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Who’s the RB2 behind Jonathan Taylor?

There isn’t any extra necessary a part of getting ready for fantasy soccer drafts than doing a mock. While issues could play out in a different way in the actual factor, the key’s to be snug in your considering so you’ll be able to regulate on the fly and transfer shortly from Plan A to Plan B and even Plan C if wants be.

But if you happen to’ve run out of time to do your individual mocks, we’ve you lined right here at PFN with our personal mock draft with evaluation. In this 2022 fantasy soccer mock draft, we break down the decision-making in the first two rounds after which analyze how our crew turned out and what we discovered from this mock.

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We modified up the format of this mock draft to be a non-PPR, 1QB format. This differs from the PPR Superflex format we did final week, so you should definitely examine that one out if that format is what your league makes use of. Going ahead, we might be additional mixing up the codecs between non-PPR, half-PPR, and PPR, in addition to each 1QB and Superflex.

Our beginning lineup for this mock was: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, two flex spots, with six bench spots. Neither D/ST nor kickers had been included on this mock, as all 4 analysts agreed that the normal principle is each positions are chosen in the ultimate two rounds. For extra perception into the concepts behind drafting D/STs and kickers, join our draft guide available through the PFN Pass.

The format of this mock noticed 4 of our analysts every deciding on three totally different groups. Tommy Garrett (TG) had groups 1, 5, and 9. Jason Katz (JK) had groups 2, 6, and 10. Ian Wharton (IW) had groups 3, 7, and 11. Ben Rolfe (BR) had groups 4, 8, and 12.

The choose in parentheses from Round 2 onwards is the general choose in the draft. 

Round 1

Pick 1: Jonathan Taylor, RB, IND

TG: In 2022, I really feel we’ve a definitive 1.01 for each Superflex or 1QB leagues. In a 1QB league reminiscent of this, Jonathan Taylor is the runaway 1.01, particularly in commonplace codecs. With receptions equating to solely yardage or scores, I’m on the lookout for as a lot quantity as attainable.

You might be hard-pressed to discover a working again with extra expertise or quantity than Taylor. The RB1 of 2021, Taylor rushed a staggering 332 instances for 1,811 yards (5.5 ypc), clearing Nick Chubb at No. 2 by 552 yards. Taylor discovered the finish zone 18 instances because of his league-leading 85 red-zone carries. Barring damage, which is a caveat with all gamers, Taylor might be proper up there with Derrick Henry for the league lead in touches and alternatives.

Pick 2: Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR

JK: Without any PPR, it’s very troublesome to take a large receiver this early. If I’m going working again with Taylor off the board, it must be Christian McCaffrey.

There’s no arguing that McCaffrey is riskier than somebody like Derrick Henry or Austin Ekeler. However, I don’t like taking part in for security — I need to chase upside. McCaffrey could be the unquestioned first general choose in any non-Superflex format if we knew he’d play 17 video games.

Pick 3: Derrick Henry, RB, TEN

IW: I’m more than pleased to take Henry with Taylor and McCaffrey off the board. In a non-PPR league, I might’ve nonetheless taken Henry No. 2. The Titans will once more rely closely on the huge man to be their offensive catalyst. I’m undecided there was one other again left apart from possibly Najee Harris who may make that declare.

Grabbing Henry over a receiver this early is a no brainer nonetheless as a result of there’s a lot flexibility I can take from right here on out. At my subsequent choose, I’ll have the likelihood to get a robust RB2, or I can do one thing extra distinctive since I’ve two picks inside six of one another. The Henry choose finally ends up being a foundational choose that opens flexibility for the remainder of my draft.

Pick 4: Austin Ekeler, RB, LAC

BR: This was a simple alternative. While Ekeler isn’t as helpful relative to these round him in non-PPR codecs, his receiving work nonetheless carries big worth for the yards and TD potential. One factor to recollect is that it’s extraordinarily doubtless Ekeler sees regression from his 20 touchdowns in 16 video games. He’s solely had double-digits as soon as earlier than in his profession (2019 – 11).

It appears unlikely anybody on the Chargers will take sufficient carries to scale back Ekeler’s workload. Additionally, if his catch charge rebounds above 80%, then 1,750 complete yards may very a lot be on the playing cards. That ought to assist make up for a possible 10+ drop in touchdowns this 12 months.

Pick 5: Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN

TG: It’s essential to draft gamers who will discover the finish zone in commonplace fantasy drafts, as that is the place the bulk of factors will come. Few have been higher at this than Dalvin Cook. Over the final 4 seasons, Cook has scored 40 touchdowns. In reality, final 12 months was the first time since 2018 that Cook did not high 1,500 scrimmage yards and double-digit touchdowns in a season. Playing in 13 video games, Cook rushed 249 instances for 1,159 yards (fifth-most) with six speeding touchdowns. I’ll take that for a “down year.”

Averaging 106.4 yards per sport, Cook was fourth in the NFL in complete yards however fifteenth in fantasy factors and tied eighth in factors per sport (13.3). I count on Cook to return to his common and be in the double-digit vary in what ought to be a extra explosive offense beneath Kevin O’Connell.

Pick 6: Joe Mixon, RB, CIN

JK: I’m compelled to go working again in the first spherical right here. Mixon is the lead runner on one among the league’s greatest offenses, and with an improved offensive line, he has official 20-touchdown upside.

I went Mixon over Harris resulting from considerations about Harris’ TD upside behind a foul offensive line. In a post-Ben Roethlisberger world, Harris received’t profit from a bunch of examine downs, and in non-PPR, these aren’t as helpful anyway.

Cincinnati Bengals working again Joe Mixon (28) takes the subject for the first quarter of Super Bowl 56 between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. The Rams got here again in the ultimate minutes of the sport to win 23-20 on their dwelling subject. Credit: The Enquirer

Pick 7: Najee Harris, RB, PIT

IW: This is the level in the first spherical the place I can both power a working again or take one among the high receivers with out feeling uneasy about the determination. I nonetheless fortunately take Harris over the receivers. Harris might be the id of the Steelers’ offense as soon as once more, and the crew improved his offensive line from final 12 months.

