Fantasy Football Rankings & Projections
4for4 is home of the most accurate fantasy football rankings since 2010. Our rankings guru, John Paulsen, was named The Most Accurate Fantasy Football Expert by FantasyPros in 2010 and 2014 and was the runner up in 2011 and 2019. In 2012 , 2015, 2017 and 2020 he finished in the top four.
4for4 features a full set of highly accurate rankings broken down by position. With so many scoring formats out there and the changes in each having an impact on projections, we offer a variety of rankings and projections with easy-to-navigate tabs to fit whatever format your league uses.
The rest of the information on this page has to do with draft rankings.
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While quarterbacks are usually the highest-scoring players in your lineup, drafting them at the right time is crucial since you don't want to miss out on the elite players at other positions in the early rounds of a draft. Using our rankings complete with ADP or average draft position will help guide your efforts in finding the perfect signal caller.
Who are the best quarterbacks?
4for4's rankings are constantly being updated and are highly accurate. Below you'll find the Top-5 quarterbacks for the 2021 season.
|Rank||Player||Team||Projected Fantasy Points||Underdog ADP|
For beyond the five highest-ranked quarterbacks, you can find a comprehensive list of every player at the position on our quarterback rankings page, which is all sortable and customizable to your league settings.
Running Back Rankings
The running back position is the most polarizing of the skill positions, with some people opting to load up early, and others taking a wait-til-mid-draft approach. No matter what you decide to do, 4for4 has you covered with rankings for every format.
Who are the best running backs?
The table below shows the Top-5 rushers in half-PPR scoring for the 2021 season.
|Rank||Player||Team||Projected .5- PPR Fantasy Points||Underdog ADP|
For beyond the five highest-ranked running backs, you can find a comprehensive list of every player at the position on our running back rankings page, which is all sortable and customizable to your league settings.
Wide Receiver Rankings
Wide receiver is the position you want to draft the most of since the majority of leagues feature more starting spots for wideouts than any other position. Depth is key to maximize scoring throughout the season and WRs can really impact your bottom line, especially in half-PPR and PPR scoring formats.
Who are the best wide receivers?
Our rankings at 4for4 are constantly being updated and are highly accurate. Below you'll find the Top-5 wide receivers for the 2021 season.
|Rank||Player||Team||Projected .5-PPR Fantasy Points||Underdog ADP|
For beyond the five highest-ranked wide receivers, you can find a comprehensive list of every player at the position on our wide receiver rankings page, which is all sortable and customizable to your league settings.
Tight End Rankings
In recent years, the top tier of tight ends sits on a different level than the rest of the pack. Drafters need to decide whether to invest in an elite tight end early or wait until later on in the draft and load up on other positions at the start.
Who are the best tight ends?
The following table shows the Top-5 tight ends according to 4for4's season-long half-PPR rankings.
|Rank||Player||Team||Projected .5-PPR Fantasy Points||Underdog ADP|
For beyond the five highest-ranked tight ends, you can find a comprehensive list of every player at the position on our tight end rankings page, which is all sortable and customizable to your league settings.
After the top tier of defenses, it's advisable to play the matchups from week to week which is considered streaming. Regardless of whether you decide to draft one of the elite units or stream on a weekly basis, it's better for your team's overall output to wait as long as possible to select a defense.
Who are the best defenses?
The accurate rankings at 4for4 are constantly being updated based on news, events and injuries. Below you'll find the Top-5 defenses for the 2021 NFL season.
|Rank||Team||Projected Fantasy Points||ADP|
|3||Washington Football Team||147||14.03|
|4||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||143||13.05|
|5||New England Patriots||143||15.09|
For beyond the five highest-ranked defenses, you can find a comprehensive list of every player at the position on our DST rankings page, which is all sortable and customizable to your league settings.
Kickers get a bad rap in the fantasy football world, but they can give you an edge if you play the right ones. Look for kickers on strong offenses with lots of scoring opportuies. Be sure to wait until the last round or two to draft your kicker so that you can add the most depth at positions with multiple starters.
Who are the best kickers?
