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Erickson: 2020 fantasy football quarterback rankings tiers

Utilizing tiers during fantasy football drafts is a great way to get the most value out of each position. It's even more important when it comes to quarterback, considering how deep the position is in 2020.

QB scoring is flat across the board, meaning there are few major jumps in output — the difference from one ranking to the next is negligible. That's why drafting the final quarterback remaining in any given tier is the best way to extract value from fantasy football drafts.

This article is the first in a series on skill position tiers. The rest will follow on a weekly basis.

Tier 1 – Break the Bank

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

Drafting Mahomes or Jackson is going to cost at least a second-round pick, but selecting either one means completely foregoing any week-to-week streaming at the QB position. Both own a No. 1 overall quarterback finish over the past two seasons — there's no reason to think they won't be competing for the top spot again in 2020.

Jackson is going to see more negative game scripts than last year — the Ravens will have a tough time outscoring their opponents by two touchdowns per game for a second-straight season. This will potentially force him to throw more and run less, but his fantasy totals will barely be affected.

In Baltimore's three losses in 2019 (including the playoffs), Jackson averaged 26.23 fantasy points per game. In wins, he averaged 27 fantasy points per game. Jackson also has the third-easiest strength of schedule for quarterbacks and will get a fully healthy Marquise Brown for next season.

Mahomes will be fully healthy in 2020 with the same supporting cast from 2019, plus first-round running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Mahomes' 76 touchdown passes over the past two seasons are 10 more than the next-closest quarterback (Russell Wilson) despite missing two games in 2019.

Tier 2 – The Elite Four

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