Fantasy Football QB Tiers 2021: Quarterback Rankings, Draft Strategy


Written By Jackson Sparks


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When to draft quarterbacks in fantasy football is one the most difficult puzzles to solve. In single-QB leagues, quarterback obviously takes a backseat to flashier positions like RB and WR, but you still need to enter your draft with a sound strategy for tackling the position. If you aren’t going to draft a top-tier QB, should you jump in during the next QB run or should you be patient and target a sleeper after that? Just how far down the rankings can you go and still feel comfortable with your starter?

To clarify, a QB run is when someone drafts a QB and others in your draft quickly follow suit, fearing they will miss out on a “good” option at the position if they don’t join in.

Do not fall victim to the QB run early in your draft.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200

This season, three quarterbacks land in our top tier: Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray, and Josh Allen. The first name in Tier 2 is Russell Wilson. The following is why tiers matter: If Mahomes, Murray, and Allen come off the board, some might panic and take the next-best quarterback when they’re on the clock, but if you view Wilson as a notch below those top three — and roughly the same as Lamar Jackson and Dak Prescott — you can wait a bit knowing one of those three should be there in a few rounds. Not understanding tiers leads to reaching on a quarterback, which is a good way to miss a lot of value at other positions. This scenario is extra consequential in the aforementioned single-QB leagues. Obviously, there’s an appropriate time to start a QB run with the next tier of guys, but understanding the concept of tiers will help you get a feel for when that time comes. 

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200

You also want to make sure you don’t miss out completely on a QB run. If two guys from Tier 2 come off the board in a sequence a round or two after the top-tier QBs, then you know you should act if that’s the tier you’re targeting. If you drafted well at the other positions earlier in the draft, this is your ideal scenario.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Each team

If you miss out on the top two tiers at quarterback — either on purpose or accidentally — that’s OK. Presumably, the rest of your roster is looking good at this point. Now it would be time to access tiers three and four, finding value in quarterbacks that your leaguemates have minimal interest in.

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