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2021 Fantasy football draft prep: Tips, rankings, NFL rookies, strategy, top 150 players from proven experts

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a football player holding a baseball bat: DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 19: Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss (20) carries the ball against the Denver Broncos during a game between the Denver Broncos and the Buffalo Bills at Empower Field at Mile High on December 19, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. © Provided by CBS Sports

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 19: Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss (20) carries the ball against the Denver Broncos during a game between the Denver Broncos and the Buffalo Bills at Empower Field at Mile High on December 19, 2020 in Denver, Colorado.

As the first Sunday of the NFL season approaches, it's time to start wrapping up your 2021 Fantasy football draft prep. There is a pressing need for a central location that contains 2021 Fantasy Football rankings, sleepers, busts and more essential information. You will want to review mock drafts and get a feel for who you should pick in the first rounds based on your draft slot. There is also a need to review outlooks on 2021 Fantasy football rookies.

What is the correct 2021 Fantasy football draft strategy? Should you go running back early? How soon should a quarterback be taken? There is no one set way to make effective 2021 Fantasy football picks. Before beginning the search for the top 2021 Fantasy football sleepers, breakouts and busts, be sure to see what the team at SportsLine has to say.

Prepared by proven SportsLine Fantasy experts Scott Engel, Jody Smith and Jacob Gibbs, this is a must-have guide for any Fantasy player preparing for snake, auction or best ball drafts. Engel is a Fantasy Hall of Famer, Smith has been ranked among the most accurate experts in the nation by FantasyPros, and Gibbs is a data-driven prodigy who called Patrick Mahomes' monster 2018 season. This trio brings decades of Fantasy experience and can give you a huge edge in your league.

This guide ranks every player at each position, but goes well beyond that, breaking down sleepers, breakouts and busts. There are also Fantasy football rookie rankings, strategy tips and much more. Head to SportsLine now to see the 2021 Fantasy football draft bible.

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The Fantasy football draft bible includes SportsLine's 2021 Fantasy football strategy for each type of draft:

Winning snake drafting strategies: Try not to speculate too much on what will happen ahead of you. It's better to queue up groups of players starting with the first pick and simply grab the best one when it's your turn. If you continue to queue up groups of players after every pick with an eye on the next round, you will always be ready for anything. Focus on the best available players in every round without planning to target one or two specific players, and you won't get "sniped."

Best ball tips for success: The goal in best ball leagues is to aim for the highest cumulative point totals, so the mindset should be different than in the regular head-to-head matchup formats. Give edges to the players with more upside. It is also better to target QB to WR hookups. In many best ball leagues, there is no Fantasy football waiver wire or trades, so concentrating on long-term results is key.

The salary cap draft strategy handbook: If you want to land both Alvin Kamara and Derrick Henry as the top two running backs, it is possible. Those who want to pair Patrick Mahomes with Tyreek Hill do not have to hope both players fall to them at certain slots. Yet you also must be judicious with your budget.

How to find proven 2021 Fantasy football rankings

SportsLine's Fantasy football 2021 draft guide has also identified a massive bust you need to steer completely clear of. This player is going off the board in the second round in many leagues, but could completely sink your playoff hopes. You can only see who it is here.

So what is the value of every single player for your 2021 Fantasy football rankings? And which huge bust can sink your season? Visit SportsLine now to see the complete 2021 Fantasy football draft bible, all from a team of proven Fantasy analysts who can give you a huge edge in your league

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