Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Fantasy Football mock draft: Jonathan Taylor, Austin Ekeler go 1-2 in our first PPR mock for 2022

We held our first 12-team, PPR mock draft for the 2022 season this week, and it felt like a trip down memory lane. It was fun drafting guys who missed most of the 2021 campaign with the hope of what they can be next season, including Cam Akers, J.K. Dobbins and Travis Etienne, among others.

We didn’t include incoming rookies in this draft. This exercise is done mostly to react to what happened in 2021 and how it could impact next season. And the results are interesting and worth digesting.

In Round 1, Jonathan Taylor is the expected No. 1 overall selection, which happened here. But No. 2 overall is up for debate, with the likely candidates being Austin Ekeler, Derrick Henry and Christian McCaffrey. I took Ekeler second, and I’m counting on him to build off what he did in 2021 and continue to show he’s among the best running backs in the NFL, especially as a receiver out of the backfield.

Henry and McCaffrey went after Ekeler, and then the first receiver went at No. 5 in Davante Adams. Another fun debate in 2022 will be Adams vs. Cooper Kupp, and I like Adams better if he stays in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers. Adams, Kupp (No. 7 overall) and Justin Jefferson (No. 12) were the only receivers drafted in Round 1.

Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews, in that order, were drafted in Round 2, and that’s the right spot for them. I like Andrews better than Kelce, and hopefully both are exceptional once again.

The first quarterback wasn’t drafted until Round 6, and Josh Allen went two picks ahead of Patrick Mahomes, which I agree with. Justin Herbert was the No. 3 quarterback selected, and he also was drafted in the sixth round.

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I waited on a quarterback and ended up with Tom Brady in Round 9. I also took a flier on Justin Fields in Round 13, and he should be a breakout candidate in 2022, depending on the new coach in Chicago.

After drafting Ekeler in Round 1, I struggled with my Round 2 pick, which ended up being Antonio Gibson. I would have preferred a receiver there, but my top choices were Keenan Allen, Mike Evans and Diontae Johnson. Gibson has top-10 upside in 2022 if Washington finds the right quarterback, especially if J.D. McKissic leaves as a free agent to solidify Gibson’s role in the passing game.

I ended up with Allen in Round 3, so that worked out, and I loved getting Elijah Mitchell in Round 4. Hopefully, the 49ers stick with him as their lead running back in 2022, and he could be a top 10 Fantasy option in all leagues.

Having neglected receivers so far, I went with the always underrated Brandin Cooks in Round 5. He finished as the No. 21 PPR receiver in 2021 with 90 catches, 1,037 yards and six touchdowns, and he should be a reliable Fantasy option again in 2022. 

My next two picks were all about upside with Etienne and Jerry Jeudy. Etienne should be fine after missing his rookie campaign with a foot injury, and he could be Jacksonville’s lead running back in 2022 if James Robinson (Achilles) is out to open the season.

Jeudy will hopefully get a quarterback upgrade in 2022, and he still has amazing potential despite a down sophomore season where he was injured and didn’t score a touchdown. With the right quarterback, I’ll go back to Jeudy as a breakout candidate next season.

I went with Dalton Schultz in Round 8, and he’s a good tight end to wait for, especially since he just finished as the No. 5 tight end in 2021. And then I got Brady in Round 9, and hopefully he’s still an elite quarterback at 45 years old.

The rest of my draft was focused on receivers with D.J. Chark, Antonio Brown, Marquez Callaway and Corey Davis with four of my final five picks. All have plenty of upside but also significant question marks.

Chark played in just four games because of an ankle injury, and he’s a free agent this offseason. With the right team and quarterback, he can still be a quality Fantasy receiver, especially since he’s only 25.

Brown might never play in the NFL again after the way his tenure ended in Tampa Bay. But even at 33, he was still among the most productive receivers in Fantasy in 2021 — he averaged 17.3 PPR points per game in seven outings — and all it takes is one team giving him a chance.

Callaway finally started to produce at the end of the season with Taysom Hill, and we’ll see what happens at quarterback for the Saints in 2022. We’ll also see if Michael Thomas returns to New Orleans, which will clearly impact Callaway as well.

And Davis should be among the top two receivers for the Jets, along with Elijah Moore. He’s a great late-round pick in all leagues, as he should be a favorite target for Zach Wilson next season.

