Welcome fellow fantasy friends, today I will be going over the key offseason moves and whose stock went up and whose went down in this 2022 Fantasy Football Key Off-Season Moves article.
With social media and 24/7 sports shows, the offseason has become just as exciting as the regular season. A couple of big-name players switched jerseys this off-season and some were drafted to their respective teams, two of the players on this list had a "redshirt" season last year. In this article I will go over a few players in each position and what impact they will or won't have on your fantasy team.
All eyes will be on Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill this season as people are ready to see if they can keep up their hall of fame production with their new quarterbacks. Will Russell Wilson return back to his spot as a top-five quarterback? Will Trey Lance live up to the offseason hype?
2022 Fantasy Football Key Offseason Moves
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Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos
Russell Wilson going to the Broncos was arguably the biggest move of this offseason which says a lot, with us seeing bigger names than usual switching teams.
After last off-season's drama, it became apparent that Wilson and the Seahawks were going to split and that may help explain Wilson’s declining numbers last season.
The former Superbowl MVP missed games last season due to injury which is unusual for Wilson, and he ended the season with 3,113 passing yards (career-low) and 25 touchdowns (second-lowest).
This team has more than enough talent for him to work with, Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton should be licking their chops with Wilson coming into town after having to play with Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater last season.
I would be shocked if he isn't back in QB1 status with at least 4,000 passing yards and at least 30 passing touchdowns.
The Broncos have been looking for a franchise quarterback since Peyton Manning retired and Wilson is looking to answer the call, especially with an extension looming in the offseason.
Matt Ryan, Indianapolis Colts
It will take some adjusting to see Ryan out on the field with another team other than the Falcons, but it seems like the Colts have been a revolving door for quarterbacks on their last leg since Andrew Luck retired.
The Falcons were terrible last season and Ryan wasn't much better, having his worst season since his first couple of years in the league. It will be interesting to see if he is as bad as he looked last season or was just a product of his environment.
With Jonathan Taylor and that emerging defense, much won't be required out of him this season which should be a good thing. The Colts threw the sixth least pass attempts last season and I don't see that changing this season.
Ryan should only be drafted in two-quarterback leagues or as a bye-week replacement.
Carson Wentz, Washington Commanders
Wentz finds himself on his third team in three years, possibly his last chance as a starter in the NFL.
He played okay with the Colts during most of the regular season but began to unravel towards the end of the season, including an embarrassing loss to the Jaguars, eliminating them from playoff contention.
I expect Wentz to have a season similar to last season around 30 touchdowns and 3,500 passing yards. He will be playing with Terry McLaurin, arguably the best receiver he has played with.
I am one of the few that actually believe in Wentz and I expect him to outperform people's expectations of him this season. I don't think we’ll see the 2017 MVP candidate form but I also don't expect to see the terrible 2020 version either.
Mitchell Trubisky, Pittsburgh Steelers
There will finally be another number other than #7 under center this season for the Steelers. Mitch Trubisky probably isn't the quarterback fans had in mind to take the reigns from Ben Roethlisberger but it made the most sense for the Steelers.
However, in fantasy, I think that you should avoid Trubisky as this offense isn't even close to being good and I think coach Mike Tomlin will rely more on running the ball and defense.
Pro Football Focus ranked the Steelers’ offensive line 30th coming into this season, which is already a red flag. If you are in a spot where you even have Trubisky on your roster you are in trouble.
Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers
Even with some unknown surrounding the player he'll become, the upside of Trey Lance is fantasy is tantalizing. pic.twitter.com/DGR7pbR7aS
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 28, 2022
Trey Lance isnt on a new team but the 49ers promoting him to starter over Jimmy Garrapolo is one of the biggest moves over the offseason.
With the 49ers trading up to get Lance in last year’s draft, we knew it was only a matter of time before he came the starter.
Last year in his limited appearances he seemed extremely raw, which hopefully improves with another offseason under his belt.
I dont have much faith immediately in Lance’s throwing ability due to his accuracy but I believe in Kyle Shannhan’s offense.
