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📽️ Fantasy Football Rankings: The Top 5 Rookie RBs to Draft in 2021

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2021 NFL Fantasy Football Top 5 Rookie RB Rankings fantasy draft best running backs based on Dave Loughran's expert rankings for CBS, Yahoo, ESPN, Best Ball and Dynasty leagues this year

Awesemo NFL fantasy expert Dave “Loughy” Loughran continues his dive into the football world, giving out his fantasy football rankings for the Top 5 rookie running backs for the 2021 season, and where you should be drafting them in your ESPN, CBS, Yahoo, Best Ball and dynasty leagues this year. This comes as no shock, but Najee Harris is holding down the No. 1 spot in the rankings, but which RBs are filling up the Nos. 2-5 slots? Let Loughy tell you.

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Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 5 Rookie RBs to Draft

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Check out this excerpt from Matt Gajewski’s 2021 Rookie Dynasty Rankings

1. Ja’Marr Chase — Cincinnati Bengals

Letting A.J. Green walk this offseason, the Bengals reunited Joe Burrow with Chase with the fifth overall pick. Cincinnati’s 60.5% pass rate ranked 13th last season in a year where Burrow suffered a season-ending injury. Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins accounted for 110 and 108 targets, respectively, last season, but this offense looks capable of taking an explosive leap similar to Dallas last year. While Chase should immediately slide into a starting role, he will compete with more talent than other rookies in this year’s class. Still, Chase’s dominant collegiate profile keeps him at the top of dynasty rankings.

2. Najee Harris — Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers vacated 169 carries and 43 targets from 2020 by letting James Conner go. Standing 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, Harris functioned as a workhorse at Alabama, with 1,446 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns as a senior. He also contributed 43 receptions for another 425 yards in 2020. Harris should slide into a feature-back role immediately for Pittsburgh, giving the best shot to finish as an RB1 for the 2021 fantasy season. Long-term, Harris is a 23-year-old rookie behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines with a 39-year old Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback.

See who rounds out the rest of Matt’s Top-20 rankings.


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