It will be fun doing more mock drafts in different formats this offseason. But here’s our first PPR mock draft for 2022, and I hope you enjoy the results.

In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We also award one point for every reception. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE and FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There also are six reserve spots for a 14-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. George Maselli, Fantasy Editor

2. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer

3. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer

4. Adam Aizer, FFT Podcast Host

5. Heath Cummings, Senior Fantasy Writer

6. Daniel Schneier, Fantasy Editor

7. Ben Schragger, FFT Podcast Producer

8. Frank Stampfl, FBT Podcast Host

9. Jack Capotorto, CBS Sports HQ Producer

10. Jacobs Gibbs, SportsLine Fantasy Analyst

11. Chris Towers, Senior Editor, Fantasy

12. Meron Berkson, CBS Sports HQ Producer

Round By Round

Round 1
Pos Team Player
1 George Maselli J. Taylor RB IND
2 Jamey Eisenberg A. Ekeler RB LAC
3 Dave Richard D. Henry RB TEN
4 Adam Aizer C. McCaffrey RB CAR
5 Heath Cummings D. Adams WR GB
6 Daniel Schneier N. Harris RB PIT
7 Ben Schragger A. Kamara RB NO
8 Frank Stampfl C. Kupp WR LAR
9 Jack Capotorto D. Cook RB MIN
10 Jacob Gibbs J. Mixon RB CIN
11 Chris Towers D. Swift RB DET
12 Meron Berkson J. Jefferson WR MIN
Round 2
Pos Team Player
13 Meron Berkson J. Chase WR CIN
14 Chris Towers T. Hill WR KC
15 Jacob Gibbs S. Diggs WR BUF
16 Jack Capotorto T. Kelce TE KC
17 Frank Stampfl J. Williams RB DEN
18 Ben Schragger N. Chubb RB CLE
19 Daniel Schneier D. Samuel WR SF
20 Heath Cummings M. Andrews TE BAL
21 Adam Aizer C. Godwin WR TB
22 Dave Richard A. Brown WR TEN
23 Jamey Eisenberg A. Gibson RB WAS
24 George Maselli M. Evans WR TB
Round 3
Pos Team Player
25 George Maselli G. Kittle TE SF
26 Jamey Eisenberg K. Allen WR LAC
27 Dave Richard C. Ridley WR ATL
28 Adam Aizer C. Akers RB LAR
29 Heath Cummings D. Montgomery RB CHI
30 Daniel Schneier A. Jones RB GB
31 Ben Schragger D. Johnson WR PIT
32 Frank Stampfl S. Barkley RB NYG
33 Jack Capotorto D. Waller TE LV
34 Jacob Gibbs E. Elliott RB DAL
35 Chris Towers L. Fournette RB TB
36 Meron Berkson J. Waddle WR MIA
Round 4
Pos Team Player
37 Meron Berkson K. Pitts TE ATL
38 Chris Towers T. Higgins WR CIN
39 Jacob Gibbs D. Metcalf WR SEA
40 Jack Capotorto T. McLaurin WR WAS
41 Frank Stampfl C. Lamb WR DAL
42 Ben Schragger T. Lockett WR SEA
43 Daniel Schneier D. Moore WR CAR
44 Heath Cummings D. Hopkins WR ARI
45 Adam Aizer M. Thomas WR NO
46 Dave Richard J. Jacobs RB LV
47 Jamey Eisenberg E. Mitchell RB SF
48 George Maselli D. Harris RB NE
Round 5
Pos Team Player
49 George Maselli A. Cooper WR DAL
50 Jamey Eisenberg B. Cooks WR HOU
51 Dave Richard J. Dobbins RB BAL
52 Adam Aizer D. Smith WR PHI
53 Heath Cummings M. Carter RB NYJ
54 Daniel Schneier E. Moore WR NYJ
55 Ben Schragger M. Pittman WR IND
56 Frank Stampfl T. Hockenson TE DET
57 Jack Capotorto M. Brown WR BAL
58 Jacob Gibbs D. Mooney WR CHI
59 Chris Towers M. Williams WR LAC
60 Meron Berkson A. Dillon RB GB
Round 6
Pos Team Player
61 Meron Berkson C. Edwards-Helaire RB KC
62 Chris Towers J. Allen QB BUF
63 Jacob Gibbs D. Goedert TE PHI
64 Jack Capotorto P. Mahomes QB KC
65 Frank Stampfl A. St. Brown WR DET
66 Ben Schragger H. Renfrow WR LV
67 Daniel Schneier O. Beckham Jr. WR LAR
68 Heath Cummings A. Thielen WR MIN
69 Adam Aizer R. Woods WR LAR
70 Dave Richard J. Herbert QB LAC
71 Jamey Eisenberg T. Etienne RB JAC
72 George Maselli D. Prescott QB DAL
