For my fantasy quarterback tiers this year, I adhered solely to putting the groups in tiers, so there's no corresponding number ranking with each. The primary reason I chose to do this is fluidity.
For one, if I say I grab a quarterback’s primary receiver, I might be more likely to grab that quarterback afterward. But somehow hypothetically seeing a 16 instead of a 19 next to a player's name could at least subconsciously impact how you view these rankings. Secondly, while I have Sam Darnold ranked higher than Jared Goff today, I might easily flip them two or three weeks from now.
Tiers are still a very valuable draft tool. Let’s say you have the ninth pick in a 12-team draft and are in an odd-numbered late round. You find yourself looking to grab a second quarterback, but just missed out on Jacob Eason and Andy Dalton. There is no reason to grab that second quarterback now as most of the next tier should still be available with your next pick.
You should also be aware that I tried to group certain types of quarterbacks together. It will all make sense as you read through my 2021 quarterback tiers.
Fantasy Football Tiers: Quarterback Rankings 2021
— Tiers by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Contributor Network, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.