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Fantasy Football Sleepers 2022 | Draft These Fantasy NFL Sleeper Picks & Breakout Players

Most winning moves in a fantasy football draft don’t happen in the first few rounds. The key to starting your fantasy football playoff push in the draft is to locate fantasy football sleepers in a draft.

When building your fantasy football team, maximize your return when you reach the middle and late rounds with a moderately or bargain-bin-priced player who carries tantalizing upside, whether it be due to the player’s talent, opportunity for targets and/or touches, coaches’ potential favoritism, or some combination of these and other fantasy football factors.

Who are The Game Day fantasy experts’ favorite draft targets in 2022? Read below for our top fantasy football sleepers for 2022 drafts.

(Note: Fantasy football positional writeups are listed in descending order of average draft position, or ADP. Averages current as of Thursday, May 19.)

Fantasy Football Sleepers To Draft In 2022

Frank AmmiranteJameis WinstonRashaad PennyTim PatrickMo Alie-CoxN/A
Gio AnnatelliMitchell TrubiskyBreece HallKenny GolladayZach ErtzRams
John ArliaTrey LanceBreece HallCourtland SuttonZach ErtzN/A
Mike BarnerDaniel JonesRonald JonesTreylon BurksDavid NjokuChiefs
Skyler CarlinTrevor LawrenceKenneth GainwellRussell GageIrv Smith Jr.Ravens
Anthony CervinoJared GoffJames CookRussell GageMike GesickiN/A
Scott EngelTua TagovailoaZamir WhiteDonovan Peoples-JonesAustin HooperPackers
Nate HamiltonDerek CarrMelvin Gordon IIIAmon-Ra St. BrownDalton SchultzChargers
Michael HauffTrey LanceTyrion Davis-PriceKenny GolladayHayden HurstN/A
Adam KofflerTrey LanceRhamondre StevensonRussell GageDavid NjokuBrowns
Adam KramerTrey LanceTravis Etienne Jr.Chase ClaypoolDavid NjokuBroncos
Tyler MaherTua TagovailoaTony PollardChristian KirkZach ErtzRavens
Daniel PreciadoTrey LanceCam AkersDonovan Peoples-JonesNoah FantBroncos
Aaron SchillMatt RyanMiles SandersCourtland SuttonHayden HurstCommanders

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Fantasy Football QB Sleepers

Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers (FantasyPros ADP: 99.0)

Fantasy scoring at the quarterback position is all about rushing upside, and Lance has plenty of that. He’s still an unknown commodity at this point — we don’t even know if he’ll be San Francisco’s Week 1 starter yet — but he could emerge as a major fantasy producer in 2022. — John Arlia

Lance will start for the 49ers and be a fantasy football sleeper in 2022. If you take Jimmy Garoppolo’s two seasons with 15 or more starts, he finished as a QB14 and 17. That was in a Kyle Shanahan offense with minimal rushing production. Lance brings that rushing floor which notoriously helps elevate quarterbacks in fantasy. — Michael Hauff

Lance has a real shot to be this season’s Jalen Hurts, who finished as the QB6 in points per game last season despite throwing for just 209.6 yards per game. The value came from rushing for 784 yards and 10 touchdowns on 9.3 rush attempts per game. Lance played meaningful snaps in three games as a rookie and averaged 53.7 rushing yards on 10.3 rush attempts in those games. Although a small sample size, his 21.3 fantasy points per game would have been good for QB7 a season ago.  — Adam Koffler

Assuming he starts, and he almost certainly will, Lance is poised for fantasy liftoff. Between his ability to run, the talent around him, and a QB-friendly coach and system, Lance is destined for greatness with the 49ers. Will there be mistakes? Undoubtedly. But the talent and production should be evident immediately. — Adam Kramer

Lance is likely to be given the keys to the offense in San Francisco given the sharp decline in performance from Garoppolo. In six appearances (two starts), Lance threw for 603 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions. The 49ers’ offense could be one of the most productive with Lance at the helm full-time. — Daniel Preciado

Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (FantasyPros ADP: 120.0)

Carr will be the staple “late-round quarterback” in 2022. This year, he has a healthy Darren Waller and reunites with his Fresno State teammate & elite wide receiver, Davante Adams. He finished as the QB14 last season, and all signs point him as a top-12 quarterback in 2022. — Nate Hamilton

Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (FantasyPros ADP: 121.0)

