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Andy Hicks on Sep 8: Josh Allen has been the number one fantasy quarterback for two straight years. Three in.a row is highly likely. Even his rushing numbers increased. With over 35 passing touchdowns as well, he does it all.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Allen has been the No. 1 fantasy quarterback in back-to-back seasons, so he understandably will be the first signal-caller off the board in most leagues. But Brian Daboll's departure and the added risk of his running the ball 100+ times makes him a high risk/high reward option.
Jeff Haseley on Aug 28: Not many running quarterbacks also have an arm that can win games when needed. Josh Allen is that unicorn that can do both effectively.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: The race for QB1 has been between Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes for two years but Allen has finished with more fantasy points both seasons. He's averaged over 24 fantasy points per game and has ascended as the clear cut QB1 in fantasy. He was one of the most consistent quarterbacks last season and his rushing upside is too hard to pass up. Allen had 122 carries last season for 763 yards and six touchdowns.
Andy Hicks on Sep 8: The loss of Tyreek Hill will be significant, but there are many options for Patrick Mahomes to still be one of the best options in fantasy football. The Chiefs will need to be cognisant of the next generation of stars to keep Patrick Mahomes at his best. He is one of the safest elite quarterbacks with the upside to be the best.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Mahomes has now finished outside the Top 3 for three years consecutively, but he's never finished worse than QB6. While some will worry about Tyreek Hill's departure, I suspect the Chiefs offense won't skip a beat particularly as the play-calling emphasizes a more balanced approach now.
Kevin Coleman on May 29: The vaunted Kansas City Chiefs offense has struggled the last two seasons but Mahomes was still able to finish as QB4 last season. Mahomes may not be QB1 anymore but he is still just 26 years old and had 12 weekly top-12 QB finishes in 2021. Mahomes did lose All-Pro WR Tyreek Hill and only time will tell how that offense looks without him. Mahomes also threw 16 interceptions last season and will be throwing to three brand new receivers.
Andy Hicks on Sep 8: Justin Herbert has quickly established himself as one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL. He also successfully navigated the tricky situation of a new regime in his second season. As a dynasty prospect there are few better. There is talent that will be made better by Herbert. A safe option in all formats
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Herbert built off a stellar rookie year and ascended into the truly elite, finishing as QB3. With all his key teammates returning, and coaching continuity, expect more of the same.
Craig Lakins on Aug 8: He's done nothing but impress since taking over the starting job. He's capable of putting up huge fantasy outputs every time he takes the field.
Kevin Coleman on May 29: Justin Herbert finished last season as QB2 in fantasy and averaged 23.0 FPTS/G. He threw 300 yards in nine games last season and attempted 35 passes in 14 games in 2021. His arm talent is special and the Chargers have done an excellent job building up his offensive line. With Mike Williams and Keenan Allen returning in 2022 the sky is the limit for Herbert in 2022. He could be a dark-horse overall QB1 candidate.
Andy Hicks on Sep 8: Joe Burrow had a great fantasy season with 4611 passing yards, with 34 passing touchdowns and 2 on the ground. That was only good enough to rank eighth in a sign of how high expectations are for quarterbacks in fantasy football. Can he improve on those numbers? Probably not by a lot, which makes him a nice bottom end QB1 with little prospect of more.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Burrow's pass attempts (520) were much lower than expected, but the recipe worked for the Bengals all the way to a Super Bowl appearance. The only fly in the ointment was a porous offensive line, but the front office spent a fortune on fixing that in free agency. Burrow's lack of rushing keeps him from having No. 1 overall ceiling, but he's firmly in the top-10 conversation.
Kevin Coleman on May 29: Joe Burrow had a season for the ages in 2021 leading the Bengals to the Super Bowl and finishing as QB5 in fantasy. Burrow led the league in passing attempts per game his rookie season and averaged 32.5 attempts in 2021. Burrow is surrounded by two possible WR1s in Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins. The Bengals also made big improvements to his offensive line this season. Burrow should be a shoo-in as a Top 6 fantasy quarterback for the next five years barring an injury.
Andy Hicks on Sep 8: At his best Lamar Jackson is one of the scariest fantasy quarterbacks to be up against. Last year showed us that he is not there as a passer and loses Marquise Brown to boot. You draft him hoping he returns to 2019 form, but need to have a strong backup should the wheels fall off. A weird contract dispute clouds his fantasy worth as a dynasty prospect.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Jackson only played 12 games last year and is embroiled in an unsettled contract situation. On a per-game basis, Jackson remains a must-start quarterback in every league format. But the durability and lack of progression as a passer are cause for concern.
