Fantasy football season kicks off on Thursday, September 9th, when the Dallas Cowboys face off against reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Whether you play in a casual re-draft league or a more serious deep dynasty format, a traditional or a modified scoring format, with your friends and family or with your co-workers, we know that no two leagues are alike are.
With that in mind, this serves as a one-stop shop for all of our best stuff to make sure you hit the best fantasy football tips in every draft you find yourself in: leaderboards and cheat sheets for PPR and non-PPR , Mock designs for different league types, sleepers and busts for this season and lots of helpful information and tips from our expert team of fantasy football analysts.
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Whether you’ve been doing this for years or you’re a fantasy newbie, we have everything you need to put together a great team and start the season with a shot at a championship.
Check out all of our best content below as we prepare for the start of the NFL season!
Fantasy football cheat sheets, mock drafts, projections
Get all of our best fantasy information gathered on a printable cheat sheet to take with you with your fantasy football designs.
Cheat sheet central
A collection of downloadable, printable cheat sheets for the 2021 fantasy football season, including PPR, non-PPR, Superflex, and Dynasty / Goalkeeper leagues. Perfect for your designs.
10 team, PPR (5/18) | 10 team, 1/2 PPR (6/24) | 10 team, PPR (7/20)
12-Team, PPR (July 30th) | 12 teams, non-PPR (8/6) | 10 team, 1/2 PPR (8/13)
10 team, 2-QB (8/20) | 12 team, 1/2 PPR (8/27) | 8 team, PPR (9/2)
12 team, PPR with the Fantasy Focus Crew (9/1)
Forecasts for 2021
The projected output by Mike Clay for players in any fantasy position, sortable by certain categories.
Depth diagrams: Offense | defense
This ranking represents the consensus of our fantasy football analysts for the 2021 season. Each analyst keeps his personal ranking for the top 25 quarterbacks, 50 running backs, 50 wire receivers, 25 tight ends, 25 kickers and 25 defense / special team Units at. The players are then ranked according to the average of these leaderboards. Each position can also be sorted according to the rankings of each individual analyst.
Eric Karabell’s Tiered Ranking (PPR): Running Backs | Wide receiver
Matthias Berry: PPR Top 200
Mike Clay: The 192 players to be drafted
Tristan H. Cockcroft: Top 200 | Superflex / 2-QB Top 200
Clay’s Top 240
Clay’s Top 80 Rookies
IDP rankings and content
Clay, Cockcroft, and McCormick: Top 50 DLs, LBs, and DBs
IDP outbreaks and thresholds for 2021
Defensive players ready to take a big step and those who might offer surprising value.
Custom dollar value generator
Enter your league’s scoring system and squad requirements to generate values for your fantasy football auction. Custom dollar value generator
Tips and strategies for fantasy soccer
Best selection from every draft slot
Tristan H. Cockcroft will help you prepare for your draft – no matter when you decide – by planning rounds 1 and 2 in advance.
The ultimate draft board from Mike Clay
In drafts, things never go as planned, but Mike lists his ideal tips and general design strategy every round this year.
Draft Day Manifesto: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Drawers
Matthew Berry highlights the most common traits of successful fantasy managers on Draft Day.
Mike Clay’s Fantasy Football Playbook: How to Draw and Play Like an Expert
Whether you are new to the imagination or a seasoned veterinarian playing in a dynasty league, there is something here for you.
In which leagues is a zero RB strategy most viable?
You’ve heard of this approach, but how successful are those who use it?
Why D / ST has become the mandatory final selection in fantasy football drafts
For years, most fantasy veterans have highly recommended spending your final pick on a kicker. What has changed to suggest a different approach?
Lists and insights
Matthew Berry’s 100 Facts
Matthew drops knowledge you should know before the 2021 season.
Matt Bowen’s 10 Favorite Design Day Goals
Matt breaks down the players he is best with at different stages of the draft.
Adam Schefter’s cheat sheet
Adam’s favorite stats in the early, middle, and late rounds.
Eric Karabell’s ‘Do Draft’ list
Eric lists players who are undervalued in drafts and therefore end up in his squad again and again.
Eric Karabell’s “Do Not Draft” list
It’s all about value here. Eric highlights players who are drafted way too early.
Love / hate for 2021
It’s Matthew Berry’s mandatory preseason column that highlights his most underrated and overrated players in drafts.
Fields Fantasy Favorites for 2021
They are not necessarily of high rank or are not sleepers. Only players that Field Yates would like to have on as many of their fantasy teams as possible.
Van Jefferson, Sam Darnold among the deep fantasy football sleepers for 2021
Tristan H. Cockcroft lists his favorite off-the-radar options for lower leagues this season.
NFL nation training camp mailbag
Nobody is more involved in all 32 teams than our NFL Nation reporters. Get the latest news and camp insights.
Sleepers, busts, outbreaks for 2021
Our analysts choose whether to outperform, undercut, and show up.
Pre-season weekend package: Rookie QB ranks, Lindsay, Gaskin and more
Eric Karabell provides his first insight into the rookies and early usage trends in backfields across the league.
Mike Clay’s TD regression alert for 2021
Players who will score more TDs | Players who score fewer TDs
2021 versions of last year’s breakouts
Mike Clay compares this year’s top candidates for breakthrough to those who made it in 2020.
Preseason Shadow Report: WR Upgrades and Downgrades
Mike Clay highlights the easiest and most difficult WRs schedules this season.
Breaking down the most controversial backfield battles
Matt Bowen breaks the backfields with the greatest competition for touch.
Secure RB rankings
Mike Clay ranks the top backups that could thrive if the opportunity presents itself.
Top 10 Veteran Wide Receivers in New Teams in 2021
Matt Bowen explains which wideouts in new locations will benefit from new systems.
Ranking of the best 3 WR groups for fantasy soccer in 2021
Mike Clay breaks down which fantasy wideouts should be upgraded or downgraded based on the frequency of the teams’ 3 wide sets.
Eric Karabell’s storylines to watch
AFC East | AFC North | AFC South | AFC West
NFC East | NFC North | NFC South | NFC West
Individual player analysis
Roundtable: Different levels of trust in Saquon Barkley
A combination of NFL reporters and fantasy analysts are voicing their expectations for the Giants’ RB upon his return to the action.
Is Kyle Pitts the exception to the “Don’t Draw Rookie TEs” rule?
Tristan H. Cockcroft explores how history has treated rookie TEs and how to appreciate the Falcons rookie.
Is Jalen Hurts the next to use his legs to land as a top 10 QB?
Hurts showed lightning bolts as a rookie. Eric Karabell takes a closer look at Philadelphia’s versatile quarterback.
Will Ezekiel Elliott recover from disappointing 2020?
Matt Bowen explains if there is reason to be optimistic about the cowboy star.
Is Logan Thomas a one-hit wonder or a real TE1?
Mike Clay explains if Thomas can keep up with his impressive performance last season.
How Julio Jones’s Trade Affected Titans and Hawks
Mike Clay ponders the effects of Jones on the Titans.
Should we worry about Josh Allen stepping backwards in 2021?
Tristan H. Cockcroft describes what to expect from the Bills quarterback after a 2020 breakout.
The new reality for the fantasy value of Odell Beckham Jr.
What can fantasy managers expect from OBJ in 2021? Matt Bowen intervenes.
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