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Fantasy Football Rankings 2022: Sleepers, breakouts, busts from the model that nailed Taylor’s big season

The new NFL season begins in just under a month and now that NFL training camps are in full swing and preseason games have begun, owners are on the hunt for every morsel of 2022 Fantasy football advice. Tight end has been a position that has lacked depth in recent years, so the potential of finding a diamond in the rough at the position is likely to intrigue Fantasy players. The early buzz from Titans training camp is that rookie Chigoziem Okonkwo is quickly earning the respect of quarterback Ryan Tannehill and could be a serious factor in their passing attack.

Okonkwo isn’t high in early 2022 Fantasy football rankings but might he be worth a late-round flyer or a post-draft stash? A reliable set of Fantasy football rankings 2022 that take into account the latest 2022 Fantasy football injuries news and depth chart movement can help you answer that question. They can also help you identify potential 2022 Fantasy football breakouts, sleepers, and busts you need to be aware of. Before setting your 2022 Fantasy football draft strategy, be sure to check out the 2022 Fantasy football cheat sheets from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

Last year, the model accurately predicted that Colts running back Jonathan Taylor was being dramatically undervalued. Taylor was being drafted behind running backs like Aaron Jones, Ezekiel Elliott and Austin Ekeler last season but the SportsLine projection model predicted that he’d outproduce all of those backs and be a fixture in your Fantasy football lineups. The result: Taylor led the NFL with 1,811 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns to finish as the overall RB1 in 2021.

The same model has a proven track record providing Fantasy football tips, also identifying A.J. Brown as another sleeper in 2020 and players like Julio Jones and JuJu Smith-Schuster as Fantasy football busts last season. Additionally, it’s called past Fantasy football sleepers like Derrick Henry in 2019, Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara in 2018, and Davante Adams in 2017. Anybody who banked on players like those made a run at their league title.

The model is powered by the same people who generated projections for all three major Fantasy sites, and it beat human experts last season when there was a big difference in ranking. The projections update multiple times daily, so you’re always getting the best Fantasy football advice.

Now, SportsLine has simulated the entire NFL season 10,000 times and released its latest Fantasy football rankings 2022, along with plenty of sleepers, breakouts and busts. Head to SportsLine now to see them

Top 2022 Fantasy football sleepers

One of the 2022 Fantasy football sleepers the model is predicting: Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy. The former Alabama star caught 52 passes for 856 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie, but caught just 38 passes for 467 yards without a score in 2021 while missing seven games. However, the model is expecting the former first-round pick to outperform his current 2022 Fantasy football ADP of 67.4.

The Broncos made a blockbuster trade this offseason to acquire six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson, and improved target quality should be in store for all of Denver’s wide receivers. With Tim Patrick tearing his ACL, Jeudy’s target share should increase in 2022. That’s why the model ranks him ahead of receivers like A.J. Brown and Mike Williams, who are being drafted at least two rounds earlier on average. See more Fantasy football sleepers 2022 here.

Top 2022 Fantasy football breakouts

The model is also projecting Bears tight end Cole Kmet as one of its top 2022 Fantasy football breakouts. In the never-ending search for viable options at the position, Kmet is poised to make a move this season after flashing in spots last year. Kmet finished with the eighth-most targets among all tight ends last season, in a year marred by coaching controversy and quarterback insecurity for Chicago.

Four tight ends shared the lead for red zone targets last season at 20, and Kmet finished close behind with 12. New Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy was able to engineer 90 targets, 66 receptions, 663 yards and four touchdowns from a hodge-podge of tight ends as the Green Bay Packers‘ passing game coordinator last year and should be able to get far more out of the position with Kmet. The model projects him to be a better late-round option than others with higher 2022 Fantasy football ADP like Logan Thomas, Dawson Knox, and Albert OkwuegbunamSee more Fantasy football breakouts 2022 here.

Top 2022 Fantasy football busts

As for players to avoid, the model lists Browns running back Nick Chubb as one of its 2022 Fantasy football busts. The former Georgia star has established himself as one of the best between-the-tackles runners in football, rushing for 4,816 yards and 36 touchdowns during his first three seasons. He’s even eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark the last two seasons despite missing seven total games.

However, the presence of Kareem Hunt still cuts into his overall utilization and quarterback Deshaun Watson’s mobility could cut into Chubb’s touches even further after the quarterback serves his suspension. The potential for Cleveland’s offense to throw the ball more frequently with Watson in the lineup could also lead to more Hunt and less Chubb, which is why the model ranks him outside its top 15 running backs despite the fact that he’s been one of the first 10 RBs off the board on average. See more Fantasy football busts 2022 here.

How to find proven 2022 Fantasy football football rankings

SportsLine is also extremely high on a surprising quarterback you aren’t even thinking about being taken in the middle rounds of 2022 Fantasy football drafts. This quarterback is listed as a shocking top-five option ahead of superstars like Patrick Mahomes and Lamar JacksonYou can only see who it is, and the 2022 Fantasy football rankings for every player, at SportsLine.

So which 2022 Fantasy Football sleepers, breakouts and busts should you target and fade? And which QB shocks the NFL with a top-five performance? Visit SportsLine now to get 2022 Fantasy Football cheat sheets for every single position, all from the model that called Jonathan Taylor’s huge season, and find out.

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