Top 151 Best Ball Rankings


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Top 151 Best Ball Rankings

The 2020 fantasy football season has been over for a while. And, technically, the 2020 NFL season hasn’t even ended yet. But, even so, the 2021 fantasy season is alive and thriving. Yes, there are 2021 fantasy drafts taking place right now.

For true degenerates like myself, there’s no such thing as an off-season. Your home league might not have their draft until late-August, but best ball drafts and dynasty leagues operate year-round. For those uninitiated, think of a best ball-like a mock draft you can make money on. They keep you sharp all throughout the offseason, they’re low-maintenance, a lot of fun, and massively addictive – drafting 100-plus teams is fairly common.

In a best-ball league, you have the option of playing in a fast draft (30-second pick clock) or slow draft (eight-hour pick clock). The latter drafts typically take several days or up to a week to complete. One of the benefits of these leagues is that there are no frustrating start/sit decisions to make during the season, nor are there time-consuming add/drops or trades. Your highest-scoring players at each position are automatically put into your starting lineup each week. You just draft your team and then forget about it – or at least until Week 17 when it’s time to collect your winnings.

We’ll have a more in-depth primer and strategy guide coming over soon. But for now, and without further ado, take a look at our top-151 (way too early) consensus best ball rankings.

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Top 151 Consensus Best Ball Rankings

1. Christian McCaffrey, RB1, Carolina Panthers

Yes, McCaffrey is the easy 1.01. No, no one else even comes close.

2. Dalvin Cook, RB2, Minnesota Vikings

3. Alvin Kamara, RB3, New Orleans Saints

4. Saquon Barkley, RB4, New York Giants

You can rotate the 3 running backs after McCaffrey in any order you choose, but this seems to be a pretty strong tier. Bell cow running backs are less important and less valuable in best ball than in a typical start/sit redraft league, but they’re still the most valuable commodity in (pretty much) any format.

5. Davante Adams, WR1, Green Bay Packers

6. Derrick Henry, RB5, Tennessee Titans

7. Travis Kelce, TE1, Kansas City Chiefs

Seeing a TE ranked in the middle of Round 1 might be a little surprising, but Kelce is as steady as they come, and is even more valuable in best ball. In each of the past 3 seasons, he’s ranked 1st among TEs in FPG, culminating with 20.9 in 2020, which was the most ever by a fantasy TE. Among WRs, that would have ranked behind only Davante Adams (25.6) and Tyreek Hill (21.9). When you consider that Kelce out-scored the No. 5 TE (Logan Thomas, 11.0) by +9.9 FPG, or the same difference between Hill and the WR ranking 41st in FPG, the positional advantage he offers becomes readily apparent. And it doesn’t stop there. Kelce only twice fell under 14.5 fantasy points, and only once fell under 10.0 fantasy points (essentially mid-TE1-level production). Kelce alone should outscore the collective efforts any 3 TEs drafted across Rounds 6-10. Kelce drafters, meanwhile, will draft only one other TE and will draft that TE in the last few rounds. So, drafting Kelce saves you valuable draft capital overall, but also an extra roster spot to shore up another position. That’s a big advantage!

8. Jonathan Taylor, RB6, Indianapolis Colts

9. Ezekiel Elliott, RB7, Dallas Cowboys

10. Tyreek Hill, WR2, Kansas City Chiefs

11. Aaron Jones, RB8, Green Bay Packers

Will Taylor be a bell cow in 2021? Does it matter? Who will be Elliott’s QB in 2021? Does it matter? Will Jones even be on the Packers in 2021? Does it matter? Things get a bit more murky (I wouldn’t say risky) in the latter half of the first round, but all of these options are still fairly safe.

12. Stefon Diggs, WR3, Buffalo Bills

13. Austin Ekeler, RB9, Los Angeles Chargers

14. Miles Sanders, RB10, Philadelphia Eagles

15. Nick Chubb, RB11, Cleveland Browns

Chubb is a highly productive fantasy asset, but also a highly volatile one. Over the past two seasons (28 games), Chubb averages 23.3 FPG in his 14 best games and 9.8 FPG in his 14 worst games. Riding those ups and downs can be immensely frustrating for those in start/sit leagues, but in best ball leagues, your floor is insulated. Ideally – if paired with a high-floor asset like Nyheim Hines or J.D. McKissic – you get all of Chubb’s upside games without getting hurt by his low floor. Because of all this, Chubb is going to rank higher here than in our typical start/sit rankings.

