Fantasy Football 2021: 2-Round Mock Draft, Top Team Names and League Names

Jake RillFeatured Columnist IIAugust 14, 2021

Fantasy Football 2021: 2-Round Mock Draft, Top Team Names and League Names

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    For some, fantasy football can be serious business. But it's also fun. That's why so many people spend their falls frequently checking their lineups, making transactions and rooting for the players on their roster come game day.

    Fantasy football draft season is in full swing, with most leagues getting things started during the preseason. So while NFL players are in training camp and competing in warmup games, fantasy managers are doing research.

    Who should you target early in drafts? Who are some potential sleepers? And what clever name should you give your team this year?

    As the season nears, here's a two-round mock draft for a 12-team points-per-reception league, courtesy of the FantasyPros Mock Draft Simulator. Then we will give you some ideas for creative league and team names for the 2021 season.

2-Round Mock Draft

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    Round 1

    1. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

    2. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings

    3. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints

    4. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

    5. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

    6. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

    7. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

    8. Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns

    9. Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

    10. Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

    11. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

    12. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts

    As you would expect, a bunch of running backs went off the board in the opening round, with 10 going in the first 12 picks. That includes each of the first five players who were selected.

    It's no surprise that McCaffrey, Cook, Kamara and Henry were the first four players taken because that's the case in the majority of drafts. However, there are numerous directions in which those who own the No. 5 pick can go. And in this simulation, Elliott was picked.

    Adams and Kelce are both worthwhile players to consider at No. 5, as each is the clear best at his position. And in the latter's case, he's in a class of his own at tight end, which is why he's the rare player at the position worthy of getting selected in the first round.

    But Elliott is a solid pick at No. 5 too. The Cowboys running back is looking to have a bounce-back season after he rushed for a career-low 979 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games. And there's a good chance he will if quarterback Dak Prescott stays healthy and can lead Dallas' offense to success.

    Another thing of note in this mock draft simulation is that Taylor was still available at No. 12, which would be a steal. There's reason to believe that he could put up bigger numbers than a few of the running backs taken ahead of him.

    Taylor had a solid rookie season in 2020, rushing for 1,169 yards and 11 touchdowns in 15 games, and he could take a big step forward this year, especially if the Colts offense is more productive as a whole.


    Round 2

    13. Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

    14. Stefon Diggs, WR, Buffalo Bills

    15. Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    16. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Arizona Cardinals

    17. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

    18. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

    19. Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons

    20. Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Football Team

    21. DK Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks

    22. A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans

    23. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

    24. Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings

    While the first round was all about the running backs, the second round had a run on wide receivers. There were eight wideouts taken, including four straight to end the round, a run that could have continued at the start of the third round.

    Jefferson should bring tremendous value at the No. 24 pick considering he had one of the best-ever rookie seasons by a wide receiver in 2020. He had 88 receptions for 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns, solidifying himself as the Vikings' No. 1 receiver. So he's going to have plenty of passes coming his way in 2021.

    Although only three running backs were taken in the second round, one of them was the first rookie to be selected in this draft. Harris is getting a lot of hype heading into his debut season for the Steelers, and there's a good chance that he lives up to that potential.

    Last season as a senior at Alabama, Harris was a touchdown machine, getting into the end zone 30 times in 13 games against some tough SEC competition. There's a risk in taking him early in fantasy drafts—as there is with any rookie—but the former Crimson Tide standout should get plenty of opportunities to touch the ball as the lead back in Pittsburgh.

    The first quarterback also came off the board in the second, as Mahomes was selected with the No. 17 pick. That's usually much too early to be taking a QB, but Mahomes' consistent production and incredibly high ceiling mean it isn't a reach to add him at this point in a draft.

    No tight ends went in the second round, but it could be worth taking the 49ers' George Kittle or the Raiders' Darren Waller toward the end of the round, as they are the only players at the position who could play as well as Kelce. In some mocks, you will see one of these two getting drafted by this point.

League Names to Consider

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    No Fun League

    Any Given Sunday

    League of Legends

    Gridiron Gang

    Fellowship of the Super Bowl Rings

    The Dirty Dozen

    Fantasy Island

    Playing for Keepers

    Sunday Funday

    The Greatest Show Online

    The Motley Crew

    No Punt Intended

Team Names to Consider

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    Home Sweet Mahomes

    Run CMC

    Hot Chubb Time Machine

    Lights, Kamara, Action

    Mr. Rodgers' Neighborhood

    Cobra Kyler

    Hurts So Good

    Dak to the Future

    Can't Stop the Thielen

    Fantasy Football Team

    Fresh Prince of Helaire

    Jake Fromm State Farm

    Fant Touch This

    Pop Lockett Drop It

    Catalina Wine Mixon