Fantasy Football 2021: Mock Draft for Top RBs, WRs, Team Names and More

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2021

Fantasy Football 2021: Mock Draft for Top RBs, WRs, Team Names and More

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    Fantasy football is not a two-position game. Quarterbacks, tight ends, kickers and defense/special team units clearly play a role. However, running backs and wide receivers remain the marquee positions to target on draft day.

    Today, we're going to focus specifically on running backs and receivers. We're going to dive into a two-round mock draft on these positions, examine some top RB and WR sleeper options and sort through some running back- and receiver-themed team names to help get your 2021 fantasy team started.

    Picks are based on points-per-reception (PPR) scoring.

2021 RB/WR 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. Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

    8. Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

    9. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

    10. Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

    11. Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns

    12. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts


    Round 2

    1. Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Football Team

    2. Stefon Diggs, WR, Buffalo Bills

    3. Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    4. Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons

    5. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Arizona Cardinals

    6. DK Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks

    7. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

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

    9. Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings

    10. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

    11. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    12. Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Football Team

Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens

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    Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards is not a deep sleeper, but he remains seriously undervalued in most formats.

    With J.K. Dobbins out for the year with a torn ACL, Edwards should be Baltimore's top option at running back. Yet, he still only has an average draft position (ADP) of 83rd overall.

    This places Edwards in the seventh-round range, and managers should be happy to land him a few rounds before that. While playing alongside Dobbins and Mark Ingram II last season, he finished with 723 rushing yards, 129 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

    Managers will have to contend with quarterback Lamar Jackson taking a chunk of the rushing role. However, Baltimore ranked first in rushing attempts last season and will have enough carries to go around in 2021.

    The plan is to replace Dobbins with a committee.

    "The way we run our offense, we want to roll backs. We want to play multiple backs," coach John Harbaugh said, per NFL Media's Chase Goodbread.

    Expect Edwards to lead that committee.

Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    The Jacksonville Jaguars are not likely to yield many fantasy stars this season. Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence faces a steep learning curve, and the offense as a whole was lackluster in the preseason.

    Lawrence, it's worth noting, was sharp in the preseason finale. He finished 11-of-12 for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

    Top receiving options in bad offenses still carry fantasy value. As of now, veteran wideout Marvin Jones Jr. appears to be the most reliable pass-catcher in Jacksonville's offense.

    "Right now, I think that guy is Marvin Jones Jr.," Kassidy Hill of Jaguar Report wrote at the start of training camp. "He is older with experience and hasn't slowed up like most receivers do once they turn 30 years old."

    Jones has shown up during the preseason too, catching three passes for 52 yards in the opener and four for 41 in Week 2. Lawrence seems to trust him, which should lead to some quality production in the regular season.

    In 2020 with the Detroit Lions, Jones had 978 yards and nine touchdowns on 76 receptions. He should have a real shot at reaching the 1,000-yard mark this year. Yet, his ADP is just 133rd overall. That's low for a player with legitimate WR2 potential.

Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, New England Patriots

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    Mid-round rookies and preseason standouts can make for risky fantasy options. However, they can also provide tremendous value late in fantasy drafts. New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson is a sleeper worth targeting this season.

    Stevenson rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the opener and had 74 scrimmage yards and two more scores in Week 2. In Week 3, he had another touchdown.

    With Sony Michel being traded to the Los Angeles Rams, there should be room for Stevenson in New England's backfield rotation. He'll be behind Damien Harris and James White on the depth chart early but could jump into a significant role by midseason.

    Managers should be willing to bet on Stevenson's upside. If he continues producing as he did in the preseason, he's going to have a chance to supplant Harris as New England's new starting back.

    With an ADP of 178th overall, Stevenson is still flying under the radar, though managers shouldn't wait until the final rounds to put their faith in him.

Team Names

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    • Hot Chubb Time Machine (Nick Chubb)
    • Najee, I'm Good (Najee Harris)
    • Davante's Inferno (Davante Adams)
    • Dalvin and the Chipmunks (Dalvin Cook)
    • Marvin Manhunter (Marvin Jones Jr.)
    • Derrick of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Derrick Henry)
    • Rhamondre to Pay You Back (Rhamondre Stevenson)
    • Moore Wins Please (Rondale Moore)
    • Jamaal Rats (Jamaal Williams)
    • Game of Jones (Aaron Jones)
    • Jefferson Airplane (Justin Jefferson)
    • Liquid Schwartz (Anthony Schwartz)
    • We'll Always Have Parris (Parris Campbell)
    • Callaway to the Bank (Marquez Callaway)
    • Me and Julio Down at the Schoolyard (Julio Jones)
    • The Humphries Dance Is Your Chance (Adam Humphries)