2022 Fantasy Football Sleepers: The industry is still sleeping on the positive side of Justin Fields

I did something a little different when compiling the list of sleepers below. Well, I have to say someone else did something a little different.

One of them has helped me in the last few weeks, a guy named Johnny Lazar. You might see his name in a phantom draft pretty soon, and I’d be surprised if this was the last time you saw his name. It helped improve my predictions, and last week put together a list of every player I was above the consensus of Dave, Jamey and Fantasy Pros. It’s a very large list. The nine players you’ll see below were all on that list. They were also outside the top 100 for Dave, Jamie and the consensus.

Surprisingly, there was no late midfielder on the list. The two closest were Galen Hurts and Tom Brady. I just wrote about my pain penetration column Calling Brady asleep is a bridge too far for me. But I think there is a potential sleeper player who would win the league in quarterback, even if he doesn’t appear on the list. It’s Justin Fields. In fact, I’m afraid even my ranking is too low.

Like most of the 2021 quarterback class, Fields struggled as a rookie. But it also gave us many reasons to hope. In his last four complete games, he has averaged 307 yards of attack per game. In fact, in his last nine starts, he completed 61.7% of his passes and averaged 7.4 yards per pass attempt. Considering he completed 68% of his passes in college and averaged 9.2 yards per attempt, there’s still plenty of reason to hope he can be an above-average passer.

As an above-average passer, Fields will be an indispensable player in the fictional quarterback with an easy rise into the top five. He’s an elite athlete who ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at Ohio State and averaged 5.8 yards per carry as a rookie. His new offensive coordinator is Luke Jetsey. The last time Jitsi invited offensive plays was in 2018 in Mississippi. That year quarterback Nick Fitzgerald led the team in rushing yards and quick tumbles.

Much has been said about the fact that the bears haven’t put enough around the fields for this year to erupt. Compared to what the Tre Lance has in San Francisco, his weapons are definitely lacking. But in the context of sleep, this means more opportunities. If Fields gets close to its ceiling this year, it’s very likely that Cole Kmet, Velus Jones, or anyone else with a three-figure ADP will significantly outperform its cost. Bears may have multiple sleepers.

Here are nine people sleeping above the industry:

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