I've been impressed by Joe Burrow. He's coming back from a torn ACL, and working behind a suspect offensive line and with a coaching staff that (my opinion) is questionable. But he's got a nice array of receiving talent around him, and he's been getting the most out of them.
While working on the Bengals write-up for the latest Weekly, I noticed that Burrow has thrown at least 2 TDs in every game so far. While he's not putting up monster games with 4 or 5 TDs, that kind of consistency is nice to have on your side in a fantasy league, and it's rarer than you might think.
After five games, there are only 2 quarterbacks who have put up at least 2 TDs in every game: Patrick Mahomes, and Joe Burrow.
In this table, showing all quarterbacks who've started all 5 games this season, the TD column only shows touchdown passes, but the "games with 2 TDs" includes rushing scores. That's how Sam Darnold shows up with 4 games with 2 TDs even though he's only thrown 6 this season. But even when including rushing scores, Mahomes and Burrow are the only guys with 2 TDs in every game so far.
|QB GAMES WITH 2 TDS, 2021|
Three of the players at the very bottom of the list are rookies, which shows the risk in counting on one of these players as a fantasy quarterback. Trevor Lawrence should be great one day, and maybe soon, but for now if you want a quarterback getting you that reliable weekly fantasy production, the floor of a couple of touchdowns per game, you're better off avoiding those first-year guys.