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Kevin Hanson's 2021 NFL Mock Draft, 2.0

Kevin Hanson's mock drafts have been among the most accurate:
FantasyPros
- 2020: #14 of 210 mock drafts
- 2019: #6 of 138 mocks
- 2018: #5 of 137 mocks
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- #4 in 5-year accuracy (2016-2020)
- Mock Draft Champion in 2015

Several high-profile prospects, such as Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Alabama's DeVonta Smith, have already declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the deadline for underclassmen to petition for special eligibility must do so by Monday (Jan. 18th) and the league will send the list of players to teams on Friday (Jan. 22nd).

Following such an unusual year, seniors will have until March 1st to notify the league if they plan to return to school.

With that said, the following is our updated 2021 NFL mock draft.

NFL Mock Draft - Round 1

1. Jacksonville Jaguars - Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Losers of 15 consecutive games, the Jaguars leave 2020 as the winners of the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. Believe it or not, Jacksonville has never owned the rights to the top pick despite picking inside the top 10 in all but one draft since 2008.

Lawrence, the presumptive top pick for several years, is arguably the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck and this will be an easy decision as the team transitions into a new era. Including the opportunity to draft a franchise-changing quarterback at the top of the draft, the Jaguars have a total of nine picks through the first five rounds in addition to a league-high available cap space in 2021.

2. New York Jets - Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

With so many positions in need of upgrade on their roster, the Jets could look to trade back a few spots with another QB-needy franchise. Although Sam Darnold hasn't yet shown that he's the long-term answer and he has missed three-plus games in all three seasons, the former top-three pick is only 23. Either Fields or BYU's Zach Wilson would be worthy of the No. 1 overall pick in any other year, but it's unclear at this point which quarterback Joe Douglas would prefer if he doesn't trade back.

Fields showed incredible toughness by how he played after James Skalski was ejected for targeting as he lit up a talented Clemson defense for 22-of-28 for 385 yards and six touchdowns in the semifinal game of the College Football Playoff. Although he wasn't as impressive against Alabama in the national championship, Fields has prototypical size (6-3, 225), elite athleticism and the arm strength to make all of the throws. The dual-threat quarterback has thrown 63 touchdowns to only nine interceptions and added 15 rushing touchdowns in his two seasons as Ohio State's starter.

3. Miami Dolphins - Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Like with Justin Fields and Zach Wilson as QB2, there will be plenty of debate between Chase and Alabama's DeVonta Smith as WR1 in 2021. Even though Chase opted out in 2020, the 2019 Biletnikoff Award recipient would have been the WR1 had he been eligible to declare with last year's talent-laden crop of wide receivers.

As a true sophomore, Chase had 84 receptions for 1,780 yards (21.2 Y/R) and 20 touchdowns. Not only did he lead the country in yardage and touchdown, no receiver had more 15-yard receptions (46) or 25-yard receptions (25) than Chase in 2019.

4. Atlanta Falcons - Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

Per Spotrac, Matt Ryan (22.99%) will account for nearly one-quarter of the team's 2021 salary cap. While the new regime could go in a number of different directions, this will be the first time that the team will pick inside the top four since they selected Ryan third overall in 2008.

Barring a trade, this scenario would allow Wilson the opportunity to serve as Ryan's apprentice for a season. Charted by PFF with the lowest rate of turnover-worthy plays this season, Wilson uses his mobility to make and extend plays and is accurate throwing downfield.

5. Cincinnati Bengals - Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Upgrading the offensive line needs to be one of the team's top offseason priorities and this represents an ideal draft-day scenario for the Bengals. While Sewell opted out of the 2020 season, the 2019 first-team AP All-American was dominant in his true-sophomore campaign and won't turn 21 until October.

Continue reading our Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft Roundup

2021 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft Simulator

What's the best way to improve at anything? Of course, the answer is to practice.

A LOT!

So, if you want to draft better fantasy baseball teams, you should practice drafting lots of fantasy baseball teams.

With the simulator, you don't have to worry about insane reaches or unrealistic options falling to you late. The goal of mock drafting is to experiment with a few strategies and get a realistic expectation of what may actually happen in your real draft(s).

Perhaps the best thing about the Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros) is that you can complete a full mock draft in a matter of just a few minutes as the one thing we are all short on is time.

Doing a mock draft per day can be done during a block of TV commercials.

+ Complete mock drafts for free: Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft Simulator 2021

Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings

Our Week 17 fantasy football rankings from Kevin Hanson will help you set your lineup(s). The rankings will be updated throughout the week up until kickoff on Sunday.

Week 17 Non-PPR Rankings

The below rankings are based on standard-scoring (i.e., non-PPR) formats:

Week 17 Half-PPR Rankings

The below rankings are based on half-PPR scoring:

Week 17 PPR Rankings

The below rankings are based on point-per-reception (PPR) scoring:

Week 17 Flex Rankings

The below rankings aren't necessarily for your "flex" spot, but they include all running backs, wide receivers and tight ends (i.e., all positions but quarterbacks):

2020 NFL Power Rankings: Week 17

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will update our consensus NFL Power Rankings from a variety of national sites.

Below you will find a table of our NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 17, ranked by their average ranking. The table also lists their respective rankings at various sites (links at bottom of table).