The table below indicates 4for4's Top-5 kickers heading into the 2021 fantasy season.
|Rank||Player||Team||Projected Fantasy Points||ADP|
For beyond the five highest-ranked kickers, you can find a comprehensive list of every player at the position on our kicker rankings page, which is all sortable and customizable to your league settings.
Since dynasty leagues differ from redraft formats in terms of the value placed on certain types of players, the fantasy genre needs its own set of rankings. Here are the rankings for dynasty, rookie and superflex formats.
New to fantasy football or just want to explore different formats and topics? We have you covered with a wide range of commonly asked questions and answers.
What is the best draft position?
There are advantages and disadvantages for every spot in a snake draft, which drives the competitiveness of selecting fantasy football teams. In the front third of the draft order, you get a very high-end player yet have to wait nearly two rounds to select again. Middle drafters are privy to a more balanced selection and don’t have to start or stress about any positional runs. From the latter end of the draft, managers have to wait a while to pick, but get several selections near each other in value.
The Perfect Draft series at 4for4 is a wonderful way to see how drafts are playing out during the height of drafting season, with a round-by-round detailed draft from various spots, across several fantasy football platforms.
What is the best fantasy football draft strategy?
There are many valid approaches to fantasy football drafts that can lead to hoisting a championship trophy at the end of the season. While the do’s are plentiful when it comes to success in fantasy football, the don’ts are probably the most important.
Do not reach for a kicker or defense no matter how much you like them or want them on your team. Save those for the last two rounds of a draft, and load up on depth at your core positions, you’ll need it. Unless it’s a 2QB or Superflex league, resist the urge to take a QB first, as there is so much depth and similar scoring for all the starting QBs, but a larger dropoff at the other positions after the first few rounds.
What is the best best-ball strategy?
There are so many different drafting strategies when it comes to the best ball format since these leagues are essentially draft it and forget it, meaning once the draft is over there is no weekly management. Some choose to focus on different positions earlier than others, and there is no right or wrong approach. However, roster construction, or how your team is built is essential to finding success in this format.
Underdog leagues are 18 rounds, half-PPR scoring, with 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE and 1 Flex as starters. In regular, not tournament formats, you want a pretty balanced roster talent-wise but want to be sure to disperse the positions in the best way possible to maximize points. You want at least 2 QBs and three if you’re going with a later-round approach to the position instead of grabbing an elite guy early.
Data shows that five to six RBs is the sweet spot, while drafting anywhere from six to eight WRs works best since three start every single week. Similar to QB, the other onesie position, if you’ve drafted an elite TE taking just one more to cover the bye week is acceptable in order to focus on depth at RB or WR. However, if you're drafting TEs from the middle of the pack, taking a third one somewhere along the way is a solid strategy since the position is so volatile.
What is ADP?
Average Draft Position, or ADP is the average pick number a certain player is being selected across multiple drafts conducted on a specific site or platform. This data can also be broken down further to include ADP by position. For example if you see Stefon Diggs listed with an ADP of 2.02 and WR3, that means he is being drafted on average as the second pick in the second round, as the third receiver off draft boards.
Who has the most accurate fantasy football projections and rankings?
4for4 has proven to be highly consistent in both their preseason and in-season rankings, which is paramount for success in fantasy football. John Paulsen, 4for4’s Director of Forecasting was named the Most Accurate Fantasy Football Expert by FantasyPros in both 2010 and 2014, and was the runner-up in 2011 and 2019. In 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2020 he finished among the top four rankers.
The forecasting process at 4for4 places emphasis on teams’ offensive tendencies, strength of schedule and athlete talent via predictive modeling. This allows the rankings to effectively deliver fantasy football results that are measurable, objective and consistently replicated, and 4for4’s historical success in accuracy confirms that they’re good at what they do.
What is the best fantasy football site?
There are many outlets for fantasy football content, which allows the industry to thrive and grow. 4for4 is known for accurate rankings and projections, along with a whole host of actionable content for redraft, best ball, DFS and betting. Some sites are more hyper focused on dynasty content, or one specific type of fantasy football, so be sure to do all the research that you can.
