Fantasy Football All-Value Team 2021: Biggest sleepers, breakouts, surprises

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Written By Jackson Sparks


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We often walk excessively overmuch clip criticizing players who turned retired to beryllium busts, but however astir appreciating the sleepers, breakouts, and surprises who greatly exceeded expectations and ADPs? That's wherever our 2021 Fantasy Football All-Value Team comes in. These aren't necessarily the apical scorers astatine a presumption similar Josh Allen and Jonathan Taylor; instead, these are the guys who were drafted overmuch aboriginal than their existent finishes and provided immense advantages erstwhile compared to players drafted astir them

Players specified arsenic D'Andre Swift and Elijah Moore evidently exceeded their ADPs mightily erstwhile they were connected the field, but they were absent for ample portions of the season, particularly erstwhile it truly mattered, truthful that keeps them disconnected our list. There are besides players similar Amon-Ra St. Brown and Rashaad Penny who didn't look until precise precocious successful the season, truthful portion they helped "win leagues," they didn't truly assistance anyone marque it to the playoffs.

So, yes, determination are surely a batch much values than conscionable the guys connected the database beneath -- particularly if you conscionable look astatine abbreviated stretches of the season. However, we're highlighting the apical guys who had a existent manus successful winning radical phantasy leagues and/or astatine slightest getting them into the postseason race. 

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Best 2021 Fantasy Football Values

ADP/season decorativeness listed; All mean draught positions (ADP) referenced beneath are via FantasyPros for PPR leagues.

Stats done Week 17

Best Fantasy Quarterback Values

Tom Brady, Buccaneers -- QB9/QB3; Justin Herbert, Chargers -- QB8/QB2

Brady and Herbert are deadlocked for the apical spot among QB values, arsenic they some finished six spots supra their respective ADPs. Brady is ever pugnacious to spot successful preseason drafts since he's good into his 40s and doesn't bring immoderate rushing upside. However, we cognize however his play played out, arsenic helium smashed successful virtually each matchup acknowledgment to his loaded radical of accomplishment players. Most Brady teams were astir apt eliminated successful the archetypal circular of the phantasy playoffs since Tampa Bay was unopen retired successful Week 15, but ultimately, helium paid disconnected immense successful each formats.

Yes, hindsight is 20/20, but it seems unusual the phantasy assemblage wasn't higher connected Justin Herbert. Of course, a fewer QB busts helped marque country for him astatine the top, but Herbert's big-play quality means helium tin people a ton of points connected conscionable a fewer passes. Moving forward, he'll apt beryllium a top-five QB disconnected the board, particularly since helium continued to person coagulated accumulation connected the crushed successful his sophomore season.

Deep Value: Derek Carr, Raiders -- QB25/QB12

Carr wasn't a league-winner, but helium finished the twelvemonth arsenic a low-end QB1 successful 12-team leagues, truthful helium much than paid disconnected astatine his QB25 price. He had his just stock of bust weeks, but his roar weeks won matchups and helium was a coagulated enactment aft starting the twelvemonth arsenic a specified streaming consideration. He was drafted aft Ben Roethlisberger, Trey Lance, Justin Fields, and Tua Tagovailoa, among others, truthful helium was evidently a sneaky value.

Best Fantasy Running Back Values

Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers -- RB32/RB5

There was a ton of preseason uncertainty surrounding Fournette's relation successful the Buccaneers' offense. Even though helium broke retired successful the 2020 playoffs, we didn't cognize for definite he'd beryllium much than a committee backmost alongside Ronald Jones, who was drafted arsenic the RB33. Fournette joined guys similar Alvin Kamara, Austin Ekeler, and D'Andre Swift arsenic 1 of the astir productive RBs successful the passing game, truthful his PPR worth was massive. He besides enactment up implicit 1,200 yards from scrimmage and 10 full touchdowns, truthful helium was an elite enactment successful modular leagues, too. Every twelvemonth going into phantasy drafts, radical are speedy to pass you against drafting successful the "RB dormant zone" aft the clear-cut workhorses are selected, but if you took a flier connected Playoff Lenny, you were rewarded.

