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Erickson: 2021 2QB/Superflex Fantasy Football Rankings

Bills quarterback Josh Allen revs up the crowd. Jg 011620 Bills 6

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. 

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. 

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

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 FIVE

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

Nothing has changed with the top-tier of fantasy quarterbacks aside from the fact that their value increases substantially — these players are now first- and early-second-round picks.  

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. 

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