Welcome back fantasy nerds, this time to talk about 2021 Fantasy Football Late Round Quarterback Targets. Quarterback is the most important position in football. However, in one quarterback fantasy football leagues, it is a good idea to wait to draft your first quarterback.
By doing that, you can build core roster strength in the other positions on your roster. You can build the thinner positions in fantasy football. Like your running back, and wide receiver positions, those positions are where you win your leagues.
Take Justin Herbert, for instance, he was an afterthought in drafts being stuck behind Tyrod Taylor in Los Angeles. His ADP heading into last season was quarterback 36 and going undrafted. Herbert ended the season as QB9.
Those are many reasons why I'm waiting on the quarterback position in my drafts. I want to get into a few quarterbacks who are going in the later rounds of drafts, who I think can help lead your fantasy teams to championships this season. Now Let's jump into some 2021 Fantasy Football Late Round Quarterback Targets.
2021 Fantasy Football Late Round Quarterback Targets
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Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Washington Football Team
Ryan Fitzpatrick is what you call a journeyman quarterback. He is coming into his 17th season in the NFL, and playing with his 8th team, the Washington Football team. He has had somewhat of an up and down career, but when he is a full-time starter, he is a decent fantasy asset.
During the first six weeks, last season as the full-time starter for the Dolphins Fitzpatrick was QB8. During that time he averaged 20.8 fantasy points per game which ranked 8th in the league as well. So I think it's safe to say that the 38-year-old quarterback still has it.
Unfortunately, after week six we only saw Fitzmagic in a reserve role. The Dolphins decided the future was now and turned to then-rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Which shocked a lot of people, considering the Dolphins were 3-3 at the time of the switch.
Coming into this season Fitzpatrick has a clear path to be the starting quarterback for all of the season. The only threat is almost playoff hero Taylor Heinicke. But he should not factor much, as long as Washinton is winning, which they should have a solid chance in the weak NFC East.
The Biggest reason why I'm excited about Fitzpatrick this season is because of the weapons he's walking into in Washington. He has Terry Mclaurin, who is a budding superstar on the outside at receiver. Swiss Army knife player Curtis Samuel came over from the Panthers during this off-season. He also has Logan Thomas at tight end, who had a breakout fantasy season last year finishing as TE4. I also have yet to mention starting running back Antonio Gipson, who many analysts believe is due for a breakout year.
With how late Fitzpatrick is going in drafts, it is a no-brainer for me to draft him. You're basically getting him for free, maybe having to use a 16th or 17th round pick at worst. He is currently going behind guys like Ben Roethlisberger and Derrick Carr, I feel Fitzpatrick has a higher upside, and I'd draft him over those two guys.
Jameis Winston New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are coming into this season in unfamiliar territory at the quarterback position, with the retirement of Drew Brees. Heading into training camp there will be a battle at that position between Jameis Winston as Taysom Hill.
I fully expect Jameis Winston to come out as the winner of the competition, which is good news for fantasy owners everywhere. The last time Winston was a starting quarterback for an offense in 2019, he finished the season as QB3 in all of Fantasy Football while averaging almost 21 fantasy points per game. He did that on the back of throwing 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions, the only player to do so in the history of the NFL.
When Winston is a starting quarterback on a team, you never know what you're going to get. He could throw five touchdowns in any game, or he could throw five interceptions. So it makes it interesting every Sunday.
If Winston wins the training camp competition, he is also walking into a great situation with weapons he is going to be throwing too. Before being injured last season, you could have made the case that Michael Thomas was the best wideout in the NFL. With Winston at quarterback, I fully expect Thomas to have a bounce-back season and return WR1 value. It's also nice for Winston that Alvin Kamara is the best receiving running back in football. Winston has never had a security blanket like Kamara. Kamara has had at least 80 receptions in every season of his NFL career.
Out of all these quarterbacks on this list, Jameis Winston has the highest ceiling. We have seen him finish as a top-five quarterback in fantasy before. Unfortunately with Taysom Hill on the roster, he may cap that upside by stealing red zone opportunities from Winston. But with you being able to draft Winston in the last round of your draft, it makes it worth it.
Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers
Sam Darnold is coming into his fourth season in the NFL. He has never finished higher than QB27 in any season and has not thrown 20 touchdowns in any season. Fortunately for Sam Darnold, he is walking into the best situation he has ever been in.
For the last two seasons, Darnold was under the tutelage of Adam Gase, who is now coaching high school football. So any other head coach in the NFL is an upgrade over Gase. Darnold gets to work under 2nd-year head coach Matt Rhule, and second-year offensive coordinator Joe Brady, who many assume will be a head coach next season. The Panthers finished with the 21st ranked offense last season, that was with running back Christain McCaffrey missing most of the season due to an injury.
With McCaffrey hopefully being healthy this season, I expect the Panther's offense to end up being ranked in the top half of the NFL. Darnold is being reunited with wide receiver Robby Anderson, whom he played within New York for the first two years of the NFL. Anderson finished as a low-end WR3 in both of those seasons they played together. Anderson is coming off the best season of his NFL career. Where he lined up in the slot 26% of the time which led the team.
The Panthers drafted WR Terrace Marshall this season, who Joe Brady coached at LSU when they won a championship two seasons ago. Marshall projects to be an outside receiver, opposite of DJ Moore. Darnold has historically targeted the slot more than any other receiver.
This is not the best news for DJ Moore who only lined up in the slot 16% of the time last season. Moore actually had a career-high in ADOT, averaging 13.4 yards, which ranked 21st in the NFL according to player profile. Many would argue that Moore wasn't used to his strengths last season. So it will be interesting to see if he gets used more in the short intermediate routes where he has succeeded in the past.
Where Darnold is currently going in drafts, you don't even need to use a draft pick on him. If you wait on a quarterback and you don't like his matchup in Week 1, Darnold is a solid streaming option, going against his former team the New York Jets.
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