Fantasy Football Rankings 2022: Sleepers, breakouts, busts from proven model that called Taylor’s huge year

The 2022 NFL season is still a little over three months away, but now that a large portion of NFL free agency has passed and the 2022 NFL Draft are over, Fantasy football owners can start mapping out their 2022 Fantasy football draft strategy. Finding reliable productivity at the top of your draft is always a top priority, but Christian McCaffrey could be an intriguing second-round value after two injury-plagued years. McCaffrey only played 10 games in 2020 and 2021 but he was the No. 3 fantasy running back in 2018 and No. 1 in 2019.

McCaffrey currently has an early 2022 Fantasy football ADP of 18.44, so is it worth spending a late second-round pick on such a boom-or-bust player? A reliable set of 2022 Fantasy football rankings can help you answer those questions, while also identifying the 2022 Fantasy football sleepers, breakouts and busts that you need to be aware of ahead of your upcoming drafts. 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 AJ 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: Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper. The four-time Pro Bowler helped transform the Cowboys’ offense when he was acquired in 2018 from the Raiders, but he became the No. 2 wide receiver behind CeeDee Lamb in 2021, posting the second-worst statistical season of his career with 68 catches for 865 yards and eight touchdowns.

Those numbers made Cooper the No. 25 wide receiver in Fantasy football for 2021, but an offseason trade to the Browns puts him in a more advantageous situation. Cooper is once again the clear-cut No. 1 receiver in Cleveland, while the Browns acquiring Watson during the offseason gives him another strong signal-caller to work with. That’s a big reason why the model sees him as a top-20 option in the 2022 fantasy football WR rankings.

Top 2022 Fantasy football breakouts

The model is also projecting 49ers quarterback Trey Lance as one of its top 2022 Fantasy football breakouts. San Francisco hasn’t yet traded Jimmy Garoppolo, and there isn’t a guarantee that it will between now and the start of the season, but the franchise simply has too much invested in Lance to not hand the reins over at some point. His incredible upside of him makes him the sort of player that you’ll want on your Fantasy football roster in 2022.

Lance played in six games last season and averaged 8.5 yards per pass attempt with five touchdowns and two interceptions, while also rushing for 168 yards and a score. And in his final start (of two) during Week 16 against the Texans, Lance threw for 249 yards and two scores while adding 31 yards rushing on eight carries. If Lance wins the starting role, he’ll be a significant part of San Francisco’s rushing attack and that will make him of value even if there are growing pains within the pocket. That’s a big reason why the model ranks him as its No. 15 quarterback for 2022.

Top 2022 Fantasy football busts

As for players to avoid, the model lists Broncos running back Melvin Gordon as one of its biggest 2022 Fantasy football busts. Many expected this to be the case ahead of last season, but Gordon managed to outrush rookie Javonte Williams by 15 yards on the same number of carries (203). However, this is the final year of his contract in Denver and he isn’t nearly the asset in the passing game that Williams proved to be last year.

With the addition of Russell Wilson at quarterback, the Broncos finally have the opportunity to deploy a dynamic offense their fans have been waiting for in the post-Manning era. Gordon has managed to stay productive, but is a bruising, deliberate runner in an offense that looks like it’s heading in a different direction. Additionally, Gordon has only been able to stay healthy for the entirety of one of his seven years in the league and will be 30 years old by the end of next season.

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.

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