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Fantasy Football Week 1 Quarterback Preview: Rankings, projections, waiver wire additions and more


There’s no shortage of intrigue in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season, especially in the quarterback position. We get to see Aaron Rodgers without Davante Adams and Patrick Mahomes without Tyreek Hill. We get to see how well Adams and Hill can make Derek Carr and Tua Tagovailoa. Hopefully we’ll get to see the start of a jump for Jalen Hurts and find out if there will be a drop-off for Tom Brady and Dak Prescott. But none of that is as intriguing to me as what we get from a pair of sophomore quarterbacks going head to head in Chicago.

Trey lance and Justin Fields have a lot in common as we go into this season. They were both selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft and they both showed brilliant flashes and also showed why their team’s plan was to sit them out in 2021. They both possess elite skills as rushers and plenty of question marks as passers-by. But there are also things that set them apart.

The lead for Lance is in his environment. He makes Kyle call Shanahan plays and he throws to Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle. Fields will be with his second play-caller in as many years, and it will be Luke Getsy’s first time playing in the NFL. Fields’ No. 1 wide receiver, Darnell Mooney, would finish third on the 49ers and Cole Kmet really doesn’t compare to George Kittle.

The lead for Fields would come in his experience. He started 10 games last year and attempted 210 passes in the NFL. Lance has started three games since 2019 and that includes one game at North Dakota State. The experiential advantage certainly extends to college. Lance threw 2,947 yards in 19 games against low-level competition. Fields threw more than 5,000 yards in 22 games at Ohio State.

In Week 1, Lance has another advantage, which is that he faces the Bears defense, while Fields has to face a much more stingy 49ers unit. Before the season, Fields may have another advantage, as Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t look over his shoulder when things go wrong.

For now I agree that Lance is the better option for both week 1 and the rest of the season. I just don’t think the gap between them is as big as most. Their Week 1 matchup will be one of the games I watch the most to see which of them looks like they can duplicate the second season of Jalen Hurts.

Let’s go to the rest of the preview:

QB sample from week 1

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Numbers to know

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Matchups That Matter

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Distance Wire Objectives

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Heath’s projections

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