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Pre-draft quarterback rankings for 2021 fantasy football

Free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft have shuffled the rankings around. See where your favorite players have landed.

Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers passes during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The 2021 NFL Draft is on the horizon while free agency has gone through its initial burst. That brings us to our next fantasy rankings update. We’ll take into account all of the signings, but will continue to steer clear of ranking rookies until they land on a team.

Free agency and offseason trades have moved some quarterbacks around and helped solidify others. We have new starters in Chicago and Washington, as Andy Dalton and Ryan Fitzpatrick should get the nod to start 2021 for their new teams. Neither are set for greatness on the fantasy football field, but Fitzpatrick will be a fun streamer with some strong pieces around him.

The Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams swapped quarterbacks, as Jared Goff and Matthe Stafford switch teams. The Eagles seemingly gave Jalen Hurts a firmer grip on the starting job after trading their No. 6 pick for the Dolphins 12th pic after trading Carson Wentz to the Colts to be their new starter. Dak Prescott signed a longterm deal in Dallas to continue piloting that ship. The Saints signed Jameis Winston for another year and he appears to have the lead in the Saints quarterback competition.

We can be sure the Jaguars, 49ers, Patriots and Panthers want to bring in a new starter, but the Jets, Bears, Broncos, Washington, Lions, Steelers, and Falcons will also be in the market. We aren’t done with the quarterback landscape being altered, but the majority will be through the draft. Deshaun Watson’s legal troubles may end up stopping any trade or him playing, even if he wants to. That would push Tyrod Taylor into the starting lineup, but it’s still way too early to make an educated guess as to how that situation will resolve.

2021 Quarterback Rankings

Rk Name Team
Rk Name Team
1 Patrick Mahomes II KC
2 Kyler Murray ARI
3 Josh Allen BUF
4 Dak Prescott DAL
5 Aaron Rodgers GB
6 Russell Wilson SEA
7 Lamar Jackson BAL
8 Tom Brady TB
9 Justin Herbert LAC
10 Matthew Stafford LAR
11 Ryan Tannehill TEN
12 Kirk Cousins MIN
13 Jalen Hurts PHI
14 Joe Burrow CIN
15 Trevor Lawrence JAC
16 Matt Ryan ATL
17 Ben Roethlisberger PIT
18 Ryan Fitzpatrick WAS
19 Jameis Winston NO
20 Tua Tagovailoa MIA
21 Justin Fields CHI
22 Zach Wilson NYJ
23 Trey Lance SF
24 Daniel Jones NYG
25 Baker Mayfield CLE
26 Jimmy Garoppolo SF
27 Carson Wentz IND
28 Derek Carr LV
29 Teddy Bridgewater DEN
30 Sam Darnold CAR
31 Mac Jones NE
32 Tyrod Taylor HOU
33 Jared Goff DET
34 Andy Dalton CHI
35 Jordan Love GB
37 Taysom Hill NO
38 Drew Lock DEN
39 Cam Newton FA
40 Marcus Mariota LV
41 Mitchell Trubisky BUF
42 Kellen Mond MIN
43 Gardner Minshew II PHI
44 Davis Mills HOU
45 Taylor Heinicke WAS