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Kevin Hanson's 2021 NFL Mock Draft 7.0

BY KEVIN HANSON (@EDSFootball)
Updated: Thursday, April 8th

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
The Huddle Report
- #4 in 5-year accuracy (2016-2020)
- Mock Draft Champion in 2015

Only three weeks to go until the 2021 NFL Draft, things are beginning to come more into focus. It's a virtual lock that the draft will start QB-QB-QB for only the third time since 1970 as noted in 2021 NFL Mock Draft 6.0.

Beyond that, however, it's unclear how high the other two top-five quarterbacks will be selected, but it's unlikely that they get out of the top 10.

Will we get more trades up for a quarterback? Will the Falcons draft Matt Ryan's heir apparent, or draft a generational talent like Kyle Pitts?

NFL Mock Draft - Round 1

1. Jacksonville Jaguars - Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

New mock, same pick.

There is zero mystery with this pick as Urban Meyer told Peter King that Lawrence is "the direction we're going" and that Lawrence "checks all the boxes." With a league-low 44 wins over the past decade, the Jaguars not only start over with a generational talent at the most important position in sports, but they've amassed a treasure trove of draft capital -- five picks in the top 65 and nine picks in top 170 -- to begin the overhaul of the roster with an infusion of young talent.

2. New York Jets - Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

The only uncertainty that existed with this pick was whether or not Sam Darnold would be traded before or after becoming teammates with Zach Wilson. That mystery is now solved, as the Jets moved the No. 3 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft to the Panthers for a trio of picks including a second-rounder next year.

Appearing on the Dan Patrick Show, former NFL quarterback and current analyst Chris Simms said, "I'm blown away by Zach Wilson, Dan. You know I look at it, and look at, and say this is an Aaron Rodgers, a Patrick Mahomes, Brett Favre-ish type guy." On top of lofty comparisons to HOF/MVP-caliber quarterbacks, Simms actually ranks Wilson ahead of Lawrence, but the BYU product's meteoric rise up draft boards this draft cycle has been similar to that of Joe Burrow in last year's draft.

If Lawrence weren't in this draft class, Wilson would be worthy of the No. 1 overall pick.

3. San Francisco 49ers - Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Almost universally, Trevor Lawrence is the QB1. As noted with the Jets pick, Chris Simms has Zach Wilson as his QB1. But not everyone has Lawrence or Wilson as their QB1, though. Former NFL head coach June Jones ranks (Mac) Jones as his QB1.

Taking the reigns from Tua Tagovailoa, the fifth pick in 2020, Jones really hit the ground running in 2020 as he completed 77.4% of his pass attempts and threw for 4,500 yards (11.2 Y/A), 41 touchdowns and four interceptions last season. While Jones may lack the elite arm strength and athleticism that the other top-four quarterback prospects possess, he makes quick reads and throws with outstanding accuracy and touch.

Continue reading Kevin Hanson's 2021 NFL Mock Draft

Post-Free Agency 2021 Fantasy Football Rankings

BY KEVIN HANSON (@EDSFootball)
Updated: Monday, April 5th

FantasyPros tracks fantasy football rankings accuracy and Kevin Hanson's 2020 rankings were 9th-most accurate (among 149 experts tracked). Hanson has now finished top 20 in accuracy six times since 2011.

The majority of free-agent signings are now behind us with the 2021 NFL Draft next up on the NFL calendar.

With (most of) free agency behind us, I have updated my fantasy football rankings for the upcoming season and I'll update these rankings after the NFL Draft and throughout the summer.

2021 Fantasy Football QB Rankings

For now, here are our early fantasy quarterback rankings for 2021 season:

1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Mahomes is the easy choice as the top-ranked fantasy quarterback given the combination of his elite skill set, supporting cast and coaching. The only real decision for fantasy managers is whether or not to invest the early draft capital necessary to secure Mahomes as their starter. Leading the NFL with 316.0 passing yards per game, Mahomes was only a 260/2 game away from a second 5,000/40 season before the Chiefs rested him in Week 17.

2. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills

One of the league's best young dual-threat quarterbacks, Allen has exactly 300 rush attempts in his three NFL seasons and has racked up 1,562 yards and 25 touchdowns on the ground. Remarkably, he has rushed for at least eight touchdowns in all three of his NFL seasons.

