NFL QB Rankings: Can Tom Brady move to 33-3 all-time against the Bills?

NFL QB Rankings: Can Tom Brady move to 33-3 all-time against the Bills?

The 2021 NFL season is in full swing and fantasy playoffs are approaching. While you already conducted your fantasy drafts long ago, 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. Last season, 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.

Updated weekly throughout the season, here are our top-20 NFL QB rankings.

20. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (Last week: Not ranked)

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
Dec 5, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) prepares to pass the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Entering the season with Trey Lance breathing down his neck, Jimmy Garoppolo has maintained his starting position all season, and more importantly, has only missed one game due to injury. With the 49ers currently in playoff position, Jimmy G needs to continue playing well this week when he takes on a Bengals dense that has struggled against the pass.

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19. Mac Jones, New England Patriots (Last week: 18)

NFL: Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots
Nov 14, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) looks to throw against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
  • 2,869 passing yards, 16 TD, 8 INT
  • 68 rushing yards
  • Mac Jones Bye Week: December 12th, 2021 (Week 14)

In leading the New England Patriots back to relevancy, rookie quarterback Mac Jones has been efficient, yet aggressive enough to win games, sometimes by 41-point margins as he did in Week 7. Getting more comfortable under center each week, the Mac Attack can help you win some fantasy matchups down the stretch. Then again, maybe not if Pats offensive coordinator only allows him to throw it three times ever again. Jones is on a bye this week.

18. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (Last week: 18)

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers
Nov 14, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs off the field after the Seahawks were defeated by the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Wow. Russell Wilson had been horrible since returning from his finger injury, but he finally had a Russ-like performance last week. While he likely came back too soon, Russ has at least gotten better in each game since his return. Now he should be prepared to light up a Texans defense that hasn’t stopped much of anything in 2021.

17. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (Last week: 16)

NFL QB rankings: Ryan Tannehill
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Ryan Tannehill is a safe fantasy pick, but he’s not real dependable for a big performance, due to Derrick Henry’s excellence. However, with King Henry going down for the fantasy season, Tannehill will likely be asked to do a lot more. Let’s just hope it doesn’t lead to more four-interception performances as it did against the Texans three weeks ago. Coming off a bye, Tannehill can tear apart the Jaguars’ D, especially if he gets Julio Jones back this week.

Related: If you’re a fan of the Titans, check out #Titans rumors, rankings, and news here.

16. Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos (Last week: 19)

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Denver Broncos
Nov 14, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) heads to the field before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

While Teddy Bridgewater will never be the type of quarterback who throws for 400 yards several times per season, he generally avoids mistakes while making enough plays to keep his team in the game. The same goes for his fantasy prospects. He won’t win you any matchups, but he may lose some by not having very many big days. While he may not look for them often, the potential for big plays is there this week against a Lions team allowing the most yards per pass attempt (7.5) this season.

15. Taylor Heinicke, Washington Football Team (Last week: 15)

NFL: Washington Football Team at Atlanta Falcons
Oct 3, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) celebrates after a confirmed review of a go-ahead touchdown throw to running back J.D. McKissic (not pictured) against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
  • 2,809 passing yards, 18 TD, 11 INT
  • 289 rushing yards, 1 TD, -2 receiving yards
  • Taylor Heinicke Bye Week: November 7th, 2021 (Week 9)

Unless you’re in an extremely deep league, nobody drafted Taylor Heinicke in fantasy football coming into the season. After Ryan Fitzpatrick got hurt, here we are, Heinicke is performing as a top-15 NFL QB. What makes Heinicke a respectable fantasy option is his above-average athleticism which helps him produce fantasy points in both passing and rushing categories. In what figures to be a shootout, Heinicke faces a Cowboys D that hasn’t been able to contain opposing quarterbacks, aside from a few extra interceptions this week.

14. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (Last week: 14)

NFL QB rankings: Derek Carr
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  • 3,663 passing yards, 17 TD, 9 INT
  • 97 rushing yards
  • Derek Carr Bye Week: October 31st, 2021 (Week 8)

In what feels like a make-or-break season for Derek Carr, the eight-year pro was playing his absolute best. Nobody expected Carr to play like his hair was on fire after the Las Vegas Raiders retooled their offensive line, but he was a legit MVP candidate early on. We’ll see how he navigates an excruciatingly-tough season without his top 2021 receiver by his side, in Henry Ruggs. With the Raiders still having a shot at the playoffs, look for Carr to play his best against a suddenly scorching-hot Chiefs team.

