Fantasy Football Players Set to Explode

Fantasy Football Draft Season is already getting underway. So it’s only right we go over some players who are set up to over achieve in 2021. Without focusing on just one position I will make sure to hit three players at each position that are not top round draft picks. However, these fantasy football players can possibly get you to the 2021 Playoffs.


This is a position I refuse to draft until later rounds. Sometimes even in the 8th, 9th, or heck even the 12th round if you are in a one QB league only. The reality is the margin of point total is so small within the position when it comes to fantasy due to garbage time points.

Jameis Winston (NO)

Let’s get started with one of my favorite sleepers for fantasy football players this year, Jameis Winston. The guy can sling it , sometimes to the other team but in fantasy that’s okay. In a clean system that New Orleans has ran with for years Winston can strive. I love the ability of Sean Payton and the coaching staff to put the offense in a position to be successful. A dome always helps for fantasy outlook. I think you can draft Winston very very late in drafts and he can easily average north of 20.0 points per game in 6 point Passing – TD format.

Trevor Lawrence (JAX)

Next up is Trevor Lawrence. Say what you want about Gardner Minshew and there being a quarterback battle down in Jacksonville. I do not buy it! Lawrence is the clear cut week one starter and the most NFL ready QB out of the draft in a LONG time. With proven wideouts in DJ Chark, Marvin Jones, and Shenault Jr., Lawrence should not have any trouble finding open receivers. On a team where fourth quarter comeback attempts will happen often fantasy value goes through the roof, look for Lawrence to have an abundance of passing yards and upwards of 25 total touchdowns on the season. That of course depends on if he can manage a healthy seventeen starts.

Cam Newton (NE)

Everything tells me Cam Newton is ready for a big year both on the ground and in the air. Mac Jones is far from ready to be an NFL QB and that is my gut feeling. Newton has always been available for his teammates even when his play was very bad last year. He remains one of the most dangerous red zone threats with his legs. Plus, the Patriots are definitely building the offense around his skill set after signing two of the best tight ends in the league in Free Agency. Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry will result in a lot of linebackers being in coverage. This should create enormous rush lanes for Superman. This is a make or break year for Cam. I am predicting him to give it all he got both on the ground and through the air.

Running Backs

Chase Edmonds (ARI)

With all of the talk about the Arizona Cardinals and their offense, no one is referring to their starting running back Chase Edmonds. Kenyan Drake was the lead back in 2020 and he is now a Las Vegas Raider. The Cardinals signed James Conner but I fully expect Edmunds to lead the backfield, it is his job to lose. With Kyler Murray being such a dual threat it can really open opportunity for Edmunds in the red zone. He can also be a receiving threat which is definitely his strength.

Kareem Hunt (CLE)

The legit talent of Kareem Hunt is often overlooked due to Nick Chubb being one of the best running backs in the league. However, when it comes to PPR you have to have Hunt on your team. If Chubb ever misses a game you instantly have an RB1 on your roster. Expect Hunt to have the third down role all season long and be a constant threat in the pass game every single Sunday for you fantasy football players out there.

Tarik Cohen (CHI)

Tarik Cohen tore his ACL in week three of 2020 and missed the whole season. He is coming back to a Bears offense that has gotten a superstar in the making with Justin Fields. The PPR value of Cohen should not go unnoticed. You’ll be able to get him super late in drafts. He should most definitely be the third down back and if Fields becomes the starter this offense can definitely go to a different level.

Wide Receivers

Emmanuel Sanders (BUF)

First on the Wide Receiver sleeper list is Emmanuel Sanders. The Buffalo offense can take another stride forward even though 2020 was something special. Giving Josh Allen an elite WR2 can have this Buffalo offense top of the league. Maybe even into Kansas City territory if they can establish a run game! Sanders remains one of the most tenured yet skilled wideouts. Being a one-two punch with Stefon Diggs should cause major concerns for opposing defenses and score major points for fantasy football players.

Michael Pittman (IND)

Michael Pittman started off his rookie year slow but exploded in the NFL Wild Card Round against Buffalo for 5 receptions and 70 yards adding an 11 yard rush for a crucial first down in the second half. The 6’4 225 is a “mini Mike Evans” and can absolutely jump into the WR3 category in 2021. Look for the Colts to use him in many different ways to fully establish the wide skillset he has as a football player.

Mike Williams (LAC)

Mike Williams is going to have double digit Touchdowns in 2021 and be in the WR3 conversation as long as he stays healthy. I fully expect Keenan Allen to lead the team in receptions as well as yards. But Williams is the ultimate red zone threat. There is obviously a cause for concern due to his injury history. Look for this offense to be in the top 10 in all categories and Williams to be a big part of it.


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