Fantasy Football All-Value Team 2021: The biggest sleepers, leaks, surprises

We often spend too much time criticizing players who have turned out, but how about appreciating sleepers, leaks and surprises who have significantly exceeded expectations and ADP? This is where our versatile Fantasy Football 2021 team comes in. Not necessarily the top scorers in a position like Josh Allen and Jonathan Taylor; instead, they are guys who were drafted much later than their actual ending, and provided huge advantages over the players drafted around them.

Players like D’Andre Swift and Elijah Moore clearly outperformed their ADPs when they were on the field, but they were absent for much of the season, especially when it really mattered, so it keeps them off our list. There are also players like Amon-Ra St. Brown and Rashaad Penny, who showed up very late in the season, so even though they helped “win the league”, they didn’t really help anyone get to the playoffs.

So yes, there are definitely a lot more values ​​than just the guys on the list below – especially if you look at the short stretches of the season. However, we highlight the best players who had the real credit for winning the league’s fantasy people and / or at least got them into the post-season race.

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The best values ​​of fantasy football 2021

ADP / season stated; All average draft positions (ADP) listed below are via FantasyPros for PPR leagues.

Statistics up to the 17th week

The best values ​​of Fantasy Quarterback

Tom Brady, Buccaneers – QB9 / QB3; Justin Herbert, chargers – QB8 / QB2

Brady and Herbert are stuck in a deadlock between QB values ​​as they both finished six places ahead of their respective ADPs. Brady is always hard to trust in pre-season drafts because he is 40 years old and in no hurry. However, we know how his season turned out, because thanks to his busy group of skill players, he broke down almost every match. Most of Brady’s teams were probably eliminated in the first round of the fantasy playoffs because Tampa Bay closed at week 15, but in the end it paid off in all formats.

Yes, the look back is 20/20, but it seems strange that the fantasy community was not taller than Justin Herbert. Of course, a few QB busts helped him free up space at the top, but Herbert’s ability to play big means he can get a lot of points in just a few passes. Moving forward, it is likely to be among the top five QBs off the board, especially as it has continued solid production in its second season.

Deep Value: Derek Carr, Raiders – QB25 / QB12

Carr was not the league winner, but finished the year as a low-end QB1 in 12 team leagues, so he more than paid for QB25. He had a decent share of slump weeks, but his boom weeks won matches and was a good choice after the start of the year as just streaming. It was drafted after, among others, Ben Roethlisberger, Trey Lance, Justin Fields and Tua Tagovailoa, so it was clearly a tricky value.

Best Fantasy Running Back Values

Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers – RB32 / RB5

There was a lot of uncertainty surrounding Fournette’s role in the Buccaneers’ attack before the season. Although it broke out in the 2020 playoffs, we didn’t know for sure that it would be more than just a committee alongside Ronald Jones, who was drafted as RB33. Fournette joined people like Alvin Kamara, Austin Ekeler and D’Andre Swift as one of the most productive RBs in the game, so his PPR value was huge. He also built over 1,200 yards from scrimmage and a total of 10 touchdowns, making him an elite choice in standard leagues. Every year, people quickly warn you against drafting in the “RB Dead Zone” after clear workers have been selected, but if you took the Lenny Playoff flyer, you were rewarded.

James Conner, Cardinals – RB35 / RB8

As SN, we thought Conner had a great chance of scoring when landing around the goal line, because Chase Edmonds entered the season with only one career goal line. but virtually no one knew Conner’s role would be as great as it was. We definitely didn’t think he would give 16 touchdowns. Edmonds’ mid-season ankle injury helped clear the way for Conner, but he was previously productive and continued to do so until he was inactive in weeks 16 and 17. Of course, it was disappointing that Conner was not in the playoffs, but given his pre-season costs, it is likely that its owners had other good backs that they could fill for.

Deep Value: Cordarrelle Patterson, Falcons – Undrafted / RB7

Patterson must have the best value of all fantasy stars this year because he was just a waiver pickup around week 2 or 3. It was easily the most surprising turning point of the season. At the age of 30, his career seemed to end because he never seemed to be able to find an offensive form. Atlanta used him as RB and WR, and if your league allowed you to play for him, it was a huge advantage at the beginning of the season. It collapsed at the end of the year, but because it cost you only a few bucks to FAAB or qualify for pardon, its overall impact has been enormous.

Deep Value: Elijah Mitchell, 49ers – Undrafted / RB28

When Raheem Mostert injured his knee at the beginning of Week 1, Mitchell carried 104 yards and a touchdown. He was clearly the best choice in the field of exceptions, as it was clear that Trey Sermon would not take on the role of No. 1 RB. Given San Francisco’s tendency to use the running back-by-committee procedure, there were some concerns, but Mitchell’s advantage was so attractive that it deserved to go all-in. In the end, he finished the year as RB28, but if he did not miss six matches with various injuries, he would probably be in the range of RB1 (RB13 in points per match.)

Best Value Fantasy Wide Receiver

Cooper Kupp, Rams – WR18 / WR1

Kupp was the fourth-round pick in most leagues, so it’s not like no one had him on the radar, but he finished as WR1 with a big lead (80.1 points over WR2, Davante Adams). He scored more fantasy points (412.9) than Antonio Brown, Randy Moss, Julio Jones or Calvin Johnson ever on their way to a historic season. If you had it, you were probably at least a candidate for the championship. It was hard to know if Robert Woods or Kupp was a better pre-season option with Matthew Stafford, but those who chose Kupp were heavily rewarded.

