Payton Thorne

2022 Fantasy Outlook
Thorne is coming off a historic season in his first season as the full-time starter for Michigan State. Over 13 starts As a junior, Thorne completed 60.4 percent of his 389 passes for 3,240 yards and a school-record 27 passing touchdowns to just 10 interceptions. However, Thorne was perhaps the biggest beneficiary of Doak Walker Award winner Kenneth Walker as the quarterback ranked 11th nationally in yards gained per completion on play-action passes. While Thorne does retain his top pass catching option in 1,000-yard receiver Jayden Reed, it is reasonable to expect that as the Spartans’ rushing game takes a step back, so will Thorne’s overall passing production. Read Past Outlooks
Comes up short in Week 13
November 29, 2022
Thorne was 24-for-43 passing for 229 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Saturday's 35-16 defeat against Penn State. He also had five rushes for -21 yards with one touchdown.
ANALYSIS
Thorne struggled for much of this season-ending loss, as the completed 13 of his 24 passes for 103 yards before falling behind 21-3 late in the third quarter. However, the redshirt junior then went 10-for-15 passing for 121 yards and a touchdown to go along with a two-yard rushing score on back-to-back offensive series the game within five points with just under 11 minutes remaining. Thorne then had to watch the Nittany Lions bleed the clock before going up 28-16 with under five minutes, and he essentially sealed this loss with an interception on the subsequent drive. As a result, the Spartans fell to 5-7, thus denying them a potential bowl berth this postseason. Thorne finishes the 2022 campaign with 2,679 yards passing and a 19:11 TD:INT ratio over 12 games, and he should have at least one remaining season of collegiate eligibility.
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Crucial turnover in loss
November 20, 2022
Thorne was 27-for-42 passing for 298 yards, two touchdowns and one interception during Saturday's 39-31 double-overtime defeat to Indiana.
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Logs steady performance in win
November 16, 2022
Thorne was 19-for-35 passing for 256 yards and two touchdowns during Saturday's 27-21 win versus Rutgers. He also had five rushes for 33 yards.
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Scores twice in upset win
November 7, 2022
Thorne completed 19 of 29 passes for 182 yards, two touchdowns and one interception during Saturday's 23-15 victory against Illinois. He also had six rushes for 10 yards.
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Lacks consistency in loss
November 1, 2022
Thorne completed 17 of 30 passes for 215 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Saturday's 29-7 defeat against Michigan.
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Shines in win
October 17, 2022
Thorne was 21-for-29 passing for 265 yards during Saturday's 34-28 overtime victory against Wisconsin.
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