Dynasty Rankings 2021
What is happening fantasy football fools! As we close the book on 2020 and start looking toward 2021 we enter the most exciting time in all of dynasty sports, the offseason! I for one am looking forward to our Sports Obsessive start up dynasty draft. I will follow up with all you good people on how the draft went down. The strategies, blunders, and killer moves that will lead some of us being dope and some of us being dopey.
Without further ado, here are my top 10 dynasty QB’s with commentary and my 11-20 QB’s without editorial. Next week I’ll get into my top 24 RB’s, then WR’s the week after and rounding out the TE’s after that. Keep coming back to Sports Obsessive as the crew and I break down dynasty strategies, redraft, auction, and all the fantasy football takes you can handle. Let’s get it!
- Patrick Mahomes
Look, here’s the deal (said like Joe Biden) he’s the best QB in the NFL and he’s 25 year’s old. He’s also halfway on his way towards being a billionaire. He is the best talent the NFL has ever seen (Rodgers is a close 2nd), he has a Hall of Fame coach, Hall of Fame tight end and may have a Hall of Fame receiver in Tyreek Hill. This offense is perfect for Mahomes skill set. We are in the midst of another football dynasty. I see the Chiefs winning 4 to 5 Super Bowls over the next decade. He’s the clear cut number 1 dynasty QB and if you have the first draft in a startup run, don’t walk to the podium, run to draft Mahomes.
2. Josh Allen
I would have never expected this a year ago but here we are. Josh Allen has done what so many of us football fans would kill for our young QB’s to do – he has ascended. He is now in the top 3 discussion for the best QB in the NFL and I don’t see that changing any time soon. He has a top talent at wide receiver in Stefon Diggs and a rocket arm that competes with anyone in the NFL. Allen not only gets it done with his arm but he still has a 3-5 year window where he can score points with his legs. He was fantasy football’s 3rd highest scorer this year and if you can grab him early in your dynasty draft you will be set for the next 5 years.
3. DeShaun Watson
DeShaun Watson is good at football. Newsflash, I know. If he was in a better organization I would probably have him number 2. The Hopkins trade also knocks him down a little for me – you just don’t trade Hall of Fame type players in their prime especially when a receiver has a great QB. Watson and Hopkins could have been the next Manning and Harrison combo but it wasn’t meant to be.
Watson was the NFL’s passing leader this year with 4,823 passing yards and 36 total touchdowns. All without his star receiver in Hopkins AND without his best receiver Will Fuller from weeks 11-17. Watson is a stud that can get it done on both the ground and through the air. He was the guy I wanted in 2017 as a Bears fan and my heart will be broken for the next 15 years watching this guy excel. He can be a true cornerstone of your dynasty squad for the next 5-7 years. There is a bit of a drop after Mahomes, Allen, and Watson so if you have Watson, keep him. If you are in a startup this season, get him. He will be in the top five of fantasy scoring for at least the next 3 years and he can be a cornerstone for your squad.
4. Lamar Jackson
Lamar is great but we all can agree this was a down year. Even though many of us expected a drop off of the MVP type of production Lamar had last year, we didn’t expect him to plummet as far as he did. But after Lamar came down with COVID-19 at the end of November he took his play right back to the MVP level we all expected.
From weeks 10-16, he was fantasy football’s 6th highest scorer. He took that momentum all the way through his 1st playoff win last week against the Titans. I trust his coach, I trust the offense, and I trust the Ravens to continue to be at the top of the NFL pyramid. I worry a little about injury and Lamar’s lack of passing progression but make no mistake this dude can carry your franchise. He is young, like Josh Allen he is only in his 3rd year, and he can be fantasy football’s highest scorer in any year for at least the next 3 years.
5. Aaron Rodgers
ARod, what can I say. Usually guys that start seeking out the Dalai Llama in their late 30’s would likely lead to a “what’s next after football” discussion, but for Aaron, he took his game to another level in 2020. The clear MVP in my eyes this year, even at 37 years old, I still believe Aaron can carry your squad for the next 3 years. I still see him getting it done for another 2 years at least and much like Tom Brady and Drew Bree, I don’t see a drop off even as he plays in to his 40’s.
I know age scares people but Aaron is an exception. He can still be elite for 3-4 years and that’s long enough to carry your squad. Points always play and I don’t see Aaron dipping for another 2-3 years. He’s still getting the Rodgers rate and can still win you championships.
6. Kyler Murray
I live in Arizona and I can tell you the hype train for this dude is unreal. He is the future of football. Size doesn’t matter in the NFL anymore. He is one of the smallest dynamic players the NFL has ever seen and his future is bright. Kyler could be the type of dude that ascends like Josh Allen in year 3. However, there are a few red flags to highlight.