I see him ending the season as QB15 at worst, due to his running ability. While he may not perform well in real life, I see him performing well in fantasy such as Jalen Hurts. I like him as a stash and he very well could end up being your starter.
Travis Etienne, Jacksonville Jaguars
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After an outstanding career at Clemson, a lot of hype was behind Etienne going into his rookie season but unfortunately, that was cut short due to him tearing his ACL before the regular season.
The injury was probably a blessing in disguise as he got to redshirt the dysfunctional Urban Meyer season.
With coach Doug Pederson in charge, this offense should be more explosive and although Etienne will be splitting carries with James Robinson, I expect him to make some noise early with Robinson currently nursing a torn Achilles. The fact that he was such a factor in the passing game in Clemson shows he will be a PPR monster and I think that he will end the season in the top 20 among the position in fantasy points.
Raheem Mostert, Miami Dolphins
Mostert took the league by storm in 2019, rushing for 772 yards and 8 touchdowns as part of Kyle Shannahan’s running back rotation. However, since 2019 he hasn't been able to get back to that level due to injuries.
Signing this offseason to Miami he will see a familiar face in coach Mike McDaniels who was the offensive coordinator in San Francisco.
Mostert is an injury replacement or hopeful stash at best.
Ronald Jones, Kansas City Chiefs
There was a lot of hype for RoJo entering last season but he was disappointing, to say the least. He was stuck behind Leonard Fournette in a backup role and was a non-factor throughout the season.
Signing a one-year deal with the Chiefs, he will be backing up Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the explosive offense which may give him few goal line and change of pace opportunities. CEH is known to suffer injuries so it wouldn't be surprising if Jones got a few starts.
With that being said, I don't have much faith in Jones as this is a pass-heavy offense and he isn't really explosive.
Our fantasy football rankings have him as RB39 and he is a late-round flier or someone to look at in the waiver wire if CEH indeed gets hurt.
Kenneth Walker, Seattle Seahawks
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After dominating college football last year at Michigan State there was a lot of hype for Walker coming into the draft. With the Seahawks selecting him in the second round of the NFL Draft there has been a lot of hype behind him but I'm not on that train.
Breece Hall, New York Jets
The rookie from Iowa State is highly regarded as the best running back of this draft class and is expected to be the RB1 opening week. Hall is a three-down back so Michael Carter won't be stealing many snaps from him.
Our fantasy football rankings have him as RB26 which I don't have any disagreements with. He is someone that you should look out for in the draft and I see him as a great bye week or injury replacement with the potential to be a FLEX.
Julio Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I'm not so big on this move as a lot of people are, I feel this is more flash than substance. Jones is on his third team in three seasons and can't stay healthy. He hasn't played a full season since 2018.
Julio can still catch the ball but I believe the explosiveness he once had is gone. With news that Chris Godwin won't be put on the PUP list means he should be back in the first couple of games of the season.
I expect people to reach just because of the name but I'm staying away, with Julio having to fight for touches with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Russell Gage. I wouldn't draft him unless you are in a deeper league, as there are so many other receivers to choose from.
Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins
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Hill going to Miami would've been the biggest move of the offseason if it wasn't for the Russell Wilson trade. Hill has been talking a lot this offseason, expressing confidence in quarterback Tua Tualigivia.
Tua has had many questions about his arm strength and I just don't see Hill catching a lot of deep bombs like we were used to seeing in Kansas City.
After finishing as WR6 last season, I don't see him improving and in fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he finished right outside the top 10. With that being said he is still one of the fastest in the league and I expect him to have a solid season in PPR with the number of touches he will be fed.
Allen Robinson, Los Angeles Rams
Going to the L. A Rams will be the complete opposite for Robinson after he was stuck in purgatory last season with the Bears offense. Finished with career lows in receiving yards (410) and touchdowns (1).
While he will be going to a much better run offense with Matthew Stafford and coach Sean McVay, I expect Cooper Kupp to get most of the targets like he did last season playing alongside Odell Beckham Jr.