Kevin Coleman on May 29: Through the first thirteen weeks of the 2021 season, Lamar Jackson was the QB7 in fantasy. Jackson would have easily passed his career-high of 3,127 passing yards in a season had he stayed healthy and looked to have turned a corner as a passer in 2021. The most encouraging improvement was the Raven's passing game which jumped from dead last in 2020 to 13th in 2021. Lamarâ€™s rushing upside has never been in question, and he should see an increase in rushing touchdowns next season after only rushing for two in 2021. If Lamar can add more consistency in his passing game, he could be a darkhorse candidate to finish as QB1 in 2022.
Andy Hicks on Sep 8: Freshly signed to a new contract, Kyler Murray faces a crucial year as he tries to establish himself as an elite NFL quarterback. There were warning signs last year that he isnâ€™t there yet and with DeAndre Hopkins absent for a significant time, I would hope for the upside, but plan for the downside. In dynasty he is more risky as he needs to prove he can play to an elite level regularly.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Murray only played 14 games last year, but his play remains consistent on a per-game basis. He's a very good fantasy quarterback, but he hasn't shown enough growth to be considered elite. With D. Hopkins suspended and C. Kirk gone, it's unclear whether the offense is capable of more.
Kevin Coleman on May 29: There are a ton of questions revolving around Kyler Murray's dynasty value. He finished as QB11 last season after being our for four games with an injury. He also lost star receiver DeAndre Hopkins for six games for violating the NFL's Performance Enhancing Drug policy. With Hopkins out we saw Murray's fantasy production dip but the addition of Marquise Brown should make up for Hopkin's suspension. Murray still offers "konami" upside and could be a league winner once Hopkins comes back from his suspension.
Andy Hicks on Sep 8: Jalen Hurts had to love the Eagles trading for A.J. Brown in an effort to lift his passing numbers. As a rushing quarterback 10 rushing touchdiowns makes him very fantasy relevant. Until he lifts those passing numbers, there has to be concern about his long term viability,
Jason Wood on Aug 29: The Eagles fully committed to the run as the season progressed, and it turned their fortunes around. But then they traded for A.J. Brown and paid him $25 million per season. Will the coaches unleash Hurts and the passing attack this year? I'm not betting on it, but Hurts rushing prowess gives him a top-10 floor, if healthy.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: The riskiest dynasty asset to have on your roster this off-season is Jalen Hurts. Hurts will undoubtedly be a top eight fantasy quarterback this season but his future is murky at best. The Eagles own two first round picks next year and they could easily draft a quarterback with either pick. Hurts though is a quarterback you should add to any win now roster based on his rushing upside and with the addition of A.J. Brown to the Eagles WR Corps.
Andy Hicks on Sep 17: I had ranked Dak Prescott higher as a dynasty option than most, but with an injury and a Dallas offense likely to struggle when he returns, he needs to be reevaluated and moved below players with more upside. Maybe The Cowboys miss him more and he can come back and finish 2022 strong, but until that happens he drops significantly
Jason Wood on Aug 29: To hear some analysts, you would think the Cowboys offense was awful last year. Yet, they were No. 1 in points (530) and yards (6,919). Prescott put up monstrous numbers again (69% completion rate, 6.2% TD rate, 7.5 yards per attempt), and should be fine as long as Michael Gallup, Jalen Tolbert, and James Washington can approximate Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson's roles.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Dak Prescott finished as QB10 last year averaging just under 20 FPTS/G. He struggled in the middle of the season but finished the last three games averaging 28.7 FPTS/G and should still be ranked as a top seven dynasty asset. While Dallas did lose Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson in free agency they added Jalen Tolbert and James Washington to those roles and CeeDee Lamb should have a third year breakout in 2022. Add in Dalton Schultz and Dak Prescott has one of the safest floors of any quarterback around his ADP.
Andy Hicks on Sep 8: The long drawn out saga of Deshaun Watson seems to have finally been resolved. A lengthy suspension derails his 2022 season, but not as much as was expected. Having missed the 2021 season as well, rust is expected and it may not be until the 2023 season before he becomes a decent fantasy quarterback in. Much better as a dynasty prospect than redraft and best ball.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Watson settled for an 11-game suspension, which allows him to gain a year of service time and set his massive extension in motion. But it also means he's undraftable in standard 10- and 12-team redrafts, unless you have deep benches. But don't forget about him because by midseason he'll be one of the best waiver claims and could help a team win the fantasy playoffs down the stretch.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Until we know what Watson's suspension will be we are just projecting his dynasty value right now. What we do know is that a healthy Watson is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. In his last full season he led the NFL in passing yards and finished as QB5. Pending on the looming suspension Watson is a value right now in dynasty leagues.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Lawrence's rookie season wasn't bad, it was abysmal. Few rookies in NFL history have had that kind of season and amounted to more than a league-average starter for their careers. But the Urban Meyer effect cannot be discounted, and many will be tempted to give Lawrence a do-over. Caveat emptor, but don't completely rule out a comeback for the ages.
