Fantasy Football Rankings 2024: Quarterback tiers

2WB0W4B Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) runs the football during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Josh Allen leads the way in 2024: Even without his top receiving option from last year, Allen is still an elite fantasy option this season.

• Two rookie quarterbacks within the top 12: Expectations are high for Caleb Williams and Jayden Daniels, and they should deliver in Year 1.

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Breaking fantasy football rankings down into tiers helps fantasy managers better understand what separates each group and how to value each player at the position for this coming season. Therefore, let's dive in some quarterback rankings and tiers ahead of the 2024 fantasy football season. 

Tier 1: The Fantasy-tastic Four

Rank Player Team
1 Josh Allen BUF
2 Jalen Hurts PHI
3 Lamar Jackson BLT
4 Patrick Mahomes KC

Josh Allen gets the slightest of edges over Jalen Hurts heading into this season after finishing last year as the overall QB1, averaging 24.3 fantasy points per game (first) and 0.63 fantasy points per dropback (first) — both slightly higher than Hurts. The biggest question mark for Allen coming into this season revolves around his receiving weapons because he loses his WR1 in Stefon Diggs. This is less of a concern for Allen, who only relied on his top receiver for 19.2% of his total fantasy points, which was well below average, ranking 24th among 28 qualifying quarterbacks. Allen will be just fine without Diggs this season and deserves to lead this top tier.

Both Hurts and Lamar Jackson offer the best combination of rushing volume and passing ability, as they averaged over eight rushing attempts per game, ranking top-three last season behind only Justin Fields. Allen, Hurts and Jackson were also the only quarterbacks to average six rush attempts per game and over 225 passing yards per game. That high-end rushing ability creates significant upside weekly and is one of the most stable quarterback metrics to count on year-to-year, leaving both players locked in as top-tier options.

Patrick Mahomes had a down fantasy year relative to expectations in 2023, ranking as just QB10 in points per game (18.8). That being said, he’s only a year removed from finishing as the overall QB1 for fantasy. Mahomes just inherited Marquise Brown and Xavier Worthy, which will provide him more passing upside with more capable options on the other end of his throws. Betting on Mahomes to have another relatively quiet year for fantasy just feels sub-optimal, all things considered, which is why he remains in this top tier.

Tier 2: Weekly overall QB1 upside due to rushing ability and/or elite offensive weapons

Rank Player Team
5 C.J. Stroud HST
6 Anthony Richardson IND
7 Joe Burrow CIN
8 Kyler Murray ARZ
9 Dak Prescott DAL

C.J. Stroud leads the second tier after a very encouraging rookie season where he averaged 273.9 passing yards per game (third) while only having to generate 12.1% of his fantasy production as a runner. Stroud’s passing volume and effectiveness are the key to landing atop this tier, as he also has arguably the best pass-game weapons in the league between Diggs, Nico Collins and Tank Dell leading the way. Stroud averaged 19.1 fantasy points per game as a rookie without Diggs and Dell for the full season. Further development and a full year with his elite passing options encourage all the confidence that he can deliver a strong return for fantasy managers making this investment.

Anthony Richardson’s rookie year in 2023 was cut significantly short by injury but in the time he spent on the field, he teased elite fantasy upside thanks to his rushing ability. Richardson’s four games yielded 9.4 fantasy points per game as a runner alone, which was higher than Hurts (8.8) and Allen (8.4). He also posted the highest fantasy points per dropback (0.73) in his small sample size last season. The risk comes with re-injury for Richardson as he tends to take some big hits as well, but taking a chance on his upside and pairing him with a safer bet later in drafts is the optimal strategy when taking this early swing on him.

Joe Burrow had a disappointing season in 2023 due to injury, but he’s a prime bounce-back candidate this season should he stay healthy. Burrow only averaged 15.5 points per game across 10 games last season, but in games where he appeared to be over his calf injury (Weeks 5-11), he earned 19.9 points per game and was the QB9 over that span. Burrow has shown the ability to be an elite passer in the NFL, and with Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins as his top weapons, he’s a great bet to get back to that form in 2024.

Both Kyler Murray and Dak Prescott have delivered as high-end fantasy starters, with Murray providing great rushing upside, while Prescott was highly effective as a passer this past season. Both are strong bets to continue delivering on those skill sets in 2024.

Tier 3: Slightly lower chances of weekly overall QB1 upside, but it’s definitely there

Rank Player Team
10 Caleb Williams CHI
11 Jordan Love GB
12 Jayden Daniels WAS
13 Brock Purdy SF

Two rookie quarterbacks exist in this third tier and inside the top-12 at the position, which historically is a lower percentage bet to make but after diving into the historical comparions and expectations for both Caleb Williams and Jayden Daniels (here), we should feel pretty comfortable about their potential to deliver in Year 1. Williams, as the No. 1 overall pickm has the talent to hit the ground running, which will only be helped by one of the best offensive situations in the NFL with Keenan Allen, DJ Moore, Rome Odunze, Cole Kmet and D’Andre Swift to distribute the ball to. 

