NFL training camp battles are coming down to the wire, and their results will have major implications on the 2022 Fantasy football rankings, particularly at running back. In Kansas City, Clyde Edwards-Helaire is trying to hold off Ronald Jones, and in Houston, rookie Dameon Pierce is looking to jump Marlon Mack and Rex Burkhead in the backfield. Thorough 2022 Fantasy football draft prep will help you decide which training camp standouts will help you win your league this season. Which 2022 Fantasy football breakouts should you target? Before putting together your 2022 Fantasy football draft strategy, be sure to check out the 2022 Fantasy football cheat sheets from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
Last year, SportsLine's model accurately predicted that Dolphins rookie wide receiver Jaylen Waddle was being dramatically undervalued. He was being drafted around the same time as receivers such as Corey Davis, Tyler Boyd and Will Fuller, but the model predicted that Waddle would outproduce all of them and be a key breakout for Fantasy football lineups. The result: Waddle put together a strong 104-1015-6 receiving line and was a top-20 Fantasy receiver.
The same model has a proven track record providing Fantasy football tips, also identifying A.J. Brown as a sleeper in 2020 and players like Julio Jones and JuJu Smith-Schuster as Fantasy football busts last season. Additionally, it's called past Fantasy football sleepers like Derrick Henry in 2019, Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara in 2018, and Davante Adams in 2017. Anybody who banked on players like those made a run at their league title.
The model is powered by the same people who generated projections for all three major Fantasy sites, and it beat human experts last season when there was a big difference in ranking. The projections update multiple times daily, so you're always getting the best Fantasy football advice.
Now, SportsLine has simulated the entire NFL season 10,000 times and released its latest Fantasy football rankings 2022, along with plenty of sleepers, breakouts and busts. Head to SportsLine now to see them.
Top 2022 Fantasy football breakouts
One of the 2022 Fantasy football breakouts the model is predicting: Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The Dolphins haven't asked Tagovailoa to take too many risks during his first two seasons and the resulting productivity has been somewhat underwhelming. He's averaged just 6.6 yards per pass attempt and 194.2 yards per game.
However, he has thrown for 27 touchdowns against just 15 interceptions and added six rushing scores in 23 career games. Now, he's been given a bona fide No. 1 receiver to work with. The Dolphins acquired Tyreek Hill from the Chiefs, and pairing Hill with Jaylen Waddle gives Tagovailoa one of the most dynamic one-two punches. That's a big reason why the model ranks Tagovailoa ahead of quarterbacks like Trey Lance, Matt Ryan and Deshaun Watson, who are all being drafted ahead of him on average.
Another breakout that SportsLine's Fantasy football rankings 2022 have identified: Seattle running back Kenneth Walker III. After Chris Carson announced his retirement due to his neck injury from last season, the Seahawks running back battle was narrowed down to Walker and Rashaad Penny. Penny was a former first round selection by the team and impressed in his starts at the end of last season, but there is plenty of buzz around Walker, who was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft this year.
Walker finished his college career with a jaw-dropping season at Michigan State, where he ran for 1,636 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2021. Penny looked strong at the end of last year, but has a far greater history of picking up injuries and producing underwhelming rushing totals. The model projects Walker will have a better season than Penny, and produce on a similar level to other starters like James Robinson in Jacksonville and Melvin Gordon in Denver. See which other Fantasy football breakouts 2022 to target here.
How to find proven 2022 Fantasy football rankings
SportsLine is also extremely high on a surprising quarterback you aren't even thinking about being taken in the middle rounds of 2022 Fantasy football drafts. This quarterback is listed as a shocking top-five option ahead of superstars like Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. You can only see who it is, and the 2022 Fantasy football rankings for every player, at SportsLine.
So which 2022 Fantasy Football breakouts should you be targeting? And which QB shocks the NFL with a top-five performance? Visit SportsLine now to get 2022 Fantasy Football cheat sheets for every single position, all from the model that called Jaylen Waddle's huge season, and find out.