Robinson is a WR3 with the potential of being a WR2, especially if he becomes a factor in the red zone.
Christian Kirk, Jacksonville Jaguars
Last season with the Cardinals, Kirk finished with career highs in receiving yards and TDs. He turned his contract year into the bag, getting a 4 year, $72 million contract from the Jaguars.
While the Jaguars are paying him as if he is a WR1, at best I see him as a FLEX play. I'm not too thrilled with the Jaguars' offense and I will have to see it before I believe it.
Was last year just a flash in the pan for Kirk? Or is this the beginning of his emergence? I'm leaning more towards being a one-year wonder.
Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders
Fantasy points per game leaders in 2021 (PPR - Non QB)
1 Cooper Kupp 25.9
2 Derrick Henry 24.2
3 Jonathan Taylor 21.9
4 Austin Ekeler 21.5
5 Davante Adams 21.5
6 Deebo Samuel 21.2
7 Justin Jefferson 19.4
8 Leonard Fournette 18.3
9 Christian McCaffrey 18.2
10 Alvin Kamara 18.1
— Chris Meaney (@chrismeaney) August 1, 2022
Right now Adams is ranked as the WR4 coming off boards but I think that is too low and I would only put him behind Kupp, the hiring of coach Josh McDaniels will lead to more pass attempts and Carr looked his best when he was throwing to Amari Cooper.
Noah Fant, Seattle Seahawks
Interesting Noah Fant statistic now that he and Drew Lock are in Seattle. In 2020 with Lock as the QB1, Fant led the team in RZ targets. In 2021, Lock targeted Fant in the RZ every game they played together. #NFLTwitter #Seahawks #NFL pic.twitter.com/3Y7yz71MIr
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There was a lot of hype for the former first-round pick when he was drafted by the Broncos in 2019. He never lived up to the hype which could be because of the poor quarterback play, and things won't get much better as he was traded with teammate Drew Lock for Russell Wilson.
With the Seahawks offense probably being led by Geno Smith, I don't feel confident in Fant but with such a shallow position you have no choice. He finished last season as TE12 and I see that as his ceiling this season.
The Seahawks threw one more pass attempt than the Eagles last season who had the least, I don't see that changing with Smith and Lock.
Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chargers
Everett finished last season with career highs in receiving yards and touchdowns with the Seahawks. He goes from one great quarterback in Russell Wilson to Justin Herbert and I believe the production will get even better.
After 478 yards and 4 touchdowns last season, I can see Everett improving a little this season with the Chargers throwing the ball more than the Seahawks did.
I think Everett’s touchdowns go up this season which should propel him, after finishing last season as TE20, I see him in the TE10-15 area this season.
Austin Hooper, Tennesse Titans
Hooper looked like one of the best tight ends during his stint in Atlanta and cashed in with the biggest deal for a tight end at the time with the Browns. His time with the Browns didn't go as planned and he is now with the Titans looking to raise his stock again.
Evan Engram, Jacksonville Jaguars
Engram has been a big disappointment since his breakout rookie season in 2017 when he had 722 yards and 6 touchdowns, both are still career highs. Engram failed to fill the void with the Giants after Odell Beckham Jr. was traded and I have little faith in Engram this season.
Also, the Jaguars traded for fellow tight-end Dan Arnold last season, so he will be competing for targets with him as well.
You can do worse than rostering him because the tight end position is so shallow but you shouldn't expect much out of him.
Hayden Hurst, Cincinnati Bengals
Hurst signing with the Bengals hasn't gotten much recognition and I like the move for the Bengals, just not in a fantasy sense. He’s an upgrade over C.J Uzomah but with that being said I don't see him being featured much in the Bengals' offense.
With Joe Burrow having Jamar Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd on the outside, Hurst will be the odd man out. He isn't someone you should draft in standard leagues but I would look at him as an injury or bye replacement.
After failing to catch more than three touchdowns in a season outside of 2020, temper your expectations despite him being on this explosive offense.
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