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Fantasy Football Rankings Week 12

Frank AmmiranteFantasy Sports & Betting Writer
Posted: a day agoLast updated: a day ago

We’re on to the 12th week of the NFL season, so it’s time to make our fantasy football lineup decisions. Remember to consider where you drafted each player, head-to-head matchup, and recent performance when choosing your Start/Sit players.

Every fantasy football week, I’ll rank 35 quarterbacks, 60 running backs, 75 wide receivers, 32 tight ends, 32 defenses, and 20 kickers. There will also be a Top-150 FLEX ranking available. Injured players are denoted with “INJ."

The focus here is on half-point (0.5) per reception formats with one starting quarterback, as noted by the league settings below. I am 29th in the FantasyPros Expert Accuracy Contest, finishing in the Top 5 in both Weeks 5 and 6. 

Fantasy Football Rankings 2022: League Settings

  • Lineup: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex (RB/WR/TE ), 1 K, 1 DST
  • Standard 0.5 PPR Scoring
    • 1 point per 10 Rushing/Receiving Yards
    • 4 points per passing TD
    • -1 point per Interception
    • 6 points per Rushing/Receiving TD

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QB Rankings for Week 12 Fantasy Football

PRkQuarterbackTMPOSOPPTier
1Josh AllenBUFQB@ DET1
2Patrick Mahomes IIKCQBvs LAR1
3Jalen HurtsPHIQBvs GB1
4Lamar JacksonBALQB@ JAC1
5Tua TagovailoaMIAQBvs HOU2
6Kyler MurrayARIQBvs LAC2
7Dak PrescottDALQBvs NYG2
8Joe BurrowCINQB@ TEN2
9Justin HerbertLACQB@ ARI2
10Geno SmithSEAQBvs LV2
11Trevor LawrenceJACQBvs BAL3
12Jimmy GaroppoloSFQBvs NO3
13Derek CarrLVQB@ SEA3
14Tom BradyTBQB@ CLE3
15Matt RyanINDQBvs PIT3
16Daniel JonesNYGQB@ DAL4
17Kirk CousinsMINQBvs NE4
18Ryan TannehillTENQBvs CIN4
19Jared GoffDETQBvs BUF4
20Aaron RodgersGBQB@ PHI4
21Taylor HeinickeWASQBvs ATL4
22Marcus MariotaATLQB@ WAS4
23Kenny PickettPITQB@ IND5
24Jacoby BrissettCLEQBvs TB5
25Russell WilsonDENQB@ CAR5
26Mike WhiteNYJQBvs CHI5
27Bryce PerkinsLARQB@ KC5
28Mac JonesNEQB@ MIN5
29Kyle AllenHOUQB@ MIA5
30Andy DaltonNOQB@ SF5
31Trevor SiemianCHIQB@ NYJ5
32Sam DarnoldCARQBvs DEN5
33Colt McCoyARIQBvs LAC5
34Joe FlaccoNYJQBvs CHI5
35Baker MayfieldCARQBvs DEN5

Tua Tagovailoa has finished as a top 3 fantasy quarterback for three games in a row. He now takes on a Texans defense that has allowed 7.64 yards per attempt, which ranks 29th in the NFL.

Geno Smith is in a great spot coming off the bye, as he gets to face the Raiders, who are tied for 28th in fantasy points per game allowed to quarterbacks.

Lamar Jackson could be in line for a big week on the ground as he faces a Jaguars defense that allowed Daniel Jones to eclipse 100 rushing yards against them earlier this year.

RB Rankings for Week 12 Fantasy Football

PRkRunning BackTMPOSOPPTier
1Austin EkelerLACRB@ ARI1
2Derrick HenryTENRBvs CIN1
3Christian McCaffreySFRBvs NO1
4Kenneth Walker IIISEARBvs LV2
5Jonathan TaylorINDRBvs PIT2
6Josh JacobsLVRB@ SEA2
7Saquon BarkleyNYGRB@ DAL2
8Dalvin CookMINRBvs NE2
9Jeff Wilson Jr.MIARBvs HOU2
10Tony PollardDALRBvs NYG2
11James ConnerARIRBvs LAC2
12Rhamondre StevensonNERB@ MIN2
13Travis Etienne Jr.JACRBvs BAL2
14Nick ChubbCLERBvs TB2
15Rachaad WhiteTBRB@ CLE2
16Aaron JonesGBRB@ PHI2
17Alvin KamaraNORB@ SF2
18Ezekiel ElliottDALRBvs NYG3
19Antonio GibsonWASRBvs ATL3
20Miles SandersPHIRBvs GB3
21Najee HarrisPITRB@ IND3
22David MontgomeryCHIRB@ NYJ3
23Michael CarterNYJRBvs CHI3
24Devin SingletaryBUFRB@ DET3
25Jamaal WilliamsDETRBvs BUF3
26Samaje PerineCINRB@ TEN3
27Dameon PierceHOURB@ MIA3
28Isiah PachecoKCRBvs LAR3
29Latavius MurrayDENRB@ CAR3
30D'Onta ForemanCARRBvs DEN3
31Cordarrelle PattersonATLRB@ WAS3
32D'Andre SwiftDETRBvs BUF3
33Damien HarrisNERB@ MIN3
34Brian Robinson Jr.WASRBvs ATL4
35Elijah MitchellSFRBvs NO4
36Cam AkersLARRB@ KC4
37James RobinsonNYJRBvs CHI4
38AJ DillonGBRB@ PHI4
39James CookBUFRB@ DET4
40Kenyan DrakeBALRB@ JAC4
41Tyler AllgeierATLRB@ WAS4
42Kareem HuntCLERBvs TB4
43Gus EdwardsBALRB@ JAC4
44Kyren WilliamsLARRB@ KC4
45Jerick McKinnonKCRBvs LAR5
46Kenneth GainwellPHIRBvs GB5
47Keaontay IngramARIRBvs LAC5
48Trestan EbnerCHIRB@ NYJ5
49Dontrell HilliardTENRBvs CIN5
50Chuba HubbardCARRBvs DEN5
51Marlon MackDENRB@ CAR5
52Alexander MattisonMINRBvs NE5
53Boston ScottPHIRBvs GB5
54Caleb HuntleyATLRB@ WAS5
55Justin JacksonDETRBvs BUF5
56Deon JacksonINDRBvs PIT5
57Matt BreidaNYGRB@ DAL5
58Isaiah SpillerLACRB@ ARI5
59Justice HillBALRB@ JAC5
60Ameer AbdullahLVRB@ SEA5

Samaje Perine gets the spot start here, but temper your expectations because this is an elite Titans run defense. Perine will need to do some of his damage through the air.

James Conner is playing virtually every snap since Eno Benjamin was released, so he’s a high-end RB2 against the Chargers, who rank 30th in Rush DVOA.

Jeff Wilson Jr. faces the worst run defense in football with Raheem Mostert out of the lineup. He’s an absolute smash play in this spot.

