Every year is someone’s year in the NFL. Sometimes, it’s those you expect; sometimes, it isn’t. Read on for our assessment of the 22/23 season.
At the beginning of every season, there are predictions. Be they from professional commentators, ex-professionals, or armchair fans, some you will nod along to, understanding that there’s a chance that they come true, and others you’ll dismiss vehemently. Emotional and physical reactions to predictions aren’t uncommon. It’s personal. In some way, the players and teams who are predicted to soar and fall represent you.
There are certain reliable performers, though. Either historically consistent players like Tom Brady, who returned after a brief flirt with retirement, or those relatively new to the scene who seem assured of continued performance, like Joe Burrow. Irrespective, there will always be doubters. And, indeed, there will always be surprises. This extends to every week of the season when each gameweek comes around. We’ll go to read weekly expert NFL predictions to support our stances or be open to new ideas and information. That’s the beauty of predictions – you never know until you know.
So, read or repel as we go through who we expect to be the top players among positions.
Top-ranked quarterback players to watch in 2022/23
One of the sport’s greatest ever players, Tom Brady, will be looking to take his team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to another NFL championship title. The quarterback has won several NFL championships and Superbowls, and he has been the MVP on multiple occasions. Other top quarterbacks to watch this year are Patrick Mahomes II of the Kansas City Chiefs, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, John Allen of the Chicago Bills, and Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Top-ranked offensive line players to watch in 2022/23
One of the highest-rated offensive line players to keep an eye out for this year is Trent Williams of the San Francisco 49ers. You also have Zack Martin and Tyron Smith, who both play for the Dallas Cowboys, as well as Quenton Nelson of the Indianapolis Colts and David Bakhtiari of the Green Bay Packers.
Top-ranked cornerbacks and interior defensive linemen to watch in 2022/23
Jalen Ramsey of the Los Angeles Rams, Jaire Alexander of the Green Bay Packers, and Tre’Davious White of the Buffalo Bills, and just three top-rated cornerbacks that are most likely to continue shining, and three of the best interior defensive lineman are Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams, Cameron Heyward of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Vita Vea of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Top-ranked running backs and safeties to watch in 2022/23
Three of the hottest running backs who have already made an impact this season are Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans, Nick Chubb of the Cleveland Browns, and Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers, and two of the best safeties to watch this year are Tyrann Mathieu of the New Orlean Saints and Derwin James Jr of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Top-ranked kickers and edge rushers to watch in 2022/23
Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens is one of the most promising kickers to watch this season, and Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns is the hottest edge rusher to keep a closer eye on.
Top-ranked linebackers and wide receivers to watch in 2022/23
Two of the top-ranked linebackers are Fred Warner of the San Francisco 49ers and Demario Davis of the New Orleans Saints, and two of the best wide receivers to watch are Las Vegas Raiders’ Davante Adams and Los Angeles Rams’ Cooper Kupp.
What to remember
Although these players are currently ranked in the highest spot for their respective positions, the order may change somewhat as we move further into the season. Injuries and transfers can also affect the current rankings and betting markets/prices, so always remember to carry out your own research before you place a real money wager on any NFL games.
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