James Conner, Cardinals -- RB35/RB8

As SN, we thought Conner had a large accidental to people touchdowns astir the extremity enactment since Chase Edmonds came into the play with conscionable 1 vocation goal-line carry. but virtually nary 1 knew Conner's relation would beryllium arsenic large arsenic it was. We surely didn't deliberation he'd people 16 touchdowns. Edmonds' midseason ankle wounded helped wide the mode for Conner, but helium was productive earlier and continued it each the mode up until helium was inactive successful Weeks 16 and 17. Obviously, it was disappointing to not person Conner successful the playoffs, but fixed his preseason cost, it's apt his owners had different bully backs to capable successful for him.

Deep Value: Cordarrelle Patterson, Falcons -- Undrafted/RB7

Patterson has to beryllium the champion worth among each phantasy stars this twelvemonth due to the fact that helium was simply a waiver pickup astir Week 2 oregon 3. He was easy the astir astonishing breakout of the season. At 30, his vocation seemed to beryllium winding down, arsenic helium ne'er seemed to beryllium capable to find the violative fit. Atlanta utilized him arsenic an RB and WR, and if your league allowed you to play him arsenic either, it was a immense borderline aboriginal successful the season. He tailed disconnected precocious successful the year, but since helium lone outgo you a fewer FAAB bucks oregon a waiver claim, his wide interaction was huge.

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

When Raheem Mostert injured his genu aboriginal successful Week 1, Mitchell carried 19 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. Obviously, helium was instantly a apical enactment connected waivers, arsenic it was wide Trey Sermon wasn't going to instrumentality the No. 1 RB role. There was immoderate interest present fixed the inclination of San Francisco to usage a moving back-by-committee approach, but Mitchell's upside was charismatic capable to merit going all-in on. He yet finished the twelvemonth arsenic the RB28, but if helium hadn't missed six games with assorted injuries, he'd astir apt beryllium successful the low-end RB1 scope (RB13 successful points per game.)

Best Fantasy Wide Receiver Values

Cooper Kupp, Rams -- WR18/WR1

Kupp was a fourth-round prime successful astir leagues, truthful it's not arsenic if nary 1 had him connected their radars, but helium ended arsenic the WR1 by a ample borderline (80.1 points much than WR2, Davante Adams). He scored much phantasy points (412.9) than Antonio Brown, Randy Moss, Julio Jones, oregon Calvin Johnson ever did en way to a historical season. If you had him, you were astir apt astatine slightest a title contender. It was pugnacious to cognize whether Robert Woods oregon Kupp was the amended preseason enactment with Matthew Stafford, but those who chose Kupp were mightily rewarded.

Deebo Samuel, 49ers -- WR35/WR3

The offseason phantasy hype successful San Francisco each went to Trey Lance, Brandon Aiyuk, and George Kittle, arsenic Samuel softly flew nether the radar. From Week 1, it was evident Samuel was going to beryllium a amended phantasy shaper than Aiyuk, and helium continued to physique his 2021 phantasy resume each play long. We conscionable mentioned Kupp and Adams finished 1-2, but 3rd spot down those 2 WRs successful inactive an awesome feat. Samuel finished the phantasy play with northbound of 1,600 yards of full discourtesy and 13 touchdowns. If your league had bonuses for large plays, helium was adjacent amended since helium was seemingly ripping disconnected 40-yard gains with consistency.

Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals -- WR26/WR5

A rookie WR being taken astatine the WR26 spot doesn't needfully shriek "value" connected draught day, but since Chase finished the twelvemonth arsenic a top-five phantasy wideout, helium was easy 1 of the apical values successful phantasy drafts. In PPR leagues, Chase eclipsed 20 points six times and went implicit 30 points twice. In the phantasy title round, helium enactment up a ridiculous 11-266-3 enactment en way to 55.6 phantasy points. The overwhelming bulk of teams who had him successful the finals won their league. He had plentifulness of down games, but WRs are volatile successful wide and his roar weeks rivaled immoderate subordinate successful phantasy football.

Brandin Cooks, Texans -- WR37/WR16

Cook's ADP looks silly successful hindsight, and helium produced 1,000-yard seasons with 4 antithetic teams. Yes, helium wasn't moving with Drew Brees, Tom Brady, oregon Deshaun Watson similar successful years past, but the operation of Davis Mills and Tyrod Taylor proved to beryllium capable for him to nutrient a low-end WR2 season. He mightiness deed his apex soon, but until further notice, he's QB-proof. That said, don't beryllium amazed if his ADP doesn't emergence dramatically, truthful beryllium acceptable to instrumentality vantage adjacent year.

