Fans of Fantasy Football are always looking for sleepers and undervalued players when putting together their big board. Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence didn’t have a good rookie year but he’s poised to make a big leap in Year 2. And that could in turn make him an enticing option in Fantasy drafts.
Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report recently drew up a list of Fantasy Football sleepers poised to have a breakout year in 2022 and Lawrence was among those that made the cut. Knox points out that the No. 1 pick in the 2021 draft was a fantasy disappointment last year, throwing 3,641 yards with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Nevertheless, he thinks that he will benefit from all the additions the front office made in the offseason and the presence of head coach Doug Pederson.
"With better protection, players like Kirk and a healthy Travis Etienne Jr. at his disposal and with competent leadership, Lawrence may finally perform like a generational quarterback Jacksonville believed it was getting at No. 1 overall. While Lawrence may not make the sort of second-year jump that Joe Burrow did in 2021, he could emerge as a quality starter. Right now, he’s barely trending as a fantasy backup."
There are several things that held back Lawrence during his rookie campaign, including but not limited to not getting all the starting reps in training camp. Also, Urban Meyer and his coaching staff didn’t agree on the kind of offense they would have the young passer run. The dearth of playmakers on offense didn’t help matters and neither did Meyer himself, who didn’t seem fit to run an NFL team. Now in a better overall situation, the former Clemson Tiger should see a significant uptick in production on both the football field and Fantasy.
Trevor Lawrence may be a solid-low key addition in Fantasy Football
Unless a quarterback such as Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen is on the board in the first round of your Fantasy draft, you’re better off taking a skill-position player. After all, you can get a good QB1 in the fourth or fifth round. Lawrence is currently far from a proven option and didn’t even crack the top 100 in Matthew Berry’s rankings.
Having said that, the Jaguars signal-caller would be a low-key addition with plenty of upside. It’s hard to tell how much he will improve in 2022 but barring serious injury, he should have no trouble doubling his touchdown total and throwing five or six fewer interceptions. That would be good for 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, which would make him a solid QB2 in fantasy leagues.
Of course, there’s also a chance Lawrence exceeds expectations in Year 2. While 40 touchdowns seem unrealistic, 30 might be feasible if he, tight end Evan Engram and the Jaguars wide receiver corps operate at full steam. Again, Lawrence isn’t an established player in fantasy circles but that’s precisely what would make him a low-risk, high-reward pick.
Trevor Lawrence has been trending this offseason because he could break out the way Joe Burrow did last year. If he does have an outstanding sophomore campaign, he will also become a popular player among Fantasy enthusiasts.