16. Cam Akers, RB12, Los Angeles Rams

17. D’Andre Swift, RB13, Detroit Lions

18. DeAndre Hopkins, WR4, Arizona Cardinals

19. D.K. Metcalf, WR5, Seattle Seahawks

20. Calvin Ridley, WR6, Atlanta Falcons

21. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB14, Kansas City Chiefs

22. Antonio Gibson, RB15, Washington Football Team

23. Keenan Allen, WR7, Los Angeles Chargers

24. J.K. Dobbins, RB16, Baltimore Ravens

25. Justin Jefferson, WR8, Minnesota Vikings

26. James Robinson, RB17, Jacksonville Jaguars

27. Joe Mixon, RB18, Cincinnati Bengals

28. Michael Thomas, WR9, New Orleans Saints

29. Allen Robinson, WR10, Chicago Bears

The 2020 Draft class was hyped up as an all-time great one for WRs, but the RBs might have stolen the show in Year 1. A whopping 7 RBs from the 2020 class rank in the top-30: Taylor, Akers, Swift, Edwards-Helaire, Gibson, Dobbins, and Robinson.

30. George Kittle, TE2, San Francisco 49ers

31. David Montgomery, RB19, Chicago Bears

32. Josh Jacobs, RB20, Las Vegas Raiders

33. A.J. Brown, WR11, Tennessee Titans

34. Terry McLaurin, WR12, Washington Football Team

35. Mike Evans, WR13, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

36. Travis Etienne, RB21, Free Agent

37. Darren Waller, TE3, Las Vegas Raiders

38. Najee Harris, RB22, Free Agent

You might feel queasy drafting Etienne and Harris without the benefit of knowing when and to whom they are drafted, but I’d bet this is the cheapest they’ll both be all year. (Although we have both ranked as low-end RB2s, they’re both much cheaper by ADP.) Loading up on rookies in best ball prior to the NFL Draft has long proven to be a profitable strategy. And after these 2 go, the RB position feels a lot more risky and a lot less sexy.

39. Julio Jones, WR14, Atlanta Falcons

40. Amari Cooper, WR15, Dallas Cowboys

41. Patrick Mahomes, QB1, Kansas City Chiefs

42. Adam Thielen, WR16, Minnesota Vikings

43. D.J. Moore, WR17, Carolina Panthers

44. Kenny Golladay, WR18, Detroit Lions

45. Chris Godwin, WR19, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

46. Robert Woods, WR20, Los Angeles Rams

47. Diontae Johnson, WR21, Pittsburgh Steelers

48. Chris Carson, RB23, Seattle Seahawks

49. Josh Allen, QB2, Buffalo Bills

50. Cooper Kupp, WR22, Los Angeles Rams

51. Lamar Jackson, QB3, Baltimore Ravens

52. CeeDee Lamb, WR23, Dallas Cowboys

53. Brandon Aiyuk, WR24, San Francisco 49ers

54. Kyler Murray, QB4, Arizona Cardinals

55. Will Fuller, WR25, Houston Texans

56. Tyler Lockett, WR26, Seattle Seahawks

The RB well might have dried up, but the WR position is incredibly deep. In 2019, Lockett finished 12th among WRs in FPG (16.6). And he ranked top-5 prior to injury, both this year (Week 10) and last year (Week 10). His skillset, or boom-or-bust nature, is also perfectly suited towards the best ball format – he averaged 30.3 FPG in his 6 best games and 6.9 FPG in his 6 worst games this year. And yet, he ranks as just a high-end WR3.

57. Tee Higgins, WR27, Cincinnati Bengals

58. Mark Andrews, TE4, Baltimore Ravens

59. Myles Gaskin, RB24, Miami Dolphins

60. Deshaun Watson, QB5, Houston Texans

61. Tyler Boyd, WR28, Cincinnati Bengals

62. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR29, Pittsburgh Steelers

63. Robby Anderson, WR30, Carolina Panthers

64. D.J. Chark, WR31, Jacksonville Jaguars

65. Dak Prescott, QB6, Dallas Cowboys

“Late Round QB” had long been the recommended approach. But maybe not so much anymore, in the age of the “Konami Code QB.” And especially not in best ball leagues. QBs are always overrated and overdrafted in a typical 1QB redraft league, where you can add, drop, and stream your way towards mid-QB1-levels of production. But the position is actually significantly underrated and undervalued in best ball leagues. If I’m only drafting 2 QBs, I’d want at least 1 QB in the top-65. If I’m drafting 3 QBs, I’d want all 3 between Rounds 8-14.

