With the season drawing near, owners are pouring over the latest NFL news from OTAs and mandatory minicamp. Drafting 2022 Fantasy football rookies is always alluring, but if you splurge too early on a youngster who will be brought along slowly, it can impact the rest of your 2022 Fantasy football picks. It wasn't until the eighth pick of the 2022 NFL Draft that we saw an offensive skill position player come off the board when the Falcons took USC wide receiver Drake London. Where should he be in your 2022 Fantasy football rankings?
The Falcons traded away Julio Jones, while Calvin Ridley was served an indefinite suspension by the league. As a result, London could provide WR1 production in his rookie season. A reliable set of Fantasy football rankings 2022 can help you answer that question and also help you identify other potential 2022 Fantasy football breakouts as well as 2022 Fantasy football sleepers and 2022 Fantasy football busts. 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: Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Gage. Another former Falcons wide receiver, Gage has proven to be an extraordinarily capable No. 3 option in recent years, catching 138 passes for 1,556 yards and eight touchdowns over the last two seasons. Now, he joins the NFL's most prolific passing offense and appears likely to assume the role that Antonio Brown was in.
Brown averaged just over eight targets per game in his two partial seasons with the Buccaneers, and a similar workload for Gage would put him in line for 136 targets from The model has him dramatically outperforming his 2022 Fantasy football ADP, ranking him inside the top 35 receivers. See more Fantasy football sleepers 2022 here.
Top 2022 Fantasy football breakouts
The model is also projecting Bears tight end Cole Kmet as one of its top 2022 Fantasy football breakouts. A 2020 second-round pick, Kmet started all 17 games a year ago and produced a 60-612-0 stat line. Kmet ranked second among all NFL players in both receptions and receiving yards for players with no TD catches.
However, Bears tight ends accounted for six of the team's 14 receiving touchdowns last year, and all of those who found the end zone are no longer on the team, including Jimmy Graham. Also, quarterback Justin Fields had his highest adjusted yards per attempt (6.1) when targeting Kmet, so the two already have a rapport. Even if Kmet's yardage stays the same but he finds the end zone at a league-average rate for his position, he would be on the TE1 radar. The model loves Kmet as one of the Fantasy football breakouts 2022 and ranks him ahead of fellow NFC North tight ends, Irv Smith Jr. and Robert Tonyan. See more Fantasy football breakouts 2022 here.
Top 2022 Fantasy football busts
As for players to avoid, the model lists Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis as one of its 2022 Fantasy football busts. Many expect a breakout this season after the departure of Emmanuel Sanders, even with the addition of Jamison Crowder and Tavon Austin.
Davis took a step back in production last year after recording 35 catches for 599 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie. He finished with one less score than he had in 2020 and 50 fewer yards on the same number of receptions in 2021. Davis took just 10 percent of the Bills' total targets last season, but even in a prolific passing attack like Buffalo's, it will be a toss-up as to who will be viable in the offense outside of Stefon Diggs and Dawson Knox. That's why the model predicts that other players being drafted after Davis like Robert Woods, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Christian Kirk will all have more productive Fantasy seasons in 2022. 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.