Fantasy Football Rankings 2022: Sleepers from computer model that nailed Damian Harris’ big season
Written by CBS Sports Staff on August 18, 2022
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was among the top Fantasy football sleepers last season, throwing for 4,611 yards, 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Burrow is expected to be among the top quarterbacks in the 2022 Fantasy football rankings, but where will youngsters like Trey Lance and Mac Jones land? Jones played in all 17 regular games for New England last season, completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,801 yards and 22 touchdowns. Meanwhile, Lance is expected to be the starter in San Francisco this season and has plenty of upside thanks to his rushing ability.
Will Lance or Jones mirror Burrow’s success and be among the top 2022 Fantasy football sleepers this season? Should you look elsewhere for value at the quarterback position when creating your 2022 Fantasy football strategy? Before crafting 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 Patriots running back Damian Harris would dramatically outperform his fifth-round Fantasy football ADP. The result: Harris became the early-down workhorse for New England and rushed for 929 yards and 15 touchdowns to finish as the No. 8 running back in all of Fantasy football. He finished ahead of Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Josh Jacobs and Chris Carson, who were all coming off the board at least 20 picks earlier on average.
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 Courtland Sutton. He had a solid sophomore campaign in 2019, when he averaged 13.8 points per game in PPR leagues, but he suffered a torn ACL the following season. He showed flashes of brilliance last season as well, scoring at least 23 points in PPR leagues in three of his first six games. However, inconsistent play at the quarterback position saw Sutton average just 8.8 points per game in 2021.
Sutton is expected to be the main beneficiary after Denver acquired quarterback Russell Wilson in the offseason. Wilson has thrown 292 touchdowns in his career, and with a crowded receiving corps in Denver that features Jerry Jeudy, defenses won’t be able to double-team Sutton. That’s a big reason why the model ranks Sutton ahead of fellow wideouts like Terry McLaurin and Amari Cooper, both of whom are flying off the board at least two rounds earlier than Sutton on average.
Another sleeper that SportsLine’s Fantasy football rankings 2022 have identified: Ravens running back Gus Edwards. Despite suffering an ACL tear last September, SportsLine’s model believes Edwards will outperform his 2022 Fantasy football ADP.
Edwards had over 700 rushing yards in each of his first three NFL seasons, and he’s expected to be heavily involved in Baltimore’s ground game in 2022. The Ravens featured the NFL’s third-best rushing offense in 2021, averaging 145.8 yards per game. Edwards has also proven he can produce when given the ball, as he’s averaging 5.2 yards per carry in his NFL career. That’s a big reason why the model ranks Edwards ahead of fellow running backs like Darrell Henderson and Ronald Jones, both of whom are being drafted ahead of Baltimore’s ball-carrier. See which other Fantasy football sleepers 2022 to pick 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 Jackson. You can only see who it is, and the 2022 Fantasy football rankings for every player, at SportsLine.
So which 2022 Fantasy Football sleepers 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 Damian Harris’ huge season, and find out.
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