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Jason Wood on Sep 8: Mahomes still has 50 touchdown upside, particularly with the Chiefs revamping their offensive line from top to bottom. The only quarterback worthy of a second-round pick in 12-team leagues.
Andy Hicks on Sep 5: Patrick Mahomes provides excellent week to week consistency and has the upside to reach and exceed 50 touchdowns. The only downside is that he may miss a couple of games at the end of the season if the Chiefs continue their great win rate. In Bestball he offers the highest floor you can expect from any quarterback in 2021 and his upside is as good as there is. If you have or can get him in dynasty leagues, congratulations.
Jeff Haseley on Sep 3: Patrick Mahomes is front-runner to be the top quarterback in the league and he'll likely be the first quarterback off the board as a result.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: I'm not going to argue with you if you consider Mahomes the top fantasy quarterback in 2021 summer drafts. He's arguably the best quarterback in the league and one of the most impressive of all time. The losses of Sammy Watkins and Damien Williams are far from debilitating for this offense. It will also be nice to see Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff make his return. Still, this is a new offensive line and there could be an acclimation period that at least temporarily dampens the efficiency and productivity of this offense. Therefore, his projected value dips slightly for me.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Some may forecast regression, but Allen's improvement over three seasons is nearly unparalleled in NFL history. Same coaches, same system, same supporting cast = no reason to doubt his bonafides.
Andy Hicks on Sep 5: It is hard to expect a replication of the numbers Josh Allen put up in 2020. 37 passing touchdowns, over 4500 passing yards and eight rushing touchdowns, That said, his rushing numbers have been consistent year to year and there is no other quarterback who can find the endzone with the regularity Allen does. I do expect the passing touchdowns to drop. In bestball leagues his floor is high with only two games last year being poor, with several monster efforts. As a dynasty option he is one of the best young players you can build your side around.
Jeff Haseley on Sep 3: Josh Allen isn't sneaking up on anyone this year. He is often the second quarterback taken in drafts after Patrick Mahomes and therefore has lost the value-appeal he had last season. Buffalo is a pass-heavy offense and Allen has shown that he can win with his arm and with his legs. He has a chance to finish as the #1 quarterback in the league, especially if the rushing success continues.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Credit Allen and the Bills for the development of a dangerous offense. Allen did the work to improve his decision-making and the Bills maximized what Allen does best while minimizing concepts that are more difficult for him. The result was a breakout season as a thrower. Although moving on from John Brown may seem like a net loss, a now-healthy Emmanuel Sanders should prove to be a net gain because he's a superior route runner to Brown and still has deep speed.
Andrew Davenport on Sep 10: A large part of Murray's fantasy success came courtesy of a ridiculous 11 rushing touchdowns, 10 of which came in the first 10 weeks of the season. He will still be an elite fantasy quarterback in 2021, but expecting the same level of rushing production isn't a good bet. He still has QB1 overall upside, but fits best at the bottom of the tier of the top five fantasy quarterbacks.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Murray improved across the board last year, but he and his coaches say he ran too much. If he makes good on running less, he might be over drafted by a round or two.
Andy Hicks on Sep 5: Despite seemingly immodest stats, Kyler Murray has been improving in all areas of his game and this is the year he should make the leap to truly elite quarterback. His rushing numbers have room for improvement and additions at running back and wide receiver make his options even greater. In best ball leagues he is a phenomenal player to anchor your squad around and those in dynasty leagues should count themselves lucky. The only concern I would have is are the coaches good enough to develop him at this level.
Jeff Haseley on Sep 3: Murray is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the league. His rushing yards and rushing scores (11 in 2020) keep him in the upper tier of fantasy quarterbacks.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Murray took an important step forward during his second NFL season as a passer. Despite lacking a well-rounded receiving room, Murray's complete game as a thrower and runner helped him deliver elite production. Sure, DeAndre Hopkins is fantastic, but beyond Hopkins and Kirk, the rest of Murray's weapons were subpar. Enter rookie Rondale Moore and A.J. Green and the Cardinals now have an excellent trio, if not quartet, of wideouts who can all play inside and outside. The quartet part depends on Green's ability to bounce back. Murray's legs give him a high floor and he's one of the safest bets at the top of the board.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Lamar Jackson regressed as a passer last year, but the Ravens bolstered his receiving corps substantially in the offseason and OC Greg Roman has promised to open up the playbook more. Buy the dip.
Andy Hicks on Sep 5: How much longer can Lamar Jackosn rush for 1000 yards a season and dominate fantasy leagues with his rushing touchdowns? The Ravens have gone out of their way to upgrade their receivers. Sammy Watkins, Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace were added, while the departure of Mark Ingram and injury to Dobbins thins the ranks at Running Back. The team will pass the ball more. Jackson has a great passing touchdown to interception rate, but his passing yardage should expect improvement this season, highly likely at the expense of his rushing numbers. This will negate his fantasy worth.
Jeff Haseley on Sep 3: For my taste, there are too many questions about Lamar Jackson this year. Which player will we see? The 2019 MVP or the 2020 Jackson who took a downturn? He still finished in the top 10 among fantasy quarterbacks, but he wasn't the elite version we saw the year prior. He turned it on at the tail end of the year to reach that top 10 finish but he's likely a player I will skip over in drafts this year. What if the 2019 performance is the best we'll ever get from him? I'd rather target Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott, or Tom Brady than have a sub-elite Lamar Jackson.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Every quarterback has flaws. Some are more apparent to players and coaches than they are to fans and fantasy analysts. How an offense can manage these flaws to minimize negative situations and maximize what the player does best matters the most. Jackson has a strong enough arm for distance throws that require touch, but he isn't a high-velocity thrower of the football. His weakness negates the ceiling of potential for receivers that run perimeter routes -- see Miles Boykin. However, Jackson excels in the middle of the field at about every range and in tight pockets. His elite running skills also present a perimeter threat. Baltimore has crafted a competitive and productive offense with these traits in mind. It also added Rashod Bateman, a rookie receiver whose skills combine what his new teammates do best. Having an option that isn't one-dimensional or whose best skills are outside of Jackson's strengths should help Jackson take another incremental step forward with his passing production.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Prescott was on pace for more than 6,000 yards passing before his season-ending injury and returns healthy with an enviable trio of stud receivers, and a running game that will keep defenses honest. He's on a short list of potential No. 1 overall quarterbacks.
