Rashod Bateman was the fifth and final wide receiver selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Although he spent the first five weeks of the season on injured reserve, he proved to be an important player for both the Baltimore Ravens and his Fantasy owners. Bateman finished with better numbers than Kadarius Toney, who was selected ahead of him, and just 87 yards shy of DeVonta Smith, who was the third receiver selected behind Ja'Marr Chase and Jaylen Waddle. Production by 2022 Fantasy football rookies can be a mixed bag, but strong 2022 Fantasy football rankings will help you land the biggest 2022 Fantasy football breakouts. 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: Broncos tight end Albert Okwuegbunam. He could be one of the Fantasy football breakouts 2022 after several offseason changes worked in his favor. The third-year tight end should take over the starting role after the departure of Noah Fant and his quarterback play improved significantly with the acquisition of Russell Wilson.
Wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton will demand their share of targets, but Wilson likes to spread the ball around. The veteran quarterback has also shown that he likes throwing to tight ends in the red zone, giving Okwuegbunam additional upside. He caught 33 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games last season, but his production is set to skyrocket after only starting six of those contests.
Another breakout that SportsLine's Fantasy football rankings 2022 have identified: Titans rookie wide receiver Treylon Burks. The Julio Jones experiment failed last season in Tennessee and the Titans added Robert Woods in the offseason, but he is coming off a torn ACL. Otherwise, nobody else in the wide receiver room has more than three seasons' worth of experience and the team will likely look to give Burks every opportunity to produce early on.
Over the last two seasons at Arkansas, Burks caught 117 passes for 1,924 yards and 18 touchdowns. Burks' Fantasy owners will hope for a repeat of A.J. Brown's rookie season in 2019 with Tennessee, when he caught 52 of his 84 targets for 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns. Tennessee selected Burks 18th overall, which should signal that they plan on getting him involved, and that's why SportsLine's model believes he will finish 2022 with similar Fantasy production to others like Marvin Jones Jr., Brandon Aiyuk and DeAndre Hopkins.
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.