At worst, I can have a hero RB strategy in place with Harris. I felt the drop-off from Harris to whoever could be there at the 2.6 was massive sufficient to not go for a receiver. After seeing my subsequent choose and who was on the board nonetheless at WR, I believe I made the proper determination at the 1.07.

Pick 8: Justin Jefferson, WR, MIN

BR: The again finish of the first spherical is intriguing. There are 5 or 6 working backs who’re a lock, however then it turns into time to have a look at receivers. With all 5 of these backs gone, taking the first receiver off the board was the sensible choice. In PPR, Cooper Kupp could be that participant, however in the non-PPR format, Justin Jefferson is greater than a match with potential room for development.

Starting the draft with a WR is at all times a threat, given the unsure panorama at RB. However, that’s what mocks are for — to see how issues play out. The lesson from that is that there’s sufficient RB depth in Rounds 4-6 that you simply don’t need to chase the place in the first couple of rounds. Equally, the expertise at RB at the again finish of Round 1 in all fairness flat, permitting you to go WR in the first if that’s what you need to do.

Pick 9: Cooper Kupp, WR, LAR

TG: Yes, I do know it is a commonplace format, however with RBs making six of the first seven picks, I couldn’t go up including Cooper Kupp to this roster. At the finish of the day, I’m on the lookout for as a lot potential yardage as I can. In 2021, solely Taylor (2,271) had extra yards from scrimmage than Kupp with 1,965.

The Triple Crown winner, Kupp led the NFL in targets (191), receptions (145), yards (1,957), and touchdowns (18). Even an 85% model of this may nonetheless be the WR1 once more in 2022. With an anticipated regression, Kupp can nonetheless be penciled in for 120 receptions and 1,600 yards with double-digit touchdowns. With Kupp in the first spherical, I’ll look so as to add a working again with my subsequent choose to stability out the crew, one thing important in commonplace drafts.

Pick 10: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, CIN

JK: After beginning with working backs at my earlier two positions, I needed to change it up right here. Ja’Marr Chase is my clear WR3, and I took him as such. On a high-powered Bengals offense, his ceiling is as excessive as anybody.

In retrospect, maybe an RB would’ve been the proper name. As I got here to understand in the rounds that adopted, broad receivers fall whereas working backs go shortly. Although, Chase wasn’t actually the difficulty. It was extra my choose in Round 2 that brought about the considerations.

Pick 11: Nick Chubb, RB, CLE

IW: For as a lot as I like having flip picks, it may be an actual gamble on who you land. I’m completely satisfied to get Nick Chubb right here in a non-PPR league since he’s the workhorse in Cleveland. Chubb ought to profit massively as soon as Deshaun Watson is eligible to play as nicely, giving me a very good worth with this choose. I figured Ben would take no less than one RB along with his two alternatives, so it was higher to attend on a receiver.

If Chubb was off the board, I might doubtless attain for Aaron Jones and pair him with one other again at 2.2. But having a hero RB opened the door for a special method with the subsequent choose.

Pick 12: Deebo Samuel, WR, SF

BR: Much like with the number of Ekeler at choose 4, it was onerous to go up a participant who can contribute on the floor and thru the air. Deebo Samuel is primarily a receiver, however the function the 49ers use him in out of the backfield provides him an incredible ceiling. In 2021, Samuel had 23.7% of the crew speeding work inside each the 20-yard and 10-yard traces.

With the mixture of receiving work and speeding work, Samuel presents the good alternative. He has a unbelievable ground and unimaginable ceiling. His 1,405 receiving yards are sufficient to present him borderline WR1-level output. The potential of speeding touchdowns boosts that as much as high 5 at the place potential.

Round 2

Pick 1 (13): Saquon Barkley, RB, NYG

BR: This will not be the most secure choice, however the upside with Saquon Barkley is extremely excessive. There isn’t any official competitors for important touches in the Giants’ backfield, which supplies Barkley an enormous ceiling.

The concern is that after going WR in the first spherical, if Barkley will get injured, it may go away the roster brief at RB. Having Barkley supplies an enormous upside, nevertheless it comes with a really low ground.

Pick 2 (14): Stefon Diggs, WR, BUF

IW: I needed Samuel, however Ben took him straight after my Chubb choose. That’s okay, as I nonetheless landed a top-notch receiver in Stefon Diggs. Diggs has been spectacular with Josh Allen, and I believe the greatest may nonetheless be coming this 12 months. I knew I’d be ready some time for my subsequent choose, so I made a decision to go together with the high potential level scorer over forcing a again I didn’t love right here.

Taking Diggs over Davante Adams was a more durable alternative than a rusher over Diggs. I nonetheless like Adams’ potential in Vegas, however I believed I’d take extra of the certain factor since we might be assured in Diggs’ quantity and alternatives.

Pick 3 (15): Travis Kelce, TE, KC

JK: This was not a very good choose. Taking Travis Kelce looks like a terrific concept — get a transparent edge at tight finish. In hindsight, I ought to’ve gone Leonard Fournette right here.

I used to be capable of recuperate nicely by grabbing Breece Hall in the third, AJ Dillon in the fifth, and J.Okay. Dobbins in the sixth. While I like all three, certainly not do I really feel assured on this RB trio. I might have been a lot better off passing on Kelce in favor of Fournette and simply rolling with Dawson Knox as my TE1, who I obtained in the eleventh spherical.

The query is whether or not I like my beginning lineup higher with Kelce and Dobbins or Fournette and Knox. If Dobbins is totally wholesome, this will likely work out. But if he’s not, it’s fairly clearly Fournette and Knox — particularly if I find yourself having to start out Allen Lazard or Isaiah Spiller in Week 1 — would’ve been the higher play.

