Who Are the Hottest Fantasy Football Players in the NFC North?

NFC North Fantasy Football

You will find some of the hottest fantasy football players in the NFC North for 2021. And despite differences in overall talent, they are all over the place, from the Green Bay Packers to the Detroit Lions.

So, don’t let team talent dictate your decisions on draft day for your fantasy football league or during all those weekly drafts on DraftKings and FanDuel. Today’s post will outline the best fantasy football players in the NFC North, along with boom-or-bust prospects, and others you may want to stay away from.

Are you ready to discover a few well-known prospects for each team in the NFC North? Keep reading for more information.

Chicago Bears

Our stud, David Montgomery, shoved off the Bust Label from 2019 and developed into a solid RB2 from a fantasy football perspective. He rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2020, scored 8 touchdowns, and contributed through the air with 54 receptions and 438 receiving yards to go with another 2 touchdowns.

Justin Fields will see time at QB1 sometime this season.
But if you play in the Keeper Leagues, Fields is an outstanding late-round draft pick. No, he probably won’t give you much this season unless the Bears are a 2-win team by Week 11 and out of the playoff race. He’s also a good pickup in Dynasty Leagues.

Darnell Mooney became a solid fantasy contributor later in his rookie season, logging 61 receptions for 631 yards and 4 touchdowns. If Mooney makes he leap, look for him to become a decent WR2/High-End WR3 in fantasy football in 2021.

Even without a viable quarterback in 2020, Allen Robinson still impressed with 102 receptions for 1,250 yards and 6 touchdowns. Another obvious stud, the only caveat that remains in 2021 is whether Robinson will repeat with what will again be spotty quarterback play.

Even at age 35:
Jimmy Graham is still one of the better options to turn to in fantasy football. He logged 50 receptions in 2020, 456 yards, and 8 touchdowns. At worst, he is a TE2. But if you need a good TE1 for the week or even the season if you undervalue tight ends, Graham will be there when you draft.

Damiere Byrd could also see his number called more often. No, he’s not yet more than a waiver wire pickup. But his 47 receptions and 604 yards should clue you in on just how valuable he’s becoming as one of the more popular waiver wire players to watch.

Detroit Lions

Jared Goff has been iffy at best over the past two seasons, and he’s barely a QB2 these days. We’re also unsure of whether the Lions are for real about keeping him employed in Detroit longer than a single season, so this is his audition. That means he’s either a boom or a bust in the Motor City.

D’Andre Swift puts new life into the Lions running game not seen since Barry Sanders decimated opponents in the old Pontiac Silverdome. He impressed in a part-time starting role in 2020 and he’s the top RB prospect in football to make the leap in fantasy production into 2021.

Jamaal Williams is a good handcuff to Swift, having logged 505 rushing yards in 2020 to go with 2 rushing touchdowns. He’s also one of the league’s most sure-handed backs, catching 31 of 35 targets in 2020 to go for an additional 236 yards and a touchdown.

Tyrell Williams is still young enough to salvage his career. And if he does this in Detroit, it will be as a WR1. Right now, he’s nothing more than a glorified waiver wire pickup. But keep an eye on his production. If he hits the ground running, and he may scoop him up.

Amon-Ra St. Brown may have something to say about that WR1 gig.

The reliable target from USC may be the steal of the NFL Draft. And if you pick him in the final rounds, he may be the steal of your fantasy football draft.

T.J. Hockenson is the clear-cut stud in the receiving unit. He made the leap from Year 1 to Year 2 in 2020, more than doubling his reception totals, yards, and touchdown receptions. Now that he’s the top pass catcher in the Motor City, what can’t go wrong here?

Breshad Perriman never lived up to his draft status, but he continues to be a key contributor in the league. He’s not a good selection for the roster unless you play in deep leagues of 12 teams or more. His ability as a deep threat, however, may inflate his fantasy value in those leagues.

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers is back in Titletown for at least one more season, and the 2020 NFL MVP will be one of the first quarterbacks taken off the board. Rodgers needs no introduction, given his sheer talent and production. He’s a top-end QB1 and the fantasy stud of the Green Bay Packers offense.