WR Rankings for Week 12 Fantasy Football

PRkWide ReceiverTMPOSOPPTier
1Tyreek HillMIAWRvs HOU1
2Stefon DiggsBUFWR@ DET1
3Davante AdamsLVWR@ SEA1
4DeAndre HopkinsARIWRvs LAC1
5Justin JeffersonMINWRvs NE1
6Amon-Ra St. BrownDETWRvs BUF2
7CeeDee LambDALWRvs NYG2
8Tee HigginsCINWR@ TEN2
9Jaylen WaddleMIAWRvs HOU2
10A.J. BrownPHIWRvs GB2
11Terry McLaurinWASWRvs ATL3
12Tyler LockettSEAWRvs LV3
13JuJu Smith-SchusterKCWRvs LAR3
14Gabe DavisBUFWR@ DET3
15Brandon AiyukSFWRvs NO3
16Chris OlaveNOWR@ SF3
17Deebo SamuelSFWRvs NO3
18Keenan AllenLACWR@ ARI3
19Mike EvansTBWR@ CLE3
20Amari CooperCLEWRvs TB3
21DK MetcalfSEAWRvs LV3
22Christian KirkJACWRvs BAL3
23Jakobi MeyersNEWR@ MIN3
24Michael Pittman Jr.INDWRvs PIT3
25Garrett WilsonNYJWRvs CHI3
26Chris GodwinTBWR@ CLE3
27DeVonta SmithPHIWRvs GB3
28Tyler BoydCINWR@ TEN4
29Joshua PalmerLACWR@ ARI4
30Curtis SamuelWASWRvs ATL4
31Allen LazardGBWR@ PHI4
32Courtland SuttonDENWR@ CAR4
33Marquise BrownARIWRvs LAC4
34Parris CampbellINDWRvs PIT4
35Drake LondonATLWR@ WAS4
36Treylon BurksTENWRvs CIN4
37George PickensPITWR@ IND4
38Darius SlaytonNYGWR@ DAL4
39Diontae JohnsonPITWR@ IND4
40Brandin CooksHOUWR@ MIA4
41Christian WatsonGBWR@ PHI4
42DJ MooreCARWRvs DEN4
43Donovan Peoples-JonesCLEWRvs TB4
44Michael GallupDALWRvs NYG4
45Darnell MooneyCHIWR@ NYJ4
46Zay JonesJACWRvs BAL4
47Adam ThielenMINWRvs NE4
48Julio JonesTBWR@ CLE4
49Jarvis LandryNOWR@ SF5
50Nico CollinsHOUWR@ MIA5
51Isaiah McKenzieBUFWR@ DET5
52Van JeffersonLARWR@ KC5
53Jahan DotsonWASWRvs ATL5
54Marquez Valdes-ScantlingKCWRvs LAR5
55Chase ClaypoolCHIWR@ NYJ5
56Robert WoodsTENWRvs CIN5
57Demarcus RobinsonBALWR@ JAC5
58Marvin Jones Jr.JACWRvs BAL5
59Devin DuvernayBALWR@ JAC5
60Mack HollinsLVWR@ SEA5
61Alec PierceINDWRvs PIT5
62Terrace Marshall Jr.CARWRvs DEN5
63Skyy MooreKCWRvs LAR5
64Kendall HintonDENWR@ CAR5
65Kalif RaymondDETWRvs BUF5
66Josh ReynoldsDETWRvs BUF5
67K.J. OsbornMINWRvs NE5
68Corey DavisNYJWRvs CHI5
69Elijah MooreNYJWRvs CHI5
70Justin WatsonKCWRvs LAR5
71Randall CobbGBWR@ PHI5
72Olamide ZaccheausATLWR@ WAS5
73DeAndre CarterLACWR@ ARI5
74D.J. Chark Jr.DETWRvs BUF5
75Noah BrownDALWRvs NYG5

Tyreek Hill has a chance to go off against a Texans defense allowing 9.57 yards per target to opposing wideouts, which ranks last in the NFL. Hill may set the single-season receiving yards record this year.

According to PFF, Tyler Lockett has a 94.8 rating in his cornerback matchup. The Raiders are also 25th in fantasy points per game allowed to opposing wideouts.

JuJu Smith-Schuster is back in the lineup for the Chiefs, just in time to take on a struggling Rams pass defense that just gave up a big game to Andy Dalton.

TE Rankings for Week 12 Fantasy Football

PRkTight EndTMPOSOPPTier
1Travis KelceKCTEvs LAR1
2Mark AndrewsBALTE@ JAC2
3T.J. HockensonMINTEvs NE3
4Pat FreiermuthPITTE@ IND3
5Dalton SchultzDALTEvs NYG3
6George KittleSFTEvs NO3
7Dawson KnoxBUFTE@ DET3
8Gerald EverettLACTE@ ARI3
9David NjokuCLETEvs TB3
10Greg DulcichDENTE@ CAR3
11Foster MoreauLVTE@ SEA3
12Cole KmetCHITE@ NYJ3
13Mike GesickiMIATEvs HOU4
14Evan EngramJACTEvs BAL4
15Noah FantSEATEvs LV4
16Juwan JohnsonNOTE@ SF4
17Tyler HigbeeLARTE@ KC4
18Hayden HurstCINTE@ TEN4
19Taysom HillNOTE@ SF5
20Robert TonyanGBTE@ PHI5
21Logan ThomasWASTEvs ATL5
22Jonnu SmithNETE@ MIN5
23Trey McBrideARITEvs LAC5
24Tyler ConklinNYJTEvs CHI5
25Hunter HenryNETE@ MIN5
26Kylen GransonINDTEvs PIT5
27Austin HooperTENTEvs CIN5
28Will DisslySEATEvs LV5
29Cade OttonTBTE@ CLE5
30Cameron BrateTBTE@ CLE5
31Harrison BryantCLETEvs TB5
32Jack StollPHITEvs GB5

Pat Freiermuth has also seen an uptick in usage since the Chase Claypool trade, racking up 19 targets in his last two games. He’s a high-floor play each and every week.

Look out for Foster Moreau this week, as he’s got a great matchup against a Seahawks defense that is allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends.

