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McFarland: 2022 Fantasy Football QB Rankings and Tiers

Arlington, Texas, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs the ball in the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

With free agency and the 2022 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, it is time to refresh the 2022 fantasy football rankings based on the latest depth charts.

Ranking players by position is an integral part of fantasy football preparation, but grouping them into tiers is crucial to identifying the value you might be leaving in the draft room. For example, if you're on the clock and looking at several quarterbacks in the same tier, it could make sense to wait until the next round — someone equally as worthy may be available with your next pick.

Tiers can also help group players with similar expectations based on upside and floor. Most importantly, we don't want to pay more than the next drafter for a similar player.

Last Updated: 5/1/2022

2022 Fantasy Football Quarterback Tiers

Tier Rank Name Team
1A 1 Josh Allen Bills
1A 2 Kyler Murray Cardinals
1B 3 Lamar Jackson Ravens
1B 4 Justin Herbert Chargers
1B 5 Patrick Mahomes Chiefs
1C 6 Tom Brady Buccaneers
1C 7 Joe Burrow Bengals
1C 8 Dak Prescott Cowboys
1D 9 Russell Wilson Broncos
1D 10 Jalen Hurts Eagles
1E 11 Matthew Stafford Rams
1E 12 Aaron Rodgers Packers
2A 13 Deshaun Watson Browns
2A 14 Trey Lance 49ers
2A 15 Justin Fields Bears
2B 16 Derek Carr Raiders
2B 17 Kirk Cousins Vikings
2C 18 Ryan Tannehill Titans
2C 19 Trevor Lawrence Jaguars
2C 20 Tua Tagovailoa Dolphins
2C 21 Zach Wilson Jets
2C 22 Mac Jones Patriots
2C 23 Daniel Jones Giants
3A 24 Marcus Mariota Falcons
3A 25 Mitchell Trubisky Steelers
3B 26 Matt Ryan Colts
3B 27 Jameis Winston Saints
3B 28 Carson Wentz Commanders
3B 29 Jared Goff Lions
3B 30 Davis Mills Texans
4A 31 Drew Lock Seahawks
4A 32 Sam Darnold Panthers
4B 33 Kenny Pickett Steelers
4B 34 Matt Corral Panthers
4B 35 Desmond Ridder Falcons
4B 36 Jimmy Garoppolo 49ers
4B 37 Baker Mayfield Browns
4B 38 Malik Willis Titans
4B 39 Sam Howell Commanders

TIER 1A – GREAT PASSING/GREAT RUSHING OPTIONS

This tier represents the two players with 4,500 passing yards and 750 rushing yards reasonably within their range of outcomes.

Josh Allen is one of them, the reigning back-to-back fantasy football QB1. In addition, the Bills love to throw the ball well above league average in all game scripts, which insulates the fifth-year starter's production profile in a way that only a few other quarterbacks experience.

  • Trailing by four or more points: 4th
  • Within three points: 1st
  • Leading by four or more points: 4th

Allen’s receiving corps isn’t as strong as some of the other quarterback options, but Stefon Diggs is an elite option who can work against all coverage types. Gabriel Davis had moments that created optimism over the past two seasons, but his underlying metrics don’t scream “breakout season.”

Buffalo didn’t spend an early draft pick on a receiver, but the team did add receiving-back James Cook in the second round and slot receiver Khalil Shakir in the fifth round.

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