Andy Hicks on Sep 5: Dak Prescott finally got the monster contract he deserved. Now he has to earn it. Playing without Prescott last year the team finally realized how ugly their offense is without him. With a dynamic trio of receivers and a star running back, Prescott has options to make almost every other quarterback jealous. He does carry some risk if the offensive line continues to age. As a bestball option he is a great player to take once the top notch players are gone. In Dynasty leagues he is a great option, but i would advise getting a solid backup.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: If any Cowboys fan still thinks Prescott is overrated after last year where he carried an offense that essentially imploded without him, they may qualify as the Texas equivalent of Florida Man stories. Prescott will never be Rodgers nor Brady in terms of mechanics and reading defenses, but he plays an intelligent, athletic, gritty, and well-managed style of football. Expect Prescott to pick up where he left off in 2020. If the offensive line stays healthy, Prescott has the receiving corps and backfield to earn top-three production.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: He's coming off record completions, attempts, completion percentage, and touchdowns yet fantasy managers love to push him down. Always one of the better values at the position.
Andy Hicks on Sep 5: This was a crazy offseason for Russell Wilson. Whether this is his last year in Seattle or not remains to be seen. Concentrating on 2021 first, he has an even better group of receivers with Dwayne Eskridge drafted and Gerald Everett arriving in free agency, it is hard to see him declining from being a top six fantasy option. In 2020 he recorded highs in passing touchdowns, and also interceptions. Turning 33 I donâ€™t how much longer he can keep recording 500 yard rushing seasons. As a bestball option he is unlikely to disappoint, but his rushing numbers are likely to not be as dominant as the elite players. In dynasty leagues I would consider unloading him for premium value. His 2022 team may be different and his rushing yardage is unlikely to continue near the 500 yard a season mark.
Phil Alexander on Aug 28: Wilson has finished inside the Top 5 quarterbacks in five out of the last seven years, including each of the previous two. And during the first half of 2020, he proved overall QB1 is still within his range of possible outcomes. The Seahawks have Tyler Lockett in his prime, DK Metcalf ready to enter his, and they upgraded at tight end and No. 3 wide receiver with Gerald Everett and D'Wayne Eskridge, respectively. Consider Wilson the ideal consolation prize if you miss out on one of the consensus Top 5 quarterbacks.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Wilson and the Seahawks got some upgrades to the offensive line and added a dangerous and versatile receiver in D'Wayne Eskridge. The Seattle fan base and portions of the media have been neurotic over Wilson going off-script too often last year, which they point to his second-half decline in production in 2020 after a stellar beginning as a symptom. Considering Wilson has spent much of his career post-Marshawn-Lynch without a quality line, I wouldn't bury Wilson as a top-10 fantasy starter just yet. With changes to the line and scheme in store for 2021, I'd exploit any of your competition's hesitancy to draft him as early as he might deserve.
Andrew Davenport on Sep 10: With Rodgers returning to Green Bay for another year along with Davante Adams, he can safely be put inside the top 10 at the position. His 48 touchdowns in 2020 was an outlier, but he still has Adams, Aaron Jones, and a potent offense. He can once again be drafted with confidence as your QB1.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: After an acrimonious offseason, Rodgers and the Packers appear set to run it back for one more season, which makes him a no-brainer QB1 who should be off the board no later than 10th at the position.
Andy Hicks on Sep 5: We are entering unknown waters with Aaron Rodgers this year. This last dance stuff with Davante Adams portends to a possible lower floor if the season starts poorly or if Rodgers and Adams get too focused on 2022. As a dynasty option he looks like he has at least three good years left, but the cliff comes quickly for some In bestball I would advise some caution as there is almost certainly some dropoff from his awesome 2020 season.
Phil Alexander on Aug 28: Now that we know Rodgers is on board for one last season in Green Bay, he can safely be drafted inside the Top 10 quarterbacks. Just don't take Rodgers expecting a second consecutive career-best campaign as he enters his age 38 season. Rodgers owes his 2020 MVP award to an unsustainable 9.1% touchdown rate. His career average is 6.3% and he only topped 7.4% once in his other 12 seasons as a starter. His league-leading 48 touchdown passes are due to regress, making Rodgers less desirable than the handful of quarterbacks who give you a head start in your matchup each week thanks to their rushing production.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Expect a good season from Rodgers now that all signs point to him returning for one more year.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Herbert proved the doubters wrong with an elite rookie season, and history has been kind to comparable quarterbacks. The only fly in the ointment is the coaching turnover; we don't yet know if Joe Lombardi is a good play caller.
Andy Hicks on Sep 5: It is fair to say that Justin Herbert over delivered in bis rookie season. Expected to be eased in, he was thrown in through an unusual medical issue to Tyrod Taylor, Herbert had one of the best fantasy rookie seasons from a quarterback ever. How did the team help him? By sacking the coaching staff and providing no upgrades at the skill positions. What he did in 2020 can almost be ignored depending on what the inexperienced new coaching group have planned, He carries risk heading into 2021 and beyond.
Jeff Haseley on Sep 3: All Justin Herbert did was shatter the rookie touchdown pass record and come 38 yards from Andrew Luck's rookie passing yardage record. He has an excellent stable of weapons and is ready to take his game to another level. He is one of the best fantasy options that you can select after the top names come off the board.
Phil Alexander on Aug 28: Herbert was great as a rookie, but he doesn't add much as a rusher and is learning a new system in his second season. There is zero upside in drafting him at ADP.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Herbert out-performed rookie expectations and did much of it without Austin Ekeler and Mike Williams. Most of the receivers he targeted for big plays were UDFA options who've been cut by other teams. Herbert and his teammates will learn a new scheme this which, as we saw with Baker Mayfield in Year Two, can lead to a sophomore slump. Don't expect Herbert to make the leap we saw from Kyler Murray, but don't expect him to drop out of the top 15 in production at his position, either.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Brady's age wasn't a problem at 43 years old so why should 44 years old be a problem? He was QB7 last year in a new city with a new team and system, so a top-5 finish is hardly a stretch in Year 2.
