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Fantasy football rankings 2021: Top 200 overall players

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It's never too early -- or too late -- to start preparing for your fantasy football draft. As usual, running backs will dominate the first round, so building your team around a three-down workhorse is a great way to start. As things progress, it's always a challenge to balance receivers and running backs in the early rounds. And then there's the critical issue of how long to wait before picking a quarterback.

Thankfully, there's more than one way to construct a winning team, so a championship is possible no matter which draft slot you have.

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Here’s how the best players stack up for the 2021 fantasy football season, according to FantasySharks.com. The rankings are based on a 12-team league using a point-per-reception scoring format.

Due to a variety of injuries, Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey played in only three games in 2020. However, he is ready to reclaim his standing as fantasy football's top overall player this season.
Due to a variety of injuries, Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey played in only three games in 2020. However, he is ready to reclaim his standing as fantasy football's top overall player this season.

Rank Pos Player Team Bye

1 RB Christian McCaffrey CAR 13

2 RB Dalvin Cook MIN 7

3 RB Alvin Kamara NO 6

4 WR Davante Adams GB 13

5 RB Derrick Henry TEN 13

6 WR Tyreek Hill KC 12

7 RB Aaron Jones GB 13

8 WR Stefon Diggs BUF 7

9 RB Saquon Barkley NYG 10

10 RB Nick Chubb CLE 13

11 RB Ezekiel Elliott DAL 7

12 RB Austin Ekeler LAC 7

13 TE Travis Kelce KC 12

14 WR DK Metcalf SEA 9

15 RB Jonathan Taylor IND 14

16 WR DeAndre Hopkins ARI 12

17 WR Keenan Allen LAC 7

18 WR Calvin Ridley ATL 6

19 TE Darren Waller LV 8

20 RB Miles Sanders PHI 14

21 WR Mike Evans TB 9

22 RB Joe Mixon CIN 10

23 RB Myles Gaskin MIA 14

24 RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC 12

25 RB Chris Carson SEA 9

26 RB Chase Edmonds ARI 12

27 RB Josh Jacobs LV 8

28 RB Najee Harris PIT 7

29 RB David Montgomery CHI 10

30 RB D'Andre Swift DET 9

31 RB Antonio Gibson WAS 9

32 RB Kareem Hunt CLE 13

33 TE George Kittle SF 6

34 RB Leonard Fournette TB 9

35 RB Mike Davis ATL 6

36 WR Chris Godwin TB 9

37 WR Justin Jefferson MIN 7

38 WR Julio Jones TEN 13

39 WR Michael Thomas NO 6

40 WR Robert Woods LAR 11

41 WR Allen Robinson CHI 10

42 WR A.J. Brown TEN 13

43 QB Patrick Mahomes KC 12

44 WR Adam Thielen MIN 7

45 WR D.J. Moore CAR 13

46 WR Terry McLaurin WAS 9

47 WR Diontae Johnson PIT 7

48 QB Lamar Jackson BAL 8

49 QB Josh Allen BUF 7

50 RB James Robinson JAC 7

51 WR Brandin Cooks HOU 10

52 RB Raheem Mostert SF 6

53 RB Melvin Gordon DEN 11

54 WR JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT 7

55 RB Damien Harris NE 14

56 WR Tyler Boyd CIN 10

57 WR Ja'Marr Chase CIN 10

58 WR Amari Cooper DAL 7

59 QB Kyler Murray ARI 12

60 TE Mark Andrews BAL 8

61 WR Kenny Golladay NYG 10

62 QB Russell Wilson SEA 9

63 TE T.J. Hockenson DET 9

64 WR Odell Beckham CLE 13

65 WR Tyler Lockett SEA 9

66 RB Gus Edwards BAL 8

67 WR Cooper Kupp LAR 11

68 RB Darrell Henderson LAR 11

69 WR Brandon Aiyuk SF 6

70 WR Courtland Sutton DEN 11

71 TE Logan Thomas WAS 9

72 TE Kyle Pitts ATL 6

73 QB Aaron Rodgers GB 13

74 WR Jarvis Landry CLE 13

75 WR Robby Anderson CAR 13

76 WR Sterling Shepard NYG 10

77 WR D.J. Chark JAC 7

