Quarterback News, Updates, & Research

Allen, J. – Buf (QB)

NFL players who don’t get the COVID-19 vaccine will be required to stay in town during their team’s bye week and be tested for the virus every day. (5/31) Advice: NBC Sports’ Peter King reported on an unspecified team that had 65 of its 90 players vaccinated against COVID. That team would need another dozen players to get the jab before they can return to pre-COVID meeting and practice schedules. NFL teams with vaccination rates below 85 percent will have to keep running practices and meetings like they did in 2020. The Bills have become the most prominent vaccine-skeptical team, as Josh Allen and Cole Beasley have said they need to do more “research” before they sign up for the vaccine. Teams that can revert to pre-COVID practices will have distinct advantages over those who can’t. (ProFootballTalk.com via NBCSportsEdge.com)
ADP: 1.05 — 5.03
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Born: May 21, 1996, Firebaugh, CA

Brady, T. – TB (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6/23) Advice: A combination of age and the newfound love in the Fantasy community for QBs with rushing upside has kept Tom Brady’s offseason ADP down in early offseason drafts, but the lack of love is perplexing. Brady returns all of his key weapons and his rapport with stars like Mike Evans and Chris Godwin should improve in Year 2. More importantly, he should take a step forward in Year 2 of Bruce Arians’ system — the same system he caught fire in over his final 11 games in 2020. Brady finished with a 30:8 TD to INT ratio over his final 11 (including the playoffs), showing signs of locking in to a Fantasy-frinedly offensive system that is based on the vertical passing game. He’s an excellent target in Rounds 7-11 of one-QB leagues for those who want to wait. (CBSSports.com)
ADP: 4.12 — 9.03
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Born: August 3, 1977, San Mateo, CA

Bridgewater, T. – Den (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Denver Broncos (6/23) Advice: Bridgewater flashed back-end QB1 Fantasy upside during his five-game stint with the Saints in 2019 and it looked like he was ready to expand on that during the first half of the 2020 season in his debut with Carolina. His early success didn’t carry over to the second half after teams got more game film on Bridgewater in OC Joe Brady’s offense and the rushing numbers came down as well. Entering 2021, he will compete with Drew Lock to start for Denver. While OC Pat Shurmur runs a very QB-friendly offense, and Bridgewater will also inherit a better supporting cast, it seems likely the hand-picked Lock will get the first chance to start. If pressed into action, Bridgewater will remain nothing more than a QB2 for Fantasy purposes. (CBSSports.com)

Burrow, J. – Cin (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (6/23) Advice: If we were ranking quarterbacks based on upside, Joe Burrow would be a top-12 option easily, but his inexperience and recovery from a torn ACL means he’s more of a borderline No. 1 in a one-quarterback league who shouldn’t be drafted until Round 8 at the earliest. Burrow was on pace for 4,400 passing yards in his nine complete games, but like many rookies, his touchdown rate (3.2%) was a detriment to his Fantasy value. While he’s not a “running” quarterback, Burrow did run in the red zone last year and should give you another two to four scores on the ground. The addition of Ja’Marr Chase gives Burrow one of the most talented receiving corps in football. That, coupled with a high volume passing attack, gives him top-five upside if everything goes right. (CBSSports.com)
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Carr, D. – LV (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders (6/23) Advice: Fantasy managers shouldn’t be excited to draft Derek Carr outside of formats that can start two quarterbacks. He’s fresh off his best Fantasy totals in four seasons and was even rated by Pro Football Focus as one of its most accurate deep-ball passers (20-plus yards) with a third-best 53.3% adjusted completion rate and 10 touchdowns. But he simply doesn’t throw the ball enough to compete with others at the position. Changes to his offensive line and a tough schedule littered with challenging pass rushers won’t make things easier. In typical Fantasy formats, Carr should go undrafted; in leagues that start two quarterbacks, Carr is a safe bet as a top-90 pick. (CBSSports.com)
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Cousins, K. – Min (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (6/23) Advice: Cousins is best drafted as a No. 2 quarterback in the double-digit rounds, but he’s one of the more reliable options you can say that about. Cousins has finished as a top-12 quarterback in five of the past six seasons. So why don’t we draft him that way? For starters, it’s difficult to compare 2015-18 Cousins to what he’s been the past two years. The Vikings have morphed into one of the most run-heavy offenses in football, which is why Cousins missed the mark in 2019, and needed a career-best 6.8% touchdown rate to sneak into the top 12 in 2020. Even with the emergence of Justin Jefferson, you should expect Cousins to regress back towards his career norm in 2021, which means he won’t crack the top 12 passers unless Mike Zimmer has a complete change of heart. Cousins’ reliability does make him an excellent second quarterback in a two-QB league. (CBSSports.com)
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Dak Prescott – Dal (QB)

