Fantasy football: Players entering a contract year in 2022

Fantasy football: Players entering a contract year in 2022

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Fantasy football: Players entering a contract year in 2022


While simply entering a contract year is not a guarantee of increased fantasy football production, us gamers look to unearth any extra motivation that may help real-life players put put our fake squads over the top.

The key when evaluating such data is to treat it as another piece of the puzzle and not get too caught up in this extra info. The salary cap increased as usual this year after a dip during the height of the pandemic. We’ve seen a wild offseason of player movement this offseason — somewhat due to last year’s uptick in one-year deals creative a deep class of free agents at wide receiver. Well, receivers are deep yet again, and running back shows a few promising names as well, so look for it to continue into 2023’s free agency season.

The data is based on USA TODAY Sports’ partner’s free-agent charts.

Notes: All players listed below will be unrestricted free agents as of March 2023, focusing on those who have made a dent in fantasy in recent years or could be in position to matter. Ages reflect how old the player will be upon the opening free agency. Players in bold font are considered to have the most to gain from a strong season.

2022 contract-year players


Pos. Player Age 2022 team
QB Sam Darnold 25.7 CAR
QB Daniel Jones 25.8 NYG
QB Lamar Jackson 26.1 BAL
QB Drew Lock 26.3 SEA
QB Jarrett Stidham 26.6 LV
QB Gardner Minshew 26.8 PHI
QB Mason Rudolph 27.6 PIT
QB Baker Mayfield 27.9 CLE
QB Mike White 27.9 NYJ
QB Taylor Heinicke 30.0 WAS
QB Jacoby Brissett 30.2 CLE
QB Teddy Bridgewater 30.3 MIA
QB Jimmy Garoppolo 31.3 SF
QB Geno Smith 32.4 SEA
QB Andy Dalton 35.3 NO
QB Tom Brady 45.6 TB

Running backs

Pos. Player Age 2022 team
RB Travis Homer 24.6 SEA
RB Alexander Mattison 24.7 MIN
RB Benny Snell Jr. 25.0 PIT
RB Josh Jacobs 25.1 LV
RB Justice Hill 25.3 BAL
RB Trayveon Williams 25.4 CIN
RB Ty Johnson 25.4 NYJ
RB Darrell Henderson 25.5 LAR
RB Devin Singletary 25.5 BUF
RB Ronald Jones II 25.6 KC
RB David Montgomery 25.7 CHI
RB Miles Sanders 25.8 PHI
RB Tony Pollard 25.8 DAL
RB Myles Gaskin 26.0 MIA
RB Saquon Barkley 26.1 NYG
RB Damien Harris 26.1 NE
RB Qadree Ollison 26.5 ATL
RB D’Onta Foreman 26.9 CAR
RB D’Ernest Johnson 27.0 CLE
RB Marlon Mack 27.0 HOU
RB Royce Freeman 27.0 HOU
RB Rashaad Penny 27.1 SEA
RB Jeff Wilson 27.3 SF
RB Samaje Perine 27.5 CIN
RB Kareem Hunt 27.6 CLE
RB Boston Scott 27.8 PHI
RB Jamaal Williams 27.9 DET
RB Matt Breida 28.0 NYG
RB Dontrell Hilliard 28.0 TEN
RB Chris Carson 28.4 SEA
RB Phillip Lindsay 28.6 IND
RB Kenyan Drake 29.1 LV
RB Duke Johnson 29.4 BUF
RB Melvin Gordon 29.9 DEN
RB Tevin Coleman 29.9 NYJ
RB Mike Davis 30.0 BAL
RB Raheem Mostert 30.9 MIN
RB Damien Williams 30.9 ATL
RB Giovani Bernard 31.3 TB
RB Rex Burkhead 32.7 HOU
RB Mark Ingram 33.2 NO

Also see: 2022 Fantasy Football Draft Guide

Wide receivers

Pos. Player Age 2022 team
WR Mecole Hardman 25.0 KC
WR Deonte Harty 25.2 NO
WR N’Keal Harry 25.2 NE
WR D.K. Metcalf 25.2 SEA
WR Olamide Zaccheaus 25.6 ATL
WR Parris Campbell 25.6 IND
WR Scotty Miller 25.6 TB
WR Ashton Dulin 25.8 IND
WR Preston Williams 25.9 MIA
WR Olabisi Johnson 25.9 MIN
WR Auden Tate 26.1 ATL
WR Darius Slayton 26.1 NYG
WR Jakobi Meyers 26.3 NE
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster 26.3 KC
WR DJ Chark 26.4 DET
WR Equanimeous St. Brown 26.4 CHI
WR Miles Boykin 26.4 PIT
WR Andy Isabella 26.5 ARI
WR Diontae Johnson 26.6 PIT
WR James Washington 26.9 DAL
WR Trent Sherfield 27.0 MIA
WR Cam Sims 27.1 WAS
WR Deebo Samuel 27.1 SF
WR Allen Lazard 27.2 GB
WR Hunter Renfrow 27.2 LV
WR Dante Pettis 27.4 CHI
WR Terry McLaurin 27.5 WAS
WR Greg Ward 27.6 PHI
WR Laquon Treadwell 27.7 JAC
WR DaeSean Hamilton 28.0 HOU
WR David Moore 28.1 CHI
WR Zach Pascal 28.2 PHI
WR Khadarel Hodge 28.2 ATL
WR Tajae Sharpe 28.2 CHI
WR Demarcus Robinson 28.4 LV
WR Rashard Higgins 28.4 CAR
WR Marcus Johnson 28.6 SF
WR Corey Coleman 28.6 KC
WR Trent Taylor 28.8 CIN
WR Byron Pringle 29.3 CHI
WR Breshad Perriman 29.5 TB
WR Jamison Crowder 29.7 BUF
WR Sammy Watkins 29.7 GB
WR Chris Moore 29.7 HOU
WR Nelson Agholor 29.8 NE
WR Deandre Carter 29.9 LAC
WR Keelan Cole 29.9 LV
WR Sterling Shepard 30.1 NYG
WR Damiere Byrd 30.1 ATL
WR Phillip Dorsett 30.1 HOU
WR Jarvis Landry 30.2 NO
WR Chris Conley 30.4 HOU
WR Jake Kumerow 31.0 BUF
WR Josh Gordon 31.9 KC
WR Randall Cobb 32.5 GB
WR Marvin Jones 33.0 JAC
WR A.J. Green 34.6 ARI

Tight ends

Pos. Player Age 2022 team
TE Irv Smith 24.6 MIN
TE Foster Moreau 25.8 LV
TE Josh Oliver 25.9 BAL
TE J.J. Arcega-Whiteside 26.2 PHI
TE Dawson Knox 26.3 BUF
TE Dalton Schultz 26.6 DAL
TE David Njoku 26.6 CLE
TE Drew Sample 26.9 CIN
TE Mike Gesicki 27.4 MIA
TE Dan Arnold 28.0 JAC
TE Ricky Seals-Jones 28.0 NYG
TE Anthony Firkser 28.0 ATL
TE Ross Dwelley 28.1 SF
TE Austin Hooper 28.3 TEN
TE O.J. Howard 28.3 BUF
TE Adam Shaheen 28.4 MIA
TE Evan Engram 28.5 JAC
TE Robert Tonyan Jr. 28.8 GB
TE Pharaoh Brown 28.8 HOU
TE Maxx Williams 28.9 ARI
TE Geoff Swaim 29.4 TEN
TE Hayden Hurst 29.5 CIN
TE Jordan Akins 30.9 NYG
TE James O’Shaughnessy 31.1 CHI

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