Fantasy Football Rankings 2021: Busts from model that called Smith-Schuster’s disappointing season


The league expanding to 17 regular-season games gives owners an extra week of competition. That will make a winning 2021 Fantasy football strategy even the more important since mistakes will be magnified with another week. Those who drafted Mark Ingram or Carson Wentz last year can attest, as they watched those players go from ranking in the top 10 at their positions the year before to falling dramatically in the 2021 Fantasy football rankings. You don’t want to be in the same position this year, so avoiding 2021 Fantasy football busts will be paramount to taking advantage of the extra week.

Having a reliable set of Fantasy football rankings 2021 will go a long way in avoiding the pitfalls that often plague so many. Should you trust players like Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey coming off injuries, or do they fit the profile of being Fantasy football busts 2021? Before you go on the clock for your Fantasy football 2021 drafts, be sure to check out the 2021 Fantasy football cheat sheets from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

Last year, the model accurately predicted that Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster would be a bust. He had a fourth-round ADP, but the model ranked him as just the No. 14 receiver, behind players like A.J. Brown, Adam Thielen and Calvin Ridley. The result: Smith-Schuster finished 20th among wide receivers.

The model is powered by the same people who generated projections for all three major Fantasy sites, and it beat human experts last season when there was a big difference in ranking. The projections update multiple times daily, so you’re always getting the best Fantasy football advice. 

Now, SportsLine has simulated the entire NFL season 10,000 times and released its latest Fantasy football rankings 2021, identifying several potential Fantasy football busts. Head to SportsLine now to see them. 

Top 2021 Fantasy football busts 

One of the 2021 Fantasy football busts the SportsLine model is calling: Bears quarterback Justin Fields. The former Ohio State star was the 11th overall draft pick after making two All-Big Ten first teams in scarlet and gray. The Bears hope the dual-threat Fields is the solution to their longstanding issues at quarterback. But he still needs to work his way up the depth chart since coach Matt Nagy has insisted that Andy Dalton will be the team’s starter in Week 1.

Assuming Fields supplants Dalton at some point in 2021, he still faces an uphill battle to reach fantasy relevancy. Due to the Windy City weather, which isn’t conducive to high-octane offenses, Bears quarterbacks have historically been afterthoughts when it comes to Fantasy football. No Bears QB has finished in the top 10 since Erik Kramer in 1995.

Fields has a seventh-round 2021 Fantasy football ADP in 12-team leagues, but the model has him coming nowhere near seventh-round production. It even has him behind solid, yet unspectacular QBs like Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford, both of whom are being drafted in the ninth round on average. 

Another bust that SportsLine’s Fantasy football rankings 2021 have identified: Cardinals running back James Conner. With Kenyan Drake off to the Raiders, many assume that Connor will slide into Drake’s role as the team’s lead back. But Arizona is high on Chase Edmonds, who averaged 4.6 yards per carry in 2020 and had twice as many receptions as Drake despite less playing time. When compared to Connor, Edmonds’ rushing style is also more of a complement to the read-option plays that the Cardinals utilize with Kyler Murray.

With Connor leading Pittsburgh’s rushing attack, the Steelers ranked dead last in rushing yards in 2020. After averaging 15.7 carries through his first seven games, Connor averaged just 10 over his last seven games. His style is becoming outdated in the NFL and the model doesn’t have his season coming close to matching his eighth-round ADP in 12-team leagues.

How to find proven 2021 Fantasy football rankings

SportsLine is also down on a young quarterback who was one of the top Fantasy performers down the stretch last season. This quarterback is listed outside the top 15 in positional Fantasy football 2021 rankings, behind veteran options like Kirk Cousins and Derek Carr. You can only see who it is, and the 2021 Fantasy football rankings for every player, at SportsLine.

So which 2021 Fantasy Football busts should you avoid? And which QB fails to replicate last season’s production? Visit SportsLine now to get 2021 Fantasy Football cheat sheets for every single position, all from the model that called JuJu Smith-Schuster’s down season, and find out.

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