2022 Fantasy Soccer QB Rankings: Matthew Stafford’s elbow causes a small tumble, however no large modifications right here

August 25, 2022

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Amongst all positions in Fantasy Soccer, quarterback is the closest you get to “set it and neglect it” in terms of rankings. The coaching camp battles between Geno Smith and Drew Lock or Kenny Pickett and Mitchell Trubisky would possibly matter to the Seahawks and Steelers, however for Fantasy functions, none of these guys are more likely to be far more than waiver-wire fodder or low-end starters in two-QB leagues. They are not shaking up the rankings.

Oh, positive, Matthew Stafford’s bizarre elbow harm is one thing to speak about, however till it begins to price him video games or limits his skill to throw the ball constantly, it simply is not a lot of a priority. Transfer him down a spot within the rankings if you would like, however Stafford is already being drafted decrease than he truly completed a yr in the past, so it is exhausting to be too involved about it. He is nonetheless obtained elite weapons and an absurdly Fantasy-friendly offense, so if something, dropping him down in your rankings would possibly simply make him a greater worth.

The QB rankings stay fairly fixed two weeks out from the beginning of the season. I am a believer in taking one in every of them early or taking two of them late, however you should not have hassle discovering a starter you belief it doesn’t matter what. 

  1. Josh Allen* — If all you knew about Josh Allen was that he completed fourth in go makes an attempt and third in rush makes an attempt amongst quarterbacks final yr, you’d have a superb case for him because the No. 1 choice. The truth that he is an environment friendly rusher who dominates close to the objective line and an efficient passer is what makes him the clear alternative this season in a tier all his personal. 
  2. Patrick Mahomes — Mahomes regarded positively mortal for stretches final season and but nonetheless completed with 4,839 passing yards and 37 touchdowns. That is what a “down” yr seems like. He would not run fairly as successfully as a number of the different high-end QBs and he is taking part in with out Tyreek Hill for the primary time, so many have him third on the place. I feel wherever from second to fourth is sensible, however I will defer to his elite monitor file and legit 50-touchdown upside. 
  3. Lamar Jackson — Jackson has stumbled a bit since his historic 2019 season, however he nonetheless has upside only some different quarterbacks can contact. Justin Herbert is perhaps a bit safer, however I do not assume he has 30-PPG upside; Jackson does. That is sufficient to function a tiebreaker for me. 
  4. Justin Herbert* — There was no signal of a sophomore hunch from Herbert, who truly improved each his yards per try and landing fee. The issue, akin to it’s, is that he most likely would not have the speeding upside the remainder of the elite quarterbacks have. He makes up for that by being an elite passer, however when the margins between gamers are as slim as they’re on the prime of the place, that is simply sufficient to carry him again ever so barely. 
  5. Kyler Murray — For the second season in a row, Murray regarded like he was making a giant leap earlier than an harm slowed him down. Within the first eight video games of 2021, he was on tempo for almost 5,000 passing yards and 40-plus complete touchdowns. An ankle harm price him three video games and he struggled upon his return. He is a kind of few QBs with 30-plus PPG upside, and I am keen to guess on that and hope that accidents do not sluggish him down once more. 
  6. Jalen Hurts — Hurts’ speeding upside is second solely to Jackson, so if the addition of A.J. Brown makes him a more practical passer, he may completely problem for the No. 1 general spot. 4,000 passing yards and 30 passing touchdowns plus upwards of 1,000 speeding yards is throughout the realm of chance for Hurts if he takes a step ahead. 
  7. Dak Prescott — There is not a brand new tier right here, technically, however that is the place we get to the extra conventional pocket passer portion of the proceedings. Prescott is coming off a profession excessive in touchdowns, however there’s most likely a notion, rightly or wrongly, that he was a bit bit disappointing. A full yr faraway from that ankle surgical procedure ought to do him effectively, however questions in regards to the receiving expertise in Dallas are most likely holding him again a bit. 
