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Justin Fields Can be an Elite QB1 Even With Poor Passing

Justin Fields is regarded as one of the best rushing quarterbacks in the league heading into 2023 after leading all QBs in 2022 in rush yards. That’s an impressive stat in and of itself, but looking closer at Fields’ production last season, we see him set himself apart from the field in more ways than just total yardage.

This certainly doesn’t look like a stat that could regress to the mean!

Among QBs last season with 30 or more rush attempts, Justin Fields dwarfed even the very best ball-carrying quarterbacks. He more than doubled the next best QB, Lamar Jackson, in % of runs that gained over 30 yards (4.4%), while simultaneously finishing as the only quarterback to register over 3 yards after contact per attempt.

That type of elite rushing production doesn’t require much in the passing game to support a fantasy QB1 – and Fields has much more help this season than he did last year when he finished as the overall QB5 in fantasy points per game. If Fields could hit anywhere close to the 3000-yard mark in 2023, we could be looking at a true fantasy cheat code under center in Chicago.


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