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Quarterback rankings for 2020 fantasy football: Post free agency

Last season we saw Lamar Jackson take fantasy football by storm. Can he do it again or will another usurp the king.

Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals drops back to pass against the defense of the Seattle Seahawks during the game at CenturyLink Field on December 22, 2019 in Seattle, Washington Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Free agency is tidying up after it crashed through the NFL window and rearranged the furniture, so it’s time to get you, our loyal reader, some updated fantasy rankings for the 2020 season.

The NFL Draft will move things around a bit, but free agency is the more impactful of the two overall. We already have a good idea of what teams will go after starting quarterbacks and they aren’t teams with strong fantasy quarterbacks already in place.

Tier 1

Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes are the cream of the fantasy football crop and I doubt I’ll get much pushback on that account. I’m sure there are some Lamar Jackson haters out there who think the Titans figured him out and he’ll now be awful, but he showed me enough to believe he will only continue to improve and find ways to combat defenses who start to find an edge against him.

Patrick Mahomes had a “down” season with injuries and touchdown regression and still was amazing. His 5.4 touchdown percentage should go back up, just as Lamar Jackson’s 9 percent touchdown rate should head back the other way. But, Mahomes’ adjusted yards per attempt will likely stay steady, as he led the league last year at 9.6 yards and was third this season at 8.9 yards. Touchdowns come and go, but AY/A is a sticky stat that shows us that Mahomes is no flash in the pan.

Tier 2

We have seen a decline for some of the older stud quarterbacks, and as Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady get long in the tooth it’s hard to justify them in Tier 2 at this point with players like Deshaun Watson, Dak Prescott, and Russell Wilson out there in their primes. Toese three all have the ability to become the No. 1 fantasy quarterback if things go their way.

Free Agency Fallout

Tom Brady to the Buccaneers elevates his upside going into his 21st season, but it’s still tough to put him in Tier 2 at 43-years of age. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are a big step up from his receivers last season while Brice Arians’ offense is great for fantasy, so he should flirt with Tier 2, but stick in Tier 3.

DeAndre Hopkins was traded to the Cardinals for a three-day old bag of donuts, knocking the Texans passing game down by a significant margin. Randall Cobb is just another player at this point in his career and David Johnson was a disaster last year. Maybe Johnson, aka donut bag, can have a bounce back year, which would include plenty of work as a receiver, but I’m not going to count on it in my projections. The good news is that Watson is very good and will add fantasy points with his legs. He’s not the slam dunk fantasy player he was before the trade, but he’s one of the tops.

2021 Quarterback Rankings

Rk Name Team
Rk Name Team
1 Patrick Mahomes II KC
2 Kyler Murray ARI
3 Josh Allen BUF
4 Dak Prescott DAL
5 Aaron Rodgers GB
6 Russell Wilson SEA
7 Lamar Jackson BAL
8 Tom Brady TB
9 Justin Herbert LAC
10 Matthew Stafford LAR
11 Ryan Tannehill TEN
12 Kirk Cousins MIN
13 Jalen Hurts PHI
14 Joe Burrow CIN
15 Trevor Lawrence JAC
16 Matt Ryan ATL
17 Ben Roethlisberger PIT
18 Ryan Fitzpatrick WAS
19 Jameis Winston NO
20 Tua Tagovailoa MIA
21 Justin Fields CHI
22 Zach Wilson NYJ
23 Trey Lance SF
24 Daniel Jones NYG
25 Baker Mayfield CLE
26 Jimmy Garoppolo SF
27 Carson Wentz IND
28 Derek Carr LV
29 Teddy Bridgewater DEN
30 Sam Darnold CAR
31 Mac Jones NE
32 Tyrod Taylor HOU
33 Jared Goff DET
34 Andy Dalton CHI
35 Jordan Love GB
37 Taysom Hill NO
38 Drew Lock DEN
39 Cam Newton FA
40 Marcus Mariota LV
41 Mitchell Trubisky BUF
42 Kellen Mond MIN
43 Gardner Minshew II PHI
44 Davis Mills HOU
45 Taylor Heinicke WAS