Aaron Jones is another stud and the clear-cut RB1 for both the Packers and your fantasy football league. Jones logged a career-high in rushing yards with 1,104 in 2020 with 9 touchdowns. He also contributed through the air with 47 receptions.

Davante Adams is yet another stud on the Green Bay Packers that you must consider drafting. Adams had 115 receptions, and 18 touchdown catches in 2020 to go with 1,374 receiving yards. He will be the first receiver drafted in most fantasy football drafts.

A.J. Dillon is a powerful back built in the mold of Derrick Henry. The only thing keeping him from being a viable contributor in fantasy football is that he’s the RB2 on his own team. However, look for him to receive more touches in 2021, and he’s also a smart handcuff with Jones.

Robert Tonyan broke out with 52 receptions on 59 targets, 586 yards, and 11 touchdowns.

He boasted an outstanding 88.1 catch percentage and quickly became Rodgers’ #2 target behind Adams. Tonyan should be a low-end TE1 or a high-end TE2 in fantasy football.

Please NOte:
Allen Lazard will ride the bench in your fantasy league, but he’s too valuable to be on the waiver wire. If you need a top-end backup for your league, Lazard is your player.

Ditto for Marquez Valdes-Scantling, although he possesses arguably more fantasy value than Lazard. Valdes-Scantling is a deep threat, having logged 20.6 yards per reception in 2020 to go with 6 touchdowns, 33 receptions, and 690 receiving yards.

Minnesota Vikings

Dalvin Cook claims he’s the best running back in football. Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t. But you can’t argue that he’s the most complete back that will be a top-five pick in most fantasy football leagues. Cook logged 1,557 yards, 5.0 yards per carry, and 16 touchdowns. He also had 44 receptions for 361 yards.

Kirk Cousins:
Cousins is a high-end QB2 with potential to become a QB1 in deeper leagues. He had 35 touchdown passes to go with 4,265 passing yards and 13 picks. Cousins is virtually a poor man’s Aaron Rodgers, and that’s not a bad thing. Take him in a later round if you’re in a league with 12 or fewer teams.

Alexander Mattison is a good handcuff option for Cook. No, he provides little fantasy value if Cook stays healthy. However, Cook has had injury issues, and Mattison has always performed well when given the opportunity. He’s a smart pickup in the later rounds.

Justin Jefferson exploded onto the scene in 2020 and finished with 88 receptions, 1,400 yards, and 7 touchdowns. We don’t know what he has cooked up for an encore, but the Vikings’ best receiver since Randy Moss made it feel as though his predecessor, Stefon Diggs, never left.

Adam Thielen is another one to watch:
Having resurrected his career with 14 receiving touchdowns. He also logged 74 receptions for 925 yards. He didn’t just resurrect his career; he also once again became a decent fantasy football option. At worst, he’s a WR3.

Irv Smith toiled for two seasons as the TE2 in Minnesota. Now the top tight end on the team, expect him to make the leap as he begins his third season in the league. Always a sure-handed target, he will receive plenty of red zone opportunities after he doubled his touchdown total from 2 to 5.


Yeah, there is a variance in team talent among your 4 NFC North teams. But as you can see, there are hot fantasy football players in the NFC North regardless of where you look, even if some teams boast more than others.

And as you can also see, even those low-end players hold fantasy value whether they make for smart handcuffs or stand as priority waiver-wire pickups. So, again, use today’s post as a reference for your annual fantasy football draft or your weekly fantasy football games at your chosen online sportsbook.

Who are your favorite fantasy football players in the NFC North? Tell us who you like in the comments, and let us know which players you’re also iffy on taking for your fantasy team. We cannot wait to read your takes.

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Rex Hoffman / Author

Rex Hoffman is a passionate sports writer, with over five years of experience covering sports journalism in line with the Vegas betting landscape. His favorite subjects include football, basketball, and baseball. As a Las Vegas resident, he enjoys finding an edge against the local sportsbooks and aims to share his extensive knowledge with both beginners and experienced bettors. Rex also dabbles in horse racing wagering and enjoys typical casino fare like blackjack and poker in his spare time.

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