There's a clear top tier of quarterbacks that will be targeted in 2022 fantasy football drafts. Grabbing one of the more high-end options allows managers to avoid the painstaking task of streaming their starter on a weekly basis. However, there's still some intriguing choices after the top 12 QBs that could turn out to be league winners.
With that in mind, here are three of the best sleeper quarterbacks to target in fantasy drafts this year.
Sleeper QBs 2022
Note: Only quarterbacks with an average draft position (ADP) of QB13 or higher were considered for this list. All ADP information is from FantasyPros.
3. Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (ADP: QB23)
Jameis Winston got off to a terrific start last season, racking up 1,114 yards and 13 TDs over the first six games. Then he went down with an ACL tear in Week 8, closing the book on what looked to be extremely promising campaign. Assuming he returns to form after that major injury, Winston could be a sneaky stash. He averaged 17.86 fantasy points per game over his first six starts in 2021, which would've ranked as QB13 if he kept it up all season. That's borderline-starter production, and it came all while depending on the likes of Marquez Callaway, Juwan Johnson and Kenny Stills as his top targets. The return of Michael Thomas is a huge boost for this offense, plus the addition of Pro Bowl veteran Jarvis Landry and deep threat rookie Chris Olave. The injury is a major hurdle, but if he rises above the challenge, Winston could light it up with this supporting cast.
2. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (ADP: QB15)
Derek Carr is being drafted right around where he finished last season (QB14) in fantasy scoring. However, Carr is now set to lead a revamped offense that could mean big things for his passing production. Josh McDaniels should make this offense more pass-heavy than we've seen in the past, and the most significant change is the addition of Carr's former college teammate and superstar wideout Davante Adams, who will immediately step in as the top receiving weapon. Adams' arrival also should open things up for the likes of Hunter Renfrow (who's coming off of a career year and WR10 finish) and Darren Waller (who was held back by injuries in 2021). That three-headed monster of a pass-catching group is one the best trios in the league, which sets Carr up to hit new heights as a passer in 2022.
1. Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers (ADP: QB13)
Dual-threat QBs are all the rage in fantasy football, and for good reason. Just look at Jalen Hurts last year: Despite subpar passing numbers, Hurts finished as QB9 in fantasy scoring thanks to prolific production on the ground. Trey Lance flashed plenty of rushing potential during his 2019 season for North Dakota State, hitting 1,100 yards and 14 TDs with his legs. Though he only drew two starts in 2021 behind Jimmy G, Lance made the most of it, recording 14.58 and 19.06 fantasy points, respectively, across those two outings. Lance also broke out for 20.38 fantasy points in just the second half of Week 4. That small sample has fantasy drafters giddy about what he can do in a full-time starting role. He could end up as a league winner for those that take a flier in later rounds.
Lance made the list of The Duel's top fantasy football sleepers to win your league in 2022.
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