What is dynasty fantasy football?
A dynasty fantasy football league is one where you retain most or even all of your players from season to season. Hits or misses can have an impact on a team for many years, similar to NFL franchises. In dynasty formats, there are trades, including actual draft picks, and usually deeper roster pools, which encourages players to grab and grow with younger prospects.
Looking at dynasty rankings certainly helps when tackling a new dynasty startup league, as does learning everything about the NFL rookies and where they are ranked to start their respective NFL careers. Researching and participating in mock drafts for dynasty formats is advisable when first starting out, so that you can get a solid idea of where players are being drafted.
What is the best superflex or 2QB draft strategy?
Leagues where you either start two QBs or can use one in the flex spot require a mindset change when it comes to drafting. In single-QB leagues waiting to draft your signal caller can be advantageous in order to load up on depth for positions that require more starters, however if you play QB chicken and wait too long in a 2QB or Superflex format, you may be left with the bottom of the barrel.
A sensible approach to drafting quarterbacks in Superflex is to pair an elite top-12 option in the first two rounds with a duo of fantasy signal-callers from the QB18-QB24 range you can mix and match on a weekly basis depending on matchups. This allows you to not invest all your early-round draft capital on one position while still coming away with a formidable quarterback room.
What is IDP fantasy football?
Drafting and starting individual defensive players weekly as opposed to a team’s entire defense is known as IDP fantasy football. Instead of awarding points for the whole unit, IDP scoring tallies points for plays made by each player such as tackles, sacks, interceptions and safeties, among other defensive categories.
4for4 has a wide array of articles, tools and rankings to assist fantasy managers in their quest to conquer IDP leagues. Rankings are broken down by defensive back, defensive line and linebackers, with additional content on rookie breakouts, as well.
What is the Zero RB draft strategy?
Created by Shawn Siegele, the Zero RB strategy focuses on selecting elite receivers and/or tight ends early in the draft while waiting and targeting high-upside running backs in later rounds. The theory behind this strategy is that WRs have a lower bust rate in the earlier rounds than RBs, in particular when it comes to the fragility of the RB position.
Even without injuries, WRs have proven to score more points than RBs in PPR formats at the same average draft position (ADP). Be sure to read up on and research the strategy before deciding to implement Zero RB in Underdog best ball formats in 2021.
What is Quarterback, Tight End, Defense and Kicker streaming?
Streaming is a term given to the act of picking up and starting certain positional players based on their weekly matchups instead of looking at their value for the season as a whole. This is particularly useful for QB, TE, DST and K, as they are considered “onesie”positions and so there is a smaller demand for inventory, thus leaving playable opinions on the waiver wire.
If you have an elite or high-end player from any or all of these positions streaming is not necessary, but it can certainly be advantageous as a strategy in season-long fantasy football formats. By looking at a team's opponents and their weaknesses in positional areas, we can take advantage by picking up and starting their opposing players.
What is the best first round pick?
The ideal first-round picks are fairly dependent on what part of a draft one is picking from and the scoring format of the league. It’s pretty standard for the elite tier of running backs to leave draft boards in the first few picks, unless it is a Superflex or TE premium format. Towards the middle of the first round is when the RB value drops off and grabbing an elite WR or Travis Kelce is the best move.
When you get to the back end of drafts, developing a strategy for both your first and second pick is beneficial since the snake draft comes back to you quickly. If deciding to implement a Zero RB construction, taking two top WRs is a solid plan, or if you’re going for balance, drafting the best available player should be in play. 4for4 has a very intuitive Perfect Draft series that covers ideal drafts from various spots on different platforms.
What is the best auction draft strategy?
One of the most popular auction strategies out there is known as the studs and scrubs approach. There’s a competitive edge to passing on the middle-round players and focusing on dominant positional stars along with lower-valued players with upside who can potentially overdeliver.
4for4 has a few articles on how to approach auction leagues this season if you’re looking for some more options, plus there’s a more detailed piece on how to implement the studs and scrubs method on the site.
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