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Erickson: 2021 2QB/Superflex Fantasy Football Rankings

Cardinals' Kyler Murray (1) warms up with teammates before a game against the Eagles at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Dec. 20, 2020. Cardinals Vs Eagles

Fantasy football leagues continue to morph into formats that require starting more players, thus adding additional layers of strategy. The granddaddy of “deep leagues” is the two-quarterback format. Requiring at least two starting quarterbacks necessitates a deeper understanding of the quarterback position and the overall player pool. Superflex leagues — which allow for a third starting QB — take things even further. 

Obviously, quarterbacks are worth much more in these leagues than in standard leagues, so drafters new to the format will have to become comfortable pushing QBs up their rankings. The popular late-round quarterback approach is much less effective when each team is rostering up to three quarterbacks at any given time. There are few options off the waiver wire in-season. 

Simply put: Moving to a two-quarterback structure makes the most important position in real NFL football that much more important in fantasy football. Starting or joining a two-quarterback league is a great way to add another layer of strategy — I can't recommend it enough. 


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For those who make the plunge, here are my top-300 overall 2QB-league fantasy football rankings. The top-300 will show how quarterbacks rank among all players, and I'll break down the deep crop of quarterback tiers below. 

For those interested in ADP data, be sure to follow this link for a public Google Sheet provided by Sleeper. The document contains the most up-to-date ADP in 2QB/Superflex formats.

