Fantasy Football Prospects for the 2022 NFL Season

It’s early August and that can only mean one thing. It’s time for fantasy football managers to start preparing for the upcoming season. Fantasy football has become a billion dollar a year business, with money and penalties trading hands and being distributed every season. The quarterback position is always deep and should be treated as such. But there is one QB this year who is grossly underdrafted in the fake drafts and his name is Derek Carr.

The Las Vegas Raiders are coming off a very successful season, led by Carr. He threw for over 4,800 yards last season. The only reason he didn’t finish higher in the 2021 rankings in that position was a bit of bad luck. In today’s NFL, it’s tough to throw for nearly 5,000 yards and just 23 touchdowns. Yet he did it last year. That led to a QB14 finish last season, just behind Ryan Tannehill and Carsen Wentz.

It won’t happen again this year. Every quarterback who has thrown 30 or more touchdown passes in 2021 has finished in the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks. A positive touchdown regression is on the horizon. Here is our 2022 fantasy football outlook for Derek Carr.

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Fantasy Football 2022: Raiders QB Derek Carr Projections

Let’s tackle the obvious elephant in the room right out of the door. The Raiders made one of the most shocking moves of the offseason for Davante Adams. Adams will easily be the best wide receiver Carr has ever played with in the NFL. But it won’t be the first time these two have met.

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Derek Carr and Adams were college teammates at Fresno State. In the two seasons they played together in college, Carr connected with Adams 233 times for 3,031 yards and 38 touchdowns. Yes, you read that right. 38 touchdowns in two seasons.

As I mentioned before, Carr’s biggest problem last year was finding the end zone in the air. Adams has finished in double digits in receiving touchdowns in five of the past six seasons, including 18 two years ago. Yes, I know his quarterback was Aaron Rodgers. No, Derek Carr is not Aaron Rodgers.

But Carr is much better than most people give him credit for. After struggling his early years, Carr has completed between 67 and 70 percent of his passes each of the last four years. He is the only quarterback in the NFL to have completed at least 66% of his passes and thrown for 4,000 yards in each of the past four seasons. Now he gets Davante Adams. Even Matthew Berry appears to be all-in on Carr.

Adams’ arrival will also open things up even more for Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller.

We also can’t ignore the fact that Josh McDaniels will now be calling the games. He is arguably the best offensive playmaker in the NFL.

Most places still have Carr ranked well outside the top 10 at quarterback. He is currently drafted behind Trey Lance and Dak Prescott. Don’t make the same mistake. Expect 30+ touchdown passes, at least 4,600 passing yards and a top 10 at his position.

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