Craig Lakins on Jun 26: I'm willing to give Trevor a mulligan for the Urban Meyer fiasco. Once the NFL game "clicks" for him, he has all the tools to be dangerous.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Trevor Lawrence had a terrible season in 2021. Despite starting the entire season he would finish as QB23 overall and threw just 12 touchdowns against 17 interceptions. Luckily for Lawrence Urban Mayer was fired and they brought in Doug Pederson as their head coach. The Jaguars added WR Christian Kirk and will get RB Travis Etienne back this year. Even with those additions Lawrence could struggle. If he can finish as a top 15 QB then you should be happy with his dynasty outlook.
Andy Hicks on Sep 8: After 10 years in Seattle, the last with a seeming desire to move on, Russell Wilson got his wish by being traded to Denver. His career with the Seahawks is hall-of-fame worthy, but that means nothing for his Broncos career. One of his fantasy strengths was in noticeable decline last year with his lowest ever rushing numbers. At his age, you would not expect much from this crucial area for fantasy success. That leaves him as almost a pure passer, almost anachronistic in today's NFL. With Denver likely to lean on Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon III, Wilson will have time to learn a new offense and develop rapport with a good group of receivers. Wilson could push QB1 numbers, but I would be careful expecting this automatically.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Wilson wasn't a top-10 fantasy quarterback last year, breaking an eight-year streak. But as we've seen from Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford, veteran quarterbacks can light it up immediately in new surroundings. The Broncos' supporting cast is capable of powerhouse productivity, and Wilson will be re-energized as he pushes for another title.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Russell Wilson has been an efficient quarterback on the field and in fantasy. His only finish outside the Top 12 in fantasy the last eight seasons was QB19, which was last season after dealing with a fractured finger. If you adjust his finish to only account for PPG, he finished as QB13 in 2021. In Wilson's new home in Denver, he'll be surrounded by Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Javonte Williams, Albert Okwuegbunam, Tim Patrick, and K.J. Hamler. You could argue it is the best talent Wilson has ever played with, and they fit what Wilson does well. Since 2016, Wilson has been the best deep-ball thrower in the NFL with a quarterback rating of 110.8 and has averaged over 30 air yards per attempt. In this Denver system, he should easily finish as a top-eight quarterback in 2022.
Andy Hicks on Sep 8: Matthew Stafford joining the Rams went perfectly as they hoped it would when the trade was execute. What to do for an encore? It is hard to see a decline. Then again it is hard to see improvement. Stafford seems locked into the mid range of QB1s and as a dynasty prospect should see three more years at a solid level of play.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Could last season have gone any better? After toiling for years in Detroit and being labeled as a compiler who "couldn't win the big one," Stafford puts up elite fantasy numbers and leads the Rams to a Super Bowl title. Expect more of the same this year, as Allen Robinson is a more than adequate replacement for Robert Woods.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Matthew Stafford had an incredible 2021 finishing as QB6 overall and averaging just over 20 FPTS/G. He threw for forty-one touchdowns in his first season with Sean McVay and could be in for an even bigger year in 2022. Stafford is ranked at 13 based on his age for me but should have two more elite years in fantasy.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: While the Dolphins were allegedly machinating for everyone from Tom Brady to Deshaun Watson, the chips fell in favor of building around Tagovailoa. The team has given the young quarterback a loaded receiving corps, so no more excuses. It's put up or shut up in 2022.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Mike McDaniel has all the pieces needed to build an elite offense in Miami. He has put in the best system possible for Tua's development as a quarterback. It is not inconceivable to see Miami be a top ten offense in the league this season and for Tua to finish as a low-end QB1. For the first time in his career, Tua is healthy and finally has an offensive system built around him. If you're looking for a late-round quarterback who can win your fantasy leagues by exceeding expectations, draft Tua Tagovailoa.