Andy Hicks on Sep 5: There are rules for other quarterbacks and then there are a seeming lack of rules for Tom Brady. Recoding 40 passing touchdowns and 4500 passing yards when he didnt know the offense well and was getting to know his new environment portends to an excellent 2021, but realistically the aim is superbowl or nothing. To me that implies that regular season will be a grind that may drop his stats. Plus 44 years old.....seriously? At some stage the wheels come off, As a dynasty option, his aim of playing to 45 has now been moved to an improbable 50. Take it one year at a time. In bestball leagues I would get other options that complement his schedule
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Last I checked, Brady's offensive line and skill positions are intact from last year's championship run. He also had the third-highest passing yardage totals after Week 10 and was second only to Deshaun Watson in yards per attempt (8.47) during this span. While most fear Brady will fall off a cliff abruptly like Drew Brees and it dissuades them from a top ranking, let's remember that Peyton Manning smashed NFL records during his second year with the Broncos. Consider 2020 Brady's acclimation season and 2021 the year where he and his supporting cast are in top gear. Rarely does a quarterback demand an early pick and you can probably get him at the end of the first round, but if you play in a league where the gap in fantasy points between Brady and his peers will be greater than any other position--provided you're with me on a potential record-shattering campaign--then Brady as your first-round pick is worth consideration.
Andrew Davenport on Sep 10: The concern with Arthur Smith leaving is a valid one, but all Ryan Tannehill has done the past two years is produce. He has an incredible knack for getting two touchdowns (or more) in every game he plays. Despite Smith leaving, the play action game will still work with stud Derrick Henry threatening defenses, and now Tennessee has added Julio Jones opposite A.J. Brown. This should once again have Tannehill contending for a Top 8 fantasy finish.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Tannehill's outlook was trending down a month ago, but the Julio Jones trade re-establishes a floor as a top-12 fantasy quarterback. Assuming new OC Todd Downing can maintain the exemplary system Arthur Smith established.
Andy Hicks on Sep 5: Ryan Tannehill had his numbers boosted in 2020 by registering seven rushing touchdowns. The addition of Julio Jones and Josh Reynolds will help the passing game and the rushing game should be as strong as ever behind Derrick Henry. Expecting Tannehill to deliver reliable and consistent stats in 2021 is a risk for fantasy managers. One piece missing and this whole deck of cards could fall down, especially with Arthur Smith gone.
Phil Alexander on Aug 28: Tannehill followed up his surprising 2019 breakout by soundly outperforming his ADP in 2020. Yet prior to the Julio Jones trade, he was once again being viewed as a middle-of-the-road QB2 for fantasy purposes. With Jones and A.J. Brown forming the most imposing wide receiver tandem in the league, the efficiency Tannehill has displayed since becoming Tennessee's starter should continue, if not increase. The addition of Jones, combined with a potentially underwhelming defense should also cause the Titans to skew at least slightly more pass-heavy than they have in recent years. It's difficult to make a case for Tannehill as anything less than a back-end QB1 for fantasy.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: The loss of Corey Davis and offensive coordinator Arthur Smith may be reasons for a projected decline in 2021 production but don't expect a significant dip. Don't expect a huge change to the scheme and as long as A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry remain healthy, the efficiency and big-play production aren't going away. Also, don't expect a massive uptick in production if the scheme remains the same. Josh Reynolds and rookie Dez Fitzpatrick will be contributors but look for Julio Jones to earn 900-1,100 yards receiving and essentially double but Reynolds and Fitzpatrick deliver as a combined duo. Jones will be a good fantasy WR2, Brown will be elite, and Tannehill's numbers don't change much.
Ryan Weisse on Jun 10: Itâ€™s hard to imagine Tannehill not finishing as a top-10 QB and you can get him as the QB11. While that doesnâ€™t initially sound like value, a Top 5 season is possible this season. The addition of Julio Jones, along with the growth of AJ Brown, should help him add to what was already an impressive 2020. He finished last season as the 7th best overall fantasy quarterback, with just over 3800 yards and 33 touchdowns. Both of those numbers should go up and Tannehill is going to outplay his ADP.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Not for the faint of heart given his limited playing time as a rookie and substandard accuracy as a passer. But his mobility can offset a lot of questions about passing inefficiency, at least while he stays healthy.
Andy Hicks on Sep 5: Itâ€™s easy to be an optimist when ranking Jalen Hurts, but caution may be the wise move. First, there is a new coach. History isnâ€™t kind to young quarterbacks learning a second system in their second year. Next, we have the supporting cast. This side is rebuilding. The offensive line has struggled to hold up. If that continues this year, we donâ€™t have a quarterback scrambling. We have one getting annihilated. How much is the regime in love with Hurts? Are they just dating this season and looking elsewhere next year for their guy? They seem to be looking others like Gardner Minshew before this season even starts. Losing isnâ€™t going to help the long term cause for Hurts should he play. I can even see the team pulling the pin if they have wanted to have a look at another quarterback on their roster.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Hurts has the legs to easily deliver 800-1,000 yards as a runner, which could also lead to 8-10 touchdowns. If Hurts earns this kind of play as a runner and can deliver 3,500 yards as a passer, he'll threaten the elite tier of fantasy production at the position. Based on early returns from minicamp, it appears that Nick Sirianni has no intention to implement concepts that maximize the strengths of Hurts. It doesn't mean Hurts won't run for significant yardage, but his ceiling could be capped, which is why I'm not comfortable listing him as a top-five fantasy quarterback despite the potential for it to happen is possible--despite significant questions still in play with his passing prowess.
Victoria Geary on Jun 24: Jalen Hurts will be this year's Josh Allen and Kyler Murray, as he possesses tremendous rushing upside and his ADP remains a screaming value in drafts. His point total of 37.8 in Week 15 was 2020's sixth-highest single-game score from a quarterback, and that is exactly the type of ceiling you want in your lineup each week. When Hurts took over Weeks 14-16, the Eagles jumped to first overall in total yards per game and fourth in rushing yards per game. His 52% completion percentage will scare some off, but the context will show he was not afraid to chuck the ball downfield. 46% of his passing attempts were thrown 10 or more yards - the highest rate in the NFL. With a healthy offensive line, the addition of Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, and a sub-par defense, the formula for a top-5 fantasy finish is set for Jalen Hurts.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Stafford has elite potential this year if he proves the key to unlocking Sean McVay's system. But his age and inconsistency, not to mention lack of mobility, warrant drafting as a high-upside QB2 instead of your starter.
