Tier 1

1. Patrick Mahomes II, KC

2. Josh Allen, BUF

3. Lamar Jackson, BAL

4. Kyler Murray, ARI

5. Dak Prescott, DAL


Tier 2

6. Russell Wilson, SEA

7. Justin Herbert, LAC

8. Aaron Rodgers, GB

9. Tom Brady, TB

10. Jalen Hurts, PHI


Tier 3

11. Ryan Tannehill, TEN

12. Joe Burrow, CIN

13. Matthew Stafford, LAR

14. Trevor Lawrence, JAC


Tier 4

15. Trey Lance, SF 

16. Matt Ryan, ATL

17. Ryan Fitzpatrick, WAS

18. Tua Tagovailoa, MIA 

19. Justin Fields, CHI

20. Kirk Cousins, MIN


Tier 5

21. Jameis Winston, NO

22. Daniel Jones, NYG 

23. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT 

24. Baker Mayfield, CLE

25. Derek Carr, LV

26. Teddy Bridgewater, DEN

27. Zach Wilson, NYJ

28. Carson Wentz, IND


Draft Strategy

Most leagues contain 10-12 teams, while only allowing one starting QB. As mentioned above, you’ll want to fill your starting QB position with a player within the top three tiers. So doing the math, we’ve got 14 good starting QB options, which likely averages greater than 1 per team in your league. As we go through the RB and WR positions, you’ll see that the math gets a lot tougher. As such, it’s best that you invest your draft capital heavily in those two positions as the priority. In case you crave a tier 1 starter, at least ensure that you’re not overpaying with your draft capital. 

If your lead QB happens to fall outside of the top three tiers, make sure that he’s no lower than tier 4, and at least pair up that QB with a second option so that you can play weekly matchups. This scenario would also be a prime spot to stash Fields or Lance as a lottery play.   

*** The exception to the wait-for-QBs rule applies for leagues that require you to start two QBs. In two QB leagues, you should aim to grab your first QB from tier 2 or better, with your second QB coming from no further down than tier 4. In such a league, it’s appropriate to draft your first QB within the first two rounds. Scarcity flips strategy, so just be mindful of the stark difference in strategy for two QB leagues.