Even though it feels like the football season just ended, the NFL Draft is next month, and if you're like me you're looking for a chance at redemption in your fantasy football league in 2021.
The trend in the NFL for more teams to lean on a pass heavy offensive attack has allowed for many fantasy managers to view top tier receivers as equally valuable assets as the top running backs available. This is good for opening up options in the first few rounds of drafts; but it places an increased importance on either hitting on your first RB taken, or finding some value later in drafts if you decide to go against the traditional strategy of coming out of the first four rounds with two starting running backs.
If you're someone looking to have a bounce back year in your fantasy league or just feel like being a maverick and switching up strategies, it's never too early to start your fantasy football league research. Let's take a look at a few backs that are trending up for 2021.
J.K. Dobbins Baltimore Ravens
This shouldn't be a surprise, and I must admit this is an obvious one. But it would be remiss of me to not lead off with Dobbins on this list. Unless the Ravens bring in competition either through the draft or free agency, Dobbins looks to have a clear path to being the lead back for the team in 2021.
Mark Ingram was released by Baltimore in January following a disappointing 2020 campaign which really served as a roadblock for Dobbins for the first half of his rookie season. Still with the team is Gus Edwards, who has been a solid backup in his three years with the team, and it's been rumored that he may be a target for an extension at some point before his contract expires at the end of the 2021 season.
We shouldn't expect to see the Ravens add any significant talent at that position, as we saw Dobbins excel down the stretch once given the opportunity to start. The biggest obstacle for Dobbins from a fantasy perspective moving forward will be consistency. In an offense that has Lamar Jackson at the helm, you never know when Lamar will take control of the rushing attack himself leaving scraps for his running backs.
As of right now JK Dobbins is the RB19 off the board in early redraft data He was an RB2 this year with just over… https://t.co/IKytZtOLLP— Justin Wright (@Justin Wright)1614831736.0
Either way, you shouldn't be letting Dobbins slip past the second round in drafts this year. Baltimore should be adding some help at wide receiver this year in an effort to try to keep him in the pocket more. This should also translate to a more traditional rushing attack which will help the bottom line for J.K. Dobbins.
Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys
Doesn't it seem like Zeke has been around for a decade and it's right about that time for a bell cow running back's body to be breaking down? That must explain his down 2020 season, right?
Elliott did post a career-low 979 rushing yards last year, but the injury to Dak Prescott effectively disabled the entire Dallas offense. Also Zeke is only 25 years old; that's right: 25. Obviously running backs, especially ones that take on a workload like Elliott, have a shorter shelf life than most other position players based on the hits they're taking. But if other managers in your league want to let Zeke slip into the second, or even THIRD, round of drafts this summer please be the one to take advantage of that.
Believe me, it will happen.
It is important that either Dak Prescott returns next season or the team is able to bring in a viable replacement at QB. But Zeke just needs a little bit better play than what he got from Andy Dalton and Ben DiNucci last season to be better. Sure, we have seen guys take big dips in the prime of their careers in the past, but Elliott doesn't seem like a candidate to be one of those guys.
He comes with pedigree, a track record, and the Cowboys' offense is very good with Dak Prescott at QB. I would feel pretty comfortable with Elliott at the back end of the first round, but don't be surprised if you can target him into the early third round of drafts for 2021.
Chase Edmonds Arizona Cardinals
Remember all the hype surrounding Kenyan Drake before fantasy drafts last year? A do-it-all back in Kliff Kingsbury's high flying system with Kyler Murray under center to draw defenses attention to defending the pass. It worked out pretty well. Drake finished the 2020 season with 1,092 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns. But Drake is a free agent, and up to this point hasn't worked out a new deal to return to the desert in 2021.
That would leave Chase Edmonds as the next man up for the Cards. In 2019 he broke out for a huge game against the Giants, rushing for 126 yards and three touchdowns. Last year Edmonds continued to serve as a solid backup and five double digit fantasy point games in a reserve role.
