Monday, January 24, 2022

Fantasy Football Rankings, Wild Card Weekend 2022: Proven model says start Elijah Mitchell, sit Hunter Henry

The regular season is over, but the 2022 NFL playoffs will provide more opportunities to hone your Fantasy football rankings for daily and weekly games. The NFL playoff bracket was expanded this year, and an extra game in each conference means you’ll have a variety of options for your 2022 NFL Wild Card Weekend Fantasy football lineups. Cooper Kupp has become a staple at the top of the Fantasy football WR rankings this season. After leading in the NFL in receptions (145), receiving yards (1,947) and receiving touchdowns (16), you’ll have to consider starting him against the Cardinals.

Tom Brady led the NFL in passing yards (5,316) and passing touchdowns (43) at age 44, but he’ll have a tough matchup against an Eagles defense that played well down the stretch. Can you trust Brady and the Buccaneers to go on another postseason run or are there better options available in the 2022 NFL playoffs Fantasy football rankings? Before locking in your Wild Card Weekend Fantasy football picks, be sure to check out the playoff Fantasy football rankings from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

When it comes to ranking players, SportsLine’s model beat human experts in Fantasy football for the past several seasons especially when there were big differences in ranking. Over the course of a season, that could literally be the difference between winning your league or going home empty-handed.

Last week, the model was extremely high on Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny, ranking him as a top-15 player at his position. The result: Penny ran 23 times for 190 yards and a touchdown. Anybody who had him in their lineup was well on their way to a huge week.

Now, the model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, has revealed its 2022 NFL Wild Card Weekend Fantasy football rankings. Head to SportsLine now to see them.

Top 2022 NFL Playoffs Fantasy football picks 

One player the model is high on this week: 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell, who rushed for 963 yards in just 11 games during his rookie season. The sixth-round pick out of Louisiana took advantage of early-season injuries and began his career with a 100-yard performance in Week 1 against the Lions.

He had five 100-yard rushing performances despite missing six games this season and finished with a total of 1,100 scrimmage yards and six scores in 11 games. Mitchell received 80.5 percent of the carries and targets that went to running backs when he was healthy and in the lineup, the fourth-highest rate at the position. Now, he should see the lion’s share of touches against a Cowboys defense that ranks 23rd in the NFL in yards allowed per carry (4.5).

And a massive shocker: Patriots tight end Hunter Henry, who tied for the league lead among NFL tight ends in touchdown catches and finished No. 7 among TEs, stumbles big-time and doesn’t even crack the top 10 at his position. 

Henry signed with the Patriots as a free agent this offseason and started his season slowly, but ultimately caught seven touchdowns in a seven-game span. However, he’s only caught two touchdowns in the six games since, and both of those came in a Week 15 loss to the Colts. Expect New England to be focused on establishing the run and for Henry to struggle against a stingy Bills defense that he only had one catch against in two games.

How to set 2022 NFL Wild Card Weekend Fantasy football rankings

The model is also calling for an under-the-radar running back to finish in the top five of its Fantasy football rankings, ahead of backs like Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliott. This pick could be the difference between winning big and going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.

So who should you start and sit this week? And which surprising running back could lead you to victory? Visit SportsLine now to get NFL playoff Fantasy football rankings for every position, plus see which QB is going to come out of nowhere to crack the top three, all from the model that has out-performed experts big-time.

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