Scott Engel is beginning his 10th season as the official Fantasy writer and analyst for Seahawks.com. Scott is a 25-year veteran of the Fantasy industry and an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. He is a four-time FSWA award winner and 10-time nominee, including being named a finalist for the 2020 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award. You can also find more of his Fantasy analysis on RotoBaller.com, SportsLine.com, the Athletic and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Scott won two Fantasy Football dynasty league titles in 2020, including one in the prestigious Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC) and he previously pulled off a three-peat in a highly competitive New York City league.
The regular season is quickly approaching, and Seahawks fans are readying for the opening game at Indianapolis. In the meantime, they are also heavily engaged in Fantasy Football drafts late in the NFL Preseason. Most will peruse Average Draft Position (ADP) reports to get a firmer handle on where players are generally being taken. We drill down deeper on these reports to spotlight some important observations and supply in-depth observations on key players. To be more fully reflective of ADP trends, we have consulted the reports on NFL.com, and FantasyPros.com, a major hub that contains ADPs across six other major Fantasy platforms.
-Pittsburgh rookie Najee Harris is the 11th RB off the board on NFL.com and at FantasyPros. He has moved into the back half of the first round as Fantasy players expect heavy volume from him as both a runner and passer. Harris does sometimes go in the second round, and if you can grab him as your RB2 to pair with another RB1, then your draft is off to a good start.
-Baltimore's J.K. Dobbins is the 16th RB being taken on average according to both sites. Look for a good jump in Fantasy production in Dobbins' second year. Many rookies faced unusual challenges last year without a normal preseason and can shine even more this year in their second pro campaigns. Dobbins is capable of scoring from anywhere on the field.
-Chris Carson of the Seahawks is the 18th RB off the board on FantasyPros and 19th on NFL.com. That places him in firm Fantasy RB2 territory. We are seeing Carson selected in the late third or fourth round of many drafts. He is a very good value for those who wait until such points of drafts to take the second RB. He will frequently provide the Fantasy production of a high-end RB2 or low-end RB1. More on why Carson is a fine pick at his ADP from Seahawks Fantasy Insider here.
-Former Seahawk Mike Davis is the 21st RB according to the ADP reports on both sites. He had eight TDs from scrimmage last season in 12 starts and now gets to be an unquestioned starter for the first time in his career with the Falcons. Davis is versatile and can become Atlanta's most productive Fantasy RB since Devonta Freeman.
-James Robinson was the 25th RB off the board on NFL.com and 24th on FantasyPros, and his stock will now obviously rise and be reflected soon in the ADP reports. He finished as RB7 last season, and with the unfortunate injury to Travis Etienne he is now back in the Top 15 range at the position. Former Seahawk Carlos Hyde will ensure that Robinson gets more needed breathers this season. Yet Robinson should still get enough volume to function as a high-end Fantasy RB2.
-Darrell Henderson is RB25 on FantasyPros, and should remain in that range after the Rams' trade for Sony Michel. Henderson still figures to get healthy work and has promise as a speedy and dynamic RB. Michel should serve as a physical complement and may see his ADP move up inside the Top 40 range soon. Expect to see Patriots rookie Rhamondre Stevenson to now be taken in the Top 40 range in drafts now, as the trade pushes him up on the New England depth chart, Stevenson has displayed some Fantasy promise this preseason, as he is big back with some spark in his game.
-Jets rookie RB Michael Carter is the 32nd RB off the board on both sites. Find out more on why we like him as a sleeper pick on Seahawks Fantasy Insider here. Carter should eventually emerge as a electric element that the Jets will want to keep on the field frequently. 49ers RB Trey Sermon is 33rd off the board, and the rookie has the potential to emerge as a prime option for San Francisco this season.
Seahawks Fantasy Insider Scott Engel ranks the best fantasy running backs to target for the 2021 season.
-DK Metcalf is the fifth WR being taken according to FantasyPros and is seventh on the NFL.com ADP reports. After he finished as Fantasy WR7 last season, Metcalf is viewed as one of the top upside WRs in Fantasy Football. He is just 23 years old and there is a widespread sense we could see him develop into a bigger Fantasy superstar. A pick of Metcalf is a commitment to exciting Fantasy upside. More on Metcalf from Seahawks Fantasy Insider here.
