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2022 Fantasy Football: Quarterback Rankings

The 2022 football season is upon us!  The NFL Draft has come and gone, and now that we’ve seen the players that teams have drafted, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming fantasy season — and there’s no better way to do this than by tackling (pun intended) some early positional rankings!  With that in mind, let’s take a look at my 2022 quarterback rankings.  Keep in mind these are early rankings that will no doubt change as we get closer to the start of the season.  So without further ado, let’s get to those rankings!

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2022 Quarterback Rankings

1Josh AllenBUFAllen finished as QB1 in back-to-back seasons and there's no reason to think he can't make it three in a row. He's the ideal fantasy QB -- a rushing QB who he leads one of the most pass-heavy offenses in the league. You can't go wrong with Allen.
2Lamar JacksonBALInjuries contributed to Jackson's first sub-1,000 yard rushing season for the first time since 2019. If he can stay on the field, he's a prime bounce-back candidate in 2022.
3Kyler MurrayARIMurray's completion rate and average yards per attempt have increased every year since 2019. The addition of former college teammate Marquise Brown should help keep those numbers up in the Cardinals' air raid offense. Murray can also get things done on the ground -- he totaled at least 400 rushing yards and four rushing TDs since 2019.
4Patrick MahomesKCThe loss of Tyreek Hill will take a toll, but Mahomes does enough on the ground and in the air to be cemented as a top-5 QB.
5Justin HerbertLACHerbert finished last season with the second-most passing yards (5,014) and third-most passing TDs (38). The LAC offense didn't change much this offseason, so expect more of the same.
6Jalen HurtsPHIHurts had an ugly 61.3% completion rate last season, but he still finished as a top-10 QB due to his rushing prowess -- his 784 rushing yards and 10 rushing TDs led the position. The acquisition of A.J. Brown should help Hurts' passing numbers.
7Joe BurrowCINBurrow had a fantastic first full season. His 108.26 QB rating trailed only Aaron Rodgers, and his 70.4% completion percentage led the league. Look for him to build off his success, as Cincinnati's offensive didn't change much and they improved their O-line this offseason.
8Tom BradyTBBrady doesn't run, but with Tampa Bay's high-octane passing offense, it hasn't mattered. In each of his two seasons as a Buccaneer, Brady has at least 4,600 passing yards and 40 TDs.
9Trey LanceSFLance offers upside on both the passing and rushing front. He should be able to take advantage of the 49ers' strong pass-catching weapons.
10Russell WilsonDENComing off a down year, Wilson will look for a fresh start in Denver. He'll have plenty of receiving options, and still has some rushing upside. A 350+ yard rushing season is in the cards.
11Dak PrescottDALPrescott offers a solid floor with his passing and rushing ability. The Cowboys traded Amari Cooper, but CeeDee Lamb and Dalton Schultz are reliable pass-catchers. Don't be surprised if we see more rushing attempts from Prescott this season.
12Matthew StaffordLARStafford doesn't offer much mobility, but he has no problem slinging the ball. His 4,886 passing yards were third-most at the position and his 41 TDs were second only to Tom Brady's 43.
13Aaron RodgersGBRodgers is one of the best pocket passers in the game. But the loss of Davante Adams and his 29.7% target share over the last two seasons leaves a big void.
14Kirk CousinsMINSteady and underrated. Cousins won't give you much in the running game, but he's thrown for over 4,200 yards and totaled at least 34 TDs in each of the past two seasons.
15Justin FieldsCHIThe upside is there with Fields, it's just a matter of whether the Bears can gameplan to best take advantage of his skills. The new coaching staff is a step in the right direction, but his underwhelming receiving options leave much to be desired. His rushing abillity should provide a solid floor.
16Derek CarrLVCarr had the fifth-most pass attempts (626) and yards (4,804) by a QB last season. He now gets a much-needed WR upgrade with the signing of his college teammate Davante Adams. Don't be surprised if there's a boost in both of those totals in 2022.
17Trevor LawrenceJAXThere's nowhere to go but up with Lawrence. Stifled under the Urban Meyer regime, Lawrence's development should now be on the right track with new HC Doug Pederson and crew. Lawrence's fantasy stock should rise this season, but he's still likely a QB2 for 2022.