Top-300 2021 2QB/Superflex Fantasy Football Rankings (last update: Aug. 25)
Rank Name Team Position
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR RB
2 Patrick Mahomes II KC QB
3 Josh Allen BUF QB
4 Dalvin Cook MIN RB
5 Kyler Murray ARI QB
6 Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB
7 Alvin Kamara NO RB
8 Lamar Jackson BAL QB
9 Aaron Jones GB RB
10 Davante Adams GB WR
11 Derrick Henry TEN RB
12 Tyreek Hill KC WR
13 Travis Kelce KC TE
14 Saquon Barkley NYG RB
15 Austin Ekeler LAC RB
16 Dak Prescott DAL QB
17 Stefon Diggs BUF WR
18 Calvin Ridley ATL WR
19 Russell Wilson SEA QB
20 Nick Chubb CLE RB
21 Joe Mixon CIN RB
22 Najee Harris PIT RB
23 Antonio Gibson WAS RB
24 Darren Waller LV TE
25 DeAndre Hopkins ARI WR
26 Justin Jefferson MIN WR
27 Jonathan Taylor IND RB
28 George Kittle SF TE
29 Justin Herbert LAC QB
30 Keenan Allen LAC WR
31 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC RB
32 A.J. Brown TEN WR
33 D.K. Metcalf SEA WR
34 Aaron Rodgers GB QB
35 Jalen Hurts PHI QB
36 Allen Robinson II CHI WR
37 Ryan Tannehill TEN QB
38 Tom Brady TB QB
39 Terry McLaurin WAS WR
40 CeeDee Lamb DAL WR
41 Amari Cooper DAL WR
42 Chris Carson SEA RB
43 Joe Burrow CIN QB
44 D'Andre Swift DET RB
45 Chris Godwin TB WR
46 Diontae Johnson PIT WR
47 Robert Woods LAR WR
48 D.J. Moore CAR WR
49 Julio Jones TEN WR
50 Justin Fields CHI QB
51 Trey Lance SF QB
52 Tyler Lockett SEA WR
53 Cooper Kupp LAR WR
54 Mike Evans TB WR
55 Tee Higgins CIN WR
56 David Montgomery CHI RB
57 Miles Sanders PHI RB
58 James Robinson JAC RB
59 Trevor Lawrence JAC QB
60 T.J. Hockenson DET TE
61 Mark Andrews BAL TE
62 Matthew Stafford LAR QB
63 Gus Edwards BAL RB
64 Josh Jacobs LV RB
65 Tyler Boyd CIN WR
66 Brandon Aiyuk SF WR
67 Chase Claypool PIT WR
68 Courtland Sutton DEN WR
69 Kyle Pitts ATL TE
70 Matt Ryan ATL QB
71 Baker Mayfield CLE QB
72 Tua Tagovailoa MIA QB
73 Jerry Jeudy DEN WR
74 Ja'Marr Chase CIN WR
75 Adam Thielen MIN WR
76 Ryan Fitzpatrick WAS QB
77 Kenny Golladay NYG WR
78 Odell Beckham Jr. CLE WR
79 Javonte Williams DEN RB
80 Chase Edmonds ARI RB
81 Damien Harris NE RB
82 Kirk Cousins MIN QB
83 Darrell Henderson LAR RB
84 Raheem Mostert SF RB
85 Trey Sermon SF RB
86 Mike Davis ATL RB
87 Brandin Cooks HOU WR
88 Robby Anderson CAR WR
89 Laviska Shenault Jr. JAC WR
90 DeVonta Smith PHI WR
91 Myles Gaskin MIA RB
92 Zach Wilson NYJ QB
93 Derek Carr LV QB
94 Antonio Brown TB WR
95 Daniel Jones LV QB
96 Corey Davis NYJ WR
97 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT WR
98 Michael Gallup DAL WR
99 Mike Williams LAC WR
100 D.J. Chark Jr. JAC WR
101 Jaylen Waddle MIA WR
102 Kareem Hunt CLE RB
103 Marvin Jones Jr. JAC WR
104 Will Fuller V MIA WR
105 Ronald Jones II TB RB
106 Noah Fant DEN TE
107 Logan Thomas WAS TE
108 Deebo Samuel SF WR
109 Curtis Samuel WAS WR
110 Darnell Mooney CHI WR
111 Sterling Shepard NYG WR
112 Zack Moss BUF RB
113 Jakobi Meyers NE WR
114 Jamaal Williams DET RB
115 Michael Pittman Jr. IND WR
116 Jarvis Landry CLE WR
117 Melvin Gordon III DEN RB
118 AJ Dillon GB RB
119 Michael Carter NYJ RB
120 Leonard Fournette TB RB
121 Kenyan Drake LV RB
122 Mac Jones NE QB
123 James Conner ARI RB
124 Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB
125 Jameis Winston NO QB
126 Sony Michel LAR RB
127 Tony Pollard DAL RB
128 Marquez Callaway NO WR
129 Elijah Moore NYJ WR
130 Terrace Marshall Jr. CAR WR
131 Hunter Henry NE TE
132 Jonnu Smith NE TE
133 Teddy Bridgewater DEN QB
134 Mike Gesicki MIA TE
135 Dallas Goedert PHI TE
136 Nyheim Hines IND RB
137 James White NE RB
138 Carson Wentz IND QB
139 Tevin Coleman NYJ RB
140 Marquise Brown BAL WR
141 Jared Goff DET QB
142 Sam Darnold CAR QB
143 Taysom Hill NO QB
144 Cole Beasley BUF WR
145 Bryan Edwards LV WR
146 Mecole Hardman KC WR
147 Rondale Moore ARI WR
148 Gabriel Davis BUF WR
149 Emmanuel Sanders BUF WR
150 Nelson Agholor NE WR
151 Tyrod Taylor HOU QB
152 Michael Thomas NO WR
153 Randall Cobb GB WR