Pick 4 (16): Alvin Kamara, RB, NO

TG: Watching 9 RBs come off the board, I can’t wait till the third to pick out the first one, so I seize one who could possibly be a large steal or harm my crew in Alvin Kamara. If you might assure a full season of Kamara, he’d by no means make it out of Round 1. Yet, given the uncertainty of his off-the-field points, Kamara is in a state of limbo for the fantasy group.

With that mentioned, I’m keen to take the threat realizing the expertise Kamara brings, even in a regular draft. Kamara set a brand new career-high speeding common at 17.5 makes an attempt per sport (12 video games). His targets took a success, dropping from 7.1 in 2020 to five.4 in 2021. In 13 video games, Kamara rushed 240 instances for 898 yards (3.7 ypc) with 4 touchdowns.

As famous, his targets did drop. However, he was nonetheless No. 6 amongst RBs with 67 targets. Of these, Kamara hauled in 47 passes (tied ninth) for 439 yards (seventh) and 5 touchdowns. Sure, I’m not getting the bonuses for the receptions, however yards are yards at the finish of the day.

A safer choose would have been to pick out both Fournette or Jones, who adopted this, however banking on the upside and the reality he performs in 2022 has me taking the shot on Kamara in Round 2. By taking Kamara, I additionally ensure to draft his handcuff, Mark Ingram, in Round 11. Ingram might be a top-24 RB in video games the place Kamara is out.

Pick 5 (17): Leonard Fournette, RB, TB

BR: The method the Buccaneers are tanking the fantasy worth of all their property not too long ago means we may but see them add a veteran that hurts Leonard Fournette’s worth. However, proper now, Fournette has a pleasant mixture of ground and ceiling. He ought to see the majority of the work in the Buccaneers’ backfield, and he proved final 12 months that the ceiling is sky excessive.

Brady trusts Fournette, and due to this fact, so ought to fantasy managers.

Pick 6 (18): Aaron Jones, RB, GB

IW: I used to be thrilled to see Barkley, Fournette, and even Kamara come off the board earlier than Aaron Jones. For as a lot as I like Dillon’s function in Green Bay for 2022, Jones is wholesome now and might be launched after the season. He ought to see a variety of targets earlier than the Packers make a monetary determination.

A Harris-Jones begin is as strong because it will get even when I don’t have the upside of a few of the different backs. My lack of a star receiver at this level means I’ll need to prioritize the place in the coming rounds. But the solely different gamers I might have thought of right here had been Davante Adams and CeeDee Lamb, so I’m pleased with this choose.

Green Bay Packers working again Aaron Jones (33) participates in coaching camp on July 28, 2022, in Ashwaubenon, Wis. Credit: PackersInformation

Pick 7 (19): Davante Adams, WR, LV

JK: I hoped to get Fournette right here, however he didn’t make it again. The greatest working again on the board was D’Andre Swift, who’s downgraded with none PPR, and it felt too early for the likes of Javonte Williams.

So, I went with the high broad receiver on my board. Adams could not have the ceiling he as soon as did, however his ground is extraordinarily excessive. At worst, he ought to be a low WR1.

Looking forward, I used to be lucky to seize Travis Etienne in the fourth spherical. Had I not, my RB state of affairs might need been dire.

Pick 8 (20): D’Andre Swift, RB, DET

TG: The increasingly I draft, the extra I like having a top-five choose this 12 months. Even right here, I really feel I can let the draft come to me and discover worth. Given that RBs carry elevated worth in a regular draft, D’Andre Swift is my subsequent choose to shore up this a part of my roster.

Swift does lose upside on this format as he crushed final 12 months because of his pass-catching prowess, ending fourth in targets final season (78) and tied for the lead amongst RBs in targets per sport (six). Paired along with his speeding quantity, Swift averaged 17.6 alternatives per sport.

From Weeks 1-11, Swift was the RB9 in commonplace codecs on a struggling however enhancing Lions offense. I count on this crew to take one other step ahead, together with Swift’s ceiling. In hindsight, maybe Williams would have match the scoring format higher, however Swift should not have any points dwelling as much as his ADP.

Pick 9 (21): Tyreek Hill, WR, MIA

BR: In PPR, I’ll have checked out CeeDee Lamb right here as a result of his ground feels greater. However, Tyreek Hill’s game-breaking potential makes him a really intriguing fantasy asset. There is perhaps the odd bump as he transitions to Tua Tagovailoa at QB, however Hill is a rock strong start-him-and-forget-it choice who comes with thrilling upside based mostly on his expertise.

Additionally, at this level, there have been nonetheless a handful of backs in the present tier. Therefore, it was value the threat that one among Javonte Williams, Ezekiel Elliott, or David Montgomery would slide. This RB-WR begin set the roster up properly to permit flexibility the remainder of the method down the draft.

Pick 10 (22): Josh Allen, QB, BUF

IW: I didn’t enter this draft with my coronary heart set on touchdown Josh Allen, however as the second spherical performed out, he turned a way more viable choice for me. I’ve the second-tier of backs all rated equally, so seeing Javonte Williams, Cam Akers, Ezekiel Elliott, and David Montgomery nonetheless on the board opened the risk of Allen right here. On face worth, sure, I took Allen 10 picks earlier than Mahomes, however I used to be frightened both Katz or Tommy would seize him since they owned the subsequent 4 picks.

I’m completely satisfied to land Allen alongside Henry. Both have the upside to be the high general scorer at their place, placing my crew in a terrific place to win the league. Importantly to me as nicely is that they’ve excessive flooring. They simply want to remain wholesome.

Pick 11 (23): CeeDee Lamb, WR, DAL

JK: The lack of PPR pushes broad receivers down the board. Lamb enters the 2022 season as Dak Prescott’s clear WR1 for the first time in his profession. Lamb has improved yearly of his profession and is poised to actually escape this season.

What I’ve gathered is selecting at the entrance presents a bonus in having the ability to draft a high-end WR whereas additionally having the ability to safe a robust RB2. Looking forward, I used to be capable of seize Cam Akers at my subsequent choose after which principally ignore working again the remainder of the method. In retrospect, I most likely ought to’ve grabbed a 3rd RB in the sixth or seventh spherical. But hey, that’s why we apply!

