The most wonderful time of the year is almost here…football season. And that means it is time to start getting ready for your Fantasy Football drafts.
There are a couple of different types of Fantasy players out there. There are the ones that spend all year working on their draft and participating in mock drafts months ahead of the season. Then there are the ones that just wing it and hope that they end up with a decent roster after placing their draft picks on auto.
But then there are the regular folks who do just a little bit of research a few weeks before the big draft. For those of you looking for a little direction before setting your draft roster, we have the top 15 quarterbacks to go after this season.
Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs
Of course, Patrick Mahomes is at the top of the list. Even though we know Rodgers is returning for another season with the Packers, Mahomes is the safest quarterback pick. Mahomes is also currently the favorite to win MVP this year, with sportsbooks like DraftKings listing Mahomes at the top at +500. The Chiefs are also currently the favorites to win the Super Bowl at +500.
Last year, the Chiefs’ quarterback tied as the lead in QB points for at least six games. So you know that Mahomes is going to put up a lot of Fantasy points. Especially with the Chiefs completely rebuilding its offensive line.
Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson is always a smart pick. He started off the season strong last year with 11 touchdowns in the first two games of the season. Since Wilson’s rookie season in 2012, he has ranked fourth in TD passes and first in yards per attempt. If he can start off strong and continue the momentum this year, he will be guaranteed to put up plenty of Fantasy points this year.
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
The only reason Aaron Rodgers isn’t at the number one or two spot on this list is because we are still unsure how Rodgers will perform. We know that Rodgers is returning to the Packers for most likely his last season there, but how focused and motivated will he really be? He was the MVP last year (for the third time), but so much has happened this offseason, it is a little bit of a gamble drafting Rodgers. However, the quarterback has the highest touchdown percentage and lowest interception rate, so it is a little hard to believe that he won’t be putting up decent numbers this year, even if he hasn’t been training.
Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills
Josh Allen led the Buffalo Bills to the AFC Championship last year, marking it the first time the Bills have made it to the playoffs since 1995. In 2020, Allen completed 69.2 percent of his passes and recorded 37 touchdowns. Sportsbooks have him behind Mahomes to win MVP at +1000. The future is clearly bright for Allen. And with the return of Stefon Diggs and the addition of Emmanuel Sanders, Allen has some talented weapons on his side, which will help him rack up Fantasy points.
Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys
After missing the majority of last season due to an ankle injury, Dak Prescott is back and looking to shine. He has a new four-year deal with the Cowboys, so he will be as motivated as ever to prove himself. If he can stay healthy, he is expected to have a breakout season. Especially having CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper, and Ezekiel Elliott on his offense. Dak was starting off the season on fire with nine touchdowns and completed 68 percent of his passes, until his week 5 injury. So if he can pick up where he left off, the sky’s the limit for the Dallas quarterback.
Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens
Lamar Jackson is the first quarterback in history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in two consecutive seasons. Even though he did have nine interceptions, he has improved his passing game. Having wide receiver Hollywood Brown on the Ravens will also help and if he can connect to Brown this season, Jackson will be putting up big Fantasy numbers. At least you can always count on Jackson for putting up big numbers with his rushing yards and number of touchdowns
Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals
Kyler Murray is expected to have his best season yet. He ended last season with 11 rushing touchdowns and almost 900 rushing yards. Thanks to Chase Edmonds and DeAndre Hopkins on his side, he will most likely see a bump in passing numbers. How could we forget last year’s Hail Murray? This is the year you can expect to see more Fantasy points from this rising talent and maybe even a NFL MVP award, with Murray at +1600 to win it this year.
Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns
Baker Mayfield has improved over the years, but he still hasn’t put up the Fantasy points like other quarterbacks. But it could be another exciting year for the Browns after making it to the playoffs for the first time since 2002. With Odell Beckham Jr., Mayfield might have another strong year, especially with the Browns’ offensive line, which is one of the best in the NFL.
Matthew Stafford – Los Angeles Rams
Matthew Stafford joins a new team this season, the Los Angeles Rams. When he was with the Detroit Lions, he completed 41.8 percent of passes that were 20 or more air yards. He only had seven touchdowns last season, but no interceptions. If he fits well with Sean McVay’s playbook, Stafford could have found the change of scenery he needs to succeed. It also helps that he has Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and DeSean Jackson on his offense. The Rams are currently at +1300 to win the Super Bowl this year.
Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans
Ryan Tannehill has led the Tennessee Titans to the playoffs two seasons in a row, including a trip to the AFC Championship in 2019. Last season, he completed 67.3 percent of his passes and had 55 touchdowns with only 13 interceptions. Derrick Henry returns to the team to run the ball and with the addition to Julio Jones, Tannehill could see even more touchdown passes this season.
Justin Herbert – San Diego Chargers
Justin Herbert had a breakout rookie season so he is expected to have another impressive season. He rushed for five touchdowns last season and showed that he can throw the ball with 4,336 passing yards. At 23-years-old, you can bet that Herbert will be around for many years.
Tom Brady – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady won his seventh Super Bowl last season and another Super Bowl MVP. He completed 45 deep pass attempts and finished off the season with 1,515 passing yards and 15 touchdowns. He will be 44 in August, but Brady has proven that age is just a number. After all, you can never go wrong drafting the GOAT.
Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow didn’t get the chance to show off his talent much last season, missing the last six games of the season with an injury. But in the games he did play, Burrow had 13 touchdowns, throwing for 2,688 yards. By adding former LSU buddy Ja’Marr Chase to the roster, you can expect Burrow to bounce back and put up Fantasy points.
Derek Carr – Las Vegas Raiders
The problem with Derek Carr is he is not consistent. But when he is on fire, he can put up big numbers. With Darren Waller and Henry Ruggs III on his side, he will probably have a solid year. He threw for over 4,000 yards last season and had 27 touchdowns, but there are some quarterbacks that are worth investing in before drafting Carr.
Jalen Hurts – Philadelphia Eagles
Jalen Hurts will most likely be taking over as quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles since Carson Wentz went to the Indianapolis Colts. The Eagles drafted stud DeVonte Smith, former Alabama teammate of Hurts. So, if the chemistry can come back, Hurts could have a successful season. Which is needed, after completing only a little over 50 percent of his passes last season. However, he could put up some rushing yards like Jackson and Murray.