Our QB rankings for the 2021 fantasy season are here! Our positional rankings have historically been amongst the most accurate in the fantasy industry, with our preseason and in-season rankings finishing in the top 5 in overall accuracy each of the last three seasons.
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2021 Season Long Fantasy Rankings
2021 QB Draft Strategy
The QB position has traditionally been a position that we wait to draft and 2021 is certainly no exception. We think the 2021 fantasy QB position is arguably the deepest we have ever seen. We could make a convincing argument for 18 guys that could finish in the top 10 at the position.
Not only is the position deep, but the dropoff from 1 to 10 is negligent. Mahomes was the top fantasy QB last season averaging 25 FPPG, the number 10 QB was Brady who averaged 21.1 FPPG. That is a difference of under 4 FPPG.
Furthermore, had you selected Brady, you probably would have had one of the better backup fantasy QB’s as well and been able to play matchups and matched or exceeded the Mahomes owner’s production at the position over the course of the season.
High-Upside QB’s Going Undrafted in 2021
This position is so deep that one of our favorite QB sleepers is going undrafted and is ranked 28th in our own rankings! If Jameis wins the job in New Orleans, and assumes a role similar to Brees, where Hill spells him only in certain situations, who would not believe he can finish in the top 12 at the QB position?
The point here? If you are in a shallow league, whether it is an 8-10 team league, or a team that only drafts 15 players, you can win by simply playing matchups from the waiver wire at the QB position.
What Quarterbacks We Are Targeting, and Where
So, let’s put it all together and come up with a draft strategy. For the sake of this argument, we are going with a standard 12-team league with 18 roster slots. You need to draft two quarterbacks.
First, we would wait and draft a low-floor QB in rounds 7 or later. Some of our favorite names to target here include Jalen Hurts (current ADP 80), Ryan Tannehill (current ADP 110), and Matt Ryan (current ADP 130).
Ryan is particularly intriguing here as you can get him in round 10, he was a QB1 just one season ago, and he has the second-easiest strength of schedule for the position.
Next, we are targeting upside with a pick in a similar range. So, if we go Hurts in round 7, we would be looking to add another QB behind him in rounds 8-10. Some names to consider here: Trevor Lawrence (current ADP 119), Trey Lance (current ADP 121), and Tua Tagovailoa (current ADP 142).
Again, worst-case scenario here is your QB2 ends up being a roster spot you can use to add a position player and shift to a waiver-wire QB2 strategy. Quarterbacks like Sam Darnold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Cam Newton, Jared Goff, Zach Wilson, and whoever the Denver QB is could all be on the waiver wire and be viable plug-and-play options in the right matchup.