Justin Herbert 2021 Fantasy Football Tip: How Big A Leap Does Talented QB Take?

Last Updated: Jul 14, 2023

Juan Carlos Blanco offers his Justin Herbert 2021 Fantasy Football Tip. See our full 2021 fantasy football draft coverage.

Justin Herbert 2021 Fantasy Football Tip

Justin Herbert 2020 Fantasy Football Recap

Justin Herbert 2020 Fantasy Football Ranking (PPR)

10th Overall, QB10

Justin Herbert 2020 Stats:

  • 396 completions
  • 595 attempts
  • 4,336 yards
  • 31 TDs
  • 10 INTs
  • 55 attempts
  • 234 rushing yards
  • 5 TDs
  • 15 games

Justin Herbert 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

An ill-fated pain-killing injection to Tyrod Taylor’s ribs before a Week 2 game against the Kansas City Chiefs changed the course of history for both the veteran quarterback and Herbert, who unexpectedly drew his first start of his career that day and never looked back.

Herbert would go on to throw for 311 yards that day, the first of eight such tallies for the No. 6 overall pick in 2020.

Herbert was a proverbial fantasy goldmine throughout the season, quickly adapting to the pro game and displaying excellent ball security for a first-year signal caller. The Oregon product displayed excellent rapport with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, both of whom will return as his top receivers in 2021. However, he’s swapped out Hunter Henry (60-613-4 on 93 targets) for capable veteran Jared Cook, and there could certainly be an acclimation period between Herbert and his new tight end.

A potential bump in the road for Herbert from a fantasy perspective this coming season could be a lack of WR depth. The Chargers opted to not round out the latter portion of their wideout corps, opting to put their faith in the continued development of Jalen Guyton and Tyron Johnson, who each had their moments in 2020.

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Justin Herbert 2021 Fantasy Football Draft Value (PPR)

Herbert will be working under a new offensive coordinator in Joe Lombardi this season, with the latter having spent the last five seasons as quarterbacks coach for Drew Brees in New Orleans. Considering the fact he has a normal offseason, training camp and preseason to work with — as well as his already demonstrated ability to pick up a system quickly — Herbert should be able to hit the ground running in 2021.

However, if Allen goes down, Herbert’s fantasy production will undoubtedly suffer, even with an excellent pass-catching back in Austin Ekeler in addition to Williams, Cook and the aforementioned young receivers at his disposal.


Juan Carlos Blanco

Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports since 1997 and actively writing about the fantasy sports and sports betting industries since 2015 for multiple websites. He has covered a wide variety of professional sports leagues, including the NFL, MLB, NBA, CFL, Arena Football League, Alliance of American Football, XFL, NPB and KBO. He was the recipient of the FSWA's 2016 Newcomer of the Year award for his work with RotoWire.

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