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Zak Hanshew’s Last-Minute Draft Cheat Sheet (2021 Fantasy Football)

by Zachary Hanshew | @ZaktheMonster | Featured Writer
Aug 26, 2021

The start of the NFL season is just around the corner, and if you haven’t already drafted your fantasy football team, I’m here to help! In this article, you’ll find my tiered top-250 rankings as well as sleepers, busts, and values at every position. Best of luck in all of your drafts!

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QB Sleepers: Cam Newton, Carson Wentz, Sam Darnold, Trey Lance

QB Busts (in relation to where they’re being drafted): Trevor Lawrence, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ben Roethlisberger, Jalen Hurts

RB Sleepers: Damien Harris, Phillip Lindsay, Tarik Cohen, Jerick McKinnon, Malcolm Brown, Kenneth Gainwell

RB Busts (in relation to where they’re being drafted): Chase Edmonds, Michael Carter, Ronald Jones, David Johnson, David Montgomery

WR Sleepers: Mike Williams, Russell Gage, Marquez Callaway, Christian Kirk, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Nico Collins, Jakobi Meyers, Jaylen Waddle

WR Busts (in relation to where they’re being drafted): Justin Jefferson, Terry McLaurin, Diontae Johnson, Will Fuller, Laviska Shenault

TE Sleepers: Gerald Everett, Jared Cook, Zach Ertz, Anthony Firkser

TE Busts (in relation to where they’re being drafted): Noah Fant, Dallas Goedert, Tyler Higbee, Irv Smith Jr

Early-Round Value Picks (Rounds 1-5): Austin Ekeler, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, CeeDee Lamb, George Kittle, Lamar Jackson, Adam Thielen

Mid-Round Value Picks (Rounds 6-10): Ja’Marr Chase, Damien Harris, Justin Herbert, Phillip Lindsay, Mike Williams, Robert Tonyan

Late-Round Value Picks (Round 11 or later): Jaylen Waddle, Russell Gage, Gerald Everett, Justin Fields, Zach Ertz, Phillip Lindsay

Deep-League Value Picks: Tyrell Williams, Mo Alie-Cox, Jerick McKinnon, Dan Arnold, Cordarrelle Patterson, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Jakobi Meyers, Cam Newton, Carson Wentz, Terrace Marshall, Anthony Firkser

Backup RBs to Target: Chuba Hubbard, Jamaal Williams, Xavier Jones, J.D. McKissic, Trey Sermon, Devontae Booker, Darrel Williams

Backup RBs to Avoid: Javian Hawkins, Joshua Kelley, Benny Snell, Rashaad Penny

Rookies to Target: Najee Harris, Javonte Williams, Kenneth Gainwell, Ja’Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle, DeVonta Smith, Nico Collins, Elijah Moore, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Rhamondre Stevenson, Justin Fields, Trey Lance

Rookies to Avoid: Kadarius Toney, Tutu Atwell, Pat Freiermuth, Michael Carter, Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson

D/STs to Target: Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Football Team, Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants

D/STs to Avoid (in relation to where they’re being drafted)Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots

5-Word Draft Tip: Remember to trust your gut.

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Zachary Hanshew is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Zachary, check out his archive and follow him @zakthemonster.

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