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FANTASY FOOTBALL: Projecting the QB-starter rankings for 2021

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Quarterback Matthew Stafford (averaging 274 yards passing/1.9 TDs in his last 24 starts) should be an easy lock for 4,700 yards passing and 30-plus touchdowns with the Rams in 2021 and beyond.

BATSBY Sports takes its first crack at the quarterback-starter rankings for 2021, a listing that comes with a few notable caveats:

a) Let’s assume the embattled Texans (currently no 1st- or 2nd-round picks in the upcoming draft) wisely pit the Jets and Dolphins against one another leading up to Draft Day, as both New York and Miami move heaven and earth to land QB Deshaun Watson in a trade.

As luck would have it, both teams boast top-3 picks this April and possess a robust amount of draft capital over the next three years.

Hence, new Texans GM Nick Caserio should have an easy bidding war on his hands … with the Jets eventually winning the Watson Sweepstakes.

b) Let’s assume the Lions maintain Jared Goff for their Week 1 roster, even though exploratory trade talks with Indianapolis and Washington would be the smarter play.

(Neither playoff team’s likely to corral QB prospects Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, Trey Lance or even Mac Jones in the April draft, short of a monumental pre-draft trade.)

c) The Cowboys stick to their publicly professed word and re-sign Dak Prescott to a long-term contract (something in the AAV range of $40 million).

d) The Niners throw us a curveball sometime in February or March by trading for Kirk Cousins, who has a pre-existing relationship with San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan.

e) The Saints re-sign Jameis Winston and promote him to full-time starting quarterback, in the wake of Drew Brees’ presumptive retirement.

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QB-STARTER RANKINGS FOR 2021

  1. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
  2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
  3. Josh Allen, Bills
  4. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
  5. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
  6. Justin Herbert, Chargers
  7. Kyler Murray, Cardinals
  8. Dak Prescott, Cowboys (re-signs with the club)
  9. Deshaun Watson, Jets (presumptive offseason trade with HOU)
  10. Matthew Stafford, Rams
  11. Ryan Tannehill, Titans
  12. Tom Brady, Buccaneers
  13. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
  14. Derek Carr, Raiders
  15. Matt Ryan, Falcons
  16. Kirk Cousins, 49ers (presumptive offseason trade with MIN)
  17. Baker Mayfield, Browns
  18. Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers
  19. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Vikings (free-agent signing, after Cousins trade)
  20. Jameis Winston, Saints
  21. Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars
  22. Drew Lock, Broncos
  23. Joe Burrow, Bengals
  24. Zach Wilson, Texans (No. 2 overall pick; presumptive offseason trade)
  25. Jared Goff, Lions
  26. Jacob Eason, Colts (ready to lead the win-now Colts in Year 2)
  27. Sam Darnold, Washington Football Team (presumptive offseason trade)
  28. Mitchell Trubisky, Bears
  29. Daniel Jones, Giants
  30. Jimmy Garoppolo, Patriots (free-agent signing)
  31. Jalen Hurts, Eagles
  32. Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins

About The Managing Editor

Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out NBA.com, MLB.com, PGATour.com, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with SI.com‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

Then, over a two-month span in 2014, FOX Sports South amassed 19.5 million Web hits—a 60-day record for any FOX affiliate. And in 2015, Clemons claimed the aforementioned Cynopsis Media award on FOX Sports’ behalf, the company’s only national writing award during that period. Clemons, a graduate of Michigan State University  and Wayne State University, has been an on-camera Web-TV host for Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports. In 2015, he also became the first-ever sports journalism professor at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta.

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