2022 fantasy football rankings: Dominate your draft

Christian McCaffery carries incredible upside but also troubling injury risk. (Wikimedia Commons/Keith Allison)

By MIKE HERNDON

It’s that time of year again: Fantasy football draft season. While the NFL makes its picks in August, redraft fantasy players look forward to August

If you play dynasty, you’ve probably already drafted. Carry on.

Before we get to this year’s rankings, let’s look at some of the top questions entering this year’s fake draft:

Who’s No. 1 – Jonathan Taylor or Christian McCaffrey?

Taylor led all players last year and is the safe pick, durable and productive running behind a good offensive line and actually with a quarterback upgrade in Matt Ryan. But McCaffrey’s upside is enticing – the last time he played a full season he caught 116 passes for 1,005 yards to go with nearly 1,400 on the ground. He’s more of a risk with his injury history, missing much of the last two seasons, but it may be worth the risk.

Who’s the top WR – Cooper Kupp or Justin Jefferson?

Kupp took the fantasy world and the league by storm last year, nearly breaking 2,000 yards with an incredible 16 touchdowns, and making geniuses out of those who took him in the third or fourth round. But Jefferson continued to show the talent that made the Vikings forget about Stefon Diggs, posting over 1,600 yards and 10 scores. Kupp has some new competition for targets in Allen Robinson and quarterback Matthew Stafford has been dealing with an elbow issue in camp, but he still gets the slight edge here.

Who are this year’s sleepers?

We highlighted several in a previous post, but many of those are seeing their ADPs catch up with them. The Trey Lance hype is growing, pushing him up in drafts to the point where he may no longer be a value. Positive reviews on D.J. Chark in Detroit may hamper Amon-Ra St. Brown’s outlook a bit. But Rashaad Penny is still a screaming value at running back, as many seem to be ignoring last year’s breakout and assuming that Kenneth Walker III will be handed the job, and Zeke Elliott is still not getting any respect. DeVante Parker has been a revelation at the Patriots’ camp, and if Kendarius Toney can stay healthy, we might finally see the promise that made him a first-round pick last year with Daniel Jones operating behind an improved offensive line. And it feels really weird ranking Aaron Rodgers this low, even without many weapons — weird like we’ll regret it in December.

Who are the potential rookie breakouts?

Breece Hall is an obvious pick here, expected to take over the Jets’ backfield in short order, but his ADP is already aggressive. Still languishing in the late rounds are a handful of intriguing rookie receivers: Drake London, who has a clear path to targets in Atlanta; Treylon Burks, a physical presence who the Titans expect to fill A.J. Brown’s shoes; Chris Olave, who should find some early run in New Orleans; and George Pickens, who has been the talk of camp in Pittsburgh.

Without further ado, here are this year’s SportsChasers rankings for standard-scoring or half-point PPR redraft leagues (NOTE: updated 9/3):

QB:

  1. Josh Allen
  2. Justin Herbert
  3. Lamar Jackson
  4. Patrick Mahomes
  5. Joe Burrow
  6. Jalen Hurts
  7. Kyler Murray
  8. Russell Wilson
  9. Tom Brady
  10. Matthew Stafford
  11. Trey Lance
  12. Dak Prescott
  13. Aaron Rodgers
  14. Derek Carr
  15. Kirk Cousins
  16. Tua Tagovailoa
  17. Trevor Lawrence
  18. Justin Fields
  19. Matt Ryan
  20. Jameis Winston
  21. Baker Mayfield
  22. Ryan Tannehill
  23. Jared Goff
  24. Mac Jones
  25. Mitchell Trubisky
  26. Carson Wentz
  27. Daniel Jones
  28. Davis Mills
  29. Zach Wilson
  30. Marcus Mariota
  31. Geno Smith
  32. Jacoby Brissett
  33. Kenny Pickett
  34. Jimmy Garoppolo
  35. Drew Lock