154 Nico Collins HOU WR
155 Jimmy Garoppolo SF QB
156 Robert Tonyan GB TE
157 Evan Engram NYG TE
158 Andy Dalton CHI QB
159 Ty Johnson NYJ RB
160 Drew Lock DEN QB
161 Austin Hooper CLE TE
162 Gerald Everett SEA TE
163 Rhamondre Stevenson NE RB
164 Parris Campbell IND WR
165 DeVante Parker MIA WR
166 Damien Williams CHI RB
167 Giovani Bernard TB RB
168 Devin Singletary BUF RB
169 Tyler Higbee LAR TE
170 Zach Ertz PHI TE
171 Rob Gronkowski TB TE
172 Cole Kmet CHI TE
173 Blake Jarwin DAL TE
174 David Johnson HOU RB
175 Phillip Lindsay HOU RB
176 Chuba Hubbard CAR RB
177 Alexander Mattison MIN RB
178 Deshaun Watson HOU QB
179 Cam Newton FA QB
180 Jacob Eason IND QB
181 Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB WR
182 Jalen Reagor PHI WR
183 Sammy Watkins BAL WR
184 Rashod Bateman BAL WR
185 Russell Gage ATL WR
186 Van Jefferson LAR WR
187 Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE WR
188 Josh Palmer LAC WR
189 Dyami Brown WAS WR
190 Tyrell Williams DET WR
191 Carlos Hyde JAC RB
192 KJ Hamler DEN WR
193 Hunter Renfrow LV WR
194 Hayden Hurst ATL TE
195 O.J. Howard TB TE
196 Jared Cook LAC TE
197 Henry Ruggs III LV WR
198 DeSean Jackson LAR WR
199 Rashaad Penny SEA RB
200 Quez Watkins PHI WR
201 Jordan Akins HOU TE
202 Ty'Son Williams BAL RB
203 Tony Jones Jr. NO RB
204 Jamison Crowder NYJ WR
205 J.D. McKissic WAS RB
206 Darrynton Evans TEN RB
207 Qadree Ollison ATL RB
208 Darrel Williams KC RB
209 A.J. Green ARI WR
210 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET WR
211 Christian Kirk ARI WR
212 Allen Lazard GB WR
213 Salvon Ahmed MIA RB
214 Devontae Booker NYG RB
215 Olamide Zaccheaus ATL WR
216 Boston Scott PHI RB
217 Larry Rountree III LAC RB
218 Jaret Patterson WAS RB
219 Malcolm Brown MIA RB
220 Jordan Love GB QB
221 Davis Mills HOU QB
222 Kellen Mond MIN QB
223 Mitchell Trubisky BUF QB
224 Gardner Minshew II PHI QB
225 Marcus Mariota LV QB
226 Taylor Heinicke WAS QB
227 Dwayne Haskins PIT QB
228 Marlon Mack IND RB
229 Justin Jackson LAC RB
230 Chris Herndon IV MIN TE
231 Tre'Quan Smith NO WR
232 Mark Ingram II HOU RB
233 Joshua Kelley LAC RB
234 Dan Arnold CAR TE
235 Tyler Conklin MIN TE
236 Juwan Johnson NO TE
237 C.J. Uzomah CIN TE
238 Trent Sherfield SF WR
239 JaMycal Hasty SF RB
240 Keelan Cole Sr. NYJ WR
241 Deonte Harris NO WR
242 Tim Patrick DEN WR
243 Devin Duvernay BAL WR
244 J.J. Taylor NE RB
245 Amari Rodgers GB WR
246 Kadarius Toney NYG WR
247 Scotty Miller TB WR
248 Josh Reynolds TEN WR
249 D'Wayne Eskridge SEA WR
250 Albert Wilson MIA WR
251 Ihmir Smith-Marsette MIN WR
252 Tylan Wallace BAL WR
253 Zach Pascal IND WR
254 Byron Pringle KC WR
255 Kenneth Gainwell PHI RB
256 Jerick McKinnon KC RB
257 Latavius Murray NO RB
258 Anthony McFarland Jr. PIT RB
259 Adam Trautman NO TE
260 Anthony Firkser TEN TE
261 Samaje Perine CIN RB
262 Alex Collins SEA RB
263 Elijah Mitchell SF RB
264 Khalil Herbert CHI RB
265 Auden Tate CIN WR
266 Mike Strachan IND WR
267 Mo Alie-Cox IND TE
268 Quintez Cephus DET WR
269 Mike Boone DEN RB
270 Denzel Mims NYJ WR
271 Darius Slayton NYG WR
272 James Washington PIT WR
273 Pat Freiermuth PIT TE
274 Jaelon Darden TB WR
275 Preston Williams MIA WR
276 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB RB
277 Matt Breida BUF RB
278 Tutu Atwell LAR WR
279 Tyler Johnson TB WR
280 Kendrick Bourne NE WR
281 N'Keal Harry NE WR
282 Chris Evans CIN RB
283 Jake Funk LAR RB
284 Donald Parham Jr. LAC TE
285 Anthony Schwartz CLE WR
286 Freddie Swain SEA WR
287 T.Y. Hilton IND WR
288 Demetric Felton CLE WR
289 Andy Isabella ARI WR
290 Rashard Higgins CLE WR
291 Rex Burkhead HOU RB
292 Jimmy Graham CHI TE
293 Eric Ebron PIT TE
294 Adam Humphries WAS WR
295 Shi Smith CAR WR
296 Marquez Stevenson BUF WR
297 Simi Fehoko DAL WR
298 Jermar Jefferson DET RB
299 Miles Boykin BAL WR
300 Kylin Hill GB RB
301 Eno Benjamin ARI RB
302 Dede Westbrook MIN WR
303 John Ross NYG WR
304 La'Mical Perine NYJ RB
305 Tyler Kroft NYJ TE

