Pianow’s target players for 2022 fantasy football drafts

No major preamble is needed for this one. Here are the players I have notable 2022 fantasy beliefs about, either because I’ve drafted them often or I’m looking to draft them later. These are My Guys for Fantasy Football 2022. I will group them by position and keep the explanations short. You don’t need 500 words per player. I know we live in a TL;DR world. Don’t bore us, join the chorus.

Quarterback: Don’t sweat the easiest position to solve

Quarterback is the most critical position in sports — and the least important position on the fantasy field. We must remember this gap. I’m more of a value buyer in this niche, although I understand the desire to draft someone who is top five in their range of results.

Sometimes Justin Herbert he’s slightly off his ADP. I can get a vanity QB in those situations. The Chargers have difference makers at every key spot on the field. Russell Wilson it is interesting to me at the time of his escape. gets an upgrade at the perfect time. Remember the rise of 2020 Tom Brady had in tampa bay? Wilson can do similar things.

The hound in me loves ADP Derek Carr (three dynamic pass rushers, the Raiders could also struggle to run the ball) and Kirk Cousins (The aggressive upgrade was much needed as well Justin Jefferson can lure anyone to greatness). Jared Goff he’s a late rounder for Superflex purposes, surrounded by good receivers and likely to play in a lot of pinball games.

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You can make an argument for so many quarterbacks, which underscores why it’s not an exciting position in fantasy. Every league I run will be Superflex in nature, with this depth in mind. Three notable QBs I’m unlikely to draft: Josh Allen (ADP is very expensive), Aaron Rodgers (where’s the downfield help? This has a Brady 2019 feel to it) and Trey Lance (I see his upside, but others want to pay him like he’s a sure thing).

Running back: I’m chasing backwards, trying to stay young

grab Jonathan Taylor in a second at 1.01, mostly with a nod to his floor, but it’s not like he doesn’t offer upside. In the end he just finished at RB1. I am encouraged by the fact that he has never missed a practice or game since he started playing soccer.

Aaron Jones he’s a perfect second-round pick, the starting quarterback in Green Bay. His receiving work has both floor and upside, as the Packers will surely center their offense around their two stars.

You have to bake improved if you want to land Javonte Williams; maybe the Broncos won’t fly Melvin Gordon in a smaller role. But Williams is seven years younger, and that’s a monumental age gap at this position. I want to skate where the puck can go. The phrase “championship winner” is overused, but Williams deserves the tag of a potential championship winner.

Could Javonte Williams reach the fantasy potential we all expect from him? (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Speed ​​Lap: I have compiled Darrell Henderson sometimes, mostly because i don’t trust Cam Akers . . . Rashaad Penny it was electric last year and Ken Walker won’t be ready right away, he’s coming off groin surgery. . . Kyle Shanahan has such a wandering eye at running back, you have to consider a speculative play. Jeff Wilson it’s my chip there, but there are several contenders. . . Follow the money to Miami, get drafted Chase Edmonds . . . The price is increasing Dameon Pierce, but I’ll still consider him in the sixth round of sharpest leagues. In more relaxed pools, you can probably expect a lap or two. Pierce has been sharp all summer, his competition is mild and Houston’s line isn’t bad.

Wide Receiver: Top 20 at the position overloaded with talent

My most common roster construction is an anchor running back surrounded by several “play themselves” wide receivers. So I’ll be overweight several of the wideouts in the top 20. Cooper Kupp (I’m not worried about it Matthew Stafford damage; Sean McVay’s scheming gets so many layup targets for Kupp), Justin Jefferson (could be on all the magazine covers of the year), or Ja’Marr Chase (remember at LSU, he was seen as the star of the generation, not Jefferson). All of these guys are fun options, and receivers are less likely to get hurt than running backs.

Aaron Rodgers will be missed by all Davante Adams appearance, but Adams and Derek Carr lit up the sky at Fresno State and should be fun in Vegas. CeeDee Lamb will take as many targets as he can handle in Dallas and Dak Prescott he is an advantage. Mike Evans he’s been living in the end zone ever since Tom Brady arrived? this is not going to change. And Brady is the type of quarterback who wants his receivers to hit their stride.

The Michael Pittman The band is overflowing, but save me a seat. His career has had a neat take-off arc, like an airplane, and now it’s time for Year 3 and an improved quarterback. DJ Moore he was unlucky with a touchdown in his entire career, but Baker Mayfield (when healthy) is an obvious upgrade over the complicated QBs Moore has been linked to in the past. Mike Williams overproduction Keenan Allen last year and still has the cheapest ADP. I’m not sure I understand it.

Bargain hunting: Adam Thielen he’s the classic boring value vet. I never feel like I’m aggressively chasing him, just accepting him when the rest of the room shrugs. . . Darnell Mooney is Chicago’s goal, and practice probably can’t be any worse than last year. . . Hunter Renfrow he’s a perfect fit in a Josh McDaniels offense and offers some of the boring shoulder appreciation angle I described with Thielen. . . Christian Kirk paid to be Jacksonville’s No. 1 guy. . . I can not see Allen Lazard breaking up the play, but he should be Green Bay’s busiest receiver downfield. . . Brandon AyukIts download stats were better than Deebo SamuelIt’s in the second half. we can’t ignore Deebo’s rushing juice, but Aiyuk is much more likely to pay off his ADP. . . Nico Collins looks to be Houston’s No. 2 receiver and Davis Mills it is not bad. . . Yes, I worship the Sun God. We can’t help but see what Amon-Ra St. Brown collapsed in 2021. Jared Goff he’ll never be great, but he’s good enough. Even better, Goff’s skill set ties directly into what St. Louis is good at. Brown.

Tight End: Smaller tiers still offer value

I’ll probably avoid tight tops, though it hurts to watch Kyle Pitts land on someone else’s roster. I am open to shopping at the next level, where Dalton Schultz has a safe role without an X on his back (thanks to CeeDee Lamb, breaking nail) and Dallas Geddert it has performance metrics to die for.

Dropping a notch, Dawson Knox he can win at all three levels, and even if Buffalo’s offense has some crowding issues, his touchdown percentage can remain pretty solid. Cole Kmet was comically touchdown-unlucky last year, but the mess Jimmy Graham is gone, and Justin Fields he may be ready to take a leap. If you want boring 70 catches, Austin Hooper needed to reprise his role in Atlanta for the Titans and should suit up Ryan Tannehill.

Defence: Focus on early season games

No one came here for a DST chat, but I’ll offer this short hack: I like to look at the immediate schedule and throw everything else to the shredder. I will treat my defenses like cell phone burners, short term rentals, and soon discard them. The Broncos (at Seahawks, at Texans) and Colts (at Texans, at Jaguars, though you wish they were home games) both have favorable early season schedules. good enough for me.

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