As dynasty fantasy football players we always find it interesting to see other perspectives on the top players at each position. I will dive into the top 10 dynasty QBs moving forward including rookies. These will also be broken down into four tiers.
Tier 1 Dynasty QBs
Dynasty QB 1: Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes is in a tier of his own. Mahomes has seen plenty of success in his young career. Accolades that he has earned include three Pro Bowl selections, All-Pro, MVP, a Super Bowl Championship, two Super Bowl appearances, and a Super Bowl MVP. He is 38-8 as a starter, and he has done all of this in the first four years of his career while sitting behind Alex Smith in his rookie year.
Mahomes is also tied to one of the best coaches in the NFL in Andy Reid. The Kansas City Chiefs are littered with talent, including top-tier options Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. They have some young up-and-coming talent in first-round running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and now third-year WR Mecole Hardman. He is without a doubt my dynasty QB one as he is for most.
Tier 2 Dynasty QBs
Dynasty QB 2: Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson is one of the most electric QBs in the NFL. I am a bit higher than the expert consensus on Watson. One reason for this is his impressive consistency, finishing no lower than sixth in fantasy points per game since 2017. FPPG finishes for Watson:
- 2017: First (24.7)
- 2018: Fifth (21.3)
- 2019: Third (21.6)
- 2020: Sixth (23.5)
Watson has performed well despite poor coaching and personnel decisions by the Houston Texans (insert DHop trade joke). Many thought he may struggle this year without DeAndre Hopkins, but he seemed to grow as a passer and proved he can play well regardless of the receiving situation. He posted a 70% completion percentage while throwing for a career-high 4,823 yards and 33 TDs while adding 444 yards and three TDs on the ground.
With a new head coach and possibly team, we could see Watson become even better. If Watson was not bogged down by Bill O’Brien we may be talking about him in the same tier as Patrick Mahomes. He is the dynasty QB two comfortably for me.
Dynasty QB 3: Josh Allen
Josh Allen took a huge leap forward this year and surged up my dynasty QB rankings. The Buffalo Bills have been building around him the right way. The best move they made was trading for Stefon Diggs. The addition of Diggs led to Allen posting a 69.2% completion percentage and helped him to throw for 4,544 yards and 37 TDs.
Allen also adds a ton of upside on the ground. He rushed the ball 102 times for 421 yards and 8 TDs. The rushing ability for a QB is a game-changer and raises their weekly floor immensely. Allen is still young and I am excited to see my dynasty QB3 play in this league for a long time!
Dynasty QB 4: Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray has come into the league and thrived in the pass-heavy Arizona Cardinals offense. Murray was 12th in fantasy points per game in his rookie season and 4th this past year. Kliff Kingsbury may not have them winning a ton of games but they are moving in the right direction.
Murray improved on almost every passing step from year one to year two. This is in part from the addition of DeAndre Hopkins in a lopsided trade in which the Cardinals successfully fleeced the Houston Texans. I expect Kyler to continue to improve and remain one of the top dynasty QB options for years to come!
Dynasty QB 5: Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson is the best running quarterback we have ever seen. He was the highest fantasy point per game scoring QB in 2019 and ninth in 2020. The team has a decent amount of salary cap room to hopefully bring in an alpha WR like Allen Robinson or Kenny Golladay if they don’t choose to draft one.
Jackson’s rushing ability gives him a very safe weekly floor. If he takes another step as a passer he could move even higher up my rankings. He also looks to be tied to the Baltimore Ravens for the foreseeable future. This makes him a very valuable dynasty QB.
Tier 3 Dynasty QBs
Dynasty QB 6: Justin Herbert
Many, including myself, were low on Justin Herbert coming in as a rookie. He quickly proved the doubters wrong. Herbert passed for 4336 yards and 31 TDs to 10 INTs while proving his mobility by rushing for 234 yards and 5 TDs, earning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. He also finished eighth in fantasy points per game. As I have previously stated, the ability to rush increases a QBs weekly floor. He did not run a ton but every bit counts.
