Fantasy Football Rankings 2022: Sleepers, breakouts, busts by model that called Taylor's big year – CBS Sports

  • September 9, 2022

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If you want to win your league and bring home a championship this season, you’ll need to crush your 2022 Fantasy football rankings. Running backs like Derrick Henry, Jonathan Taylor and Austin Ekeler are no-brainers as top 2022 Fantasy football picks, but correctly identifying which undervalued 2022 Fantasy football sleepers are poised for a big season can help lead you to a title. That means a reliable set of Fantasy football rankings 2022 will be critical when deciding which players to select on draft day. 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 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
One of the 2022 Fantasy football sleepers the model is predicting: Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson. As a rookie in 2021, Stevenson had seven games with double-digit carries and scored at least 12 PPR points in three of them.
While Damien Harris is expected to be New England’s starter, Stevenson will continue to get work in the red zone. Stevenson scored five rushing touchdowns while averaging 4.6 yards per carry in 2021. He’s also expected to get more opportunities in New England’s passing game, which bodes well for his Fantasy value heading into the 2022 NFL season. See more Fantasy football sleepers 2022 here.
The model is also projecting Titans running back Hassan Haskins as one of its top 2022 Fantasy football breakouts. He had a strong season at Michigan last year, earning a 23% dominator rating at Pro Football Focus. Haskins recorded an identical PFF rushing grade to Breece Hall over the last three seasons, yet Hall is getting way more attention heading into Fantasy football 2022 drafts.
Haskins has the size to handle a heavy workload in the NFL, something he might get this year as Derrick Henry’s backup. Henry suffered a serious foot injury last season, so the Titans might opt to give him more rest than he has generally had during his career. Haskins is being selected behind running backs such as Khalil Herbert, J.D. McKissic and D’Onta Foreman, but SportsLine’s model expects him to outperform all three of those players. See more Fantasy football breakouts 2022 here.
As for players to avoid, the model lists Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson as one of its 2022 Fantasy football busts. As a third-year player, Hockenson ranked sixth among tight ends in Fantasy points through Week 13 before missing the rest of the season (thumb). He finished with a 61-583-4 receiving line, but the Lions loaded up with pass-catchers in the offseason, which could reduce Hockenson’s target share.
Detroit signed D.J. Chark and Josh Reynolds, while making Jameson Williams a first-round pick. The team wants to take more downfield shots, as the Lions ranked 30th with 9.8 yards per completion last year. Much of that was due to short passes to Hockenson, but many of those could be eliminated from the playbook. The model has the tight end outside the top 10 in its 2022 Fantasy football TE rankings behind Mike Gesicki, who is being drafted 17 spots later on average. See more Fantasy football busts 2022 here.
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, 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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