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Derek Carr
QB - LV
Derek Carr
Derek Carr
QB - LV
Sam Darnold
QB - CAR
Sam Darnold
Sam Darnold
QB - CAR
 
 
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ECR# 24# 25-
Best Rank# 14# 13-
Worst Rank# 31# 33-
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total281.0145.0-
Avg Game17.612.1-
Avg Projection269.3249.3-
    
Schedule 
    
SOS Rank2914-
    
Misc 
    
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Expert Ranks 
Derek CarrSam DarnoldAdd Player
    
David ZachD. Zach
FantasyPros
20 m
#25#26-
    
Jacob GibbsJ. Gibbs
SportsLine
55 m
#24#26-
    
Andy BehrensA. Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
5 h
#28#26-
    
Ellis JohnsonE. Johnson
True North Fantasy Football
5 h
#17#22-
    
Dale DeMottD. DeMott
Eat.Sleep.Fantasy
7 h
#25#19-
    
Jeff BoggisJ. Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
9 h
#25#31-
    
Blair WilliamsB. Will...
Razzball
18 h
#14#24-
    
Benjamin KlotzB. Klotz
Touchdown Squad
19 h
#19#23-
    
Wolf of Roto StreetW. of R...
Roto Street Journal
20 h
#26-
    
Mauricio GutierrezM. Guti...
Estadio Fantasy
21 h
#25#26-
    
Adam MurfetA. Murfet
5 Yard Rush
1 d
#20#28-
    
Huseyin AksuH. Aksu
Fantasy Couch
2 d
#29#28-
    
Des BielerD. Bieler
The Washington Post
2 d
#25#30-
    
Site RankingsS. Rank...
FFToday
2 d
#18#19-
    
Richard SavillR. Savill
Fantasy Six Pack
2 d
#31#29-
    
Dalton Del DonD. Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
3 d
#29#23-
    
Mark RingoM. Ringo
Sleepers and Busts
4 d
#21#25-
    
SmittyS.
SleeperU
4 d
#21#29-
    
Nick ZylakN. Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
4 d
#27#25-
    
Mike MaherM. Maher
FantasyPros
4 d
#20#27-
    
John PaulsenJ. Paulsen
4for4.com
5 d
#19#29-
    
Walter CherepinskyW. Cher...
WalterFootball
5 d
#30#32-
    
Alex GodshallA. Gods...
Beaver Dam
5 d
#23#25-
    
Fantasy BRF. BR
Fantasy BR
5 d
#26#29-
    
Mike TagliereM. Tagl...
FantasyPros
5 d
#23#27-
    
Dave RichardD. Richard
CBS Sports
5 d
#27#32-
    
Seth MillerS. Miller
Crossroads Fantasy Football
5 d
#17#29-
    
Dan HarrisD. Harris
FantasyPros
5 d
#25#29-
    
Ken ZalisK. Zalis
Pressbox
5 d
#22#24-
    
Matthew McCarthyM. McCa...
Gridiron Ratings
6 d
#22#24-
    
Michael TomlinM. Tomlin
Fantasy Six Pack
6 d
#28#23-
    
Kevin TompkinsK. Tomp...
Fighting Chance Fantasy
6 d
#26#27-
    
Jamey EisenbergJ. Eise...
CBS Sports
6 d
#26#29-
    
Tyler OrginskiT. Orgi...
Fantasy Hot Read
6 d
#14#25-
    
Joe PisapiaJ. Pisapia
FantasyPros
6 d
#22#25-
    
Lawrence JacksonL. Jackson
Fantasy Football Lord
6 d
#26#28-
    
Jason PetropoulosJ. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
7 d
#28#27-
    
Francisco (Chato) RomeroF. (Cha...
Estadio Fantasy
7 d
#23#27-
    
Michael PetropoulosM. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
7 d
#29#21-
    
