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Ask the Analysts: 16 Players to Avoid (2021 Fantasy Football)

Aug 19, 2021

Our analysts have teamed up to provide you with a list of players to think twice about this fantasy football draft season.

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1. Who is your quarterback to avoid for fantasy purposes in 2021?

Aaron Rodgers (GB)
Forget the retirement talk for a minute. Even if Rodgers does play for the Packers, his touchdown rate was 9.1 percent in 2020. If we dial that number back to Rodgers’ career mark of 6.3 percent, which is still elite, he would’ve finished as the QB10 instead of the QB2 that he did. He doesn’t offer mobility anymore, and his offense isn’t what we’d describe as “pass-heavy.” Even if we knew he was playing this year, QB8 should be the price.
– Mike Tagliere

Matt Ryan (ATL)
Is Ryan a good NFL QB? Absolutely. However, our outlook for him from a fantasy perspective needs to be slightly different from our NFL view. Ryan did have some appeal earlier this off-season, but with Julio Jones now out of town, I’m staying completely away from the veteran QB. With a WR corps that lacks proven depth, it isn’t easy to find a path for how Ryan finishes as a top-12 QB. He might be able to provide you with a solid floor each week, but the path for upside isn’t there. At a current ECR of QB14, that’s too high for me to get on board when comparing him to some of the other QBs that are further down that come with more rushing potential.
– Kyle Yates


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