Now that he's with the Lions, Jared Goff figures to be among the least popular Fantasy quarterbacks in 2021 drafts. Not only has his Fantasy production declined over each of the past three seasons, but he finds himself in Detroit's rebuilding offense rather than in the comforting and aggressive offense in Los Angeles. Not that it matters, but Goff is coming off a career-high in completion rate but a four-year low in passing touchdowns and a three-year low in passing yards. It's hard to expect a rebound from Goff considering his opponents: three tough divisional defenses twice each along with matchups against the NFC West and AFC North. Between that and his declining profile, there's no reason to spend a draft pick on Goff except in two-QB formats as a low-end, mid- to late-round starter.
Goff seemed to be coming along a couple of years ago, which is why the Rams gave him a then-record extension in September 2019. Less than 2 years later, they paid Detroit a 1st-round pick to take on his contract, in exchange for a 33-year-old Matthew Stafford. If Goff has any real-life rebound potential or fantasy appeal, we’ll need to see it before buying in. An unexciting player lands in what looks like 1 of the league’s worst offensive situations -- especially at wideout. Pass in all formats.
The roller coaster ride that was Goff's five seasons with the Rams came to an end when he was traded to the Lions during the offseason. The 2016 first overall pick reached his peak with top-10 finishes in passing yardage, TDs and YPA during the 2017-18 seasons, but has thus far been able to produce only one top-10 fantasy campaign (seventh in 2018). The primary culprit has been a lack of rushing production, as he's yet to clear 108 yards on the ground in a single season. Goff now joins a rebuilding Lions' team with a few good, young weapons in D'Andre Swift and TJ Hockenson, but without a strong WR room. Goff is a fringe QB2 with little upside.
Jared Goff will get a fresh start after Sean McVay and the Rams seemed to lose confidence in their young franchise passer over the course of the 2020 season. Goff's production fell off dramatically last season, as he failed top top 4,000 yards passing and threw only 20 touchdowns. It was not just the decreasing production and inefficiency that led to Goff's downfall in Los Angeles. Turnovers were a major issue for Goff. He threw 41 interceptions and fumbled 29 times over the last three seasons. A fresh start could rejuvenate Goff's career but there is also the risk his struggles could increase given the awful supporting cast in Detroit. The Lions wide receiver corps is made up entirely of journeymen and unproven youngsters. Given his lack of rushing upside and lack of weapons, it is hard to get excited about Goff's fantasy prospects in 2021. He profiles as a low-end QB2 with limited fantasy upside.