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Overall rankings for 2021 PPR fantasy football leagues ahead of Week 2 preseason

We take you through our updated overall PPR rankings for 2021 fantasy football drafts ahead of Week 2 in the NFL preseason.

Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin (37) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium.  Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Week 2 of the NFL preseason officially kicks off Thursday night as the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles face off on NFL Network. Audiences will have a second chance to glimpse the No. 15 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, Mac Jones, after a reasonable pre-season premiere, where he went 13/19 for 87 yards. We’ll also get our first glimpse at rookie DeVonta Smith.

We promised to update our overall PPR rankings for 2021 fantasy football drafts often, so here are our first set of rankings updates ahead of Week 2 of the NFL preseason. We’ll continue to update as we approach the kick off of the 2021 NFL season with the Cowboys vs. Bucs on Thursday Night Football, so be sure to check back for our weekly rankings updates as you work your way through fantasy football drafts.

2021 Fantasy Football rankings: Overall PPR

There are plenty of players we’ll be keeping a close eye on through Week 2 of the preseason to help us tweak our fantasy football rankings to prepare you for your drafts. Here’s a look at some narratives we’ll be watching in the weekend to come.

Miami Dolphins backfield

Malcolm Brown got the start in their Week 1 matchup vs. the Bears, leading the running back corps with 10 total touches for 15 yards. Yes, you read that correctly. Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed got their chances too, but despite the inefficiency, Brown continued to see work. Gaskin is currently being drafted as the RB21 — in the fourth round of fantasy football drafts — per FantasyPros ADP, the most costly of all backs in this committee. If we see another week of similar usage, we’ll need to scale back heavily on expectations for Gaskin in the 2021 season.

Justin Fields

Fields looked like the real deal in his first preseason snaps in Week 1, showcasing his athleticism, mobility and his arm in his rookie debut against the Dolphins. Fields currently sits at No. 183 in our overall PPR rankings for 2021 fantasy football, but we may need to adjust if he continues to make plays to force Matt Nagy to reconsider his starter for the 2021 season.

Houston’s backfield

It’s not to say that any running back in this offense is going to be desirable, but it’s worth noting that Phillip Lindsay got the start for the Texans in Week 1 of the preseason. Most have assumed that David Johnson, Texans leading rusher in 2020, would lead the charge, but it could be that we’re witnessing a changing of the guard following the team’s FA signing of former Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay. Though this offense is bound to have issues with efficiency, Lindsay could emerge as a late-round value should he emerge from the preseason with the starting job.

With those notes in mind ahead of Week 2 of the NFL preseason, here’s an updated look at my overall PPR fantasy football rankings. Be sure to consider the potential for a high target share while making your selections in PPR leagues.