Continuing to make major strides as a passer, Allen shattered previous career bests across the board in 2020. In his third season, Allen threw for 4,544 yards (284.0/G, 7.9/A) and 37 touchdowns (6.5 TD%) with only 10 interceptions (1.7%). Despite last year's unusual offseason, the trade for Stefon Diggs paid immediate dividends as the duo's instant rapport allowed Diggs to post career highs across the board as well.

3. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals

While Murray played all 16 games, shoulder and leg injuries slowed him a bit down the stretch. Even so, he finished his sophomore campaign as fantasy's QB2 (and was QB1 after Week 16). When healthy, Murray scored more than 20 fantasy points and finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in 10 consecutive games to start the season. Heading into 2021, Murray will be a top-three option once again.

Continue reading our 2021 Fantasy Football QB Rankings

2021 Fantasy Football RB Rankings

Our way-too-early fantasy running back rankings for 2021 season:

1. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

If you drafted McCaffrey first overall in 2020, you likely find little solace that he was fantasy's top-scoring back over the three-week window in which he appeared (Weeks 1, 2 and 9). In those games, however, CMC handled 76 touches including 17 receptions, racked up 374 yards from scrimmage and scored six touchdowns. All of those numbers were either first or second among running backs in that split timeframe.

Before his lost season due to injury, McCaffrey was nearly an every-snap iron man in 2019. Heading into his age-25 season, he remains the top choice for me in 2021 drafts.

2. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings

Once again, Cook has missed multiple games, but he set career highs in touches (356), yards from scrimmage (1,918) and touchdowns (17) and scored the third-most fantasy points (half-PPR) among running backs. The clear lead back in one of the league's most run-heavy offenses, Cook averaged a career-high 5.0 YPC and has a minimum of 40 catches in each of the past three seasons.

3. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

The clear favorite among the top six running backs in my rankings to finish last in receptions, Henry more than compensates for his smaller role as a receiver with his dominant rushing production. Not only is he the back-to-back rushing champion coming off a 2,000-yard campaign, but Henry has led the league in rushing touchdowns in each of the past two seasons with 33 rushing scores in 31 games.

No running back scored more fantasy points in non-PPR formats, but Henry also finished second in half-PPR and third in (full) PPR as well. In other words, the limited passing-game role hasn't hurt his value much, even in leagues that reward a full point per reception.

Continue reading our 2021 Fantasy Football RB Rankings

2021 Fantasy Football WR Rankings

Our way-too-early fantasy wide receiver rankings for 2021 season:

1. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers

Not only did Adams miss two games in 2020, but he has missed multiple games in three of his past four seasons. Even so, the seven-year veteran led the NFL in receiving touchdowns (18) and yards per game (98.1) and also set a career high in receptions (115). With double-digit touchdowns in four of five seasons, Adams has a total of 58 scores in 71 games over that span. With Aaron Rodgers still playing at an MVP level, Adams is the clear choice to be drafted as fantasy's WR1 in 2021.

2. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs

Few players at any position have as much upside as Hill to erupt for a massive performance in any given week. Setting a career high in touchdowns (17), Hill had 87 receptions for 1,276 yards and 13 carries for 123 yards in 2020.

3. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals

In his first season in Arizona, Hopkins tied a career high in receptions (115) and his 1,407 receiving yards were the third most of his career while Stefon Diggs (166) was the only receiver with more targets than Hopkins (160). While his six touchdowns were a four-year low, Hopkins still finished as a top-five fantasy receiver in half-PPR formats.

Continue reading our 2021 Fantasy Football WR Rankings

2021 Fantasy Football TE Rankings

Our way-too-early fantasy tight end rankings for 2021 season:

1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Tampa Bay's Rob Gronkowski finished as fantasy's TE8 (126.8). Kelce was so good in 2020 that he actually doubled Gronk up (260.26, TE1).

Kelce extended his 1,000-yard streak to five seasons and broke the single-season receiving yardage record (1,416) for tight ends in the process. In fact, he set career highs across the board (105/1,416/11) in his age-31 campaign. Kelce ended the regular season with eight consecutive games with at least seven catches.

Regardless of how you slice it, Kelce is not only the slam-dunk TE1 heading into 2021, but he's worthy of drafting in Round 1.

2. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

The only thing that can slow Kittle down is injury. Missing exactly half of the 2020 season, Kittle had 48/634/2 in eight games, which is comparable to a 96/1,268/4 (16-game) pace. Meanwhile, Kittle had 85/1,053/5 in 2019 and 88/1,377/5 in 2018.

3. Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders

Waller set career highs across the board -- 107 receptions on 146 targets for 1,196 yards and nine touchdowns -- and was dominant down the stretch. Not only did Waller have a 13/200/2 game in Week 13, but he exceeded the 100-yard mark in four of his final five games of the season.

Continue reading our 2021 Fantasy Football TE Rankings

Brendan Donahue's 2021 NFL Mock Draft 4.0

BY BRENDAN DONAHUE (@donnycasino)
Updated: Sunday, April 4th

I am switching it up a bit this week and will be focusing more on where/why players are moving up or down or even staying the same from the last mock (Brendan Donahue NFL Mock Draft 3.0) to the current version.

I have also added some betting lines that are currently offered on DraftKings on a few players and will continue to track those and try to note if there are any major moves in odds. If you want to see what I think a team needs or more description of a particular player you can find those aspects addressed in the previous iterations. We have a lot of movement this week as the majority of pro days are now completed and the draft draws closer with under a month to go!

Since the Huddle Report started tracking his mocks, Brendan Donahue's mock drafts have the highest score over the past four years combined (175 points).

1. Jacksonville Jaguars - Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Even after impressive pro days from some of the other QBs, nothing has changed here and nothing will change here.

MORE: This is the first No. 1 pick in Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Draft History

2. New York Jets - Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

His pro day certainly did not hurt his draft status, as one of his throws went viral and had scouts claiming that Wilson is the pick and the draft really begins at pick No. 3.

MORE: New York Jets 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup

3. San Francisco 49ers - Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

And we have our first trade of draft season! I said last week when I had Trey Lance in this spot that I heard the Mac Jones speculation but I wasn't buying it. Well, life comes at you fast in draft season and things change quickly so I have moved Jones here because there is just too much smoke to not believe that he is a real possibility at No. 3. In fact, when asked about going to the Alabama pro day vs. some of the others, Shanahan said "now that you're up at 3, you don't have to hide as much." I'm not sure how else to interpret that so I think if the draft were tomorrow, Jones would be the pick. But let's see if Lance or Fields can change Kyle Shanahan's mind in the next month ...

Continue reading Brendan Donahue's 2021 NFL Mock Draft

2020-21 NBA Power Rankings

Updated: April 6th

Throughout the 2020-21 NBA season, we will update our consensus NBA Power Rankings from a variety of national sites.

Below you will find a table of our NBA Power Rankings heading into 2020-21 NBA season, ranked by their average ranking. The table also lists their respective rankings at various sites.

RankTeamAvg.ESPNNBA.comCBSThe
Athletic
1Utah Jazz11111
2Brooklyn Nets2.752324
3Phoenix Suns34233
4Denver Nuggets4.257442
5Milwaukee Bucks55555
6Philadelphia 76ers5.753677
7Los Angeles Clippers6.256766
8Dallas Mavericks8.510888
9Portland Trail Blazers9.2599910
10Los Angeles Lakers108111011
Consensus NBA Power Rankings

Kevin Hanson's 2021 NFL Draft Big Board

Kevin Hanson's 2021 NFL Draft Big Board ranks the top-150 draft-eligible prospects for this year's NFL draft.

RankProspectPos.SchoolYearHgtWgt
1Trevor LawrenceQBClemsonJR6-6220
2Penei SewellOTOregonJR6-6330
3Ja'Marr ChaseWRLSUJR6-1200
4Zach WilsonQBBYUJR6-3210
5Kyle PittsTEFloridaJR6-6239
6Justin FieldsQBOhio StateJR6-3228
7Jaylen WaddleWRAlabamaJR5-10182
8Rashawn SlaterOTNorthwesternSR6-4315
9DeVonta SmithWRAlabamaSR6-1175
10Micah ParsonsLBPenn StateJR6-3244
2021 NFL Draft Big Board: Top 150 Prospects

For our top 10 per position, check out our 2021 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings

CeeDee Lamb 2021 Fantasy Football Profile

BY KEVIN HANSON (@EDSFootball)
Updated: Monday, March 15th

Leading up to the start of the 2021 NFL season, we will post 2021 Fantasy Football Profiles for several fantasy-relevant players.

Heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, few mock drafts, if any, projected the Dallas Cowboys would select Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver CeeDee Lamb.

There were two reasons for this:

  1. Few mocks expected him to still be on the board when the Cowboys picked (17th overall)
  2. Wide receiver ranked low amongst the team's priorities of needs

In fact, the Cowboys had a pair of young 1,100-yard receivers -- Amari Cooper (1,189) and Michael Gallup (1,107) -- in 2019. That said, Randall Cobb (828) and tight end Jason Witten (529) both departed in free agency last offseason.

Providing the Cowboys with an upgrade over Cobb, no rookie receiver produced more from the slot than Lamb.

Minnesota's Justin Jefferson had a historic rookie season (88/1400/7) and other rookies like Cincinnati's Tee Higgins and Pittsburgh's Chase Claypool made significant impacts. That said, Jefferson was the only rookie to finish with more receiving yards than Lamb (935).

Lamb scored the 25th-most fantasy points among WRs (half-PPR scoring) as he finished with 74 catches for 935 yards and five touchdowns. If it weren't for the season-ending injury to quarterback Dak Prescott, however, Lamb's numbers would have likely been much better.

Continue reading our CeeDee Lamb 2021 Fantasy Football Profile

Tee Higgins 2021 Fantasy Football Profile

BY KEVIN HANSON (@EDSFootball)
Updated: Monday, March 8th

Leading up to the start of the 2021 NFL season, we will post 2021 Fantasy Football Profiles for several fantasy-relevant players.

If it weren't for the season-ending injury to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow in Week 11, it would have been an even better 2020 season for fellow rookie Tee Higgins.

Leading the team in both receiving yards and touchdowns, Higgins finished his rookie campaign with 67 catches for 908 yards and six touchdowns on 108 targets. Meanwhile, Higgins (14) had twice as many 20-yard receptions as any other receiver (Tyler Boyd, seven) on the roster.

In addition, only two rookies -- Justin Jefferson (1,400) and CeeDee Lamb (935) -- had more receiving yards than Higgins in 2020.

The rookie barely played in Week 1 (15 snaps, zero targets) and Burrow was injured in Week 11, as noted above. Before Burrow's injury, however, Higgins was really hitting his stride from Weeks 3 to 10.

During that seven-game span, Higgins averaged 14.3 fantasy points per contest and only 10 receivers scored more fantasy points than the rookie. He had at least 62 yards in six consecutive games from Weeks 4 to 10 with an average of 88.0 per game over that stretch.

Higgins performed as fantasy's WR27 (half-PPR scoring) from Weeks 1-11 (43/629/4). The table below breaks down Higgins per-game splits with/without Burrow.

SplitRec.Rec. YardsY/RRec. TDTGT
With Burrow (W1-11)4.362.914.630.47.1
W/O Burrow (W12-17)4.046.511.630.336.0

Continue reading our Tee Higgins 2021 Fantasy Football Profile

Dak Prescott 2021 Fantasy Football Profile

Entering the league as a fourth-round pick, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had immediate success as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016.

While Prescott missed the final 11 1/2 games of the 2020 season, he has never finished any worse than fantasy's QB11 in any of his four full seasons.

In his last full season, he scored the second-most fantasy points behind Baltimore's Lamar Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP. In addition, Prescott and the Cowboys' offense finished as the league's top-ranked offense in 2019.

Before suffering his season-ending ankle injury in Week 5 last year, Prescott was off to a terrific start -- from a statistical standpoint. Prescott was fantasy's QB4 through the first five weeks of the season.

That said, the trio of Patrick Mahomes (138.86, QB2), Josh Allen (138.66, QB3) and Prescott (138.64, QB4) were separated by a mere 0.22 fantasy points -- equivalent to 5.5 passing yards -- over that stretch to begin the season.

Continue reading our Dak Prescott 2021 Fantasy Football Profile

2021 Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule

Fantasy football strength of schedule helps fantasy managers determine which teams and players have favorable (or unfavorable) schedules for the 2021 NFL season.

Based on each team's scheduled opponents for 2021, we have tallied the average fantasy points allowed by each of their opponents to the position.

[Note: Our SOS includes all 17 opponents given the expectation that the NFL will implement a 17-game regular-season schedule in 2021.]