Tagovailoa is under a white-hot spotlight in his third pro season. Fortunately, the Dolphins have surrounded him with the proper support system to reach his potential. Having Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle as top targets while also working under an offensive-minded coaching staff will help Tagovailoa exceed expectations. — Scott Engel

While his first two seasons have been somewhat underwhelming, Tagovailoa made strides in several key areas last year by improving his accuracy, yards per attempt, and QBR. With Hill bolstering Miami’s receiving corps, Tagovailoa could be poised to take a major step forward in 2022. — Tyler Maher

Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (FantasyPros ADP: 132.7)

Lawrence deserves to have his rookie campaign erased from memory due to Urban Meyer, but with Doug Pederson now at the helm, there should be optimism surrounding the offense of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Not to mention, the Jaguars have a solid set of weapons including Christian Kirk, Marvin Jones Jr., Zay Jones, Laviska Shenault, James Robinson, and Travis Etienne. — Skyler Carlin

Matt Ryan, Indianapolis Colts (FantasyPros ADP: 149.0)

Ryan found himself a new home in Indianapolis. He’s been in Atlanta since 2008, and in 13 seasons, he’s thrown for less than 4,000 yards just three times, one being last year. With new weapons like Jonathan Taylor, Michael Pittman, and a couple of new rookies in Alec Pierce and Jelani Woods, Ryan could be a sneaky sleeper candidate. — Aaron Schill

Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (FantasyPros ADP: 162.7)

Winston is two years removed from a QB5 finish in fantasy points per game. He enters the 2022 season as the unquestioned starter in New Orleans. The supporting cast should be much-improved with the return of Michael Thomas and the first-round selection of Chris Olave. Winston is being overlooked right now. — Frank Ammirante

Daniel Jones, New York Giants (FantasyPros ADP: 197.5)

The Giants have greatly improved their offensive line, drafting Evan Neal to play right tackle and adding veterans including Jon Feliciano and Mark Glowinski. With improved protection, a new coaching staff, and some dangerous skill players around him, Jones could finally be in line for a breakout season. — Mike Barner

Jared Goff, Detroit Lions (FantasyPros ADP: 201.5)

While Goff is three years removed from his last QB1 finish, he’s done it twice and is capable, especially when surrounded by an offensive line with top-five potential and skill position players who are young, explosive, and have a ton of upside. Goff isn’t sexy, but he is a stash that can be a league-winner if all the stars align in Detroit. — Anthony Cervino

Mitchell Trubisky, Pittsburgh Steelers (FantasyPros ADP: 206.0)

It wasn’t too long ago when Trubisky was a Pro Bowl quarterback for the Chicago Bears. After making a stop in Buffalo as Josh Allen’s backup, he’ll look to take over the starting role in Pittsburgh. Trubisky brings value through the air and on the ground, as he has over 1,000 career rushing yards. — Gio Annatelli

Fantasy Football RB Sleepers

Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams (FantasyPros ADP: 39.3)

Akers is coming off an Achilles injury, which is an obvious cause for concern, but he looked up to speed in the playoffs at certain points. Akers will likely have command of the running back room for an elite Rams offense and remains a goal line force. — Daniel Preciado

Breece Hall, New York Jets (FantasyPros ADP: 53.5)

Hall, the first running back taken in the 2022 NFL Draft, joins a backfield that includes Michael Carter. However, Hall could emerge as the No. 1 option in New York, as he was a workhorse at Iowa State. In 2021, Hall ran for 1,472 yards and 20 touchdowns and averaged 5.8 yards per carry, a promising sign for his fantasy football outlook. — Gio Annatelli

While he might be in a timeshare alongside Carter, Hall is the most talented running back on the Jets’ roster. He’s got great hands and is an explosive runner who can take any play to the house. His upside is worth a look in the later rounds. — John Arlia

Travis Etienne Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars (FantasyPros ADP: 61.7)

Remember him? The second-year back missed the entire 2021 season with the Jaguars due to injury, although 2022 could be a much different story. With Robinson recovering from a torn Achilles, Etienne could be a prominent piece in an offense that should be drastically improved. His ability to both run and catch could go a long way. — Adam Kramer

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles (FantasyPros ADP: 68.7)

Since entering the league in 2019, Sanders seems to never quite live up to the hype. The talent has never been an issue, it’s just been the Eagles wanting to go with more of a committee approach at the position. Gainwell showed some promise as a pass-catching back, and this might do enough to really drop Sanders’ price this year to make him a sleeper. — Aaron Schill

Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks (FantasyPros ADP: 90.0)

Penny had a phenomenal finish, rushing for 671 yards and six touchdowns in his last five games. He stayed in Seattle despite being an unrestricted free agent. Russell Wilson is gone, so we should see them should emphasize the run more. They drafted Kenneth Walker III, but there projects to be enough volume in this offense. — Frank Ammirante

Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys (FantasyPros ADP: 93.0)

With Ezekiel Elliott in decline, Pollard saw his role expand dramatically last season as the Cowboys’ backfield became more of a timeshare. With the way both running backs are trending, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Pollard match or exceed Elliott’s production this year in a high-powered Dallas offense. — Tyler Maher

Melvin Gordon III, Denver Broncos (FantasyPros ADP: 99.7)

Gordon re-signed with the Denver Broncos for the 2022 season. Last year, he evenly split carries with Javonte Williams, who is currently being drafted as a top-10 running back. Gordon has shown no signs of slowing down. He’ll be an amazing value due to the fantasy world’s expectations of Williams. — Nate Hamilton

Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots (FantasyPros ADP: 111.3)

Stevenson was the highest-graded rookie running back in 2021, per PFF. From Week 9 through Week 17, he actually averaged more opportunities per game than incumbent starter Damien Harris (16.3 vs. 12.8). From an efficiency standpoint, Stevenson had the fourth-highest juke rate (35.4%) and 15th-most yards created per touch, per PlayerProfiler. He’s the much better value this season as the cheaper of the two options. — Adam Koffler

Ronald Jones, Kansas City Chiefs (FantasyPros ADP: 126.0)

Clyde Edwards-Helaire has yet to live up to expectations, and Darrel Williams is still unsigned. Given that the Chiefs brought in Jones, it would seem the door has shut on Williams’ tenure in Kansas City. If Edwards-Helaire gets off to a slow start, or were to suffer an injury, Jones could take on a huge role in what should be one of the most dangerous offenses in the league. — Mike Barner

Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles (FantasyPros ADP: 147.5)

I’m not much of a Miles Sanders fan, and I believe it’s only a matter of time before the Philadelphia Eagles give up on the Penn State product. Gainwell showed flashes of promise as a rookie in 2021 with 544 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns on 101 touches. Gainwell should see his role increase in his sophomore year in the NFL in a much-improved Eagles offense that acquired A.J. Brown. — Skyler Carlin

James Cook, Buffalo Bills (FantasyPros ADP: 152.5)

Cook and Devin Singletary are going close to each other ADP-wise, but I am riding Dalvin Cook‘s little brother to fantasy championships. The Bills didn’t spend second-round draft capital on Cook for nothing. Expect him to see the field often and early in his rookie campaign. I especially like him to get down and dirty on the goal line. — Anthony Cervino

Travis Etienne, Jacksonville Jaguars RB, shown in 2021 training camp before suffering a season-ending injury

Travis Etienne will finally make his long-awaited NFL debut after suffering a Lisfranc injury last preseason. (Image: USA TODAY Sports)

Zamir White, Las Vegas Raiders (FantasyPros ADP: 215.0)

The Raiders declined the fifth-year option on Josh Jacobs, and the new regime drafted their own guy, White. This might be the last season with the Raiders for Jacobs. White could make his push to gain significant work as soon as this year. He is a battering, physical runner. — Scott Engel

Tyrion Davis-Price, San Francisco 49ers (FantasyPros ADP: 259.0)

Among rookie running backs, Davis-Price is the biggest sleeper. Drafted in the third round by the 49ers, Davis-Price finds himself in a backfield that is always looking for the next hot hand. Elijah Mitchell is the main 49ers back, but lackluster output from Trey Sermon and JaMycal Hasty presents a real opportunity for Davis-Price. — Michael Hauff

Fantasy Football WR Sleepers

Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions (FantasyPros ADP: 74.7)

The young rookie quickly emerged as Goff’s favorite target last season, leading the Lions with targets (119), receptions (90), receiving yards (912), and receiving touchdowns (5). The Lions did draft Alabama wideout Jameson Williams, but St. Brown has established chemistry with Goff heading into this season. — Nate Hamilton

Treylon Burks, Tennessee Titans (FantasyPros ADP: 81.5)

In what was a surprising move, the Titans traded A.J. Brown to the Eagles. They did bring in Robert Woods, but he’s still recovering from a torn ACL. Burks should, at worst, be the team’s second-leading receiver. Even in a run-first offense, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Burks challenge for 100 targets. — Mike Barner

(Read more about Treylon Burks’ fantasy football value.)

Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers (FantasyPros ADP: 88.0)

He fell short of 1,000 yards receiving and scored only two touchdowns last year, although an aging Ben Roethlisberger didn’t help matters. While many will mock the signing of Trubisky, the offense should be vastly better under his guidance. Claypool should get more targets — especially in the red zone — to recapture the magic of his rookie year. — Adam Kramer

Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos (FantasyPros ADP: 88.3)

It’s been a tough couple of seasons for Sutton, who tore his ACL in 2020 and struggled to produce with inconsistent quarterback play in 2021. Enter Russell Wilson. Sutton is a huge target and could be a touchdown machine for this Denver offense, much like D.K. Metcalf in Seattle. — John Arlia

Sutton will be another year back from his torn ACL that he suffered in Week 2 of the 2020 season. Most of the hype tends to go toward Jerry Jeudy of the pass-catchers on this offense, especially if you’re on Twitter. Sutton has just as much upside and will cost you less than Jeudy. — Aaron Schill

Christian Kirk, Jacksonville Jaguars (FantasyPros ADP: 121.0)

After falling just short of 1,000 receiving yards with the Arizona Cardinals last year, Kirk should see his volume increase as the top option in Jacksonville’s lackluster receiver room. If Lawrence takes a big step forward in his second season, Kirk will likely be the primary beneficiary. — Tyler Maher

Russell Gage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FantasyPros ADP: 125.7)

The addition of Gage has seemingly gone under the radar, especially with Tom Brady announcing his return to the Buccaneers following his brief retirement. Gage should have a decent-sized role alongside Mike Evans to begin the season with Chris Godwin rehabbing a torn ACL. — Skyler Carlin

While Gage has flashed, he’s been stuck on a regressing Falcons’ offense. That will all change in 2022 with Brady and the Buccaneers. Slated as the WR3, expect to see Gage start in three-wide sets if Godwin misses time early in the year. We know the Buccaneers can support three top-end fantasy wideouts if we think back to Antonio Brown‘s stint with the club. — Anthony Cervino

Tom Brady’s newest weapon averaged 1.96 yards per route run last season with the Falcons, good for 112th amongst all WRs with 80 targets. Chris Godwin had ACL reconstruction in early January and could be out until November. Godwin, Mike Evans, and Antonio Brown combined for 42.2 fantasy points per game in 2021. Gage has a real shot to be a top-25 guy until Godwin is ready to return. — Adam Koffler

Kenny Golladay, New York Giants (FantasyPros ADP: 130.7)

Golladay’s first season with the Giants was one to forget. He was a top receiver in 2018 and 2019, having back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, along with leading the NFL in touchdowns in 2019. Golladay is still the No. 1 in New York, so he’ll get top looks. — Gio Annatelli

Golladay having a disaster of a season last year is what makes him a sleeper this year. The biggest indicators for a return to form are the lack of pass-catching options on the Giants and Brian Daboll now serving as head coach, who had the Bills throwing 58.9% of the time over the last two seasons. — Michael Hauff

Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos (FantasyPros ADP: 160.5)

Patrick has put up 50+ catches, 700+ yards, and 5+ touchdowns in each of his last two seasons. He’s a big-bodied wideout that can make contested catches and gets an upgrade with Russell Wilson. While Patrick is clearly behind wideouts Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton, the cost of acquisition is much lower. This makes Patrick a worthy investment. — Frank Ammirante

Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland Browns (FantasyPros ADP: 190.0)

Peoples-Jones averaged 17.6 yards per reception last season. Now he gets to work with Deshaun Watson, and he can emerge as a frequent big-play target. Peoples-Jones showed flashes of having a penchant for the big play last season. Expect more regular highlights from him in 2022. — Scott Engel

Toward the tail end of the regular season, Peoples-Jones clearly became the most productive slot receiver for the Browns. While training camp will be the true indicator of his future, he is the type of deep threat that has tons of value in best balls and deeper leagues. — Daniel Preciado

Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos

Courtland Sutton could take a major step forward now that the Denver Broncos acquired QB Russell Wilson. (Image: USA TODAY Sports)

Fantasy Football TE Sleepers

Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys (FantasyPros ADP: 92.3)