Deebo Samuel, 49ers – WR35 / WR3

San Francisco’s off-season fantasy hype hit Trey Lance, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle while Samuel flew quietly under the radar. From the first week, it was clear that Samuel would be a better fantasy producer than Aiyuk, and he continued to build his fantasy biography for 2021 throughout the season. We just mentioned Kupp and Adams finished 1-2, but third place behind these two WRs is still an impressive performance. Samuel ended the fantasy season north of 1,600 yards in total attack and 13 touchdowns. If your league had big match bonuses, it was even better because it seemingly consistently deducted 40-yard gains.

Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals – WR26 / WR5

The newcomer WR captured at WR26 doesn’t necessarily shout “value” on the day of the draft, but because Chase finished the year as the top five fantasies, he was easily one of the highest values ​​in the fantasy draft. In the PPR leagues, Chase overshadowed 20 points six times and twice exceeded 30 points. In the fantasy championship round, he set a ridiculous line of 11-266-3 on the way to 55.6 fantasy points. The vast majority of the teams that had him in the final won their league. He has had a lot of setbacks, but WRs are generally volatile and his boom weeks have matched all fantasy football players.

Brandin Cooks, Texas – WR37 / WR16

Cook’s ADP looks silly in retrospect and has produced 1000-yard seasons with four different teams. Yes, he didn’t work with Drew Brees, Tom Brady or Deshaun Watson as in previous years, but the combination of Davis Mills and Tyrod Taylor proved to be enough for him to produce the low-end WR2 season. It may soon reach its peak, but it is resistant to QB until further notice. That means don’t be surprised if his ADP doesn’t grow dramatically, so be prepared to take advantage of next year.

Deep Value: Hunter Renfrow, Raiders – Undrafted / WR11

Renfrow went from undrafted in fantasy to low-end WR1 because his target characters reach ridiculous levels. Henry Ruggs III was discontinued in the middle of the season and Darren Waller was out of the last weeks of the fantasy season and Renfrow was Derek Carr’s primary goal. From week 13 to 17, it was WR7, and if you were able to catch it and get into the post-season, it did its part and helped you secure a playoff or championship victory. In the end, Renfrow is unlikely to be drafted anywhere near WR1 ADP, as Waller will return and Las Vegas will probably add another WR in the offseason, but is one of the MVPs of the 2021 fantasy season.

Deep Value: Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins – WR45 / WR14

Waddle benefited from Will Fuller (finger) and Davante Parker (hamstring) being inactive for much of the season, and immediately resumed his connection with Tua Taogvailoa from their days in Alabama, capturing 99 passes at 988 yards and five touchdowns in 17 weeks. He finished 31 places ahead of his ADP, and although he didn’t have many weeks of boom, he was reliable with a safe floor until his downhill performance in week 17. His performance in week 16 10-92-1 certainly helped some fantasy owners get there.

Deep Value: Marquise Brown, Ravens – WR49 / WR17

Brown started from goal, producing as WR6 in PPR leagues during the first five weeks. From then on, it was only WR31, so even though the owners of Brown Fantasy felt disappointed, its production at the end of the season still exceeded its pre-season ADP. His weeks of boom were huge, but even though he ended up on the tail, he was able to start with a decent floor in PPR leagues. His production declined when Rashod Bateman joined the Ravens, so it is difficult to expect his production at the beginning of the 2022 season.

Best Fantasy Strict end values

Dalton Schultz, Cowboys – Undrafted / TE4

One of our best pre-season sleeper on TE was Blake Jarwin, but it was a close end to the other Cowboys. Schultz was the top five finisher in the PPR leagues in a fruitful attack and, thanks to his six touchdowns on the reception, finished as a TE8 in the standard leagues. Schultz’s escape was a reminder that it was necessary to shoot from close ends in the highest offensives, even though we do not expect much from them. It was undrafted and still fell under the radar for most of the year. If you fail to draft with Mark Andrews, Travis Kelc, Darren Waller or George Kittl, identifying a deep sleeper like Schultz can give you a huge advantage over your opponents.

Dawson Knox, Bills – Undrafted / TE10

Like Schultz, Knox was drafting because of his elite offensive and quarterback. Knox finished as TE5 in the standard leagues thanks to his nine touchdowns. He wasn’t necessarily an elite choice in the PPR leagues because he didn’t draw tons of targets, but he definitely paid off. Its use was similar to Robert Tonyan’s 2020 campaign, so we have to be careful on the way to next season. The touches are smooth from year to year, and if Knox does not repeat the volume in the end zone, he could have a drastic free fall.

Best D / ST values

Dallas Cowboys – Undrafted / DST1

The Dallas Defense Squad was technically the 20th D / ST, but unless you’re playing in insanely deep leagues, it’s probably not drafted. Dallas led the league with a total of 33 stands and recorded five touchdown landings on the way to placement as number one in fantasy D / ST. It is impossible to actually project a defensive TD, so we do not act as if someone is “missing” for a specific reason. If anything, it shows how unstable the defense position is from year to year.

New England Patriots – DST9 / DST2

Did we forget who Bill Belichick was? For years, the defense of New England was one of the first out of the game in fantasy, and although it had one slump in 2020, we should have known that in 21 the reflection would come. New England was fourth in the NFL at stand with them in 17 weeks (30) and boasted No. 3 in overall defense. Until the appeal, it’s time to start drafting this unit as one of the first from the board each season.


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