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QBs who could take the next step



Justin Fields:

Fields had an underwhelming start to his rookie career that put a lot of managers off from his potential. While his performances were sub-par in some cases, partial blame for that can be placed on the coaching staff for not putting him in a position to succeed. Matt Nagy and his counterparts were simply not the right coaches to help Fields reach his maximum potential. What perhaps went unnoticed were his performances over the second half of the season. Fields improved steadily as the season progressed, even without any standout options in his pass-catching core outside of Darnell Mooney. In his last 4 full games, Fields averaged over 21 PPR points and was a top 12 QB in fantasy. His rushing production paved the way for those finishes, and will likely boost his value well past where he is being drafted now as the QB18 behind options like Kirk Cousins.

 

Daniel Jones:

The New York Giants have been the focus of a major overhaul to their coaching staff and management. One of the primary goals of the new regime is to get the best out of 4th year QB Daniel Jones. Last Season he was performing well above expectations, QB8 for the first 4 weeks of the season, prior to a brutal concussion in week 5 that derailed the remainder of his and the Giants' season. This offseason, the offensive line has been completely rebuilt around standout LT Andrew Thomas, amending perhaps the most pressing issue that was contributing to Jones’ struggles. The hopes of many are that he can now reach his potential.


The offense is not short of viable weaponry with the likes of Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, and Saquon Barkley at Jones’ disposal, and he now has a coach willing to let him loose. This can be the season where everything comes together for Danny Dimes, and because of the deficiencies attached to his name he can be drafted at practically no price. Currently with an ADP of 28 among QBs, behind options like Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, and Kenny Pickett, Jones can even be picked up off of the waiver wire in many leagues.

 

Jalen Hurts:

The consensus on Hurts has shifted in a major way in recent months. With the addition of AJ Brown to their WR corps, the Eagles’ concerns surrounding Hurts’ ability to throw the ball effectively and efficiently have greatly been diminished. DeVonta Smith is also due to improve in his second season, paving the way for the Eagles to have a very dangerous passing attack led by Hurts. Despite this, the peak of Jalen’s fantasy value is obviously contingent on his production as a rusher.


Acting as the goal line back for the Eagles last season he led the team in every rushing stat, scoring 10 TDs and amassing over 780 yards on the season. There is no reason to believe that he will be replaced as the primary goal-line back, however, it is evident that there is plenty of room for him to improve passing the ball, which AJ Brown’s arrival should help greatly. Though he had a great 2021 season and finished as the overall fantasy QB9, Hurts is primed to have his first top 5 fantasy finish, and perhaps even compete for the QB1 title.

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