66. Odell Beckham Jr., WR32, Cleveland Browns

67. Ronald Jones, RB25, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

68. Melvin Gordon, RB26, Denver Broncos

69. DeVante Parker, WR33, Miami Dolphins

70. Chase Claypool, WR34, Pittsburgh Steelers

71. Ja’Marr Chase, WR35, Free Agent

72. Brandin Cooks, WR36, Houston Texans

73. Marquise Brown, WR37, Baltimore Ravens

74. Deebo Samuel, WR38, San Francisco 49ers

75. Kareem Hunt, RB27, Cleveland Browns

76. Courtland Sutton, WR39, Denver Broncos

77. T.J. Hockenson, TE5, Detroit Lions

78. Jarvis Landry, WR40, Cleveland Browns

79. Jerry Jeudy, WR41, Denver Broncos

80. Kenyan Drake, RB28, Arizona Cardinals

81. DeVonta Smith, WR42, Free Agent

82. Dallas Goedert, TE6, Philadelphia Eagles

83. Aaron Rodgers, QB7, Green Bay Packers

84. Raheem Mostert, RB29, San Francisco 49ers

Beckham Jr. could go back to being the Beckham Jr. of old. Then again, he’s coming off yet another serious injury, and he averages just 12.5 FPG in a Browns uniform… Could Claypool be the next D.K. Metcalf with Juju Smith-Schuster due to hit free agency? Maybe. Or maybe he’s just the WR3 on a Mason Rudolph-led Steelers team… What’s the only thing standing in the way of Jerry Jeudy reaching Greg Cosell’s lofty expectations for him? Maybe just QB play, but as of right now Drew Lock is still the most-likely Week 1 starter… After his first 4 games, Mostert ranked best all-time in career YPC, and was averaging 22.7 fantasy points per 4 quarters on the season. And then he broke down due to injury, again… There’s both a lot of upside and a lot of risk in this tier.

85. Hunter Henry, TE7, Los Angeles Chargers

86. Noah Fant, TE8, Denver Broncos

87. Michael Pittman, WR43, Indianapolis Colts

88. Chase Edmonds, RB30, Arizona Cardinals

89. Justin Herbert, QB8, Los Angeles Chargers

90. Curtis Samuel, WR44, Carolina Panthers

91. Jaylen Waddle, WR45, Free Agent

92. Corey Davis, WR46, Tennessee Titans

93. Laviska Shenault, WR47, Jacksonville Jaguars

94. Jalen Reagor, WR48, Philadelphia Eagles

95. Jamison Crowder, WR49, New York Jets

96. Russell Wilson, QB9, Seattle Seahawks

97. Leonard Fournette, RB31, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

98. Logan Thomas, TE9, Washington Football Team

99. David Johnson, RB32, Houston Texans

100. Javonte Williams, RB33, Free Agent

Chase Edmonds? Dusty Ol’ David Johnson? Yeah, RB got pretty gross in a hurry. Meanwhile, Corey Davis ranks 46th at the WR position, despite finishing the season 2nd in EPA per route run (0.13), 5th in YPRR (2.58), 16th in YPG (70.3), and 32nd in FPG (13.7). He’s a decent point-chasing value, but outside of him, Russell Wilson, and the TEs, this tier is crowded by a number of speculative assets.