Pick 12 (24): Javonte Williams, RB, DEN

TG: Now at the flip with Taylor already on my crew, I critically contemplated going RB/RB to load up at the place, realizing it might be depleted by the time it comes again in the fourth spherical. Seeing Javonte Williams on the board made this choose a simple alternative.

Despite a useless even 50/50 break up on carries with Melvin Gordon III final 12 months at 203 a chunk, Williams completed thirteenth in touches with 246 (14.6 per sport). He additionally maximized his touches and made them rely, ending No. 5 in compelled missed tackles, No. 7 in 10+ yard rushes, and No. 7 in yards after contact regardless of being fifteenth in carries.

I count on this backfield to be extra of a 60/40 break up with Williams main the method for the now Russell Wilson-led Broncos. Knowing that groups can’t stack the field in opposition to them, Williams is primed to dominate in 2022.

Fantasy mock draft | Rounds 3-14

Round 3

Pick 1 (25): Mike Evans, WR, TB
Pick 2 (26): Cam Akers, RB, LAR
Pick 3 (27): Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
Pick 4 (28): David Montgomery, RB, CHI
Pick 5 (29): Mark Andrews, TE, BAL
Pick 6 (30): Tee Higgins, WR, CIN
Pick 7 (31): Terry McLaurin, WR, WAS
Pick 8 (32): Patrick Mahomes, QB, KC
Pick 9 (33): James Conner, RB, ARI
Pick 10 (34): Breece Hall, RB, NYJ
Pick 11 (35): Kyle Pitts, TE, ATL
Pick 12 (36): Josh Jacobs, RB, LV

Round 4

Pick 1 (37): DJ Moore, WR, CAR
Pick 2 (38): Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT
Pick 3 (39): Michael Pittman Jr., WR, IND
Pick 4 (40): Lamar Jackson, QB, BAL
Pick 5 (41): Antonio Gibson, RB, WAS
Pick 6 (42): Justin Herbert, QB, LAC
Pick 7 (43): Travis Etienne, RB, JAX
Pick 8 (44): A.J. Brown, WR, TEN
Pick 9 (45): Keenan Allen, WR, LAC
Pick 10 (46): George Kittle, TE, SF
Pick 11 (47): Darren Waller, TE, LV
Pick 12 (48): Courtland Sutton, WR, DEN

Round 5

Pick 1 (49): Jalen Hurts, QB, PHI
Pick 2 (50): Allen Robinson, WR, LAR
Pick 3 (51): Marquise Brown, WR, ARI
Pick 4 (52): Elijah Mitchell, RB, SF
Pick 5 (53): Mike Williams, WR, LAC
Pick 6 (54): Joe Burrow, QB, CIN
Pick 7 (55): Chris Godwin, WR, TB
Pick 8 (56): DK Metcalf, WR, SEA
Pick 9 (57): Dalton Schultz, TE, DAL
Pick 10 (58): AJ Dillon, RB, GB
Pick 11 (59): Kenneth Walker III, RB, SEA
Pick 12 (60): Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, ATL

Round 6

Pick 1 (61): Brandin Cooks, WR, HOU
Pick 2 (62): Kyler Murray, QB, ARI
Pick 3 (63): J.Okay. Dobbins, RB, BAL
Pick 4 (64): Jaylen Waddle, WR, MIA
Pick 5 (65): Devin Singletary, RB, BUF
Pick 6 (66): Miles Sanders, RB, PHI
Pick 7 (67): Adam Thielen, WR, MIN
Pick 8 (68): Damien Harris, RB, NE
Pick 9 (69): Darnell Mooney, WR, CHI
Pick 10 (70): Amari Cooper, WR, CLE
Pick 11 (71): JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, KC
Pick 12 (72): Rashod Bateman, WR, BAL

Round 7

Pick 1 (73): Melvin Gordon, RB, DEN
Pick 2 (74): Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
Pick 3 (75): Kareem Hunt, RB, CLE
Pick 4 (76): Tony Pollard, RB, DAL
Pick 5 (77): Jerry Jeudy, WR, DEN
Pick 6 (78): Chase Edmonds, RB, MIA
Pick 7 (79): Treylon Burks, WR, TEN
Pick 8 (80): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, ARI
Pick 9 (81): Drake London, WR, ATL
Pick 10 (82): Gabriel Davis, WR, BUF
Pick 11 (83): Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, KC
Pick 12 (84): Tom Brady, QB, TB

Round 8

Pick 1 (85): Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, DET
Pick 2 (86): DeVonta Smith, WR, PHI
Pick 3 (87): Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
Pick 4 (88): Rashaad Penny, RB, SEA
Pick 5 (89): James Robinson, RB, JAX
Pick 6 (90): Dallas Goedert, TE, PHI
Pick 7 (91): Elijah Moore, WR, NYJ
Pick 8 (92): Michael Thomas, WR, NO
Pick 9 (93): Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
Pick 10 (94): Hunter Renfrow, WR, LV
Pick 11 (95): Brandon Aiyuk, WR, SF
Pick 12 (96): Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, NE

Round 9

Pick 1 (97): T.J. Hockenson, TE, DET
Pick 2 (98): Michael Carter, RB, NYJ
Pick 3 (99): James Cook, RB, BUF
Pick 4 (100): Gus Edwards, RB, BAL
Pick 5 (101): Russell Wilson, QB, DEN
Pick 6 (102): Zach Ertz, TE, ARI
Pick 7 (103): Michael Gallup, WR, DAL
Pick 8 (104): Kenny Golladay, WR, NYG
Pick 9 (105): Ronald Jones, RB, KC
Pick 10 (106): Allen Lazard, WR, GB
Pick 11 (107): Kadarius Toney, WR, NYG
Pick 12 (108): Mecole Hardman, WR, KC