While strength of schedule should not be the sole factor in determining who to draft/add, it could help potentially break a tie between two players that you may view as comparable.

The complete strength of schedule for quarterbacks is below:

RankTeamPlayerFantasy SOS
1New York JetsSam Darnold19.94
2New England PatriotsJarrett Stidham19.84
3Pittsburgh SteelersBen Roethlisberger19.78
4Indianapolis ColtsCarson Wentz19.77
5Denver BroncosDrew Lock19.65
6New Orleans SaintsDrew Brees19.62
7Houston TexansDeshaun Watson19.59
8WashingtonKyle Allen19.52
9Jacksonville JaguarsGardner Minshew19.5
10San Francisco 49ersJimmy Garoppolo19.47
View full Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule (SOS)

Note: Fantasy SOS = Average fantasy points per game allowed in 2020 of each team's 2021 opponents.

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2023 NFL Mock Draft

We are more than two years away for the 2023 NFL Draft, which will be held in Kansas City, MO.

While we have posted a 2021 NFL Mock Draft and 2022 NFL Mock Draft, we've decided to take a way-too-early look at how the top of the 2023 NFL Draft could play out.

For our 2021 (and 2022) mock draft(s), we know which prospects have declared early (or decided to return for another season). For the pool of players for our early top-10 mock draft for 2023, we've limited our pool of prospects to only players that will become draft-eligible beginning in 2023.

The draft order used is based on the inverse order of NFL wins over the past decade.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Will Anderson, EDGE, Alabama

As noted in our 2021 NFL mock draft, the Jaguars own the rights to their first-ever No. 1 overall pick, which they will undoubtedly use on Clemson's Trevor Lawrence. More than likely, the Jags won't be picking first again in 2023 given their treasure trove of draft picks and ability to spend in free agency.

Nonetheless, they have the first pick based on our criteria for determining the draft order and get a disruptive edge rusher in Anderson. Among SEC defenders, only Georgia's Azeez Ojulari and former teammate Christian Barmore had more sacks in 2020 than Anderson had as a true freshman. Only the Cincinnati Bengals (17) had fewer sacks than the Jaguars (18) in 2020.

2. Cleveland Browns: Bryan Bresee, IDL, Clemson

The No. 1 recruit in the 247Sports Composite (2020), Bresee enjoyed immediate success for the Tigers. The ACC Defensive Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-ACC performer finished his true freshman season with 6.5 tackles for loss including four sacks and 33 tackles. With a rare combination of first-step explosiveness for a man his size, Bresee has the versatility to line up at various alignments along the defensive line.

3. New York Jets: Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson

Murphy stepped onto the Clemson campus with NFL-ready size and athleticism. As a true freshman, Murphy led the Tigers in tackles for loss (12.5) and forced fumbles (three), had four sacks and was as good as it gets against the run.

Continue reading our way-too-early Top-10 2023 NFL Mock Draft

Cam Akers 2021 Fantasy Football Profile

Leading up to the start of the 2021 NFL season, we will post 2021 Fantasy Football Profiles for several fantasy-relevant players.

Despite a modest start, Los Angeles Rams rookie running back Cam Akers emerged as a workhorse down the stretch in 2020.

Making his NFL debut against the Dallas Cowboys with 15 touches, Akers exited early -- after three touches -- with a rib injury sustained against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2. That rib injury kept him out of Week 3 and 4 as well. From Weeks 5 to 12, he never exceeded 10 touches.

In that Week 12 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, however, Akers was clearly the team's most productive back as he carried the ball nine times for 84 yards and a touchdown. After that point, he became the clear lead back.

"Probably about midseason, that's when I started to get a good grasp on the run concepts, what the coaches wanted," Akers said after the season (per ESPN). "I just kind of settled in, played football and it showed."

Even though he missed Week 16, only four running backs had more touches than Akers (94) from Weeks 13 to 17.

Continue reading our Cam Akers 2021 Fantasy Football Profile

Kevin Hanson's Way-Too-Early 2022 NFL Mock Draft

As difficult as it is to project how the NFL Draft will play out two months from now, it's (obviously) even more difficult when trying to project one year and two months from now.

Not only will two free-agency periods impact team needs, so will the actual 2021 NFL Draft.

For the purposes of this mock draft, we took into consideration the player projected in the first round of our latest 2021 NFL Mock Draft.

