As we finally end a remarkable 2022 NFL season, it's time we look back at what really matters: Fantasy football. Along with consistently active veterans like Patrick Mahomes and Christian McCaffrey, we saw several new faces light up the field this year.
Veteran quarterbacks Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes both had a phenomenal season, each averaging over 25 points per game. Somewhat surprisingly, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts also had a fantastic season –– averaging over 25 points and achieving a career-high 101.5 rating. While quarterbacks including Joe Burrow and Justin Fields also performed well this season, Dak Prescott and Lamar Jackson were both quite disappointing, having their 2022 season riddled with injuries.
In terms of tight ends, most had a mediocre season. George Kittle, Mark Andrews, and TJ Hockenson all averaged slightly under 15 points. However, we saw a spectacular season from a future Hall of Famer and arguably the most valuable player in the 2022 fantasy football season: Travis Kelce. Kelce averaged roughly 20 points per game –– well above the mark set by any other tight end this season. He also had 12 touchdowns in the season, making significant contributions to the team in the first 13 games. He ended up tying for second place for the most touchdowns by a tight end in a singular season.
Despite his trade to the 49ers, running back McCaffrey continued to put up amazing numbers this season along with all-stars Austin Ekeler and Josh Jacobs. Regardless of sporadic successes, the NFL backfield saw a lot of disappointment this season. Cam Akers, who experts believed was going to perform spectacularly, had a less-than-mediocre season. Both Jonathan Taylor and Najee Harris, who were held to extremely high standards after remarkable 2021 seasons, averaged just under 14 points.
On the bright side, we saw a lot of success downfield. Wide receivers like Davante Adams, Keenan Allen, and Stefon Diggs had phenomenal seasons. The true spectacle, however, came from third-year receiver Justin Jefferson. Jefferson had his fair share of highlight reel plays as he broke several franchise records, including the most receptions and receiving yards in a single season by a Viking. Receivers like Jamar Chase, Amon-Ra St. Brown, CeeDee Lamb, and Tyreek Hill also had their share of wins while rookie receiver Garrett Wilson led the Jets to one of their most successful seasons in the last few decades.