Herbert has plenty of weapons on offense with Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Austin Ekeler. The Los Angeles Chargers also have a ton of cap space. Los Angeles seems to have the means to build around their young signal-caller. With the promise Herbert showed as a rookie, he has earned a spot in the QB1 range for dynasty QBs.
Dynasty QB 7: Dak Prescott
I love Dak Prescott, as he is an easy guy to root for. Dak has been a very consistent QB in real football and fantasy football. He was on an absolute tear to begin the year before his unfortunate ankle injury. He was ranked first in fantasy points per game for the 2020 season after finishing second in the category the year prior.
There are a couple of reasons for Dak being lower than some would have him in my rankings. The first is that he is working back from the aforementioned injury. Secondly, he still has no long-term deal with the Dallas Cowboys. We truly do not know what type of situation he could wind up in.
If Dak does stay with the Cowboys long term and comes back to his pre-injury level of play he will shoot up the dynasty QB rankings. Dallas boasts an embarrassment of riches at the skill positions. You really could not ask for better offensive weapons than Amari Cooper, Ceedee Lamb, Michael Gallup, Ezekiel Elliot, and Tony Pollard.
Dynasty QB 8: Trevor Lawrence
Trevor Lawrence is the most highly rated rookie dynasty QB on this list. He has earned a spot as the highest-rated QB prospect to come out of college since Andrew Luck. Whether he will perform at that level in the NFL is yet to be seen. Lawrence had a legendary career as the Clemson Tigers signal-caller.
Lawrence passed for over 3,000 yards every single year of his college career and a total of 90 TDs to 17 INTs. His career Pass Efficiency Rating according to sports reference is 164.3 which is stellar. He led his team to an ACC title and playoff berth in each season of his college career and led them on a title run beating Alabama in his freshman year. He also earned many individual accolades.
Lawrence is a winner and I would bet on him succeeding in the NFL at a high level! He will be set up well if he is drafted to Jacksonville as suspected, being coached by Urban Meyer. He will have great weapons in James Robinson, D.J. Chark, and Laviska Shenault. They have a ton of salary-cap space to add pieces around him. He is already a top dynasty QB with room to grow.
Dynasty QB 9: Joe Burrow
The former LSU Tiger, Heisman winner, National Champion, Cincinnati Bengal, Joe Burrow showed well in his shortened rookie year. Burrow proved he could produce despite a bad offensive line. He is coming off of a season-ending ACL tear which is my reasoning for having him slightly lower than consensus.
Burreaux is tied to the Bengals for four more years if they exercise his fifth-year option. This is big for dynasty football because he should have job security. He has a solid group of offensive weapons to work with as well. The Bengals offense has Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, and Joe Mixon. The main concern is getting offensive line help to protect their young QB. Burrow is a rising star and a dynasty QB anyone would love to roster.
Tier 4 Dynasty QBs
Dynasty QB 10: Russell Wilson
Mr. Unlimited himself, Russell Wilson, is one of the best QBs in the league. For fantasy football that is also true but he is not a top-tier option. This, partially, is due to his age which is not old per se but there are younger options with similar talent. It is also due to never knowing what Pete Carroll is going to do. He let Russ cook to begin the season but then backed off and showed his affinity to run the ball again.
Wilson is a valuable dynasty QB because you know he has job security. The Seattle Seahawks have weapons on the outside in D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. If Carroll would let Wilson throw as he did early in the season he can finish near the top every year. Mr. Unlimited can only be limited by play calling.
Rounding It Out
The last three QBs in this tier for me in order are Ryan Tannehill ECR #11, Jalen Hurts ECR #14, and Aaron Rodgers ECR #10. Tannehill has played at such a high level but is at 11 for similar reasons Wilson is at 10. Hurts showed a ton of promise and has the rushing ability we like to see in a fantasy QB. He truly reinvigorated that Philadelphia Eagles team when he took over for Carson Wentz. Aaron Rodgers is at 13 for me purely due to age and my worry that he could fall off in the next few years. Not every QB can play well into their 40s like Tom Brady. These three are all great dynasty QB options!
No one can project 100% where dynasty QBs should be ranked and this is my best-educated opinion. Let me know what you would change and drop your own dynasty QB rankings as well! I would love to see where everyone values each dynasty QB.
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