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NFL QB Rankings: Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes go head-to-head

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The 2021 NFL regular season is over and playoffs are in full swing, which brings us to one of our final updates for the season. While you already conducted your fantasy drafts long ago, we’re still going in our NFL QB rankings where 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 was the 2021 fantasy football darling? There are several good candidates, but they didn’t come from the incoming 2021 rookie class.

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

NFL QB Rankings countdown from 20-1

20. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (Last week: 20)

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  • Playoff stats : 215 passing yards, 2 TD, -1 rushing yard

It’s been a historic ride for Ben Roethlisberger in the NFL since arriving from Miami (OH) as a first-round selection back in 2004. Two Super Bowl rings later and he appears ready to retire at age 39. Big Ben hasn’t experienced the same success in recent years, seemingly unwilling to throw downfield behind a putrid offensive line. We salute Ben on an illustrious career in Pittsburgh.

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

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  • 3,801 passing yards, 22 TD, 13 INT
  • 129 rushing yards
  • Mac Jones Bye Week : December 12th, 2021 (Week 14)
  • Playoff stats : 232 passing yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 18 rushing yards

By far the best rookie quarterback in the 2021-22 NFL season, Mac Jones had a chance to break the record for highest completion percentage by a first-year QB, but fell just shy at 67.6%, the record is 67.76 by Dak Prescott . But that doesn’t matter since he did get the New England Patriots back to the playoffs. While it was a quick exit, the Patriots roster figures to got through some changes this offseason as they head back to the drawing board trying to figure out how to beat the Bills in 2022.

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18. Taylor Heinicke, Washington Football Team (Last week: 18)

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  • 3,419 passing yards, 20 TD, 15 INT
  • 313 rushing yards, 1 TD, -2 receiving yards
  • Taylor Heinicke Bye Week : November 7th, 2021 (Week 9)

Taylor Heinicke likely wasn’t on anyone’s radar when drafting their fantasy teams at the start of the year. Ryan Fitzpatrick ‘s injury made Heinicke relevant in deeper leagues since he offers both rushing and passing upside in small amounts. Without a firm grasp on the starting job, there’s no telling who the Washington Football Team turns to in 2022, but at least they’ll have a legit team name by then.

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17. Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts (Last week: 16)

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There are several instances where Carson Wentz fumbles the game away or throws an ugly pick to ruin the day. But this season was a bit different than the norm, as he had just five fumbles and seven interceptions in 17 starts. While being able to rely on Jonathan Taylor may be his saving grace, Wentz offers some fantasy appeal based on his ability to avoid turnovers by sticking to a game-managing script. He also isn’t likely to win many matchups on his own, since he doesn’t get credit for Taylor’s rushing yards. We’ll see if the Colts bring in any competition after a terribad ending to their season.

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

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It’s no secret. Russell Wilson wasn’t quite the same after suffering his mallet finger injury, which required surgery. On the bright side, Russ seemed to be progressively getting better, evidenced by his four TD, no INT performance in Week 17. After experiencing the first losing season of his NFL career, Russ will be highly motivated to begin his 2022 year in the kitchen, cookin’ up a batch of D.K. Metcalf missiles firing downfield.

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15. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (Last week: 14)

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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. Unfortunately, an ankle injury knocked him out for four games and the COVID protocols cost him another. Still, he’s a great candidate for the top pick in fantasy drafts next season.

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14. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (Last week: 12)

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In some ways, Ryan Tannehill is a safe fantasy pick. In other ways, he’s a bad choice since Derrick Henry is this offense’s main cog. Though Tannehill does offer some extra appeal as a scrambler who can also put up multi-touchdown games through the air, the only issue is, we didn’t see him go off much in 2021-22 without his stars healthy for much of the year.

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13. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (Last week: 17)

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  • Playoff stats : 172 passing yards, 1 INT, one rushing yard

With a top-drafted rookie breathing down his neck all season, Jimmy Garoppolo quietly turned in the second-best season of his career. Carrying the San Francisco 49ers to the playoffs isn’t likely to be enough to keep his job though, expect to see Jimmy G in the starting lineup for another team in 2022. We’ll see how long the 49ers can keep up their momentum.

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12. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (Last week: 11)

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It wasn’t been the playoff year Kirk Cousins had hoped, but per usual he put up good box score stats, limiting turnovers and playing efficient football early on. It was nice to see Cousins have more time in the pocket, taking fewer sacks, but somehow he was a bit less aggressive, reducing his touchdown rate and yards per completion. To put it all together for a winning season, Cousins may have to sacrifice some of his salary. We’ll see what this offseason brings, possibly even a new team.

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

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  • Playoff stats : 137 passing yards, 2 INT, six rushing yards

Kyler Murray had a bad end to his year, throwing lazy interceptions in Week 14, followed by a lackluster performance losing to the Lions. To his credit, Murray started making plays with his feet in Week 16, but he had just five touchdowns in his last five games. When healthy, Murray is easily toward the top of the top-10 of Sportsnaut’s NFL QB rankings. But he will have some ground to make up after embarrassing himself in his only playoff game yet to date. This inexplicable pick-six put the final nail in the coffin, dashing any hopes the Cards had to advance in the postseason.

