• Justin Fields, QB of the Chicago Bears (offence rating 67.9 PFF): He’s averaged a fantastic 28.13 points per game over the past four weeks.
• New York Jets RB Breece Hall (76.4 PFF for precipitation): The rookie was on his way to a season of elite fantasy football, but a torn ACL injury landed him devastatingly on injured reserve. His exceptional 2022 season will not be forgotten.
• Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions RB (74.9 PFF for precipitation): The veteran with the best smile in football, operates as the NFL’s goal-setting specialist.
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The midpoint of the 2022 NFL season has arrived, and it’s time to hand out midseason fantasy football awards to five of the league’s most notable performers.
The late-round quarterback: QB Justin Fields, Chicago Bears
• Fantasy managers have embraced the late-round quarterback draft strategy for years, but after nine weeks of NFL play, five of the top six quarterbacks in fantasy football were also five of the top six quarterbacks. guard drafted between August 15 and September 7. on Underdog Fantasy. The results for the first half of the season, a repeat of those from 2021, pushed Fantasy’s Overton window toward a likely quarterback approach at the start of the round in 2023.
• Sophomore Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields is leading the charge to guard late-round quarterbacks as a common tactic, however.
• In 2022, the QB1-QB6 group outperformed the QB7-QB12 group by an average of 51.1 points.
• In 2021, the QB1-QB6 group outperformed the QB7-QB12 group by an average of 63.61 points.
• It took Chicago five weeks to adjust its playbook, but since Week 6, Fields has been touted as a game-changing dual-threat quarterback. He even set the single-game quarterback record last week, rushing for 178 yards against the Tua Tagovailoa Dolphins. His down passes were also fantastic.
• The chart below ranks Fields’ week 6-9 production in parentheses among NFL quarterbacks with at least 100 dropouts and 10 rushing attempts during that span. A filter of at least 10 returns was applied to the PFF pass mark on throws of at least 20 or more air yards.
Fields of Justin | Weeks 6-9
|Fantasy/game points||28.13 (#2)|
|PFF passing score – 20+ aDot||59.7 (#18) – 88.9 (#7)|
|% big throws – % turnover worthy play||4.5% (#13) – 4.0% (#9)|
|NFL passer ranking||95.6% (#5)|
|PFF precipitation class||91.2 (#2)|
|Yds/Rush. – YAC/Rush||8.3 (#2) – 5.5 (#1)|
|Forced/Rush Missed Tackles – Explosive Runs||0.31 (#3) – 16 (#1)|
• A pair of mid-to-late quarterbacks made strong arguments for this award, but Fields’ new use puts him ahead. Cincinnati Bengals strategist Joe Terrier by nearly one rushing touchdown per game.
• Burrow (ADP: 75.1, QB8) resiliently exceeded expectations, producing 205.5 total fantasy points (QB3) and 22.83 fantasy points per game (QB4).
• Miami Dolphins strategist Tua Tagovailoa (132.9, QB17) also returned value by racking up a fantastic 139.90 points overall (QB12) and 19.96 points per game (QB7).
• The Fields Bears will have games against the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons over the next two weeks. Detroit’s 52.1 PFF coverage rating ranks third worst in the NFL, and their 51.3 PFF run defense rating is a bottom 10. Atlanta’s 56.4 PFF coverage rating is seventh worst, and their 61.2 PFF average run defense rating is tied for 15th. Champs should be expected to destroy both teams.
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