2021 Fantasy Football RB Consistency Ratings: Find Potential Sleepers, Busts In Running Back Rankings

Most fantasy football leagues feature head-to-head matchups every week. For better or worse, it’s what we’re all used to and how most of us prefer to play. Having consistently solid producers is the ultimate luxury in H2H leagues, yet most fantasy owners struggle to factor consistency into their rankings or draft-day decisions. As great as it is to have RBs who can spring for 150 yards and three TDs any given Sunday, it’s equally as frustrating when your running back scores 20-plus points one week and five the next. No one wants to have one of the highest-scoring teams and miss the playoffs, but it seems to happen every year. 

We can all accept that “luck” is part of the equation for fantasy football success. Injuries, bad weather, tough matchups, and, now, COVID concerns are all variables that can impact fantasy teams. You can only do so much when they strike. However, you do have some control over the consistency of your team if you target the right players.  

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Over at, we have what we call the “Clutch Report.” There, you can figure out the “Clutch Factor” (CF) that a player must exceed each week to earn a “Clutch Game” in your league based on the number of teams and the scoring format. For example, in 12-team PPR formats, a running back must earn over 11 fantasy points each week to earn a “Clutch Game.”

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200

We refer to a player’s consistency rate as his “Clutch Rating” (CR). A highly consistent player will have a CR above 70 percent. The elite fantasy studs will normally be in the 80-90-percent range.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200

Every draft season, we look for undervalued players who were consistent and important to a fantasy team’s success. They might not have scored the most total points, but they also didn’t put up a lot of complete duds. Conversely, I look for overvalued players based on their lack of consistency. Here’s a sneak peek at my top-24 consistency-based rankings for RBs heading into the 2021 season.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker | Overall

2021 Fantasy RB Consistency Ratings, RankingsRanking Tier Sub-tier Player Team 1 RB1 A Christian McCaffrey CAR 2 RB1 A Dalvin Cook MIN 3 RB1 A Alvin Kamara NO 4 RB1 B Ezekiel Elliott DAL 5 RB1 B Saquon Barkley NYG 6 RB1 B Aaron Jones GB 7 RB1 B Nick Chubb CLE 8 RB1 B Derrick Henry TEN 9 RB1 B Jonathan Taylor IND 10 RB1 B Austin Ekeler LAC 11 RB1 B Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC 12 RB1 B David Montgomery CHI 13 RB2 A JK Dobbins BAL 14 RB2 A Chris Carson SEA 15 RB2 B Antonio Gibson WAS 16 RB2 B Najee Harris PIT 17 RB2 B Miles Sanders PHI 18 RB2 B Joe Mixon CIN 19 RB2 B D’Andre Swift DET 20 RB2 B James Robinson JAX 21 RB2 B Myles Gaskin MIA 22 RB2 B Kareem Hunt CLE 23 RB2 B Mike Davis ATL 24 RB2 B Darrell Henderson LA

Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end

A ranking of RB1A means those backs are expected to earn an 80-plus percent CR this year.

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