Pianow’s 2022 Fantasy Football Draft Targets

No major preamble is needed for this. Here are the players I have notable fantasy beliefs about in 2022, either because I’ve picked them often or I’m looking to do so later. These are My Guys for Fantasy Football 2022. I will group them by position and give a brief explanation. You don’t need 500 words per player; I know we live in a TL;DR world. Don’t bore us, catch the chorus.

Quarterback: Don’t sweat the easiest position to solve

Quarterback is the most critical position in sports — and the least important position on the fantasy field. We have to keep this gap in mind. I’m more of a value buyer at this position, although I understand the desire to pick someone who has a top-five finish in a range of results.

Several times Justin Herbert has slipped slightly from its ADP; I can take the vanity QB in those cases. The Chargers have players who make the difference in every key part of the field. Russell Wilson is interesting to me in his season of escape; he’s getting an upgrade at the perfect time. Remember the jump in 2020 Tom Brady was there in tampa bay? Wilson can do things like that.

The value hunter in me loves ADP on Derek Carr (three dynamic pass catches; Raiders could also struggle to run the ball) and Kirk Cousins (the offensive upgrade was much needed and Justin Jefferson can lead anyone to greatness). Jared Goff is a late rounder for Superflex purposes, surrounded by good receivers and will likely play in a lot of pinball games.

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You can make an argument for so many quarterbacks, which highlights why this isn’t an exciting position in fantasy. Any league I run will be Superflex in nature with this depth in mind. Three notable QBs I’m unlikely to draft: Josh Allen (ADP is too expensive), Aaron Rodgers (where’s the field help? It’s a Brady 2019 feel) and Trey Lance (I can see his good case, but others want to pay for him as if he is safe).

Running back: Chasing the head, trying to stay young

grab Jonathan Taylor per second at 1.01, mostly with a nod to the floor, but it’s not like he’s not offering up. After all, he just finished at RB1. I am encouraged by the fact that he has never missed a practice or game since he started playing football.

Aaron Jones is a perfect second-round pick, the main player in Green Bay. His receiving work has both a downside and an upside, as the Packers will certainly center their offense around their two star running backs.

You have to bake in improvement if you want to land Javonte Williams; maybe the Broncos won’t throw Melvin Gordon in a smaller role. But Williams is seven years younger, and that’s a huge age gap at that position. I want to skate where the puck can go. The phrase “league winner” is overused, but Williams deserves the label of a potential league winner.

Can Javonte Williams reach the fantasy potential we all expect from him? (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Speed ​​Circle: I have prepared Darrell Henderson several times, mostly because I don’t trust it Cam Akers . . . Rashad Penny last year it was electric and Ken Walker he won’t be ready right away after groin surgery. . . Kyle Shanahan has such a wandering eye on the run that you have to consider a speculative play. Jeff Wilson has my chip but there are several candidates. . . Follow the money in Miami, draft Chase Edmonds . . . The price goes up to Damien Pearce, but I’ll still look at him in the sixth round in sharper leagues. In more casual checkers, you can probably wait another round or two. Pierce has been sharp all summer, his competition is thin, and Houston’s line isn’t bad.

Wide Receiver: Top 20 at a position loaded with talent

My most common lineup is one anchor running back surrounded by several “they play themselves” wide receivers. So I’ll be overweight a few of the widest in the top 20. If I can’t catch Taylor I’m perfectly happy to scoop Cooper Puch (I’m not worried about Matthew Stafford injury; The Sean McVay plot gets so many targets for a bunch, Justin Jefferson (he could be on all the magazine covers next year), or Ja’Mar Chase (remember, at LSU he was seen as the star of the generation, not Jefferson). All of these guys are fun picks, and there’s less chance of receivers getting hurt than running backs.

Aaron Rodgers will be missed by all Davante Adams show, but Adams and Derek Carr lit up the sky at Fresno State and it should be fun in Vegas. CeeDee Lamb will get as many targets as he can handle in Dallas, and Dak Prescott is a plus quarterback. Mike Evans has lived in the end zone ever since Tom Brady arrived; that won’t change. And Brady is the type of quarterback who wants his receivers to hit their drives.

The Michael Pittman the band is full, but save me a seat. His career has taken off like an airplane, and now it’s time for Year 3 and an improved quarterback. DJ Moore has been unlucky with touchdowns throughout his career, but Baker Mayfield (when healthy) is a clear upgrade over the sketchy QBs Moore was previously linked to. Mike Williams unproduced Keenan Allen last year and still has the cheaper ADP. I’m not sure I understand this.

Search for bargains: Adam Thielen is the classic boring vet. I never feel like I’m aggressively going after it, just accepting it when the rest of the room shrugs. . . Darnell Mooney is Chicago’s goal, and the training probably can’t be any worse than last year. . . Hunter Renfrow fits perfectly in a Josh McDaniels offense and offers some of the boring shrug angle I described with Thielen. . . Christian Kirk he was paid to be Jacksonville’s No. 1. . . I can not see Alan Lazard breaking the game, but he should be Green Bay’s busiest receiver. . . Brandon AyukThe stats for getting were better than Deebo Samuelis in the second half; we can’t ignore Deebo’s quick juice, but Aiyuk is much more likely to pay off his ADP. . . Nico Collins looks like Houston’s No. 2 receiver and Davis Mills it is not bad. . . Yes, I worship the Sun God. We can’t help but see what Amon-Ra St. Brown do in 2021 Jared Goff he’ll never be great, but he’s good enough. Even better, Goff’s skill set ties directly into what St. Brown is good at.

Tight End: Lower levels still offer value

I’ll probably avoid the vanity, though it hurts to look at Kyle Pitts landing on someone else’s list. I am open to shopping in the next floor where Dalton Schultz has a safe role without an X on his back (thanks to CeeDee Lamb, breakout stud) and Dallas Goedert has performance metrics to die for.

level drop, Dawson Knox can win at all three levels, and even if Buffalo’s offense has some issues piling up, his touchdown percentage could remain fairly stable. Cole Mayor was comically touchdown-unlucky last year, but bogarting Jimmy Graham it’s gone and Justin Fields he may be ready to make the leap. If you want a boring 70 catch, Austin Hooper is needed to reprise his role in Atlanta for the Titans and should be a good fit Ryan Tannehill.

Defense: Focus on early season games

Nobody came here to chat about DST, but I’ll offer this quick hack: I like to look at the immediate schedule and throw everything else into the shredder. I’ll treat my protection like a cell phone record, a short-term rental, and throw it away soon after. The Broncos (at Seahawks, Texans) and Colts (at Texans, at Jaguars, though you wish these were home games) both have favorable early-season schedules; good enough for me.

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