Week 1 in the NFL is finally underway. Even though you may have already conducted your fantasy drafts, we rank the top-20 quarterbacks in the NFL.
Each year there are a few quarterbacks who surprise the world as they ascend into fantasy football stardom. In 2020, Josh Allen broke out in spectacular fashion for the Buffalo Bills. Who will be the 2021 fantasy football darling? There are several good candidates, especially with the incoming rookie draft class.
2021 NFL QB Rankings
20. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (Last week: 20)
Derek Carr Bye Week: October 31st, 2021 (Week 8)
It feels like a make-or-break season for Derek Carr. After an offensive line teardown, the pressure will be on for Carr to continue improving in Jon Gruden’s system. With speedsters such as Henry Ruggs, Darren Waller, and Kenyan Drake, there is plenty of big-play potential for the Las Vegas Raiders.
19. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (LW: 19)
Kirk Cousins Bye Week: October 24th, 2021 (Week 7)
Not anyone’s first choice when it comes to fantasy football, Kirk Cousins could be a sleeper candidate for a big year. With a reinforced offensive line and one of the best trios of skill-position players in the NFL, Cousins just needs to stay healthy and avoid turnovers to put up huge fantasy numbers. However, turnovers and sacks could just as easily hold him back. Cousins is a bit of a fantasy football risk.
18. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (LW: 18)
Baker Mayfield Bye Week: December 5th, 2021 (Week 13)
Operating one of the best ground-and-pound games in the NFL makes Baker Mayfield suffer when it comes to fantasy stardom. A case could be made for Mayfield to have his best fantasy season yet with Odell Beckham Jr. coming back to the lineup. With his top receiver returning, Mayfield’s passing yardage and touchdown total should only increase as he enters his second year in Kevin Stefanski’s offense.
17. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 17)
Trevor Lawrence Bye Week: October 24th, 2021 (Week 7)
As the top drafted rookie quarterback in 2021 fantasy leagues, Trevor Lawrence is a bit of a gamble. Though, Lawrence offers a high ceiling paired with Jacksonville’s wide receivers. Lawrence may be on the run a lot behind the shaky offensive line the Jaguars have put together. One could nab the steal of the draft if Lawrence can come anything close to Justin Herbert’s fantasy excellence in 2020.
16. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 16)
Ben Roethlisberger Bye Week: October 24th, 2021 (Week 7)
Feeling like they’ve got their running game back under control with the addition of Najee Harris, Ben Roethlisberger could be in for a stronger, more consistent year with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Benefitting from a more talented skill-position group, Big Ben suddenly has plenty of big options to target in the red zone with Chase Claypool, Eric Ebron, and Harris. Despite an unproven offensive line, Roethlisberger now gets the ball out quickly, avoiding sacks in the process.