  8. Russell Wilson — Denver’s receiving corps is much less confirmed than Seattle’s, however that may largely as a result of one group obtained to play with Wilson these previous few years and the opposite did not. It says one thing about how excessive Wilson has set the bar {that a} season that noticed him common 7.8 yards per try with a 6.3% landing fee is seen as a disappointment. He is one of the environment friendly quarterbacks we have ever seen and ought to be in to no less than problem his career-high in go makes an attempt (558, set in 2020). He is perhaps too low right here. 
  9. Joe Burrow — Burrow’s 8.9 yards per try and 6.5% landing fee from final yr shall be exhausting to repeat, however he is one other yr faraway from that torn ACL and will see a rise in passing quantity to make up for no matter he loses in effectivity. I do not love Burrow at his price — he is QB4 in NFC ADP at 59.5 — however that does not imply I do not just like the participant. I simply want he was a greater guess to both run extra or be within the prime 5 in go makes an attempt. 
  10. Tom Brady — All Brady has achieved over the previous two seasons is averaging 301.5 yards and a pair of.5 touchdowns per recreation, ending as QB7 and QB2 in his two seasons in Tampa. He is misplaced a whole lot of receiving expertise from final yr’s workforce — and he is away from the workforce throughout camp, which is unusual, if not precisely a purpose to panic — however he is more likely to stay a high-end Fantasy QB, even in his age-45 season. 
  11. Matthew Stafford* — I dropped Stafford to the decrease finish of this tier on account of issues about his lingering elbow harm. Not that I feel it is more likely to restrict him a lot one of many common season begins, or something. It is simply that, the bar for a No. 1 QB is so excessive when you do not run that any danger issue goes to get magnified. In all chance, you will be completely happy you’ve gotten Stafford as your beginning QB when you wait, however do not let him be the rationale you go on a high-upside backup, both. 
  12. Trey Lance — Like, say, Trey Lance. Lance carries danger as a uncooked passer, however that’s mitigated by a San Francisco offense that has made mainly each QB look good over the previous few years. He has elite weapons, a superb system, and most significantly, game-breaking athletic skills. I would like to pair Lance with a later-round passer with a excessive flooring simply in case he falters, however the general package deal is so attractive, he may completely find yourself being one of many three finest QBs in Fantasy this season. 
  13. Aaron Rodgers — Asking Rodgers to stay a must-start Fantasy QB with the worst WR group of his profession is a tall job, particularly in an offense that did not throw a ton with Davante Adams there. Rodgers is without doubt one of the finest QBs we have ever seen, nevertheless it would not shock me if the Pakcers turned much more run-heavy and we noticed a dip in his productioin. In reality, I am anticipating it. 
  14. Kirk Cousins — There’s a whole lot of give attention to what Cousins cannot do, or on his limitations, however the reality of the matter is, over the previous three seasons, he is put up a 6.2% landing fee and seven.9 yards per try — borderline elite numbers. The Vikings determine to modernize their offense, utilizing 11 personnel as their base and growing their throw fee, which may assist push Cousins to a different stage. 5,000 yards and 40 touchdowns is not outdoors the realm of chance right here. 
  15. Derek Carr* — Carr may see an analogous bounce to Cousins because of the addition of Adams as his No. 1 receiver. Josh McDaniels figures to put in an offensive system that places Carr in place to reap the benefits of his weapons, and he is already coming off a 4,800-yard season. The query shall be whether or not the presence of a dominant pink zone choice like Adams can get Carr above a 5.5% landing fee for simply the second time in his profession. 
  16. Justin Fields — Fields has comparable abilities to Lance however is simply in a a lot worse state of affairs. Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet are his prime choices, and I am unsure both would even begin for the 49ers. If Fields goes to interrupt out, it will be as a result of Matt Eberflus does a greater job benefiting from his athleticism than Matt Nagy did — Eberflus was the passing recreation coordinator for the Packers final season, the place they ran 139 run/go choice performs, in comparison with simply 64 by the Bears a yr in the past. They’re going to need to get artistic to get probably the most out of this offense, however Fields has the abilities to be a Fantasy distinction maker if they’ll handle it. 
