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NFL QB Rankings: Jalen Hurts flies up the ranks

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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. Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos (Last week: Not ranked)

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While Teddy Bridgewater will never the be 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. The potential is there for Teddy Two Gloves to rip it against the Chargers, as they’re allowing 26.5 points per game. But they’re also great at limiting opposing passers, as they’ve limited quarterbacks to 209 passing yards per game. I wouldn’t expect a big day for Teddy BridgeH2O.

19. Daniel Jones, New York Giants (Last week: 17)

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  • 2,226 passing yards, 9 TD, 7 INT
  • 268 rushing yards, 2 TD, 16 receiving yards
  • 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. We’ve already seen the third-year-pro reach new heights when Jones put up a career-high 402 passing yards in Week 4. But there have also been some lows since. Danny Dimes can bounce back without Jason Garrett ‘s play calls anchoring him down this week.

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

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  • 2,540 passing yards, 14 TD, 8 INT
  • 60 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.

17. Taylor Heinicke, Washington Football Team (Last week: 20)

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  • 2,390 passing yards, 15 TD, 9 INT
  • 276 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-20 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. After winning the SuperCam showdown , Heinicke gets a chance to show what he can do in primetime against a Seahawks defense that’s allowed the second-most passing yards in the NFL.

16. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (Last week: 16)

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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 shred the Washington defense next week.

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

15. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (Last week: 12)

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Wow. One would think, debuting Russell Wilson at 12 would be a bit too low for a seven-time Pro Bowl QB as he returned from a three-game absence. We were wrong. Russ can get back to cooking this week taking on a woefully-bad Washington defense allowing the most passing touchdowns in the NFL, 3.2 per game.

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14. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (Last week: 15)

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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 a week ago. Tannehill will likely struggle again this week against Bill Belichick, but it won’t be four turnovers bad.

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

13. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Last week: 13)

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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 couldn’t overcome roughly a million defensive penalties, but Prescott was still able to go off for 375 passing yards without his top two targets in CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper on Thanksgiving. He should be able to have another great performance next Thursday as both his receivers are expected back in the lineup against a tough Saints D.

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12. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Last week: 14)

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  • 2,645 passing yards, 21 TD, 11 INT
  • 55 rushing yards
  • Joe Burrow Bye Week : November 14th, 2021 (Week 10)

It’s been an exciting 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 is enjoying another fine year. 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. Teams have begun limiting Ja’Marr Chase a bit better (113 yards in past three games), and you can bet Mike Tomlin will have a well-thought-out plan this week as well.

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11. Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts (Last week: 13)

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Say what you want about Carson Wentz and his fumbling issues of the past, but he’s only lost three this season to go along with just three 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. He will fall flat against Tampa Bay this week.

10. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (Last week: 8)

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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. As soon as he returns to the lineup, Murray’s a top-ten fantasy QB.

9. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (Last week: 9)

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  • 2,571 passing yards, 21 TD, 4 INT
  • 76 rushing yards, 2 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 9th in any form of QB rankings, but he’s had a strange season . AR12 still threw for 385 yards on a broken toe, can he have a repeat performance against a much better Rams defense? Probably, he does it all.

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8. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (Last week: 10)

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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. Facing the 49ers will be more interesting as coach Kyle Shanahan knows Cousins all too well from their time in Washington.

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

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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 struggled against the 49ers, throwing two interceptions, giving his family three bad throws on the day. He takes on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers Sunday, which could turn into a shootout.

6. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (Last week: 4)

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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. Missing Week 11 will pull Jackson down a bit, but if he can bounce back against a talented Browns defense Sunday night he can make up some ground.

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5. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (Last week: 7)

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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. While he was able to overcome an injury-riddled Steelers squad last week, facing the Broncos won’t be a simple task. Herbert performed well last season against Fangio’s squad, averaging 265 yards per game, but the veteran coach will be more prepared this time around.

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4. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (Last week: 4)

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  • 3,071 passing yards, 25 TD, 10 INT
  • 383 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. The Patriots are headed to Buffalo this week, which means Allen could struggle as Bill Belichick’s defense comes in at No.1 in Sportsnaut’s defensive rankings .

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

3. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (Last week: 2)

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The NFL MVP version of Patrick Mahomes is back baby. He showed us a glimpse of his Mahomes Magic in Week 10 against the Raiders, throwing five touchdowns. Mahomes is back, but no one can take those interceptions away from him, even if his mom would prefer otherwise . A bye this week should allow Mahomes more time to prepare for a Broncos defense allowing just over 200 passing yards per game.

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2. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Last week: 5)

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  • 2,306 passing yards, 13 TD, 5 INT
  • 618 rushing yards, 8 TD
  • Jalen Hurts Bye Week : December 12th, 2021 (Week 14)

Jalen Hurts has been a great fantasy QB through 11 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 takes on the tall task of facing the Giants this week, but he has a high floor. Expect another 150 passing yards and at least 50+ rushing yards.

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

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  • 3,177 passing yards, 29 TD, 8 INT
  • 51 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. Tampa Tom has a tough matchup with a swarming Colts defense this Sunday, but his offensive line should be able to form a protective pocket, allowing him to show off his golden arm.

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