Jan 23, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs broad receiver Mecole Hardman (17) runs the ball in opposition to the Buffalo Bills throughout additional time in an AFC Divisional playoff soccer sport at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Round 10

Pick 1 (109): Darrell Henderson, RB, LAR
Pick 2 (110): Marlon Mack, RB, IND
Pick 3 (111): Isaiah Spiller, RB, LAC
Pick 4 (112): Robert Woods, WR, TEN
Pick 5 (113): Russell Gage, WR, ATL
Pick 6 (114): Chris Olave, WR, NO
Pick 7 (115): Dameon Pierce, RB, HOU
Pick 8 (116): Alexander Mattison, RB, MIN
Pick 9 (117): Chase Claypool, WR, PIT
Pick 10 (118): Trey Lance, QB, SF
Pick 11 (119): Christian Kirk, WR, JAX
Pick 12 (120): Skyy Moore, WR, KC

Round 11

Pick 1 (121): Tyler Boyd, WR, CIN
Pick 2 (122): Kenneth Gainwell, RB, PHI
Pick 3 (123): Jameson Williams, WR, DET
Pick 4 (124): Darrel Williams, RB, ARI
Pick 5 (125): Khalil Herbert, RB, CHI
Pick 6 (126): Rachaad White, RB, TB
Pick 7 (127): Sony Michel, RB, LAR
Pick 8 (128): Cole Kmet, TE, CHI
Pick 9 (129): Mark Ingram, RB, NO
Pick 10 (130): Dawson Knox, RB, BUF
Pick 11 (131): Christian Watson, WR, GB
Pick 12 (132): Kenyan Drake, RB, LV

Round 12

Pick 1 (133): Tyler Allgeier, RB, ATL
Pick 2 (134): Alec Pierce, WR, IND
Pick 3 (135): Garrett Wilson, WR, NYJ
Pick 4 (136): Tim Patrick, WR, DEN
Pick 5 (137): Jamaal Williams, RB, DET
Pick 6 (138): Brian Robinson Jr., RB, WAS
Pick 7 (139): Jarvis Landry, WR, NO
Pick 8 (140): Jahan Dotson, WR, WAS
Pick 9 (141): Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, KC
Pick 10 (142): Raheem Mostert, RB, MIA
Pick 11 (143): D’Onta Foreman, RB, CAR
Pick 12 (144): Deshaun Watson, QB, CLE

Round 13

Pick 1 (145): Nyheim Hines, RB, IND
Pick 2 (146): Jakobi Meyers, WR, NE
Pick 3 (147): Okay.J. Osborn, WR, MIN
Pick 4 (148): Matthew Stafford, QB, LAR
Pick 5 (149): Jalen Tolbert, WR, DAL
Pick 6 (150): Pat Freiermuth, TE, PIT
Pick 7 (151): Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, CLE
Pick 8 (152): DJ Chark, WR, DET
Pick 9 (153): Tyrion Davis-Price, RB, SF
Pick 10 (154): J.D. McKissic, RB, WAS
Pick 11 (155): A.J. Green, RB, ARI
Pick 12 (156): Sammy Watkins, WR, GB

Round 14

Pick 1 (157): Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, DEN
Pick 2 (158): Kirk Cousins, QB, MIN
Pick 3 (159): Robbie Anderson, WR, CAR
Pick 4 (160): Julio Jones, WR, TB
Pick 5 (161): Jamison Crowder, WR, BUF
Pick 6 (162): Odell Beckham Jr., WR, FA
Pick 7 (163): Joshua Palmer, WR, LAC
Pick 8 (164): Irv Smith Jr., TE, MIN
Pick 9 (165): Mike Gesicki, TE, MIA
Pick 10 (166): Hunter Henry, TE, NE
Pick 11 (167): Derek Carr, QB, LV
Pick 12 (168): Van Jefferson, WR, LAR

The full draft board from this 2022 fantasy mock is obtainable from Sleeper. 

Team 1 – TG

R1: Jonathan Taylor, RB, IND
R2: Javonte Williams, RB, DEN
R3: Mike Evans, WR, TB
R4: Courtland Sutton, WR, DEN
R5: Jalen Hurts, QB, PHI
R6: Rashod Bateman, WR, BAL
R7: Melvin Gordon III, RB, DEN
R8: Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, NE
R9: T.J. Hockenson, TE, DET
R10: Skyy Moore, WR, KC
R11: Tyler Boyd, WR, CIN
R12: Deshaun Watson, QB, CLE
R13: Nyheim Hines, RB, IND
R14: Van Jefferson, WR, LAR

Overall, I’m very pleased with how this crew turned out. At QB, I’ve a great deal of upside in Jalen Hurts however have much more with Deshaun Watson, assuming he performs in 2022. All indicators level to this, giving me an fascinating pair I can play matchups with down the street.

It was onerous to screw this up at RB after going Taylor and Williams to start out. I thought of deciding on Akers at the flip, and maybe I ought to have as that function for the Rams could possibly be, on common, 18 touches a sport. With that mentioned, including Rhamondre Stevenson in the mid-rounds could possibly be a major transfer, as I wouldn’t be shocked in any respect if he outscores Damien Harris.

As far as the go catchers go, Mike Evans, Courtland Sutton, and Rashod Bateman are all the WR1s for his or her respective rosters, and T.J. Hockenson ought to push for round 90 targets. Although I choose Dalton Schultz at TE, Hockenson in at the 9.01 is one among the greatest values on this roster. Throw in potential breakout Skyy Moore and Tyler Boyd, and it is a crew prepared for a deep run into the playoffs.

Team 2 – JK

R1: Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR
R2: CeeDee Lamb, WR, DAL
R3: Cam Akers, RB, LAR
R4: Darren Waller, TE, LV
R5: Allen Robinson, WR, LAR
R6: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, KC
R7: Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
R8: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, SF
R9: Michael Carter, RB, NYJ
R10: Christian Kirk, WR, JAX
R11: Kenneth Gainwell, RB, PHI
R12: D’Onta Foreman, RB, CAR
R13: Jakobi Meyers, WR, NE
R14: Derek Carr, QB, LV

I actually like the method this crew performed out…largely. Getting two working backs I can depend on in the first three rounds feels paramount in a non-PPR format. I used to be additionally capable of do a few different issues to enhance the worth of my crew.

