Top 5 Offenses to Target in 2021 Fantasy Football
The core of fantasy football analysis is about breaking down a player's individual outlook. But it's impossible to fully separate that outlook from the offense around him.
A talented running back can be held back by a poor offensive line, and only the truly great wide receivers can single-handedly make up for poor quarterback play.
On the flip side, even a middling talent can put up serious fantasy numbers in the right environment.
With that in mind, here are the top five offenses for fantasy football in 2021.
Best Offenses for Fantasy Football
5. Dallas Cowboys
What really holds the Dallas Cowboys back is that they have too many top weapons. That's a good thing for Dak Prescott, but it makes it harder for everyone else. If Ezekiel Elliott is going to handle his peak 300-plus carry workload, that will make it very hard for there to be enough targets to go around to feed Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup. In an ideal world Dak will really focus in on two of those three, but there's a real chance that the wide receiver trio all cut into each others' value.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
We have a bit of a similar situation in Tampa Bay. Tom Brady should feast again, but Antonio Brown's emergence in the playoffs clouds things for Chris Godwin and Mike Evans a bit. The saving grace here is that Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones aren't likely to see nearly the rushing workload that Zeke will. The Bucs threw at the league's 10th-highest rate in 2020, so there's a real chance Brady can support three strong fantasy wideouts.
3. Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers lack depth, but that gives them some clarity. There's a reason they're one of only two teams with two players sporting a first-round average draft position (ADP) on FantasyPros. Aaron Jones should benefit from the departure of Jamaal Williams, and with Aaron Rodgers back we know Davante Adams can be fantasy football's best wide receiver. Of course, Rodgers himself is a pretty solid QB option, and even A.J. Dillon offers some real zero-RB or handcuff appeal as a high-upside pick in the late rounds.
2. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills don't run the ball well, but that's a possible boon to the fantasy football appeal in the offense. We know Josh Allen will throw a ton. We know Stefon Diggs will feast. Emmanuel Sanders could easily see enough volume to offer some late-round sleeper appeal. And if Zack Moss or Devin Singletary can separate from the pack and earn true RB1 volume, either one could emerge as an every-week starter at running back.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs have the NFL's best offense, and they claim that tile in fantasy football as well. Patrick Mahomes is the QB1 by ADP. Travis Kelce is the TE1. Tyreek Hill is the WR2. Clyde Edwards-Helaire has a second-round ADP. Harrison Butker is The Duel's top-ranked kicker. And with Sammy Watkins gone, Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson both have the potential to emerge and offer that same boom-or-bust fantasy upside that Watkins boasted.
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