Pianow’s Target Players for 2022 Fantasy Football Drafts

No big preamble is needed here. Here are the players I have notable beliefs about for 2022 Fantasy, whether it’s because I’ve drafted them many times or plan to do so 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, come to the chorus.

Quarterback: Don’t sweat, the easiest position to solve

Quarterback is the most critical position in the sport — and the least important fantasy field position. We must take care of this gap. I’m more of a value shopper in this position, although I understand the desire to design someone who has top 5 finishers in their range of results.

A few times JustinHerbert slipped off his ADP slightly; In those cases, I can take a vanity QB. The Chargers made the difference in every key part of the field. Russell Wilson is interesting to me in its escape time; He gets an upgrade at the perfect time. Think of the top of 2020 Tom Brady had in Tampa Bay? Wilson can do similar things.

The value dog in me loves the ADP on Derek Carr (three dynamic pass catchers; the Raiders could also struggle to run the ball) and Kirk cousins (Offensive upgrade was badly needed, and Justin Jefferson can pull anyone to greatness). Jared Goff is a late round get for superflex purposes surrounded by good receivers and likely to play in many pinball games.

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You can make the case for so many quarterbacks, which underscores why it’s not an exciting position in the fantasy. Any league that I organize will be inherently superflex and take that depth into account. Three notable QBs that I probably won’t design: Josh Allen (ADP is too expensive), Aaron Rodgers (Where’s the downfield aid? This has a Brady 2019 feel to it) and Trey Lance (I see his positive case, but others want to pay for him like he’s a sure thing).

Running Back: Chasing to the top, trying to stay young

i snap Jonathan Taylor in a second at 1.01, mostly with a nod to his bottom, but it’s not that he doesn’t offer advantages. After all, he just finished at RB1. I am heartened by the fact that he has never missed a practice or game since he started playing football.

Aaron Jones is a perfect pick for the second round, the primary back in Green Bay. His reception work has both the bottom and the top, as the Packers will surely focus their offense on their two-star running backs.

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You have to bake in upgrade if you want to land Javonte Williams; maybe the Broncos don’t pitch Melvin Gordon in a lesser role. But Williams is seven years younger and that’s a monumental age gap at this position. I want to run where the puck could go. The phrase “league winner” is overused, but Williams deserves the designation of a potential league winner.

Javonte Williams #33 of the Denver Broncos has a huge fantasy on his mind

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

Speed ​​Lap: I designed Darrell Henderson a few times, mostly because I don’t trust Cam Akers . . . Rashaad Penny was on the track last year electric and kenwalker will not be ready immediately after groin surgery. . . Kyle Shanahan has such a roving eye running back that you need to consider a speculative play. jeff wilson my chip is there, but there are several candidates . . . Follow the money in Miami, draft Chase Edmonds . . . The price keeps going up Dameon Pierce, but I’ll still consider him in the sixth round of the hotter leagues. In more casual pools, you can probably wait a round or two. Pierce has been sharp all summer, his competition is mild and the Houston line isn’t bad.

Wide Receiver: Top 20 in talent-overloaded position

My most common roster build is an anchor surrounded by multiple wide receivers playing themselves. So I will be overweight on several of the wideouts in the top 20. If I can’t land Taylor, I’m perfectly fine with going for it Cooper Kupp (I’m not worried about those Matthew Stafford Injury; Sean McVay’s scheming brings so many layup goals for Kupp). Justin Jefferson (He could be on all the magazine covers next year), or Yes’Marr Chase (Remember that at LSU he was considered the star of the generation, not Jefferson). All of these guys are fun picks, and receivers are less likely to get hurt than running backs.

Everyone will miss the Aaron Rodgers Davante Adams Show, but Adams and Derek Carr lit up the skies in Fresno State and should be fun in Vegas. CeeDee lamb will get as many goals as he can handle in Dallas, and Dak Prescott is a plus quarterback. Mike Evans has lived in the end zone ever since Tom Brady arrived; that will not change. And Brady is the kind of quarterback who wants his receivers to fulfill their incentives.

That Michael Pittman The train is crowded, but reserve a seat for me. His career has a clean starting arc, like an airplane, and now it’s time for Year 3 and an improved quarterback. DJ Moore has been unlucky with touchdowns his entire career, however Baker Mayfield (when healthy) is an obvious upgrade over the sketchy QBs Moore was previously tied to. mike williams produced Keenan Allen last year and still has the cheaper ADP. I’m not sure if I understand that.

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bargain hunting: Adam Thielen is the classic boring value vet. I never feel like I’m aggressively chasing him, I just accept him when the rest of the room shrugs. . . Darnell Mooney is Chicago’s target pig and the coaching probably can’t be any worse than last year. . . Hunter Renfrow fits perfectly into a Josh McDaniels offense, and it offers some of that boring shrug value angle I described with Thielen. . . Christian Kirk was paid to be Jacksonville’s number 1. . . I do not see Allen Lazard breaking the game, but he should be Green Bay’s busiest downfield receiver. . . Brandon AyukThe reception statistics of were better than Debbo Samuelis in the second half; We can’t ignore Deebo’s rushing juice, but Aiyuk is much more likely to pay off his ADP. . . NicoCollins looks like Houston’s #2 receiver, and Davis Mills not bad. . . Yes, I worship the sun god. We can’t see what Amon-Ra St. Brown shut down the track in 2021. Jared Goff will never be great, but he’s good enough. Better yet, Goff’s skills tie directly into what St. Brown is good at.

Tight End: Lower tiers still offer value

I’ll probably avoid the vanity tight ends, although it hurts to watch Kyle Pitts end up on someone else’s list. I’m open to purchases in the next row where Dalton Schultz has a safe roll with no X on his back (thanks to CeeDee Lamb, Breakout Stud) and Dallas Goedert has efficiency metrics to die for.

drop a step Dawson Knox can win on all three levels, and even if the Buffalo offense has some overcrowding issues, his touchdown rate could remain pretty stable. Cole Kmet was weird touchdown bad luck last year, but the bogarting Jimmy Graham is gone and Justin Fields might be ready to take a leap. If you want boring 70 catches, Austin Hooper will be needed to reprise his role in Atlanta for the Titans and should fit in nicely Ryan Tannehill.

Defense: Focus on matchups early in the season

Nobody came here for a DST chat, but I’ll offer this quick hack: I like to look at the immediate schedule and toss everything else to the shredder. I will treat my defenses like cell phone torches, rent them short term and dispose of them soon after. The Broncos (at Seahawks, Texans) and Colts (at Texans, at Jaguars, although you wish these were home games) both have favorable preseason schedules; good enough for me.

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