8 players to reach (Fantasy Football 2022)


While ensuring you have the best fantasy football ranking possible is a great place to start, it’s also essential to understand Average Draft Position (ADP) and how to use it to your advantage. ADP will give you an idea of ​​where the public selects players. Even better, you can use our ADP of different fantasy football league hosts to look at the average draft position for the league you’ll be drafting in. You will be able to determine which players our experts are superior to ADP on, but you can also see when it is time to target said players. Our analysts are here to help you. Below, they’ll discuss eight players you should consider reaching in your 2022 fantasy football draft.

And be sure to check out their full list of players to target as part of our Fantasy Football 2022 Draft Kit.

Rankings scored using semi-PPR expert consensus rankings from FantasyPros (ECR) and Consensus ADP.

8 players to reach in 2022 Fantasy Football Drafts

Trey Lance (SF)

The closer we get to the season with Garoppolo still on the roster, the more likely he will be to enter the season as a starter due to his familiarity with attack and his polish compared to Lance, who was unmistakably raw. Last year. But the more likely outcome is that Lance will start Week 1 – and if that happens he could dominate. In 10 quarterbacks as a rookie, he was 598-4-2 passing and 31-161-0 rushing.

– Matthew Freeman

Daniel Jones (NYG)

In Superflex leagues or formats where it makes sense to draft a backup QB, Jones is an attractive off-brand option. But, sadly, the three-year veteran has become a fantasy football pariah, partly because this guy drafted him:

Jones was coached by Joe Judge, Jason Garrett and Freddie Kitchens last year. This is not the recipe for success. He is now under the tutelage of new Giants HC Brian Daboll, who has transformed Josh Allen from a scattergun draft into the league’s most formidable offensive weapon.

Jones is not Allen, of course. Allen has a cannon strapped to his shoulder. Jones’ arm looks more like a slingshot. But like Allen, Jones is a dangerous runner. He also has an interesting group of receivers in Kadarious Toney, Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and Wan’Dale Robinson.

As far as Konami Code quarterbacks go, Jones is cheap, and the coaching change raises hopes that he’ll make a significant step forward.

– Pat Fitzmaurice

Leonard Fournette (TB)

It’s been a long journey for Leonard Fournette from his final days as “Fat Lenny” with the Jacksonville Jaguars to earn the nickname “Lombardi Lenny” due to his brilliant play for Tampa Bay in the last year and a half.

He impressed the Buccaneers front office — and a certain No. 12 quarterback — enough to earn a three-year contract with his former team worth $21 million (up to $24 million with incentives). There is no doubt with his performance and his contract that he will be the undisputed starter for the Bucs, and that is exactly the desired outcome for fantasy football.

Fournette ranked fifth in fantasy points and fourth in expected fantasy points per game before his injury in Week 15, leading all running backs in receptions (62). Upon returning to the lineup for the Buccaneers’ playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams, Fournette resumed bellcow duties, playing 86% of Tampa Bay’s offensive snaps to go with 22 touches for 107 yards from scrimmage.

With an all-around skill set at just 27, Fournette has fantastic appeal for the top 10 running backs. He’s slipping down my running back rating at the start of 2022 as an RB8 because a fantasy RB1 is exactly what he’s been in a Tom Brady-led offense. Their offense throws more than anyone else in the league, ensuring Fournette continues to represent a high goal share. His six targets per game last season tied D’Andre Swift for the most in the NFL.

–Andrew Erickson

AJ Dillon (UK)

Aaron Jones had a great three-year window but showed some signs of breaking down a bit. AJ Dillon has the power, speed and ability to catch football. Dillon’s efficiency rating from PFF since entering the league is 90.1. and there aren’t many guys around RB25 who have a path to an RB1 finish. Dillon has that in this depleted Packers offense this season, especially if Jones (entering his sixth year in the league) is running out of time.

– Joe Pisapia

Rashod Bateman (BAL)

After an up-and-down rookie season that was mired by injuries and a limited role to start the season, Rashod Bateman is ready to take the leap into season two. Bateman finished top 36 fantasy wide receivers in 50% of his games despite not having an 80% share until Week 15. He was thrust into an early X role and thrived by route, ranking 26th in win rate against man coverage (per Playerprofiler.com).

According to Matt Harmon’s incredible #ReceptionPerception work, Bateman’s hit rate was in the 85th percentile against zone coverage and 81st percentile against the press. According to Harmon’s findings, Bateman finished with a pass rate of 73.7% or better on six of the 10 route types listed. Even in a first attack alongside Mark Andrews, Marquise Brown drew the 12th highest share (26.1%) last season, finishing as WR21 in fantasy points per game. Bateman can match those numbers and has the talent profile to surpass them if all goes well.

– Derek Brown

Drake London (ATL)

London is precisely the kind of rookie receiver I want to take a chance on. He’s tall (6-foot-4, 219 pounds), young (21 in July), and entering the NFL early (as a junior). He has elite draft capital (the No. 8 pick) and he had solid college production (88-1,084-7 received in eight games his final season). The USC product could be the next Larry Fitzgerald or Mike Evans with those attributes. If I’m a year too early to draft him, so be it.

– Matthew Freeman

Dalton Schultz (DAL)

Before TE fell, Dalton Schultz offered the best combination of value and upside. Schultz will see plenty of targets in the Cowboys’ offense, especially with Michael Gallup out early. He has an appeal for the red zone, and clearly Dak Prescott has had confidence in him since stepping out of the shadows after the fall of Blake Jarwin two seasons ago. As a result, he is among the top five fantasy TEs outside of the top five in draft capital.

– Joe Pisapia

Gerald Everett (BAC)

Gerald Everett is easily one of my favorite late-round tight ends, so I’m glad the consensus is finally starting to sink in. He’s been solid through stretches of the 2021 season, especially after Russell Wilson returned from injury. The ex-Rams tight end ranked as the TE9 in fantasy points per game (PPR) from weeks 10-16 while running a route on 74% of dropbacks.

Everett has proven he can be the No. 1 star tight end for the Chargers after a career year. He hit career highs in receptions (48) and receiving yards (478) and wreaked havoc with the ball in his hands, forcing 11 missed tackles after the catch – sixth among tight ends.

His peripheral metrics in the Seattle offense — 12% target share, 63% route participation and 17% target rate per route run — were nearly identical to Jared Cook’s in the Chargers’ offense the season. last.

Cook finished as TE16 overall, which looks to be Everett’s fantastic floor heading into 2022. The tackle-busting tight end finished the 2021 season at just 0.4 points per game below Cook’s average (8.3 to 7.9) despite playing in an offense that ranked dead last in pass attempts per game (29.1).

LA ranked third in this category last season (39.6). They also ranked ninth in TE lenses overall.

Breakout tight ends are generally athletic players who gain above-average road involvement in high-powered offenses. Everett fits the profile of next season’s star in this position. And it’s still super cheap.

–Andrew Erickson

FantasyPros Staff Consensus 2022 Redraft Fantasy Football Rankings


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