Andy Hicks on Sep 5: It is widely expected that Matthew Stafford will elevate this team and that he is an upgrade over Jared Goff. I am not convinced. Stafford burnt through 3 head coaches and never won a playoff game. Goff at least took this team to a Superbowl. I would also need convinced that the coaching scheme is flexible enough to adapt. Best case scenario he outplays his draft slot. There is considerable risk however that it doesnt work out
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: It's the same story, a different setting for Stafford in 2021. We all know he's capable of elite production. The surrounding skill talent is strong enough. The real question is whether Sean McVay can get out of his own way and allow Stafford to be the quarterback and not a pawn with a headset. If Jared Goff truly has a limited mind for offensive concepts, we'll see this play out in L.A. and Detroit. On the L.A. side, McVay will have to prove his point by not micromanaging the offense to the point that it lacks diversity and unpredictability. If he succeeds, Stafford will be an excellent option that fantasy GMs can draft closer to the middle rounds.
Victoria Geary on Jun 24: The narrative that Stafford will be playing with the most talented offense of his career has forced his ADP to skyrocket in recent months. If you are drafting him anywhere from QB9 to QB12, you are likely taking Stafford at his absolute ceiling. In his 12 seasons as an NFL quarterback, Stafford has only thrown 30 or more total touchdowns twice, the most recent season being 2015 when he was still throwing to superstar Calvin Johnson. In addition, the Rams were tied for the second-most rushing attempts in the red zone in 2020, which does not bode well for Stafford's ceiling.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Burrow has the potential to approach 700 pass attempts in a 17-game season given the Bengals defensive questions and coach Taylor's uptempo system. With a young trio of stud receivers and a healthy Joe Mixon, Burrow has more upside at his ADP than downside.
Andy Hicks on Sep 5: Cincinnati has one of the highest upside young group of wide receivers in the NFL. All can remain with Joe Burrow for the next three years. Burrow is a promising quarterback and was knocked around and tore his ACL primarily due to lack of protection up front. He is not guaranteed to start in week one. Even if he does, his mobility may be limited. It would be a better move to watch Burrow develop in 2021 for a breakout next season as his receivers gain experience rather than expect starting-level fantasy production this year. In dynasty leagues Burrow still represents excellent long term value. This year may be rocky, but the future looks bright In best-ball, Burrow should have his best games at the end of the season so pairing him with a strong starter may be wise.
Phil Alexander on Aug 28: A healthy Jonah Williams and the addition of Riley Reiff bolster an offensive line that did Burrow no favors in 2020. No. 5 overall pick Ja'Marr Chase is a can't miss prospect and brings built-in rapport with Burrow from their time together at LSU. Chase joins rising star Tee Higgins, steady slot man Tyler Boyd, and running back Joe Mixon to round out one of the best pass-catching groups in the league. And most importantly, Cincinnati's defense still projects as one of the league's worst. The resulting pass-heavy game scripts (combined with the Bengals' usual pass-centric tendencies under head coach Zac Taylor) create the possibility Burrow leads the entire NFL in pass attempts this season. He's well positioned for a finish inside the top-10 fantasy quarterbacks, assuming he's fully recovered from last season's knee injury.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: The Bengals have excellent skill talent surrounding Burrow. The biggest question is the offensive line. If it becomes a strong unit and the skill talent gels quickly, Burrow could threaten top-five fantasy quarterback production. This is his absolute ceiling in 2021. More realistic expectations are Burrow producing among the top 8-12 passers. He was nearly in this tier last year prior to his ACL injury.
Ryan Weisse on Jun 18: It's not hard to understand the optimism for Burrow this year but drafting him as a top-12 QB feels like a trap. Yes, he's got an arsenal of weapons that would make some militaries jealous. Last year, with most of this same group, he averaged just 17 fantasy points per game. That ranked as the QB18. Is Ja'Marr Chase replacing AJ Green really moving him up 6+ spots? Can he protect Burrow's surgically repaired knee? The 8th round of your fantasy draft is not the time to answer these kinds of questions.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Trevor Lawrence is a prototypical quarterback with as bright a future as anyone to enter the league in years. But his rookie year should be volatile given the roster turnover, new system, and new coaching staff. Lawrence's mobility is underappreciated and could give him a top-15 floor.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: There are concerns that Urban Meyer is showing the NFL that he's on his way to becoming the next Steve Spurrier or Lou Holtz--excellent college coaches who were not prepared for the realities of pro football. Even so, Lawrence is an excellent prospect who wins in and outside the pocket. Think Andrew Luck with better wheels. Luck was not the early master of coverages that many made him out to be, which is why I'm comfortable with the comparison. Expect the Jaguars defense to generate a lot of garbage-time scenarios. With this young and talented cast, Lawrence should deliver top-12 fantasy production unless Meyer gets too Tebow-happy.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Ryan was overvalued before the Julio Jones trade but is now grossly mispriced. Arthur Smith isn't going to run a pass-happy offense is he can help it, and Ryan should be viewed as a low-ceiling committee quarterback to use only when the matchup is friendly.