To project draft order, I used recent Super Bowl 56 odds.

1. Houston Texans: Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina

If the Texans are picking first overall in 2022, that likely means that they met Deshaun Watson's trade demands. Trading away a franchise player like Watson would be a tough pill for Texans' fans to swallow, but Howell has elevated the play of those around him and has been one of the best deep passers in college since his freshman season.

2. New York Jets: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

The top-ranked recruit on the ESPN 300 in 2019, Thibodeaux burst onto the scene with 12.0 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss over 21 games in his first two seasons.

Current Oregon (and former Texas A&M) DC Tim DeRuyter recently compared Thibodeaux's explosiveness to one of his former pupils (Von Miller). DeRuyter said that Kayvon is "probably the first person that I've seen in a while who has that explosiveness off the edge like Von" [Miller].

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

Neal has starting experience at both left guard (2019) and right tackle (2020), but it's possible he moves to the other side to replace Alex Leatherwood at left tackle in 2021. Regardless of how the Jaguars fill the void created by left tackle Cam Robinson's impending free agency, Neal would help upgrade the offensive line no matter where he lines up.

+ Continue reading our 2022 NFL Mock Draft

Fantasy Football 2021: Way-too-early three-round mock draft

With three playoff games still to be played, we are roughly seven months away from when most casual fans begin to think about their fantasy football draft(s).

Between now and then, much will change due to NFL free agency, the 2021 NFL Draft, injuries and breakouts in training camp and the preseason, etc.

That said, it won't stop us from taking a way-too-early look at how the top of a fantasy football draft may shake out -- at least, if we were selecting for every team.

Our initial one-man, 12-team mock draft will go three rounds. For those 12 teams, all but three have started with at least two running backs.

While running backs (20, 55.6%) make up the majority of players selected, there were also 13 wide receivers and three tight ends selected. No quarterbacks were selected in the first three rounds.

[Note: We will release the first iteration of our 2021 fantasy football rankings no later than the Monday after the Super Bowl.]

2021 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 1

1.01 - Team 1: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

If you drafted McCaffrey first overall in 2020, you likely find little solace that he was fantasy's top-scoring back in the three weeks in which he appeared (Weeks 1, 2 and 9). In those games, however, CMC handled 76 touches including 17 receptions, racked up 374 yards from scrimmage and scored six touchdowns. All of those numbers were either first or second among running backs.

Before his lost season due to injury, McCaffrey was nearly an every-snap iron man in 2019. Heading into his age-25 season, he remains the top choice for me in 2021 drafts.

1.02 - Team 2: Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Once again, Cook has missed multiple games, but he set career highs in touches (356), yards from scrimmage (1,918) and touchdowns (17) and scored the third-most fantasy points (half-PPR) among running backs. The clear lead back in one of the league's most run-heavy offenses, Cook averaged a career-high 5.0 YPC and has a minimum of 40 catches in each of the past three seasons.

1.03 - Team 3: Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

The clear favorite among the top five picks in this mock to finish last in receptions, Henry more than compensates for his smaller role as a receiver with his dominant rushing production. Not only is he the back-to-back rushing champion coming off a 2,000-yard campaign, but Henry has led the league in rushing touchdowns in the past two seasons with 33 rushing scores in 31 games.

No running back scored more fantasy points in non-PPR formats, but Henry finished second in half-PPR and third in PPR as well. In other words, the limited passing-game role hasn't hurt his value much, even in leagues that reward a full point per reception.

1.04 - Team 4: Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints

No running back scored more fantasy points in half-PPR formats than Kamara in 2020. The versatile back had exactly 81 receptions in each of his first three NFL seasons and then set a career high (83) in 2020. That said, he was on pace for a much higher career-best number before Drew Brees (ribs) missed four weeks. The only three games that Kamara failed to reach three catches came with Brees sidelined.

If Brees retires and the Saints utilize Taysom Hill as their starter, it will cap Kamara's upside and lead to more volatility in his weekly production. In the four-game span with Hill under center, 10 running backs scored more half-PPR fantasy points than Kamara. In the 12 games with Brees, Kamara was a top-10 weekly producer in all but one game. In four games with Hill, here were Kamara's weekly finishes: RB25, RB36, RB9 and RB9, respectively.

Continue to our Way-too-early 2021 Fantasy Football Mock Draft

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

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