2021 Top 25 Fantasy Free Agents

Updated: Feb 24

The 2021 i80Sports top 50 Fantasy Free Agents

By: Steven Wasco

The 2021 NFL Free Agency Frenzy is just around the corner! Unlike other sites that will rank all of the Free Agents, I will instead be discussing fantasy relevant players who will have an impact on their future teams!

1. Quarterback Dak Prescott

Age: 27

2018 Stats: 3885 Passing, 22 TDs, 8 Ints, QB 10, 17.87 PPG

2019 Stats: 4902 Passing, 30 TDs, 11 Ints, QB 2, 21.8 PPG

2020 Stats: 61856 Passing, 9 TDs, 4 Ints, QB 33, 27.73 PPG (5 Games played)

It’s no surprise that Dak Prescott makes the top spot of our Free Agency Rankings. Prescott’s absence was sorely missed in a year where even with Andy Dalton playing, the Cowboys had a shot at the playoffs until week 14. But from a fantasy perspective, Prescott was lighting the fantasy world on fire. Until his injury in week 5, Prescott was scoring 27.73 points per game, if you average out his PPG over 16 games, Prescott would have finished with 443. 68 total points, which would have beaten Josh Allen’s #1 finish by nearly 40 points. Whatever team Dak goes to, if the Cowboys fail to resign him, he will make the team an instant playoff contender and will continue to be a staple of your fantasy roster.

Prediction: Cowboys or Colts

2. Wide Receiver Allen Robinson II

Age 27

2018 Stats: 55 Rec, 754 Yds, 4 TDs, WR 41, 9.7 PPG

2019 Stats: 98 Rec, 1147 Yds, 7 TDs, WR 11, 12.9 PPG

2020 Stats: 102 Rec, 1250 Yds, 6 TDs, WR 12, 13.2 PPG

Robinson makes the list as the top Fantasy WR in this market. He is still a highly productive receiver, in 4 of his 6 seasons that he has played (missed his 4th season to an ACL tear), Robinson has seen 150 + targets, including 154 targets in 2019 and 151 targets in 2020. He has been productive despite questionable quarterback play. Robinson is almost assuredly not returning to Chicago so anywhere he goes, he will be very productive and post top 20 receiver numbers.

Prediction: Packers, Dolphins, or Colts

3. Wide Receiver Chris Godwin

Age 24

2018 Stats: 59 Rec, 842 Yds, 7 TDs, WR 25, 9.7 PPG

2019 Stats: 86 Rec, 1333 Yds, 9 TDs, WR 2, 16.7 PPG

2020 Stats: 65 Rec, 840 Yds, 7 TDs, WR 32, 13.2 PPG

Chris Godwin will most likely be re-signed or Franchise Tagged by the Buccaneers, but in case he isn’t he is still a valuable Fantasy asset. Even though his 2020 stats aren’t as flashy as his previous season in 2019, he still averaged, in the 12 games he played, 13.2 fantasy points per game (in .5 PPR). He has played with Fitzpatrick, Winston, and Brady and has been a reliable fantasy asset every year. Regardless if he stays in Tampa or goes elsewhere, Godwin will still be a plug and play every game he is in. Also keep in mind that he is only 24 years old, he is young and still full of talent!

Prediction: Buccaneers use Franchise Tag

4. Wide Receiver Juju Smith-Schuster

Age 24

2018 Stats: 111 Rec, 1426 Yds, 7 TDs, WR 8, 15.1 PPG

2019 Stats: 42 Rec, 552 Yds, 3 TDs, WR 66, 7.7 PPG

2020 Stats: 97 Rec, 831 Yds, 9 TDs, WR 18, 11.6 PPG

Juju makes the top 5 for two reasons: age and targets. Juju is young and brings an unselfish and very mature attitude to his play. He does not demand targets and does his job. Career wise Juju has caught 69.5% of all his catchable targets. In 2018 and 2020 he had 166 and 128 targets respectively. He led the team in catches and tied for the lead in TDs. Why isn’t he higher? Well his YPG dropped from 13.1 to 8.6 from 2019 to 2020. That’s an important fact to remember. Juju operates best in the slot but can be flexed to the outside making him a valuable fantasy asset for any offensive coordinator who can use him effectively.

Prediction: Steelers, Dolphins, 49ers, or Colts

5. Tight End Hunter Henry

Age 26

2018 Stats: Missed with ACL Tear

2019 Stats: 55 Rec, 652 Rec, 5 TDs, TE 9, 10.2 PPG

2020 Stats: 60 Rec, 613 Rec, 4 TDs, TE 13, 8.2 PPG

Hunter Henry rounds out the top 5 fantasy players in Free Agency. He is a big time weapon between the 20’s and over his career he has caught 69% of his targets. What keeps Henry from being higher on this list is his Touchdowns. Unlike the elite Tight Ends like Travis Kelce, Hunter Henry has never broken more than 700 yards and has not posted a 10 TD season. However, if used in the right system the potential is there, and what’s more is that we have seen that potential time and time again. I think the Chargers move on from Henry and he goes elsewhere and shines.