Waller and Robinson each fell to me far past the place I’m keen to draft them. In the seventh spherical, I used to be capable of seize Prescott to stack him with Lamb. Overall, I actually like the begin.

Now, for the classes discovered. Taking a quarterback and a decent finish in the first seven rounds doesn’t actually work. It now forces Aiyuk into my beginning lineup when he’s higher served as a bench participant.

I additionally waited method too lengthy on my RB3, ending up with Carter in the ninth spherical. He ought to be my RB4. In retrospect, I most likely ought to’ve taken one among Kareem Hunt, Tony Pollard, or Chase Edmonds at the 6-7 flip, both in lieu of JuJu Smith-Schuster or Prescott.

Team 3 – IW

R1: Derrick Henry, RB, TEN
R2: Josh Allen, QB, BUF
R3: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
R4: George Kittle, TE, SF
R5: Marquise Brown, WR, BAL
R6: Amari Cooper, WR, CLE
R7: Kareem Hunt, RB, CLE
R8: Hunter Renfrow, WR, LV
R9: James Cook, RB, BUF
R10: Trey Lance, QB, SF
R11: Jameson Williams, WR, DET
R12: Raheem Mostert, RB, MIA
R13: Okay.J. Osborn, WR, MIN
R14: Hunter Henry, TE, NE

I attempted to stability touchdown high-floor gamers till the center rounds with late stabs on gamers who may breakout in the event that they keep wholesome. I cherished my center rounds since I’m greater on Elliott than the public, and Kittle was one among the final two elite tight ends on the board after I took him. I used to be capable of stack Kittle with Lance, in case Allen will get harm or Lance emerges as an elite choice.

My receivers aren’t the most dynamic, however Brown and Cooper ought to see a very good mixture of quantity and scoring alternatives. Renfrow and Williams can hopefully win me a matchup after I want them to play, however I don’t count on both to have persistently excessive outputs. Osborn was a low-risk guess that Minnesota’s offense will proceed to broaden.

My working backs exterior of Henry and Elliott are solely first rate. Hunt is terrific when he performs however has damage considerations. I like Cook’s potential to win the beginning job in Buffalo ultimately, however he’s a rotational again for now. Mostert was one other low-risk upside play since I didn’t look after any of the remaining backs.

Team 4 – BR

R1: Austin Ekeler, RB, LAC
R2: Tyreek Hill, WR, KC
R3: David Montgomery, RB, CHI
R4: Keenan Allen, WR, LAC
R5: Elijah Mitchell, RB, SF
R6: Darnell Mooney, WR, CHI
R7: Tony Pollard, RB, DAL
R8: Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
R9: Gus Edwards, RB, BAL
R10: Chase Claypool, WR, PIT
R11: Darrel Williams, RB, ARI
R12: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, KC
R13: Matthew Stafford, QB, LAR
R14: Mike Gesicki, TE, MIA

The method this performed out was a very nice construct, alternating RB and WR for the first 12 rounds. The technique allowed for constructing a strong roster, realizing there have been usable choices at QB and TE in the later rounds. Stafford is a pleasant starter, however being left with Gesicki isn’t perfect. The hope is that he might be George Kittle-lite on this offense, however he may be the fourth or fifth pass-catching choice.

Elsewhere, there’s a pleasant stability of security and upside. Ekeler, Hill, Montgomery, Allen, and Mitchell current each week starters. Then there may be upside in Mooney, Pollard, Lockett, Edwards, Claypool, Williams, and Valdes-Scantling. If one among them emerges, unbelievable. But if not, taking part in the matchups with them is strong sufficient.

Team 5 – TG

R1: Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN
R2: D’Andre Swift, RB, DET
R3: Mark Andrews, TE, BAL
R4: A.J. Brown, WR, PHI
R5: Mike Williams, WR, LAC
R6: Damien Harris, RB, NE
R7: Jerry Jeudy, WR, DEN
R8: Michael Thomas, WR, NO
R9: Russell Wilson, QB, DEN
R10: Alexander Mattison, RB, MIN
R11: Khalil Herbert, RB, CHI
R12: Jahan Dotson, WR, WAS
R13: Jalen Tolbert, WR, DAL
R14: Irv Smith Jr., TE, MIN

The draft board didn’t fall completely in favor of this slot, however I nonetheless am fairly pleased with the squad. Starting with Cook and Swift had me in a superb path. It continued with Mark Andrews at the 3.05, opting to take the positional worth he brings.

I would really like a greater RB3 than Damien Harris as he’s a regression candidate after a 15-TD season on simply 202 carries, however the board didn’t fall in a method I felt reaching was acceptable at the time. Yet, if he can duplicate his RB8 season of a 12 months in the past, this choose will look sensational.

I opted to attend on QB, deciding on Russell Wilson in the ninth, one thing extra in step with my typical draft philosophy. At receiver, A.J. Brown, Mike Williams, Jerry Jeudy, and Michael Thomas present tons of each ground and room to vastly exceed their ADPs. Thomas is the true wild card as we don’t know what he’ll appear to be having performed in seven video games in the final two seasons. However, if he’s wholesome, Thomas ought to lead the Saints in targets and would have WR2 upside at a fraction of the worth.

In the later rounds, I went for upside. Alexander Mattison is the essential handcuff for Cook, Khalil Herbert will see extra work than David Montgomery followers might be snug with, and each Jahan Dotson and Jalen Tolbert are potential breakout rookie receivers in 2022.

