The 2021-22 NFL season began last week which means so did fantasy football. After getting a taste of the NFL season last week, it is important not to overreact some and make risky moves when setting lineups for this week. For the first few weeks, fantasy managers should pay attention to trends that they see from teams that could shape the rest of the season. 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||Patrick Mahomes||vs Baltimore Ravens||QB1|
|Must Start||Kyler Murray||vs Minnesota Vikings||QB2|
|Must Start||Tom Brady||vs Atlanta Falcons||QB3|
|Must Start||Aaron Rodgers||vs Detriot Lions||QB4|
|Must Start||Russell Wilson||vs Tennessee Titans||QB5|
|Must Start||Justin Herbert||vs Dallas Cowboys||QB6|
|Must Start||Jalen Hurts||vs San Fransisco 49ers||QB7|
|Must Start||Dak Prescott||vs Los Angeles Chargers||QB8|
|Starter||Lamar Jackson*||vs Kansas City Chiefs||QB9|
|Starter||Josh Allen||vs Miami Dolphins||QB10|
|Low-End Starter||Matthew Stafford||vs Indianapolis Colts||QB11|
|Low-End Starter||Ryan Tannehill||vs Seattle Seahawks||QB12|
|Streamer||Joe Burrow||vs Chicago Bears||QB13|
|Streamer||Baker Mayfield*||vs Houston Texans||QB14|
|Streamer||Jameis Winston||vs Carolina Panthers||QB15|
|Streamer||Teddy Bridgewater||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||QB16|
|Deep League Streamer||Matt Ryan||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||QB17|
|Deep League Streamer||Ben Roethlisberger||vs Las Vegas Raiders||QB18|
|Deep League Streamer||Jimmy Garoppolo||vs Philadelphia Eagles||QB19|
|Deep League Streamer||Trevor Lawerence||vs Denver Broncos||QB20|
|Deep League Streamer||Mac Jones||vs New York Jets||QB21|
|Leave on the Bench||Sam Darnold||vs New Orleans Saints||QB22|
|Leave on the Bench||Jared Goff||vs Green Bay Packers||QB23|
|Leave on the Bench||Andy Dalton||v Cincinnati Bengals||QB24|
|Leave on the Bench||Derek Carr||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||QB25|
|Leave on the Bench||Tua Tagovailoa||vs Buffalo Bills||QB26|
|Leave on the Bench||Kirk Cousins||vs Arizona Cardinals||QB27|
|Leave on the Bench||Taylor Heinicke||vs New York Giants||QB28|
|Leave on the Bench||Tyrod Taylor||vs Cleveland Browns||QB29|
|Leave on the Bench||Daniel Jones||vs Washington Football Team||QB30|
|Leave on the Bench||Carson Wentz||vs Los Angeles Rams||QB31|
|Leave on the Bench||Zach Wilson||vs New England Patriots||QB32|
|Leave on the Bench||Justin Fields||vs Cincinnati Bengals||QB33|
|Leave on the Bench||Trey Lance||vs Philadelphia Eagles||QB34|
|Leave on the Bench||Taysom Hill||vs Carolina Panthers||QB35|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
QB9 Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
The injury bug has hit the Baltimore Ravens again as Marquise “Hollywood” Brown missed practice Wednesday with an ankle injury. Baltimore already has 2021 first-round pick Rashod Bateman and third-year receiver Myles Boykins on IR. If Brown were to miss this game, the Ravens would be without their best wide receiver. This would lower Jackson to QB11 between Matthew Stafford and Ryan Tannehill.