Dak Prescott Fantasy Football Outlook (2021) (7/7) Advice: Prescott was on pace to shatter records last season before his gruesome injury and it’s going to be fun to see what he can do again this year. With a litany of receiving weapons at his disposal, Prescott should consistently put up big numbers and we know that the passing volume is going to be there. As long as Dak is healthy heading into 2021, he’s absolutely going to produce for fantasy managers. (FantasyPros.com)
ADP: 2.10 — 6.07
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Born: July 29, 1993, Sulphur, LA

Darnold, S. – Car (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Sam Darnold, QB, Carolina Panthers (6/23) Advice: Sam Darnold was traded from the Jets to the Panthers this offseason, and hopefully the change of scenery will help him in Fantasy and reality. Darnold has struggled in three seasons as the starter for the Jets, and his best season was 2019 when he averaged just 17.4 Fantasy points per game. He’s coming off a season-low 11.8 Fantasy points per game in 2020, but hopefully getting improved weapons in Carolina (Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson and Terrace Marshall), along with better coaching, can help Darnold turn into a quality player. He’s still just a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback in all leagues, and he’s not worth drafting in one-quarterback formats. In two-quarterback and Superflex leagues, Darnold is worth a mid-round selection. (CBSSports.com)
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Fields, J. – Chi (QB)

Could Justin Fields be the second-best (or even THE best) QB in the 2021 draft class? (5/11) Advice: Fields could be a starting-caliber Fantasy option as soon as he is the starter. Think of guys like Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray, or Jalen Hurts in recent years doing so. Fields wasn’t as prolific a rusher as those guys in college, but he’s got all the physical tools to be a plus rusher. If Fields was going to start from Week 1, I would probably rank him as a top-12 QB for Fantasy. (CBSSports.com)
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Fitzpatrick, R. – Was (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Washington Football Team (6/23) Advice: Ryan Fitzpatrick signed with the Washington Football Team this offseason, and he’s expected to be the starting quarterback to open the year. If he keeps the job all season, he could be a quality Fantasy option in all leagues. For now, plan on drafting Fitzpatrick as a starter in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues with a mid-round pick, and he’s only worth a late-round flier in one-quarterback leagues. In his past two seasons with the Dolphins, Fitzpatrick has scored at least 20 Fantasy points in 12 of his past 14 starts. He has a quality receiving corps in Washington led by Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel, and Fitzpatrick isn’t afraid to take chances, which is why we love him. Don’t be surprised if you end up starting Fitzpatrick at some point this season in all leagues, and hopefully he continues to play well as he showed us in Miami these past two years. (CBSSports.com)
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Garoppolo, J. – SF (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers (6/23) Advice: Jimmy Garoppolo’s tenure with the 49ers is on extremely shaky ground after the franchise drafted Trey Lance with an early first-round pick. Hampered by injuries and underwhelming play since 2018, Garoppolo figures to serve as a placeholding veteran signal-caller until the inexperienced Lance hones his craft (or until the Niners fall out of playoff contention). The only way Garoppolo’s value picks itself up from the mat is if he’s traded, and even then he’ll be an underwhelming No. 2 quarterback, but at least he’d have a little more time on his side. Only Fantasy managers in desperate search for a No. 2 quarterback should consider Garoppolo as a warm body who should make at least four starts to begin the year. (CBSSports.com)
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Goff, J. – Det (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Jared Goff, QB, Detroit Lions (6/23) Advice: Now that he’s with the Lions, Jared Goff figures to be among the least popular Fantasy quarterbacks in 2021 drafts. Not only has his Fantasy production declined over each of the past three seasons, but he finds himself in Detroit’s rebuilding offense rather than in the comforting and aggressive offense in Los Angeles. Not that it matters, but Goff is coming off a career-high in completion rate but a four-year low in passing touchdowns and a three-year low in passing yards. It’s hard to expect a rebound from Goff considering his opponents: three tough divisional defenses twice each along with matchups against the NFC West and AFC North. Between that and his declining profile, there’s no reason to spend a draft pick on Goff except in two-QB formats as a low-end, mid- to late-round starter. (CBSSports.com)
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Herbert, J. – LAC (QB)