Andy Hicks on Sep 5: Matt Ryan had his contract surprisingly extended by the new management. Losing Julio Jones will be devastating, especially when their new playmaker in Kyle Pitts is likely to have his best years with Ryan gone. What the team intend to do with Ryan is a mystery. They are stuck with him due his salary cap numbers, but want to start afresh. He has always been fantasy reliable, without being elite. His downside this year is more likely than any possible upside
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Julio Jones is gone and the 1,100-1,350 yards and 5 scores will be distributed across the receiving corps and tight ends. I don't have Ryan delivering more than streamer value to fantasy GMs this year. Yes, Kyle Pitts is worth the buzz, but that should be reserved mostly for dynasty leagues. The idea that Pitts will earn 1,000 receiving yards and approach double-digit touchdowns as a rookie tight end sound exciting, but I'm not quite there. Even if he's used as a wide receiver, he's not the caliber of perimeter route runner to make a Justin Jefferson-like impact immediately. I have Pitts earning a respectable 720 yards and 5 scores this year. With Jones gone, I have Pitts in the range of 800-900 yards and 7-8 scores, presuming that he acclimates fast during the summer. Still, as good as Ryan is as a passer, he doesn't have the quality of surrounding talent to earn the an additional 900-1,100 yards to be a QB1 after Jones's departure. Where Ryan has struggled relative to other top passers as a quarterback in recent years has been the red zone. Pitts may help, but Ryan needs more than Pitts to elevate his back to near-elite fantasy production.
Victoria Geary on Jun 24: We have all seen Matt Ryan struggle when Julio Jones is out of the lineup. Now that Jones has been traded to the Tennessee Titans, Ryan is being drafted at his ceiling and is not worth the high price. He needed over 625 pass attempts last season to finish as the QB12 overall and was the QB13 in points per game. Ryan was also lacking week-to-week consistency, as he scored in the top-10 quarterbacks only five times on the season. Newly added tight end Kyle Pitts isn't enough of an upgrade to make us reach for Ryan at his current ADP.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Cousins is the new Philip Rivers. No one wants to draft him and yet he puts up top-12 numbers at the season's end.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Cousins has among the widest ranges of potential outcomes of 2021 fantasy quarterbacks. He has been a top-five producer in recent seasons, but that was before the Vikings opted for a West Coast Offensive variant that emphasized the run. This is a scheme that has been close to 50/50 run-pass over the past two years. While Cousins upped his touchdown totals from 2019 thanks to Justin Jefferson's play, Cousins is no Aaron Rodgers and 2020 was likely a peak year for his production in this system.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Tagovailoa had a disappointing season by his own admission. Miami's front office made aggressive moves to ensure any failure to improve this year would be solely Tagovailoa's fault; there are no more excuses.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: The lack of perspective that many had about Tagovailoa would be shocking if we weren't talking about football. Tagovailoa had a solid rookie season with up and down moments that one should expect from a player who the team expected to keep off the field until midseason. What the team didn't expect was to be competitive enough to win now. Ryan Fitzpatrick should have been kept in the lineup, but that's 2020. Expect Tagovailoa to assert himself in 2021 with greater consistency, which should lead to high-end streamer production.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Major shoulder surgery, age, and a less-than-stellar physique all lend doubt to Roethlisberger's relevance as a weekly fantasy starter.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Roethlisberger's career is coming to an end but before we declare his arm is shot like Drew Brees, I'm more inclined to see what a healthy offensive line and talented running back can do for his 2021 prospects. You'll likely get Roethlisberger at a bargain price if you want him. There is a top-10 fantasy upside with his surrounding talent. The floor is just much lower than in the past and that's scaring many off.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Mayfield is always going to be volatile because his instincts are to be a gunslinger, but he took well to Kevin Stefanski's coaching and learned how to play within the system in 2020. He's a viable option, particularly as part of a late-round QB committee draft approach.
Andy Hicks on Sep 5: When looking at the season-ending numbers, it is easy to surmise that Baker Mayfield is just a game manager that lets the run game dominate. It is well established that once Mayfield played within Cleveland's scheme, he looked great. It was a true season of two halves. Once he played within himself and allowed others to do the work, his numbers were astonishing. In the five-game stretch between weeks 12 and 16, he averaged 303 yards passing with two touchdowns a game. There was only one interception. He was the master of his domain. Now should you take him as your starter? Absolutely not, but his floor is very high and should you want to dominate at other positions, he is a great safety option to match with a high upside quarterback.
Phil Alexander on Aug 28: Mayfield is the definition of a replacement-level QB2 for fantasy purposes. He'll have a handful of high-scoring games when the matchup cooperates, or the Browns' play-action passing game is firing on all cylinders. But Cleveland is built to win with defense and running the ball. Last season, the Browns passed on just 52% of their offensive plays, which was the fourth-lowest rate in the league. There is nothing in the makeup of this year's roster to suggest we should expect a change.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Mayfield was the 11th-ranked quarterback during the final eight weeks of the 2021 season. He's behind an excellent offensive line and he played within his limits for most of the year. Because Cleveland wants to run the ball at least as much as it passes, and it has a strong defense, I don't believe Mayfield will deliver top-12 production. He could produce in that tier just below, but I am expecting opposing defenses to present some new wrinkles that will make that second half of 2020 a more distant memory than many expect if they have him as a sleeper fantasy QB1. Jimmy Garoppolo was fantasy QB11 in 2019 during its Super Bowl run, so it's possible Mayfield takes that next step. I need more time to consider it because the better defenses that he faced in 2020 were during the first half of the year and he was QB27.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Ryan Fitzpatrick is capable of molten hot streaks, but he always follows them with ice-cold stretches. His aggressive nature should provide the supporting cast with more boom weeks, but the busts are still going to hurt.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Could Fitzpatrick give us a Fitzmagic season in Washington like the one he had in Tampa Bay in recent years? Terry McLaurin has the talent to support it. Curtis Samuel is an upgrade, but unlikely on the level that Fitzpatrick delivers elite production. Plus, this team can run the football and play defense. It's unlikely the environment will be there for Fitzmagic II but expect a solid streamer who could work his way into the top 8-12 producers if the receiving corps stays healthy and gets solid play from its new acquisitions.
Victoria Geary on Jun 24: Fitzpatrick gives the Washington offense a semblance of continuity after they went through a carousel of quarterbacks last season. In 2020, he finished with a QBR of 76.9, good for fifth-best amongst all quarterbacks and the best rating of his entire career. Fitzpatrick is now surrounded by capable playmakers in wide receivers Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel, as well as breakout running back Antonio Gibson. The Washington Football Team has a middling strength of schedule, and their defense will need help from Fitzpatrick to keep them in games. He has the potential to outperform his ADP by a large margin this year.