Jacob W. DunneJ. W. D...
New Life Fantasy
1 w
#23#28-
    
Garret PriceG. Price
Dynasty Nerds
1 w
#26#21-
    
Liz LozaL. Loza
Yahoo! Sports
1 w
#25#28-
    
Steven PintadoS. Pintado
The Fantasy Coaches
1 w
#26#24-
    
Pierre CamusP. Camus
RotoBaller
1 w
#17#28-
    
Dylan LicciardoD. Licc...
FF Gamers
1 w
#28#13-
    
Brendan TumaB. Tuma
FantasyPros
1 w
#25#27-
    
Tim BrosnanT. Brosnan
Tim's Fantasy Tips
1 w
#27#18-
    
Scott PianowskiS. Pian...
Yahoo! Sports
1 w
#18#26-
    
Mark RossM. Ross
Athlon Sports
1 w
#25#26-
    
Jordan RainsJ. Rains
Expand The Boxscore
1 w
#25#26-
    
Joey WrightJ. Wright
Razzball
1 w
#24#28-
    
Rudy GambleR. Gamble
Razzball
1 w
#18#17-
    
Chet GreshamC. Gresham
DK Nation
2 w
#23#24-
    
Brandon FunstonB. Funston
The Athletic
2 w
#20#25-
    
Chris KennedyC. Kennedy
The Fantasy Headliners
2 w
#24#28-
    
Jose Ramon LlacaJ. Ramo...
Estadio Fantasy
2 w
#23#29-
    
Adrian AlpansequeA. Alpa...
Estadio Fantasy
2 w
#25#30-
    
Kyle YatesK. Yates
FantasyPros
2 w
#19#23-
    
Kyle RichardsonK. Rich...
The Fantasy Headliners
2 w
#26#23-
    
Pat FitzmauriceP. Fitz...
The Football Girl
2 w
#22#25-
    
Joe BondJ. Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
2 w
#24#25-
    
Jacob HubmanJ. Hubman
The Fantasy Headliners
2 w
#25#19-
    
Michael HauffM. Hauff
Gridiron Experts
2 w
#25#27-
    
Jaime EisnerJ. Eisner
The Draft Network
2 w
#23#32-
    
Rich PiazzaR. Piazza
Fantasy Shed
2 w
#23#27-
    
Ryan NoonanR. Noonan
FTN
2 w
#23#25-
    
Drew DeLucaD. DeLuca
NFL Spinzone
2 w
#15#27-
    
Derek LoflandD. Lofland
FantasyPros
2 w
#23#30-
    
John HestermanJ. Hest...
Dynasty League Football
2 w
#25#24-
    
Brandon MurchisonB. Murc...
RotoBaller
2 w
#27#25-
    
Richard KingR. King
King Fantasy Sports
2 w
#28#23-
    
Matthew HillM. Hill
DataForce Fantasy Football
2 w
#26#25-
    
Richard CoolingR. Cooling
5 Yard Rush
3 w
#19#27-
    
Bart WheelerB. Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
3 w
#28#20-
    
Dennis SosicD. Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
3 w
#25#33-
    
Mike RigzM. Rigz
Gridiron Experts
3 w
#20#22-
    
Adam PfeiferA. Pfeifer
FTN
3 w
#26#29-
    
Jeff RatcliffeJ. Ratc...
FTN
4 w
#24#26-
    
Matt HarmonM. Harmon
Yahoo! Sports
4 w
#24#29-
    
Davis MattekD. Mattek
SportsGrid
4 w
#22#30-
    
Andy VandaA. Vanda
Take Your League
4 w
#24#25-
    
Aaron LarsonA. Larson
FantasyPros
4 w
#25#23-
    
Nick RaducanuN. Radu...
ProjectRoto
4 w
#24#26-
    
Tozzi BrothersT. Brot...
Legion Report
4 w
#26#28-
    
Dave KlugeD. Kluge
Footballguys
4 w
#24#25-
    
Justin DoddsJ. Dodds
SleeperWire
4 w
#20#29-
    
Clayton CadieuxC. Cadieux
Fantasy Football From Up North
4 w
#27#25-
    
Dan ClasgensD. Clas...
Get Sports Info
05/23
#24#21-
    
Justin GeorgeJ. George
Take Your League
05/22
#24#26-
    
Elvin RyanE. Ryan
The Pregame HQ
05/21
#24#27-
    
Zachary HanshewZ. Hanshew
FantasyPros
05/20
#27#21-
    
Bill EnrightB. Enright
Sports Illustrated
05/18
#25#26-
    
Chris MeaneyC. Meaney
FTN
1 w
#18#23-
    
Mick CiallelaM. Cial...
Fantrax
05/17
#26#25-
    
Jody SmithJ. Smith
FantasyData
05/10
#26#31-
    
Ben WasleyB. Wasley
The Fantasy First Down
04/16
#26#29-
    
Staff RankingsS. Rank...
QB List
02/01
#23#33-
    
Kevin WheelerK. Wheeler
The Draft Zone
01/05
#18#27-
    
Tal MalachovskyT. Mala...
The Fantasy Scout
12/30
#27#28-
    
Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Derek Carr
QB - LV
Derek Carr
Derek Carr
QB - LV
Sam Darnold
QB - CAR
Sam Darnold
Sam Darnold
QB - CAR
2021 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. BAL vs. NYJ
Week 2 at PIT vs. NO
Week 3 vs. MIA at HOU
Week 4 at LAC at DAL
Week 5 vs. CHI vs. PHI
Week 6 at DEN vs. MIN
Week 7 vs. PHI at NYG
Week 8BYE WEEK at ATL
Week 9 at NYG vs. NE
Week 10 vs. KC at ARI
Week 11 vs. CIN vs. WAS
Week 12 at DAL at MIA
Week 13 vs. WASBYE WEEK
Week 14 at KC vs. ATL
Week 15 at CLE at BUF
Week 16 vs. DEN vs. TB
Week 17 at IND at NO
Week 18 vs. LAC at TB
Player Projections Comparison
 