Schultz was the TE3 in 2021. He was a top-six tight end in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. The Cowboys no longer have Cooper who gobbled up 103 targets in 2021, either. Schultz has the chance to be Dak Prescott’s second-most targeted receiving option in 2022. He’ll be the best draft value at tight end this year. — Nate Hamilton

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (FantasyPros ADP: 103.3)

The Dolphins have retooled their offense, but let’s not forget just how talented Gesicki is. He is versatile, can line up all over the formation, and is a mismatch nightmare. What’s more, new head coach Mike McDaniel comes from the 49ers, a team that has deployed one of the best fantasy tight ends in fantasy in George Kittle. If Gesicki gets the Kittle treatment, he will win leagues. Gesicki’s ceiling is worth flirting with at his ADP. — Anthony Cervino

Zach Ertz, Arizona Cardinals (FantasyPros ADP: 115.7)

After a down year in 2020, Ertz turned things around once he was traded to the Cardinals. There are better tight ends to target, but Ertz could be a top-three tight end by the end of the season. With DeAndre Hopkins out for the first six games, Ertz is Kyler Murray’s most reliable target. — Gio Annatelli

The Cardinals won’t have Hopkins for at least six weeks, which will translate to a greater early-season target share for Ertz. The veteran racked up 43 targets in Weeks 14-17 in 2021 with Hopkins out. Expect more of the same in 2022. — John Arlia

With Hopkins out for the first six games and Christian Kirk in Jacksonville, Ertz is set to have a more prominent role in Arizona’s offense this year. His numbers improved significantly last season after coming over from the Eagles, so don’t let the veteran tight end fall too far on draft day. — Tyler Maher

Noah Fant, Seattle Seahawks (FantasyPros ADP: 132.0)

Fant is one of the most talented young tight ends in the NFL, and he gets a change of scenery in the wake of the Russell Wilson trade to Denver. Fant has played in 47 games since his rookie season, amassing 10 total touchdowns with at least 60 receptions and 600 receiving yards each of the past two seasons. — Daniel Preciado

Irv Smith Jr., Minnesota Vikings (FantasyPros ADP: 140.5)

I was on board the Irv Smith Jr. train ahead of the 2021 season, only for him to sadly suffer a torn meniscus in the preseason, preventing him from playing last year. With the hiring of Kevin O’Connell, I’m confident in Smith getting an opportunity to be a focal point in the offense of the Minnesota Vikings alongside Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and Dalvin Cook. — Skyler Carlin

David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (FantasyPros ADP: 169.5)

The Watson era is set to begin in Cleveland. The Browns also brought in Amari Cooper to help their wide receiver group, but Austin Hooper departed at the tight end position. Njoku could be left with the lion’s share of the targets at the position, and we’ve seen him perform well in that role previously. In 2018, he caught 56 of 88 targets for 639 yards and four touchdowns. — Mike Barner

No more Austin Hooper means Njoku should get his every-down role back. Last season, he played 100% of the snaps in Week 15 with Hooper out. Sure, the Browns traded for Amari Cooper this offseason, but somebody else has to catch passes from Deshaun Watson (a clear upgrade over Baker Mayfield). Between the now-traded Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr., and Hooper, Cleveland has 182 targets up for grabs. Njoku will be in the mix for a bunch of those. It wasn’t too long ago he finished as the TE9 in 2018. — Adam Koffler

There have been flashes, although consistency has been tough to come by. With Watson locked in at quarterback, however, Njoku might finally deliver the season many have waited for. The key element is health. This, more than anything, has held him back. If he can stay on the field, he should be a top-eight tight end. — Adam Kramer

Austin Hooper, Tennessee Titans (FantasyPros ADP: 201.0)

Hooper was a disappointment with the Browns, but expect him to re-emerge as a quality fantasy option with the Titans. Tennessee lost their best pass-catcher in the off-season and will need another reliable target. Ryan Tannehill has shown he will feed his tight ends in the past. — Scott Engel

Hayden Hurst, Cincinnati Bengals (FantasyPros ADP: 204.5)

Hurst has gone from working behind Kyle Pitts to one of the best offenses in football, the Cincinnati Bengals. Mind you, in the 2020 season, Hurst finished as the ninth-best tight end in half-point formats. He has proven his effectiveness and is an after-thought on average draft position. If that doesn’t sound like a fantasy football sleeper, I don’t know what does. — Michael Hauff