Andy Hicks on Sep 8: Kirk Cousins has finished as a starting fantasy quarterback in six of his last seven seasons, yet here he is again with his ADP outside the top 12. A new coaching group is always a concern, but consensus seems to be the offense will improve. If that is the case, Cousins is a great choice as a backup to a risky young rushing quarterback.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Cousins has been a top-12 quarterback in six of the last seven seasons, including a QB9 finish last year. No one seems to want him, but he always delivers in fantasy for a discounted draft cost.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Kirk Cousins is one of the most underrated fantasy quarterbacks in the NFL. He finished as QB11 last season and should be on everyone's radar for redraft. However in dynasty he's a one year asset for a win-now team. This may be the last season you can extract any value out of him as an asset. Plan accordingly.
Andy Hicks on Sep 8: Derek Carr has consistently rated near the middle of fantasy and NFL quarterbacks. With the arrival of Davante Adams, that should change. In his eight-year career, he only finished as a QB1 once. Last year and it was as the 12th ranked quarterback. Carr hasnâ€™t always had the best of coaching groups around him. Josh McDaniels isnâ€™t a sure-fire guy to change that, but he should bring an improved Offense. Carr is unlikely to break into the top six, but bottom-end QB1 easily outplays his draft slot.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Carr will be the darling expert pick this year with Josh McDaniels taking over and Davante Adams acquired. While Carr is capable of a QB1 season, don't overvalue the offseason changes particularly because Carr offers nothing as a runner. Carr has never cracked the Top 10 in eight seasons; history doesn't offer many comparable QBs who break out in their ninth year as a starter.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Derek Carr finished as QB12 last season and averaged just under 16 FPTS/G. That was without new receiver Davante Adams. Adding Adams to an offense with Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow should only push Carr's ceiling higher. The key question will be what will the Raider's offense look like with josh McDaniels as the head coach. While with the Patriots he operated a run-heavy offense which could hurt Carr's fantasy output.
Andy Hicks on Sep 8: For young quarterbacks to succeed, they need excellent coaching, strong targets, and development of their skills. Chicago decided to change head coaches and let Allan Robinson go. Justin Fields had a troublesome rookie season with only seven touchdowns and ten interceptions. His pass completion percentage was lower than that of Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, and Drew Lock. At the receiver, the Bears replaced Robinson with the fifth-string receiver from Kansas City and a rookie that was surprisingly selected several rounds ahead of expectations in Velus Jones Jr. Justin Fields does have elite rushing potential, but learning a second offense in two years is usually not the recipe for young quarterbacks to thrive.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: On paper, the Bears have a terrible receiving corps and subpar offensive line. Is the new front office committed to building around the young signal caller? I'm not sure, and you shouldn't be, either. Draft Fields as a high-ceiling QB2, not as your starter.
Craig Lakins on Jun 26: I really like Fields as a quarterback, but he is not set up for success in Chicago. Can he rise above his circumstances in year 2?
Kevin Coleman on May 30: In the last four games of that Justin Fields played in 2021 he averaged 20 FPTS/G and was a top twelve quarterback in the league. In those four games, he rushed for 257 yards and a touchdown and showed that he could be a dual-threat quarterback in the league. The Bears didn't make a ton of splashes in free agency or the draft which has some worried but Fields value isn't going to decline this season. He could easily finish as a high-end QB2 this season based on game scripts alone. Fade the noise surrounding Fields he's a top 12 dynasty quarterback.
Andy Hicks on Sep 8: The loss of Davante Adams is huge. Add in that he will be approaching 40 by the seasons end and his time as a fantasy star should be ending. It is unsure if any of the current receivers can lift production for Rodgers to reach elite levels again. If he has any value in dynasty, take it now before its too late,
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Rodgers has delivered efficient, elite production over many coaching, system, and personnel iterations. While Davante Adams' departure hurts, it would be silly to discount Rodgers much lower than the end of the QB1 tier.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Aaron Rodgers enters the season at 38 and just lost Davante Adams, one of the best receivers in the NFL to the Las Vegas Raiders. The Packers did very little to improve their WR corps and instead are betting on unproven pros and unproven rookies. Without Adams I would expect Rodgers to finish as a high-end QB2 for one of the first times in his career.
Andy Hicks on Sep 8: I would be more comfortable with Trey Lance if the 49ers traded Jimmy Garoppolo. There is no doubt he has the upside to be an elite fantasy quarterback, but for a team with Superbowl ambitions, an inexperienced quarterback with barely 100 real game passes in the last two years is on a short leash while Garoppolo is still a 49er. Is his arm able to take a full workload? Is he too reckless with his running? Relying on Lance to carry our fantasy team requires us to have another dependable option.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Most of us are assuming Lance will be the Week 1 starter, but the 49ers still have Garoppolo, so we need to let training camp give us guidance on how to value Lance in redrafts.