Justin Herbert Fantasy Football Outlook (2021) (7/9) Advice: What Herbert did in 2020 was miraculous. There’s no two ways about it. To be handed the starting job just one hour before the game in Week 2, then go on to break the rookie record for passing touchdowns (31) is ridiculous. Now, with that being said, he still finished as the QB9 last year while throwing 595 pass attempts, the fourth most in the legaue. Now that he’s got a defensive-minded head coach and a healthy defense, we could see the pass attempts dip a bit in 2021, which would certainly hurt his appeal. The Chargers did increase the talent on the offensive line, but also replaced Hunter Henry with Jared Cook, which is a certainly a downgrade. Herbert should still be a solid low-end QB1, but it’s tough to see him finishing as a top-five option in 2021. (FantasyPros.com)
ADP: 1.07 — 7.02
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Born: March 10, 1998, Eugene, OR

Hill, T. – NO (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Taysom Hill, QB, New Orleans Saints (6/23) Advice: An injury to Drew Brees brought one of the biggest surprises of the 2020 season: Saints coach Sean Payton turning to Taysom Hill and not Jameis Winston as his replacement QB. Hill quickly burst onto the scene as a Fantasy option due to both the floor and ceiling that comes with his ability to run the football — between the 20s, and specifically in the red zone. The Saints bring back both Hill and Winston for 2021, and therefore neither player will cost more than a late-round investment, but Hill’s rushing upside makes him the type of late-round dart throw you’re better off tossing. If you wait to draft your starting QB, Hill makes for an excellent backup to target at the end of your drafts given his upside to be a top-10 (and that might be conservative) Fantasy QB. (CBSSports.com)

Hurts, J. – Phi (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (6/23) Advice: Jalen Hurts will open the season as the Eagles starting quarterback, and he has the chance to be a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback this year in all leagues. He took over as a rookie last season for Carson Wentz, and Hurts played well enough that Philadelphia decided to trade Wentz this offseason to Indianapolis. Hurts scored 20, 43 and 19 Fantasy points in his first three starts against New Orleans, Arizona and Dallas, and he was on pace for 4,517 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, as well as 1,269 rushing yards and five touchdowns over 16 games. We love Hurts’ rushing ability, and hopefully he can improve as a passer (he completed just 52 percent in 2020), especially with the addition of rookie receiver DeVonta Smith. Hurts is worth drafting with a mid-round pick in one-quarterback leagues and a second- or third-round selection in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues. (CBSSports.com)
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Jackson, L. – Bal (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens (6/23) Advice: Despite taking a step back in 2020, Lamar Jackson remains in consideration to be the second quarterback off the board and should be drafted as a top-five option in all formats. He flashed a reminder of his upside in the final five games of 2020, averaging more than 30 Fantasy points and 86 rushing yards per game. The additions of Rashod Bateman, Tylan Wallace and Sammy Watkins makes this the best wide receiver corps Jackson has ever played with and gives him additional upside as a passer. (CBSSports.com)
ADP: 2.12 — 6.05
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Born: January 7, 1997, Pompano Beach, FL

