Last season, Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert was one of the top Fantasy football sleepers. He went undrafted in most leagues and did not open the 2020 campaign as a starter for the Chargers, only getting his opportunity to claim the job when Tyrod Taylor suffered an unfortunate early-season injury. Herbert finished as a top 10-fantasy QB, outscoring the likes of Lamar Jackson and Matthew Stafford. Finding a diamond in the rough is always an important part of your 2021 Fantasy Football draft prep.
When reviewing 2021 Fantasy football rankings and 2021 Fantasy football ADP, sleepers may not always be readily apparent. Before beginning the search for the top 2021 Fantasy football sleepers, breakouts and busts, be sure to see what the team at SportsLine has to say.
Prepared by proven SportsLine Fantasy experts Scott Engel, Jody Smith and Jacob Gibbs, this is a must-have guide for any Fantasy player preparing for snake, auction or best ball drafts. Engel is a Fantasy Hall of Famer, Smith has been ranked among the most accurate experts in the nation by FantasyPros, and Gibbs is a data-driven prodigy who called Patrick Mahomes’ monster 2018 season. This trio brings decades of Fantasy experience and can give you a huge edge in your league.
This guide ranks every player at each position, but goes well beyond that, breaking down sleepers, breakouts and busts. There are also Fantasy football rookie rankings, strategy tips and much more. Head to SportsLine now to see the 2021 Fantasy football draft bible.
Top 2021 Fantasy football picks
The Fantasy football draft bible includes SportsLine’s top 2021 Fantasy football sleepers:
Sam Darnold, QB, Carolina Panthers: After passing for just nine TDs and 11 interceptions in his final season with the Jets, you can be assured that Darnold will go undrafted in many Fantasy football leagues this season. However, overlooking him may turn out to be a mistake. Darnold has moved from one of the worst situations imaginable to a new one that has set him up for success.
Darnold’s talent has not slipped away, yet the subpar coaching and surrounding factors that led to his quick demise with the Jets have been left behind. Now, Darnold can potentially emerge as a Ryan Tannehill type of post-Adam Gase success story, and he could fare well quite quickly with the Panthers. Not only did he get a needed change of address, he also found a new home where he is surrounded by quality playmakers. A healthy and mentally refreshed Darnold could become relevant in 2020.
Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Penny has gone from being an intriguing first-round pick for the Seahawks to potentially seeing his last chance to become a significant part of the team’s plans. Penny may still be taken in the late rounds, but Fantasy players won’t hesitate to cut him early in the season if he doesn’t show any signs of promise.
The Seahawks, however, declined to pick up Penny’s fifth-year option in the offseason, so now he must play with a sense of urgency while showing that he can stay on the field. To this point, any glimpses of upside he has shown have been greatly overshadowed by his injury problems. If he can remain available for Seattle and Fantasy players this season, he still could emerge as a nifty flex player. If an opportunity arises to lead the Seahawks backfield, Penny could finally bust out.
Quintez Cephus, WR, Detroit Lions: Sometimes in Fantasy football, desperation leads to production from unlikely sources. Even in a passing game that is projected to look very poor, someone has to step forward and become a playmaker. That is the case in Detroit this season, where top wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones have departed, only to be replaced by much lesser veterans like Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman.
The Lions also have downgraded at quarterback, where Jared Goff takes over for Matthew Stafford. The former Ram needs a wide receiver to help him get the ball downfield, even when his team is playing catch-up. Cephus is a top candidate to build on some of the flashes he showed as a rookie and climb higher on the depth chart.
How to find proven 2021 Fantasy football rankings
SportsLine’s Fantasy football 2021 draft guide has also identified a massive bust you need to steer completely clear of. This player is going off the board in the second round in many leagues, but could completely sink your playoff hopes. You can only see who it is here.
So what is the value of every single player for your 2021 Fantasy football rankings? And which huge bust can sink your season? Visit SportsLine now to see the complete 2021 Fantasy football draft bible, all from a team of proven Fantasy analysts who can give you a huge edge in your league.