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Fantasy Football Rankings 2022: Sleepers, breakouts, busts by top model that called Taylor’s big year

Backfields with two legitimate running backs can present conundrums for those piecing together their 2022 Fantasy football rankings with just days before the start of the NFL season. For the past few years, the Cleveland duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt have been productive, but both could see a bump in value now that quarterback Deshaun Watson is suspended for the first 11 weeks of the season. Chubb has been a top RB pick for the past few seasons, but could Hunt be one of the 2022 Fantasy football sleepers? Detroit running back D’Andre Swift’s stock is at an all-time high, but he’ll still have to contend with Jamaal Williams for carries this season, potentially moving him down the 2022 Fantasy football RB rankings. 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: Bills running back Devin Singletary. Buffalo’s offense averaged 381.9 yards per game last season, which bodes well for Singletary’s Fantasy value given the expectation that he’ll be the No. 1 running back for the Bills in 2022.

Singletary proved capable of providing value for owners late last season, scoring nine touchdowns over the Bills’ last six games. He also had at least 19 carries in three of the final four games in the regular season, but Fantasy owners are sleeping on Singletary again this year. In fact, Singletary is currently being drafted in the eighth round according to the latest 2022 Fantasy football ADP. However, SportsLine’s model is expecting Singletary to outperform Travis Etienne (sixth-round ADP), A.J. Dillon (seventh) and even J.K. Dobbins (fifth).

 See more Fantasy football sleepers 2022 here.

Top 2022 Fantasy football breakouts

The model is also projecting Jets receiver Garrett Wilson as one of its top 2022 Fantasy football breakouts. The first-round pick played in all three preseason games and caught six of his eight targets for 52 yards. Considering the Jets’ offense was dealt a blow with QB Zach Wilson’s knee injury in the first exhibition, it was a relief to see he still found a way to be productive.

Garrett Wilson’s 8.7 yards per catch were relatively low and a far cry from the 15.5 yards per reception he averaged while at Ohio State. For as much as New York has struggled as a team, the Jets are flush for talent at wide receiver. However, nobody from last year’s group had more than 538 receiving yards, and if Wilson can manage to stay healthy all season, he’ll be given every opportunity to emerge this year, particularly after joining the team as its top draft choice. The model projects that Wilson’s upside positions him to have a better Fantasy season than others commonly drafted in front of him, like Kadarius Toney, Chris Olave and Skyy MooreSee more Fantasy football breakouts 2022 here.

Top 2022 Fantasy football busts

As for players to avoid, the model lists Packers running back A.J. Dillon as one of its 2022 Fantasy football busts. The perception of Dillon is that the arrow is pointing up as he takes on a bigger role in Green Bay’s offense, but he still has Aaron Jones to contend with. Dillon averaged 4.3 yards per carry last season, but when he’s on the field, it seems to signal a limited range of outcomes on any given play.

Dillon presents as the bruising, tough runner, but he actually had a lower yards after contact average than Jones at 2.1. Additionally, he broke just five more tackles than Jones did all season at 17 and finished well behind the league-leader, Williams, who had 31. The Packers don’t have an established group of pass-catchers either, meaning Jones will likely assume a larger role in the passing game. The model projects that other running backs commonly drafted after him like Devin Singletary, Miles Sanders and Tony Pollard all represent better Fantasy value this season. 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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