Jones, D. – NYG (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants (6/23) Advice: There was a lot of hype for Daniel Jones in 2020 as a borderline starting Fantasy quarterback, but he failed to deliver in his sophomore campaign. Hopefully, things click for him in Year 3, but he’s only worth drafting in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues with a mid-round pick. In one-quarterback leagues, Jones could be a waiver-wire addition if things go right. The Giants are trying to help Jones this season by giving him new weapons in Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, John Ross and Kyle Rudolph, and hopefully Saquon Barkley (knee) is back at 100 percent. Along with Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and Evan Engram, this is the best receiving corps Jones will have during his tenure with the Giants. He has plenty to prove, and hopefully he delivers. He could emerge as a breakout Fantasy quarterback in 2021 — or this could be his last season as a starter for the Giants. (CBSSports.com)
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Kyler Murray – Ari (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals (6/23) Advice: It’s expected that Kyler Murray will be one of the first three or four quarterbacks taken in every draft. A modest improvement in passing and a massive jump in his rushing production propelled him to huge weekly numbers — 32.1 points per game — until he hurt his shoulder in Week 11. Then he ran and scored a lot less and averaged an ugly 17.8 points per game to end the year. People will draft Murray for his rushing prowess, but what if the Cardinals ask him to rush less to keep him from getting hurt? It’s a risk factor, but it shouldn’t be a deciding one. Rather, the Cardinals did little to improve their run offense this offseason and drafted flashy catch-and-run speedster Rondale Moore to help boost Murray’s passing efficiency. Figure Murray’s legs to still be involved, especially in the red zone where he had nine of his 11 run scores in 2020. A favorable schedule outside of the NFC West helps. That makes him worthy of a pick immediately after the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. If your league takes quarterbacks early, he’ll be among them and won’t be a good value, but if you can swipe him in Round 4 (or later), you’ll feel great. (CBSSports.com)
ADP: 2.02 — 5.10
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Born: August 7, 1997, Bedford, TX

Lance, T. – SF (QB)

Trey Lance Fantasy Football Outlook & Value 2021 (6/23) Advice: The 49ers traded a king’s ransom for the rights to draft Trey Lance 3rd overall in the 2021 draft. The 49ers traded their No.12 pick, a first and a third-round pick in 2021, and a first-round pick in 2023 for the third pick. No one knew who the 49ers were going to take with the third pick. Everyone knew they were going to pick a quarterback, the question was which one. Many thought it was going to be Alabama QB Mac Jones or Ohio State QB Justin Fields. But some people correctly thought it was going to be North Dakota State QB Trey Lance because of his eye-popping talent. He might have played against worse competition, but that didn’t stop Lance from putting up incredible numbers in his 1 year as a starter. Lance is the quarterback of the future, the question is how long until the 9ers yank Jimmy Garoppolo from the starting job in favor of Lance. (Lineups.com)
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Lawrence, T. – Jax (QB)

Lawrence’s combination of floor and ceiling make him an incredibly intriguing prospect (5/11) Advice: You shouldn’t expect the Jaguars to all of a sudden become a very good offense in 2021, and Lawrence himself may not be more than a fringe Fantasy option as a rookie — there have been just five rookie QB to finish in the top 16 at the position overall in the last six seasons. But, he certainly raises the ceiling of this offense, and depending on which WR emerge as the top options, it’s not inconceivable that we could have multiple starting caliber options on this team. And, who knows, maybe Lawrence goes all Justin Herbert on us and dominates — he’s a much better prospect than Herbert was coming out, after all. (CBSSports.com)
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Lock, D. – Den (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Drew Lock, QB, Denver Broncos (6/23) Advice: Drew Lock is expected to compete for the Denver starting quarterback job with Teddy Bridgewater. It’s no sure thing he will win. His 73.6% adjusted completion rate ranked 21st among qualified passers, his 5.8 adjusted yards per pass attempt put him 31st, his 3.6% touchdown rate rated him 27th, and his 3.4% interception rate was third highest. Not good. Unless that changes during the preseason, Lock will be a risky, benched-at-any-time, uninspiring middle- to late-round pick in two-QB and Superflex leagues and a no-go in any other format. (CBSSports.com)

