Andrew Erickson’s Quarterbacks to Target (2022 Fantasy Football)
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One of the most important aspects of completing a successful fantasy football draft is knowing who to target. Sure, there could be ‘value’ that presents itself through the draft, but it’s important to know which players you should not only target as values but also those you need to circle on your cheat sheets and prepare to reach for if needed. Here are a few of Andrew Erickson’s fantasy football draft targets. You can find all of his top players to target in 2022 fantasy football drafts here.
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Andrew Erickson’s Players to Target
Justin Fields has plummeted to QB17 in ADP. Everyone is afraid of the situation in Chicago. But don’t forget that a washed-up Cam Newton went from irrelevant to a top-12 ranked QB in one week last year because of rushing production.
Fields finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in his last four full games in 2021, averaging 21.7 fantasy points per game. He also averaged 56 rushing yards per game over his last six. All in all, Fields averaged 35 rushing yards per game during his rookie season. The last three rookie QBs to do so? Newton, Josh Allen, and Robert Griffin III. They all finished as top-12 fantasy quarterbacks in their second seasons, with the two former QBs finishing top six.
It won’t take long for the narrative to spin on the talented Fields after he starts the season hot out of the gates. Five of the Bears’ first six matchups are against secondaries that are the weak part of their respective defense, lost talent in free agency, and/or are unproven. In Week 1, Fields takes on the 49ers. He rushed for over 100 yards against them last season.
The additions of Jarvis Landry, Chris Olave and Michael Thomas are massive benefits for Jameis Winston.
Winston played with almost zero weapons a season ago and still managed to average 17.5 fantasy points per game — good for QB14 on the year. The Saints quarterback also finished the season with the league’s sixth-highest passer rating (102.8) and first in all QBs last year in fantasy points per dropback (0.64).
He also ranked fourth in aDOT, which lends itself to spiked fantasy weeks.
There’s just not enough hype about the QB22 in ADP who has a 5,000 passing yards season under his belt playing with an offensive coordinator who also had a QB posted over 5,000 passing yards.
That’s why Jameis Winston is one of my favorite QB sleeper candidates.
— Andrew Erickson™ (@AndrewErickson_) August 3, 2022
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Joe Burrow‘s massive second-year jump is encouraging for this year’s second-year QBs like Trevor Lawrence. Jacksonville’s quarterback finished with the same expected fantasy points per game average as Burrow in 2021 (17.3) but underwhelmed tremendously in a poor situation. His -72.3 fantasy points versus expectation were the most of any QB in 2021.
Lawrence posted a season-high 85.1 PFF passing grade in the season finale, offering some hope that he can turn things around in 2022 with a new coaching staff and upgraded offensive personnel in place.
There’s a strong chance that Jacksonville dials up the passing attempts with Doug Pederson calling the shots on offense. During his five-year tenure in Philadelphia, only once did the offense not finish top 10 in pass attempts.
Andrew Erickson’s 2022 Redraft Fantasy Football Rankings
ADP – Average Draft Position
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