• There are opportunities to select tight ends and a quarterback in the first five rounds that could land fantasy managers. San Francisco 49ers THE George Kittle and Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson.
This perfect draft strategy article examines how to approach a 2022 fantasy football draft. We’ll consider average draft position (ADP) to figure out which players we can expect to be available with later picks to optimize the talent across the roster.
This exercise assumes a 12-team league with PPR scoring. We won’t plan for any dramatic ADP drops, but it’s important to stay flexible and take advantage of opponents’ mistakes when that happens.
ROUND 1 (1-12): DRAFT RUNNERS OR ELITE WIDE RECEIVERS
The plan for the first round is to simply take the highest player on the board and build around him. Jonathan Taylor is the consensus top player regardless of league format and should be taken if he is available. He was in a league of his own at running back last season, and if anything, the Indianapolis Colts‘offense has improved, which could lead to more red zone looks.
Cooper Coup and Justin Jefferson stands out among wide receivers. Kupp finished with the best fantasy season ever by a wide receiver this past season, striking out Randy Moss and Jerry Ricewhile Jefferson has the most receiving yards and receptions by a player over their first two seasons, peaking Odell Beckham Jr., Moss and Rice. There are many other great running options, but these two receivers are much safer. We can be more confident that they will remain top five wide receivers than any of the running backs remaining top five fantasy players at their position.
Christian McCaffrey, Austin Thank you, Najee Harris, Derrick Henry and Dalvin Cook all should be top eight picks. They all have some concerns — including injury history, age, offensive lines or being too specialized as a running back or receiver, but they’ve remained the most consistent fantasy backs in recent seasons when healthy, and there’s plenty of reason to believe they can. do it again
It’s good to flip back to wide receivers at the end of the first round, as it may be better to select a wide receiver first and then a running back rather than the other way around based on current ADPs. Stephen Diggs, Ja’Marr Chase and Giving Adams there are all options.
ROUND 2 (13-24): REDEEM A RUNNING END, WIDE RECEIVER OR MARK ANDREWS
Running back will be a popular pick in Round 2, as there are only so many who are expected to be a starter rather than a committee player. Having two runners who are clear starters is the number one way to create an advantage over your opponents.
Leonard Fournette and D’Andre Swift led the league in goals per game last season. Both players will likely see a drop in passes thrown this season but, hopefully, not by much. Alvin Kamara and Aaron Jones both received over 64 goals last season in addition to ranking first and seventh in goals over the last three seasons. Kamara may be facing a suspension while Jones struggles for snaps with AJ Dillonbut the talent of the two players cannot be denied.
Deebo Samuel and Keenan Allen are the wide receivers to consider in Round 2 for anyone who selected a running back in Round 1, and Samuel is the only one who deserves consideration early in the second round. He was the fourth-best wide receiver during the first half of the 2021 season in standard formats. He ranked outside the top 10 in receptions, but his 18.0 yards per reception ranked second best among wide receivers with at least 25 receptions.
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