After a career at Wisconsin in which he had over 300 touches and 2,000 yards from scrimmage in each of his three collegiate seasons, it should come as no surprise that Colts running back Jonathan Taylor has quickly established himself as a bell-cow back in the NFL. Taylor followed up a 1,000-yard season as a rookie with 1,811 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns in 2021 while adding 40 receptions for 360 yards and two scores to finish as the No. 1 Fantasy football running back in 2021. Now, he's typically the first player in the 2022 Fantasy football rankings and will be heavily targeted during 2022 Fantasy football draft prep.
At what point will his heavy workload over the last five years catch up to him, and are there other running backs who could be one of the 2022 Fantasy football breakouts? A reliable set of Fantasy football rankings 2022 can help you answer those questions while also identifying the 2022 Fantasy football sleepers, breakouts and busts who will define the upcoming season. Before setting 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, the model accurately predicted that Colts running back Jonathan Taylor was being dramatically undervalued. Taylor was being drafted behind running backs like Aaron Jones, Ezekiel Elliott and Austin Ekeler last season but the SportsLine projection model predicted that he'd outproduce all of those backs and be a fixture in your Fantasy football lineups. The result: Taylor led the NFL with 1,811 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns to finish as the overall RB1 in 2021.
The same model has a proven track record providing Fantasy football tips, also identifying A.J. Brown as another 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 sleepers
One of the 2022 Fantasy football sleepers the model is predicting: Cowboys running back Tony Pollard. Like Washington running back Antonio Gibson, Pollard was utilized as a hybrid running back/wide receiver at Memphis, but has now developed into a running back capable of making players on the outside and between the tackles. With Ezekiel Elliott's legs seemingly wearing down after years of heavy usage, Pollard looks like the fresher, more explosive back.
Pollard carried the ball 130 times for 719 yards and two scores in 2021 while adding 39 receptions for 337 yards despite playing in 42 percent of the offensive snaps or fewer in every game. Pollard's 6.2 yards per touch ranked second among NFL running backs last season, while Elliott's 4.5 ranked 35th. With Pollard potentially cutting even deeper into Elliott's workload in 2022, the model ranks him as its RB21 even though he's been the 31st running back off the board according to the 2022 Fantasy football ADP. See more Fantasy football sleepers 2022 here.
Top 2022 Fantasy football breakouts
The model is also projecting Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman as one of its top 2022 Fantasy football breakouts. A 2021 first-round pick, Bateman's rookie year started with missing the first five games due to injury and ended with playing without Lamar Jackson for another five games. He produced a disappointing 46-515-1 stat line, but still found himself elevated to the WR1 position in Baltimore during the offseason thanks to the trade of Marquise Brown.
Baltimore will still retain its run-first philosophy, but Brown was a 1,000-yard receiver in this offense, and Bateman now has his role. The second-year player also has the size that Brown lacked to be a red-zone threat. He's also a deep threat, as he led the Big Ten in yards per reception as a sophomore. Better health from Bateman and Jackson should do wonders for the former's progression. The model lists Bateman as a top-30 WR after he finished as the WR80 in the Fantasy football WR rankings last season. See more Fantasy football breakouts 2022 here.
Top 2022 Fantasy football busts
As for players to avoid, the model lists Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown as one of its 2022 Fantasy football busts. He failed to live up to his Fantasy football ADP last year, catching 63 passes on 105 targets for 869 yards and just five touchdowns. Brown also missed nearly five full games due to various injuries.
He is now moving to a new offense in Philadelphia, but the Eagles are not a pass-happy attack either. They will rely on their ground and pound approach under dual-threat quarterback Jalen Hurts, putting a cap on Brown's potential production. SportsLine's model has identified him as a player to stay away from early in your Fantasy football picks due to his injury history and new offensive system. See more Fantasy football busts 2022 here.
How to find proven 2022 Fantasy football 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 sleepers, breakouts and busts should you target and fade? 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 Jonathan Taylor's huge season, and find out.