Andrew Davenport on Sep 10: Carr's 2020 season is very much under the radar for fantasy owners. He finished the year with 30 total touchdowns against just 9 interceptions. Quietly, Carr has hooked into Jon Gruden's system and is better than most drafters will give him credit for. Plus, their two young wide receivers will have another year to mature, and the Raiders added another perennially underrated guy in John Brown to replace Nelson Agholor. The Raiders need their offensive line to gel as they've had significant turnover, but Carr should provide solid value as a QB2 if they are reasonably proficient.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Derek Carr's box scores read better than his reputation as a passer. He's hyper-accurate and has a cadre of offensive options yet to peak.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Despite the potential for fans and fantasy analysts to get excited about Marcus Mariota, Carr played strong football in 2021 prior to his injury. Mariota benefited from facing teams unprepared for him. Once they're prepared, we're more likely to see--once again--smoke spill from Mariota's ears while working from the pocket if Carr is forced from the lineup. Carr is a sound streamer option and with the Raiders' defense still a work in progress, he will have to throw the football to keep up with his division rivals.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: The 49ers spent a fortune to move up in the draft for Trey Lance. While he won't start in Week 1, there's no doubt the team wants Lance to be the starter exiting the season.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Lance is a nice streamer option to pair with an early-round pick or a mid-round co-streamer for your QB By Committee. He's in an offense that is a perfect fit with what he did at North Dakota State and he's far more advanced with pre-snap decision-making than credited. Big, strong, fast, and with plenty of arm talent, Lance may not post consistent fantasy production as a passer this year in a 49ers offense that runs the ball better than anyone, but his legs will buoy his production enough for big weeks. Don't be surprised if Lance and Justin Fields have a stretch of weeks that place them well inside the top-10 of fantasy quarterbacks as we saw from Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson during their rookie years.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Justin Fields could be an every-week fantasy starter later in the season, but it's not clear he'll be given an opportunity to win the starting job right away.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Fields, like Lance, may not offer immediate starter production for fantasy GMs but the combination of his big-play skills as a thrower and runner will make him a hot producer for several weeks during the year. Don't be surprised if Fields and Lance have a stretch of weeks that place them well inside the top-10 of fantasy quarterbacks as we saw from Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson during their rookie years.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Joe Brady is one good season from Sam Darnold away from his pick of NFL head coaching vacancies. The Panthers roster is stacked with talent, and Darnold can't be judged on his tenure in New York given the toxicity of the coaching and ownership.
Andy Hicks on Sep 5: Sam Darnold has strong weapons at his disposal in D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, Terrace Marshall Jr, and of course, Christian McCaffrey. He has a coaching staff dedicated to playing to his strengths. All that is his upside. The downside is the ghost of Adam Gase. If he starts the season with confidence, you have yourself a fantasy steal. If the Jets experience has ruined him, we will find that out soon enough when real NFL defenses attempt to rattle Darnold
Jeff Haseley on Sep 3: Carolina and owner David Tepper are investing in Darnold hoping he will provide a good return. He enters an offense that supported three top 30 fantasy wide receivers last year, and he'll benefit from the return of the top running back in the league in Christian McCaffrey. This opportunity gives Darnold the best chance at fantasy success since he entered the league in 2018.
Phil Alexander on Aug 28: Per Footballguys' Adam Harstad, out of 101 players since the merger with at least 800 pass attempts through three seasons, Darnold ranks 96th in era-adjusted ANY/A. There have been quarterbacks with similarly poor starts to their career who have turned it around after year-three, but Harstad's research places the historical odds around 20%. Darnold's ADP indicates fantasy gamers are betting too heavily on his improved surroundings compensating for the fact he's just not very good.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Darnold is in a situation opposite of Goff. The Panthers' offensive line is a work in progress but there are two proven receivers in addition to Christian McCaffrey. Unlike Goff, Darnold has yet to deliver as an NFL passer. Fantasy GMs open to Darnold should treat 2021 as they would handle an NFL quarterback's rookie year. Darnold could have starter upside during the second half of the season once he acclimates to his surroundings.
Andrew Davenport on Sep 10: Wentz's surgery went well enough that he should be able to get on the field in the first quarter of the season. He still shouldn't be targeted in one quarterback leagues, but he should be moved back up into the bottom of the QB2 discussion. His and Quenton Nelson's successful surgeries pave the way for the Colts offense to be back on track by October.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Coming off a disastrous season, Wentz landed in the best spot possible for a reclamation. Frank Reich knows Wentz's strengths and weaknesses better than anyone. But the Colts offensive line faces as many questions as the Eagles M.A.S.H. unit from a season ago.
Andy Hicks on Sep 5: Carson Wentz has seen his ADP slide following news of his foot surgery. While he does not have a great track record with injury, he does present a very high upside should it all come together in 2021. Despite being at rock bottom last season with the Eagles, Carson Wentz was still a borderline fantasy quarterback for the first 12 games of the season. With the receiving unit significantly better in Indianapolis, a strong running game, and a good offensive line, Wentz will find it difficult to underachieve again in 2021. Add in a coach who believes in him and no threat from any backup, Wentz is primed to easily exceed his draft slot for the year.
Jeff Haseley on Sep 3: Carson Wentz has over a 2:1 ratio of touchdowns to interceptions for his career and he has two top 10 fantasy finishes. In addition to having Jonathan Taylor and receiving-back extraordinaire Nyheim Hines in the backfield, Wentz has veteran T.Y. Hilton, rising star Michael Pittman Jr, and the athletic Parris Campbell at his disposal. At tight end, a common target in Wentz's career and Reich's offense, he'll have Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox, and promising rookie Kylen Granson. In short, he'll have a blend of capable veterans and emerging pass catchers with adequate speed and playmaking skills.
Phil Alexander on Aug 28: Signs point to Wentz recovering from foot surgery in time to play in Week 1, which means he has a shot to finish in back-end QB1 territory. Wentz's situation has gone from rags to riches in every way that matters for fantasy football. His offensive line, pass-catchers, running game, and coaching staff improve significantly in Indianapolis compared to last year in Philadelphia. Consider drafting Wentz as a late-round upside QB2 if your league has enough roster spots to warrant drafting two quarterbacks.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: I'll be dropping Wentz down my board this week and likely bumping Jacob Eason or Brett Hundley. However, Wentz's time frame for recovery remains wide enough that many might have him ranked high enough to consider as a late-round pick in some leagues. I'm going to take the more skeptical approach and consider him a waiver wire option.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Daniel Jones finally has a difference-making No. 1 receiver in Kenny Golladay. Is that enough to salvage his status as an NFL starter? I'm doubtful.
