Colts running back Jonathan Taylor led the NFL in rushing attempts by a wide margin last year, finishing with 25 more than second-place Najee Harris. Only Derrick Henry (2020) had more rushing attempts in a single season over the last seven years than Taylor had last year. Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich says he wants his star running back to have fewer touches this season, so how should that change your 2022 Fantasy football draft prep? Taylor also scored an NFL-best 18 rushing touchdowns a year ago, which is why he is one of the first players off the board in many 2022 Fantasy football rankings. Could backup Nyheim Hines be one of the 2022 Fantasy football sleepers if Taylor’s workload is reduced? Before crafting 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 Patriots running back Damian Harris would dramatically outperform his fifth-round Fantasy football ADP. The result: Harris became the early-down workhorse for New England and rushed for 929 yards and 15 touchdowns to finish as the No. 8 running back in all of Fantasy football. He finished ahead of Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Josh Jacobs and Chris Carson, who were all coming off the board at least 20 picks earlier on average.
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: Raiders running back Kenyan Drake. He is not going to be targeted in the early rounds of any 2022 Fantasy football RB rankings, but he is an excellent option as a late-round pick. Drake was the fourth-highest graded running back in the passing game last year, according to Pro Football Focus.
He ranked sixth in yards per route run (minimum 20 targets), making him the primary passing down back for the Raiders this season. Drake could also play a role in the rushing attack if starter Josh Jacobs has to miss any time. The 29-year-old had four carries and two receptions against Minnesota in the team’s second preseason game, and the model says he is a better option than Marlon Mack and Mark Ingram near the end of drafts.
Another sleeper that SportsLine’s Fantasy football rankings 2022 have identified: Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts. Last season, Hurts established himself as a viable Fantasy option, when he finished as a top-10 quarterback. He put the Fantasy world on notice that he’s ready for more this year with a dominant performance in the first week of the preseason.
Hurts had a touchdown run that was called back in the Eagles’ 24-21 loss to the Jets, but his rushing ability was never in question. Most of the concern around Hurts this season has had to do with his ability as a passer, and against New York, he finished 6-for-6 with 80 yards and a touchdown. The team added A.J. Brown to the offense this offseason, and the Eagles’ passing attack figures to be much better, which is why the model expects Hurts to have a bigger Fantasy season than other top passers like Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford and Kyler Murray. See which other Fantasy football sleepers 2022 to pick here.
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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 should you be targeting? 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 Damian Harris’ huge season, and find out.