Team 6 – JK

R1: Joe Mixon, RB, CIN
R2: Davante Adams, WR, LV
R3: Tee Higgins, WR, CIN
R4: Travis Etienne Jr., RB, JAX
R5: Joe Burrow, QB, CIN
R6: Adam Thielen, WR, MIN
R7: Chase Edmonds, RB, MIA
R8: Elijah Moore, WR, NYJ
R9: Zach Ertz, TE, ARI
R10: Dameon Pierce, RB, HOU
R11: Rachaad White, RB, TB
R12: Jarvis Landry, WR, NO
R13: Pat Freiermuth, TE, PIT
R14: Joshua Palmer, WR, LAC

Normally, at choose six in the first spherical, I’m taking one among the high three broad receivers. Not on this format. Having Mixon and Etienne is a strong RB duo, however Etienne is riskier as a result of his upside is in the receiving division. If he loses goal-line work to James Robinson, this working again duo is perhaps a bit of weak.

At receiver, I’ve a very good mixture of dependable veterans and ascending younger expertise. Adams and Thielen are dependable outdated guys, whereas Higgins and Moore are younger and nonetheless enhancing.

I like that I used to be capable of stack Higgins with Burrow in the fifth spherical. At the similar time, I’m wondering if I ought to’ve taken AJ Dillon there. While I do like Edmonds this 12 months, he’s not pretty much as good of an RB3 in non-PPR as in PPR codecs. Pierce and White are good upside performs late, however there’s a really actual likelihood they haven’t any worth in any respect this season, particularly early on. That would depart me perilously skinny at RB.

This was the solely one among my three groups the place I waited on tight finish. Obviously, Waller and Kelce are method higher than Ertz, however I believe I like Ertz in Round 9 higher than Waller in the fourth or Kelce in the second. Edmonds or Moore as my ultimate beginning flex feels so much higher than Aiyuk. The lesson right here is you’ll be able to take a QB or TE early, however not each.

Nov 21, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Arizona Cardinals tight finish Zach Ertz (86) celebrates after catching a landing go in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks throughout the second quarter at Lumen Field. Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Team 7 – IW

R1: Najee Harris, RB, PIT
R2: Aaron Jones, RB, GB
R3: Terry McLaurin, WR, WAS
R4: Justin Herbert, QB, LAC
R5: Chris Godwin, WR, TB
R6: Miles Sanders, RB, PHI
R7: Treylon Burks, WR, TEN
R8: Dallas Goedert, TE, PHI
R9: Michael Gallup, WR, DAL
R10: Chris Olave, WR, NO
R11: Sony Michel, RB, MIA
R12: Brian Robinson Jr., RB, WAS
R13: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, CLE
R14: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, FA

I used to be capable of shortly add some high-upside receivers following my two backs. Grabbing McLaurin and Godwin was a strong restoration after passing on the place. With Godwin injured, I made certain to seek out some stopgaps in Burks and Olave in case he’s not prepared for Week 1.

I added one other injured however proficient starter in Gallup. It’s a threat that I is perhaps counting on two rookies if Gallup and Godwin don’t work out, however no less than the rookies might be top-two choices of their respective offenses.

I used to be thrilled I may get Herbert in the fourth spherical as soon as I observed the high 4 quarterbacks had been taken. I didn’t assume I may wait longer for an elite QB, and it seems I used to be proper. I used the similar technique at TE, the place I landed Goedert as the final high-upside participant at his place.

My RB depth is a priority. I took cube rolls on Michel and Robinson since each can vulture goal-line carries. I like Sanders to be a productive flex choice, however I’m already anticipating needing a fourth again sooner or later with this roster.

Team 8 – BR

R1: Justin Jefferson, WR, MIN
R2: Leonard Fournette, RB, TB
R3: Patrick Mahomes, QB, KC
R4: Antonio Gibson, RB, WAS
R5: DK Metcalf, WR, SEA
R6: Devin Singletary, RB, BUF
R7: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, ARI
R8: James Robinson, RB, JAX
R9: Kenny Golladay, WR, NYG
R10: Russell Gage, WR, TB
R11: Cole Kmet, TE, CHI
R12: Jamaal Williams, RB, DET
R13: DJ Chark, WR, DET
R14: Jamison Crowder, WR, BUF

Taking a QB in the first 5 rounds isn’t a tactic that I make the most of. However, in Round 3, the worth at the different positions was very flat, and Mahomes is a possible differentiator at the place. It really labored out fairly properly and is one thing I might advocate if there aren’t large drop-offs at different positions.

The trio of backs in Fournette, Gibson, and Singletary affords three strong starters, whereas Jefferson is a good anchor to the receiving group. Having Metcalf, Golladay, and Hopkins is dangerous for the first six weeks. The hope is that both Gage or Crowder might be an emergency starter for these first six weeks if Metcalf or Golladay show to be too inconsistent. Kmet was the final tight finish that I felt assured about, and I ought to have taken him in the tenth spherical to make sure I obtained my man as a substitute of risking him being taken.

Team 9 – TG

R1: Cooper Kupp, WR, LAR
R2: Alvin Kamara, RB, NO
R3: James Conner, RB, ARI
R4: Lamar Jackson, QB, BAL
R5: Dalton Schultz, TE, DAL
R6: Jaylen Waddle, WR, MIA
R7: Drake London, WR, ATL
R8: Rashaad Penny, RB, SEA
R9: Ronald Jones, RB, KC
R10: Robert Woods, WR, TEN
R11: Mark Ingram, RB, NO
R12: Tim Patrick, WR, DEN
R13: Tyrion Davis-Price, RB, SF
R14: Julio Jones, WR, TB

You by no means draft the similar crew in the again half of a fantasy draft as the board will at all times dictate your picks, not the different method round. Unfortunately, I did miss on a couple of gamers I like, however that’s the case for each draft. It’s all about not shedding your cool and pivoting.

By going early on each QB (Lamar Jackson) and TE (Dalton Schultz), I did nothing however draft RBs and WRs, focusing my consideration on two participant swimming pools. Selecting Kupp in the first allowed me to attend on my WR2. I stuffed that with Jaylen Waddle in the sixth, adopted by my rookie WR1, Drake London, in the seventh. Robert Woods supplies some first rate worth assuming coaching camp goes nicely on his repaired ACL.

