Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Football Best Ball Pre-NFL Draft Underrated Players article.
With the NFL Draft this week and Underdog’s Superflex tournament finally coming to a conclusion, it is now time to check the consensus ADP positional rankings of players.
Are there any excellent values to keep an eye out for when Best ball Championship tournaments open?
The tournament’s opening is one of my favorite times to draft as values aren’t set and will rapidly change through the off-season.
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Let’s get started for what you are here for; I will give you some 2022 Fantasy Football Best Ball Underrated Players.
2022 Fantasy Football Best Ball Pre-NFL Draft Underrated Players
Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (QB16)
Coming into his eleventh season Kirk Cousins is again seen as a mid-tier QB2. He isn’t the flashiest QB, but the numbers don’t lie that Kirk Cousins is a top 12 QB in fantasy football.
Since 2018 Cousins has finished as a QB1 and has only missed one game in four seasons. Cousins also has one of the widest ranges of weekly finishes. This is especially good in the Best Ball tournaments due to the weekly eliminations.
In the last two seasons, Cousins had 18 out of 32 games where he posts QB1 numbers of over 18 fantasy points a game. The average range is as low as 10 points to the highs of 28. So when Cousins is terrible, he is league-low, but when he is good, he can be a week winner. Perfect for Best Ball.
Tua Tagovaiola, QB, Miami Dolphins (QB18)
Currently QB26 in points per game, Tua Tagovaiola has gotten a jump up in his positional ranking due to Miami Dolphins free agency acquisitions.
First, this means the Miami Dolphins are going 100% in on him and are giving him his fair shake. This also means the Dolphins will not be the 30th worst o-line in the league, along with injury-riddled wide receivers.
Last but not least, this means there will be a chance that a competent offense to match the stout defense. Just how much better will the offense be? Check out our take on the Tyreek Hill deal.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans (QB20)
Like Cousins, Tannehill also came into his 11th season and finished right underneath him, coming in at QB12 in 2021. The Tennessee Titans were plagued with injuries through 2021, setting a new record by fielding 91 different players over the season.
However, Tannehill still found a way to finish as QB12, even after losing weapons such as Derrick Henry, A.J. Brown, and Julio Jones for long periods throughout the season. Tannehill has made himself a respected fantasy asset through the past two seasons as a QB1, and 2021 is just a blip. Expect a bounce-back season from new addition Robert Woods.
DK Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks (WR17)
Seattle’s clear WR1 D.K. Metcalf is currently going as WR17, and it doesn’t make any sense. His past two fantasy football finishes were 2020 WR5 and 2021 WR10 in Underdog scoring.
Most people would point to the QB uncertainty as to why Metcalf will be unproductive. At the same time, skip over to Metcalf’s best games with Geno Smith from Week 5 to Week 8. Metcalf caught five touchdowns in four weeks and averaged 16 points or more in three of those weeks.
Metcalf is going on my list as a QB-proof player, and whether it’s Drew Lock or a rookie QB throwing to him in Week 1, it won’t matter. Get Metcalf at this massive discount, and he won’t disappoint.
Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans (WR32)
Same old story, different season. Brandin Cooks puts up another 1,000-yard season, and nobody seems to care. The narrative that “Drew Brees made Cooks fantasy relevant” has long been debunked. Still, he is being drafted at the WR3 tier level no matter what Cooks does.
Finishing last season as WR16, I feel pretty confident that Brandin Cooks can at least beat his WR32 ADP. This is easily one of the best value buys you can make, and Cooks will find his way into your Best Ball lineups weekly.
Marquez Callaway, WR, New Orleans Saints (WR84)
I’ll start by saying I don’t believe that Marquez Callaway has the talent level to be a leading receiver. That being said, he did pretty well on an injury-plagued offense finishing WR35 on the season.
The Saints had an all-time bad offensive season when Callaway finished as the team leader with 696 receiving yards. The Saints haven’t performed that poorly since 1986.
On the flip side, Callaway was the leader of an offense that had four different starting quarterbacks and a carousel offensive line. With the return of Jameis Winston and Michael Thomas, I expect Callaway to be in a better situation.
Callaway’s value will be closely tied to what happens in the draft. Many expect a wide receiver in the first round but with the loss of many vital pieces such as Marcus Williams, Terron Armstead, Malcolm Jenkins, and Alvin Kamara‘s possible suspension. I could see a situation where they shore up other needs, and drafting Callaway at WR84 would be a bargain.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys (RB20)
People really like Tony Pollard, but Ezekiel Elliott finished the season as the RB6 in 2021. Zeke has had a top 12 finish in all six seasons he has been in the NFL. He is the better pass blocker, the goal-line back, and the player with the big contract.
Zeke will be the guy for the Dallas Cowboys when it comes to real football. When the Cowboys made the tough decision of Amari Cooper or Zeke, they decided to go with their running back. This speaks volumes about how the Cowboys value Zeke. I also believe that there is good value in taking both Zeke and Pollard for handcuff purposes.
Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots (RB27)
The touchdown machine Damien Harris did his best 2016 LeGarrette Blount impression and nailed it dead on. He is plodding his way through with 1061 scrimmage yards and 15 rushing touchdowns.
He is coming into a contract year and putting himself in good graces with his coaching staff. I would not doubt that Harris will continue to be the lead back for the New England Patriots in 2022, even with Rhomandre Stevenson nipping at his heels.
That being said, Harris does have injury concerns as he did suffer a concussion in 2021. Stevenson is currently being drafted as RB38, and drafting the combination of both Harris and Stevenson can pay significant dividends. We know that the Patriots will have no qualms running a conservative offense if it allows them to win games.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Harris finishes another season with double-digit touchdowns and an RB3 price tag. Sign me up for it.
J.D. McKissic, RB, Washington Commanders (RB51)
In those 11 games, five of those resulted in fantasy-relevant games where he averaged 13 points or better. That would be the equivalent of RB16 in points per game.
The Commanders see a clear role for him alongside Antonio Gibson. This is about as good as it gets for value buys in the RB position.
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