Round 7
Pos Team Player
73 George Maselli D. Singletary RB BUF
74 Jamey Eisenberg J. Jeudy WR DEN
75 Dave Richard B. Aiyuk WR SF
76 Adam Aizer M. Sanders RB PHI
77 Heath Cummings L. Jackson QB BAL
78 Daniel Schneier K. Murray QB ARI
79 Ben Schragger R. Penny RB SEA
80 Frank Stampfl J. Conner RB ARI
81 Jack Capotorto K. Hunt RB CLE
82 Jacob Gibbs C. Claypool WR PIT
83 Chris Towers J. Smith-Schuster WR PIT
84 Meron Berkson J. Burrow QB CIN
Round 8
Pos Team Player
85 Meron Berkson T. Pollard RB DAL
86 Chris Towers C. Kirk WR ARI
87 Jacob Gibbs R. Stevenson RB NE
88 Jack Capotorto A. Mattison RB MIN
89 Frank Stampfl A. Robinson WR CHI
90 Ben Schragger A. Rodgers QB GB
91 Daniel Schneier C. Edmonds RB ARI
92 Heath Cummings J. Jones WR TEN
93 Adam Aizer R. Gronkowski TE TB
94 Dave Richard G. Davis WR BUF
95 Jamey Eisenberg D. Schultz TE DAL
96 George Maselli M. Gordon RB DEN
Round 9
Pos Team Player
97 George Maselli J. Meyers WR NE
98 Jamey Eisenberg T. Brady QB TB
99 Dave Richard R. Bateman WR BAL
100 Adam Aizer M. Stafford QB LAR
101 Heath Cummings S. Michel RB LAR
102 Daniel Schneier K. Toney WR NYG
103 Ben Schragger N. Fant TE DEN
104 Frank Stampfl C. Patterson WR ATL
105 Jack Capotorto T. Boyd WR CIN
106 Jacob Gibbs J. Landry WR CLE
107 Chris Towers C. Carson RB SEA
108 Meron Berkson C. Sutton WR DEN
Round 10
Pos Team Player
109 Meron Berkson D. Williams RB KC
110 Chris Towers V. Jefferson WR LAR
111 Jacob Gibbs J. Hurts QB PHI
112 Jack Capotorto K. Osborn WR MIN
113 Frank Stampfl J. Robinson RB JAC
114 Ben Schragger D. Parker WR MIA
115 Daniel Schneier D. Knox TE BUF
116 Heath Cummings R. Jones RB TB
117 Adam Aizer K. Golladay WR NYG
118 Dave Richard R. Moore WR ARI
119 Jamey Eisenberg D. Chark WR JAC
120 George Maselli R. Gage WR ATL
Round 11
Pos Team Player
121 George Maselli D. Johnson RB MIA
122 Jamey Eisenberg A. Brown WR TB
123 Dave Richard K. Gainwell RB PHI
124 Adam Aizer T. Lance QB SF
125 Heath Cummings T. Sermon RB SF
126 Daniel Schneier D. Henderson RB LAR
127 Ben Schragger M. Gaskin RB MIA
128 Frank Stampfl D. Watson QB HOU
129 Jack Capotorto C. Wilson WR DAL
130 Jacob Gibbs K. Herbert RB CHI
131 Chris Towers G. Edwards RB BAL
132 Meron Berkson M. Gesicki TE MIA
Round 12
Pos Team Player
133 Meron Berkson E. Sanders WR BUF
134 Chris Towers D. Peoples-Jones WR CLE
135 Jacob Gibbs K. Vaughn RB TB
136 Jack Capotorto B. Berrios WR NYJ
137 Frank Stampfl J. Palmer WR LAC
138 Ben Schragger P. Freiermuth TE PIT
139 Daniel Schneier N. Collins WR HOU
140 Heath Cummings Z. Jones WR LV
141 Adam Aizer T. Marshall Jr. WR CAR
142 Dave Richard D. Foreman RB TEN
143 Jamey Eisenberg M. Callaway WR NO
144 George Maselli C. Beasley WR BUF
Round 13
Pos Team Player
145 George Maselli N. Hines RB IND
146 Jamey Eisenberg J. Fields QB CHI
147 Dave Richard Z. Ertz TE ARI
148 Adam Aizer C. Kmet TE CHI
149 Heath Cummings W. Fuller WR MIA
150 Daniel Schneier H. Henry TE NE
151 Ben Schragger B. Bolden RB NE
152 Frank Stampfl R. Wilson QB SEA
153 Jack Capotorto J. Guyton WR LAC
154 Jacob Gibbs J. Patterson RB WAS
155 Chris Towers T. Higbee TE LAR
156 Meron Berkson K. Juszczyk RB SF
Round 14
Pos Team Player
157 Meron Berkson M. Hardman WR KC
158 Chris Towers C. Samuel WR WAS
159 Jacob Gibbs J. Howard RB PHI
160 Jack Capotorto T. Patrick WR DEN
161 Frank Stampfl R. Mostert RB SF
162 Ben Schragger B. Perriman WR TB
163 Daniel Schneier D. Brown WR WAS
164 Heath Cummings M. Gallup WR DAL
165 Adam Aizer C. Hubbard RB CAR
166 Dave Richard J. Williams RB DET
167 Jamey Eisenberg C. Davis WR NYJ
168 George Maselli T. Tagovailoa QB MIA