Craig Lakins on Jun 26: The potential for him to breakout is so enticing. The draft capital invested by the Niners says he'll get his chance to do so.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Out of every dynasty ranker at Footballguys I am the highest on Trey Lance. As my QB9 I'm projecting a big season for the former NDSU product. Even with Jimmy G on the roster and reports that he's underwhelming at OTAs I believe that Lance is a top ten dynasty asset. His ceiling is among the highest of the quarterbacks and his rushing upside is too good to pass up in fantasy. Kyle Shanahan will have a full year to incorporate Lance within his system and that should bode well for the young quarterback.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Mac Jones only threw 22 touchdowns in 17 games and offers next to nothing as a rusher. With the Patriots not having an offensive coordinator on staff, and only Devante Parker being added to the receiving room, Jones' doesn't have a top-10 ceiling even if things fall perfectly.
Jeff Haseley on Aug 28: I have a gut feeling that we have not begun to see how good Mac Jones can be. He doesn't have the rushing prowess to give him an extra fantasy boost but he has shown excellent accuracy and control of the game. Another year of experience will help increase his numbers. If he had 3,800 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions as a rookie, what can we expect in his second season? 4,500-28-15? If so, he's starting to creep into a relevant fantasy quarterback.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Mac Jones finished 2021 as QB17 overall averaging just 14 FPTS/G and while Mac played the best of the rookie quarterbacks of 2021 his fantasy ceiling is severely limited. In fantasy he will be a perennial QB2.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Zach Wilson's rookie season wasn't as bad as Trevor Lawrence's, but it wasn't good, either. When the likes of Josh Johnson are putting up better numbers in the system, we need to tread carefully.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Whether or not you believe in Zach Wilson as a quarterback everything about hios situation with the Jets has improved in 2022. They added RB Breece Hall and WR Garrett Wilson in the NFL draft. They improved their offensive line and Wilson could see the highest value bump of the other quarterbacks in this range.
Andy Hicks on Sep 8: At age 44 Tom Brady posted career highs in passing yardage and his second highest ever passing touchdown numbers. After a short term retirement we go through all this again. There has been no noticeable decline in his ability or thought process. It has to end one day, but when? Roll with confidence
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Another season, another year when Tom Brady can be had rounds cheaper than he should. Yes, he's 45 years old. Yes, he retired for thirty seconds this offseason. Who cares? He threw for 5,300 yards and 43 touchdowns last year, and all the key pieces return for another run at the Super Bowl.
Craig Lakins on Jun 26: As long as he's playing, he's going to produce at a high level. We should all stop trying to guess how much longer he'll go.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Tom Brady is the perfect quarterback to go buy on a win-now roster. He finished as QB3 last season and it would not surprise me to see him finish as a top 5 fantasy quarterback again in 2022.
Andy Hicks on Sep 8: Jameis Winston was kept on a tight playcalling schedule last year before his injury. His performance was admirable. With Sean Payton gone and the Saints likely to take a backward step, expect the team to rely on Winstonâ€™s magnificent arm to get the ball to a much improved receiving group. If he truly has limited the propensity for unnecessary turnovers, Winston will push for borderline starter status. Of course, there is a riskb here, but the upside is well worth the low asking price
Jason Wood on Aug 29: The front office seemed to reluctantly re-sign Winston after higher-end alternatives fell through, which isn't a resounding endorsement. He'll continue being a streaky player who's hard to trust in weekly lineups.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: One of the best values on the dynasty market right now is New Orleans quarterback Jameis Winston. The Saints added Chris Olave, Jarvis Landry, and should be getting a healthy Michael Thomas back on this offense. When healthy last season Winston was a top-15 quarterback in fantasy.
Andy Hicks on Sep 17: A full offseason as the known starter, Davis Mills started his second season with promise. He lacks receivers or a strong running game, but he makes good decisions and still has progression to make. As a dynasty option, he is a definite buy low long-term investment and should be usable at stages this year. He moves up a few spots over some older guys like Matt Ryan who may be more useful in 2022, but beyond that Mills is a guy to look at hard
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Mills was an afterthought this time a year ago, but the Texans committed to him early and his rookie season panned out well. We don't yet know if he can elevate a team to playoff contention, but he's certainly unlikely to be a total whiff, either.