Love, J. – GB (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Jordan Love, QB, Green Bay Packers (6/23) Advice: Jordan Love is still a solid stash in Dynasty leagues, especially if you can start more than one quarterback. But as long as Aaron Rodgers is in Green Bay, Love needs an injury to be relevant in redraft leagues. The one other thing that could change the equation is if Aaron Rodgers forces his way out of Green Bay. In that scenario, Love would become an upside No. 2 quarterback with great weapons but an uncertain floor. (CBSSports.com)

Mahomes, P. – KC (QB)

Patrick Mahomes (toe surgery) expects to be fully healthy for training camp. (7/9) Advice: “Feeling great. I’ve been cutting, doing it all. Excited to get back.” Mahomes shed his walking boot at OTAs and has been setback-free since minicamp. The three-time Pro Bowler remains on track for the start of Chiefs camp next month. (NFL.com)
ADP: 1.01 — 3.08
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Born: September 17, 1995, Tyler, TX

Mayfield, B. – Cle (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (6/23) Advice: For Fantasy purposes Baker Mayfield is a No. 2 quarterback best rostered in Dynasty leagues or leagues where you can start more than one quarterback. Mayfield’s efficiency rebounded in his first year under Kevin Stefanski, but Stefanski’s run-heavy scheme severely limits a pocket passer’s upside. Mayfield threw 30 or fewer passes in 10 of 16 games and only topped 300 yards passing twice in 2020. It’s possible he could be your best bet as a backup, but only if the schedule lines him up for a shootout in your starter’s bye week. (CBSSports.com)
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Newton, C. – NE (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Cam Newton, QB, New England Patriots (6/23) Advice: Cam Newton is back with the Patriots this season, and hopefully Year 2 goes better than Year 1. He should be considered a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback in all leagues, and he’s worth drafting with a mid-round pick in two-quarterback and Superflex formats. In one-quarterback leagues, Newton is only worth a late-round flier in deeper formats. The biggest thing to monitor with Newton is if he can hold off rookie Mac Jones for the starting job, but all indications are Newton will open the season as the starter. Newton replaced Tom Brady in New England last year and started the season strong with consecutive games of at least 25 Fantasy points, but things went downhill from there, including a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He only had four more games with at least 20 Fantasy points on the season, and he passed for just eight touchdowns. The good news was his rushing prowess with 592 yards and 12 touchdowns, and the Patriots added improved weapons this offseason with Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith, Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne. Julian Edelman is gone, but Newton should improve this season with better talent at receiver, as well as an upgraded offensive line. He could emerge as a waiver-wire addition in all leagues by the end of the year — assuming he stays ahead of Jones on the depth chart. (CBSSports.com)

Rodgers, A. – GB (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (6/23) Advice: After his resurgence in 2020, Aaron Rodgers is best viewed as a solid QB1 draftable as early as Round 7. While Rodgers showed last year that he isn’t over the hill yet, we do expect some regression in 2021. For one thing, Rodgers’ 9.1% touchdown rate was nearly 50% higher than his career rate, which means you should expect at least 10 fewer scores this year. Also, his 8.2 yards per attempt was his highest since 2011, so the yardage total may come down as well. None of this is to say Rodgers is a bad bet as a Fantasy starter, you just shouldn’t draft him expecting 2020 production. In Dynasty Rodgers’ value is completely dependent on your status. He’s a hold for a contender, but any team close to rebuilding should try to deal him now. Reports of Rodgers’ discontent in Green Bay have led to a lot of trade rumors, but as of now we still expect him to be in Green Bay in 2021. (CBSSports.com)
ADP: 1.05 — 6.11
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Born: December 2, 1983, Chico, CA