Flex Rankings for Week 12 Fantasy Football

PRkFLEXTMPOSOPPTier
1Tyreek HillMIAWRvs HOU1
2Austin EkelerLACRB@ ARI1
3Stefon DiggsBUFWR@ DET1
4Derrick HenryTENRBvs CIN1
5Davante AdamsLVWR@ SEA1
6Christian McCaffreySFRBvs NO1
7Travis KelceKCTEvs LAR1
8Kenneth Walker IIISEARBvs LV1
9Jonathan TaylorINDRBvs PIT1
10Josh JacobsLVRB@ SEA1
11Saquon BarkleyNYGRB@ DAL1
12DeAndre HopkinsARIWRvs LAC1
13Dalvin CookMINRBvs NE1
14Jeff Wilson Jr.MIARBvs HOU1
15Justin JeffersonMINWRvs NE1
16Tony PollardDALRBvs NYG1
17James ConnerARIRBvs LAC1
18Rhamondre StevensonNERB@ MIN1
19Travis Etienne Jr.JACRBvs BAL1
20Nick ChubbCLERBvs TB2
21Amon-Ra St. BrownDETWRvs BUF2
22CeeDee LambDALWRvs NYG2
23Rachaad WhiteTBRB@ CLE2
24Aaron JonesGBRB@ PHI2
25Tee HigginsCINWR@ TEN2
26Jaylen WaddleMIAWRvs HOU2
27A.J. BrownPHIWRvs GB2
28Alvin KamaraNORB@ SF2
29Ezekiel ElliottDALRBvs NYG2
30Mark AndrewsBALTE@ JAC2
31Terry McLaurinWASWRvs ATL2
32Tyler LockettSEAWRvs LV2
33JuJu Smith-SchusterKCWRvs LAR2
34Antonio GibsonWASRBvs ATL2
35Gabe DavisBUFWR@ DET2
36Miles SandersPHIRBvs GB2
37Brandon AiyukSFWRvs NO2
38Chris OlaveNOWR@ SF2
39Deebo SamuelSFWRvs NO2
40Najee HarrisPITRB@ IND2
41Keenan AllenLACWR@ ARI2
42David MontgomeryCHIRB@ NYJ3
43Mike EvansTBWR@ CLE3
44Amari CooperCLEWRvs TB3
45DK MetcalfSEAWRvs LV3
46Michael CarterNYJRBvs CHI3
47Christian KirkJACWRvs BAL3
48Jakobi MeyersNEWR@ MIN3
49Devin SingletaryBUFRB@ DET3
50Jamaal WilliamsDETRBvs BUF3
51Michael Pittman Jr.INDWRvs PIT3
52Garrett WilsonNYJWRvs CHI3
53Chris GodwinTBWR@ CLE3
54Samaje PerineCINRB@ TEN3
55Dameon PierceHOURB@ MIA3
56Isiah PachecoKCRBvs LAR3
57Latavius MurrayDENRB@ CAR3
58DeVonta SmithPHIWRvs GB3
59Tyler BoydCINWR@ TEN3
60Joshua PalmerLACWR@ ARI4
61Curtis SamuelWASWRvs ATL4
62Allen LazardGBWR@ PHI4
63D'Onta ForemanCARRBvs DEN4
64Courtland SuttonDENWR@ CAR4
65Marquise BrownARIWRvs LAC4
66Parris CampbellINDWRvs PIT4
67Drake LondonATLWR@ WAS4
68Treylon BurksTENWRvs CIN4
69T.J. HockensonMINTEvs NE4
70Pat FreiermuthPITTE@ IND4
71George PickensPITWR@ IND4
72Darius SlaytonNYGWR@ DAL4
73Diontae JohnsonPITWR@ IND4
74Cordarrelle PattersonATLRB@ WAS4
75D'Andre SwiftDETRBvs BUF4
76Dalton SchultzDALTEvs NYG4
77Brandin CooksHOUWR@ MIA4
78Damien HarrisNERB@ MIN4
79Christian WatsonGBWR@ PHI4
80DJ MooreCARWRvs DEN4
81Donovan Peoples-JonesCLEWRvs TB4
82Michael GallupDALWRvs NYG4
83Darnell MooneyCHIWR@ NYJ4
84Brian Robinson Jr.WASRBvs ATL4
85Elijah MitchellSFRBvs NO4
86George KittleSFTEvs NO4
87Zay JonesJACWRvs BAL4
88Adam ThielenMINWRvs NE4
89Julio JonesTBWR@ CLE4
90Jarvis LandryNOWR@ SF4
91Nico CollinsHOUWR@ MIA4
92Dawson KnoxBUFTE@ DET4
93Isaiah McKenzieBUFWR@ DET4
94Van JeffersonLARWR@ KC4
95Gerald EverettLACTE@ ARI4
96Jahan DotsonWASWRvs ATL4
97Marquez Valdes-ScantlingKCWRvs LAR5
98Cam AkersLARRB@ KC5
99David NjokuCLETEvs TB5
100James RobinsonNYJRBvs CHI5
101Chase ClaypoolCHIWR@ NYJ5
102Robert WoodsTENWRvs CIN5
103Demarcus RobinsonBALWR@ JAC5
104Marvin Jones Jr.JACWRvs BAL5
105Greg DulcichDENTE@ CAR5
106AJ DillonGBRB@ PHI5
107Devin DuvernayBALWR@ JAC5
108Mack HollinsLVWR@ SEA5
109Foster MoreauLVTE@ SEA5
110Alec PierceINDWRvs PIT5
111Cole KmetCHITE@ NYJ5
112Mike GesickiMIATEvs HOU5
113Terrace Marshall Jr.CARWRvs DEN5
114Skyy MooreKCWRvs LAR5
115James CookBUFRB@ DET5
116Kenyan DrakeBALRB@ JAC5
117Kendall HintonDENWR@ CAR5
118Evan EngramJACTEvs BAL5
119Tyler AllgeierATLRB@ WAS5
120Noah FantSEATEvs LV5
121Kalif RaymondDETWRvs BUF5
122Kareem HuntCLERBvs TB5
123Juwan JohnsonNOTE@ SF5
124Tyler HigbeeLARTE@ KC5
125Gus EdwardsBALRB@ JAC5
126Hayden HurstCINTE@ TEN5
127Kyren WilliamsLARRB@ KC5
128Taysom HillNOTE@ SF5
129Josh ReynoldsDETWRvs BUF5
130Robert TonyanGBTE@ PHI5
131K.J. OsbornMINWRvs NE5
132Jerick McKinnonKCRBvs LAR5
133Logan ThomasWASTEvs ATL5
134Kenneth GainwellPHIRBvs GB5
135Keaontay IngramARIRBvs LAC5
136Trestan EbnerCHIRB@ NYJ5
137Dontrell HilliardTENRBvs CIN5
138Jonnu SmithNETE@ MIN5
139Trey McBrideARITEvs LAC5
140Tyler ConklinNYJTEvs CHI5
141Chuba HubbardCARRBvs DEN5
142Hunter HenryNETE@ MIN5
143Kylen GransonINDTEvs PIT5
144Marlon MackDENRB@ CAR5
145Austin HooperTENTEvs CIN5
146Alexander MattisonMINRBvs NE5
147Will DisslySEATEvs LV5
148Boston ScottPHIRBvs GB5
149Caleb HuntleyATLRB@ WAS5
150Justin JacksonDETRBvs BUF5

Terry McLaurin is in an absolute smash spot against a Falcons defense that ranks second-last in fantasy points per game allowed to wideouts. He’s been great with Taylor Heinicke.

We should see David Montgomery continue to get more volume with Khalil Herbert sidelined, but the Jets are a tough matchup.