When he got dinged late in the year against Seattle, his fantasy production plummeted He was fantasy football’s MVP for the first 2 months of the season but he might have been a dude that caused you to get bounced early in the playoffs. He had a rough December, mainly because he still hasn’t developed where I thought he would be as a passer. We all know the dude can run, he had 819 rushing yards and 11 freaking tuds on the ground last year. What scares me with him is his pocket passing. He needs to take the next step to land squarely in the top 3 dynasty QB discussion and I believe he can do that in year 3, next year.
7. Dak Prescott
When Dak got hurt in week 5, he was on his way toward a historic season. He was 3rd in fantasy scoring through week 4. He had TWO 40 point fantasy efforts and he was slinging to a ton of weapons. With Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup, Dak easily has a top 5 offensive weapons situation and will be a fantasy mainstay for the next 5 years. Waaaaaaay too early rankings have a lot of projection, until the offseason fully unfolds there are a lot of unknowns. But I can’t in any reality see the Cowboys moving on from Dak. They were a bottom feeding franchise without him and he will be back in Dallas.
I think Dak would have been a top 3 fantasy guy this year if he didn’t get hurt. His defense won’t be good for many years and Zeke quickly fell off the cliff This will be Dak’s team for the next 3 years and the ‘Boys will only go as far as his arm will take him. McCarthy is a terrible coach, but he slings the rock man. Dak will be back and he will carry your squad for the next half decade.
8. Joe Burrow
Joey B. When I watched tape of this kid at LSU I have never seen the whole package like what Burrow offered. He moves great in the pocket, he has great pocket awareness, he is precise in intermediate throws, and he is deadly on the deep ball. I had zero concern about him coming out and thought he was a top 5 QB in the NFL right now. Yea, I said it. I like him more than most and I like the structure he has in Cincinnati. I won’t lie, both Burrow and Dak have major questions coming off of brutal injuries but in dynasty we don’t need immediate results. Joey B may take a while to come back into form next year but by the end of season 2 and heading into season 3, you may have a league winner.
9. Justin Herbert
The Dolphins are going to rue the day they passed on Herbert. He was amazing in his 1st year for the lowly Chargers. Now, with Anthony Lynn out of the picture, I can see Herbert ascending to the top of the NFL QB royalty. He has playmakers in place with Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Hunter Henry. Not to mention, he found Austin Ekelar a lot in the passing game and that is where many redzone touchdowns and hidden yardage will come from. Herbert regressed toward the end of the year starting with Bill Belicek’s dismantling 45-0 game against the Chargers in week 13. Still, he managed two 30 point fantasy performances even as NFL defenses had the chance to study him and bring him back down to Earth.
Herbert is elite, much like Burrow he has great pocket awareness and he throws a deadly accurate deep ball. Chargers vs. Chiefs games will be must watch TV for the next decade. I feel ya Dolphins fans, much like the Bears in 2018, had the Dolphins taken Herbert over Tua I think they would be perennial playoff contenders and give Josh Allen and company fits for years to come. I’m not a big Tua guy. I am however a huge Herbert fan. He will carry your dynasty squad for a very long time.
10. Trevor Lawrence
What can I say, putting a rookie here is weird in mid January but Tre-Law is the truth. He is tall, athletic, accurate as hell, and he is a tremendous leader. He has every thing you are looking for in a franchise dynasty QB. After his rookie year we might be putting him in the top five of these discussions but for now, I haven’t seen him do it at the next level so I have him in the top 10. The landing spot is an excellent situation in Jacksonville, much better than if he landed in New York with the Jets. I am interested to see what kind of offense Urban Meyer will run but a fantasy explosion structure is there waiting for Trevor the moment his name is called first in the 2021 draft.
He has an excellent cast with James Robinson, DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault, and Keelan Cole. Also, the Jags have a horrible defense that doesn’t project to be better any time soon. This is a perfect fantasy landing spot for Trevor. He will also have to keep up with Indy, DeShaun, and the explosive Titans offense. Everything is there for Trevor to succeed and he is set to be the next Mahomes, Watson, or Rodgers type of player. If he is there for you in the 2nd round of your rookie draft, I would scoop him with joy. I can’t wait to see this kid playing on Sundays.
There you have it folks, I have my 11-20 guys listed below without commentary. I wish you much success landing one of these top 10 guys as they should carry your dynasty squad the next 5-7 years. As always, best of luck and keep making the good times roll!
Best of the Rest
11. Russell Wilson
12. Ryan Tannenhill
13. Jalen Hurts
14. Justin Fields (Projecting Fields to Atlanta)
15. Zach Wilson (Projecting Wilson to San Francisco)
16. Tom Brady
17. Sam Darnold
18. Baker Mayfield
19. Trey Lance (Projecting Lance to Washington Football Team)
20. Mathew Stafford