Biggest weekly movers compared to last week:

+ Biggest weekly riser: Carolina Panthers, +4.2
+ Biggest weekly faller: Tennessee Titans / Washington Football Team, -3.2

[Change: (+) = improvement in average ranking, (-) = decrease in average ranking (compared to previous update).]

+ Previous: Week 16 NFL Power Rankings

RankTeamRecordAvg.Chg.ESPNNFL.comThe AthleticCBS SportsUSA Today
1Kansas City Chiefs14-11011111
2Green Bay Packers12-32.2+0.223222
3Buffalo Bills12-32.8-0.232333
4New Orleans Saints11-44.2044454
5Baltimore Ravens10-56+0.665685
6Seattle Seahawks11-46.4+1.276847
7Pittsburgh Steelers12-36.6+1.457768
8Tampa Bay Buccaneers10-56.8+2.288576
9Cleveland Browns10-510.6-1.2109131110
9Miami Dolphins10-510.6+1.812121199
Consensus NFL Power Rankings 1-32

Week 16 Fantasy Football Start'Em, Sit'Em

The decision on which player to start, or sit, largely comes down to the options on your roster (and/or possibly the players available on your league's waiver wire).

As an example, Jalen Hurts is listed below as a "start" for Week 16. And I'd certainly be comfortable going into Week 16 with him as my starting quarterback.

Then again, Hurts may be a "sit" for your team.

In other words, if you own both Patrick Mahomes and Hurts, you should start Mahomes and, in turn, bench Hurts.

For a more direct answer on whether we would start Player X over Player Y, check our Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings. Instead of making those direct comparisons, the goal here is to highlight players that we like, or dislike, for the week.

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (at DAL)

Even better in the second NFL start of his career, Hurts finished Week 15 as fantasy's top-scoring quarterback (37.82). Hurts completed only 54.5% of his pass attempts against the Arizona Cardinals, but he threw for 338 yards (7.68 Y/A) and three touchdowns and added 11 carries for 63 yards and another score.

It was an unusual week as three quarterbacks scored at least 37 fantasy points, but there were zero 35-point performances in the previous five weeks (Weeks 10 to 14). In fact, there have been only nine 37-point performances all season.

Since becoming the starter in Week 14, only Lamar Jackson has scored more fantasy points than the second-round rookie out of Oklahoma (via Alabama). In addition, no quarterback has more rush attempts (29) or rush yards (169) in that two-game span.

As noted earlier, scoring 37 fantasy points is uncommon, so it would be unreasonable to expect better or even a repeat of last week's numbers.

That said, this week's matchup against the Dallas Cowboys offers little resistance when it comes to fantasy scoring. No team has allowed a higher TD% than the Cowboys (6.73%) and only five teams have a lower INT% (1.57%) this season.

+ Continue reading our Week 16 Fantasy Football QB Start'em, Sit'em

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2021 NBA Mock Draft

With the 2020-21 NBA season underway, we have posted our first 2021 NBA mock draft of the season.

This mock draft will be updated at various points throughout the year leading up to the 2021 NBA Draft.

The draft order used for this update was the inverse order of our Consensus NBA Power Rankings.

PickProspectSchool/Country
1Cleveland CavaliersCade Cunningham, Oklahoma State
2Detroit PistonsJalen Suggs, Gonzaga
3New York KnicksEvan Mobley, USC
4Oklahoma City ThunderJonathan Kuminga, G League
5Charlotte HornetsJalen Green, G League
Continue to full 2021 NBA Mock Draft

Week 16 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Rankings

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

With this being Championship Week (in most fantasy leagues), our focus with this week's waiver-wire column will be Week 16.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

With that said, here are some quarterback waiver-wire options to consider heading into Week 16 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by our preference to add.]

1. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (38%)

There's still one game to go in Week 15, but Hurts is the top-scoring fantasy quarterback of the week heading into Monday Night Football. Hurts completed 24 of 44 pass attempts (only 54.5%) against the Arizona Cardinals, but he threw for 338 yards (7.68 Y/A) and three touchdowns and added 11 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown.

Since becoming the starter in Week 14, only Lamar Jackson has scored more fantasy points than the second-round rookie out of Oklahoma (via Alabama). No quarterback has more rush attempts (29) or rush yards (169) in that two-game span.

With a resistance-free matchup against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 16, Hurts will be a viable plug-and-play option off the waiver wire for fantasy owners that made their championship game streaming quarterbacks. No team has allowed a higher TD% than the Cowboys (6.73%) and only five teams have a lower INT% (1.57%) this season.

+ Continue reading Fantasy Football Week 16 QB Waiver Wire Rankings

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Fantasy Basketball Mock Draft Simulator

Even though it feels like the NBA season just ended, the preseason is underway and the 2020-21 (regular) NBA season is less than 10 days away.

As you prepare for your upcoming fantasy basketball draft(s), our fantasy basketball mock draft simulator will allow you to:

+ Complete fantasy basketball mock drafts for free

After your draft(s), check out more resources from FantasyPros:

+ Draft Analyzer: Get analysis on the team you just drafted or ...
+ MyPlaybook: In-season advice to help manage your season-long basketball team.