K Rankings for Week 12 Fantasy Football

PRkKickerTMPOSOPPTier
1Brett MaherDALKvs NYG1
2Harrison ButkerKCKvs LAR1
3Tyler BassBUFK@ DET1
4Justin TuckerBALK@ JAC1
5Ryan SuccopTBK@ CLE2
6Daniel CarlsonLVK@ SEA2
7Nick FolkNEK@ MIN2
8Evan McPhersonCINK@ TEN2
9Jason MyersSEAKvs LV3
10Greg JosephMINKvs NE3
11Cameron DickerLACK@ ARI3
12Jason SandersMIAKvs HOU3
13Jake ElliottPHIKvs GB3
14Younghoe KooATLK@ WAS3
15Robbie GouldSFKvs NO4
16Greg ZuerleinNYJKvs CHI4
17Chase McLaughlinINDKvs PIT4
18Cade YorkCLEKvs TB5
19Joey SlyeWASKvs ATL5
20Matt PraterARIKvs LAC5

When choosing your kicker, you want to prioritize projected high-scoring games in favorable playing conditions. Cameron Dicker is in a good spot on the road against the Cardinals.

D/ST Rankings for Week 12 Fantasy Football

PRkDefenseTMPOSOPPTier
1Dallas CowboysDALDSTvs NYG1
2San Francisco 49ersSFDSTvs NO1
3New York JetsNYJDSTvs CHI1
4Buffalo BillsBUFDST@ DET2
5Miami DolphinsMIADSTvs HOU2
6Baltimore RavensBALDST@ JAC2
7Philadelphia EaglesPHIDSTvs GB2
8Minnesota VikingsMINDSTvs NE2
9Kansas City ChiefsKCDSTvs LAR2
10Washington CommandersWASDSTvs ATL2
11New England PatriotsNEDST@ MIN2
12Tampa Bay BuccaneersTBDST@ CLE3
13Denver BroncosDENDST@ CAR3
14Seattle SeahawksSEADSTvs LV3
15Tennessee TitansTENDSTvs CIN3
16Cincinnati BengalsCINDST@ TEN3
17Indianapolis ColtsINDDSTvs PIT3
18Carolina PanthersCARDSTvs DEN4
19Cleveland BrownsCLEDSTvs TB4
20Chicago BearsCHIDST@ NYJ4
21Pittsburgh SteelersPITDST@ IND4
22Los Angeles ChargersLACDST@ ARI4
23Atlanta FalconsATLDST@ WAS4
24Green Bay PackersGBDST@ PHI5
25New York GiantsNYGDST@ DAL5
26Las Vegas RaidersLVDST@ SEA5
27Los Angeles RamsLARDST@ KC5
28Arizona CardinalsARIDSTvs LAC5
29New Orleans SaintsNODST@ SF5
30Jacksonville JaguarsJACDSTvs BAL5
31Houston TexansHOUDST@ MIA5
32Detroit LionsDETDSTvs BUF5

The Jets’ defense has a chance to tee off against Trevor Siemian and the Bears this week. If Fields plays, we’ll downgrade them because there would likely be fewer pass attempts, resulting in fewer opportunities for sacks and turnovers.


How to Set Your Fantasy Lineup with Rankings

Start with Positional Ranks

Start with my positional ranks to guide you in your dilemma between two players. This lets you see where they stand among others at the same position. From there, check to see where I rank them on FLEX rankings.

Remember, tight ends are ranked lower at FLEX because that removes the positional advantage. Tight ends are the most scarce position in fantasy football, so if you’re playing them at FLEX, that takes away a significant portion of their value.

Consider the Game Script

After consulting the rankings, you want to consider the projected game scripts. Check the spread and implied totals for each team. If you’re torn on two players, who are ranked similarly here, start the player on the team projected to score more points.

You may also check the pace of play for each team. Teams that play faster will have more opportunities to pad their stats. While this factor is baked into the ranks, it’s still good to check when torn between two players.

Use the Stack as a Tiebreaker

If you’re debating between two wide receivers, but one is tied to your quarterback, always select that one. This raises your weekly upside because the two players have a strong correlation, which means that their fantasy production aligns with each other.

For example, if I’m debating between Amari Cooper and Brandon Aiyuk at my FLEX spot, but I have Jimmy Garoppolo as my quarterback, I may consider going with Aiyuk, even though he’s ranked lower than Cooper. This is because if Garoppolo is playing well, there’s a good chance that Aiyuk joins in on the fun.

Best DFS Sites Where You Can Use Fantasy Football Rankings

Two of the best sites to play DFS are FanDuel and OwnersBox. The former has several large-field tournaments where you can hit a big payout, while the latter has innovative features, like a SuperFlex format. This is a feature that sets OwnersBox apart from the competition.

When using the rankings, be sure to consider your lineup construction. You want your lineup to have a stack (quarterback plus two teammates) along with a “bring-back," which is when you add in an opposing player.

An example of this can be Russell Wilson with Melvin Gordon and Courtland Sutton. I could bring it back with DK Metcalf as an opposing pass-catcher. Always consider your lineup construction in conjunction with my rankings.


Preseason Fantasy Football Rankings Introduction

With the start of the 2022 NFL season drawing near, The Game Day assembled its host of fantasy football experts — Scott Engel, Frank Ammirante, and Anthony Cervino — to bring you the top players to draft this upcoming season.

Preseason Fantasy Football Rankings 2022

  • Rk: Player Rank
  • SE: Scott Engel
  • FA: Frank Ammirante
  • AC: Anthony Cervino
  • Ovr Rk: Overall Consensus Rank Average