If that doesn’t work, I’ve Tim Patrick, who I believe may end forward of Jeudy, and Julio Jones, a pure upside choose I made with the ultimate choose. Timing is every little thing, as I used to be on the clock when information of his signing broke. I apologize for nothing.

Paired with Kamara, James Conner was a unbelievable bailout choose in the third, realizing the TD upside he brings. I did take two gambles in the mid-rounds, and the way they pan out will decide how aggressive this crew is come midseason. Rashaad Penny was other-worldly to shut the season, speeding for 671 yards with six TDs on 92 carries between Weeks 14 and 18. If he holds off Kenneth Walker III, Penny is nearer to a top-20 or higher RB than his ADP of RB35.

The different gamble is Ronald Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs. Personally, I really feel Jones is on par as a rusher with Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Sure, that may not be saying so much, however there’s a path for Jones to be a major contributor on the floor for the Chiefs. With Jones on a prove-it deal together with Edwards-Helaire’s damage woes plus his incapability to attain persistently in goal-to-go carries, Jones may have a task in 2022.

Team 10 – JK

R1: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, CIN
R2: Travis Kelce, TE, KC
R3: Breece Hall, RB, NYJ
R4: Michael Pittman Jr., WR, IND
R5: AJ Dillon, RB, GB
R6: J.Okay. Dobbins, RB, BAL
R7: Gabriel Davis, WR, BUF
R8: Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
R9: Allen Lazard, WR, GB
R10: Isaiah Spiller, RB, LAC
R11: Dawson Knox, TE, BUF
R12: Garrett Wilson, WR, NYJ
R13: J.D. McKissic, RB, WAS
R14: Robbie Anderson, WR, CAR

My preliminary ideas had been beginning the draft with no working again in the first two rounds is a really dangerous concept. I nonetheless assume that, however this actually labored out nicely. Hall, Dillon, and Dobbins could possibly be a really robust RB trio on this format.

At the similar time, it may additionally blow up in my face. Hall may cede an excessive amount of work to Carter. Dillon may find yourself not getting as a lot speeding and goal-line work as I challenge. And Dobbins may not be wholesome.

I might argue this crew has extra upside than any roster in the league, nevertheless it additionally has a really low ground. Davis is my ultimate beginning flex, which feels very robust. I used to be capable of pull that off by ready on a quarterback, grabbing Rodgers in the eighth spherical. Pairing him with Lazard in the ninth was additionally helpful. It provides the roster a bit of extra upside.

Based on how issues performed out, beginning with out an RB in the first two rounds is viable. However, it’s definitely not advisable. I used to be lucky to have three working backs fall into my lap as they did. In one other world, I may simply have ended up with only one viable starter. Hero RB builds are very efficient, however that first working again must be dependable. Hall is the final man that would match that mould, and even with him, I wouldn’t say I’m assured. I like how this roster performed out, but when I may do it once more, I might most likely go on both Chase or Kelce in favor of Fournette.

Team 11 – IW

R1: Nick Chubb, RB, CLE
R2: Stefon Diggs, WR, BUF
R3: Kyle Pitts, TE, ATL
R4: Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT
R5: Kenneth Walker III, RB, SEA
R6: Kyler Murray, QB, ARI
R7: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, KC
R8: DeVonta Smith, WR, PHI
R9: Kadarius Toney, WR, NYG
R10: Marlon Mack, RB, IND
R11: Christian Watson, WR, GB
R12: Alec Pierce, WR, IND
R13: A.J. Green, WR, ARI
R14: Kirk Cousins, QB, MIN

While I favored the expertise I amassed in Rounds 3 and 4 with Pitts and Johnson, I ought to have taken a working again with a kind of picks. I attempted to get cute by ready on a second again till the fifth spherical. Having Dillon go one choose earlier than my 5.11 crushed my soul.

There had been different good choices even with Dillon gone. I gambled on Walker as a result of I like his expertise and assume the Seahawks will give him a number of touches. Much like Harris final 12 months, a variety of dangerous touches can nonetheless be good for fantasy. We’ll see the way it pays off.

To compensate for my roster deficiency, I felt I needed to seize Murray after the flip in Round 6. Murray was the high dual-threat left apart from Deshaun Watson, so this was a terrific worth. But once more, this was a sacrifice to go over a again and solidify my flex place, so the trade-off is extreme.

I might most likely do my center rounds over if I may. Walking away with CEH and Marlon Mack as my backups is as dangerous because it will get. But I even have a bevy of receivers who may emerge as difference-makers.

Team 12 – BR

R1: Deebo Samuel, WR, SF
R2: Saquon Barkley, RB, NYG
R3: Josh Jacobs, RB, LV
R4: DJ Moore, WR, CAR
R5: Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, ATL
R6: Brandin Cooks, WR, HOU
R7: Tom Brady, QB, TB
R8: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, DET
R9: Mecole Hardman, WR, KC
R10: Darrell Henderson, RB, LAR
R11: Kenyan Drake, RB, LV
R12: Tyler Allgeier, RB, ATL
R13: Sammy Watkins, WR, GB
R14: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, DEN

Picking on the flip means you merely need to take your guys, even when it appears like a attain. That is the case on this roster with the likes of Patterson and Cooks. There is a lot upside on this roster, however there are additionally a variety of dangers. If Barkley will get harm, there is no such thing as a sure-fire weekly RB choice. However, handcuffing Jacobs with Drake and getting the Falcons’ backfield locked down no less than affords choices.

In phrases of the broad receivers on the roster, it is a good construct. Samuel and Moore supply a strong base, permitting excessive upside alternatives in Cooks, St. Brown, and Hardman. Having Brady as the QB affords potential top-five upside at the place. The largest threat is Albert Okwuegbunam as the beginning tight finish. There had been greater relative security tight ends earlier in the draft, however Albert O has a variety of upside for a late-round choice.

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