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Quarterback rankings for 2020 fantasy football

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

Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens runs against the Tennessee Titans during the AFC Divisional Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 11, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

Before the 2019 NFL season is blown up by the draft and free agency, I’m going to set a baseline for my 2020 fantasy football rankings. This will give us a starting point to assess how this offseason impacts players across the board. There won’t be any shiny new rookies in these rankings and Tom Brady still plays for the Patriots for those of you who want to get nostalgic before it is time.

Here are my pre-draft and -free agency quarterback rankings:

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. 5.4 touchdown percentage won’t continue, just as Lamar Jackson’s 9 percent touchdown rate should head back the other way. But his 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, as Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady and 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. These three all have the ability to become the No. 1 fantasy quarterback if things go their way.

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