QUARTERBACKS

These tiered quarterback rankings will be slightly different than my one-quarterback Best Ball, PPR, Half-PPR rankings — selecting two and three QBs throughout the draft naturally spreads the group thinner.

Starting quarterbacks who offer weekly stability (Kirk Cousins, Derek Carr and Jared Goff) but not a super-high fantasy ceiling are often left for dead in one-quarterback leagues. But in the two-quarterback format, having a stable body at the QB2 spot is critical.

Too many swings on more volatile fantasy quarterbacks with higher ceilings could result in a roster falling out of contention if players don’t pan out. Anyone who isn't starting two starting quarterbacks each week is at a massive disadvantage.

TIER 1: THE FANTASTIC FOUR

PATRICK MAHOMES, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
JOSH ALLEN, BUFFALO BILLS
KYLER MURRAY, ARIZONA CARDINALS
LAMAR JACKSON, BALTIMORE RAVENS

Not much has changed with the top-tier of fantasy quarterbacks aside from the fact that their value increases substantially inside the 2QB/Superflex Format — these players are all worthy of being selected in the first round.  My rankings feature four quarterbacks in the top eight and five within the top-16 overall players.

These quarterbacks have all shown the ability to routinely post 25-30 fantasy points per game, which exceeds the average points scored by the league’s top fantasy running back and wide receivers even in full-PPR settings.

An ideal start to a draft would be to pair one of these stud QBs with a workhorse running back. There’s a chance that at least one sneaks into the second round, so that's the priority for those drafting a running back first. 

Across all fantasy formats, Prescott tends to be the last name off the board from the elite tier of quarterbacks, which makes aggressively pursuing him worthwhile. The Cowboys quarterback has elite upside — he finished first in passing yards per game last year (371) — and a super safe floor that few can beat. He’s the only quarterback to finish inside the top 10 every season from 2016-19.

Some might cite Prescott’s gaudy passing numbers as a small sample-size trap, but that’s hardly the case, as Dallas’ pass play percentage (70%) under neutral game-script conditions ranked second before Prescott’s injury. The Cowboys’ atrocious defense made sure that the team was required to throw the ball a ton, but Dallas remained an uber-aggressive passing team even before the score got out of hand.

Expect to see more of that style of play with Prescott in 2021, making him and his offensive weapons premium fantasy football commodities. The defense still projects to be poor (31st-ranked secondary and 27th-ranked defensive line), so the high-end passing numbers will stay firmly in place. 

TIER 2: TOP-TIER UPSIDE

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