78 WR Russell Gage ATL 6

79 WR Deebo Samuel SF 6

80 WR Michael Gallup DAL 7

81 WR Tyrell Williams DET 9

82 QB Justin Herbert LAC 7

83 WR Marvin Jones JAC 7

84 WR Cole Beasley BUF 7

85 WR Michael Pittman Jr. IND 14

86 WR Henry Ruggs LV 8

87 WR DeVante Parker MIA 14

88 WR Corey Davis NYJ 6

89 QB Dak Prescott DAL 7

90 WR CeeDee Lamb DAL 7

91 WR Curtis Samuel WAS 9

92 WR Marquise Brown BAL 8

93 WR Chase Claypool PIT 7

94 TE Jared Cook LAC 7

95 QB Ryan Tannehill TEN 13

96 QB Tom Brady TB 9

97 TE Dallas Goedert PHI 14

98 WR Tee Higgins CIN 10

99 TE Robert Tonyan GB 13

100 QB Kirk Cousins MIN 7

101 WR Laviska Shenault JAC 7

102 RB Ronald Jones TB 9

103 TE Zach Ertz PHI 14

104 TE Mike Gesicki MIA 14

105 WR Nelson Agholor NE 14

106 TE Hunter Henry NE 14

107 TE Jonnu Smith NE 14

108 WR Jalen Reagor PHI 14

109 WR Jamison Crowder NYJ 6

110 WR Christian Kirk ARI 12

111 RB J.D. McKissic WAS 9

112 D Los Angeles Rams LAR 11

113 TE Anthony Firkser TEN 13

114 WR Tre'Quan Smith NO 6

115 WR Mecole Hardman KC 12

116 WR Will Fuller MIA 14

117 WR Emmanuel Sanders BUF 7

118 WR Mike Williams LAC 7

119 WR Jakobi Meyers NE 14

120 RB James Conner ARI 12

121 WR Antonio Brown TB 9

122 RB Jeff Wilson SF 6

123 TE Noah Fant DEN 11

124 RB Trey Sermon SF 6

125 TE Evan Engram NYG 10

126 TE Adam Trautman NO 6

127 WR DeVonta Smith PHI 14

128 D Buffalo Bills BUF 7

129 RB Devin Singletary BUF 7

130 WR Darnell Mooney CHI 10

131 RB Nyheim Hines IND 14

132 RB James White NE 14

133 QB Matthew Stafford LAR 11

134 QB Matt Ryan ATL 6

135 WR A.J. Green ARI 12

136 RB Javonte Williams DEN 11

137 RB David Johnson HOU 10

138 WR Darius Slayton NYG 10

139 RB Mark Ingram HOU 10

140 WR Allen Lazard GB 13

141 WR Jerry Jeudy DEN 11

142 QB Jalen Hurts PHI 14

143 RB Jamaal Williams DET 9

144 TE Tyler Higbee LAR 11

145 WR Hunter Renfrow LV 8

146 K Daniel Carlson LV 8

147 WR Anthony Miller HOU 10

148 RB Latavius Murray NO 6

149 RB Marlon Mack IND 14

150 RB Kenyan Drake LV 8

151 K Younghoe Koo ATL 6

152 QB Joe Burrow CIN 10

153 QB Baker Mayfield CLE 13

154 QB Derek Carr LV 8

155 TE Austin Hooper CLE 13

156 WR Sammy Watkins BAL 8

157 D Washington Football Team WAS 9

158 RB Boston Scott PHI 14

159 QB Ben Roethlisberger PIT 7

160 QB Carson Wentz IND 14

161 QB Tua Tagovailoa MIA 14

162 RB Tony Pollard DAL 7

163 WR Greg Ward PHI 14

164 TE Rob Gronkowski TB 9

165 RB Justin Jackson LAC 7

166 K Harrison Butker KC 12

167 TE Eric Ebron PIT 7

168 WR James Washington PIT 7

169 K Justin Tucker BAL 8

170 RB Zack Moss BUF 7

171 D Pittsburgh Steelers PIT 7

172 RB Sony Michel LAR 11

173 WR Tim Patrick DEN 11

174 K Ryan Succop TB 9

175 WR Gabriel Davis BUF 7

176 WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB 13

177 K Tyler Bass BUF 7

178 QB Trevor Lawrence JAC 7

179 RB Alexander Mattison MIN 7

180 WR Keelan Cole NYJ 6

181 QB Jameis Winston NO 6

182 TE Jack Doyle IND 14

183 TE Blake Jarwin DAL 7

184 RB Tevin Coleman NYJ 6

185 TE Cole Kmet CHI 10

186 RB Tarik Cohen CHI 10

187 WR Chris Conley HOU 10

188 RB Malcolm Brown MIA 14

189 QB Mac Jones NE 14

190 RB Ty'Son Williams BAL 8

191 WR Demarcus Robinson KC 12

192 RB Giovani Bernard TB 9

193 RB Qadree Ollison ATL 6

194 WR Marquez Callaway NO 6

195 RB Lamical Perine NYJ 6

196 RB Rashaad Penny SEA 9

197 RB Joshua Kelley LAC 7

198 RB Darrel Williams KC 12

199 WR Zach Pascal IND 14

200 QB Daniel Jones NYG 10

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fantasy football rankings 2021: Overall top 200 sees RBs lead the way