Related: If you’re a fan of the Raiders, check out #RaiderNation rumors, rankings, and news here.

13. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Last week: 13)

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  • 3,135 passing yards, 23 TD, 14 INT
  • 69 rushing yards, 2 TD
  • Joe Burrow Bye Week: November 14th, 2021 (Week 10)

It’s been an up and down year for anyone who drafted Joe Burrow in their fantasy league. Armed with three receivers with 1,000-yard potential and an RB in Joe Mixon who also collects yards after the catch, Burrow was off to a strong start but turnovers are holding him back. Still, his season has had several celebratory moments too. Burrow joined Dan Marino as the only QBs in NFL history to throw for multiple touchdowns in each of his team’s first six games. Taking on a 49ers defense that’s allowed just one 300-yard passer all season, starting Burrow this week is a gamble.

12. Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts (Last week: 12)

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  • 2,948 passing yards, 22 TD, 5 INT
  • 167 rushing yards, 1 TD
  • Carson Wentz Bye Week: December 12th, 2021 (Week 14)

Say what you want about Carson Wentz and his fumbling issues of the past, but he’s only lost four this season to go along with five interceptions thrown. Now he’s in the Ryan Tannehill role, handing the ball off to Jonathan Taylor and walking to the bench as he scores long touchdowns. Limiting turnovers, making plays with his feet, while being able to have an average passing performance has brought Wentz back into fantasy relevancy. The Colts are on a bye this week.

11. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Last week: 11)

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  • 3,170 passing yards, 23 TD, 8 INT
  • 91 rushing yards, 1 TD
  • Dak Prescott Bye Week: October 24th, 2021 (Week 7)

In the first half of last season, Dak Prescott had many fantasy owners feeling like they were set to win their league championship. Injuries happen. Prescott may have slipped a bit in some fantasy drafts, but his performances so far have shown Dak is back, and as good as ever, if not better. The Cowboys weren’t particularly sharp in Week 13 against the Saints, but they got the win. Once Amari Cooper gets his legs back underneath him, Prescott should be able to return to fantasy excellence. Look for him to explode next week taking on a Washington team allowing the third-most passing yards in the NFL.

10. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (Last week: 10)

NFL QB rankings: Kyler Murray
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  • 2,399 passing yards, 19 TD, 7 INT
  • 206 rushing yards, 5 TD
  • Kyler Murray Bye Week: November 28th, 2021 (Week 12)

Lamar Jackson won the 2019 NFL MVP award, having a historic fantasy season along the way. With the loaded Cardinals receiving corps, Kyler Murray could have put up similar numbers had he not missed three weeks. Now that he’s returned to the lineup, Murray’s a top-ten fantasy QB. Coming off his injury, Murray finished with 59 rushing yards last week against the Bears, his highest total this season. Look for another big day this week in a crucial game against the Rams.

9. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (Last week: 9)

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers
Oct 17, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes the ball in the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
  • 3,353 passing yards, 25 TD, 3 INT
  • 75 rushing yards, 1 TD
  • Kirk Cousins Bye Week: October 24th, 2021 (Week 7)

Kirk Cousins is fairly inconsistent, but he hasn’t been hurting his fantasy owners by turning the ball over in 2021. Still leading the NFL with the fewest interceptions thrown, Cousins is usually good for about 260 yards and two touchdowns each week. With an aggressive game plan taking advantage of Justin Jefferson being a pure baller, Cousins has been flourishing. How do you bounce back from a loss to the Lions? By playing on a short turnaround in primetime on Thursday Night Football against the Steelers. That’s right, it’s Cousins in primetime, with his back against the wall. He should have a good game as long as T.J. Watt gets blocked, which is far from a sure thing.

8. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (Last week: 7)

NFL QB rankings: Aaron Rodgers
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  • 2,878 passing yards, 23 TD, 4 INT
  • 76 rushing yards, 3 TD, -4 receiving yards
  • Aaron Rodgers Bye Week: December 5th, 2021 (Week 13)

Perhaps no Week 1 story was bigger than Aaron Rodgers looking nothing like himself in his first test of the 2021 season. Though it was a strange game, the Packers haven’t lost since. The oddest thing is seeing Rodgers ranked 8th in any form of QB rankings, but he’s had a strange season. AR12 gets to own the Bears once again this week only this time it comes at Lambeau Field.

7. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (Last week: 8)

NFL QB rankings: Lamar Jackson
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  • 2,865 passing yards, 16 TD, 13 INT
  • 762 rushing yards, 2 TD
  • Lamar Jackson Bye Week: October 31st, 2021 (Week 8)

Recapturing his 2019 MVP form, Lamar Jackson is always a dangerous matchup for any opponent in fantasy football in that he rarely lets fantasy owners down on the ground. Nobody is more dangerous in the open field. Facing more defensive back blitzes than any other QB in the past four seasons, LJ struggled to move the chains, leading to just 10 points for Baltimore in Week 10. Throwing four interceptions against the Browns, Jackson said he “looked like a rookie”. He’ll get a quick chance at revenge heading to the Dawg Pound for another Browns game this week.

6. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (Last week: 4)

NFL QB rankings: Patrick Mahomes
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The NFL MVP version of Patrick Mahomes is in there somewhere, but we haven’t seem him often in 2021. He showed us a glimpse of his Mahomes Magic in Week 10 against the Raiders, throwing five touchdowns. Still no one can take those interceptions away from him, even if his mom would prefer otherwise. This week? Another tasty matchup with the Raiders, who he shredded just three games ago.

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5. Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams (Last week: 6)

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Sep 12, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws the ball in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Living it up in the sunshine of Los Angeles, Matthew Stafford is having a breakout fantasy year throwing to the Rams’ arsenal of weapons. Just don’t expect much help in the rushing TD department, as Stafford hasn’t scored on the ground since 2016. Stafford will likely have a mediocre performance against a Cardinals team that held the Rams to just 20 points back in Week 4.

4. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (Last week: 5)

NFL QB rankings: Justin Herbert
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As the top rookie fantasy quarterback in 2020, Justin Herbert was an extremely popular waiver wire pickup last year. Nobody’s overlooking Herbert as he goes through his second season. Now that he’s taken down the Chiefs and Raiders, thanks to his assertive play, Herbert has made a push to become a top-five fantasy QB. The 2020 Rookie of the Year battles against the New York Giants this week, but they are facing a dire quarterback situation, which could lead to more possessions for Herbert.

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3. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Last week: 2)

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  • 2,435 passing yards, 13 TD, 8 INT
  • 695 rushing yards, 8 TD
  • Jalen Hurts Bye Week: December 12th, 2021 (Week 14)

Jalen Hurts has been a great fantasy QB through 13 weeks. Thanks to his ability to make plays with his arm or his feet, Hurts offers sky-high fantasy potential. As far as dual-threat quarterbacks go, Hurts is one of the best in the business. The former Alabama star hasn’t been spectacular in passing categories as of late, but he’s still a rock-solid fantasy option week in, week out thanks to his dynamic running ability. Hurts is a bit banged up and missed last week, luckily he gets some extra time to recover with the Eagles on a bye.

2. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (Last week: 1)

NFL QB rankings: Josh Allen
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  • 3,216 passing yards, 26 TD, 10 INT
  • 422 rushing yards, 3 TD
  • Josh Allen Bye Week: October 24th, 2021 (Week 7)

If you drafted Josh Allen in your fantasy league last season, congratulations. In 2021, Allen has picked up where he left off with another dominant fantasy season. While the Bills are drifting a bit as of late, their offense revolves entirely around Allen. He’ll continue having strong performances down the stretch, including this week against a beaten-up Bucs secondary.

Related: If you’re a fan of the Buffalo Bills, check out #Bills rumors, rankings, and news here.

1. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last week: 3)

NFL QB rankings: Tom Brady
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  • 3,771 passing yards, 34 TD, 10 INT
  • 52 rushing yards, 1 TD
  • Tom Brady Bye Week: November 7th, 2021 (Week 9)

Tom Brady is the undeniable GOAT when it comes to quarterbacks. Usually, his lack of mobility doesn’t always translate the best when it comes to fantasy football. Unless he’s on fire like he is now. From a pure passing perspective, TB12 puts up a lot of fantasy points. Brady faces a familiar foe in the Buffalo Bills this week, a squad allowing the fewest passing yards per game through Week 14. On the bright side, Brady is 32-3 all-time against the Bills and they’re dealing with the loss of Tre’Davious White.

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