2022 Fantasy Football Quarterback Sleepers

by Tyler Mulligan
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Fantasy Football titles are won and lost in the draft. In the 2022 Fantasy Football Quarterback Sleepers, we’re trying to find diamonds in the rough to propel your squad to Fantasy immortality.

The goal in any draft is to get value out of your picks. Instead of going for the big-name players at any given position, it's often shrewder—and more productive—for Fantasy owners set their sights on sleepers.

Sleepers are always a gamble but can turn the tide for a season.

If you’re looking to get the best bang for your buck while being able to flex your superior intellect over league-mates through ghoulish insults, the first step is to set your sights on a cast of high-value sleeper picks.

2022 Fantasy Football Quarterback Sleepers

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Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

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For years, Kirk Cousins has slid under the radar despite being a solid fantasy performer.

In his last two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, the veteran signal caller has been a Top-12 QB in most formats despite posting a sub-500 record (15-17). During this span, Cousins’ floor for yardage was 4,221 and he threw for 68 touchdowns.

In 2020, Cousins ranked in the NFL’s top five starting quarterbacks in terms of touchdown percentage with 6.8 percent. Last season’s percentage took a dip (5.9 percent), but still ranked seventh – notably ahead of Justin Herbert, Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen.

In the NFC North, Cousins will have to contend with stout defenses in the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. With that being said, he’ll face the Detroit Lions twice. In 2021, Detroit allowed 244.7 passing yards per game- 23rd in the NFL. The Lions also ranked 29th in touchdowns allowed per game with 2.9.

The Jefferson Effect

While mobility might be Cousins’ greatest setback, his receiving corps is his greatest asset in terms of fantasy value.

2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year Justin Jefferson is one of the top burgeoning receivers in the NFL and has averaged over 1,500 yards per season in his first two years in the league. An elite playmaker that filled the vacancy of Stefon Diggs with flying colors, Jefferson will continue to be the most potent weapon at Cousins’ disposal.

Adam Thielen has been a fantasy stud for the better part of the last five seasons in Minnesota and remains a touchdown magnet when healthy. In his last 28 games, Thielen has reached paydirt a whopping 24 times.

Cousins’ consistency as a fantasy quarterback hinges on his two favorite targets. Taking a step forward, however, hinges on the development of youngsters K.J. Osborn and tight end Irv Smith Jr. Last year Osborn and Smith Jr. combined for 12 TDs and 80 receptions. With Jefferson and Theilen bound to command ample attention from secondaries, Cousins will need a third and fourth option to turn to on a consistent basis.

With an ADP of 116 according to Fantasy Pros, the former fourth-round draft pick offers fantasy owners excellent value in later rounds.

Daniel Jones, New York Giants

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In 2021, those who rostered Danny Dimes didn’t exactly cash in as the New York Giants struggled across the board offensively.

Jones couldn’t get on the same page with his receivers last year. Through 11 games, the third-year quarterback only threw 10 touchdowns, while throwing seven interceptions while averaging just over 220 passing yards per game.

After bringing in a Pro-Bowl caliber receiver in Kenny Golladay, Jones owners and Giants fans were rightfully disappointed. Golladay didn’t score a single touchdown and accumulated just 37 receptions.

The only way to go from here is up.

Although the Giants are far from being Super Bowl contenders, they still have a talented receiving corps and have upgraded from a cardboard offensive line to one that could potentially keep Jones’ jersey clean. Drafting Evan Neal seventh overall should immediately pay off for the Giants, while signing Jon Feliciano, Joshua Ezeudu and Mark Glowinski are immediate upgrades on the line.

Over the past three years, Jones has had a big problem with turnovers – 49 turnovers in 38 games played. An upgraded O-Line should lead to more protection, fewer sacks and ultimately fewer turnovers.

Jones also has the athletic ability to thrive in fantasy football. Through three seasons, Jones has added fantasy value through the run game, rushing for 1,000 yards and five touchdowns.

Contract Killer with Giant Weapons

The Giants didn’t pick up Jones’ fifth-year option, forcing him into a contract season.

It’s do-or-die time for Jones and he’ll have perennial bridge quarterback Tyrod Taylor nipping at his heels should the season go sideways. As a result, it’s reasonable to believe Jones will be doubly motivated to put together a solid season.

Golladay’s down season could be a product of a lack of chemistry with Jones. It could also be an outlier. While he’s not likely to be in the WR1 conversation most weeks, expect a bounce back from the 28-year-old receiver.

Outside of Golladay, New York’s wide receiver room is crowded with talent.

When healthy, Sterling Shepard is a viable No.2 option, while star-in-the-making Kadarius Toney showed promise as an explosive pass catcher when on the field. In his rookie season, Toney commanded a 25% target rate per route run.

With an ADP of 193 according to Fantasy Pros, taking a late-round flier on Jones could pay dividends given the weapons at his disposal.

Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

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Last season, Tua Tagovailoa threw for just 2,653 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Finishing 2021 as QB26, Tagovailoa was unrosterable in all but Superflex leagues.

In 2022, however, the fantasy outlook looks bright for the third-year field general, especially with offensive guru Mike McDaniel now as head coach.

The Dolphins' offense has been given a facelift and Tua’s stats should follow suit.

Chase Edmonds is now the top dog in the running back group. As a Cardinal, Edmonds primarily served as a third-down pass-catching back, which should help Tagovailoa’s propensity to throw short under pressure.

Jaylen Waddle is returning after a rookie campaign that saw the Alabama product garner 104 receptions and 1,015 receiving yards. Expect Tua and Waddle’s rapport to continue to climb in their second season together.

At tight end, Mike Gesicki is another serviceable weapon for the young quarterback. In 2021, Gesicki hauled in 73 receptions for 780 yards.

With an already solid core of options for Tagovailoa, the Dolphins made arguably the biggest splash of the offseason by signing the biggest deep threat in the NFL.

Surf and Turf: Dolphins and Cheetahs

Tyreek Hill is undoubtedly one of the most explosive players in pro football. With elite speed and route running, Hill has made a living taking the top off defenses. Even when he’s not being targeted in the passing game, he still serves as a top-notch decoy.

Given his speed, Hill’s bread and butter is the deep ball. In 2021, Tagovailoa only threw 20-plus yards on 7.5 percent of his tosses, but when he did, he was wildly successful. On deep balls, Tua completed 48.3 percent of his throws over 20 yards with an NFL-leading adjusted rate of 55.2 percent.

Finishing in the top seven in four of his six years in the league, Hill is a perennial fantasy goliath. The addition of Hill to Miami’s receiving arsenal will surely benefit Tagovailoa’s fantasy outlook, especially with Waddle lined up opposite another Pro Bowl-caliber receiver.

With the arguably the best offseason upgrades of any quarterback, Tagovailoa’s outlook looks appetizing considering an ADP of 122 according to Fantasy Pros.

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