The 2021-22 NFL season is about to begin which means that fantasy football is back! Usually in the first week of the season fantasy football players tend to play the players they originally drafted to be their starters. However, since every week is important it would be irresponsible to start a player with a rough matchup over a player with a more favorable one because he was drafted to be a starter. Here are fantasy football week 1 quarterback rankings.
*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*
(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)
Must Start- a player who should definitely be in your lineup that week because of the combination of matchup and talent. They will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and could repeat the production most weeks.
Starter- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
Low-End Starter- a player who should be started in most lineups but can possibly bottom out and finish below average on a given week. A high ceiling play in two-quarterback or superflex leagues.
Streamer- a player who could be a perfect replacement for a starter for a week or two. Starting this player may not win you your lineup but they will make sure that your production out of that position will not lose you your matchup either. Also a viable option in two-quarterback or superflex leagues.
Deep League Streamer- a player who could fill a void at a position in a deeper league. Their ceiling may be close to average point production at the position but their floor is enough to get through the week. A reasonable player to have in your lineup in two-quarterback or superflex leagues.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
|Must Start||Lamar Jackson||vs Las Vegas Raiders||QB1|
|Must Start||Patrick Mahomes||vs Cleveland Browns||QB2|
|Must Start||Kyler Murray||vs Tennessee Titans||QB3|
|Starter||Tom Brady||vs Dallas Cowboys||QB4|
|Starter||Aaron Rodgers||vs New Orleans Saints||QB5|
|Starter||Josh Allen||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||QB6|
|Starter||Russell Wilson||vs Indianapolis Colts||QB7|
|Low-End Starter||Jalen Hurts||vs Atlanta Falcons||QB8|
|Low-End Starter||Ryan Tannehill||vs Arizona Cardinals||QB9|
|Low-End Starter||Dak Prescott||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||QB10|
|Low-End Starter||Justin Herbert||vs Washington Football Team||QB11|
|Streamer||Trevor Lawerence||vs Houston Texans||QB12|
|Streamer||Kirk Cousins||vs Cincinnati Bengals||QB13|
|Streamer||Matthew Stafford||vs Chicago Bears||QB14|
|Streamer||Joe Burrow||vs Minnesota Vikings||QB15|
|Deep League Streamer||Matt Ryan||vs Philadelphia Eagles||QB16|
|Deep League Streamer||Jimmy Garrapolo||vs Detriot Lions||QB17|
|Deep League Streamer||Carson Wentz||vs Seattle Seahawks||QB18|
|Deep League Streamer||Ryan Fitzpatrick||vs Los Angeles Chargers||QB19|
|Deep League Streamer||Sam Darnold||vs New York Jets||QB20|
|Leave on the Bench||Baker Mayfield||vs Kansas City Chiefs||QB21|
|Leave on the Bench||Ben Roethlisberger||vs Buffalo Bills||QB22|
|Leave on the Bench||Tyrod Taylor||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||QB23|
|Leave on the Bench||Derek Carr||vs Baltimore Ravens||QB24|
|Leave on the Bench||Jameis Winston||vs Green Bay Packers||QB25|
|Leave on the Bench||Teddy Bridgewater||vs New York Giants||QB26|
|Leave on the Bench||Tua Tagovailoa||vs New England Patriots||QB27|
|Leave on the Bench||Andy Dalton||vs Los Angeles Rams||QB28|
|Leave on the Bench||Mac Jones||vs Miami Dolphins||QB29|
|Leave on the Bench||Daniel Jones||vs Denver Broncos||QB30|
|Leave on the Bench||Zach Wilson||vs Carolina Panthers||QB31|
|Leave on the Bench||Jared Goff||vs San Francisco 49ers||QB32|
|Leave on the Bench||Taysom Hill||vs Green Bay Packers||QB33|
|Leave on the Bench||Trey Lance||Detriot Lions||QB34|
Things to keep an eye on
QB18 Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts
In early August, Carson Wentz suffered a foot injury that was supposed to sideline him anywhere between five and twelve weeks. About a month later Wentz is ready to play Week One against the Seattle Seahawks according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. If any setback were to occur it would have a major impact on not only Wentz, but all of the Colts’ skill position players. If anything major happens that would leave in out of Week One, Jacob Eason would jump to QB31 between Zach Wilson and Jared Goff.
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