Chase Edmonds bell cow? 🤔 https://t.co/UPn8dFV1TR— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF Fantasy Football)1614985322.0
The prophecy of Arizona being a fantasy promised land for running backs appears to be true, and if that continues to be the case into 2021, then Edmonds could be THE steal of fantasy drafts this summer. This is also a contract year for Edmonds, so if he's given the opportunity to perform in a starting role this year, you're going to get the most out of him if he's on your squad.
After an uncertain year in sports, things are finally getting back to normal. While you might miss going to live games (us too), one great way to make watching from home all the more exciting is to dive into the world of fantasy sports.
We've been doing our research and found the top two fantasy platforms: FanDuel Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and DraftKings. If you're new to the world of fantasy sports, then look no further.
Here's how they compare.
- Both allow you to play on their app or website
- Both offer a huge variety of fantasy sports
- Both have an offer for new users: 20% of your first deposit matched up to $500
- Both allow you to pick an entirely new lineup every week
- Both registration processes are easy and can be done in a matter of minutes
- Both offer different types of games including tournaments, head to heads, and multipliers
- Both sites allow you to easily edit your line-up and make changes to your team
- Both sites allow you to enter the same line-up into multiple leagues easily
- FanDuel's website is packed with tips for beginners
- DraftKings offers scoring bonuses when players in your lineup achieve certain milestones
- With FanDuel, you can cash out any amount, no matter how big or small at any time. With DraftKings, the cash out has to be higher than $20.
- FanDuel's salary cap is higher than DraftKings, which gives you more flexibility with picking your weekly lineup
FanDuel DFS Overview
FanDuel DFS nailed the fantasy game with their informative website and easy-to-use app. They have fantasy leagues for every sport you can think of - football, soccer, NBA, MLB, golf, and more. FanDuel DFS has something for everyone by offering season-long leagues with new weekly lineups, as well as mini-contests featuring smaller lineups.
What we love about FanDuel DFS is that unlike regular fantasy sports, you can have an entirely new lineup every week. Each individual player has a salary value, and the total value of your team has to be less than your weekly cap. FanDuel gives you a competitive edge by allowing you to check out your opponents before playing with them. If you click on any participant's username, you can get a glimpse of their profile page which shows you exactly when they signed up and their number of wins.
Signing up for a FanDuel account couldn't be easier, and can be done online or on the FanDuel app. They'll ask you for your SSN, but this is just to make sure coaches and players aren't making any bets.
The app runs smoothly, and as we said, if you're new to fantasy betting, FanDuel makes getting up to speed a total breeze. Plus, for new users, they'll match 20% off your first deposit up to $500!
DraftKings also has a convenient app and offers a huge variety of fantasy sports. Signing up takes only minutes, and like FanDuel, they offer every type of fantasy sport you could want.
Although their promo for new users and general offering is the same as FanDuel, that's where the similarities end. DraftKings also doesn't have as many tutorials and tips as Fanduel, which can alienate new users. Anyone who is new to the world of Fantasy sports is going to have a very hard time figuring out of the terminology.
On top of that, many users of DraftKings report that their customer service leaves a lot to be desired, and something as simple as updating a payment method can take days. Not what you need on a big game day!
Fantasy sports can make watching the game so much more exciting, and we couldn't be more pumped for all of the sporting action that lies ahead in the coming months. If you have been thinking about getting into the world of fantasy sports, there couldn't be a better time. Picking the right platform for you can mean the difference between winning or losing, and our pick is FanDuel DFS.
The app is so straightforward, you can cash out your winnings at any time (no matter how big or small), and most importantly, their website is filled with a ton of tutorials that will get you up to speed in no time.
Super Bowl LV is almost here and we know you have predictions. An instinct, a hunch on the quarterback that's got what it takes… and if you want to make the game even more exciting, you need to download FanDuel Fantasy.
It's a daily fantasy app, so you don't need to have picked a team back in August. You can start whenever and they have an awesome limited time offer for new users.
Here are 5 reasons the Super Bowl is the absolute perfect time to get into FanDuel.
