Fantasy Football Rankings 2021: Sleepers from NFL model that predicted A.J. Brown’s strong season

Written by on August 29, 2021

Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook and Derrick Henry are not 2021 Fantasy football sleepers. While taking one of those running backs with the first pick in your draft is a strong 2021 Fantasy football strategy, that advice only helps a select few owners. What about others in the league who have to figure out what to do at running back without a marquee star on the board for their 2021 Fantasy football picks?

When it comes to Fantasy football sleepers 2021, we’re not talking about Jonathan Taylor, Nick Chubb, or Clyde Edwards-Helaire. They’ll all likely be off the board in the first couple of rounds. Once you get into the middle and late rounds, that’s where owners need to find sleepers in their Fantasy football rankings 2021. Before making any 2021 Fantasy football picks, be sure to check out the 2021 Fantasy football cheat sheets from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

Last year, the model accurately predicted a big season for Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown. The second-year playmaker had a fifth-round Fantasy football ADP, but the SportsLine Projection Model predicted he’d be a WR1. The result: Brown caught 70 passes for 1,075 yards and 11 touchdowns to finish as the No. 10 wide receiver in Fantasy football.

Additionally, it’s called past Fantasy football sleepers like Derrick Henry in 2019, Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara in 2018, and Davante Adams in 2017. Anybody who banked on players like those made a run at their league title.

The model is powered by the same people who generated projections for all three major Fantasy sites, and it beat human experts last season when there was a big difference in ranking. The projections update multiple times daily, so you’re always getting the best Fantasy football advice.

Now, SportsLine has simulated the entire NFL season 10,000 times and released its latest Fantasy football rankings 2021, identifying several potential Fantasy football sleepers. Head to SportsLine now to see them

Top 2021 Fantasy football sleepers 

One of the 2021 Fantasy football sleepers the model is predicting: Jets running back Tevin Coleman. The 28-year-old had an injury-plagued 2019 with San Francisco, playing in just eight games with only 53 rushing yards, but he has looked healthy in his first season with the Jets and reunites with coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur. Coleman will be part of a stable of Jets backs along with rookie Michael Carter and Ty Johnson.

Prior to last season, Coleman never averaged under 4.0 yards per carry, so the Jets know what they’re getting when he’s in the backfield. He’s also shown he can be productive in a committee, as he finished 18th in the Fantasy football RB rankings during his last healthy season (2019) despite splitting time with Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida. SportsLine’s model recognizes Coleman’s sleeper potential and groups him with backs like James White and Tony Pollard, despite those two being drafted multiple rounds earlier.

Another sleeper that SportsLine’s Fantasy football rankings 2021 have identified: 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel. He had a breakout rookie season, then took a step back during his second year as injuries derailed his campaign before it ever got started. After gaining 802 yards and scoring three touchdowns in his first season, he only had 391 yards and one touchdown in 2020, playing in only seven games.

Samuel’s 2021 Fantasy football ADP has him going in the ninth round of 12-team drafts. Meanwhile, receivers like Ja’Marr Chase, Diontae Johnson, Tyler Boyd and JuJu Smith-Schuster, all of whom have projected production numbers similar to Samuel according to the model, have average draft positions as early as round six.

How to find proven 2021 Fantasy football rankings

SportsLine is also extremely high on a surprising quarterback you aren’t even thinking about being picked in the middle rounds of drafts. This quarterback is listed as a shocking top-five option in the Fantasy football rankings 2021, ahead of superstars like Patrick Mahomes and Lamar JacksonYou can only see who it is, and the 2021 Fantasy football rankings for every player, at SportsLine.

So which 2021 Fantasy Football sleepers should you target? And which QB shocks the NFL with a top-five performance? Visit SportsLine now to get 2021 Fantasy Football cheat sheets for every single position, all from the model that called A.J. Brown’s huge season, and find out.

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