2022 fantasy football draft kit: Rankings, cheat sheets, mock drafts, sleepers and analysis
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If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it, well, once: When you think of summer, you think of fantasy football season.
Whether you play in a casual redraft league or a more serious, deep dynasty format; a traditional or a custom scoring format; with your friends and family or with your co-workers, we know that no two leagues are alike.
With that in mind, this will serve as a one-stop shop for all of our best material to ensure you make the best fantasy football picks you can in every draft you’re in: rankings and cheat sheets for PPR and non-PPR, mock drafts for various league types, sleepers and busts for this season, and plenty of helpful information and tips from our expert team of fantasy football analysts.
Whether you have been doing this for years or are a fantasy first-timer, we have everything you need to help you draft a great team and start the season with a shot at a championship.
Below you’ll find all of our best content as we lead up to the start of the NFL season!
Fantasy football cheat sheets, mock drafts, projections
Cheat Sheet Central
A collection of downloadable, printable cheat sheets for the 2022 fantasy football season, including PPR, non-PPR, superflex and dynasty/keeper leagues. Perfect for your drafts.
12-team, non-PPR (8/4) | 10-team, 1/2 PPR, superflex (7/28) | 12-team, PPR (6/23) | 10-team, PPR (5/5)
Mike Clay’s projected output for players at every fantasy position, sortable by specific category.
Depth charts: Offense | Defense
These rankings represent the consensus among our fantasy football analysts for the 2022 season. Each analyst maintains a personal ranking for the top 25 quarterbacks, 50 running backs, 50 wide receivers, 25 tight ends, 20 kickers and 20 defense/special teams units. The players are then ranked by the average of those rankings. Each position can also be sorted by any individual analyst’s rankings.
Tristan H. Cockcroft: PPR Top 200
Eric Karabell: Superflex Top 200
Mike Clay: Top 240 overall and top 65 rookies
Clay, Cockcroft and Moody: Top 50 DLs, LBs and DBs
Custom Dollar Value Generator
Input your league’s scoring system and roster requirements to generate values for your fantasy football salary cap draft. Custom Dollar Value Generator
Fantasy football advice and strategy
Mike Clay’s Fantasy Football Playbook
Mike Clay is one of the most respected and accomplished expert league competitors in fantasy football. Crack open The Playbook to find his thoughts on what to do in this year’s drafts, and how to build a winning team all season long.
Yates: 10 essential rules for drafting
New to fantasy football or simply want a refresher on the basics? Following these rules will help you leave your draft with a solid team.
Moody: Catching up on what happened since Super Bowl
Following an eventful offseason, we sort out the 12 moves you need to know as you prepare for your fantasy football draft.
Cockcroft: Is the top tier at QB worth drafting aggressively?
For years, our ESPN Fantasy analysts have preached waiting to take your QB in drafts. Are the top options suddenly too good to let slide?
Cockcroft: What’s more important in fantasy football’s first two rounds: Floor or ceiling?
Tristan examines whether it’s more critical to focus on players with high floors with your early picks, or if taking a shot on upside is the better approach.
Lists and insight
Biggest fantasy football training camp storylines: Packers’ WR1, backfield battles
Our NFL Nation reporters pinpoint the most fantasy-relevant angles to keep an eye out for during the next month.
Injury outlook for 2022: The ACL club, Christian McCaffrey, Michael Thomas and more
Stephania Bell lists the many key players returning from injury and provides her expectations for them.
Eric Moody’s favorite fantasy football draft targets
Like most fantasy managers, Eric Moody has his favorites heading into this season. He lists the players that keep ending up on his teams.
Sleepers, busts, breakouts for 2022
Our analysts’ picks to overachieve, underachieve and emerge.
Bowen: TEs to target if you wait to draft one
Matt digs into the middle tier at tight end, giving his preferences once the top options are gone.
Karabell: WRs being forgotten about in drafts
Eric lists a handful of receivers being slept on in early drafts.
10 most intriguing second-year players for 2022
Our fantasy crew picks the sophomores for which they are most interested in seeing how things play out.
Karabell: Hopkins among 10 toughest players to rank
Eric lists players who are difficult to assess in putting together draft rankings.
Clay: Tiered TE rankings
State of the position in fantasy following Rob Gronkowski’s retirement.
Clay: RB insurance rankings
Which backups are worth drafting as insurance, whether you’ve already drafted the starter or not.
Clay: Players who will score more TDs in 2022
A look at players who underachieved last season who are expected to bounce back in 2022.
Clay: Players who will score fewer TDs in 2022
A look at players who overperformed last season who are expected to regress in 2022.
Individual player analysis
Karabell: Is Christian McCaffrey the Mike Trout of fantasy football?
Moody: Is Gabriel Davis still a fantasy sleeper?
Moody: Why Russell Wilson could finish as QB1
Cockcroft: Will Cooper Kupp repeat as WR1?
Bowen: How does loss of Wilson affect Metcalf’s value?
Cockcroft: Rodgers no longer QB1 without Adams
Clay: Which Packers and Chiefs WRs should you draft?
Cockcroft: Are Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill still first-round picks?
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