Jeff Haseley on Aug 28: Davis Mills has a chance to take a step forward in 2022. He has the fingerprints of someone who might rise up the ranks. Statistically speaking, he had four games of 300-plus yards passing and five games where he had multiple touchdowns. In the last five games of 2021, he finished as the QB11 which saw him throw 9 touchdowns with 2 interceptions and an average of 251 yards passing. He is on the cusp of becoming fantasy relevant if he can build on a decent rookie season.
Craig Lakins on Jun 26: He looked promising as a rookie, but I wonder about Houston's long-term vision here. They should be in position to draft a nice QB in 2023 if they choose.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Davis Mills is one of the most overrated dynasty assets in fantasy right now and if you can move him for any tangible pieces I would do so. While he did look ok last season throwing for 2,664 yards and 16 touchdowns he is not a difference maker for fantasy football. He's a career backup. Sell while you can before the Texans add a quarterback in the draft.
Andy Hicks on Sep 8: Ryan Tannehill finished the 2021 season as a borderline QB1. Now, he is not even considered a decent backup. There is no threat to his role as a starter, barring the Titans being out of playoff contention. He has seven rushing touchdowns in each of the last two years and will provide reliable output in the passing game. Sure he may not have the upside of a younger quarterback, but he will be one of the safer options later in drafts to back up one of your elite options
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Julio Jones and A.J. Brown weren't the dynamic duo some expected, and now both are gone. A recovering Robert Woods and rookie Traylon Burks will have trouble matching Brown and company's production, at least in 2022. Tannehill is on the downtrend but his rushing upside keeps him in the low-end QB1 tier until further notice.
Craig Lakins on Jun 26: Feels like his days are numbered as a full-time starter. Not sure what kind of threat Malik Willis will be, but Titan fans are growing weary.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Out of every veteran quarterback on this list I'm worried about Ryan Tannehill. He lost A.J. Brown to the Eagles and finished with his lowest passer rating ever as a Titan. He has flat out unstartable in the middle of the year last season. The Titans did add rookie WR Treylon Burks and WR Robert Woods to the offense but Burks will need time to develop and Wood is coming off ACL surgery.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Pickett has looked like a gamer in early preseason action, while Mitch Trubisky has struggled. It's a matter of when, not if, the rookie takes command of the huddle.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Kenny Pickett was the only quarterback in the 2022 draft classto be drafted in the first round and that type of draft capital matters. He looks to be in a quarterback battle with Mitch Trubisky but should keep his value throughout the 2022 season. Pickett will start at some point in 2022 and in the Steelers offense he could be a fun QB2 option in Superflex leagues.
Andy Hicks on Sep 8: There have been far too many Philip Rivers comparisons with the arrival of Matt Ryan to Indianapolis. Ryan is a couple of years younger than the former Charger, still throws a beautiful ball and will have a much better offense than what he got in Atlanta last year. Ryan has life left. With a young and improving receiver group and the likely number one running back in the NFL, Ryan is a steal in fantasy drafts. His draft price is his floor. It is worth noticing that seven of his 12 career rushing touchdowns are in the last four years. No risk here. At 37, he has maybe 2-3 years left so is still a viable dynasty option
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Few quarterbacks have been as erratic as Ryan. In 14 seasons, Ryan has as a top-3 quarterback twice, and outside the Top 10 six times. He's coming off a QB17 finish in Atlanta, but the team was bereft of talent and stuck in neutral. Now he's a Colt and should return to top-10 to 14 value if he stays healthy.
Jeff Haseley on Aug 28: Matt Ryan is no stranger to 4,000-yard seasons, racking up 10 in his career. He is also extremely durable, missing only three games since he was drafted. The Colts are a run-first offense which means Ryan won't have to use his arm nearly as much as he did with Atlanta to win games. A top 20 finish is plausible given his history but a new offensive philosophy and an aging arm, may reverse the trend of what we've seen from him in the past.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Being traded to the Colts drastically improved Matt Ryan's fantasy stock. Ryan gets to play behind a much better offensive line anchored by Quenton Nelson, Ryan Kelly, and Braden Smith. Ryan finished in the top half of the league in accuracy from a clean pocket meaning having an improved offensive line should help his fantasy production. All-Pro running back Jonathan Taylor and WR Michael Pittman Jr. should elevate Ryan's play in 2022. There is a realistic chance he finishes as a high-end QB2 in 2022.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: 19 touchdowns in 14 games and a QB24 ranking tell the story. The Lions aren't going to morph into a high-volume passing attack with Goff under center, but contractually they probably aren't willing to give up on him yet.