For Daniels, he has good receiving options as well, but his rushing upside is going to be among the best in the league after scrambling on 14.0% of his career college dropbacks, which is the second-highest among quarterback prospects since 2017. He’s coming off back-to-back seasons at LSU where he posted at least 1,000 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns, so it should be a significant part of his game in the NFL as well, making him a very enticing fantasy prospect.

Jordan Love and Brock Purdy were among the top fantasy quarterbacks last year, which came as a surprise to some after they were both drafted well outside the top 20 at their position last offseason. After coming through with breakout seasons where they averaged over 19.0 fantasy points per game, both are good bets for continued success in 2024.

Tier 4: Solid and reliable options who will push for top-12 on a weekly basis

Rank Player Team
14 Tua Tagovailoa MIA
15 Jared Goff DET
16 Justin Herbert LAC
17 Trevor Lawrence JAX
18 Kirk Cousins ATL

Within this fourth tier are the safer quarterback options, as they will occasionally deliver big weeks but are much more likely to hover just above or below the top 12 at their position on average throughout the season.

Aside from Trevor Lawrence (15th), these quarterbacks all ranked among the top 10 in PFF passing grade this past season, as each averaged at least 240 passing yards per game. Passing volume and prowess are going to be key to their success again in 2024, putting them among the best QB2 options in fantasy football this season.

Tier 5: Less stable options who won’t frequent the top 12 at a high rate

Rank Player Team
19 Matthew Stafford LAR
20 Baker Mayfield TB
21 Will Levis TEN
22 Deshaun Watson CLV
23 Aaron Rodgers NYJ

This tier consists of some of the lower-end backup quarterback options for 2024, though all likely have a case to be considered higher on this list, if not for more question marks.

For Matthew Stafford and Baker Mayfield, both players were fine, if not unremarkable, fantasy options in 2023, averaging just over 16.5 fantasy points per game each. Helping their case is that they have very good wide receivers to throw to between Puka Nacua, Cooper Kupp, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, but neither quarterback necessarily offers that QB1 upside at a high enough rate, as they finished inside the weekly top-12 at their position just five times or fewer in 2023.

Will Levis is a true question mark because he only played nine games as a rookie and was the most reliant quarterback in the league for getting fantasy points from his top receiver, DeAndre Hopkins (43.4%). Luckily for Levis, Hopkins is back but so are more weapons for him in Calvin Ridley, Tyler Boyd and Tony Pollard. The Tennessee Titans have even made an effort to improve their offensive line, providing Levis all the opportunities necessary to succeed, and if it works, it could result in a breakout season in 2024.

Deshaun Watson hasn’t played more than six games in a season since joining the Cleveland Browns, and Aaron Rodgers hasn’t played six snaps since joining the New York Jets. However, each offers a potential upside that, while it feels far removed from their current status, could at least shine through on any given week. For Watson, relying on his rushing prowess will be a big help, and it feels much more likely to contribute to his fantasy success than regaining his top-three passing form from 2020. Rodgers isn't that far removed from back-to-back MVP seasons, but as a 40-year-old quarterback coming off an Achilles injury, he’s a lot more risky going forward, keeping him from being too highly sought after for fantasy this year.

Tier 6: Lower floor and ceiling options

Rank Player Team
24 J.J. McCarthy MIN
25 Drake Maye NE
26 Geno Smith SEA
27 Daniel Jones NYG
28 Bo Nix DEN
29 Bryce Young CAR
30 Russell Wilson PIT
31 Derek Carr NO
32 Gardner Minshew LV

This tier will include all the remaining expected starters heading into this season. There isn’t a lot of top-12 upside amongst this group. It won't be an impossible task to get there on any given week, but it’s just a mostly proven low-ceiling/low-floor bunch to choose from. 

Fantasy managers have a pretty good idea of what they’re getting from the veterans in this tier, so taking swings on the rookies is probably the most enticing bet to make. J.J. McCarthy, Drake Maye and Bo Nix have the potential to surprise and deliver strong seasons, not dissimilar to Jordan Love or C.J. Stroud last year, even if it is a more unlikely outcome. 

Tier 7: Backups who could see the field at some point

Rank Player Team
33 Justin Fields PIT
34 Joe Flacco IND
35 Sam Darnold MIN
36 Aidan O’Connell LV
37 Drew Lock NYG
38 Jacoby Brissett NE
39 Michael Penix Jr. ATL
40 Tyrod Taylor NYJ
41 Sam Howell SEA
42 Zach Wilson DEN

Lastly, a small group of backup quarterbacks rounds out the rankings for those deeper leagues. This group is ranked by a combination of fantasy upside and overall potential to see the field in 2024, whether due to injury history or inexperience of the starter. Justin Fields is the lone player whose starter ahead of him (Russell Wilson) doesn’t meet that criteria, but he has by far the most fantasy upside of the group which puts him at the top.


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