1. It's not too late - really!
You can lock in your team up until kickoff, so you've got time.
2. FanDuel will get you up to speed fast
Their interface is super user-friendly, so first-time players and seasoned vets will easily be able to navigate the complex world of fantasy sports. If you have any questions, they've got a full guide with a glossary, for all those terms.
3. You can win big.
Play FanDuel's "Big Game" contest for a chance to win up to $3.55M in prizes. That is big news.
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Haven't seen your friends from last year's Super Bowl party? Hit them up for this. It raises the stakes, especially if getting dunked in the group chat is on the line.
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Not only do they have NFL, but you'll find college football, NBA, WNBA, NHL, and much, much more. There are tons of different daily games to take advantage of every day, so you can really get into different sports.
It's gonna be a memorable Super Bowl, no matter who wins….but if your team wins, we bet you're gonna remember it a little more.
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Each Friday, FindBet will preview the week's DFS slate, highlighting players that are priced well on DFS sites, as well as some contrarian plays that can push your team to the top of the leader board.
Most NFL DFS games have you putting a team together with players from a certain slate of games. It could be just Sunday 1:00 PM games, or it could be every game that is slated for the week. Once the last game that has eligible players is over, the final payouts are made according to how many fantasy points each team scored. Each player is worth a certain dollar amount, and you have a cap of $60,000 to build your team with. You have to have 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX (RB, WR, or TE) and 1 DEF.
The general scoring rules include (6) points for each rushing and receiving touchdown, (4) points for each passing touchdown, (0.1) points for each rushing and receiving yard gained, (0.04) points for each passing yard, and also (0.5) points for each reception. There are other scoring opportunities for defenses. Let's take a look at players we like in the first round of the NFL playoffs this weekend.
Players to Target:
Josh Allen (QB) - $8500
Allen is coming into this game a completely different QB than he was in their Week 6 match up with Kansas City. I think he has the best match up of the 4 signal callers this weekend.
Leonard Fournette (RB) - $7200
Ronald Jones II's status for Sunday is still up in the air so that could pave the way for Fournette to get a solid workload against a Green Bay defense that is near the bottom of the league in rush defense.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB) - $6200
CEH looks to be on track to return this week (sorry about last week's recommendation!) If KC wants to replicate it's gameplan from Week 6 against the Bills, CEH will get plenty of carries.
Video from Patrick Mahomes at #Chiefs practice today. Clyde Edwards-Helaire also at practice today. https://t.co/M2ijYZwUfX— Harold R. Kuntz (@Harold R. Kuntz)1611253130.0
Cole Beasley (WR) - $5700
I think this is the week we see a big game from Beasley. Indianapolis and Baltimore made it a point to shut him down the first two weeks of the playoffs. I don't think KC's defense has the ability to stop him.
Allen Lazard (WR) - $5700
Lazard finally looks back to normal after his core muscle injury earlier in the year. The Packers will have to push the ball downfield against a stingy Tampa defense which should result into production for the Packers #2 WR.
Davante Adams (WR) - $8900
Adams is basically match up proof. With the player pool the smallest it's been all year, throwing Adams in the lineup is a bit of an insurance to keep your team's scoring floor higher.
Davante Adams’ releases and route running >>>> https://t.co/sv1fnHpZ1V— Field Yates (@Field Yates)1610836412.0
Robert Tonyan (TE) - $5700
I know we have a lot of Packers pass catchers this week, but Tonyan's scoring floor is really appealing at this price, so we are going to jump on it and hope for a big passing day.
Stefon Diggs (WR) - $8300
Diggs leads all WRs in Targets, Catches and Yards in the post season. Just like he did in the regular season. KC's defense is the worst Buffalo will have faced to this point so Diggs is a solid play.
Buffalo Bills (DEF) - $3700
Call me crazy, but a less than 100% Patrick Mahomes and a Bills defense playing its best football is a recipe for success.
FindBet Free Play for Championship Week:
Here's a team you can put right into any of your contests, just remember to buy us a beer when you win big!