Fantasy Football Prospects for the 2022 NFL Season
After three years of Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce’s dominance as fantasy football’s famous TE1, Mark Andrews was able to dethrone the future Hall of Famer in 2021.
The Baltimore Ravens tight end is coming off a career year that saw him record 107 receptions for 1,361 yards and nine touchdowns, leading the league in all three categories for tight ends. His catches and yards also set Ravens single-season records, and Andrews’ accomplishments have not gone unnoticed outside of Baltimore. The former Oklahoma Sooner was voted into his second Pro Bowl and was a first-team All-Pro selection.
After a stellar year for the Ravens, it’s hard not to keep Andrews atop most fantasy football boards at the tight end position. In a position of scarcity, Andrews offers some stability from week to week, while still being able to go for a huge performance.
With that being said, here is the fantasy football outlook for Mark Andrews in the 2022 NFL season.
Mark Andrews 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook
As mentioned earlier, Mark Andrews finished last year as Football’s TE1. Will he be able to replicate his performance in 2022?
The Ravens, while still a first team, found themselves throwing the football much more frequently in 2021. With Lamar Jackson struggling with an injury, the Ravens had to focus more on the passing game, which helped Andrews record the most of his career. For example, in games where Jackson left early or didn’t play, Andrews averaged 10.8 targets and 22.3 yards per reception. When Jackson was active, Andrews’ numbers dropped to 8.0 targets and 14.4 yards per strike as the Ravens returned to their intensive style of play.
In 2019-20, the Ravens passed less than 46% of the team’s plays. In 2021, this number has increased to 56%. With the former MVP healthy, it won’t be surprising if Andrews’ target rate drops a bit and Baltimore’s offense returns to its old form.
Still, Andrews will likely remain the team’s best option in the air. His main competitor, wide receiver Marquise Brown, was traded to the Arizona Cardinals. The team’s 2021 first-round pick Rashod Bateman is still fighting to show he can replace Brown.
The team took two tight ends in the 2022 NFL Draft in Charlie Kolar and Isaiah Likely, but considering they were both in the fourth round, they’ll likely fight for a spot on the 53-man roster before to challenge Andrews’ place on the field.
Andrews is one of the most experienced and reliable players up front and has proven he can contribute at a high level. Last season, Andrews’ 1,361-yard campaign was his third since 2012.
For this season, Andrews has +2000 chances to lead the NFL in receiving touchdowns per FanDuel Sportsbook. He’s also expected to have around 8.5 scoring and over 1,000 yards on nearly 100 catches. Those are still phenomenal numbers, even if the Ravens return to a more running-focused style of play.
With all that, Andrews will most likely be one of the best tight ends selected in most fantasy football leagues, likely drafted in around the same round as Kelce. He’s probably a solid third-round investment and shouldn’t make it past the fourth round. Getting Andrews could mean a guarantee of multiple targets and catches each week, and he can easily surpass his current ADP if he continues to receive a large target share.