Fantasy Football Rankings 2022 Preseason

RKPlayerPOSTMBYESEFAACAVG RK
1Jonathan TaylorRBIND141322
2Christian McCaffreyRBCAR136213
3Justin JeffersonWRMIN73163.3
4Austin EkelerRBLAC82734
5Ja'Marr ChaseWRCIN1044116.3
6Cooper KuppWRLAR755106.7
7Dalvin CookRBMIN77946.7
8D'Andre SwiftRBDET6111079.3
9Saquon BarkleyRBNYG917659.3
10Joe MixonRBCIN101015811
11Stefon DiggsWRBUF71381411.7
12Alvin KamaraRBNO148141512.3
13Derrick HenryRBTEN69111812.7
14Travis KelceTEKC81613912.7
15Davante AdamsWRLV612161313.7
16Najee HarrisRBPIT914181214.7
17Leonard FournetteRBTB1115171616
18CeeDee LambWRDAL920122017.3
19Mark AndrewsTEBAL1023191920.3
20Aaron JonesRBGB1427202122.7
21Tyreek HillWRMIA1124282325
22Deebo SamuelWRSF919233425.3
23Keenan AllenWRLAC828311725.3
24A.J. BrownWRPHI722223325.7
25Kyle PittsTEATL1426213025.7
26Mike EvansWRTB1125302225.7
27Nick ChubbRBCLE918322725.7
28Tee HigginsWRCIN1029242425.7
29Travis Etienne Jr.RBJAC1121293127
30Michael Pittman Jr.WRIND1432262828.7
31Javonte WilliamsRBDEN931273230
32Ezekiel ElliottRBDAL935402533.3
33Diontae JohnsonWRPIT938372633.7
34Courtland SuttonWRDEN933343734.7
35DJ MooreWRCAR1339254235.3
36Josh AllenQBBUF734383636
37James ConnerRBARI1330413836.3
38Mike WilliamsWRLAC840364339.7
39Allen Robinson IIWRLAR736335340.7
40Jaylen WaddleWRMIA1148462941
41Justin HerbertQBLAC846484044.7
42George KittleTESF943505248.3
43Marquise BrownWRARI1366354649
44DK MetcalfWRSEA1149425749.3
45Lamar JacksonQBBAL1060474550.7
46Gabriel DavisWRBUF741585451
47Breece HallRBNYJ1070454152
48Amon-Ra St. BrownWRDET667434752.3
49David MontgomeryRBCHI1444694452.3
50Brandin CooksWRHOU657633953
51JuJu Smith-SchusterWRKC859445853.7
52Patrick MahomesQBKC847645053.7
53Terry McLaurinWRWAS1463395953.7
54Darren WallerTELV652595154
55AJ DillonRBGB1455555655.3
56Cam AkersRBLAR751704856.3
57Chase EdmondsRBMIA1145616456.7
58Elijah MitchellRBSF942666256.7
59Dameon PierceRBHOU637657358.3
60Kyler MurrayQBARI1353546958.7
61J.K. DobbinsRBBAL1072713559.3
62Jerry JeudyWRDEN950627562.3
63Darnell MooneyWRCHI1456676562.7
64Jalen HurtsQBPHI758537863
65Joe BurrowQBCIN1069526863
66Josh JacobsRBLV668686065.3
67Antonio GibsonRBWAS1461894966.3
68Rashaad PennyRBSEA1154579167.3
69Dalton SchultzTEDAL962766768.3
70Rashod BatemanWRBAL1096496369.3
71Kareem HuntRBCLE975795569.7
72Dallas GoedertTEPHI765747170
73Elijah MooreWRNYJ1090517772.7
74Amari CooperWRCLE985776676
75Drake LondonWRATL1464868076.7
76Rhamondre StevensonRBNE1082787076.7
77Adam ThielenWRMIN780757677
78Michael ThomasWRNO14103567277
79Clyde Edwards-HelaireRBKC876887479.3
80Russell WilsonQBDEN971818779.7
81Cordarrelle PattersonRBATL1474918282.3
82T.J. HockensonTEDET673858982.3
83Chris GodwinWRTB11109836184.3
84Dak PrescottQBDAL989828585.3
85Miles SandersRBPHI786908185.7
86Tom BradyQBTB11781017986
87Brandon AiyukWRSF9956010586.7
88DeVonta SmithWRPHI791729786.7
89Devin SingletaryRBBUF787998490
90Hunter RenfrowWRLV681979691.3
91Christian KirkWRJAC11987310692.3
92Tony PollardRBDAL9110848392.3
93Damien HarrisRBNE10771138892.7
94DeAndre HopkinsWRARI1397949896.3
95Zach ErtzTEARI13841129396.3
96Chris OlaveWRNO14928711397.3
97Tyler LockettWRSEA11939810398
98Allen LazardWRGB14941188699.3
99Michael CarterRBNYJ108812690101.3
100Trey LanceQBSF910080124101.3
101Matthew StaffordQBLAR710510299102
102Treylon BurksWRTEN610795107103
103Derek CarrQBLV679116119104.7
104Aaron RodgersQBGB1499117100105.3
105Melvin Gordon IIIRBDEN911910692105.7
106Kadarius ToneyWRNYG912093109107.3
107Pat FreiermuthTEPIT9114111102109
108Dawson KnoxTEBUF783148104111.7
109James CookRBBUF714110594113.3
110Skyy MooreWRKC812396121113.3
111Kirk CousinsQBMIN7127115101114.3
112Darrell Henderson Jr.RBLAR7129100116115
113George PickensWRPIT9113103129115
114Robert WoodsWRTEN6102134110115.3
115Ken Walker IIIRBSEA11104125120116.3
116Kenneth GainwellRBPHI7111127115117.7
117Jakobi MeyersWRNE10126119111118.7
118Julio JonesWRTB11125109123119
119Garrett WilsonWRNYJ10136104118119.3
120Nyheim HinesRBIND14139108114120.3
121Chase ClaypoolWRPIT914892130123.3
122Isiah PachecoRBKC8106137127123.3
123DJ Chark Jr.WRDET6118124136126
124Rondale MooreWRARI13108121152127
125James RobinsonRBJAC11112154117127.7
126Russell GageWRTB11150122112128
127Cole KmetTECHI14101146140129
128Alexander MattisonRBMIN7130129132130.3
129DeVante ParkerWRNE10137130134133.7
130Mike GesickiTEMIA1113517495134.7
131Khalil HerbertRBCHI14142128138136
132Raheem MostertRBMIA11144135131136.7
133Brian Robinson Jr.RBWAS14121145147137.7
134Irv Smith Jr.TEMIN7131149141140.3
135J.D. McKissicRBWAS14154159108140.3
136Tua TagovailoaQBMIA11128170125141
137Jalen TolbertWRDAL9122153149141.3
138Marquez Valdes-ScantlingWRKC8124160145143
139Rachaad WhiteRBTB11184107139143.3
140Trevor LawrenceQBJAC11156114160143.3
141Albert OkwuegbunamTEDEN9152139142144.3
142David NjokuTECLE9167138135146.7
143Hunter HenryTENE10143171128147.3
144Justin FieldsQBCHI14134140168147.3
145Tyler AllgeierRBATL14153136154147.7
146Zamir WhiteRBLV6140142162148
147Nico CollinsWRHOU6116131205150.7
148Evan EngramTEJAC11145147165152.3
149Matt RyanQBIND14151180126152.3
150Tyrion Davis-PriceRBSF9147143174154.7
151Romeo DoubsWRGB14115110244156.3
152Austin HooperTETEN6146172153157
153Jarvis LandryWRNO14206133133157.3
154Jahan DotsonWRWAS14149123206159.3
155Christian WatsonWRGB14132169186162.3
156Alec PierceWRIND14117165208163.3
157Tyler BoydWRCIN10252120122164.7
158Buffalo BillsDSTBUF7168177155166.7
159Jamaal WilliamsRBDET6195144161166.7
160Jameson WilliamsWRDET6176175151167.3
161Joshua PalmerWRLAC8159132212167.7
162Michael GallupWRDAL9161205137167.7
163Jameis WinstonQBNO14133194178168.3
164Tampa Bay BuccaneersDSTTB11173176159169.3
165Mecole HardmanWRKC8183185148172
166Jared GoffQBDET6162196172176.7
167Noah FantTESEA11155212167178
168Justin TuckerKBAL10170197175180.7
169Tyler HigbeeTELAR7164213166181
170Mac JonesQBNE10166179202182.3
171Sony MichelRBMIA11219156177184
172Los Angeles RamsDSTLAR7174183200185.7
173Tyler BassKBUF7178199181186
174Indianapolis ColtsDSTIND14196193170186.3
175K.J. OsbornWRMIN7202152210188
176Wan'Dale RobinsonWRNYG9160163243188.7
177Evan McPhersonKCIN10179198191189.3
178New England PatriotsDSTNE10186220164190
179Ryan TannehillQBTEN6194215163190.7
180Dallas CowboysDSTDAL9207211156191.3
181Isaiah McKenzieWRBUF7239141195191.7
182Hayden HurstTECIN10163223190192
183Matt GayKLAR7175218184192.3
184Jeff Wilson Jr.RBSF9157209217194.3
185Robbie AndersonWRCAR13191204188194.3
186Kenny GolladayWRNYG9256182146194.7
187Mike DavisRBBAL10138166280194.7
188Samaje PerineRBCIN10210183196.5
189San Francisco 49ersDSTSF9199222169196.7
190Denver BroncosDSTDEN9181231180197.3
