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On the offense, the quarterback has complete ball control. Shouldn’t we know what he is doing with it? It is important to find out who is attempting the most passes and who is completing the passes he is attempting to.

You also want to know what position he is targeting (which will help when you are trying to make that DFS stack). And, of course, how the quarterback ranks in fantasy football. You need to know.

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Fantasy Football 2022: Quarterback Targets Guide

2021 Quarterback Passing

NAME PASSING ATTEMPTS COMPLETION %
Tom Brady 719 67.5%
Justin Herbert 672 65.9%
Patrick Mahomes 658 66.3%
Josh Allen 645 63.4%
Derek Carr 626 68.4%
Ben Roethlisberger 605 64.5%
Trevor Lawrence 602 59.6%
Matthew Stafford 601 67.2%
Dak Prescott 596 68.8%
Kirk Cousins 561 66.3%
Matt Ryan*** 560 67.08%
Aaron Rodgers 531 68.9%

***new team Indianapolis Colts


Quarterback Fantasy Finish 2021 Per Fantasy Pros

NAME FANTASY POINTS FANTASY POINTS AVERAGE/GAME
QB1 JOSH ALLEN 417.58 24.56
QB2 JUSTIN HERBERT 395.76 23.28
QB3 TOM BRADY 386.74 22.75
QB4 PATRICK MAHOMES 374.22 22.01
QB5 MATTHEW STAFFORD 346.74 20.40
QB6 AARON RODGERS 336.30 21.02
QB7 DAK PRESCOTT 330.56 20.66
QB8 JOE BURROW 328.24 20.52
QB9 JALEN HURTS 321.16 21.41
QB10 KYLER MURRAY 310.48 22.18
QB11 KIRK COUSINS 307.34 19.21
QB12 RYAN TANNEHILL 282.36 16.61
QB13 DEREK CARR 270.96 15.94
QB20 MATT RYAN*** 234.92 13.82
QB22 TREVOR LAWRENCE 216.04 12.71

Where Do We Go From Here

Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills)

Allen was by 21.82 total fantasy points the number one quarterback in fantasy last season. He averaged 1.28 fantasy points per game, more than QB2, Justin Herbert.

It is Allen’s rushing stats that are continually vaulting him to the number one quarterback in fantasy. Last season he had 122 rushing attempts, 763 rushing yards, and six rushing touchdowns.

Allen’s current ADP is 25th overall and QB1.


Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers)

Justin Herbert finished as QB2 last season. Herbert is not a consistent dual-threat quarterback. He had only 63 rushing attempts last season for 302 rushing yards. He did have 23 red zone carries and finished with three rushing touchdowns, but it is his arm that is going to propel you into fantasy nirvana.

Herbert tied Brady last season with nine 300-plus yards passing games. In his relatively short NFL career, Herbert has thrown for 300-plus yards in 53% of his game.

Herbert’s current ADP is 37th overall and QB3.


Tom Brady (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Tom Brady had the most passing attempts last season (719), the second most red zone attempts (120), and the lowest sack rate.  He finished as QB3 averaging 22.75 fantasy points a game.

Though he has acquired the services of Julio Jones, he has lost the services of his center Ryan Jensen. There is also wide receiver Chris Godwin’s status after returning from his knee injury.

Brady will never be a dual-threat quarterback. He had 28 attempts last season with 81 yards and two rushing touchdowns.  Concern regarding his offensive line, the status of Godwin, and the fitness of running back Leonard Fournette, combined with no safety net in Rob Gronkowski this season, leaves some concerns regarding Brady.

Brady is currently being drafted as QB9 and the 88th pick overall.


Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs)

Mahomes was QB4 last season. He struggles against the blitz but feasted on Cover-2. He posted a 133-passer rating on deep passes down the seams but only a 60.9 deep passer rating against the blitz.

This season he will be without Tyreek Hill, who last season accounted for 159 targets, 1239 receiving yards (415 yards after catch), 26 deep targets, 24 red zone targets, and a 25.1% target share.

And then there are Fantasy Pros ranking Mahomes’ schedule as the fifth hardest strength of schedule for quarterbacks. You must wonder if he is being drafted too high this season.

Mahomes’ current ADP is 31st overall and QB2.


Matthew Stafford (Los Angeles Rams)

Stafford finished the season as QB5 last season. He led the league having three-plus touchdown passes in nine games. He also led the league in interceptions (17) and pick-sixes (4). Drafting Stafford is totally dependency on his arm. He rushed 32 times last season for 43 yards.

Stafford averaged 33.9 pass plays with a 2.02 pace of play (13th) last season. He threw 71 deep balls with a 42.3% completion percentage (10th) and had 116 red zone attempts with a 55.2% completion percentage (20th).

Stafford is currently being drafted as the 11th quarterback off the board.


Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)

Rodgers was fourth last season in red zone passing attempts (110). He averaged 21.02 fantasy points per game, finishing last season as QB6.

This season he will navigate the field without Davante Adams. Adams was responsible for 123 receptions, 11 touchdowns, and 1553 receiving yards last season. That equaled 31.6% target share and an 80.3% snap share that will have to be distributed elsewhere.