Overall PPR rankings for 2022 fantasy football

Rank Name Team Position
Rank Name Team Position
1 Jonathan Taylor IND RB
2 Dalvin Cook MIN RB
3 Austin Ekeler LAC RB
4 Derrick Henry TEN RB
5 Christian McCaffrey CAR RB
6 Joe Mixon CIN RB
7 Cooper Kupp LAR WR
8 Alvin Kamara NO RB
9 Nick Chubb CLE RB
10 Najee Harris PIT RB
11 Davante Adams GB WR
12 Justin Jefferson MIN WR
13 Ja'Marr Chase CIN WR
14 Javonte Williams DEN RB
15 Tyreek Hill KC WR
16 Deebo Samuel SF WR
17 Travis Kelce KC TE
18 D'Andre Swift DET RB
19 Josh Allen BUF QB
20 Antonio Gibson WAS RB
21 Stefon Diggs BUF WR
22 Mark Andrews BAL TE
23 David Montgomery CHI RB
24 A.J. Brown TEN WR
25 CeeDee Lamb DAL WR
26 Elijah Mitchell SF RB
27 Saquon Barkley NYG RB
28 Aaron Jones GB RB
29 Keenan Allen LAC WR
30 D.K. Metcalf SEA WR
31 Cam Akers LAR RB
32 Chris Godwin TB WR
33 DeAndre Hopkins ARI WR
34 Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB
35 Jaylen Waddle MIA WR
36 Mike Evans TB WR
37 Leonard Fournette TB RB
38 Patrick Mahomes II KC QB
39 Diontae Johnson PIT WR
40 Josh Jacobs LV RB
41 Tee Higgins CIN WR
42 J.K. Dobbins BAL RB
43 Michael Thomas NO WR
44 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC RB
45 Tyler Lockett SEA WR
46 Darren Waller LV TE
47 James Conner ARI RB
48 DJ Moore CAR WR
49 Calvin Ridley ATL WR
50 AJ Dillon GB RB
51 Kyle Pitts ATL TE
52 Damien Harris NE RB
53 George Kittle SF TE
54 Michael Carter NYJ RB
55 Brandin Cooks HOU WR
56 Miles Sanders PHI RB
57 Rashaad Penny SEA RB
58 Elijah Moore NYJ WR
59 Kareem Hunt CLE RB
60 Devin Singletary BUF RB
61 Justin Herbert LAC QB
62 Deshaun Watson HOU QB
63 T.J. Hockenson DET TE
64 Hunter Renfrow LV WR
65 Michael Pittman Jr. IND WR
66 James Robinson JAC RB
67 Aaron Rodgers GB QB
68 Tony Pollard DAL RB
69 Dallas Goedert PHI TE
70 Kyler Murray ARI QB
71 Travis Etienne Jr. JAC RB
72 Amari Cooper DAL WR
73 Lamar Jackson BAL QB
74 Terry McLaurin WAS WR
75 Robert Woods LAR WR
76 Chase Edmonds ARI RB
77 Joe Burrow CIN QB
78 Dawson Knox BUF TE
79 DeVonta Smith PHI WR
80 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL RB
81 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET WR
82 Adam Thielen MIN WR
83 Melvin Gordon III DEN RB
84 Sony Michel LAR RB
85 Rhamondre Stevenson NE RB
86 Odell Beckham Jr. LAR WR
87 Dak Prescott DAL QB
88 Jerry Jeudy DEN WR
89 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR RB
90 Allen Robinson II CHI WR
91 Matthew Stafford LAR QB
92 Rob Gronkowski TB TE
93 Alexander Mattison MIN RB
94 Pat Freiermuth PIT TE
95 Jalen Hurts PHI QB
96 Marquise Brown BAL WR
97 Darnell Mooney CHI WR
98 Chris Carson SEA RB
99 Brandon Aiyuk SF WR
100 Ronald Jones II TB RB
101 Mike Williams LAC WR
102 Chase Claypool PIT WR
103 Russell Wilson SEA QB
104 Darrel Williams KC RB
105 Trey Lance SF QB
106 Mike Gesicki MIA TE
107 Christian Kirk ARI WR
108 Dalton Schultz DAL TE
109 Courtland Sutton DEN WR
110 Myles Gaskin MIA RB
111 Gabriel Davis BUF WR