Derek Carr
QB - LV
Derek Carr
Derek Carr
QB - LV
Sam Darnold
QB - CAR
Sam Darnold
Sam Darnold
QB - CAR
Passing
   
Pass Att565.2555.5
Pass Cmp374.8350.2
Pass Yards4,315.83,924.6
Pass TDs26.722.0
Ints10.915.0
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts31.950.3
Rush Yards112.4219.8
Rush TDs1.83.3
   
Misc
   
Fumbles5.33.9
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points269.3249.3
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Derek Carr
QB - LV
Derek Carr
Derek Carr
QB - LV
Sam Darnold
QB - CAR
Sam Darnold
Sam Darnold
QB - CAR
2020 Points 
Week 113.612.2
Week 221.711.9
Week 315.49.7
Week 420.423.6
Week 525.0
Week 6
Week 720.32.8
Week 812.57.4
Week 914.0
Week 107.2
Week 1122.6
Week 121.66.8
Week 1332.721.0
Week 1425.85.6
Week 152.114.1
Week 1623.217.0
Week 1722.912.9
Week 18
Total281.0145.0
Average17.612.1
Notes for Player Combination
 
Derek Carr
QB - LV
Derek Carr
Derek Carr
QB - LV
Sam Darnold
QB - CAR
Sam Darnold
Sam Darnold
QB - CAR
Expert 
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
 Darnold certainly hasn't lived up to the hype he received coming into the NFL back in 2018, but we've come to give anyone who played under Adam Gase a free pass. Here in Carolina, Darnold has everything he needs to be successful and it now all comes down to whether or not he can take the necessary steps to be a capable NFL QB. It's important to stay measured with projections for Darnold - and subsequently the rest of the offense - but Darnold's one of the most intriguing QB2s you can add to your Superflex roster. He's worth taking a shot on late in your drafts to see if he can reach that potential we all thought was possible previously.
Tim Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
Every year certain fantasy analysts will hype up the most mediocre QB in the game, and every time you are disappointed you fell in the trap. This year might be the worst trap of all. Now, he'll be playing behind an offensive line that lost three starters to cap woes including C Rodney Hudson. It's going to be a long year in Las Vegas and Derek Carr might not survive it.The curse of Adam Gase has been lifted. Now, Darnold gets a fresh start on a team that has enough weapons to succeed in the NFL. The talent is there, but can he overcome his mental hurdles and bounce back? If he does, he could be one of the surprise risers in fantasy football this season.
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
Very quietly, Derek Carr finished as QB13 last season. This was due to him playing in all 16 games, which many QBs did not in 2020. Carr did throw for his 3rd straight 4k yard season, but I have significant concerns about the offensive line turnover for the Raiders. At 30, Derek Carr is a prototypical league-average quarterback, hence the 8-8 record of the Raiders. I would love him as my 3rd QB in Superflex, but you could do worse as your QB2. Although Carr did make some statistical strides, it's hard to get excited about him in fantasy terms.Sam Darnold's NFL failure can be attributed to Adam Gase. Not all of it, but enough of a chunk that I am buying into the Darnold reclamation project the Panthers have taken on in 2021. He goes from being bereft of weapons to having arguably the best RB in football in Christian McCaffrey and two talented receivers in DJ Moore and Robby Anderson (whom Darnold is familiar with from their Jet days). He will also benefit from OC Joe Brady, whom I thought was one of the top play-callers in the NFL last year, and stunned he didn't receive more attention as an HC candidate around the league. Three years ago, Darnold was an excellent QB prospect. At 23 years old, it's far too soon to throw him away.
Mark Ringo
Sleepers and Busts
Carr has some weapons in Darren Waller and Henry Ruggs, but the offensive line lost some keys cogs this past offseason. Carr's lack of mobility caps his upside. The combination of those two could lead to a lot of sacks. He's okay, but I'm hoping for better at QB.The book is still out on Sam Darnold. The Jets didn't put anyone around him. The Panthers have some weapons, but their offensive line is terrible. Darnold throws off his back foot too much. He reminds me of Jay Cutler, only with a weaker arm. I'm not touching him. Avoid.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
The article I write every year titled, "Boom, Bust, and Everything In Between," highlights the both the consistency a player offers, as well as his upside. Carr has no upside. Over the last two years under Jon Gruden, Carr has played 32 games. In those games, he's delivered QB1-type performances just 14 times (43.8 percent), and a "boom" performance just one time (3.1 percent). I'd rather take shots on the rookie quarterbacks who might not start out of the gate, as Carr certainly wouldn't be your QB1. 
Wolf of Roto Street
Roto Street Journal
 LOVE Joe Brady's offense and these weapons. If Darnold is any good, he's in a perfect spot to show it. Not convinced he is, but willing to take a stab to find out