18Tua TagovailoaMIATua hasn't fully found his stride in the NFL yet. But there's no reason he can't take the next step with new HC Mike McDaniel, as well as Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, and Mike Gesicki as receiving weapons. His fantasy stock should rise this season.
19Daniel JonesNYGThe Giants declined Jones' fifth-year option, so he'll be looking to play well in the final year of his rookie contract. Jones enters the season with a healthier receiving corps as well as a healthy Saquon Barkley, which should help open things up in the passing game. Jones also offers some sneaky rushing upside -- his 298 rushing yards in 11 games finished as 10th-best at the position.
20Jameis WinstonNOWinston's not the most accurate passer (career 61.5%), but there's upside to be had with WR Michael Thomas returning, the acquisition of Jarvis Landry, and rookie Chris Olave looking to contribute from the get-go. He also has some rushing ability to his game.
21Ryan TannehillTENTannehill's seven rushing TDs -- second only to Jalen Hurts' 10 TDs -- kept his fantasy value afloat in 2021. If Tannehill is going to remain a QB1, he's going to have to continue to score with his legs, as the Titans have a run-first offense and A.J. Brown was traded. That could be a tall order this season.
22Matt RyanINDThe veteran playcaller will have no problem keeping the run-heavy Colts afloat. Ryan offers little mobility but makes for a solid QB2.
23Mac JonesNEJones makes for a fine QB2 in superflex leagues. The Patriots added WR DeVante Parker this offseason, but that shouldn't move the needle much on Jones' overall fantasy value.
24Baker MayfieldCARMayfield offers some upside as a QB2 in Carolina. He could move up the ranks this season.
25Jared GoffDETGoff's receiving corps improved this offseason, but he offers little upside with his lack of mobility. Consider him a low-tier QB2.
26Zach WilsonNYJThe Jets made significant improvements this offseason by drafting RB Breece Hall and WR Garrett Wilson. Wilson should take a step forward in his sophomore season.
27Carson WentzWASWentz has been very up-and-down throughout his career, finishing as QB24, QB5, QB23, QB10, QB22, and QB13 since 2016. He should be able to connect with WR Terry McLaurin plenty, but Wentz is best suited for superflex leagues.
28Davis MillsHOUMills has solid receiving options in Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins, and should be playing from behind a fair amount. He's a lower-tier QB2.
29Geno SmithSEASmith was a decent fill-in in four games last season and has some mobility to his game. He's only viable in superflex leagues.
30Marcus MariotaATLMariota last started a game in 2019, and is merely keeping the QB seat warm for newly-drafted Desmond Ridder. Mariota can get things done with his legs, but is only a deep-league option.
31Mitchell TrubiskyPITTrubisky will start the season as the Steelers' QB, but rookie Kenny Pickett could take over at some point.
32Jacoby BrissettCLEBrissett is looking to keep the Browns afloat for the first 11 games of the season. If he falters, Joshua Dobbs will step in.
33Deshaun WatsonCLEWatson gets it done in the air and on the ground. He totaled at least 4,100 passing yards and 400 rushing yards in two of his last three seasons, leading to a QB4, QB4 and QB5 finish between 2018 and 2020. However, his 11-game suspension makes him tough to draft in re-draft leagues without IR spots.
34Jimmy GaroppoloSFGaroppolo will be a high-end backup to Trey Lance.
35Kenny PickettPITMitchell Trubisky will start for Pittsburgh, but Pickett could see the field at some point this season.
36Malik WillisTENWillis offers tons of upside, but still needs some work. Likely won't see the field in 2022 unless there's an injury.
37Sam HowellWASCarson Wentz has been on three teams in three seasons, so it's not crazy to think Howell sees some playing time this year.
38Drew LockSEALock will play backup to Geno Smith. The Seattle QB situation is one to avoid, if possible.
39Sam DarnoldCARDarnold's future didn't look too bright this offseason -- and that was before the Panthers acquired Baker Mayfield. Darnold is recovering from a high-ankle sprain and is only an option in deep superflex leauges.
40Desmond RidderATLIdeally, Ridder needs a year of seasoning. But he could see the field at some point this season.
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