-Terry McLaurin of Washington is WR11 on NFL.com and WR10 on FantasyPros. Like Metcalf, he appears very capable of a move into a higher echelon in his third pro season. McLaurin went over 1,100 yards in 2020 and can post his best numbers yet working with fearless passer Ryan Fitzpatrick.
-Amari Cooper is WR17 on NFL.com and WR15 on FantasyPros. CeeDee Lamb is the hottest pick from the Cowboys offense right now, but Cooper is a very appealing pick also. He caught 92 passes for 1,114 yards last season as Dak Prescott played in five games and now the star QB is expected to be ready for the opener, further bolstering the case for Cooper as a high-end Fantasy WR2.
-Cincinnati's Tee Higgins is WR25 on FantasyPros and is a very viable target as a WR3. The Bengals have three WRs to consider, including rookie Ja'Marr Chase. Higgins may be the best Fantasy choice of the three, as he totaled 900 yards with six TDs as a rookie and averaged 13.6 yards per catch. He is another guy who could take a step forward in his second year and Joe Burrow is expected to be ready for the season.
-JuJu Smith-Schuster is the 29th WR off the board on both sites. That does make him a quality value pick as your possible Fantasy WR3. He did finish with 97 receptions and nine TDs in 2020.
-Jerry Jeudy is the 30th WR on FantasyPros and he is starting to be taken inside the Top 25 in many drafts. He has looked very promising during the preseason and appears to have good chemistry with new Broncos starting QB Teddy Bridgewater.
-Deebo Samuel is a good value as the 36th WR on FantasyPros. He led all NFL pass-catchers with an average of 12.1 yards per reception after the catch. No other WR averaged more than eight yards per catch in the category and only two other players averaged 10 yards or more.
Seahawks Fantasy Insider Scott Engel ranks the best fantasy wide receivers to target for the 2021 season.
-Kyler Murray is QB4 on NFL.com. He rushed for 819 yards and 11 TDs and he has a deep pass-catching crew. Murray has the upside to possibly finish as the top QB in Fantasy Football this season.
-Russell Wilson is QB7 on FantasyPros. I now have him ranked fifth. He remains a top-level passer who always adds some nice bonus rushing production and the additions of Gerald Everett at TE and Gabe Jackson at guard should only make Fantasy players feel better about his 2021 outlook. Wilson is always among the top half of QBs and should be very steady for Fantasy purposes in 2021. More on Wilson from Seahawks Fantasy Insider here.
-Matthew Stafford is QB10 on NFL.com. He is entering a great situation for success and could deliver one of the best Fantasy seasons of his career in 2021. His pass-catching crew is deep and the Rams will set him up for offensive success under Sean McVay. Stafford is an ideal QB target in Rounds 9 to 10 if you choose to exhibit a patient approach at the position.
-Rookie Justin Fields is QB18 on NFL.com. He has looked quite impressive this preseason and certainly has flashed a lot of potential, conjuring up some memories of how Russell Wilson immediately made a rookie splash in exhibition play in 2012. Fields is a very good downfield passer who is also mobile, and he has the potential to emerge as a Top 10 Fantasy QB this year.
Seahawks Fantasy Insider Scott Engel ranks the best fantasy quarterbacks to target for the 2021 season.
-Robert Tonyan is TE11 off the board on NFL.com. He has the confidence of Aaron Rodgers, so he certainly can be a significant TD threat again this season, with the potential to finish with eight-plus scores.
-Steelers rookie Pat Freiermuth is TE25 on FantasyPros. He had a two-TD outing in Week 2 of the preseason and is a nifty late round target. He could exceed expectations in his first pro season. Ben Roethlisberger has shown he does look for his TEs on some key passing downs and may target Freiermuth near the goal line in scoring situations.
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Seahawks Fantasy Insider Scott Engel ranks the best fantasy sleepers to target for the 2021 season.