Craig Lakins on Jun 26: Seems to have played his way into a future back-up role, but should have the full 2022 season without competition.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Jared Goff is the clear starter for the Lions in 2022. With improved weapons all over that offense he has sneaky upside as a QB2 in Superflex leagues. His ceiling is around 16 FPTS/G.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Can Brian Daboll and his staff unlock Daniel Jones' potential? Don't count on it, particularly because Daboll has several unsuccessful stints as a play-caller on his resume before he had the privilege of coordinating an offense with Josh Allen.
Craig Lakins on Jun 26: Willing to give him the Brian Daboll bump until proven wrong. He has talent to work with, but 2022 will be a prove-it year.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: The hope for Daniel Jones fantasy managers is that Brian Daboll can help fix Jones as a quarterback. Thats not something that has a high probability of success. The Giants will most likely be drafting a replacement in next years draft.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: In a league that puts inordinate value on starting quarterbacks, it speaks volumes Wentz has been traded away twice in two seasons. The Commanders have intriguing skill players, so view Wentz as a QB2 with upside in advantageous matchups.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Carson Wentz is a low-end QB2 who has now been traded twice in two seasons. Avoid him at all cost.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Garoppolo was expected to have a new home by now, but an injury clouded his market. There's no indication the 49ers are backing off plans to make Trey Lance the starter, but Jimmy G could still be the answer for a handful of needy teams in the coming months.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Jimmy Garoppolo is still on the 49ers which doesn't bode well for anyone's fantasy value. There is still a chance he gets traded with Carolina being a likely destination. Until then we are in wait and see mode with the quarterback.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Mayfield is always going to be volatile because his instincts are to be a gunslinger, but objectively he's been much better than Sam Darnold in every way. He's a high variance QB2 and worth starting in superflex leagues.
Craig Lakins on Jul 6: Mayfield gets his fresh start in Carolina. One would think he plays this season with some extra fire. He has a lot to prove. If he can effectively get the ball to a healthy Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore, he'll be just fine.
Kevin Coleman on Jul 6: Baker Mayfield was traded to the Carolina Panthers which will help his dynasty value. There are still question marks surrounding their offensive line and his fit on the team. But considering the situation he's leaving Mayfield should have the opportunity to reinvent himself in Carolina.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Ridder is raw and there are no guarantees he'll evolve into a long-term starter. But the Falcons have no incentive not to give him a try later this season because Marcus Mariota certainly isn't the answer beyond a one-year stopgap.
Craig Lakins on Jun 26: Atlanta is raving about his professionalism and preparedness so far. They will want to give him time to develop behind Mariota, but he might make it tough to keep him off the field for long.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Desmond Ridder landed in one of the best landing spts for a rookie quarterback looking to play this season. Marcus Mariota is nothing but a stop gap for the team and the team will need to see what they have in Ridder prior to next off-season. As a quarterback Ridder's rushing ability gives him upside for fantasy and we could him have a few big weeks late in the 2022 season.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Willis isn't a good passer, but he has the running ability that rivals Lamar Jackson. He would be fantasy-relevant thanks to his rushing prowess if Ryan Tannehill gets hurt. But don't expect him to beat out Tannehill in 2022 or 2023.
Craig Lakins on Jun 26: Took quite a tumble at the draft, but I'm excited to see what he can do as a pro. His rushing ability provides a nice floor for his fantasy production. Needs time to develop.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Watching Malik Willis fall in the draft was difficult. Willis has exciting tools that will be fine tuned before he's ready to step on the field but the Titans may take a chance on the young quarterback if Ryan Tannehill struggles this season. If Willis does start his rushing upside is his biggest asset.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Mariota bided his time as the Raiders backup and looks to be an unexpected beneficiary of the quarterback carousel. When the dust settled, he was the best-available option for Arthur Smith and the Falcons. But Desmond Ridder will almost certainly be given a chance to win the job as the season progresses.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Marcus Mariota will be in a battle with rookie Desmond Ridder to be the Falcons QB1 this season. In reality Mariota just offers rushing upside. Outside of that he is not a very good passer.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Is Mitch Trubisky the latest Matt Flynn? After backing up Josh Allen, Trubisky seemed to have won a new lease on life as the Steelers new starter. But then the team drafted Kenny Pickett and now Trubisky realistically has a few months to prove he can start elsewhere in 2023.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Trubisky is a career backup with a chance to start a few games this season for the Steelers. That will be his job interview for other teams around the league before he ultimately loses his starting job to Kenny Pickett.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: The hit rate on 5th-round quarterbacks is historically low, but Howell has passed early preseason tests. The first goal is to make the 53-man roster and then possibly compete for the Commanders gig in 2023 if Wentz isn't retained.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Sam Howell may be better than Carson Wentz but 5th round draft capital does not excite me as a fantasy manager. He's a long shot.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: The coaches said Geno Smith had the early edge on Drew Lock in minicamp. If the young signal-caller can't look better than Geno Smith in non-contact drills, he has almost no hope for fantasy relevance.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Drew Lock is locked in a tight battle with Geno Smith for the Seahawks QB1. While Lock has the physical tools he's yet to put it together completely at the position. However, if he does start this season he's a great QB3 for your dynasty rosters that you could plug and play when needed.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: The Seahawks are still deciding on their starter, but Smith has been given the edge throughout the summer.