Deep Value: Hunter Renfrow, Raiders -- Undrafted/WR11

Renfrow went from being undrafted successful phantasy to a low-end WR1, arsenic his people figures scope ridiculous levels. Henry Ruggs III was chopped successful the mediate of the season, and with Darren Waller being retired for the last weeks of the phantasy season, Renfrow was the superior people for Derek Carr. From Week 13 to 17, helium was the WR7, and if you were capable to drawback him and marque the postseason, helium did his portion successful helping you unafraid a playoff oregon title win. Ultimately, it's improbable Renfrow volition get drafted anyplace adjacent to a WR1 ADP since Waller volition beryllium backmost and Las Vegas volition apt adhd much WRs successful the offseason, but he's 1 of the MVPs of the 2021 phantasy season.

Deep Value: Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins -- WR45/WR14

Waddle benefited from Will Fuller (finger) and Davante Parker (hamstring) being inactive for ample portions of the season, and helium instantly rebuilt his transportation with Tua Taogvailoa from their Alabama days and caught 99 passes for 988 yards and 5 touchdowns done 17 weeks. He finished 31 spots up of his ADP, and though helium didn't person galore roar weeks, helium was reliable with a harmless floor, each the mode up until his down show successful Week 17. His Week 16 show 10-92-1 surely helped immoderate phantasy owners get determination to statesman with, though.

Deep Value: Marquise Brown, Ravens -- WR49/WR17

Brown started disconnected of the gates hot, producing arsenic the WR6 successful PPR leagues done the archetypal 5 weeks. He was conscionable the WR31 from that constituent forward, truthful adjacent though Brown phantasy owners felt fto down, his late-season accumulation inactive exceeded his preseason ADP. His roar weeks were huge, but adjacent erstwhile helium tailed off, helium was startable with a decent level successful PPR leagues. His accumulation driblet came erstwhile Rashod Bateman entered the Ravens' lineup, truthful it's hard to expect his early-season accumulation successful 2022.

Best Fantasy Tight End Values

Dalton Schultz, Cowboys -- Undrafted/TE4

One of our apical preseason sleepers astatine TE was Blake Jarwin, but it was the different Cowboys' choky extremity that broke out. Schultz was a top-five finisher successful PPR leagues successful a prolific offense, and acknowledgment to his six receiving touchdowns, helium finished arsenic the TE8 successful modular leagues. Schultz's breakout was a reminder to instrumentality shots connected choky ends successful apical offenses adjacent if we don't expect overmuch retired of them. He was undrafted and inactive fell nether the radar for overmuch of the year. Unless you tin travel retired of a draught with Mark Andrews, Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, oregon George Kittle, identifying a heavy sleeper similar Schultz tin supply you with a immense borderline implicit opponents.

Dawson Knox, Bills -- Undrafted/TE10

Like Schultz, the lawsuit for drafting Knox was due to the fact that of his elite discourtesy and quarterback. Knox finished arsenic the TE5 successful modular leagues acknowledgment to his 9 receiving touchdowns. He wasn't needfully an elite enactment successful PPR leagues since helium didn't gully a ton of targets, but helium surely paid off. His usage was akin to Robert Tonyan's 2020 campaign, though, truthful we person to beryllium cautious heading into adjacent season. Touchdowns are fluid twelvemonth to year, and if Knox doesn't replicate the measurement successful the extremity zone, helium could person a drastic freefall.

Best D/ST Values

Dallas Cowboys -- Undrafted/DST1

Dallas' antiaircraft portion was technically the 20th D/ST taken, but unless you play successful insanely heavy leagues, it apt wasn't drafted. Dallas led the league with 33 full takeaways and scored 5 touchdowns connected defence en way to finishing arsenic the No. 1 phantasy D/ST. It's intolerable to really task antiaircraft TDs, truthful we're not acting arsenic if anyone "missed" present for a circumstantial reason. If anything, this shows however volatile the defence presumption is from year-to-year.

New England Patriots -- DST9/DST2

Did we hide who Bill Belichick was? For years, New England's defence was 1 of the archetypal disconnected the committee successful fantasy, and though it had 1 down twelvemonth successful 2020, we should've known a rebound was coming successful '21. New England was 4th successful the NFL successful takeaways done 17 Weeks (30) and boasted the No. 3 full defense. Until further notice, it's clip to commencement drafting this portion arsenic 1 of the archetypal ones disconnected the committee each season.

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