112 Chuba Hubbard CAR RB
113 Rashod Bateman BAL WR
114 Justin Fields CHI QB
115 J.D. McKissic WAS RB
116 Kirk Cousins MIN QB
117 Ryan Tannehill TEN QB
118 Mac Jones NE QB
119 Raheem Mostert SF RB
120 Jamaal Williams DET RB
121 Noah Fant DEN TE
122 DeVante Parker MIA WR
123 James White NE RB
124 Kadarius Toney NYG WR
125 Tua Tagovailoa MIA QB
126 Nyheim Hines IND RB
127 Hunter Henry NE TE
128 Michael Gallup DAL WR
129 Van Jefferson LAR WR
130 Zack Moss BUF RB
131 Derek Carr LV QB
132 Kenneth Gainwell PHI RB
133 Logan Thomas WAS TE
134 Jarvis Landry CLE WR
135 Irv Smith Jr. MIN TE
136 Cole Kmet CHI TE
137 Jakobi Meyers NE WR
138 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT WR
139 Zach Ertz ARI TE
140 Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB DST
141 D.J. Chark Jr. JAC WR
142 Tyler Higbee LAR TE
143 Trey Sermon SF RB
144 Ty Johnson NYJ RB
145 Buffalo Bills BUF DST
146 David Johnson HOU RB
147 Rondale Moore ARI WR
148 Russell Gage ATL WR
149 Justin Jackson LAC RB
150 Trevor Lawrence JAC QB
151 Tyler Boyd CIN WR
152 Indianapolis Colts IND DST
153 David Njoku CLE TE
154 Matt Ryan ATL QB
155 Corey Davis NYJ WR
156 Phillip Lindsay MIA RB
157 Sterling Shepard NYG WR
158 Zach Wilson NYJ QB
159 San Francisco 49ers SF DST
160 Cole Beasley BUF WR
161 Evan Engram NYG TE
162 Jameis Winston NO QB
163 Gerald Everett SEA TE
164 Miami Dolphins MIA DST
165 Kansas City Chiefs KC DST
166 New Orleans Saints NO DST
167 Carson Wentz IND QB
168 Robby Anderson CAR WR
169 Kenny Golladay NYG WR
170 Boston Scott PHI RB
171 Justin Tucker BAL K
172 Baker Mayfield CLE QB
173 Robert Tonyan GB TE
174 Will Fuller V MIA WR
175 Terrace Marshall Jr. CAR WR
176 Denver Broncos DEN DST
177 Marlon Mack IND RB
178 Jimmy Garoppolo SF QB
179 Greg Zuerlein DAL K
180 Jonnu Smith NE TE
181 Mark Ingram II NO RB
182 Damien Williams CHI RB
183 Tyler Bass BUF K
184 Julio Jones TEN WR
185 Carlos Hyde JAC RB
186 Laviska Shenault Jr. JAC WR
187 Curtis Samuel WAS WR
188 Emmanuel Sanders BUF WR
189 Marvin Jones Jr. JAC WR
190 Mike Davis ATL RB
191 Donald Parham Jr. LAC TE
192 Matt Gay LAR K
193 Kenyan Drake LV RB
194 Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB WR
195 Kenneth Walker FA RB
196 Mecole Hardman KC WR
197 Daniel Jones NYG QB
198 Joshua Palmer LAC WR
199 Salvon Ahmed MIA RB
200 New England Patriots NE DST
201 Green Bay Packers GB DST
202 Jared Goff DET QB
203 Nelson Agholor NE WR
204 Younghoe Koo ATL K
205 Parris Campbell IND WR
206 Jameson Williams FA WR
207 Dallas Cowboys DAL DST
208 Allen Lazard GB WR
209 Mo Alie-Cox IND TE
210 A.J. Green ARI WR
211 Cleveland Browns CLE DST
212 Marquez Callaway NO WR
213 Los Angeles Chargers LAC DST
214 Tre'Quan Smith NO WR
215 Daniel Carlson LV K
216 Jalen Reagor PHI WR
217 Malcolm Brown MIA RB
218 Ryan Succop TB K
219 Arizona Cardinals ARI DST
220 Bryan Edwards LV WR
221 Matt Prater ARI K
222 Nico Collins HOU WR
223 Tim Patrick DEN WR
