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Justin Fields

#1 QB,

Steelers

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ACTUAL 2022

296 FPTS

RANK: 6

2023 SEASON

379 FPTS

RANK: 6

AGE

24 yrs

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

6'3'' / 228 lbs

COLLEGE

Ohio State

SEASONGPFPTSRANKPAATTPACMPPAYDPATDPAINTCOMP%RUATTRUYDRUTD
2023163796th4762903479211360.91629357
2022152966th3181922,242171160.41601,1438
3yr Ave1214233rd270159187071059%724202

Won't get fifth-year option

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-04-24

The Steelers aren't expected to pick up the fifth-year option on Fields' rookie contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

It perhaps goes without saying, given that Fields is coming in as the second QB on the depth chart and would be guaranteed around $25.66 million in 2025 if the Steelers were to pick up his option before the May 2 deadline. While the team may have interest in keeping him around beyond the upcoming season, it won't be at that price before he's ever put on a Steelers uniform. Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports that fellow offseason acquisition Russell Wilson will enter offseason workouts in "pole position" at quarterback, with Fields then getting a chance to compete at some point in the future, according to coach Mike Tomlin. Fields is on track to be a free agent next spring, and his playing time between now and then seems largely dependent on Wilson struggling.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022

13.6
8.8
4.9
10.2
17
18.4
23.4
26
42.7
39.4
22.6
19.3
23.6
9.9
16.2

Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingPassing StatsRushing StatsAdvanced Passing StatsTargets
WEEKSTADIUMGAMERANKSPREADO/UATTCMPYDTDINTCOMP%RATINGATTYDTDAIRCATCH20YD+PLAYWRRBTE
1 SF Outdoor 67° 13.6 24th 6.038.51781212147.185.711280747%40%27%53%29%18%
2 @GB Outdoor 73° 8.8 27th 10.042.5117700163.643.88201573%0%32%55%27%18%
3 HOU Outdoor 65° 4.9 31st -3.040.51781060247.127.78470859%0%30%53%24%18%
4 @NYG Outdoor 59° 10.2 26th 3.039.522111740050.076.77520959%25%20%50%18%23%
5 @MIN Dome 57° 17.0 13th 8.543.521152081071.4118.88470681%25%13%57%19%24%
6 WAS Outdoor 48° 18.4 7th 2.038.527141901151.971.512880956%40%25%78%4%15%
7 @NE Outdoor 56° 23.4 5th 8.539.521131791161.985.214821962%33%39%71%10%19%
8 @DAL Dome 64° 26.0 3rd 10.042.523171512073.9120.08601478%0%17%74%13%9%
9 MIA Outdoor 58° 42.7 1st 4.044.528171233060.7106.7151781471%0%16%68%7%21%
10 DET Outdoor 34° 39.4 1st -3.048.520121672160.099.4131472960%33%22%45%5%40%
11 @ATL Dome 41° 22.6 7th 2.549.521141531166.784.018851667%67%14%48%24%19%
13 GB Outdoor 38° 19.3 6th 3.543.525202540280.075.767111088%75%16%52%20%28%
15 PHI Outdoor 17° 23.6 7th 8.548.521141522066.7119.515950567%50%14%52%19%24%
16 BUF Outdoor 7° 9.9 25th 8.040.523151191065.292.57110574%50%16%44%30%22%
17 @DET Dome 38° 16.2 14th 4.051.5217751133.340.8101320433%0%18%52%14%19%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsPassing AveragesRushing Averages
LOCATIONSTADIUMGPGSGMRANKYDTDINTCOMP%RATINGAIRCATCH20YD+YDTD
Home Outdoor 14 1317.316th1581.00.860.982.767%43%8650.4
Away Outdoor 8 711.343rd1500.5156.566.864%36%7410.4
Away Dome 3 314.032nd1311.00.354.883.758%10%5610.0
Away Retractable Dome 2 224.38th1521.50.570.5102.873%29%5731.0

Career Stats by Season: 2021 to 2022

Fantasy PointsPassing StatsRushing StatsAdvanced Passing StatsTargets
SEASONAGETEAMGPGSTOTALRANKATTCMPYDTDINTCMP%RATINGATTYDTDAIRCATCH20YD+PLAYWRRBTE
2021 22 CHI 12 10 127 31st2701591,87071058.973.27242027.466%43%19%55%16%26%
2022 23 CHI 15 15 296 6th3181922,242171160.485.21601,14386.765%31%21%58%17%21%
*"Air" yards thrown per completion. Pass was "Catch"able. Percent of passes thrown "20yds+" that were completed. "Play" action pass percent of total pass plays.

Chance to compete for QB1 job?

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-25

Coach Mike Tomlin said Monday that Fields "will be given an opportunity to show his capabilities" even though Russell Wilson "has pole position" to be the starting quarterback, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

It's still not quite clear if the Steelers' two new quarterbacks will compete for the starting job this spring/summer, as Tomlin's comments could also be interpreted as a suggestion that Wilson will be the No. 1 but without any assurances of staying in the spot if he struggles in practice (and eventually games). Reports shortly after Fields was traded suggested he'd be coming in as a clear backup, though it's probably worth noting that the QB-related reporting out of Pittsburgh this offseason has been rather unreliable. In any case, the team did well to acquire Wilson on a one-year, $1.21 million contract, later adding Fields in exchange for a sixth-round pick (that can become a fourth-rounder if he plays more than half the snaps in 2024). Neither QB is signed beyond the upcoming season, and the Steelers are unlikely to pick up the fifth-year option on Fields' rookie contract before the May 2 deadline.