Jeff Haseley on Sep 3: Jones took two steps back in 2020 compared to his rookie 2019 season, but now he has the opportunity to step up and be a top 20 quarterback, if not higher. The Giants have bolstered their offense by adding to their arsenal Kenny Golladay and drafting Kadarius Toney, plus they will have Saquon Barkley back, which can only help the offense as a whole. Jones' fantasy stock took a hit after a not-so-appealing 2020, but that drop can be looked at as a discount. Let's not forget that Jones also has rushing ability. His 423 yards rushing in 14 games last year was the 5th highest per game total for all quarterbacks. Dual-threat quarterbacks are a high commodity in the fantasy landscape. Jones qualifies as such. If he can resume his potential of mid-upper 20's in touchdown passes, he'll easily outperform his draft stock. If he does not rise to the occasion in the early going he can be an no-stress drop for another player of value.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: It's great that the Giants added Kadarius Toney and Kenny Golladay to the offense. However, Golladay is a high-end talent with a narrow spectrum of skills in the receiving game and those skills will be stretched to their limits with Daniel Jones' vertical accuracy. Toney has a ton of promise to become a big-play slot option along the lines of Golden Tate circa the Lions. Don't expect it to blossom this year. The offensive line played better, but Jones still lacks awareness in the pocket that most decent starters possess and it's a pivotal year for him to prove he can address it. As a prospect, Jones has always had a game that's ALMOST THERE but there have always been too many threads to pull on that unravel it.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Winston won the starting job, which is great news for the Saints' skill players, but not necessarily great news for Saints fans given Winston's propensity for turnovers.
Andy Hicks on Sep 5: Jameis Winston is capable of being an elite fantasy quarterback. Lost in the 30 interception season of 2019 was exceeding 5000 passing yards and 30 passing touchdowns. His arm talent is special. This is it, though. He has to take the job and hold it. Taysom Hill is limited, but he wonâ€™t lose the game. Hill is better suited to the jack of all trades role. Winston can propel this offense in an explosive direction. High upside, but early-season-cut downside too
Jeff Haseley on Sep 3: Jameis Winston has a chance to finish in the top 12, but he also has an equal chance to squander his opportunity with what could be a short leash if he doesn't meet expectations.
Phil Alexander on Aug 28: Even though he won the Saints quarterback competition, it's difficult to envision Winston getting back near his 2019 passing production in a run-first offense with Tre'Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway, and Deonte Harris as his top wide receivers. He'll also have to deal with Taysom Hill as a red zone vulture. Fortunately, these risks are baked into Winston's ADP. He might have the highest upside in comparison to his cost of any player in fantasy football, especially if Michael Thomas comes back ahead of schedule.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: I expect Winston to begin the season as the starter and Taysom Hill to end it.
Victoria Geary on Aug 19: Winston is just one year removed from an overall QB3 finish, scoring 21 fantasy points per game. Many believe it may be Taysom Hill at the helm due to his rapport with head coach Sean Payton, but Hill's versatility as a weapon from anywhere on the field makes the offense much less predictable than if he were their starting quarterback. Running back Alvin Kamara, the heart and soul of the New Orleans' offense, tallied just six total targets from Hill in Weeks 11 through 13 after averaging nine targets per game with Drew Brees. Winston's past experience as a starter and the ability to absorb the playbook throughout a full offseason should leave no doubt for the coaching staff when making the ultimate decision on starting quarterback.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Wilson has a clear path to playing time, and the new Jets coaching staff is committed to getting him experience in 2021 to build on in future years.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Wilson has weapons with excellent potential and a system to deliver in a way that limits his weaknesses as a decision-maker. If the offensive line improves and the young skill talent gels fast with Wilson, he could deliver as a low-end fantasy QB1 throughout the year. Considering that the offensive line is still a weakness, the talents are young, the staff is new, and the Jets scheme benefits Wilson more than Wilson benefits the Jets when comparing him to other 2021 quarterback prospects, I'm not confident in him delivering to this level in 2021. But for a late pick, you don't need high confidence margins.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: It takes an optimistic bent to expect Goff to perform well in his new town. The Lions have no discernible No. 1 receiver, a coaching staff that's hard to be excited about, and most of us vividly remember how awful Goff looked before he had Sean McVay in his earpiece every snap.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: There are plenty of questions about Goff's ability to handle pressure. However, if the Lions' offensive line plays to its potential, Goff has delivered Pro-Bowl-caliber production with a strong ground game and protected. There's also a line of thought that Sean McVay used Goff as a scapegoat for McVay's own failings as an offensive manager. The issue in Detroit that may keep people on McVay's side of the argument is the Lions receiving corps. Beyond T.J. Hockenson, Goff lacks proven weapons to work with. Tyrell Williams comes the closest. Detroit's new QB could surprise, but his receivers will be the driving factor and it's a big projection to believe it will happen without prior performance. Nothing wrong with making Goff a late-round stab to see if he hits and manage your roster from there.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Mac Jones was the better quarterback this summer and the Patriots did the smart thing, naming him the Week 1 starter while jettisoning Cam Newton.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Jones is a good fit with the Patriots coaching staff. Josh McDaniels and Bill Belichick have 20 years of experience with Tom Brady, a pocket passer with a strong feel for those confines like Jones. More stylistically similar to Peyton Manning, Jones has more improvisational flair to his game but must acclimate to the speed and complexity of Sundays. Expect him to start by November and show promise for the Patriots. There are enough weapons, even discount types that New England famously targets, for Jones to deliver starter-caliber production. He could be worth a late-season addition.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Outside of a 4-game stretch in New Orleans two seasons ago, Teddy Bridgewater has been too conservative to win in today's NFL. He has the arm strength to push the ball downfield but doesn't have the stones.