Prediction: Chargers, Saints, or Giants

6. Wide Receiver Kenny Golladay

Age 27

2018 Stats: 70 Rec, 1063 Yds, 5 TDs, WR 21, 11.5 PPG

2019 Stats: 65 Rec, 1190 Yds, 11 TDs, WR 6, 13.5 PPG

2020 Stats: 20 Rec, 338 Yds, 2 TDs, WR 103, 11.2 PPG

Despite an injured plagued 2020, Golladay is still a great fantasy asset. Should he leave Detroit, he is a great Wide receiver. Despite injury, everytime Golladay was on the field he averaged 11.2 points per game. When healthy he is almost guaranteed a vast target share and will be a high impact target.

Prediction: Packers, Colts, Eagles, or 49ers

7. Running Back Aaron Jones

Age 26

2018 Stats: 728 Ru Yds, 8 TDs, 26 Rec, 206 Yds 1 TD, RB 23, 13.2 PPG

2019 Stats: 1084 Ru Yds, 16 TDs, 49 Rec, 474 Yds, 3 Tds, RB 2, 18.1 PPG

2020 Stats: 114 Ru Yds, 9 TDs, 47 Rec, 355 Yds, 2 TDs, RB 5, 16.8 PPG

The first running back to crack the list, Aaron Jones is the best Running Back on the Free Agent Market. He will definitely have a market and his age will guarantee him a 4 year contract. Jones dominates the Touchdown department as he has 39 total TDs over the last 3 seasons which averages out to 13 TDs per season. Part of me thinks the Packers re-sign him and Jones continues to be a top 10 Running Back. Part of me thinks he walks and he goes to a system beneficial to him and he continues to dominate as a top 10 Running Back. So it’s a win-win.

Prediction: Packers or Falcons

8. Wide Receiver Will Fuller V

Age 26

2018 Stats: 32 Rec, 503 Yds, 4 TDs, WR 67, 12.9 PPG

2019 Stats: 49 Rec, 670 Yds, 3 TDs, WR 54, 10 PPG

2020 Stats: 53 Rec, 879 Yds, 8 TDs, WR 28, 14.8 PPG

Will Fuller has never played a full season of football. In 2020 as it looked as if he would play a full season, he gets suspended after 11 games. So why is he still a top 10 Fantasy Free Agent? Simple, when he plays he is a fantasy darling! Will Fuller career average is 14.9 Yard Per Reception and over his last 3 fantasy seasons he averages 12.57 fantasy points per game which means if he plays, you start him. Fuller is probably going to walk because the Texans are in a full rebuild, so wherever he goes, he is going to be an asset and will dominate fantasy statistics whenever he plays!

Prediction: Colts, Titans, or Washington

9. Running Back Leonard Fournette

Age 26

2018 Stats: 439 Ru Yds, 5 TDs, 22 Rec, 185 Yds, 1 TD

2019 Stats: 1152 Ru Yds, 3 TDs, 76 Rec, 522 Yds

2020 Stats: 367 Ru Yds, 6 Tds, 36 Rec, 233 Yds

Statistically Fournette had his worst season of all his four seasons. So why does he break the top 10? The answer is twofold: 1) he balled out in the playoffs 2) he didn’t have a lot of run this season. Fournette’s talent has never been in question, he clearly can be one of the best running backs to take the field. So I expect Fournettes Super Bowl’s run to land him a massive contract and since he is still a sub 30 Running Back he will definitely have a market!

Predictions: Cardinals, Bills, or Broncos

10. Wide Receiver Antonio Brown

Age 32

2018 Stats: 104 Rec, 1297 Yds, 15 TDs, WR 4, 18.1 PPG

2019 Stats: 4 Rec, 56 Yds, 1 TD (1 Game played)

2020 Stats: 45 Rec, 483 Yds, 4 TDs (8 games played, 4 started), 11.8 PPG

Our Top 10 is rounded out with our first plus 30 player. Antonio Brown was difficult to place on this list. First the disclaimer, Antonio Brown still has legal issues he will be dealing with, and if found guilty he deserves any punishment levied against him. With the disclaimer out of the way, Antonio Brown is still a very talented skill player. He is both a deep threat and an excellent route runner. As long as he still has the ability to create separation and display great field awareness on his routes, he will be an asset to any team that signs him.

Prediction: Buccaneers, Washington, and Seahawks

11. Wide Receiver Corey Davis

Age 26

2018 Stats: 65 Rec, 891 Yds, 4 TDs, WR 28, 9.4 PPG

2019 Stats: 43 Rec, 601 Yds, 2 TDs, WR 64, 6.2 PPG

2020 Stats: 65 Rec, 984 Yds, 5 TDs, WR 31, 11.4 PPG

Prediction: Titans, Lions, and Bears

12. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick

Age 38

2018 Stats: 66.7% Comp, 2366 Pa Yds, 17 TDs, 12 Ints, QB 28, 20.73 PPG