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Fantasy Football Rankings 2022: Sleepers, breakouts, busts by top-rated model that nailed Taylor’s big season

During Doug Pederson’s five-year coaching tenure with the Eagles, Philadelphia led the league in tight end Fantasy points. Having Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert certainly helped, but now it’s a former NFC East rival that could be the beneficiary of Pederson’s offense. Former Giant Evan Engram is attempting to resurrect his career in Pederson’s TE-friendly scheme with the Jaguars. Could being in the right system propel Engram into being one of the 2022 Fantasy football sleepers? Engram is among a number of Jags in the 2022 Fantasy football rankings looking for bounce-back years, joining others like RB James Robinson and WR Marvin Jones. 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: Browns tight end David Njoku. After splitting time with Austin Hooper last year and posting a pedestrian line of 36-475-4, Njoku was signed to a long-term contract while Hooper walked in free agency. Those moves cemented Njoku as the every-down tight end he thrived when he last had that role, finishing as the No. 8 tight end in Fantasy points (2018).

Cleveland doesn’t have much of a downfield passing offense, but it loves intermediate routes, highlighted by its tight ends. Hooper and Njoku finished second and third, respectively, on the Browns in catches last year, and now Njoku won’t have to split those targets. With Cleveland’s run-first offense, Njoku doesn’t profile as a TE1, but he can be a high-end TE2. The model actually has him on par with Hooper, who’s now with the Titans, but Njoku has a later 2022 Fantasy football ADP, giving him sleeper potential. See more Fantasy football sleepers 2022 here.

Top 2022 Fantasy football breakouts

The model is also projecting Raiders running back Zamir White as one of its top 2022 Fantasy football breakouts. After averaging nearly 900 total yards and 11 touchdowns over his last two seasons at Georgia, White was grabbed in the fourth round to join the Raiders’ committee of running backs.

Over his last five years as Patriots offensive coordinator, new Raiders coach Josh McDaniels never had a running back reach 260 touches. Incumbent starter Josh Jacobs won’t be a bell cow back and White is expected to steal touches from him. White is going undervalued with his current 13th-round 2022 Fantasy football ADP according to the model. It likes him ahead of other committee backs like Michael Carter, Raheem Mostert and J.D. McKissic in its 2022 Fantasy football rankings. See more Fantasy football breakouts 2022 here.

Top 2022 Fantasy football busts

As for players to avoid, the model lists Saints receiver Michael Thomas as one of its 2022 Fantasy football busts. The 2019 Offensive Player of the Year has played just seven total games since that season and missed all of last year. He dealt with numerous ankle injuries during that stretch and then had a hamstring injury during training camp that sidelined him for multiple practices. When he finally does take the field for New Orleans, he will be playing in an entirely different offense than the one he set records in a few years ago.

Thomas has never played a snap with quarterback Jameis Winston and will need time to get in sync with a signal-caller not named Drew Brees. Also, the Saints loaded up at the wide receiver position this offseason, drafting Chris Olave in the first round and signing five-time Pro Bowler Jarvis Landry. New Orleans’ offensive philosophy shifted to a run-first one last year, as the team was fourth in rushing attempts but 30th in pass attempts. With all of those factors working against Thomas, the model pegs him a bust and has him outside the top 20 in its 2022 Fantasy football WR rankings. 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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