Viewed as backup to Russell Wilson

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-16

Fields, whom the Steelers acquired from the Bears on Saturday in exchange for a 2025 sixth-round pick, isn't expected to compete for Pittsburgh's starting quarterback job and is line to serve as a backup to Russell Wilson during the 2024 season, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Though Fields is due a larger salary in the final year of his rookie deal in 2024 than Wilson will earn on his one-year, $1.21 million contract, the Steelers are inclined to have Fields learn from Wilson rather than looking for the 25-year-old to directly challenge the nine-time Pro Bowler for the top spot on the depth chart. While Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette notes that the Steelers are expected to decline Fields' pricey $25.66 million player option for 2025 prior to the May 2 deadline to do so, such a move wouldn't necessarily preclude Pittsburgh from re-signing the signal-caller next offseason if they're satisfied with his work in practices or in any action he might see in place of Wilson during his first season in the organization. Given that the 2025 sixth-round pick the Steelers gave up to acquire Fields would turn into a fourth-round pick if he plays more than 51 percent of the team's snaps this season, Pittsburgh has some extra incentive to stay committed to Wilson, at least for the early part of the campaign. Fields' fantasy outlook could brighten in 2025 if the Steelers commit to him as a starter or if he lands a more favorable opportunity elsewhere in free agency next spring, but at least for the upcoming season, he doesn't look as though he'll be anything more than a luxury stash in most redraft leagues.

Traded to Pittsburgh

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-16

Fields has been traded to Pittsburgh for a 2025 6th-round draft pick that can become a 4th-round draft pick based on playing time, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The trade sets up an interesting quarterback situation in Pittsburgh with the Steelers having signed Russell Wilson in free agency. The Bears have cleared the deck to draft a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, which in all likelihood will be Caleb Williams.

Trade could come before free agency

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-02-27

General manager Ryan Poles said Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine that if the Bears opt to select a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft, it would be "right" to trade Fields before the start of free agency March 13, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Poles' comments could be read as a response to Fields' recently stated desire to receiver word on his future in Chicago soon, and it sounds like a decision could be more immediately pending than expected. The official start of free agency is just over two weeks away, while the legal tampering period will begin earlier at March 11. If the Bears do opt to look for a replacement under center at the top of the board in the 2024 NFL Draft, options including the Steelers, Falcons, Patriots, Raiders and Broncos have all been rumored as potential trade suitors for the 2021 first-round pick. In 13 games last season, Fields compiled 2,562 passing yards with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions, to go with 120 carries for rushing 657 yards and four scores.

Wants word on future soon

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-02-21

Fields told the St. Brown Bros Podcast on Wednesday that he prefers to stays in Chicago but wants to know if he's getting traded as soon as possible.

Fields downplayed his recent decision to unfollow the Bears on Instagram, noting that he also unfollowed other accounts (including the NFL's) to avoid having football content on his timeline during the offseason. He had nothing but praise for Bears fans and the city of Chicago, but Fields also seemed well aware of the possibility of being replaced by the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Talking with teammate Equanimeous St. Brown and Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown on their podcast, Fields mentioned a couple of the teams rumored to have interest in trading for him, saying that the Steelers have a great stadium atmosphere and the Falcons have impressive playmakers on offense. Atlanta is the early favorite in betting markets to acquire the Georgia native, with other possibilities including Pittsburgh, New England, Las Vegas and Denver. This could drag on for weeks, or even months, despite Fields' desire for a quick resolution.

Ends season on low note

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-07

Fields completed 11 of 16 passes for 148 yards while adding 27 yards on four rushing attempts in the Bears' 17-9 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Aside from a hot streak in Weeks 4 and 5 when Fields threw eight touchdown passes, he failed to throw more than one scoring strike in any of his other 10 starts. In 13 games played, he passed for 2,562 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Fields also rushed 120 times for 657 yards and four scores. Chicago will need to make some decisions this offseason in regards to their quarterback. First, the franchise has the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, so they can choose to start over at the position, or go with Fields. Also, the team will need to decide whether to pick up the quarterback's fifth-year option.

Over 300 total yards in win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-31

Fields completed 20 of 32 passes for 268 yards for one touchdown and no interceptions and rushed 11 times for 45 yards and another score in the Bears' 37-17 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Fields took three sacks but otherwise enjoyed a strong day day from a fantasy standpoint. The mobile signal-caller had several productive runs, and he posted his passing yardage total since Week 5. Fields also threw a touchdown pass for the fourth consecutive contest, connecting with DJ Moore for a seven-yard score in the first quarter. There's some uncertainty surrounding Fields' future in Chicago, but he'll look to put a strong final performance together this season in the Week 18 finale against the Packers at Lambeau Field.

Leads team to win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-31

Fields completed 20 of 32 passes for 268 yards and a touchdown and tallied 45 yards and a touchdown on 11 rushing attempts in the Bears' 37-17 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Fields used his arm and legs to help Chicago move to 7-9 with a convincing win over Atlanta. Leaning heavily on DJ Moore, who posted 159 yards, Fields recorded his highest passing-yardage total since Week 5. The quarterback has also thrown one touchdown pass in each of the last four games. In addition, Fields has rushed for at least 45 yards in seven of his last eight games. Look for him to remain a high-floor fantasy option with upside in Week 18 at Green Bay.

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