2021 Fantasy QB Sleepers: Late-Round Breakout Quarterbacks To Draft

Frank AmmiranteSenior Sports Writer
Last Updated: Aug 31, 2022

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With 2021 fantasy football drafts approaching, here are some deep 2021 fantasy QB sleepers to draft in the late rounds. We’re focusing on 2021 fantasy QB sleepers typically selected after Pick 100 in 2021 fantasy football drafts. See which 2021 fantasy quarterback sleepers to target for value.

2021 Fantasy QB Sleepers: Late-Round Breakout Football Players To Draft

2021 fantasy football ADP for this 2021 fantasy quarterback sleepers list comes from Underdog Fantasy, current as of Wednesday, June 9.

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (117.3 ADP)

Lawrence enters his rookie season as the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck. He’s a pro-ready blue chip who should be able to make an immediate impact. Lawrence has the ability to make big plays downfield along with some rushing upside, having rushed for 563 yards in his sophomore season at Clemson.

Of course he’s a 2021 fantasy football dynasty league gem, but doubt him in Year 1 at your own risk.

The Jaguars offense is flush with young playmakers, such as wide receivers D.J. Chark and Laviska Shenault, as well as running backs Travis Etienne and James Robinson. The team also added veteran wideout Marvin Jones Jr., making this one of the most underrated offenses in the NFL.

The Jaguars are still rebuilding their defense, which projects to be one of the worst in football, so Lawrence will be forced to air it out and play catch-up in shootouts this season. He’ll also get to take advantage of the Titans and Texas sub-par defenses twice per year.

Lawrence is a dual-threat quarterback with the upside to turn in a Justin Herbert-like rookie season. With a strong supporting cast, porous defense, and weak division, he checks off all the boxes of an ideal quarterback target past pick-100.

2021 Fantasy QB Sleepers: Late-Round Breakout Quarterbacks To Draft

Trevor Lawrence is set up for immediate success with a young, loaded Jacksonville Jaguars squad, making him a 2021 fantasy QB sleeper to target. (Image: USA TODAY Sports)

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins

(139.6 ADP)

Tagovailoa finished as QB28 in fantasy points per game in what was a disappointing rookie season, but we can give him a mulligan because he spent most of his offseason rehabbing his serious hip injury. This is a quarterback with premium draft capital who should be able to bounce back in Year 2.

The Dolphins prioritized speed this offseason by snagging two wideouts who can excel downfield. Miami signed Will Fuller and used its first-round pick on Tua’s former Alabama teammate Jaylen Waddle. These two additions should open up the entire offense, allowing wide receiver DeVante Parker and tight end Mike Gesicki to make plays underneath.

The offensive additions should bolster Tua, who now enters his second season fully healthy. It’s a huge year for him: If he should falter, we could see the Dolphins start to look for his replacement. Now playing in an upgraded offense with a chip on his shoulder, Tua looks like an appealing late-round target.

We saw how offensive upgrades helped Josh Allen last season, perhaps Tua can take a similar leap in his development as a passer. We could also see the former Alabama star rush more often now that he’s fully healthy. Tua is a terrific late-round quarterback target this season.

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Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (144.2 ADP)

Cousins finished as QB11 in fantasy points per game last season. He finished the year on fire, throwing for 23 touchdowns with only three interceptions and ranking as QB6 in fantasy points per game in his last nine games. With a strong supporting cast and upgraded offensive line, Cousins could approach the Top-12 at his position.

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson is a superstar, while Adam Thielen continues to chug along as a dependable veteran with symbiotic chemistry with Cousins. Tight end Irv Smith Jr. is on the verge of a breakout and running back Dalvin Cook is one of the best in the league. Cousins has an assortment of weapons at his disposal.

The Vikings used their first-round pick on offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw, addressing their biggest need with pass protection. Cousins should be able to have a cleaner pocket without playing under duress as often as last season. The Vikings defense is not what it once was, so we could see more shootouts in Minnesota.

Cousins also adds a bit on the ground, especially in the red zone, where he has totaled 16 touchdowns in his last six seasons. He’s one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the NFL who could also be playing with a chip on his shoulder with the Vikings rumored to have targeted Justin Fields in this year’s draft. Cousins looks like a high-floor option among 2021 fantasy quarterback sleepers in the later rounds.

Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants (163.9 ADP)

Jones had a disappointing sophomore season, finishing as QB29 in fantasy points per game, but as with Tua in Miami, his arrow is pointing up in 2021. The Giants also did a great job at surrounding their young quarterback with more talent, signing wide receiver Kenny Golladay and drafting another one in Kadarius Toney.

These two additions join running back Saquon Barkley and tight end Evan Engram, as well as wideouts Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard to give Jones an impressive supporting cast. We also have to consider that this offense has been riddled with injuries throughout Jones’ career, so he hasn’t had the opportunity to play with each of his skill players too often.

Jones is also intriguing because of his rushing upside. He ran for 423 yards and a touchdown in 14 games last year, including an impressive 80-yard run against the Eagles on Thursday Night Football. This gives him a nice floor in games where he struggles as a passer.

Jones is my favorite late-round 2021 fantasy quarterback sleeper on this list because of his stacked supporting cast and dual-threat ability. It’s a make-or-break year for the third-year quarterback, who should be able to take it to the next level, especially with Golladay. Golladay excels at contested catches, and Jones is a good downfield passer, making this the perfect fit.

More 2021 Fantasy Quarterback Sleepers To Watch & Consider

  • Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers (122.8 ADP)
  • Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (132 ADP)
  • Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers (173.9 ADP)
  • Zach Wilson, New York Jets (176.2 ADP)
  • Cam Newton, New England Patriots (210.7 ADP)

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Frank Ammirante

Frank Ammirante is a Senior Sports Writer at The Game Day. Previously, he wrote for 4for4 Football and RotoBaller. Frank is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer's Association while maintaining an active presence within the community. He has competed in industry contests like the Scott Fish Bowl, The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and more. Frank will be making his debut in Tout Wars this year. He's got a diverse sporting background, but specializes in football and baseball.

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