Team by Team

George Maselli
Rd Pk Player
1 1 J. Taylor RB IND
2 24 M. Evans WR TB
3 25 G. Kittle TE SF
4 48 D. Harris RB NE
5 49 A. Cooper WR DAL
6 72 D. Prescott QB DAL
7 73 D. Singletary RB BUF
8 96 M. Gordon RB DEN
9 97 J. Meyers WR NE
10 120 R. Gage WR ATL
11 121 D. Johnson RB MIA
12 144 C. Beasley WR BUF
13 145 N. Hines RB IND
14 168 T. Tagovailoa QB MIA
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd Pk Player
1 2 A. Ekeler RB LAC
2 23 A. Gibson RB WAS
3 26 K. Allen WR LAC
4 47 E. Mitchell RB SF
5 50 B. Cooks WR HOU
6 71 T. Etienne RB JAC
7 74 J. Jeudy WR DEN
8 95 D. Schultz TE DAL
9 98 T. Brady QB TB
10 119 D. Chark WR JAC
11 122 A. Brown WR TB
12 143 M. Callaway WR NO
13 146 J. Fields QB CHI
14 167 C. Davis WR NYJ
Dave Richard
Rd Pk Player
1 3 D. Henry RB TEN
2 22 A. Brown WR TEN
3 27 C. Ridley WR ATL
4 46 J. Jacobs RB LV
5 51 J. Dobbins RB BAL
6 70 J. Herbert QB LAC
7 75 B. Aiyuk WR SF
8 94 G. Davis WR BUF
9 99 R. Bateman WR BAL
10 118 R. Moore WR ARI
11 123 K. Gainwell RB PHI
12 142 D. Foreman RB TEN
13 147 Z. Ertz TE ARI
14 166 J. Williams RB DET
Adam Aizer
Rd Pk Player
1 4 C. McCaffrey RB CAR
2 21 C. Godwin WR TB
3 28 C. Akers RB LAR
4 45 M. Thomas WR NO
5 52 D. Smith WR PHI
6 69 R. Woods WR LAR
7 76 M. Sanders RB PHI
8 93 R. Gronkowski TE TB
9 100 M. Stafford QB LAR
10 117 K. Golladay WR NYG
11 124 T. Lance QB SF
12 141 T. Marshall Jr. WR CAR
13 148 C. Kmet TE CHI
14 165 C. Hubbard RB CAR
Heath Cummings
Rd Pk Player
1 5 D. Adams WR GB
2 20 M. Andrews TE BAL
3 29 D. Montgomery RB CHI
4 44 D. Hopkins WR ARI
5 53 M. Carter RB NYJ
6 68 A. Thielen WR MIN
7 77 L. Jackson QB BAL
8 92 J. Jones WR TEN
9 101 S. Michel RB LAR
10 116 R. Jones RB TB
11 125 T. Sermon RB SF
12 140 Z. Jones WR LV
13 149 W. Fuller WR MIA
14 164 M. Gallup WR DAL
Daniel Schneier
Rd Pk Player
1 6 N. Harris RB PIT
2 19 D. Samuel WR SF
3 30 A. Jones RB GB
4 43 D. Moore WR CAR
5 54 E. Moore WR NYJ
6 67 O. Beckham Jr. WR LAR
7 78 K. Murray QB ARI
8 91 C. Edmonds RB ARI
9 102 K. Toney WR NYG
10 115 D. Knox TE BUF
11 126 D. Henderson RB LAR
12 139 N. Collins WR HOU
13 150 H. Henry TE NE
14 163 D. Brown WR WAS
Ben Schragger
Rd Pk Player
