Fantasy Football Rankings 2022: Top 20 QBs

By Team on July 28, 2022

Take a peek at the champion of your fantasy football league from the previous year. Very likely, they had a top-tier quarterback on their roster.

Eight quarterbacks were among the top 10 fantasy performers last season (half-point PPR). You most certainly enjoyed the rewards with a strong postseason run if you selected a top-tier quarterback like Josh Allen, Justin Herbert, or Patrick Mahomes in the draft.

But selecting a quarterback in the draft is challenging. There is a compelling case for waiting until later rounds to select a player like Matthew Stafford, who had an average draft position of 81 last season but was the fifth-best fantasy quarterback in football, per FantasyPros. This is because quarterback is probably the deepest position in sports.

On the other hand, if you hold off on selecting your quarterback too long, you run the risk of having an underwhelming player play the most crucial position on your roster.

What QB balance should be achieved in 2022? We're prepared to assist. The top 20 fantasy quarterbacks for the 2022 season are shown below, along with the expected selection positions for each player.

1. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills

The top fantasy football player for 2021 seems ready to repeat. Allen was a game-changer on the ground last season, racking up 763 rushing yards and six touchdowns while ranking eighth in throwing yards and seventh in passing touchdowns. Allen's passing game should improve with the arrival of Jamison Crowder, so as long as he stays on the field, the dual-threat All-Pro should be a lock to be a top-three quarterback in 2022.

2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Tyreek Hill, the NFL's most dynamic wide out, left the league this summer, and it might take some time for Mahomes to get along with new wideouts JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. But despite his injury-plagued 2019 season, the former NFL MVP has been a top-five fantasy quarterback in three of the previous four seasons, and we anticipate that trend to continue into 2022.

3. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers

In 2021, Herbert had a career season as a sophomore, leading the AFC in passing yards (5,014), passing touchdowns (38) and rushing yards (302) as well. With a solid offensive line in front of him and a wealth of weapons at his disposal, Herbert has the chance to surpass Mahomes as the No. 2 quarterback in fantasy football this season.

4. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

Jackson's decision-making has come under scrutiny after he recorded a career-high 13 interceptions in just 12 games last season. But if he plays in at least 15 games, his ability to rush the ball makes him a top-five quarterback. The 25-year-old had consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons in 2019 and 2020, and J.K. Dobbins' return as the team's primary running back should deter opponents from positioning themselves to stop Jackson on the ground.

5. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles

view above Hurts led all NFL quarterbacks in rushing touchdowns last season with 10, in addition to 784 yards, and he now has A.J. Brown as his new top wide receiver. Hurts is still not the most skilled quarterback, but he should handle the ball a lot this season and score lots of fantasy points as a result.

6. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals

Do you notice a pattern? The safe bet is a player who can run, unless you're going after a quarterback who will flirt with 5,000 throwing yards. Murray's effectiveness in the running game was hindered by an ankle injury last season, but he carried for 819 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2020, and if he avoids a serious lower-body injury, he might approach those totals in 2022. There is unquestionably top-five potential in this.

7. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Kids, don't forget about the GOAT. At age 43, Brady led the NFL in throwing yards and touchdowns the previous season. If Rob Gronkowski does indeed retire permanently in 2022, we anticipate a modest fall, but Brady would still rank in the top 10 after finishing as the No. 3 quarterback in fantasy football the previous year.

8. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals

When Joe Burrow led the Bengals to the Super Bowl last year, the world saw his potential. The fantasy football community saw that Burrow, who is currently the Offensive Rookie of the Year, should consistently rank among the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks for many years to come. Burrow might make a leap similar to Herbert in 2022 after completing a full season.

9. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Amari Cooper, a four-time Pro Bowler, left Prescott this offseason. The bad news is that. The good news is that Prescott has attempted 596 passes in each of his last two healthy seasons, showing that the Cowboys under offensive coordinator Kellen Moore are devoted to throwing the ball. Prescott is a sure bet for the bottom half of the top 10, even if he doesn't crack the top five.

10. Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos

Following his relocation from Seattle to Denver, Wilson is the largest wild card in the top 10. In terms of pass attempts, the Broncos' conservative attack in 2021 placed 24th, and their receiving group is not very impressive. However, one AFC personnel evaluator told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler that Denver is "tailoring" their playbook around Wilson, thus after placing 16th among fantasy QBs last season, Wilson may return to QB1 status this year.

11. Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams

Given that the former Detroit Lion tallied 41 passing touchdowns last season while leading the Rams to a Super Bowl victory, the Stafford-Sean McVay union seems to be an ideal fit. However, the loss of Robert Woods and Odell Beckham Jr. is not inconsequential, and teams will probably stack up to stop Cooper Kupp, a pass-catching dynamo. If Los Angeles has a small Super Bowl hangover, we wouldn't be surprised.

12. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Speaking of notable losses, Rodgers lost his go-to wide receiver in Davante Adams, leaving him with a bunch of wide receivers led by Allen Lazard and rookie Sammy Watkins. Ranking the two-time NFL MVP outside of the top 10 sounds like heresy, but occasionally fantasy and reality diverge.

13. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders

Don't undervalue Las Vegas' Josh McDaniels effect. With Davante Adams as his new No. 1 target, Carr now has a coach who spent nearly 20 years working with the best quarterback in NFL history in New England. Carr's potential to be a top-10 fantasy quarterback is enhanced by the fact that he was fifth in the NFL in passing yards last year.

14. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

The most exciting quarterback to have on your squad, let's face it, isn't Cousins. However, he is a fairly sure bet to pass for at least 4,000 yards and 30 or more touchdowns, and he was the No. 11 fantasy quarterback in both 2020 and 2021. When other positions are prioritized early in the draft, Cousins is a wise late-round selection who can produce QB1-level performance.

15. Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers

Lance is the biggest wild card on this list, assuming Wilson is the biggest wild card among the top 10. In 2022, San Francisco is anticipated to replace Jimmy Garoppolo as the team's starting quarterback, and Lance has top-10 potential due to his rushing prowess. On the other hand, we witnessed him only complete 57.7% of his 71 pass attempts as a rookie. High payoff at high risk.

16. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

Is this going to be Tagovailoa's breakout season? That story has been told to us for the past two years, but the Alabama product now has Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle at his disposal. Tua might be a QB1 this year, so he might be worth a gamble in later rounds if the opportunity arises. Just be ready for the prospect of a subsequent negative year.

17. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars

Last season, Lawrence had the most throw attempts of any rookie quarterback, and he now has Doug Pederson as his capable, offensive-minded head coach. If Christian Kirk and a fully recovered Travis Etienne are added, Lawrence may be able to sneak into the top 15, largely as a result of his high volume as the Jaguars try to catch up to their opponents.

18. Justin Fields, Chicago Bears

Fields' first season in Chicago was undoubtedly difficult, in part because of a weak supporting cast and a boring offense. The supporting cast is still lacking, but Fields should have a stronger season under new head coach Matt Eberflus and offensive coordinator Luke Getsy. He's a good QB2 because of his ability to sprint.

19. Matt Ryan, Indianapolis Colts

Ryan will gain from a transfer to Indianapolis, which has a rock-solid offensive line and a potent running game that will free up the passing assault, after slogging it out on a 7-10 Atlanta Falcons squad sans Calvin Ridley last season. Ryan, who is 37 years old, probably won't make the top 10, but he's more than capable of serving as a backup QB1 or QB2.

20. Mac Jones, New England Patriots

Is Jones prepared to go to Year 2? On the one hand, the 23-year-de old's facto coordinators changed from offensive mastermind Josh McDaniels to Matt Patricia and Joe Judge. On the other hand, after spending his rookie preseason competing with Cam Newton for the starting position, he now has a whole season under his belt and a full training camp to get ready. We like Jones as a QB2 with potential if DeVante Parker, a rookie, and tight end Jonnu Smith both perform well.