2022 Fantasy Football draft prep: One deep sleeper to target from all 32 NFL teams


There are few things more satisfying than seeing everyone rush to the waiver wire early in the season, only to find that the guy they expected to be available is already on your list. Fantasy managers who have drafted James Robinson or Elijah Mitchell for the past two years know exactly what I’m talking about.

I hope there are a few surprises from Week 1 in the list below, but that’s not all you’ll find. You will find at least one player that I expect to start the year on the PUP list, but could be a league winner in the second half. You’ll find multiple receding handcuffs, a few tight ends in the late round, and even one or two quarterbacks.

So what does this medley of players have in common? Well, they all have a consensus ADP on Fantasy Pros outside of the top 180 and they are all drafted after the first 10 rounds at CBS starting August 25th. I’ve sorted them by division with a few words on my favorites in each division.

I expect a few objections that a few of these guys are too familiar, so I’ll update in September for the final concept weekend if ADP changes that much.

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The NFC North has a big advantage over all the others in this regard. While Herbert is my favorite of the group and Doubs is the talk of the training camp, Jameson Williams is actually one of my favorite late round picks as long as you have an IR slot in your league.

Even in industrial drafts, Williams often makes the final round as he has already been placed on the PUP list and will miss at least the first four weeks of the season. My expectation is that Williams will return after parting ways with the team in week 7 and I’m fine with drafting him, putting him away and then having an open roster for that first set of waivers.

With perfect help Williams could have been the WR1 in this class and when he is back to 100% he may well be the #1 wide receiver in this class for the 2022 Fantasy playoffs. Williams ran a 4.30-meter dash on the combine and produced over 1,500 meters as a 20-year-old in Alabama. He is an incredible talent that just needs to get healthy and learn the system.

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Dontrell Hilliard isn’t my favorite but he seems to be Derrick Henry’s handcuff so if that’s your thing he should be on your radar for the final round. The same goes for Evan Engram, who appears to be locked up as TE1 in a Doug Pederson foul.

The guy who is my favorite is Nico Collins. Collins struggled as a rookie, but he’s six feet and ran a 4.45-40 on his pro day, so I’m willing to let him pass that bad rookie year. Collins has virtually no competition for targets behind Brandin Cooks and I expect both an increase in pass volume and pass efficiency in Davis Mills’ second year as a starter. Collins profiles himself as a borderline flex with Cooks healthy and a potential top-25 wide receiver if anything happens to Cooks.

We’re taking Collins in our mocks as early as round 10, but his ADP doesn’t reflect that at all. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is one of the climbers of the last two weeks of the design season.

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Isiah Pacheco and Zamir White are a couple backs. I was shocked to be qualified for this list. Pacheco, in particular, has been lined up until round 8 in some of our industrial concepts. While I think that’s a mistake, it’s also a mistake to let him last past lap 12.

Both backs are on teams that we’re not sure sold on their starters. Both backs could be goal-line backs according to reports we heard during the fight. And both backs are rookies on teams that can have some fireworks on offense. On the other hand, both backs are likely to be shared with someone if the starter goes down. I kind of prefer white, but in round 11 I don’t like either one.

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While Sterling Shepard surprised me by leaving the PUP before the year started, and all the other Giants recipients seem to be hurt, he’s not my favorite on this list. At least not until I hear it’s back to 100%. My favorite is Jalen Tolbert and he could have a huge opportunity with the recovery of another injured receiver, Michael Gallup.

Tolbert was the Cowboys Round 3 pick from South Alabama, where he thoroughly dominated the lesser league, averaging 122 receiving yards per game. His dominator score of 51.2% is in the 97th percentile for receivers entering the NFL and he has received good reviews in Dallas this off-season.

it’s always tricky to judge little schoolboys like Tolbert and the fact that he’s already 23 makes him even more suspicious, but that maturity coupled with this opportunity could mean a very quick start. if Gallup is unable to get back to 100% early in the year, Tolbert could get an extended run as the WR2 in a violation that we expect will be well above average if not explosive.

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As you may be able to see the quality is starting to decline at this point, especially as we are past my favorite in every division. Although, I will say that I think there is an underestimated chance that the four NFC South players will be especially impactful this year. Mariota runs enough to be a starting QB in a single quarterback league, Robbie Anderson is likely the Panthers’ #2 wide receiver, and Kyle Rudolph could have the Gronk role. But I don’t like them as much as Mark Ingram.

Ingram played two games without Kamara last year, scoring an average of 20 touches, 110.5 yards and 19.1 PPR Fantasy points per game. That makes Ingram one of the most attractive handcuffs and he’s not set up as such at all. I also think there’s a chance he’ll be like a poor man’s Kareem Hunt without a Kamara injury, especially if the Saints keep running as hard as they did last year. I actually projected Ingram into Hunt’s range, but I rank it much lower because you don’t have to pull it that high.

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Eno Benjamin is a good handcuff and Geno Smith could be a sneaky QB2 in leagues where you can start more than one, but Tyler Higbee is the star of the NFC West deep sleepers and I’m not exactly sure why he qualifies.

Last year, Higbee finished the year TE14 overall, beating Mike Gesicki, Hunter Henry and Pat Freiermuth per game. He was even better in his last four games, averaging 13.8 Fantasy points per game. Now we’ve seen a big finish from Higbee that didn’t translate the following year, but I think this is different.

For starters, Higbee got the target share last year, his efficiency just fell off a cliff, and I don’t think there’s any reason to believe he will continue to be less efficient with Matthew Stafford than with Jared Goff. He has a 100-goal lead in a foul we believe is the best in football and the team’s top two earners are both 29-year-old receivers with extensive injury histories. He is one injury away from the second target on offense and a potential league winner. Even without an injury, I project Higbee as a top-12 tight end and he is rarely drafted in our drafts.

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Yes, it’s getting worse. Isaiah McKenzie is right behind Corey Davis here, but both are wide receivers who probably need some help to be real difference makers in Fantasy. For Davis, it could be as simple as stopping Garrett Wilson, which none of us really want. For McKenzie, he just needs to keep the role of Cole Beasley and be more efficient.

Beasley has averaged seven goals per game over the past three seasons. McKenzie could achieve those goals, but it means Gabriel Davis and/or Dawson Knox are not taking the step forward they should. Since I haven’t ranked Davis or Knox as high as consensus, that seems possible.

The other advantage McKenzie could have over Beasley is in the running game. He has 19 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown in the past two seasons and ran 10 times for 66 yards and two scores in 2018. If McKenzie could add a point per game on the ground, there’s more advantage.

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Here we are again with Mike Davis. Gus Edwards has already been put on the PUP list. JK Dobbins is still not completely free. Mike Davis may just be your week 1 starter against the New York Jets.

I know you feel like you’ve been fooled by Davis before, but I have to remind you that Latavius ​​Murray scored four touchdowns in the first six games of 2021 for Baltimore and Devonta Freeman averaging 14.2 PPR Fantasy -points per game from week 9-14. If those guys can be Fantasy-relevant in this offense, just about anyone could.

Davis probably won’t be in a big part for long, but if you can find a Week 1 starter in the double-digit rounds, you should jump on it, especially if you’re going for a Zero-RB approach.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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