Wilson's rookie season in 2021 was marred by injuries and inconsistent play, and his 2022 is off to a similar start. After an up-and-down training camp, Wilson tore a ligament in his knee in his first preseason game and is at risk to miss the start of the season. Joe Flacco is expected to take his place. That puts Wilson squarely as a No. 2 quarterback in Superflex/two-QB leagues and someone to avoid in one-QB formats. Keep in mind, he scored more than 20 Fantasy points just four times last year, averaging only 13.0 points per game for the season. The Jets drafted standout rookies in Garrett Wilson, Breece Hall and Jeremy Ruckert, signed C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin and still have Elijah Moore, Corey Davis and Michael Carter on the roster along with a solid offensive line. It's a treasure trove of talent for Wilson, but what good is it if he can't throw with accuracy on a regular basis? If/when he starts playing well, add Wilson off waivers.
Wilson was entirely unreliable as a rookie, but he had legit excuses.
Those excuses are now gone in year 2.
Wilson enters year 2 in the same system with an exciting young group of weapons. There’s certainly a debate to be had about whether Wilson’s ready to take a significant jump. After all, he had just 1 year of premier production at BYU.
At cost, though, Wilson makes for a fine QB2 to pair with an elite-type in best ball. For standard leagues, it’s easy to see him entering the spot-start mix — especially once bye weeks arrive.
Wilson is entering his second NFL season after a rocky rookie campaign in which he struggled with efficiency and missed four games with an injury. The 2021 second-overall pick was limited to nine passing TDs and 11 INTs and ranked among the worst QBs in completion rate (56%), YPA (6.1), sack rate (10.3%) and drop rate (6.3%). Poor rookie-season pass efficiency isn't a major concern, so a big second-year leap is very possible. Wilson added some value with legs (including four TDs) as a rookie and his 2022 prospects are heightened by an improved supporting cast led by Elijah Moore and early-round rookies Garrett Wilson and Breece Hall. Same as most high-pedigree, second-year QBs, Wilson is worth late-round consideration.
Zach Wilson battled illness, injury and his own offensive line during his rookie season, and the Jets didn't achieve what they wanted this offseason - adding receiving talent - when Tyreek Hill decided to go to Miami. That's all out of his control though, while his decision-making and pocket presence are within his sphere of control. He has to show he can take a step forward and take better care of the ball. That would be success for the Jets and their fans, but is unlikely to translate to success for Fantasy GMs who should only draft him as an emergency option.