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Fantasy Football Rankings 2022: Breakouts from proven model that nailed Jaylen Waddle’s big season

Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy was tagged by many ahead of last season as one of the Fantasy football breakouts, only to have season interrupted for six weeks with a high ankle sprain. Jeudy flashed at times, but didn’t start opening his game up until his final five starts of the season, with an 18.06-yard average depth of target over his final three. Healthy and with Russell Wilson at quarterback this season, where should you place Jeudy in your 2022 Fantasy football rankings? Which Fantasy football breakouts 2022 should you be on the lookout for? Before putting together 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, SportsLine’s model accurately predicted that Dolphins rookie wide receiver Jaylen Waddle was being dramatically undervalued. He was being drafted around the same time as receivers such as Corey Davis, Tyler Boyd and Will Fuller, but the model predicted that Waddle would outproduce all of them and be a key breakout for Fantasy football lineups. The result: Waddle put together a strong 104-1015-6 receiving line and was a top-20 Fantasy receiver. 

The same model has a proven track record providing Fantasy football tips, also identifying A.J. Brown as a 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 breakouts

One of the 2022 Fantasy football breakouts the model is predicting: Vikings wide receiver K.J. Osborn. All of the wide receivers in Minnesota appear due for a positive bump production this season under new head coach Kevin O’Connell and offensive coordinator Wes Phillips. Osborn took nearly 69 percent of his snaps out of the slot last season, and Phillips helped Rams slot receiver Van Jefferson finish with 802 yards and six touchdowns as the passing game coordinator for Los Angeles in 2021.

Osborn finished with 50 receptions for 655 yards and seven touchdowns last season due in part to Adam Thielen’s struggles with ankle injuries. Justin Jefferson will likely get the Cooper Kupp treatment this season, but even with Thielen still around, Osborn figures to take on a more significant role in what’s expected to be a pass-oriented offense. Thielen has missed significant time in two of the last three seasons, and the model projects Osborn to outperform his late-round average draft position to finish ahead of higher-drafted players like Allen Lazard, Drake London and DeVante Parker.

Another breakout that SportsLine’s Fantasy football rankings 2022 have identified: Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore. He finished his rookie campaign with 43 receptions for 538 yards and five touchdowns.

While his numbers weren’t off the charts last season, Moore was one of 13 wide receivers targeted on at least 25% of their routes in 2021. The Ole Miss product missed six games due to injury, including the final five outings with a quad issue, but he also scored at least 12 PPR points in five of his final six games. Over that stretch, Moore averaged 18 PPR points per game. SportsLine’s model ranks Moore, who’s being drafted in the 10th round on average, ahead of players like JuJu Smith-Schuster (ninth-round ADP), Jerry Jeudy (eighth) and Allen Lazard (ninth). See which other Fantasy football breakouts 2022 to target here.

How to find proven 2022 Fantasy 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 breakouts should you be targeting? 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 Jaylen Waddle’s huge season, and find out.

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