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Dan Harris’s Early Top-30 Quarterback Rankings (2021 Fantasy Football)

Jun 21, 2021
Lamar Jackson

Dan Harris is here with his early top-30 quarterback rankings.

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Lamar Jackson (BAL)
Most fantasy managers expected significant regression from Jackson last year, and they certainly got it, especially early on. Through Week 11, Jackson averaged just 20.3 fantasy points per game, 12th-most among quarterbacks. From that point on, he averaged 27.7 fantasy points per game, most in the league. A large part of his success later in the year was the increase in his rushing yardage, as he went from averaging 57.5 rushing yards per game in the first 11 weeks to 86 rushing yards per game over his final five contests. Jackson will likely continue to rely on his legs plenty, but he’ll also have new weapons, including rookie Rashod Bateman and Sammy Watkins. Add it all together and Jackson should provide an incredibly high floor with the upside to finish as the No. 1 quarterback overall again if everything breaks perfectly.

Tom Brady (TB)
There may have been reason to doubt Brady’s ability to produce at an elite level moving from New England to Tampa Bay last year but, as usual, he proved all the doubters wrong. We’ve all heard by now that Brady didn’t learn Bruce Arians’ playbook until mid-year. From Weeks 1-9, Brady averaged a respectable 19.95 fantasy points per game. From Weeks 10-17, he averaged 24.34 points per game, just behind Aaron Rodgers and Lamar Jackson. With every notable offensive piece returning and fresh off a Super Bowl win, Brady should again be in line for another excellent season, both real and fantasy.

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