Saturday, January 23, 2021

Fantasy Football Rankings: Conference Championship Game QB Rankings

The 2020-21 NFL season is down down to four teams and three games to go with the Conference Championship Games this weekend and Super Bowl LV in two weeks in Tampa.

More rankings for this weekend's games:

Here are our quarterback rankings for Sunday's games:

1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Taking all of the reps at practice on Wednesday and Thursday, Mahomes clearing concussion protocol on Friday was not much of a surprise. While the 2019 NFL MVP will be under center on Sunday, he's also dealing with a toe injury as well.

That said, Mahomes projects as our top-scoring fantasy quarterback for the week. While Mahomes threw for only 225 yards in his regular-season matchup against the Bills, his 80.77% completion percentage (21-of-26) was a season high. With the most talented duo of pass-catchers (Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce) at his disposal, Mahomes and the Chiefs have the highest implied total for Sunday's games.

2. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills

Making an even greater year-over-year jump in 2020, Allen had an MVP-caliber season as he shattered previous career highs in completion percentage (69.2%), passing yards (4,544, 7.9/A) and passing touchdowns (37, 6.5%). While he set or tied career lows in rushing yards (421) and touchdowns (eight), the fact that those are "lows" shows how much of a threat he is as a runner as well.

As great of a season as Allen has had, things did not go so well against the Chiefs in Week 6. In that loss, Allen completed only 14-of-27 (51.85%) for 122 yards (4.52 Y/A), two touchdowns and an interception.

Since Week 9, however, Allen has played his best football. Over that 10-game span (including two playoff wins), Allen has compiled a 24-to-five TD-to-INT ratio and added five more rushing scores.

3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

The favorite to win the MVP award, Rodgers led the league in completion percentage (70.7%), passing touchdowns (48) and TD% (9.1) as well as INT% (1.0) and passer rating (121.5). In his age-37 season, he led the league's highest-scoring offense.

The one game that did not look like the others this season was his performance against the Buccaneers, where Rodgers completed less than half of his pass attempts (16-of-35) for 160 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in a 38-10 road loss. While the Buccaneers have a talented defense, we should expect a much better performance from Rodgers at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

4. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the most talented group of pass-catchers in his career, Brady threw for 4,633 yards, 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The 40 touchdowns were the second-most of his career and his 6.6% TD% was his highest since 2010. In his first season with the Bucs, Brady scored the eighth-most fantasy points in 2020.

Like other quarterbacks on this list, Brady's regular-season matchup against this week's opponent was one of his more modest performances. Given that the Buccaneers won that game by a 28-point margin, Brady threw only 27 pass attempts for 166 yards (6.15 Y/A) and two touchdowns.

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