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10. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (Last week: 13)

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  • Playoff stats : 310 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 20 rushing yards

Despite a tumultuous season for the Las Vegas Raiders on and off the field, Derek Carr was the one constant they could rely on. He had been playing his best ball before the Jon Gruden fiasco, and then the unfortunate Henry Ruggs situation threw yet another wrench in the equation. Still, Carr found chemistry with Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller was his typical dominant self, when healthy. Fantasy owners gearing up for next season should know Carr comes with plenty of horsepower in this high-octane attack.

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9. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Last week: 9)

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  • 3,144 passing yards, 16 TD, 9 INT
  • 784 rushing yards, 10 TD
  • Jalen Hurts Bye Week : December 12th, 2021 (Week 14)
  • Playoff stats : 258 passing yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 39 rushing yards

If you’re ahead of the curve, making contingency plans to win your fantasy leagues next season, be sure to keep an eye on Jalen Hurts and the Eagles’ offseason. One of the best dual-threat QBs in the league, Hurts offers a high floor, and an even higher ceiling as he continues to develop and build chemistry with his receivers. While he may not be the best from a passing standpoint, he might be able to approach 1,000 yards on the ground next year.

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8. Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams (Last week: 8)

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  • Playoff stats : 202 passing yards, 2 TD, 22 rushing yards, 1 TD

The curious case of Matthew Stafford continues. Like the man he replaced in L.A., Stafford sometimes looks like one of the best throwers in the NFL. Unfortunately, there are also other times where he tries to do too much, forcing errant passes. At times he hasn’t appeared on the same page as his new targets, but then there’s Cooper Kupp, setting records, winning the receiving Triple Crown. Stafford tossed the most pick-sixes in football this season, but he’s still in our top-10 of NFL QB rankings thanks to his otherwise excellent performances.

7. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Last week: 7)

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  • Playoff stats : 254 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 27 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD

So, Dak Prescott didn’t quite put up the MVP-like numbers he did a season ago before his injury, but he was damn close, leading the top-scoring offense in the NFL. Prescott played at an elite level, leading the Dallas Cowboys to another NFC East division crown despite dealing with more injuries both to himself and his wideouts. We’ll see if Kellen Moore’s head coaching desires hold Prescott back next season, should he lose his coordinator to another team.

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6. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Last week: 6)

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  • 4,611 passing yards, 34 TD, 14 INT
  • 118 rushing yards, 2 TD
  • Joe Burrow Bye Week : November 14th, 2021 (Week 10)
  • Playoff stats : 244 passing yards, 2 TD, -2 rushing yards

Coming back from his ACL injury, Joe Burrow didn’t show any lingering issues. In fact, he looks a lot better than he did during his rookie year. Paired with three players topping 1,000 yards from scrimmage, Burrow has ascended into being one of the best young QBs in football. Over the last two weeks of the season, there wasn’t a quarterback better than Burrow. Paired with Ja’Marr Chase , the sky is the limit in the playoffs.

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5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (Last week: 5)

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  • 4,115 passing yards, 37 TD, 4 INT
  • 101 rushing yards, 3 TD, -4 receiving yards
  • Aaron Rodgers Bye Week : December 5th, 2021 (Week 13)

At the start of the season, when Aaron Rodgers posted a dud against the Saints, many figured it was simply a precursor to an eventual trade. A full 17 weeks later and AR12 is the leading MVP candidate and has the Green Bay Packers with a No. 1 seed heading into the playoffs. Now, he begins his quest for his second Super Bowl title.

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4. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (Last week: 3)

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Justin Herbert was the top rookie fantasy quarterback in 2020, making him an extremely popular waiver wire pickup. This time around, we had an idea of what Herbert offered. But we didn’t quite anticipate him already cracking the top-three in our NFL QB rankings. The final week of the season helped, putting up his ninth 300-yard game of the year, but it still wasn’t quite enough to reach the playoffs.

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

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  • Playoff stats : 404 passing yards, 5 TD, 1 INT, 29 rushing yards

While he didn’t do enough to win his second MVP award, Patrick Mahomes bounced back to have another phenomenal fantasy season. Of course, his 13 interceptions leave some room for improvement, but Mahomes still put up some fun numbers. We’ll see if he can get to his third Super Bowl in as many seasons.

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2. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last week: 2)

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  • 5,316 passing yards, 43 TD, 12 INT
  • 81 rushing yards, 2 TD
  • Tom Brady Bye Week : November 7th, 2021 (Week 9)
  • Playoff stats : 271 passing yards, 2 TD

It’s hard to argue. Tom Brady is the GOAT quarterback. Seven Super Bowls and his latest record are perfect examples of why. Even though he’s not a scrambler, TB12 had a great season from a fantasy football perspective, topping 5,000 passing yards. Still not quite enough to steal the No. 1 spot in Sportsnaut’s NFL QB rankings. If he can repeat as the Super Bowl champion after losing Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin, we’ll never question his ability to do anything ever again.

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

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  • 4,407 passing yards, 36 TD, 15 INT
  • 763 rushing yards, 6 TD
  • Josh Allen Bye Week : October 24th, 2021 (Week 7)
  • Playoff stats : 308 passing yards, 5 TD, 66 rushing yards

Is there any other dual-threat quarterback who is as polished as Josh Allen is? I don’t think so. Sure, Lamar Jackson may be one of the fastest, most elusive QBs in football, but Allen is a threat with his legs while being able to throw for 350+ on any given day. His passing prowess, combined with his ability to take off and move the chains with his feet earns him No. 1 in Sportsnaut’s NFL QB rankings. We’ll see if he can get past the Chiefs this time around after getting eliminated by them in the 2021 playoffs.

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