amari Rodgers GB 82
196 K Harrison Butker KC 1
197 K Younghoe Koo ATL 2
198 WR Jakobi Meyers NE 83
199 TE Eric Ebron PIT 25
200 RB Chuba Hubbard CAR 55
201 RB Wayne Gallman SF 56
202 QB Deshaun Watson HOU 30
203 WR A.J. Green ARI 84
204 RB Boston Scott PHI 57
205 TE O.J. Howard TB 26
206 RB Carlos Hyde JAX 58
207 K Justin Tucker BAL 3
208 RB Darrel Williams KC 59
209 K Greg Zuerlein DAL 4
210 WR Breshad Perriman DET 85
211 WR Allen Lazard GB 86
212 WR Travis Fulgham PHI 87
213 WR Marquez Callaway NO 88
214 RB Darrynton Evans TEN 60
215 RB Kenneth Gainwell PHI 61
216 QB Jared Goff DET 31
217 RB Joshua Kelley LAC 62
218 RB Tarik Cohen CHI 63
219 RB Justin Jackson LAC 64
220 RB David Johnson HOU 65
221 DST Indianapolis Colts IND 7
222 DST Miami Dolphins MIA 8
223 DST Los Angeles Chargers LAC 9
224 DST Cleveland Browns CLE 10
225 DST Denver Broncos DEN 11
226 DST San Francisco 49ers SF 12
227 DST New England Patriots NE 13
228 DST Kansas City Chiefs KC 14
229 K Jason Sanders MIA 5
230 RB Malcolm Brown MIA 66
231 K Rodrigo Blankenship IND 6
232 RB Salvon Ahmed MIA 67
233 K Tyler Bass BUF 7
234 K Ryan Succop TB 8
235 TE Dan Arnold CAR 27
236 TE Hayden Hurst ATL 28
237 WR Tyrell Williams DET 89
238 RB Sony Michel NE 68
239 RB Rhamondre Stevenson NE 69
240 RB Jeff Wilson Jr. SF 70
241 WR Darius Slayton NYG 90
242 WR Jamison Crowder NYJ 91
243 WR Kadarius Toney NYG 92
244 RB Ty Johnson NYJ 71
245 TE Pat Freiermuth PIT 29
246 RB Benny Snell Jr. PIT 72
247 WR Denzel Mims NYJ 93
248 RB Larry Rountree III LAC 73
249 RB Kylin Hill GB 74
250 TE Dalton Schultz DAL 30

Tier 1A: The best two players in fantasy football

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) scores a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

McCaffrey and Cook are simply in a tier of their own, as they boast an unmatched combination of floor and ceiling. These two running backs are proven fantasy superstars with a three-down role, goal-line usage and targets galore. 

McCaffrey returns to the identical role that led to his record-breaking 29.4 PPR points per game in 2019. The Panthers' offense should even be better than the 2019 version. He is the indisputable No. 1 overall player in fantasy football.

Cook is locked into the No. 2 overall spot. The Vikings stud averaged a monstrous 24.1 PPR points per game last season (second) and could top that mark in 2021 considering all of Minnesota’s improvements along the offensive line.

Tier 1B: The rest of the first round

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