2022 Fantasy Football Draft Guide Preview
Our greatest ever fantasy football drafting guide is out in a week, and below is a free preview with rankings, projection and outlook for one player in each position. This preview also includes a “brave prediction” and “interesting stats” (each team has one in the draft guide), and there’s also a “Best Ball Mania III” strategy section.
9. Russell Wilson, DEN
2021 stats: 64.8%, 3,113 YDS, 25 TD, 6 INT | 43 ATT, 183 YDS, 2 TD
2022 predictions: 67.1%, 4,384 YDS, 33 TD, 8 INT | 49 ATT, 230 YDS, 2 TD
A new team for Wilson feels it will be a breath of fresh air when he enters his season at the age of 33/34, and that’s partly because he’s under new Denver head coach Nathaniel Hackett , orchestrating the same offensive that led to Aaron Rodgers winning back-to-back NFL MVP honors. Overall, Wilson has been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league over the past decade, and we expect him to click fast with a very balanced set of weapons while being protected by arguably the best offensive line he’s ever had. We expect a drop in rushing production to be the new norm for Wilson, but he remains a highly accurate passer who can make magic plays on the move and could find himself back among the top fantasy quarterbacks.
33.Ronald Jones II, KC
Statistics 2021: 101 ATT, 428 YDS, 4 TD | 10REC, 64YDS
Forecasts for 2022: 135 ATT, 621 YDS, 6 TD | 21REC, 155YDS, 1TD
Jones has said everyone is ready to “eat” after signing with the Chiefs, and as said, a hot approach on the run will give him an excellent opportunity to fill his plate in one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses. Andy Reid highlighting Jones’ ability as a runner – mentioning his size, speed, vision and toughness – is notable, and there’s a definite chance he’ll emerge as the leading early-down option, while Edwards-Helaire is more so in third place lies -bottom roll. Reid’s comments about Jones also included giving the former Buc a chance to be “a big part” of the offense. We’re very bullish on Jones as a high upside target in the mid-rounds.
53. Jameson Williams, DET
2021 Stats (College): 79 REC, 1,572 YDS, 15 TD | 3ATT, 23YDS
Forecasts for 2022: 46 REC, 741 YDS, 4 TD | 2ATT, 15YDS
Our top wide receiver in the 2022 NFL Draft, Williams has game-changing speed and explosiveness coupled with fluidity as a pass catcher to match. He’s coming from a cruciate ligament injury sustained in early January, but Williams will clearly have a chip on his shoulder based on his reaction to being the fourth draft-picked wideout, and Detroit have big plans for him after dropping 20 spots has moved up to take him on with the No. 12 overall pick. Perhaps he’s a better option in real life to start his career, but Williams has what it takes to be a league winner if he continues with a string of great matchups through December comes into shape on paper (vs. JAX, v. MIN, @NYJ, @CAR, v. CHI).
5. George Kittle, SF
Statistics 2021: 71 REC, 910 YDS, 6 TD | 3ATT, 20YDS
Forecasts for 2022: 71 REC, 923 YDS, 6 TD | 4ATT, 23YDS
Mark Andrews (235.1 fantasy points) and Travis Kelce (205.4) both clearly stood out from the pack in 2021, but Kittle finished as an overall TE3 with 159.0 fantasy points and the 28-year-old is all the rage his prime. That Trey Lance is an unknown is the factor that puts Kittle among the other potential high-end TE1 options, and he hasn’t shown the same type of touchdown on the upside with 20 points in 67 games. That means Kittle had some gigantic Past performances with quarterbacks other than Jimmy Garoppolo — with a sample size of 17 games since his rookie season with 103 receptions, 1,558 yards and six touchdowns. Arguably the best real-life tight end in football, he could again be a high-end fantasy option.
Baltimore Ravens: James Proche II will lead all Baltimore wide receivers at receptions.
Marquise Brown’s trade alone leaves the Ravens with 146 goals from last season, and they’ve been in no hurry to add a veteran to the roster with a slew of young options – including Proche, Devin Duvernay and Tylan Wallace (in addition to Rashod Bateman, First round selection 2021). While Proche isn’t drawing much attention right now, he caught 16 of 20 targets for 202 yards (10.1 yards per target) last season, and he was one of our favorites, the strong-handed and technically solid route-running guy from SMU came. Earning a role in the slot could result in Proche soaking up targets and tight end defenders being drawn to Mark Andrews.
Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray has a 15-8-1 record for 264.7 yards per game in September and October. He has a 6-13 record in November and December with 238.8 passing yards per game.
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