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Top Quarterback Sleepers for 2021 Fantasy Football Leagues

Max Staley
Top quarterback sleepers for 2021 fantasy football leagues.
Top quarterback sleepers for 2021 fantasy football leagues. / Nick Cammett/Getty Images

Quarterback is a pretty straightforward position in the 2021 fantasy football season. If you miss out on one of the truly elite QBs, like Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes, you're probably better off waiting. The league is more pass-happy than ever and there's now a surplus of fantasy-relevant QBs.

QB Sleepers 2021

But a few of those guys feel like they have a chance to really breakout this year.

Here are three of the best sleeper quarterbacks, currently carrying an average draft position (ADP) of QB15 or higher, to target in fantasy leagues this season.

Fantasy QB Sleepers 2021

Note: All ADP data is from FantasyPros.

3. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (ADP: QB22)

Tua Tagovailoa
Tua Tagovailoa fantasy football outlook includes great sleeper potential in 2021. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

Tua Tagovailoa did virtually nothing as a rookie to warrant a spot on this list. But he's reportedly looked like a new man at Miami Dolphins training camp. The zip on his ball appears to be back, and he's moving around with the athleticism and confidence we saw at Alabama. If that version of Tua shows up in 2021, look out. Miami has completely revamped its skill-position group, adding dynamic talents in Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle to round out what's suddenly a dangerous receiving corps. A healthy Tua has legit potential for a second-year leap in this new-look Dolphins attack. Currently being drafted outside the top 20, Tua is a great late-round lottery ticket. Just be sure to pair him with a more reliable starter.

2. Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (ADP: QB20)

Justin Fields fantasy football outlook includes great sleeper potential in 2021.
Justin Fields fantasy football outlook includes great sleeper potential in 2021. / Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

It's only a matter of time before Justin Fields takes the Chicago Bears starting job from Andy Dalton. The Ohio State rookie is reportedly lighting it up at camp, dazzling beat reporters and teammates alike with his rare arm talent. Whenever he gets his chance, he should have fringe QB1 upside. Fields is a true dual-threat QB, having racked up 1,133 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground across three collegiate seasons. He's also stepping into a better fantasy situation than you might think. The Bears skill-position group is solid, led by Allen Robinson, David Montgomery and second-year breakout candidate Darnell Mooney. And say what you will about Matt Nagy, but he coaxed a top-12 fantasy season (on a per-game basis) out of Mitchell Trubisky back in 2018. Needless to say, Fields is a vastly superior prospect. He also has history on his side, as we've seen a rookie QB produce a top-10 season in back-to-back years now.

1. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (ADP: QB16)

Baker Mayfield fantasy football outlook includes great sleeper potential in 2021.
Baker Mayfield fantasy football outlook includes great sleeper potential in 2021. / Jason Miller/Getty Images

What Baker Mayfield did in the second half last year is getting seriously overlooked. From Week 12-17, Mayfield was fantasy's QB8, averaging 20.5 points per game. He threw for 285.5 passing yards per outing with 11 touchdowns to 1 interception across that six-game span. That would've put him on a pace to throw for 4,568 yards. Now entering year two in Kevin Stefanski's system, this is the first offseason in his career where he hasn't had to deal with significant turnover or dysfunction from the coaching staff. And the return of Odell Beckham Jr. can only help matters. Mayfield should be in the low-end QB1 conversation right away, and he's got the potential to do a lot more. That's a great combination for someone being taken outside the top 15 at the position.

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