RBs

  1. Christian McCaffrey
  2. Jonathan Taylor
  3. Derrick Henry
  4. Dalvin Cook
  5. Austin Ekeler
  6. Joe Mixon
  7. Saquon Barkley
  8. Najee Harris
  9. De’Andre Swift
  10. Alvin Kamara
  11. Leonard Fournette
  12. Nick Chubb
  13. Aaron Jones
  14. Ezekiel Elliott
  15. Javonte Williams
  16. Elijah Mitchell
  17. David Montgomery
  18. JK Dobbins
  19. Breece Hall
  20. Cam Akers
  21. James Conner
  22. Rashaad Penny
  23. Travis Etienne
  24. AJ Dillon
  25. Miles Sanders
  26. Josh Jacobs
  27. Damien Harris
  28. Dameon Pierce
  29. Clyde Edwards-Helaire
  30. Antonio Gibson
  31. Chase Edmonds
  32. Melvin Gordon
  33. Kareem Hunt
  34. Devin Singletary
  35. Rhamondre Stevenson
  36. Cordarrelle Patterson
  37. Tony Pollard
  38. Darrell Henderson Jr.
  39. Michael Carter
  40. Kenneth Gainwell
  41. James Robinson
  42. Raheem Mostert
  43. James Cook
  44. Brian Robinson
  45. Damien Williams
  46. Alexander Mattison
  47. Nyheim Hines
  48. Jamaal Williams
  49. Rachaad White
  50. Tyler Allgeier
  51. Kenneth Walker III
  52. J.D. McKissick
  53. Zamir White
  54. Khalil Herbert
  55. Jerick McKinnon
  56. Isiah Pacheco
  57. Sony Michel
  58. Mark Ingram II
  59. Darrel Williams
  60. Trey Sermon

WRs

  1. Cooper Kupp
  2. Justin Jefferson
  3. Ja’Marr Chase
  4. Davante Adams
  5. Deebo Samuel
  6. Mike Evans
  7. Stefon Diggs
  8. CeeDee Lamb
  9. Tyreek Hill
  10. Michael Pittman Jr.
  11. A.J. Brown
  12. Diontae Johnson
  13. Mike Williams
  14. Tee Higgins
  15. Keenan Allen
  16. Terry McLaurin
  17. Marquise Brown
  18. D.K. Metcalf
  19. Allen Robinson
  20. D.J. Moore
  21. Michael Thomas
  22. Courtland Sutton
  23. Brandin Cooks
  24. Darnell Mooney
  25. Amon-Ra St. Brown
  26. Jaylen Waddle
  27. Rashod Bateman
  28. JuJu Smith-Schuster
  29. Elijah Moore
  30. Christian Kirk
  31. Chris Godwin
  32. Adam Theilen
  33. Brandon Aiyuk
  34. Gabriel Davis
  35. Amari Cooper
  36. Jerry Jeudy
  37. Hunter Renfrow
  38. DeAndre Hopkins (suspended first six games)
  39. Robert Woods
  40. Allen Lazard
  41. Chris Olave
  42. Kadarius Toney
  43. Drake London
  44. DaVante Parker
  45. DeVonta Smith
  46. Treylon Burks
  47. D.J. Chark
  48. Tyler Lockett
  49. George Pickens
  50. Julio Jones
  51. Jakobi Meyers
  52. Russell Gage
  53. Chase Claypool
  54. Kenny Golladay
  55. K.J. Osborn
  56. Tyler Boyd
  57. Corey Davis
  58. Jahan Dotson
  59. Jalen Tolbert
  60. Garrett Wilson
  61. Michael Gallup
  62. Robby Anderson
  63. Marvin Jones
  64. Mecole Hardman
  65. Rondale Moore
  66. Marques Valdez-Scantling
  67. Jarvis Landry
  68. Romeo Doubs
  69. Zay Jones
  70. Alec Pierce

TE:

  1. Travis Kelce
  2. Mark Andrews
  3. George Kittle
  4. Darren Waller
  5. Kyle Pitts
  6. Dalton Schultz
  7. Dallas Goedert
  8. T.J. Hockenson
  9. Dawson Knox
  10. Zach Ertz
  11. Pat Freiermuth
  12. Hunter Henry
  13. Albert Okwuegbunam
  14. Irv Smith, Jr.
  15. David Njoku
  16. Mike Gesicki
  17. Cole Kmet
  18. Austin Hooper
  19. Robert Tonyan
  20. Gerald Everett
  21. Noah Fant
  22. Tyler Higbee
  23. CJ Uzomah
  24. Mo Alie-Cox
  25. Evan Engram
  26. Hayden Hurst
  27. Brevin Jordan
  28. Kyle Rudolph
  29. Cameron Brate


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