2022 Fantasy Football Late-Round Targets

by Michael Tomlin
2019 NFL Week 6 DFS Stacks

These 2022 Fantasy Football late-round targets are not even sleepers. These are the guys that will not be taken in a lot of drafts.

We have plenty of articles for just sleepers. These 2022 Fantasy Football late-round targets are lottery tickets. They are the late-round “fliers” that analysts always talk about.

With guys going this late the hit rate is obviously small. However, when they do hit, they can bring more relative value than your first-round pick.

The 2022 Fantasy Football late-round targets that I am looking at are players with current ADP outside of pick 144. The logic is that the prevalent league setup is 12 teams, and 14 roster spots, but the last two are kickers and defenses anyway.

All of the information for the 2022 Fantasy Football late-round targets is up to date as of July 31st. The Average Draft Position (ADP) for the 2022 Fantasy Football late-round targets is per Fantasy Pros half-PPR ADP.

2022 Fantasy Football Late-Round Targets

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Matt Ryan, Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts, ADP: 151.0

Ryan has been completely written off by the Fantasy Football community and it is a bit puzzling. I get it, last year was not good at all. But can you blame the guy?

Ryan’s WR1 was busy gambling on games. He lost his long-time favorite outlet. His offensive line was atrocious and he had a wide receiver playing running back.

In Indy, Ryan gets a solid number-one option in Michael Pittman. He gets arguably the best offensive line and running back combination in the league. Ryan also gets an elite pass-catching back, something he has utilized for Fantasy Football success before.

Consider: last season Ryan had only 3,986 intended air yards in 17 games. He had 5,337 intended air yards in 16 games during the 2020 season. He was not given a chance to succeed. Lest we forget, we are just one season removed from Ryan throwing for 4,581 yards and 26 touchdowns.

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Mac Jones, Quarterback, New England Patriots, ADP: 162.7

When people think of Jones’ rookie season, most are drawn to the two-completion, three-attempt weather game against Buffalo. I know, it is tough to look past any of the games against Buffalo, but hear me out.

In Jones’ last four non-Bills games, he averaged 19.2 Fantasy Points per game. That would have been QB11 last season.

Now with an entire offseason as the QB1 and more trust from Bill Belichick, Jones could make a second-year leap. For someone who drafted Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, Jones is not a bad second quarterback to have should one of the old guys fall off.

Gus Edwards, Running Back, Baltimore Ravens, ADP: 155.3

Darrel Williams, Running Back, Arizona Cardinals, ADP: 168.7

You will see a theme for my 2022 Fantasy Football late-round targets with running backs. I do not want handcuffs and hoping for an injury. I want players that can bring value without an injury in front of them with the possibility of taking over the lead role.

Edwards fits that bill strictly because of the unknown. At this point, no one is sure about his or J.K. Dobbins’ health. Should Dobbins be ready to go for the season, I think Edwards can still be a bye-week fill-in.

Should Dobbins not be great to start, Edwards could take over the role completely. Remember, Edwards is no slouch. He has averaged at least five yards per carry each of his three seasons. Should he get used in the passing game more, watch out.

Darrel Williams is a zag for those that want to fade James Conner. Conner was the luckiest back in the league when it came to touchdowns.

Williams showed last season that he can be a Fantasy Football star given the opportunity. In games when Williams received at least 11 carries last season, he averaged 18.9 PPR Fantasy Points per game. Only three running backs averaged more with as many games.

I think worst case, Williams catches 4-5 passes a game and can be used in PPR leagues. The best case is Conner falls off and Williams becomes the lead option.

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Mark Ingram II, Running Back, New Orleans Saints, ADP: 171.3

With the Alvin Kamara suspension looming, I am dumbfounded by Ingram’s ADP. Ingram is the only proven option outside of Kamara on the team.

If Kamara is out six games, which seems to be the consensus, Ingram will be an RB1 for the first half of the Fantasy Football regular season. And you can get him with the last pick in the draft. Tell me, what am I missing?

Even when Kamara is playing, Ingram has shown he can be the thunder in the Saints’ two-headed backfield monster. I could see touchdown luck gracing him again, and Ingram cracking double digits in end zone spikes.

Hassan Haskins, Running Back, Tennessee Titans, ADP: 216.1

Derrick Henry was on an all-time level of workload last season. Then he was injured with what can be seen as an overuse injury. What do you think that means for his workload this season?

It is going to be lessened and I think Haskins is the guy to scoop up for the benefits.

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Tim Patrick, Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos, ADP: 152.3

DeVante Parker, Wide Receiver, New England Patriots, ADP: 156.7

Are we sure that these two are not the number-one options with their new quarterbacks? Both guys have proven that they can handle heavy target shares. As much as many Fantasy analysts might not want to admit it, these two also might be the most talented guys in their receiving groups.

Sammy Watkins, Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers, ADP: 189.7

Watkins has always been in either a crowded receiving room (Rams, Chiefs) or had a sub-par passing quarterback (Ravens, Bills). This will be the first year that neither of those things is remotely true.

Green Bay has a Davante Adams-sized hole in their target distribution. Allen Lazard is the likely benefactor. But what if it is Watkins? He always gets hurt, I get it. I am not trying to draft to avoid injury with the 2022 Fantasy Football late-round targets. For these guys, I want upside. Watkins has WR2 upside at a cost of free-ninety-nine.

Alec Pierce, Wide Receiver, Indianapolis Colts, ADP: 169.1

Remember that Matt Ryan guy I told you to take? Well, he has a history of turning young second-option receivers into Fantasy Football gold. Pierce has the talent and path to receive the second-most targets for the Colts.

Evan Engram, Tight End, Jacksonville Jaguars, ADP: 168.3

I already broke down Engram in my tight end sleepers article. Basically, the Jaguars have a dearth of a receiving room and their new coach, Doug Pederson, loves using the tight end in the passing game. Engram is the perfect target for the “or late” crowd of tight-end drafting.

Thanks for reading the 2022 Fantasy Football late-round sleepers. Be sure to keep up with our entire draft kit.

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