The 2022 NFL Draft saw no running backs or tight ends taken in the first round since the merger, but there was no shortage of receivers drafted, with six going in the first round. Several 2022 Fantasy football rookies like Drake London and Jahan Dotson could be immediate contributors and impact players in the 2022 Fantasy football rankings. Others like Jameson Williams and Treylon Burks are being brought along more slowly, but could be worth a gamble with your 2022 Fantasy football picks. Which mid-to-late round wideouts could be 2022 Fantasy football breakouts? 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: Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely. The Coastal Carolina product dominated the Sun Belt and led the conference in yards per reception in 2020, even topping all receivers. He led the Sun Belt in receiving touchdowns last year and joins a Baltimore team that utilizes tight ends more than any other NFL team.
Thus, Likely has a path to playing time, even with Mark Andrews ahead of him on the depth chart. His ability was on full display during a scintillating preseason in which he caught 12-of-12 targets for 144 yards and a touchdown through the first two games. Likely was the ninth tight end drafted in April, but the model pegs him as the best rookie tight end in the Fantasy football rankings 2022. It also slots him ahead of bigger-name tight ends coming off injuries in Robert Tonyan and Logan Thomas.
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 Jackson. You 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.