191Corey DavisWRNYJ10281162150197.7
192Daniel CarlsonKLV6172219204198.3
193Gerald EverettTELAC8282173144199.7
194New Orleans SaintsDSTNO14216217171201.3
195Mark Ingram IIRBNO14203207199203
196Jamison CrowderWRBUF7255184173204
197David BellWRCLE9254164196204.7
198Los Angeles ChargersDSTLAC8177230213206.7
199D'Onta ForemanRBCAR13208188227207.7
200Zach WilsonQBNYJ10169261193207.7
201Donovan Peoples-JonesWRCLE9213192220208.3
202Logan ThomasTEWAS14180263182208.3
203Isaiah SpillerRBLAC8307178143209.3
204KJ HamlerWRDEN9293151185209.7
205Van JeffersonWRLAR7267161203210.3
206Boston ScottRBPHI7198203235212
207Jerick McKinnonRBKC8225168245212.7
208Harrison ButkerKKC8200200239213
209Curtis SamuelWRWAS14248150242213.3
210Robert TonyanTEGB14218252179216.3
211Olamide ZaccheausWRATL14217217
212Ryan SuccopKTB11197241215217.7
213Green Bay PackersDSTGB14214221219218
214Miami DolphinsDSTMIA11205242207218
215Kansas City ChiefsDSTKC8229225201218.3
216Marvin Jones Jr.WRJAC11273190194219
217Jason SandersKMIA11210227221219.3
218D'Ernest JohnsonRBCLE9306155198219.7
219Kenyan DrakeRBFA224158277219.7
220Mo Alie-CoxTEIND14189224246219.7
221Zay JonesWRJAC11233186240219.7
222Nick FolkKNE10182256228222
223Matt PraterKARI13185264218222.3
224Darrel WilliamsRBARI13310201157222.7
225Philadelphia EaglesDSTPHI7220226230225.3
226Brett MaherKDAL9226226
227Daniel JonesQBNYG9243181254226
228Brandon McManusKDEN9201229251227
229Myles GaskinRBMIA11265189227
230Deshaun WatsonQBCLE9237250197228
231Dustin HopkinsKLAC8192240252228
232Ameer AbdullahRBLV6246167274229
233Pittsburgh SteelersDSTPIT9227249211229
234Davis MillsQBHOU6212236241229.7
235Dontrell HilliardRBTEN6190187316231
236Baltimore RavensDSTBAL10230216248231.3
237Parris CampbellWRIND14258191247232
238Ronald Jones IIRBKC8315208176233
239Rodrigo BlankenshipKIND14223228249233.3
240Chuba HubbardRBCAR13215248238233.7
241Baker MayfieldQBCAR13165267275235.7
242Gus EdwardsRBBAL10308246158237.3
243Will Fuller VWRFA251226238.5
244Arizona CardinalsDSTARI13235257225239
245Greg JosephKMIN7187239292239.3
246Wil LutzKNO14211255253239.7
247Cincinnati BengalsDSTCIN10240232250240.7
248Sterling ShepardWRNYG9298238187241
249Velus Jones Jr.WRCHI14158275293242
250Odell Beckham Jr.WRFA262223242.5
251Tyler ConklinTENYJ10188299243.5
252Cleveland BrownsDSTCLE9228269234243.7
253Eno BenjaminRBARI13261157313243.7
254Cairo SantosKCHI14245245
255Robbie GouldKSF9209303224245.3
256Kendrick BourneWRNE10279214246.5
257Jake ElliottKPHI7193268281247.3
258Rex BurkheadRBHOU6251237257248.3
259Adam TrautmanTENO14263236249.5
260Zack MossRBBUF7305189256250
261Nick Westbrook-IkhineWRTEN6231306216251
262Randall CobbWRGB14271231251
263Cameron BrateTETB11171302282251.7
264Damien WilliamsRBATL14291277192253.3
265Brevin JordanTEHOU6318234209253.7
266Marcus MariotaQBATL14234195332253.7
267Isaiah LikelyTEBAL10295235232254
268Mason CrosbyKGB14222254288254.7
269Terrace Marshall Jr.WRCAR13221317229255.7
270Tennessee TitansDSTTEN6260245266257
271Marlon MackRBFA6259259
272Bryan EdwardsWRATL14247260271259.3
273Nelson AgholorWRNE10204276298259.3
274Younghoe KooKATL14232273276260.3
275Greg ZuerleinKNYJ10269288233263.3
276Justin JacksonRBDET6264264
277Carson WentzQBWAS14259214320264.3
278Laviska Shenault Jr.WRJAC11283292222265.7
279Chris EvansRBCIN10270233296266.3
280Sammy WatkinsWRGB14271258270266.3
281Jaylen WarrenRBPIT9266206328266.7
282Pierre Strong Jr.RBNE10298237267.5
283A.J. GreenWRARI13272266265267.7
284Minnesota VikingsDSTMIN7249278279268.7
285Kyle RudolphTETB11238318255270.3
286Quez WatkinsWRPHI7280261270.5
287Washington CommandersDSTWAS14253253314273.3
288Carolina PanthersDSTCAR13275270278274.3
289C.J. UzomahTENYJ10286272267275
290Ka'imi FairbairnKHOU6244309276.5
291Jonnu SmithTENE10278300258278.7
292Matt BreidaRBNYG9274274289279
293Kyle PhilipsWRTEN6281281
294Danny GrayWRSF9241322281.5
295Hassan HaskinsRBTEN6317202327282
296Trey SermonRBSF9297291259282.3
297Jordan MasonRBSF9283283
298Ty JohnsonRBNYJ10283283
299Chicago BearsDSTCHI14250293307283.3
300Chris BoswellKPIT9268296287283.7
301Josh ReynoldsWRDET6285285
302Ty ChandlerRBMIN7285285
303Tre'Quan SmithWRNO14286286
304Tyquan ThorntonWRNE10242299317286
305Braxton BerriosWRNYJ10304269286.5
306Mitch TrubiskyQBPIT9265311284286.7
307Randy BullockKTEN6236320308288
308Devin DuvernayWRBAL10303295268288.7
309Ty MontgomeryRBNE10312282272288.7
310Trey McBrideTEARI13287291289
311Cedrick Wilson Jr.WRMIA11319286263289.3
312Greg DulcichTEDEN9287289294290
313Dan ArnoldTEJAC11322294260292
314Daniel BellingerTENYG9314290273292.3
315Snoop ConnerRBJAC11309247321292.3
316Austin SeibertKDET6284302293
317Seattle SeahawksDSTSEA11257329293
318Travis HomerRBSEA11302284293
319Marquez CallawayWRNO14327262294.5
320Byron PringleWRCHI14280314290294.7
321Darius SlaytonWRNYG9295295
322Joshua KelleyRBLAC8299243347296.3
323Kyren WilliamsRBLAR7244349296.5
324Graham GanoKNYG9262305326297.7
325Joey SlyeKWAS14300300
326Cade YorkKCLE9292309300.5
327New York GiantsDSTNYG9264315323300.7
328DeeJay DallasRBSEA11301301
329Jalen GuytonWRLAC8301301
330New York JetsDSTNYJ10285318301.5
331Houston TexansDSTHOU6303303
332Drew LockQBSEA11304304
333Quintez CephusWRDET6304304
334Dyami BrownWRWAS14306306
335Donald Parham Jr.TELAC8294319306.5
336Jalen ReagorWRPHI7316297306.5
337Sam HowellQBWAS14290323306.5
338Khalil ShakirWRBUF7308308
339Geno SmithQBSEA11277312336308.3
340Jason MyersKSEA11279325324309.3
341Giovani BernardRBTB11310310
342Gary BrightwellRBNYG9311311
343Jauan JenningsWRSF9311311
344Darrynton EvansRBCHI14312312
345Kenny PickettQBPIT9276307353312
346O.J. HowardTEHOU6313313
347Tyler BadieRBBAL10313313
348Las Vegas RaidersDSTLV6296301346314.3
349Jimmy GaroppoloQBSF9289310348315.7
350Jerome FordRBCLE9297335316
351Amari RodgersWRGB14319315317
352Foster MoreauTELV6329305317
353Jacoby BrissettQBCLE9288326351321.7
354Ke'Shawn VaughnRBTB11322322
355James WashingtonWRDAL9324324
356Desmond RidderQBATL14323328325.5
357Keaontay IngramRBARI13321330325.5
358Atlanta FalconsDSTATL14326326
359Tyrod TaylorQBNYG9327327
360Jacksonville JaguarsDSTJAC11325316341327.3
361Jelani WoodsTEIND14330325327.5
362Taylor HeinickeQBWAS14328328
363Gardner Minshew IIQBPHI7329329
364Tommy TrembleTECAR13320338329
365Kyle AllenQBHOU6330330
366Harrison BryantTECLE9333333
367John BatesTEWAS14321345333
368Trestan EbnerRBCHI14334334
369Chase McLaughlinKFA337337
370Teddy BridgewaterQBMIA11324352338
371Josh LamboKFA339339
372Kylen GransonTEIND14340340
373Detroit LionsDSTDET6342342
374Juwan JohnsonTENO14343343
375Cade OttonTETB11344344
376Salvon AhmedRBMIA11350350
377Malik WillisQBTEN6354354

