NFL Fantasy – Top 5 Quarterbacks 2022
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The NFL Fantasy is extremely popular worldwide and has almost the same amount of active followers as the Fantasy Premier League. In this article, we’ll break down which quarterbacks you should pick for your Fantasy team, which quarterbacks you should avoid, and which quarterbacks are the best sleepers.
Top 5 Fantasy Quarterbacks 2022
Josh Allen was exceptional last season. He scored more than 400 fantasy points for the second year in a row. From a fantasy perspective, he was the best quarterback, and that will probably be the case this year as well.
The Buffalo Bills quarterback is still surrounded by great wide receivers (Stefon Diggs, Gabriel Davis, Dawson Knox), while a certain number of throws will also go to his running backs. No doubt, Allen is looking forward to another great season, and if you have the opportunity to draft him, do it.
Joe Burrow exploded last season. He returned from his injury (torn ACL and MCL) after ten months, but it left no trace on his game. Although the Cincinnati Bengals were projected to finish last in the AFC North, Burrow led his team to the Super Bowl.
By fantasy standards, he was the seventh-best quarterback, and now he will surely take another step forward. A number of 34 last year touchdowns will certainly be even higher if injuries bypass him.
In the last four years, Patrick Mahomes has been considered the best quarterback in the NFL, but last season was the worst in that time span. He had a personal (negative) record of regular season interceptions (13), and that’s why Mahomes was only the fourth-best quarterback in fantasy.
Many believe that Tyreek Hill’s departure will further reduce Mahomes numbers, but the Kansas City Chiefs offensive system will remain the same. This means that the number of throws won’t decrease, and Mahomes will be much more comfortable with his offensive line than was the case last year.
Justin Herbert was second in passing yards last season, while only Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford had more touchdowns than the Los Angeles Chargers superstar. There is no reason for the young quarterback not to continue in the same rhythm this year.
The Los Angeles Chargers offense is loaded with weapons like Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Austin Ekeler. Herbert used all of them, and he is even able to gain rushing yards when space opens up. Either way, it will be a surprise if he isn’t a top-5 fantasy quarterback at the end of the regular season.
Although Russell Wilson is not in the top 8 fantasy quarterbacks according to a large number of rankings, that thinking is quite naive. In the past few years, the Seattle Seahawks offensive line has been disastrous, and that has been a key reason for Wilson’s weaker numbers.
Denver Broncos offensive line is also not top 10, but it is much better than the one that protected Wilson in the past five years. While the Broncos don’t have wide receivers like Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, players like Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton will be able to catch a same number of Wilson’s throws.
Five „Good“ Quarterbacks You Should Avoid This Season
Although he turned 45 a few weeks ago, Tom Brady will continue to play football. Given that he had the most touchdown passes last season (43) and was the second-best fantasy quarterback, there is no reason not to continue. However, the situation in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be quite different.
Rob Gronkowski is no longer here, and it is possible that there will be some changes in the offensive system after head coach Bruce Arians retired. All of this could affect Brady’s weaker season, as well as possibility that he will get injured at some point or that his performance will simply decline due to age.
Aaron Rodgers is considered the most talented quarterback who played football in the 21st century, but he will also be remembered for many playoff disappointments. Something like that happened last season as well. Because of this, Rodgers seriously considered leaving the Green Bay Packers, but he eventually changed his mind.
Unlike him, Davante Adams went to the Las Vegas Raiders, so Rodgers lost his favorite target and one of the best wide receivers in the league at this moment. Given his individual quality, Rodgers will probably still be a top 15 fantasy quarterback, but he’ll have a hard time finishing in the top 8. Simply, there are no excellent wide receivers in Green Bay at the moment.
After winning the MVP title in 2019, Lamar Jackson’s game has stagnated over the past two years. Last season, he had a record number of interceptions (more than one per game), and his quarterback rating was only 87.
In addition, wide receiver Hollywood Brown signed with the Arizona Cardinals, so the Baltimore Ravens receiving corps is also weaker this year. Jackson will certainly be better than many quarterbacks in the league, but top 10 isn’t realistic for him, maybe not even top 15, considering only fantasy points.
This is smart as a precaution. Matthew Stafford had the season of his life in his first year with the Los Angeles Rams. He won the Super Bowl, tied the record number of touchdown passes (41), and was a top 5 quarterback by all fantasy standards. If he is healthy, Stafford will bring a lot of points to all fantasy owners, but there is one big problem.
Reports say that Stafford has been suffering from abnormal elbow pain for the last few weeks, and he has missed a large number of practices lately. Injuries like this are always tricky, and it could easily happen that Stafford misses a number of games this season. That could kill your fantasy season if you don’t have a good replacement for him.
This is a no-brainer. Deshaun Watson will miss the first six games of the season due to suspension, and that number may increase. Also, Watson didn’t play last season, and his form is certainly questionable.
If you have the option to draft Watson in a late round and keep him as your backup quarterback, that can be a solid draft option. But pinning any hope on his services is a disaster.
Looking at fantasy quarterback rankings, Kirk Cousins is almost nowhere in the top 10, and in a lot of articles, he’s outside the top 15. In our opinion, that’s insane. Although he had many disagreements with former head coach Mike Zimmer during last season, Cousins still had statistically one of the best years in his career.
His passer rating was over 103, and he was the ninth-best quarterback in fantasy points. With a new offensive-minded head coach (Kevin O’Connell), Cousins’ numbers could skyrocket, which could launch him into a top-5 quarterback this season. Especially if you know how good wide receivers the Minnesota Vikings have.
Jameis Winston tore his ACL last year and missed more than half the season as a result. However, up to that moment, he had a passer rating of 102.8, and if he had played at the same rhythm until the end, he would certainly finish as a top 10 fantasy quarterback.
Sean Payton’s departure will affect the New Orleans Saints offense, but unlike last year, Winston will have Michael Thomas. Drafting Winston as a starting quarterback might be a surprisingly good option, but if you can get him as a backup quarterback in late draft rounds, that would be perfect.
This is the „make it or break it“ season for Daniel Jones. He is entering the last year of his contract, and if he does not shine, the New York Giants will be looking for a new quarterback next winter. If that happens, Jones will hardly get another chance to be a starter in the NFL.
Still, Jones showed talent early in his career, but he was surrounded by disastrous coaches. Now there is Brian Daboll, who has worked wonders with the Buffalo Bills offense, and if he is unable to turn Jones’ career around then, he is a lost cause.
Much like Jones, this is a “now or never” season for Tua Tagovailoa. The Miami Dolphins have made a head coaching change, and Mike McDaniel is in charge now. Also, one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, Tyreek Hill, was signed between two seasons.
Those two facts should have a big impact on Tagovailoa’s numbers. Don’t be shocked if the young quarterback is ranked among the top 8 in fantasy at the end of the regular season.
Trevor Lawrence failed miserably last season. The first pick from last year’s draft had only 12 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions. Statistically, he was one of the worst quarterbacks in the entire league. However, in the last week of the regular season, he played arguably his best match against the Indianapolis Colts and thus hinted at better days ahead.
When you know what kind of circus was around the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, it’s not impossible that such an atmosphere influenced Lawrence’s poor performances. With Doug Pederson as the new head coach, things could be much better for Lawrence this year. Don’t take any chances with him as starting quarterback on your fantasy team, though. As a backup, that would be an excellent choice.