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 %|
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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.
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 %|
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
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%
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.