Roethlisberger, B. – Pit (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (6/23) Advice: Ben Roethlisberger is a high-end No. 2 QB worth a pick in the double-digit rounds. It’s safe to assume he will be amongst the league leaders in pass attempts, but his efficiency will have to rebound from 2020 if that’s to matter for Fantasy. His 6.6 yards per attempt was a career-low and nearly 20% worse than his career average. That could signal incoming regression, or it could be that at 39 years old he’s never going to get back to the quarterback he was. He’s worth the risk as a backup, but not much more. (CBSSports.com)
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Ryan, M. – Atl (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (6/23) Advice: The Jekyll and Hyde Fantasy career for Matt Ryan continued with a downer in 2020, and given the state of the position (with a lean toward QBs who can also provide value on the ground), Ryan is mostly an afterthought in one-QB drafts. It’s even possible to grab him in the double-digit rounds; the addition of Arthur Smith as head coach will only further deflate his ADP. Although Smith was run-heavy calling plays for the Titans, the Falcons are missing two key components that make a run-heavy approach possible: a defense that provides the game script necessary, and a runner as effective as Derrick Henry. Ryan is a late-round QB target who could provide top-five QB play as he’s done before playing behind what could be his best offensive line since Atlanta’s Super Bowl appearance with arguably the best receiving options in the NFL in Calvin Ridley, Julio Jones and now Kyle Pitts. (CBSSports.com)
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Stafford, M. – LAR (QB)

Rams general manager Les Snead said he envisions Matthew Stafford quarterbacking the team for five to eight years. (6/23) Advice: Eight years in LA would mean Stafford, 33, would lead the Rams offense into his 40s. “Based on his age, you can legitimately think five to seven, eight years if you look at what Drew (Brees) has done,” Snead said. “With quarterbacks of his pedigree, a lot of those guys have played into their late 30s, for sure. So that was definitely the vision with (Stafford).” The Rams inherited Stafford’s two-year, $43 million deal when they acquired him from Detroit in January. We could see Stafford sign an extension with the Rams before he plays a regular season snap for the team. (TheAthletic.com)
ADP: QB10 (PFF.com)
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Tagovailoa, T. – Mia (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins (6/23) Advice: Tua Tagovailoa will open the season as the starter for the Dolphins, and hopefully he plays well in his sophomore campaign. He’s only worth drafting with a late-round flier in deep, one-quarterback leagues, and he’s worth a mid-round pick in two-quarterback and Superflex formats. As a rookie, Tagovailoa struggled and scored more than 18 Fantasy points just twice. But Miami added weapons this offseason to help Tagovailoa, including Will Fuller in free agency and rookie Jaylen Waddle with a first-round pick in the NFL Draft. The hope is a full offseason and a renewed investment to Tagovailoa helps him perform like he did during his career at Alabama. He can still become a quality Fantasy quarterback in 2021, but Fantasy managers will need to see it first before fully trusting him in most leagues. (CBSSports.com)
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Tannehill, R. – Ten (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans (6/23) Advice: You probably won’t be excited to have Ryan Tannehill as your No. 1 QB for Fantasy, but you’ll never regret snagging him with a late-round pick if you’re waiting on the position. He proved his breakout in 2019 was no fluke, ranking seventh in yards per attempt and third in touchdown rate among all passers in 2020. The lack of volume in the Titans passing game limits his ceiling, and the loss of Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith will make his job tougher, which is why you don’t want to just set Tannehill as your starter and forget it. But as part of a tandem, he’s about as steady and reliable as they come at this point. (CBSSports.com)
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Taylor, T. – Hou (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Tyrod Taylor, QB, Houston Texans (6/23) Advice: The only way Tyrod Taylor will garner attention from Fantasy managers is if Deshaun Watson misses playing time in 2021. The Texans’ new veteran backup is insurance for Watson, but really shouldn’t get counted on for much else. He has 13 passing touchdowns in his last 16 starts going back four seasons. Only desperate drafters in two-QB leagues should consider Taylor with a late-rounder. (CBSSports.com)