Fantasy Football Rankings 2022 Preseason: Analysis

Quarterbacks

SE: Expect Jalen Hurts to move into the top 5 this season because of his rushing production and a receiving group that has become a strong point with A.J. Brown joining Dallas Goedert and DeVonta Smith. Russell Wilson may be allowed to “cook" more, but he has always been more about efficiency than volume. If you nab one of the top 12 QBs in your seasonal draft there should be a good level of comfort with the starting choice.

Aaron Rodgers’ WR corps may seem depleted, but he can overcome it. Trey Lance is raw for real NFL purposes, but the fantasy upside is apparent and he has pass-catchers who can do a lot of the work for him. Derek Carr could be a value play with the arrival of Davante Adams.

For standard league and superflex/two-QB purposes, the position is deep as we annually expect. Ideally, in superflex and two-QB leagues, you will at least want a guy in the No. 15 to 24 range as your second starter.

FA: Josh Allen is the class of this group, while Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers look headed for disappointing seasons following the losses of Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams.

Russell Wilson should see a resurgent season with a stacked supporting cast in Denver, a la Matthew Stafford in Los Angeles last year. Jalen Hurts can join the elite tier of quarterbacks due to his rushing upside and newly-acquired alpha wideout A.J. Brown.

Look for Joe Burrow to build off a dominant finish to last season, while Trey Lance could make a serious impact due to his dual-threat ability. Deshaun Watson is suspended for the first 11 games of the year, so you can avoid him in all formats.

AC: I don’t think I have ever seen so much depth at the quarterback position in fantasy football. If you are playing in a standard 12-team league, there are at least 13-14 players that would qualify as weekly starters.

And while I can make a case for at least five guys to end the season as the overall QB1, the next two tiers have enough pop to get your team to the fantasy championship with the right roster build to back it up.

Running Backs

SE: After the top two of Jonathan Taylor and Austin Ekeler are off the board, you may have durability questions about Derrick Henry, Dalvin Cook, and Christian McCaffrey, so it would be understandable to pivot to a WR in the first round over them. 

Nick Chubb can still be a major factor in a reworked offense, as he gets regular TD chances and sees more open running room. Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott have a lot to prove this season, but can still be high-end RB2 types.

Javonte Williams won’t reach his full potential with Melvin Gordon still in the picture, and he will be unreliable for fantasy purposes. With more time this offseason to recover from last year’s Achilles injury, Cam Akers might exceed tempered initial expectations, even if he starts slowly.

When Rashaad Penny is healthy, the Seattle backfield will be unpredictable, but if he misses any time, Ken Walker III may deliver some outstanding performances when he returns. Miles Sanders is who he is, a RB that is not dependable and doesn’t score enough. Don’t expect a sudden breakout season.

FA: Christian McCaffrey is back to being overall RB1 because he has an unmatched ceiling. You have to like the quarterback upgrade with Baker Mayfield, whose skillset fits nicely in this offense. CMC is healthy right now, making him the top option at this position.

Saquon Barkley is headed for a monster year. Not only is he healthy, but the Giants got a coaching upgrade while also bolstering the offensive line. A.J. Dillon has standalone value as an RB2 with massive upside if Aaron Jones misses time. Rashaad Penny can build off last year’s strong finish if he can finally stay healthy.

Leonard Fournette was used as the bellcow down the stretch last season. He had a massive role as a pass-catcher that I see continuing this year. D’Andre Swift looks poised to take his production to the next level in an improved offense. Travis Etienne and Breece Hall are intriguing upside plays in the 3rd and 4th rounds.

AC: We are beginning to see a shift at the top of the running back position. Christian McCaffrey is no longer the de facto RB1 and Ezekiel Elliott isn’t even in the conversation. While there are some regulars still filling out the RB1 tier, players like Najee Harris and D’Andre Swift are names you should expect to see there for years to come.

Overall, the running back position does appear deep, but there is a sure-fire drop-off outside the top 30. Once you get past the top 30, you will find a mix of high upside timeshare players and handcuffs with some standalone value who will need the stars to align in their favor to max out their potential.

Wide Receivers

SE: Even if Cooper Kupp’s numbers from 2022 fall off, he still should outperform anyone else at the position and is worthy of a top-3 overall pick. Any one of the top WRs should function as a terrific No. 1 fantasy WR. Deebo Samuel creates a lot of his own yardage after the catch, so don’t expect him to disappoint even with the switch from Jimmy Garoppolo to Lance.