101. Michael Gallup, WR50, Dallas Cowboys

102. Antonio Brown, WR51, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

103. Damien Harris, RB34, New England Patriots

104. Mike Williams, WR52, Los Angeles Chargers

105. James Conner, RB34, Pittsburgh Steelers

106. Jeff Wilson, RB35, San Francisco 49ers

107. Zack Moss, RB36, Buffalo Bills

108. Mike Gesicki, TE10, Miami Dolphins

109. Tarik Cohen, RB37, Chicago Bears

110. Devin Singletary, RB38, Buffalo Bills

111. Tom Brady, QB10, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

112. Evan Engram, TE11, New York Giants

113. Nyheim Hines, RB39, Indianapolis Colts

Nyheim Hines is a gross pick in a typical start/sit league. He’s a high-floor / low-ceiling asset and his relatively few ‘boom games’ are hard to predict week-to-week. Luckily, you don’t have to predict boom-games in best ball. He just automatically slides into your starting lineup whenever he outscores your other options. Here’s an example – Hines and J.D. McKissic ranked 26th (12.1) and 25th (12.2) among RBs in FPG, totaling (respectively) 194 and 196 fantasy points on the year. But in a best ball format (taking the higher score in each week), and if treated as one player, they were worth a combined 275 fantasy points. This would have ranked ahead of all RBs not-named Alvin Kamara, Dalvin Cook, and Derrick Henry. Keep in mind, all 3 of those RBs ranked top-7, while Hines and McKissic were both being drafted outside of the top-50 RBs. Of course, Hines still isn’t a sexy pick, but he does have significantly more value in the best ball format. As does the Zero-RB draft strategy.

114. Ryan Tannehill, QB11, Tennessee Titans

115. A.J. Dillon, RB40, Green Bay Packers

116. Robert Tonyan, TE12, Green Bay Packers

117. T.Y. Hilton, WR53, Indianapolis Colts

118. Henry Ruggs, WR54, Las Vegas Raiders

119. Rondale Moore, WR55, Free Agent

120. Sterling Shepard, WR56, New York Giants

121. Tony Pollard, RB41, Dallas Cowboys

122. Denzel Mims, WR57, New York Jets

123. Marvin Jones, WR58, Detroit Lions

124. James White, RB42, New England Patriots

125. Darrell Henderson, RB43, Los Angeles Rams

126. Mecole Hardman, WR59, Kansas City Chiefs

127. Cole Beasley, WR60, Buffalo Bills

In these rounds, you’ll find a lot of high-risk / high-reward lottery tickets and high-value but low-sex-appeal names. Could A.J. Dillon be Green Bay’s workhorse with Aaron Jones set to hit free agency? Wouldn’t Tony Pollard be a league-winner if Ezekiel Elliott were to suffer a serious injury? Might this finally be Mecole Hardman’s breakout year? Meanwhile, Marvin Jones and Cole Beasley are probably never going to be league-winners, but they are clear-and-glaring values. Jones ranked 18th and Beasley ranked 27th at the position in total fantasy points, yet they rank just 58th and 60th here. Again, on their own, they might not be league-winners, but get enough ADP-beaters and all that value adds up. And it could add up to a behemoth of a team.

128. J.D. McKissic, RB44, Washington Football Team

129. Nelson Agholor, WR61, Las Vegas Raiders

130. Zach Ertz, TE13, Philadelphia Eagles

131. Hayden Hurst, TE14, Atlanta Falcons

132. John Brown, WR62, Buffalo Bills

133. Austin Hooper, TE15, Cleveland Browns

134. Darnell Mooney, WR63, Chicago Bears

135. Jamaal Williams, RB45, Green Bay Packers

136. Gabriel Davis, WR64, Buffalo Bills

137. Trevor Lawrence, QB12, Free Agent

138. Rashaad Penny, RB46, Seattle Seahawks

139. Irv Smith, TE16, Minnesota Vikings

140. Christian Kirk, WR65, Arizona Cardinals

141. Phillip Lindsay, RB47, Denver Broncos

142. Marlon Mack, RB48, Indianapolis Colts

143. Kirk Cousins, QB13, Minnesota Vikings

144. Darius Slayton, WR66, New York Giants

145. Kenneth Gainwell, RB49, Free Agent

146. Damien Williams, RB50, Kansas City Chiefs

147. Jonnu Smith, TE17, Tennessee Titans

148. Matthew Stafford, QB14, Detroit Lions

149. Eric Ebron, TE18, Pittsburgh Steelers

150. Jalen Hurts, QB15, Philadelphia Eagles

151. Latavius Murray, RB51, New Orleans Saints

And here’s the rest of the rest. Now is a great time to start loading up on high-upside lottery tickets. In the later rounds, upside is far more valuable than downside is detrimental. A discounted former superstar in Zach Ertz. An underrated potential-breakout candidate in Darnell Mooney. An unheralded rookie like Kenneth Gainwell. An accomplished deep threat in John Brown, which due to the high-variant / boom-or-bust nature of the role, lends itself better to the best ball format. All are great options.

And then after that, it’s time to start thinking about Kickers and Defense.

Scott Barrett combines a unique background in philosophy and investing alongside a lifelong love of football and spreadsheets to serve as FantasyPoints’ Director of Analytics and Lead DFS Writer.