Per Fantasy Pros, the one game Rodgers played without Adams last season was his third-worst fantasy finish of the season. That about sums that up.

Rodgers is currently the 93rd overall pick and the 12th quarterback.


Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys)

Dak Prescott had his lowest rushing stats (not including the injury year 2020) with only 48 rushing attempts, 146 rushing yards, and one rushing touchdown.

He also had equaled his highest passing attempts (596), highest passing completions (410, 68.8%), second highest passing yards (4449), and the most passing touchdowns of his career (37).

Prescott will also start the season with no Amari Cooper, and the return of Michael Gallup is questionable. Cooper and Gallup combined accounted for 34 red zone targets and 15 completions. Then there is the question regarding the offensive line and its noticeable decline.

There is talk that Prescott will run more this season which will raise his ceiling. The loss of Cooper and uncertainty of the offensive line, and Gallup’s return can lead to a drop in his floor.

The QB7 last season is currently being drafted as QB7 this season.


2021 Quarterbacks With The Most Red Zone Attempts

NAME RED ZONE ATTEMPTS RED ZONE COMPLETION %
JOSH ALLEN 123 56.6%
TOM BRADY 120 62.0%
MATTHEW STAFFORD 112 55.2%
AARON RODGERS 110 58.6%
JUSTIN HERBERT 104 57.1%
PATRICK MAHOMES 100 59.6%
DAK PRESCOTT 97 63.7%
MATT RYAN*** 89 53.9%
DEREK CARR 86 55.8%
RYAN TANNEHILL 83 60.2%
KYLER MURRAY 76 52.6%

Aahh Yes…But The Red Zone

Those quarterbacks in bold will be without their number one red zone targets last season.

Rodgers/Adams was responsible for 28 red zone targets with 18 receptions. Third best in the league.

Mahomes/Hill had 24 red zone targets and 16 red zone receptions. Sixth best in the league.

Prescott/Cooper was on the receiving end of 19 red zone targets and 14 red zone receptions. His numbers had him as 11th best in the league.

Tannehill/AJ Brown led the Titans with 11 red zone targets and five receptions.  That ranked him 44th in the league.

Murray will be without DeAndre Hopkins for six games.  In his ten games last season, Hopkins had 15 red zone targets and eight receptions.  He was 23rd with only ten games played.


Where is the Ball Going?

Quarterbacks who target Running Backs the most

Matt Ryan, 26.1%: Targeted Cordarrelle Patterson and Mike Davis 127 times combined.

Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers 23.9%: Baker Mayfield ranked ninth with 19.6%.

Jared Goff, Detroit Lions 23.5%. Targeted D’Andre Swift 78 times and Jamaal Williams 28 times.

Carson Wentz (in Indianapolis last season) 21.9%. But Antonio Gibson and JD McKissic were targeted 105 times combined in Scott Turner’s offense.

Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders, 23.2%

Quarterbacks who target Running Backs the least

Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams, 12.6%

Russell Wilson in Seattle last season targeted backs 13.8%, down by 3.8%.

Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins, 14.2%

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills, 14.2%

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens, 14.7%


Quarterbacks who target Tight Ends the most

Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins, 28.9%

Baker Mayfield Cleveland Browns stats, 28.7%

Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons stats, 27.7%

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens, 26.2%

Justin Fields, Chicago Bears, 25.9%

It stands to reason that both Tagovailoa, Mayfield, and Ryan’s stats to the tight end will decrease this season.  Tagovailoa has not only Hill, but Jaylen Waddle is still there.  Mayfield now has Christian McCaffrey, and the Panthers do not run two tight end sets as much as the Browns, and Ryan no longer has Kyle Pitts.

Quarterbacks who target Tight Ends the least

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills, 12.5%. The Bills were last in running 12 personnel.

Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers, 14%

Zach Wilson, New York Jets, 14.1%

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals, 14.6%

Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams, 15.5%

The Bills were last in running 12 personnel last season, and the Rams were 28th in running 12 personnel.

The Jets have acquired the services of CJ Uzomah and Tyler Conklin so this could increase slightly, and why would the Bengals throw to Hayden Hurst when they have the murders row of starting wide receivers?


Quarterbacks who target Wide Receivers the most

Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams, 71%

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills, 68.1%

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals, 65.4%

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers, 63.8%

Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars, 63.3%

Cooper Kupp averaged 11.2 targets per game with Stafford. The Bengals tied Washington running 11 personnel, the fifth most in the league. In 2020 Mitchell Trubisky targeted wide receivers 61.3%.

Quarterbacks who target Wide Receiver the least

Matt Ryan, when in Atlanta last season, 43.2%

Baker Mayfield, when in Cleveland last season, 47.4%

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles, 48.8%

Jared Goff, Detroit Lions, 50.4%

Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders, 50.5%

The first two are in different offenses this season. Philadelphia runs the ball a ton (49.87%, most in the league in 2021), but with the acquisition of AJ Brown, that might change.

Goff now has DJ Chark, and hopefully, Jameson Williams and Carr has Adams, so both should see an increase in their percentages.

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