Watson, D. – Hou (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans (6/23) Advice: When he’s on the field, Watson is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but as of publication it’s not even clear if Watson will be playing in 2021. Watson could very well be facing discipline from the NFL even if he avoids legal trouble after being accused of sexual misconduct in the offseason, putting his availability very much in doubt. And then there’s the question of where he’s going to play — he has demanded a trade and has reportedly told the Texans he will refuse to play for them again. That’s an awful lot of red flags, and the truth is, we may not have any real sense of how this will all play out until we get closer to the season. If we knew Watson would play 17 games in 2021, we’d consider him a Round 5 pick, but it’s impossible to accurately define his Fantasy value at this time. (CBSSports.com)
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Wentz, C. – Ind (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Carson Wentz, QB, Indianapolis Colts (6/23) Advice: Carson Wentz gets a fresh start this season after being traded to the Colts. Hopefully, Wentz can rebound and become a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback again in all leagues. He’s worth drafting with a late-round pick in deep one-quarterback leagues and a mid-round selection in two-quarterback and Superflex formats. Wentz should benefit with a solid offensive line in Indianapolis, and hopefully guys like T.Y. Hilton, Michael Pittman and Parris Campbell can help Wentz thrive. He’s replacing Philip Rivers, who last year passed for 4,169 yards, 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Wentz averaged just 18.3 Fantasy points per game last year, but he does have three seasons on his resume with at least 20.6 Fantasy points per game in his career. Let’s hope being reunited with Frank Reich can help Wentz get back to that level again. (CBSSports.com)
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Wilson, R. – Sea (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (6/23) Advice: Russell Wilson will get drafted as a top-12 Fantasy quarterback, but the demand for him will be tepid. That’s because he was a massive letdown to end 2020, sinking from 34.4 Fantasy points per game through the first half of the season to 18.6 in the second half. That happened because Wilson threw about five fewer attempts per game for more than two yards fewer per throw, and he slipped from 3.5 touchdowns per game (seriously!) to 1.5. DK Metcalf’s disappearing act certainly played a role. Now there’s uncertainty over what the Seahawks offense will look like, especially with ex-Rams pass-game coordinator Shane Waldron coming in to call plays and Pete Carroll’s run-first mindset overseeing everything. But do not lose sight of the fact that Wilson has finished in the top six among quarterbacks in Fantasy points per game in four of his past six years, or that he’s got a supremely talented receiving corps and a pretty good offensive line, too. Last year’s ending left Fantasy managers frustrated, but there are reasons for some optimism. If someone in your draft reaches for Wilson, let them. But if Wilson slides into Round 6 or 7, after the likes of Dak Prescott, then consider him a darn good value. (CBSSports.com)
ADP: 2.12 — 7.06
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Born: November 29, 1988, Cincinnati, OH

Wilson, Z. – NYJ (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Zach Wilson, QB, New York Jets (6/23) Advice: The Jets selected quarterback Zach Wilson with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft, and he’s expected to be their starter this year. He’s not worth drafting in one-quarterback leagues, but he should be a mid-round pick in two-quarterback and Superflex formats. And in rookie-only drafts, Wilson will likely be a second- or third-round pick in one-quarterback leagues and a first-round selection in two-quarterback and Superflex formats for dynasty leagues. The Jets are building a decent offense this season with additions to their receiving corps, including free agent Corey Davis and second-round rookie Elijah Moore. Along with Denzel Mims and potentially Jamison Crowder, who could be cut or traded prior to training camp, Wilson will have capable options in the passing game, as well as rookie running back Michael Carter out of the backfield. If Wilson is ready to be a star coming out of BYU, then Fantasy managers can target him off the waiver wire in all leagues. Hopefully that happens in his rookie campaign. (CBSSports.com)
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Winston, J. – NO (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Jameis Winston, QB, New Orleans Saints (6/23) Advice: Jameis Winston signed with the Saints last offseason for near the league minimum after not receiving much free agent interest. Some were surprised by that, but others pointed to the 30 interceptions he threw in 2019 as the reason for his cold market. He ultimately attempted just 11 passes in 2020 but decided to re-sign with the Saints anyway for the 2021 season. He’ll compete with Taysom Hill to start at QB, or Sean Payton will use them both, but in either outcome it’s possible Hill gets the red zone snaps. This would put a massive damper on Winston’s Fantasy appeal. He’s best left undrafted to monitor on the waiver wire. (CBSSports.com)
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