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SuperFlex Draft Strategy: 3 Late Round QBs to Target in 2022

Jameis Winston

Superflex Draft Strategy

When it comes time to draft a starting quarterback in standard redraft leagues, it is a no-brainer how to plan a strategy for drafting your desired player. In Superflex leagues, it may be trickier to plan a strategy of when, where, and who to draft as your second starting quarterback. There are plenty of QB2s to choose from when it comes to Superflex leagues, but are they the optimal quarterbacks who will give you the best chance to win your league? Here are three of the best quarterbacks to choose from as your second starting quarterback on your Superflex team.

Jameis Winston

Saints | Quarterback

Jameis Winston showed signs of a true starting quarterback last season after having Lasik surgery to correct his nearsightedness and astigmatism, but unfortunately, he suffered a torn ACL on a horse collar tackle halfway through last season. The New Orleans Saints re-signed Winston to a two-year, $28 million contract with $21 million in guarantees. Winston’s numbers must have impressed the Saints enough to resign him to this deal. Before the injury, the Pro Bowl quarterback threw for 1,170 yards, scoring 14 touchdowns, and only throwing 3 interceptions. He finished the season with a completion rating of 59.0%, a QBR of 102.8, and finishing as the QB33 in standard fantasy leagues. Winston is ready to rock as the Saints starting quarterback once again after fully recovering from the ACL injury.

During the 2022 NFL Draft, the Saints drafted First-Team All-Big Ten Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave with the 11th pick in the 1st round. Also, former Ohio State and Pro Bowl wide receiver Michael Thomas is returning to the starting lineup after sitting out the 2021 season because of an ankle injury he sustained during the 2020 season that required surgery. Another big addition to the starting lineup is Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry. The Saints signed Landry this offseason to a 1-year, $3 million contract that included a $1.8 million signing bonus and $3 million in incentives. Winston has plenty of weapons to choose from in the passing game. Following the additions of Olave and Landry and the return of Thomas, I expect Winston to have a solid year passing for over 4,000 yards, scoring at least 30 touchdowns, while keeping the interceptions to under 10, winning “AP Comeback Player of the Year”. Winston has the potential to become a low-end QB1 this upcoming season.

Tua Tagovailoa

Dolphins | Quarterback

There has been a lot of noise surrounding quarterback Tua Tagovailoa this offseason, especially from newly signed super bowl champion wide receiver Tyreek Hill. On March 23, 2022, the Miami Dolphins signed Tyreek Hill to a 4-year, $120 million contract including a $25.5 million signing bonus, with $72 million guaranteed. Hill has gone on his podcast to formally endorse his quarterback. Hill had this to say about his new quarterback “Obviously like I’m gonna go with 15 (Mahomes) as the strongest arm but as far as accuracy-wise, I’m going with Tua all day.”

Tagovailoa has shown glimpses of what a QB1 should look like but unfortunately has not gotten to that point yet. Last year he played in 13 games in which he threw for 2,653 yards, scoring 16 touchdowns, and throwing 10 interceptions. He finished the season with a completion rating of 67.8%, posting a QBR of 49.7, finishing as the QB26 in standard leagues. With improvements to the running game by signing Chase Edmonds to a two-year contract worth $12.7 million and playing under a new offensive scheme designed by new head coach Mike McDaniel, this season is finally time for “Tua Time.”

I have high hopes for Tua this season as he has improved his deep ball strength and accuracy this offseason. With Hill joining the Dolphins, I certainly am on par with Tua having a good season. Tagovailoa has numerous targets to throw to in Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Cedrick Wilson Jr., and Mike Gesicki, I consider Tagovailoa a high-end QB2 this season.

Derek Carr

Raiders | Quarterback

After watching last night’s Hall of Fame game which took place in Canton, Ohio, I am officially hyped for the reunion of Derek Carr and Davante Adams. On March 17, 2022, it was announced that the Las Vegas Raiders had traded with the Green Bay Packers to acquire Pro Bowl wide receiver Davante Adams in exchange for a 2022 first-round pick (No. 22 overall), and a second-round pick (No. 53 overall). The blockbuster trade officially reunited Adams with Carr who was his college quarterback at Fresno State and won the Mountain West Conference Championship together in 2013. Then, on April 13, 2022, the Las Vegas Raiders resigned Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Carr to a three-year $121.5 million contract extension, officially making him a Raider for the foreseeable future.

Last season he played in all 17 games in which he threw for 4,804 yards, scoring 23 touchdowns, and throwing 14 interceptions. He finished the season with a completion rating of 68.4%, posting a QBR of 52.4, finishing as the QB13 in standard leagues. The Raiders have the potential to become one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. Carr is well equipped with an elite receiving core in Davante Adams, Hunter Renfrow, Keelan Cole, Mack Hollins, Demarcus Robinson, and Darren Waller, resulting in having a career-high season in passing touchdowns. With all the improvements the Raiders made in the offseason including hiring head coach Josh McDaniels, drafting offensive linemen to help protect Carr after being sacked 40 times last season, developing a strong running game in which we saw Josh Jacobs put on a good performance in the Hall of Fame game on Thursday night, implementing a new offensive scheme, and the signing of Pro Bowler Davante Adams, I expect Carr to have a phenomenal season, becoming a high-end QB2.

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