Baker Mayfield Fantasy Outlook Includes Top-10 QB Upside in 2021
By Larry Rupp
Quarterback Baker Mayfield heads into the fall riding high after leading the Cleveland Browns to their first playoff appearance in 18 years last season. The fourth-year starter surrounded by a number of dangerous offensive weapons and has top-10 QB upside in 2021 fantasy football leagues.
Baker Mayfield Fantasy Outlook
Mayfield stepped up in 2021, completing 62.8% of his pass attempts for 3,563 yards and 26 touchdowns. Most importantly, he only posted 8 interceptions after combining for 35 during his first two seasons. Overall, Mayfield finished as the QB17 in PPR scoring despite not completely fulfilling his potential.
The former Oklahoma star always going to be held back in an offense that averaged 30.4 rush attempts per game last season (No. 5 in NFL). However, Mayfield has consistently improved with each season of experience.
Cleveland has the top-graded offensive line in the league, according to ProFootballFocus, which should allow Mayfield enough time in the pocket to break down what his best option is. Plus, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. makes his return this season. The veteran wideout finished with over 1,000 yards in his last full season of play.
All things considered, Mayfield has become a popular breakout pick for a reason as head coach Kevin Stefanski may looks towards the spirited QB to take on a bigger role this season. Mayfield is also playing in a contract year and should be motivated to prove why he is worth the big bucks.
Mayfield's average draft position is No. 120 overall and No. 16 among quarterbacks in standard leagues, according to FantasyPros. While he is one of the best QB2s available, the 26-year-old is the perfect player to grab for fantasy managers who decide to wait on drafting a quarterback until late.
Mayfield checks in at QB14 in The Duel's 2021 fantasy football rankings.
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