Hurst will be one of the cheapest options you can find at the tight end position this year. After two years in Baltimore and two in Atlanta, Hurst finds himself with Joe Burrow and this electric Bengals offense. We’ve seen him finish as a TE1 once in his career with the Falcons back in 2020, and that’s not out of the realm of possibilities this year in Cincinnati. — Aaron Schill

Mo Alie-Cox, Indianapolis Colts (FantasyPros ADP: 215.0)

Alie-Cox is a big body who can make an impact downfield, putting up 12+ yards per reception in the last two seasons. He now has Matt Ryan at quarterback, who has heavily targeted tight ends like Kyle Pitts and Austin Hooper throughout his career. The pass-catchers behind wideout Michael Pittman Jr. are thin, so there’s room for opportunity. — Frank Ammirante

Fantasy Football D/ST Sleepers

Los Angeles Rams (FantasyPros ADP: 195.0)

The defending Super Bowl champs look to go back-to-back in 2022, which requires a strong defense. The Rams still have Aaron Donald, Bobby Wagner, Jalen Ramsey, and Taylor Rapp as the core of the defense. The team also drafted four defensive backs in the 2022 NFL Draft, showing they want to improve their secondary. — Gio Annatelli

Kansas City Chiefs (FantasyPros ADP: 198.0)

In need of help at wide receiver following the Tyreek Hill trade, the Chiefs decided not to add to the position in the first round of the draft. Instead, they used their two selections on cornerback Trent McDuffie and defensive end George Karlaftis. They did lose safety Tyrann Mathieu, but were able to replace him with Justin Reid, so they shouldn’t see much, if any, of a downgrade there. — Mike Barner

Denver Broncos (FantasyPros ADP: 200.0)

The addition of Wilson changes everything. While the quarterback won’t sack the quarterback or intercept passes, he will provide stability and allow the other side of the football — which is not absent of talent — to thrive. Expect turnovers and other metrics to benefit greatly as a result. — Adam Kramer

The Broncos possessed one of the best defenses in football last season from a real-life standpoint, but they are expected to be an excellent source in fantasy this season as well. Denver has retained many of their best defensive assets including Justin Simmons and Patrick Surtain. — Daniel Preciado

Baltimore Ravens (FantasyPros ADP: 239.0)

The Ravens were ravaged by injuries last season, especially on the defensive side of the ball. At the end of the season, the Ravens were without Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey in their secondary. Baltimore added Marcus Williams in free agency while also adding Kyle Hamilton, Travis Jones, and Jalyn Armour-David in the 2022 NFL draft. Plus, the Ravens have a dangerous returner in Devin Duvernay. — Skyler Carlin

The Ravens’ typically strong defense was decimated by injuries last season, but better health and some savvy draft picks should help this unit return to form in 2022. Baltimore should also benefit from an easier schedule after going just 8-9 last year. — Tyler Maher

Cleveland Browns (FantasyPros ADP: 251.0)

The Browns’ defense and special teams averaged just 6.0 fantasy points per game in 2021, which was ranked 20th amongst all units. Their offense got a lot better this offseason by trading for Deshaun Watson. Opposing teams should be trailing more often, which generally leads to more turnovers. Additionally, the Browns begin the season against Panthers, Jets, Steelers, and Falcons. The Panthers, Jets, and Falcons all allowed defense and special teams units to score over 10 fantasy points per game a season ago. — Adam Koffler

Green Bay Packers (FantasyPros ADP: 278.0)

Green Bay’s defense took a step back down the stretch last season but should be consistently formidable in 2022. The defensive line is deep and the linebacking crew is solid. Jaire Alexander anchors a strong secondary. Joe Barry will get a lot out of this group, and it can be one of the top five in fantasy. — Scott Engel

Washington Commanders (FantasyPros ADP: 312.0)

A year ago, this Washington defense was being talked about as potentially a very solid one. After a solid 2020 season, the hype was building with Chase Young leading the way on the defensive line. His season was cut short due to a knee injury in Week 10 against the Buccaneers, but is expected to be ready in Week 1 this year. After a down season, look for this defense to bounce back. — Aaron Schill

Los Angeles Chargers (FantasyPros ADP: N/A)

The Los Angeles Chargers made some amazing upgrades to their already stout defense. Although they found themselves toward the bottom of the fantasy rankings in 2021, their improvements cannot be ignored. They added Khalil Mack to pair with Joey Bosa and signed a shutdown corner in J.C. Jackson. The Chargers are the most improved DST heading into this season. — Nate Hamilton

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