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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.
2Kyler MurrayARIMurray's completion rate and average yards per attempt have increased every year since 2019. The addition of former college teammate Marquise "Hollywood" Brown should help keep those numbers up in the Cardinals' air raid offense. Murray can also get things done on the ground, with at least 400 rushing yards and four rushing TDs since 2019.
3Lamar 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.
4Justin HerbertLACHerbert finished last season with the second-most passing yards (5,014) and third-most TDs (38). The Chargers' offense didn't change much this offseason, so expect more of the same.
5Patrick 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.
6Tom BradyTBBrady doesn't run, but with Tampa Bay's high-octane passing offense, it doesn't matter. In each of his two seasons as a Buccaneer, Brady has at least 4,600 passing yards and 40 TDs. Expect more of the same this season.
7Jalen 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 could help Hurts' passing numbers, but if not, his mobility will still keep him afloat.
8Dak 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 in 2022.
9Joe 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.
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 (think 350-450 yards).
11Matthew StaffordLARStafford doesn't offer much in mobility, but he has no problem slinging the ball. His 4,886 passing yards were third-best and his 41 TDs were second only to Tom Brady's 43. Expect more of the same in 2022.
12Aaron 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 in the passing game. The Packers drafted WR Christian Watson, and already have Allen Lazard and Sammy Watkins as receiving options. It will come down to who Rodgers trusts most out of that group. Stay tuned.
13Deshaun 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. There is risk in not yet knowing his suspension length, but the reward is high.
14Derek CarrLVCarr had the fifth-most pass attempts (626) by a QB last season. He now gets a much-needed WR upgrade with the signing of his college teammate Davante Adams. That, combined with new head coach Josh McDaniels calling plays, means Carr could see a boost in passing volume this season.
15Kirk CousinsMINSteady and underrated. Cousins won't give you much in the running game, but he's thrown for over 4,200 yards and 32 TDs in each of the past two seasons.
16Tua TagovailoaMIATua hasn't fully found his stride in the NFL yet. But there's no reason he can't take the next step with Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, and Mike Gesicki as receiving weapons. His fantasy stock should rise this season.
17Justin 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.
18Trey LanceSFAssuming Lance is the starter, he offers upside on both the passing and rushing front. He should be able to take advantage of the 49ers' strong pass-catching weapons.
19Ryan TannehillTENTannehill's seven rushing TDs kept his fantasy value afloat in 2021. If he wants 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 in the draft.
20Zach WilsonNYJThe Jets made significant improvements this offseason by drafting RB Breece Hall and WR Garrett Wilson. The two playmakers should help Zach Wilson have a solid sophomore season.
21Mac 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.
22Trevor LawrenceJAXThere's nowhere to go but up with Lawrence. Stifled by Urban Meyer, 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.
23Daniel JonesNYGThe Giants declined Jones' fifth-year option, so he'll be looking to play well in the final year of his rookie contract. If Jones can stay on the field, he offers some sneaky rushing upside, but his supporting cast is somewhat lackluster.
24Matt RyanINDThe veteran playcaller will have no problem keeping the run-heavy Colts afloat. However, Ryan should be viewed as a QB2 with little upside.
25Jameis WinstonNOWinston should begin 2022 as the Saints' starter after tearing his ACL mid-season last year. He's not the most accurate passer, but there's some upside to be had with WR Michael Thomas returning and rookie Chris Olave looking to contribute from the get-go.
26Marcus 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.
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 should be considered a middling QB2 with high-end QB2 upside.
28Mitchell TrubiskyPITTrubisky should start the season as the Steelers' QB, but rookie Kenny Pickett could take over sooner rather than later.
29Jared GoffDETGoff is a lower-tier QB2 with little upside and an underwhelming set of pass-catchers (minus Hockenson).
30Davis MillsHOUMills has decent receiving options in Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins, but is nothing more than a low-tier QB2.
31Drew LockSEAThe Seahawks didn't draft a QB in the NFL draft and look to be rolling with Drew Lock as their starter. Hold tight.
32Sam DarnoldCARDarnold has more interceptions than touchdowns in the last two seasons. The Panthers drafted QB Matt Corral and won't hesitate to turn over the football reins, if necessary.
33Baker MayfieldCLEMayfield's status with the Browns is murky to say the least. Until there's some clarity, he's a back-end QB2 at best.
34Matt CorralCARDarnold's leash won't be long this season.
35Kenny PickettPITPickett could start sooner rather than later.
36Desmond RidderATLIdeally, Ridder needs a year of seasoning.
37Jimmy GaroppoloSFIf he doesn't get traded, Garoppolo will be a high-end backup to Trey Lance.
38Malik WillisTENWillis offers tons of upside, but still needs some work. Likely won't see the field in 2022 unless there's an injury.
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