1 7 A. Kamara RB NO
2 18 N. Chubb RB CLE
3 31 D. Johnson WR PIT
4 42 T. Lockett WR SEA
5 55 M. Pittman WR IND
6 66 H. Renfrow WR LV
7 79 R. Penny RB SEA
8 90 A. Rodgers QB GB
9 103 N. Fant TE DEN
10 114 D. Parker WR MIA
11 127 M. Gaskin RB MIA
12 138 P. Freiermuth TE PIT
13 151 B. Bolden RB NE
14 162 B. Perriman WR TB
Frank Stampfl
Rd Pk Player
1 8 C. Kupp WR LAR
2 17 J. Williams RB DEN
3 32 S. Barkley RB NYG
4 41 C. Lamb WR DAL
5 56 T. Hockenson TE DET
6 65 A. St. Brown WR DET
7 80 J. Conner RB ARI
8 89 A. Robinson WR CHI
9 104 C. Patterson WR ATL
10 113 J. Robinson RB JAC
11 128 D. Watson QB HOU
12 137 J. Palmer WR LAC
13 152 R. Wilson QB SEA
14 161 R. Mostert RB SF
Jack Capotorto
Rd Pk Player
1 9 D. Cook RB MIN
2 16 T. Kelce TE KC
3 33 D. Waller TE LV
4 40 T. McLaurin WR WAS
5 57 M. Brown WR BAL
6 64 P. Mahomes QB KC
7 81 K. Hunt RB CLE
8 88 A. Mattison RB MIN
9 105 T. Boyd WR CIN
10 112 K. Osborn WR MIN
11 129 C. Wilson WR DAL
12 136 B. Berrios WR NYJ
13 153 J. Guyton WR LAC
14 160 T. Patrick WR DEN
Jacob Gibbs
Rd Pk Player
1 10 J. Mixon RB CIN
2 15 S. Diggs WR BUF
3 34 E. Elliott RB DAL
4 39 D. Metcalf WR SEA
5 58 D. Mooney WR CHI
6 63 D. Goedert TE PHI
7 82 C. Claypool WR PIT
8 87 R. Stevenson RB NE
9 106 J. Landry WR CLE
10 111 J. Hurts QB PHI
11 130 K. Herbert RB CHI
12 135 K. Vaughn RB TB
13 154 J. Patterson RB WAS
14 159 J. Howard RB PHI
Chris Towers
Rd Pk Player
1 11 D. Swift RB DET
2 14 T. Hill WR KC
3 35 L. Fournette RB TB
4 38 T. Higgins WR CIN
5 59 M. Williams WR LAC
6 62 J. Allen QB BUF
7 83 J. Smith-Schuster WR PIT
8 86 C. Kirk WR ARI
9 107 C. Carson RB SEA
10 110 V. Jefferson WR LAR
11 131 G. Edwards RB BAL
12 134 D. Peoples-Jones WR CLE
13 155 T. Higbee TE LAR
14 158 C. Samuel WR WAS
Meron Berkson
Rd Pk Player
1 12 J. Jefferson WR MIN
2 13 J. Chase WR CIN
3 36 J. Waddle WR MIA
4 37 K. Pitts TE ATL
5 60 A. Dillon RB GB
6 61 C. Edwards-Helaire RB KC
7 84 J. Burrow QB CIN
8 85 T. Pollard RB DAL
9 108 C. Sutton WR DEN
10 109 D. Williams RB KC
11 132 M. Gesicki TE MIA
12 133 E. Sanders WR BUF
13 156 K. Juszczyk RB SF
14 157 M. Hardman WR KC

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