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Kyle Yates’s Early Top-30 Quarterback Rankings (2021 Fantasy Football)

Jun 16, 2021
Cam Newton

Following up his early running back, wide receiver, and tight end rankings, Kyle Yates is back to provide his top-20 quarterback rankings for 2021 redraft leagues.

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Cam Newton (NE)
One of my favorite streaming options at the QB position this year is Newton in New England. Did you know that before Newton contracted COVID-19 in Week 4 last year he was the QB7 in all of fantasy football? This was despite being put in a brand new system late in the off-season – which wasn’t really a true off-season – and without any true receiving weapons. Jakobi Meyers was Newton’s top receiving option in 2020 and that’s not going to lead to productivity from any QB! It certainly was not pretty from Newton, but he still brought consistent fantasy viability with his rushing prowess. Newton saw 25 (!) Red Zone carries last year and scored 12 rushing touchdowns and this was all while battling the after effects of COVID. With a full off-season in this system, plus the revamped receiving corps around him, Newton’s my favorite buy at the QB position based on his price tag. There’s a possibility that he doesn’t start the entire season, but when you’re streaming the QB position, you don’t need that guarantee. The upside is too much to pass up on with Newton and I’ll be drafting him everywhere that I can this season.

Trevor Lawrence (JAC)
It’s going to be extremely tempting to pull the trigger on Lawrence in your redraft leagues later on, but we simply don’t know how he’s going to translate to the NFL level right away. He has the mobility and rushing upside to do great things down the road, but he shouldn’t be someone that you draft with confidence and roll out there Week 1. You can draft him as a second QB if you’re someone who likes deploying that strategy or keep an eye on him on your waiver wire. Unfortunately, we might see his ADP creep up by the time drafts roll around where he’s going ahead of more surefire options at the QB position. In that situation, I’ll lean back on experience and draft someone else who I’ve seen produce in the NFL previously. Lawrence has the potential to be a low-end QB1 for fantasy…it just might not happen right away.

Zach Wilson (NYJ)
Wilson has the draft capital to his name and he’s got a pretty solid receiving corps surrounding him, but we need to see how he adjusts to the NFL game before we feel completely confident in rolling him into our starting lineups. He’s worth drafting as a low-end QB2 in Superflex formats this year that has some upside if he can progress as the season goes along, but we shouldn’t be looking his way during our 1QB drafts.

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