Week 2 in the NFL is already undeway. 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. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (Last week: 16)
18/32, 188 yards, 1 TD
Five rushing yards
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. Looking lethargic offensively for most of the game, Big Ben’s performance against the Bills did nothing to ease the concerns of the Steelers’ line.
19. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (LW: 19)
36/49, 351 yards, 2 TDs
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 what’s supposed to be 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. In his first matchup, we saw the typical ho-humming from Cousins, taking his sweet time to make decisions. However, Cousins salvaged his fantasy day by refusing to give in, putting up nice-looking numbers on the stat sheet.
18. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (LW: 20)
34/56, 435 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Six rushing yards
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’s 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. On Monday Night Football, Carr started slow but finished strong, ending with 435 passing yards and game-winning touchdown. It was a gutsy performance under the lights.
17. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 17)
28/51, 332 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs
-2 rushing yards
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. In his rookie debut, Lawrence looked a bit shaky at times. After losing his first-ever regular-season game, it will be interesting to see how the young phenom responds next week.
16. Daniel Jones, New York Giants (LW: 15)
44/69, 516 yards, 2 TDs
122 rushing yards, 2 TDs
Daniel Jones Bye Week: November 14th, 2021 (Week 10)
Daniel Jones is perhaps the ultimate boom-or-bust candidate in fantasy football. Super athletic, Jones is always a threat to use his legs. Unfortunately, he has a wicked tendency to fumble the ball. In 28 starts, Jones has thrown 22 interceptions and fumbled 30 times. Across that time, the Giants have gone 8-20. He’ll make throws that earn him the nickname Danny Dimes and other times he looks incompetent. But in fantasy football, DJ is a sleeper pick thanks to his dual-threat ability.