Awesemo fantasy football expert Dave Loughran is here bringing you the top fantasy football sleepers and running backs that can win your leagues in 2021. Loughy will break down some of the best running backs to target in your last-minute drafts to help take you to the top of your leagues. Check out Loughy’s full list of fantasy football sleepers, and be sure to check out the rest of the Awesemo NFL fantasy football tools, data and rankings.
Fantasy Football Draft & Rankings
Prepping for a fantasy football draft can be a time-consuming, confusing process. Spending hours reading through magazines, online articles and listening to podcasts can leave you sifting through a mishmash of conflicting and often useless information. It is difficult figuring out who to trust and which stats are noise and which are not. You have probably come across players considered “breakout” picks in one article, only to see them labeled as “busts” in another.
The reason for this is simple: There are too many available statistics to choose from, and many of the ones that are used by analysts contain little, if any, predictive value. In fact, even the statistics that do offer predictive value can be harmful when viewed in isolation. When citing individual statistics – as analysts often do – they can make a case for anyone. If you are tired of groupthink and industry consensus, maybe it is time for a data-driven approach.
Fortunately, Awesemo has created first-rate rankings based on projections. Good projections consider millions of data points. They then determine which data points are most predictive and aggregate them into a single overarching number for each player, culminating in a ranking system that takes relativity into account.
Strength of Schedule Tool
Not every week is equal in fantasy football, especially when it comes to beating your friends in the playoffs. If you preferentially choose players who have a favorable schedule going into Weeks 15 and 16, you will have a great chance of success. The Awesemo Strength of Schedule Tool is not your regular list of good and bad defenses by week. Alex Baker has put his projections to work – using game lines from the season coupled with specific stats to create a rating for each matchup that is not solely based on last year’s performances. Types of defenses are also taken into account. Inside, run-stuffing defenses may allow no points to bruising backs who continually run through the A-gap, but what about pass-catching backs like Christian McCaffrey or Alvin Kamara? Awesemo’s Strength of Schedule Tool treats those backs differently, for example, and tailors the strength of schedule to their unique situations. We have also grouped each player’s strength of schedule by periods of the season. Want to know how a player grades out during the playoffs? Just toggle the playoff column. Got a guillotine league where you need to be great right off the bat? Toggle Weeks 1 to 4.
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