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Fantasy Football Rankings 2022: Sleepers from analytical model that nailed Damien Harris’ huge season

Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp has been on the radar for years, but the Eastern Washington product surprised many by turning in one of the top statistical seasons for a wide receiver in history in 2021. Kupp caught 145 passes for 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns to finish as the runaway WR1 in the Fantasy football rankings. Now, he has a 2022 Fantasy football ADP of fourth overall as he looks to follow up his 2021 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year season with another big year for anyone selecting him with their 2022 Fantasy football picks. If you’re picking outside the top five, who are some potential 2022 Fantasy football sleepers who could turn in surprising numbers just like Kupp did last season? A reliable set of 2022 Fantasy football rankings can help you identify who to target. 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 Damien 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: Cowboys running back Tony Pollard. Even though many have lauded Pollard’s big-play ability, he has been little more than second fiddle over his three years in Dallas behind Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott had another strong season in 2021, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been outspoken in his support.

However, Elliott played the majority of last season with a torn knee ligament and the team should be motivated to scale back his workload. Last season was easily Pollard’s best, as he finished with career-highs in rushing (719) and receiving yards (337). He has averaged at least five yards per carry in two of his three seasons, and held a 5.5 mark last year. The model projects the Cowboys will look to feature Pollard’s playmaking more often this season and he will finish better than others with higher 2022 Fantasy football ADP like Dameon Pierce, Damien Harris and even Elliott.

Another sleeper that SportsLine’s Fantasy football rankings 2022 have identified: Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard. Now entering his seventh NFL season, Shepard has provided remarkably consistent production throughout his career, catching 57-66 passes for 576-872 yards in the first five seasons of his career. He was tracking toward similar numbers again in 2021 before an Achilles’ injury cost him the final 10 games of the season.

Now, Shepard has seemingly fallen off the radar of most owners, as he’s going undrafted in most 2022 Fantasy football rankings. However, now that he’s returned to practice and appears in line for a return to action early in the season, the model sees him resuming his role in New York’s offense. It ranks Shepard as its No. 37 wide receiver for 2022 in PPR leagues and sees him as a high-ceiling option for your bench if healthy. See which other Fantasy football sleepers 2022 to pick here.

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 JacksonYou 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 Damien Harris’ huge season, and find out.

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