2022 Dynasty Football Sleepers

by Mark Strausberg
2022 Dynasty Football Sleepers

I was kind of excited to get the 2022 Dynasty Sleepers assignment as I had all these deep picks that I loved that would be useful for the dynasty football owner. But the more I thought about it, those "sleepers" could be very useful in regular deep redraft leagues.

For example, a number of my post-hype sleepers or overlooked veterans were considered, but those might appeal to redraft league owners as well. So I need to define something to distinguish between a universal sleeper and a dynasty sleeper.

So what I landed on was this: the big difference is that the dynasty player has the benefit of time for that player to develop and/or his situation to change. I like Dameon Pierce, Malik Willis, and Devan Duvernay for example as young but potential sleepers. However, they all might be playing as early as the opening week and be in the starting lineup. They are not the kind of options I will be highlighting.

Instead, I will be highlighting players that are unlikely to start Week 1 and we might not see them shine until later in the season, possibly not until next year or later.

2022 Dynasty Football Sleepers

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QB Bailey Zappe, New England Patriots

All reports coming out of Patriots camp is that Zappe has looked like the best QB on the Patriots. But barring an injury, there is no way Mac Jones will not be your Week 1 Patriots starter. But come 2023, things might get a little interesting. And Zappe could certainly be worth an investment due to Mac Jones not showing a ton of arm strength and accuracy in 2021.

Plus we know that Bill Belichick has a knack for turning Day 3 selections into gems. I'm not sure Zappe becomes the Patriots starter before he starts for another team, but I am pretty confident that before 2025 he is an NFL starter.

Other Considerations: Kellen Mond, Minnesota Vikings; Carson Strong, Philadelphia Eagles; Kyle Trask, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

RB Keaontay Ingram, Arizona Cardinals

Ingram churned out yards thanks to his change of direction ability, strong balance, and excellent vision. He will have to beat out 2020 7th rounder Eno Benjamin, who has only played nine games and averaged a very meh 3.5 YPC. However, with Chase Edmonds having taken his talents to South Beach, there are over 150 touches to go around.

It was mostly against second stringers, but Ingram scored in his first NFL game last week:

He caught two passes for 18 receiving yards and added another seven rushes for 27 yards. I wouldn't get too excited as the Arizona backfield will be James Connor's backfield, but Connor has missed 11 games since 2019. But given his strong showing at the Combine, Ingram has the talent to be Arizona's primary back within a couple of years.

RB Snoop Connor, Jacksonville Jaguars

We move from one Connor to another. Snoop Connor might be only third on the Jag's RB depth chart. However, we can definitively say that neither Travis Etienne nor James Robinson has been perfect beacons of health during their NFL career. Plus, for better or worse, Connor was not given a ton of carries in college. He does have three-down talent and his blocking ability alone means he is likely to stay in on passing downs.

Connor looked pretty good in his first NFL action, including a nifty little nine-yard run. He also caught two passes, again showing his three-down talent. Connor is pretty much ignorable in redraft leagues this season, but he is a deep sleeper that should be on every dynasty owner's radar.

Other Considerations: Jerome Ford, Cleveland Browns; ZaQuandre White, Miami Dolphins

WR Danny Gray, San Francisco 49ers

Not a bad debut for Gray...

Meanwhile, Deebo Samuel was making noise in the offseason that he wanted to be traded and the 49ers have a team option on Brandon Aiyuk for 2024. If Grey continues to impress, don't be surprised if he is the 49ers top WR within the next two years.

WR Jalen Guyton, Los Angeles Chargers

I haven't featured a non-rookie yet and Guyton is a very intriguing option going into his fourth year. Both Mike Williams and Keenan Allen are free agents come 2025 and I doubt both are still Chargers at that point. Neither might be a Charger by then, and it's possible we see both on another team before then. But Guyton's contract status will be addressed before then as he is a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

This presents one of two likely scenarios. The first is the Chargers match any offer and make him part of their long-term plans. The other is that another team signs him to be one of their starting WR corps. Either way, I'd expect Guyton to be heavily desired after this season. He is in a battle for the Chargers' 3rd WR slot with Joshua Palmer but completely outperformed him last year, having caught 31 of 48 targets for 448 yards and three TDs. Guyton averaged 14.5 yards per catch in 2021. That was the 21st best mark, putting him ahead of other notables like Mike Evans, De'Andre Hopkins, and the number one fantasy WR option last year, Cooper Kupp.

If I'm in a dynasty league, I talk up Joshua Palmer while trying to quietly get my hands on Guyton.

Other WR considerations: Khalil Shakir, Buffalo Bills; Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Minnesota Vikings

TE Sal Cannella, Green Bay Packers

I'm not sure anyone in the fantasy community is banging the drum louder for Sal Cannella than I.

And yes, I spelled his name wrong above, but his is a name you should get to know. Robert Tonyan is a free agent in 2023 and Cannella could be Green Bay's starting TE next year. Cannella dominated the USFL and was in the top dozen for nearly any receiving stat, including leading all TEs in receptions.

I likely won't draft him in a single redraft league, but I'm planting my flag on Cannella in my dynasty leagues as he is definitely one of my favorite 2022 Dynasty Sleepers.

TE John Bates, Washington Commanders; Sal Canella, Green Bay Packers; Isaiah Likely/Charlie Kolar, Baltimore Ravens; Kylen Granson, Indianapolis Colts


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