Kevin Coleman on Jun 1: Huntley showed that he was a competent backup in 2021. He would complete 65% of his passes and throw for 1,081 yards and three touchdowns. Huntley's real value comes from his legs, where he showed to be a weapon in the Raven's offensive scheme, rushing for 294 yards and two touchdowns.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Teddy Bridgewater's only value would be if Tua Tagovailoa was to get hurt. Which based on Tua's injury history isn't out of the question. Even if teddy was to start he's not a very good fantasy option.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Brissett is an experienced backup and capable of at least keeping the Browns afloat in a run-heavy approach if Deshaun Watson is given a lengthy suspension.
Craig Lakins on Jun 26: Not hard to envision him playing meaningful snaps as a rookie if Darnold struggles. His game has limitations, but he's as tough as they come.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: The Carolina Panthers traded back into the 3rd round to draft Matt Corral. As of now Corral will be battling it out with Sam Darnold. Darnold struggled last season as the Panthers quarterback and this competition is wide-open. If Corral can win the job the Panther's offense does have enough weapons to make him fantasy relevant.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Baker Mayfield's acquisition ends another sad chapter in Sam Darnold's starting career.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Sam Darnold started off the season as good as any quarterback scoring a combined ten touchdowns and averaging just over 24 FPTS/G. Unfortunately for the Panthers that trend did not continue and Darnold struggled down the stretch. There is a small glimmer of hope for him as a quarterback but its fading quickly.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Love is still one Aaron Rodgers injury away from piloting a contender. But with Davante Adams gone, it's hard to imagine Love being fantasy relevant even if his number is called.
Craig Lakins on Jun 26: He just has not shown anything on the field in his limited opportunities thus far. The Packers' use of a 1st round pick on him looks even worse with time.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Jordan Love's value took a hit as soon as they signed Aaron Rodgers to a multiyear contract extension this off-season. Love has demonstrated tools that could land him a starting job somewhere in the NFL but as of now he's stuck as a career backup.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: As much as we want Gardner Minshew to be a thing in this league he's just a back-up quarterback.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Andy Dalton is making a career out of being the guy looking over someone else's shoulder. Jameis Winston is hardly secure in his job, so don't be shocked if Dalton takes the field for New Orleans in 2022.
Kevin Coleman on Jun 1: Andy Dalton will be in line to be QB2 on the depth chart for the New Orleans Saints. If Jameis Winston goes down he could provide late season QB value.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Taylor Heinicke will be in a battle with Sam Howell for QB2 on this roster which is a valuable position to be in given Carson Wentz is the starter. Keep an eye out on this battle in camp.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: Taylor is an experienced, steady presence and excellent locker room influence. Giants fans hope upon hope he won't see the field this year because that means Brian Daboll has given up on Daniel Jones.
Kevin Coleman on Jun 1: Trask only has value if Tom Brady goes down with an injury.
Jason Wood on Aug 29: After years of holding a clipboard, we caught a glimpse of Rush's ability to manage the Cowboys offense last year, and he looked terrific.
Kevin Coleman on Jun 1: The Steelers told us what they think about Mason Rudolph by bringing in Mitch Trubisky and drafting Kenny Pickett.
Kevin Coleman on Jun 1: Bailey Zappe finds himself in a solid backup role. If Mac Jones were to go down Zappe could be an intriguing dynasty add.
Kevin Coleman on May 30: Carson Strong is a dynasty stash
Kevin Coleman on Jun 1: Kellen Mond will also be battling for the backup job as he is entering year two in the Vikings system. That doesn't bode well for his dynasty value moving forward.