CeeDee Lamb should emerge as a true No. 1 fantasy WR this season. Ju-Ju Smith Schuster will be the No. 1 WR for Patrick Mahomes and will show he is still a very productive wideout. Gabriel Davis is in the ideal situation to have a big breakout year as a No. 2 fantasy WR.

Marquise Brown may be overmatched as a No. 1 WR for Arizona when DeAndre Hopkins is out and will be relegated to a lesser role when he returns. Allen Lazard could surprise everyone, because the Packers have cleared the way for him to operate as a top target for Rodgers. The Jaguars overpaid for Christian Kirk, who gets a QB downgrade, and he has not shown he can be a dependable fantasy performer.

FA: Justin Jefferson could play the Cooper Kupp role in new head coach and former Rams’ offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell’s offense. Allen Robinson and JuJu Smith-Schuster look headed for bounce-back seasons after joining two elite offenses.

Michael Pittman Jr. looks poised to take the next step with Matt Ryan at quarterback. A.J. Brown is going to feast in that Eagles offense. D.J. Moore may finally take off with Mayfield at quarterback.

Rookies Treylon Burks and Drake London have strong landing spots with clear paths to sizeable target shares. Who will emerge as the top target in Denver? My bet is on Courtland Sutton, but Jerry Jeudy is in play as well.

AC: This year’s top 24 wide receivers look very much the same as they did last year, only in a different order at the top due to quarterback and situational downgrades for notable names like Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill.

And while the fate of A.J. Brown’s ceiling lies in the hands of a Jalen Hurts third-year leap as well as his health, Marquise Brown is the one I am gushing over. Brown’s ceiling with Kyler Murray and the Cardinals is through the roof. He is one of the biggest values in the early rounds. Overall, there are a ton of ceiling and stability plays in a position group that goes roughly 70 deep.

Tight Ends

SE: Those who draft either Mark Andrews or Travis Kelce have the obvious advantage at the thinnest position in fantasy football, so it’s worth taking either of them in earlier rounds and addressing other positions thereafter. Kyle Pitts still has to prove he can be in that sort of elite company, and he has a shaky QB situation.

Pat Freiermuth came through with an impressive rookie campaign, but the uncertain shift at QB prevents him from being ranked higher than 12th. Cole Kmet could be headed for a breakthrough season as a top target in the Chicago passing game. Austin Hooper can re-emerge as a key guy for Ryan Tannehill on important passing downs.

A healthy Irv Smith Jr. could be one of the top value plays at tight end this season.

FA: Travis Kelce has a chance to see even more targets with Tyreek Hill now in Miami. Kyle Pitts is a generational prospect and could see a huge leap in his sophomore season.

 George Kittle has produced at a high level each year of his career other than his rookie season – expect more of the same. Darren Waller has more target competition now with Davante Adams in town.

Dallas Goedert has the talent to take off in an improved offense this year. Dalton Schultz has a good opportunity for volume, but he’s being a bit overdrafted right now. Keep an eye on Evan Engram, who could see a resurgence in Doug Pederson’s offense.

AC: Year after year, the tight end position tricks us in fantasy football. On paper, tight end appears to be deep. However, after the top three or four players are off the board, we find our usual significant drop-off. Last year, only 21.7 points separated the TE5 and the TE12. Then, 30.5 points separated the TE13 and the TE20.

You can safely punt the position if you aren’t trying to build your team around one of the top dogs. Sure, you can chase ceiling in the middling rounds of your draft with high upside plays like Mike Gesicki, but you can make the case that both Evan Engram and David Njoku bring similar upside to the table. They are both free compared to the price point you will pay for Gesicki.


Kickers

SE: Many fantasy players don’t invest much thought in drafting kickers, but it is smart to know who the actual best performers are rather than just drafting off a cheat sheet or taking the kickers from the most prolific offenses.

Daniel Carlson was the top kicker in fantasy football last season, and he went undrafted in most leagues. That is because most fantasy players didn’t think much of the Raiders offense overall. But the best kickers often do not work in tune with the highest-scoring offenses.

Mason Crosby will often get drafted as a top-10 kicker because he plays in an Aaron Rodgers-led offense, but he has consistently not placed in the top 12 by the end of the season. Quarterback and offensive changes will also impact kicker outlooks every season, so we take that into account with our rankings.

FA: The usual suspects headline the kicking game, with stalwarts like Justin Tucker and Tyler Bass. They’ll be in terrific offenses, set up nicely to rack up field goals for your fantasy teams.

Harrison Butker could be more active than usual with the Chiefs projected to be worse on offense, as they may have to settle for more field goals this year.

Look out for Dustin Hopkins as a low-key pick, kicking for a Chargers offense that should continue to improve in Year 3 under Justin Herbert.

AC: If you want to draft a kicker early, my advice is don’t. Sure, you will get stability with Justin Tucker, but you can stream the waiver wire until you find the hot hands (or foots) of 2022. I like to attach myself to a kicker on an above-average offense that lives on the opponent’s side of the field.

Outside of Tucker, Tyler Bass, and Daniel Carlson, this position is a rat race. We don’t know who the Cowboys kicker is yet, but we do know they will be a top-end offense. Right now, their kicker is projected to be Jonathan Garibay. I don’t know who he is either, but he will likely be available late in drafts and have a similar ceiling as the top 5 kickers.

Defense/Special Teams

SE: We have ranked defenses in terms of their overall outlook for the season, but that does not necessarily mean you should draft them in such a manner. The most active position on waivers throughout the season is defense.

You are going to be using different defensive units every week for the most part, and it starts right from the season opener. It is better to draft a defense that has the best early-season matchups, or the best season-opening matchup.

Most fantasy players don’t draft defenses with early-season or Week 1 matchups in mind. Putting that sort of thought process behind drafting a defense for its Week 1 or good early-season matchups will give you an advantage over the rest of your opponents.

FA: The key with defenses is to try to play matchup, focusing on teams favored by higher point spreads. The teams best equipped to have these types of games are the ones in weak divisions, like the Colts and Buccaneers.

The Rams remain in play as a strong fantasy defense because of Aaron Donald. The Bills showed tremendous improvements last year and we can likely expect more of the same this time around.

Look for the Ravens to get back on track this season, while the Colts should remain as one of the top units as well.

AC: Similar to kicker, D/ST varies outside of the top 3, and even that is murky from year-to-year. This is another position you should be streaming and not risking paying up for a top-ranked unit that will more than likely take a step back in favor of a new hot hand.

Did anyone see the Cowboys finishing as the No. 1 fantasy DST last season? Nope. And guess what, they were projected to be one of the worst defenses in the NFL. If you are looking for stability, it’s the Patriots, Saints, and Steelers for me.

Author

Frank Ammirante

Before joining The Game Day, Frank spent three years in the fantasy sports and betting industry, writing for websites like RotoBaller and 4for4football. Frank is an active member of the fantasy baseball and fantasy football community, participating in high-stakes leagues like NFBC/NFFC as well as industry competitions like Scott Fish Bowl, RazzBowl, and TGFBI. Frank is a member of the FSWA and IBWAA. Give him a shout to talk fantasy sports and sports betting.

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