224 Jason Sanders MIA K
225 Los Angeles Rams LAR DST
226 Treylon Burks FA WR
227 Breece Hall FA RB
228 Rodrigo Blankenship IND K
229 Jamison Crowder NYJ WR
230 Chicago Bears CHI DST
231 Darius Slayton NYG WR
232 Austin Hooper CLE TE
233 Jake Elliott PHI K
234 Philadelphia Eagles PHI DST
235 Jerick McKinnon KC RB
236 Tyler Conklin MIN TE
237 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF RB
238 Wayne Gallman Jr. MIN RB
239 Harrison Butker KC K
240 Josh Reynolds DET WR
241 Teddy Bridgewater DEN QB
242 Garrett Wilson FA WR
243 Antonio Brown FA WR
244 Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE WR
245 Devontae Booker NYG RB
246 Cameron Brate TB TE
247 Kendrick Bourne NE WR
248 Minnesota Vikings MIN DST
249 Chris Boswell PIT K
250 Carolina Panthers CAR DST
251 Evan McPherson CIN K
252 Robbie Gould SF K
253 Jason Myers SEA K
254 Taysom Hill NO QB
255 Jared Cook LAC TE
256 Isaiah Spiller FA RB
257 Latavius Murray BAL RB
258 Adam Trautman NO TE
259 Samaje Perine CIN RB
260 Blake Jarwin DAL TE
261 Chris Olave FA WR
262 Quintez Cephus DET WR
263 Byron Pringle KC WR
264 Gus Edwards BAL RB
265 Braxton Berrios NYJ WR
266 Tennessee Titans TEN DST
267 Eric Ebron PIT TE
268 Tyrell Williams FA WR
269 Dyami Brown WAS WR
270 Demarcus Robinson KC WR
271 KJ Hamler DEN WR
272 Tarik Cohen CHI RB
273 Dan Arnold JAC TE
274 Darrynton Evans TEN RB
275 Ryan Fitzpatrick WAS QB
276 Dustin Hopkins LAC K
277 Joshua Kelley LAC RB
278 Pittsburgh Steelers PIT DST
279 Seattle Seahawks SEA DST
280 Matt Breida BUF RB
281 Brandon McManus DEN K
282 O.J. Howard TB TE
283 D'Onta Foreman TEN RB
284 Davis Mills HOU QB
285 K.J. Osborn MIN WR
286 Zay Jones LV WR
287 Mason Crosby GB K
288 Wil Lutz NO K
289 Khalil Herbert CHI RB
290 Tyler Johnson TB WR
291 Hayden Hurst ATL TE
292 Nick Folk NE K
293 T.Y. Hilton IND WR
294 Anthony Firkser TEN TE
295 Randall Cobb GB WR
296 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB RB
297 Laquon Treadwell JAC WR
298 Anthony Schwartz CLE WR
299 Chris Herndon IV MIN TE
300 Graham Gano NYG K
301 Jamal Agnew JAC WR
302 Cairo Santos CHI K
303 Baltimore Ravens BAL DST
304 Quez Watkins PHI WR
305 Jimmy Graham CHI TE
306 Sammy Watkins BAL WR
307 Cincinnati Bengals CIN DST
308 Greg Joseph MIN K
309 Ka'imi Fairbairn HOU K
310 Devonta Freeman BAL RB
311 DeSean Jackson LV WR
312 D'Ernest Johnson CLE RB
313 Tevin Coleman NYJ RB
314 New York Giants NYG DST
315 Jalen Guyton LAC WR
316 Rex Burkhead HOU RB
317 D'Wayne Eskridge SEA WR
318 Washington Commanders WAS DST
319 Jack Doyle IND TE
320 Sam Darnold CAR QB
321 Kene Nwangwu MIN RB
322 Jaret Patterson WAS RB
323 New York Jets NYJ DST
324 Randy Bullock TEN K
325 Josh Lambo FA K
326 Duke Johnson Jr. MIA RB
327 James Washington PIT WR
328 Giovani Bernard TB RB
329 Jacksonville Jaguars JAC DST
330 Jordan Howard PHI RB
331 Chase McLaughlin CLE K
332 Marcus Mariota LV QB
333 Jeremy McNichols FA RB
334 DeeJay Dallas SEA RB
335 Jordan Love GB QB