Let’s just dispense with the obvious right here at the top: Cooper Kupp is the 2021 Fantasy Football MVP.
With all due respect to Jonathan Taylor, Deebo Samuel and Austin Ekeler, those guys are simply the other invitees to an awards ceremony at which we’re celebrating Kupp. His season was both historic and unreasonably consistent on a week-to-week basis. Kupp offered the greatest positional advantage imaginable in 2021 on his way to the receiving triple crown.
Here’s a partial list of Kupp’s ridiculous achievements, in both fantasy and reality:
* He out-gained the league’s second-leading receiver, Justin Jefferson, by 331 yards;
* He now ranks second on the all-time single-season list in both receiving yards (1,947) and receptions (145);
* In PPR leagues, Kupp outscored the WR2, Davante Adams, by 95.2 fantasy points and he more than doubled the scoring of the WR24, Tee Higgins;
* He finished as a top-12 fantasy receiver in 15 of his 17 games, absurd consistency at an elite level;
* Kupp appeared on 68.2 percent of the top-500 Yahoo fantasy teams, easily the most heavily rostered player on the best squads.
It was just an absolute masterpiece of a season — as good as it gets, really. Even if you drop Kupp’s seventeenth game, he would have finished the year with 138 receptions for 1,829 yards and 15 scores. He’d still rank fourth all-time in single-season catches and sixth in receiving yards. There is no reasonable way to find fault with his season; he was stellar, start to finish.
Cooper Kupp is the unquestioned MVP of the 2021 fantasy football season. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Kupp isn’t going to win the NFL MVP in all likelihood, because that’s a boring, broken, single-position award in this era. But he’s the undeniable fantasy MVP of 2021.
With the biggest and easiest award out of the way, let’s acknowledge a few additional outstanding (and/or unique) performers …
… for outstanding fantasy playoff achievement by a previously unwanted player
Rashaad Penny was…