The 2021-2022 NFL season was truly one for the record books. Not only did we have a historic amount of games (17), but we saw many records get shattered in the process. TJ Watt tied Michael Strahan’s sack record, Cooper Kupp received the WR triple crown, Jaylen Waddle and Ja'Marr Chase had unbelievable rookie seasons, the list goes on and on. Oh yeah, and we saw the best Quarterback in history retire shortly after the season was finished. I think I speak for everyone in saying we’ll all miss seeing Big Ben sling the rock every week. Kidding, of course. The retirement of Tom Brady after an absolutely amazing career was the icing on the cake after an incredible NFL season.
For the next few weeks, we will be highlighting and analyzing how we evaluated players coming into this season, and where they currently stand. We will identify risers and fallers in dynasty ranks, and see how this season changed our minds on certain players. Let’s dive into our dynasty year in review, starting with Quarterbacks.
Mahomes, Allen, and Herbert
First up–Patrick Mahomes. According to FantasyPros 2021 ADP, Mahomes was the number 1 Quarterback taken off the board, and he ended up finishing 4th in the year in terms of PPR points. Now, I know that 4th overall is nothing to be ashamed of. Mahomes had a fantastic year. However, the fact that he scored 43.46 points less over the whole season than the number 1 Quarterback on the year (Josh Allen) would suggest to me that Mahomes is no longer in a tier all by himself. After their respective seasons, I propose a top tier of three Quarterbacks: Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, and Justin Herbert. These three guys are going to be an absolute problem for years to come. With the ages of 26, 25, and 23 respectively, you can hold on to these guys as top-tier, elite assets for the foreseeable future. Mahomes, Allen, and Herbert are certified ballers that did nothing but improve their standing as the three best Quarterbacks to have on your dynasty roster.
Stafford & Prescott
One player that was criminally undervalued in the offseason, was none other than Matthew Stafford. The community as a whole was unsure how a then 33-year-old would perform in a new city. He was drafted behind Ryan Tannehill, Deshaun Watson, and even Baker Mayfield for some. But, by scoring over 20 PPR points per game, Stafford proved to us all that he deserves to be considered as a perennial top 10 candidate in Quarterback rankings. He has great weapons around him in Kupp, Woods, OBJ, Akers, and Higbee, and with Sean McVay at the helm, there is no reason to doubt his status for the future. If you can flip Stafford to a contending team for a younger stud like Joe Burrow, Kyler Murray, or even Lamar Jackson, now may be the time to sell high on Stafford.
Is anyone else worried about Dak Prescott? In FantasyPros 2021 ADP, Prescott was ranked 6th among Quarterbacks and finished as QB 9 in PPG. Finishing as QB9 on the year isn’t necessarily a cause for concern on its own. However, Dak barely achieved 20 PPR points per game last year, which was largely due to him not running the ball as much as he used to. In 2018 he rushed for 19 yards per game, 17 in 2019, and a measly 9 yards per game in 2021. It appears that the Cowboys want Dak to run less often, as he attempted 0.6 fewer rushes per game compared to his 2019 numbers. This downfall in rush attempts may cap Prescott’s ceiling moving forward. Not to mentioned potentially missing Amari Cooper amid talks about being cut.
Dak is coming up on age 29 this season. If the 2021 season is any indication of his future, I am officially concerned about Dak’s value moving forward. If your team is looking to reload for next season, I would trade Dak away to a contending team for someone like Trey Lance or Justin Fields, plus a first or second-round pick. If you are a contending team, however, it may be prudent to hold onto Dak.