Dynasty League Fantasy Football: The 24 best rookies in the 2022 NFL Draft class

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Nothing excites Dynasty League players like a rookie draft!

The rookie class of 2022 has long carried the stigma of being a down year for talent and depth, but, as the dust settled after the NFL Draft, an intriguing group of receivers found themselves in… situations on the rise, and combined with just enough running back talent, he’s elevated the class enough to keep things interesting.

For teams that needed the help of a quarterback, 2022 was one of the weakest classes in recent memory, and tight ends also left a lot to be desired. While many remain focused on the promise of 2023, the potential of the Class of 2022 should not be overlooked.

Let’s take a look at the top 24 rookies for 2022 as found on DynastyLeagueFootball.com (DLF), the largest and oldest dynasty-centric fantasy football site.

1. Breece Hall, RB, NYJ

  • 5’11/217 lbs. — Age: 21

Hall is a potential load carrier who is as adept as a receiver as he is productive as a runner. With over 3,000 rushing yards and 41 touchdowns in his final two years at Iowa State, he easily separated from all the other rookie rushers in 2022 and is the heavy favorite as a 1.01 pick. of 2022 in the Dynasty Rookie Draft.

2. Drake London, WR, ATL

  • 6’4/219 lbs. — Age: 20

London had 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns before a broken ankle ended his junior season at USC. Selected No. 8 overall, he inherits a true WR1 role and should be a volume option for the rebuilding Falcons. The Atlanta quarterback’s play remains a concern, but London’s goals are all but guaranteed.

3. Treylon Burks, WR, TEN

  • 6’2/225 lbs. — Age: 22

Burks disappointed the combine with a 4.55 dash for 40 yards, but the tape shows plenty of speed combined with physicality, strong hands and an NFL build. He will take the place of traded receiver AJ Brown (PHI).

4. Garrett Wilson, WR, NYJ

  • 6’/183 lbs. — Age: 21

Selected No. 10 overall, Wilson is a silky road runner with legitimate 4.38 wheels who should enter the starting lineup for the Jets immediately. Target share will remain a concern until second-year quarterback Zach Wilson proves he can distribute the ball effectively, but Garrett Wilson has the ability to be a better receiver for the next decade once the chemistry is there.

5. Ken Walker, RB, SEA

  • 5’9/211 lbs. — Age: 21

Walker was a surprise selection by the Seahawks and, without superstar Russell Wilson at the helm, it’s been a rebuilding year for the team. It’s a full house in Seattle with Rashaad Penny and Chris Carson (if medically cleared) all in the mix for the races, so Dynasty managers may have to be patient.

6. Jameson Williams, WR DET

  • 6’1/179 lbs. — Age: 21

Selected No. 12 overall, if not for an ACL injury sustained in the national championship game, Williams might have been the No. 1 receiver on the board in the NFL Draft. Williams could start the season on the PUP list but all reports indicate his rehab is going well. Detroit has quietly assembled an impressive collection of young playmakers on offense, and Williams is arguably the most dynamic receiver in the 2022 draft class.

7. Chris Olave, WR, NO

  • 6’/187 lbs. — Age: 21

Olave threw a surprising 4.39 for 40 yards at the NFL’s combine and is widely considered the NFL’s most polished and ready rookie receiver. Like other receivers in this year’s class, quarterback play is a concern.

8. George Pickens, WR, PIT

  • 6’3/195 lbs. — Age: 21

Pickens tore his ACL in spring training in 2021 but returned late in the season to help Georgia win the national championship. Big, fast and with strong hands, Pickens will have every chance of making an early career impact in Pittsburgh.

9. Jahan Dotson, WR, WAS

  • 5’11/178 lbs. — Age: 22

A capable receiver at all levels, Dotson has the dynamic ability to be an immediate impact player for commanders and should see volume targets immediately. Look for Dotson to use all over the field.

10. Skyy Moore, WR, KC

  • 5’10/195 lbs. — Age: 21

Moore’s 4.41 40-yard dash on the combine impressed and his Kansas City touchdown after trades from Tyreek Hill makes him a hugely intriguing rookie selection late in the first round in Dynasty. It’s a full house at KC, but Moore should have every chance to shine early.

11. Christian Watson, WR, GB

  • 6’4/208 lbs. — Age: 23

Watson has the speed and profile to be one of the best on-time receivers in the NFL when he considers receiving passes from MVP Aaron Rodgers. It’s raw, but patience could be well rewarded.

12. James Cook, AR, BUF

  • 5’11/199 lbs. — Age: 22

It’s all in the family as Cook’s brother, Dalvin, plays in Minnesota. Although he doesn’t possess his brother’s early size, James Cook will see immediate time as a receiver and has the ability to work in an early role over time.

13. Rachaad White, RB, TB

  • 6’/214 lbs. — Age: 23

He’s older for a rookie, but White’s receiving ability suggests he could see some time on the pitch early in his career while Leonard Fournette plays out his contract.

14. John Metchie, WR, HOU

  • 5’11/187 lbs. — Age: 21

Another standout receiver for Alabama who tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the team’s playoffs. Fast and smooth, Metchie needs to work on refining his routes but has the tools to be a next-level impact player with the rebuilding Houston Texans.

15. David Bell, WR, CLE

  • 6’1/212 lbs. — Age: 21

What Bell lacks in speed and suddenness he makes up for with shrewd road running and frame positioning to complement receptions. He is a candidate to start in the Cleveland slot.

16. Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, NYG

  • 5’8/178 lbs. — Age: 21

Robinson is a candidate to start immediately in the slot for the Giants, bringing a combination of agility and elusiveness to a team that badly needs both at receiver.

17. Jalen Tolbert, WR, DAL

  • 6’1/194 lbs. — Age: 23

If he can see time on the field early in his career to build chemistry with quarterback Dak Prescott, Tolbert could be a sneaky second-round dynasty rookie pick.

18. Dameon Pierce, RB, HOU

  • 5’10/218 lbs. — Age: 22

Underutilized in his Florida days, Pierce is a dynasty second-round rookie rookie who thinks he has a more productive career in the NFL than collegiate. A great consolation prize for those who need help.

19. Alec Pierce, WR, IND

Pierce is built for the NFL and has flown under the radar despite possessing the size, speed and a drafted status to be an early career producer. Veteran quarterback Matt Ryan is expected to help Pierce’s development.

20. Isaiah Spiller, RB, BAC

  • 6’/217 lbs. — Age: 20

Spiller had a disappointing pro day, but his collegiate strip shows power, durability and production. He is a fine selection at the end of the second round of the Dynasty rookie draft.

21. Trey McBride, TE, ARI

  • 6’4/246 lbs. — Age: 22

McBride is headlining a weak, tight rookie class in 2022 and lands in a perfect situation in the desert, learning behind Zach Ertz. Patience should be rewarded in time.

22. Brian Robinson, RB, WAS

  • 6’2/225 lbs. — Age: 23

A five-year-old player at Alabama and something of a one-year wonder, Robinson is built for the NFL but landed in disappointment for early career impact.

23. Zamir White, RB, LV

  • 6’/214 lbs. — Age: 22

White projects himself as an early producer in time, but Dynasty managers will have to remain patient as they wait for current starter Josh Jacobs to move into free agency in 2023.

24. Kenny Pickett, QB, PIT

Headlining a weak quarterback class, Pickett falls into a sweet spot and is an outright favorite to start in the final weeks of the 2022 NFL season.

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