Matt Waldman on Aug 25: Expect Bridgewater to deliver serviceable production as a bye-week option if you're in a desperate situation.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Taylor is the Week 1 starter, but history hasn't been kind to the veteran. He's a placeholder on a bad team.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Taylor could have some strong garbage-time games but don't have high expectations weekly. Rookie Davis Mills will get his shot at some point, provided that Deshaun Watson miraculously resolves everything going on around him.
Andrew Davenport on Sep 10: The closer the season approaches with no break in the civil suit stalemate, the closer Watson is to not playing a down in 2021. There may be a settlement still to come, but until such time as the criminal investigation is concluded and the civil cases are settled, it is best not to bet on Watson for this season except as a late flier as a QB2 in drafts.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: A number of teams remain interested in acquiring Watson, but his legal situation clouds the potential for 2021 relevance.
Andy Hicks on Sep 5: When all the starting fantasy quarterbacks are gone, you want to find guys who are not only capable of reaching that level but ascend to the elite fantasy level. What if I told you that this year there is a guy available in Deshaun Watson who has been ranked fourth twice and fifth in the last three years? Of course, there is not only the issue of which team he plays on but if and how much he plays at all. Who knows how the landscape changes, even over the next few weeks. Rumors of a trade will play out, For now, Watson is a fantastic value when people are considering defenses and kickers. In dynasty snap Watson up while you can. Once he has done whatever punishment, if any, he should be very productive. In best-ball he is an excellent late get. If he plays he should be a starting week to week play.
Jeff Haseley on Sep 3: In fantasy terms, Deshaun Watson is one of the best producing quarterbacks in the league, finishing with a top five ranking in 2020, his third top-five finish in as many years. The likelihood that Watson misses zero games regardless of which team he plays for in 2021 is slim. In actuality, he may miss a minimum of six games and it could be more, perhaps even the entire season. Tread carefully when selecting Watson as a fantasy option in 2021. Be sure to have adequate alternative options in the event he isn't available.
Phil Alexander on Aug 28: Until we get further clarity on Watson's legal situation, he remains draft-worthy at his deflated ADP. There is a strong chance 2021 is a complete wash for Watson, but if he ends up suspended between four and six games, you'll be rewarded with a potential league-tilting quarterback for the price of a pick in the late double-digit rounds of your drafts.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Until we see some resolution with Watson's off-field matters with the courts and his organization, it's best to consider him for half of the 2021 season, at best. If he plays, expect him to perform to his typical standard, but you'll need a strong plan and some luck to keep Watson on your roster without him being dead weight and costing you players that can help you for 8-12 weeks.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Taysom Hill should never have been a serious contender for an NFL starting job, and when Jameis Winston beats you out, it's time to start rethinking your value.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: I expect Hill and Jameis Winston to split the season as starters with Winston earning his shot during the first half of the year and Hill taking over from there. If Hill can shut the door on any competition from Winston this summer, he could deliver low-end QB1 production due to his legs and the strength of the Saints' offensive line.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Garoppolo needed a great preseason to hold onto his job, and that didn't happen. While he appears safe for the Week 1 start, Trey Lance is going to be the starter soon.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Trey Lance will be starting at some point. The big question will be if it's immediately, after a month, or halfway through the year.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Andy Dalton will be the starter in Week 1, but the clock is ticking as Justin Fields looks like the real deal.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Dalton will either begin the year as the Bears starter and Justin Fields will take over or Fields will win the job and Dalton's opportunities will come if Fields struggles mightily or gets hurt.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Teddy Bridgewater won the Week 1 starting job, and Lock needs a minor miracle to return to relevance.
Matt Waldman on Aug 25: Lock leans on his arm talent to the detriment of the rest of his game. He's the example of talent that never embraced discipline and work ethic and it finally caught up with him this summer. He'll be a journeyman starter or reserve for the rest of his career.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Mariota's legs will keep him serviceable, if not productive for the Raiders if Carr gets hurt. He won't beat Carr out in a fair competition.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Trubisky could benefit from the Bills' system if forced into action. He moves well like Allen, has a strong arm, and the abundance of crossing routes built into this offense encourages safe decision-making that Trubisky often lacks on his own.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Mills has the physical and mechanical tools to start in the NFL. He's also mentally tough enough to work through mistakes and keep games competitive in situations where lesser prospects fail. He must become sharper with diagnosing coverage and tighten up his accuracy with specific downfield throws. He'll get a shot to start this year, perhaps for half of the season. Think of him stylistically as a young Matt Ryan although talent-wise, he's not at that level yet.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Heinicke almost pulled off a playoff miracle last year, and shouldn't be counted out in Washington given Ryan Fitzpatrick's historical pattern of huge highs and abysmal lows.
Matt Waldman on Aug 29: Minshew could be the backup to Jalen Hurts within the next 4-6 weeks and have a shot at playing time in an offense that fits his style of play compared to Joe Flacco.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: The Packers front office is trying hard to justify the Jordan Love experiment, but he needs to show it on the field before fantasy managers should buy the hype.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: It's likely the Packers ask for starting quarterback in return for Aaron Rodgers. Love may look likely he understands what's going on in the huddle in minicamp this year, which is a good start, but it's fluff news relative to what the Packers really need to know before finalizing a trade with another team. This is also why you should expect Green Bay to stall with any trade negotiations until later this summer. If Love plays well, he'll start. If not, Green Bay will ask for a quarterback in return.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Cam Newton was awful last year as a passer, and his legs saved his fantasy value. Another up-and-down summer combined with a stellar showing by Mac Jones led to Newton's release.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: Newton had a pair of 300-yard games couched between 10 games with fewer than 170 yards, including 4 games with less than 100 yards. Mac Jones is the future, if not the near-present. Newton still offers consistent rushing production that could make him worthwhile in Super Flex formats.
Jason Wood on Sep 8: Allen doesn't have a clear path to playing time, and may not even win the No. 2 job over Heinicke. But if he does break camp as the backup, he could end up starting a handful of games given Ryan Fitzpatrick's volatile history.
Matt Waldman on Aug 24: If Kizer can show something this summer, he might back up Ryan Tannehill and become a long-term reclamation project. He had the talent at Notre Dame to deserve his opportunity and Cleveland's dysfunctional mess that drafted him did him no favors.