Keep these NFL rookies in mind for your team



The fantasy football draft season is upon us, and it’s time to start putting together a list of potential targets for the 2022 NFL season.

Tracking the off-season movement of players and coaches is paramount to your success, as you should be looking to target players whose talents are highlighted by the attacking pattern in which they play. It’s usually easier to assess the skills of an established player in the scheme they’re playing in, but it tends to be a bit more difficult when it comes to rookies.

The running back class this season includes some truly talented players, some of whom have an open lane for the sidelines in their respective offenses. Investing a third- or fourth-round pick on Breece Hall seems wise, as he’s expected to lead the Jets’ backfield from the start. Buffalo’s James Cook and the Chargers’ Isaiah Spiller also look worthy of a pick near their eighth-round average draft position (ADP), as both play in highly prolific offenses and should carve out early roles. They also both serve as quality handcuffs to their teams’ main backs.

Jets running back Breece Hall in action at training camp Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Beware Seattle’s Kenneth Walker, though. He’s being drafted into a similar ADP, and while he’s expected to have a similar role to Cook and Spiller, the Seahawks offensive line won’t do him any favors in the department. blockage.

As for wide receivers, the obvious choices are Drake London (Atlanta), Treylon Burks (Tennessee), and Chris Olave (New Orleans). All three have an eighth-round ADP, and each has a clear path to goals early on.

Garrett Wilson (Jets) and Skyy Moore (Kansas City) played a few rounds later, but the two are expected to battle for snaps throughout the season.

But the real interesting options are in Green Bay, as Aaron Rodgers is still looking for a wide No. 1. Christian Watson can be had in the 11th round and appeared to have a slight advantage, but a knee injury at mini-camp sidelined him right now, so you might be better served catching Romeo Doubs on 15th.

Rookie quarterbacks and tight ends won’t bring you a fantasy championship this year, so investing in one of them in a redraft league is not recommended. In fact, relying on any rookie this year, regardless of their expected role, is a risky proposition. You can fill your depth with them, but with a few exceptions throughout history, rookie NFL players rarely bring home a fantasy championship.

Howard Bender is Vice President of Operations and Head of Content at FantasyAlarm.com. Follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and find him on the award-winning “Fantasy Alarm Radio Show” on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel weekdays from 6-8 p.m. Go to FantasyAlarm.com for all your advice on fantasy sports, player projections and average draft positions.