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Quarterback rankings for 2021 fantasy football

Free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft have shuffled the rankings around before we hit the NFL Draft. 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 Julio Jones trade shifts quarterback rankings around a bit, giving Ryan Tannehill a boost and Matt Ryan the opposite of a boost. I wasn’t high on Ryan this year as it was, but he was always going to have upside if Jones and Calvin Ridley were both there. Now his upside will need to come from rookie tight end Kyle Pitts and a host of average receivers.

We’re still waiting on any substantial Aaron Rodgers and DeShaun Watson news and it looks like we will just keep on waiting. Since they are two of the best quarterbacks in the league and in fantasy, that news is going to be huge for multiple offensive players this season.

The NFL Draft is over and free agency has just a few players left to pick through. We will continue to see moves and possibly big trades that will push the rankings around, but for the most part fantasy skill positions are fairly stable. That means it’s time to see where we are in the 2021 fantasy football rankings. Closer to the season, we’ll split this up into standard and PPR, but until then, let’s go with .5 point PPR scoring.

Quarterbacks remain the driving force in this league, but not the driving force in fantasy. That’s one reason we should see more 2QB leagues out there, but I digress. Right now there are two situations that make the rankings tough, as Aaron Rodgers and Deshaun Watson both aren’t assured to start Week 1 for their current teams. Their situations could also impact other teams if either are traded at some point. I feel better about Rodgers playing this season than Watson though.

Our top quarterbacks are many going into 2021. Nobody sticks out as so far above the rest to feel the need to reach for him. I’ve pushed Watson down quite a bit due to his legal issues, but with news his ranking could move back up quickly. Mahomes led all quarterbacks in points per game last season and is still my favorite to be QB1 due to his consistency, but Josh Allen through Rodgers are all able to take that crown, along with a few wild cards.

Jalen Hurts is a bit of a boom or bust play where I have him ranked, but you just can’t get away from his rushing ability boosting his fantasy points. Matthew Stafford with the Rams seems too obvious of an upgrade for Stafford and I’m happy to grab him as my starter. I have Ryan Fitzpatrick lower than my hopes for him due to the possibility he is benched, but I love his upside as a gunslinging late rounder.

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