  17. Jameis Winston — Winston is coping with a foot sprain in camp, so hopefully that is not going to restrict him by the beginning of the season — it is not anticipated to. Winston was having a wierd season earlier than tearing his ACL, averaging 2.2 touchdowns with simply 186 passing yards per recreation, because the Saints went with an ultra-conservative recreation plan that noticed him tried simply 25.2 passes per recreation. The questions is whether or not that mirrored an absence of religion in Winston or within the workforce’s weapons. With Michael Thomas, Chris Olave, and Jarvis Landry making up the highest weapons now, I am anticipating a bit extra aggression, and Winston has proven he can reap the benefits of good weapons up to now. 
  18. Tua Tagovailoa* — Tagovailoa hasn’t proven us a lot in two years within the NFL, however the Dolphins are definitely placing him in place to succeed after buying Tyreek Hill and hiring Mike McDaniel to implement a Kyle Shanahan-inspired offense. He’ll need to show he can do extra than simply full these layup RPO passes he leaned on so closely final season, however Hill and Waddle provides him one of the explosive receiving duos within the league. 
  19. Daniel Jones — Jones has some expertise round him, so the hope is that new coach Brian Daboll places this offense in higher place than the Jason Garrett/Joe Decide combo has the previous few seasons. Jones’ athleticism makes him a sneaky-good Fantasy choice if he can simply be competent as a passer; that is simply been greater than he has been able to so fa.r 
  20. Marcus Mariota — I have been larger on Mariota than the consensus all alongside, however I ponder if seeing him rush for a landing within the preseason won’t get extra folks on my facet. Mariota has been a greater passer than you assume — 7.5 yards per try for his profession — and his speeding will most likely be a reasonably large a part of Atlanta’s offense this season. I would not be stunned to see him get benched in some unspecified time in the future to see what Desmond Ridder can do, however I feel he’ll be a viable QB2 till that occurs. 
  21. Trevor Lawrence — The Jaguars made a degree of including a ton of wage to attempt to assist Lawrence out this offseason, and whereas I am not satisfied the gamers they added are essentially distinction makers, there is not any query he is in a greater place than he was a yr in the past. Lawrence has some abilities as a rusher, so if he can take a (large) step ahead as a passer, there might be top-12 upside right here. 
  22. Mitch Trubisky — Trubisky and Jones is perhaps the Spider-Man meme at this level of their careers, since you’re hoping they’ll simply be ok as passers to make an affect as rushers. Jones has used his legs extra constantly all through his profession, so I will give him the sting, however they’ve comparable outlooks — together with that each are preventing for his or her futures this season. 
  23. Ryan Tannehill* — Regardless of being in a low-volume offense, Tannehill has been top-15 in factors per recreation three seasons in a row. The lack of A.J. Brown hurts, however the mixture of Robert Woods, Treylon Burks, and Austin Hooper would possibly make this a greater all-around group if Woods and Burks rise up to hurry rapidly. He is one other man whose speeding skill (seven touchdowns in consecutive seasons!) makes him a greater Fantasy choice than you assume. 
  24. Matt Ryan — Ryan is the QB2 you accept, as a result of there most likely is not a lot upside within the Colts offense. They do not have nice weapons within the receiving recreation and so they most likely will not throw the ball very a lot, so that you’re hoping for environment friendly, mistake-free soccer to hold you to 18-22 factors most weeks. He will not be a distinction maker even in a rosy final result, however Ryan ought to be ok as a QB2 that you just will not hate the expertise. 
  25. Carson Wentz
  26. Mac Jones
  27. Baker Mayfield
  28. Jared Goff
  29. Zach Wilson
  30. Davis Mills
  31. Drew Lock
  32. Jacoby Brissett*
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*Finish of a tier