2021 Fantasy Football Rookie QB Analysis

by Bob Van Duser
2021 Fantasy Football Rookie QB Analysis

Welcome back for a look at my 2021 Fantasy Football Rookie QB Analysis! The dust has finally settled on the NFL Draft and it's time to dive into some landing spots!

Where are the best values? What surprised us at the Quarterback position? And who's going to be worth rostering in 2021 Redraft Leagues?

Be sure to stay tuned for my IDP Landing Spot series if you're into that sort of thing! The Rookie Linebacker Analysis article is up! And keep up with all of my Off-Season Content where I'll be covering IDP, Dynasty, Rookie Mock Drafts, and much more!

Let's hop right into my 2021 Fantasy Football Rookie QB Analysis!

2021 Fantasy Football Rookie QB Analysis

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First Round

Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (Pick 1)

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Here's a pick that definitely shocked the world! Just kidding. This has been the chalk pick since Trevor Lawrence was in high school. The Jaguars also killed it in the rest of the draft getting Lawrence his college teammate Travis Etienne as well as addressing the offensive line.

This pick uplifts the entire Jaguars offense and brightens the future for a long irrelevant franchise. He easily becomes a late-round redraft option as well as being worthy of a high pick in rookie drafts.

Zach Wilson, New York Jets (Pick 2)

Here's another pick that has been telegraphed for some time now. Again, I see this as an upgrade to the entire offense. The Jets have done a great job building this offense up over the offseason by adding Corey Davis, bringing in an OC that knows anything about football, and now selecting their next franchise quarterback.

On top of the moves leading up to the draft, the Jets doubled down by immediately trying to build a supporting cast around their young rookie. They added a top guard in Alijah Vera-Tucker (who is an animal) as well as WR Elijah Moore in the second round.  They followed that up by selecting my boy Michael Carter in the 4th Round.

What is it like when a franchise commits to building around your franchise QB? Asking as a Packers Fan.

Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers (Pick 3)

This was the pick that really started off the night. It was a surprise to me that after everything the 49ers didn't select Justin Fields. But that's a discussion for later.

Yet again, a trend is forming. After a team selects their new franchise quarterback, they immediately commit to building around their young star.

After drafting Lance, the 49ers immediately draft a top guard in Aaron Banks in the 2nd Round and follow that up by drafting a great running back, Trey Sermon, to put behind Lance.

He might not start day one. In fact, I doubt Lance starts many games at all in 2021. Jimmy Garoppolo is under contract for one more expensive season, and Lance, in my opinion, needs some time to get acclimated and prepared for the NFL. So he's not a target in season-long redraft leagues, but he has big upside in the coming years and dynasty leagues.

Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (Pick 11)

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What happened to Justin Fields? How did he go from the unquestioned second-best quarterback in this draft to sliding all the way out of the top 10? Past quarterback-needy teams like Carolina and Denver.

I still don't have an answer. He was a great collegiate quarterback. Played well in the big games. Knocked off Clemson and Trevor Lawrence in his final season, and only seemed to improve his entire college career.

Yet he somehow manages to fall all the way to pick 11 where the Bears (who are not known for their draft success) trade up and snag what I believe is the best value of the First Round of the NFL Draft.

As a Packers fan, I hate this so much. As a Fantasy player and fan, I will have A TON of Justin Fields shares. I think the Bears really got a guy here.

Mac Jones, New England Patriots (Pick 15)

Is there a more boring, no-brainer, no surprise, or "Yup, that makes sense" pick in this draft? While the Patriots didn't do as much in the draft to directly help Mac Jones, they did a lot in free agency.

However, they did load up on the defense, which I think will directly help keep pressure off their quarterback, and keep him from playing "Hero-Ball" in the future.

I'm not wild about this spot for Mac Jones. However, there really isn't a spot I would've been really pumped up about. The offensive weapons outside of the tight ends are suspect at best. But in Superflex leagues, you still have to draft him in case he starts over Cam Newton.

Later Rounds

Kyle Trask, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pick 64

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People are probably going to make more out of this than they need to. I wasn't high on Trask as a prospect and I'm glad no one took a shot on him in the first round.

He gets to back up Tom Brady and maybe be the second-string quarterback on the team. He'll hopefully get to learn and develop into a starter someday.

Kellen Mond, Minnesota Vikings, Pick 66

Here's another pick that will likely be blown out of proportion. Mond getting drafted in the third round likely bears little to no threat to Kirk Cousins in the near future.

The Vikings have invested heavily into Cousins financially, and have doubled down on him. Kellen Mond is a third-round pick who needs to develop in this league to be seen as a starter.

Davis Mills, Houston Texans, Pick 67

Houston just continues to pour gas on the flames. They selected a quarterback with their first pick in the draft! Unfortunately, it was in the third round.

Davis Mills is at best a backup to Tyrod Taylor should Deshaun Watson end up being traded, released, or suspended. Nothing to get excited about at this point.

Ian Book, New Orleans Saints, Pick 133

This is another pick I don't see being anything other than a developmental depth piece - at least for this season.

Out of these later-round quarterbacks, he arguably has the best landing spot with the easiest access to starter reps.

Jameis Winston is on another one-year deal, Taysom Hill is on several voidable years, and that's it. They could both be gone as soon as next year. I'm not huge on Book as a prospect, but the landing spot is solid.

Sam Ehlinger, Indianapolis Colts, Pick 218

This officially marks the end of #JacobEasonSZN. R.I.P. Maybe.

Most likely, Eason will be the backup with Ehlinger in the wings as a third quarterback. I don't see starter reps heading to either of them any time soon.

He's a dynasty stash at best, but not someone I'm overly interested in.

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