2022 Fantasy Football Rest of Season Rankings

by Richard Savill
2022 Fantasy Football Rest of Season Rankings

Evaluating a trade offer always starts with suspicion. You get an offer in your platform's notification box, and you approach it with skepticism. What someone wants is what you have, and in return they give you what they don't want.

When you've been around the trading block in fantasy for a few years, you know the game. It is a game of swindle. Those who try to swindle often fail these days. There are too many automatic trade evaluator tools which tell you if you are better or worse off if you take up the offer.

Even if a trade comes out roughly equal after using these tools or putting your offer out in open discussion proves okay, this only makes the trade offer fair on paper. You need to dig further.

Other factors need to be clarified. How does the trade affect the balance of your team? Do the players you receive cause a potential bye-week issue? Are there game matchups coming up in a few weeks' time that look uncomfortable? Does the move strengthen or weaken your league head-to-head matchup position in the coming weeks? And conversely, does it give your opponent too much of an advantage in this regard?

Don't ever press the "accept" button until you are completely satisfied that a trade offer is in your best interest. Trading is one part of fantasy where it does no harm to overthink it.

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I hope you find these rankings useful through the 2022 season. Updated every Thursday with new commentary.

Remember, the RoS table reflects the rankings if you were drafting today.

The ranking momentum brackets in the blurbs here are all subject to on-the-fly changes throughout the week.

2022 Fantasy Football Rest of Season Rankings


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Changes near the top this week in brief...2022 Fantasy Football Rest of Season Rankings

QBs: Lamar Jackson (QB1↔) had to force his way into the top spot with two straight number one weekly finishes. Josh Allen (QB2↔) has yet to finish up a week outside the top five. Patrick Mahomes (QB4↔) has major ground to make up with 1-11-15 finishes. Mahomes certainly misses Tyreek Hill (WR6↔) as main source for big yardage totals to pad his stats.

RBs: Saquon Barkley (RB1↔) continues his time on top this week. Entering the 10s for the first time, somewhat surpringly, is James Robinson (RB8↔) of the Jaguars. He broke one last week for touchdown, but Robinson is doing more than that. He has effectively solidified his position in the backfield opposite Travis Etienne Jr. (RB25↑) for the time being.

WRs: This is getting interesting. Cooper Kupp (WR1↔) goes back to the front of the pack. Justin Jefferson (WR3↔) and Ja'Maar Chase (WR4↔) have left themselves open to a sharp ranking decline within the tier if they do not at least finish in the top 20 this week. Stefon Diggs (WR2↔) had a low outing in Week 3, but his production level looks very safe.

TEs: Mark Andrews (TE1↔) leaps over Travis Kelce (TE2↔) and into the chair. Two straight weekly number one finishes account for this, just like his quarterback. Kyle Pitts (TE3↓) is holding on to the next spot, but Marcus Mariota (QB16↑) continues to prefer Drake London (WR25↑) as his main target. London owners are very pleased, naturally, but Pitts owners are jealously annoyed of the current share.


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Riser and Faller of the Week

Riser: Tyler Conklin (TE18↑), New York Jets

I'll save Chris Olave (WR29↑) and Drake London (WR25↑) for another week in this spot. Be patient. There's plenty of time to talk about those guys.

The usage of Conklin caught everyone off-guard. We can remain cautiously optimistic about Conklin's role in the offense even when Zach Wilson (QB32↑) returns — perhaps this week.

One of the reasons we were caught out has to do with C.J. Uzomah (TE40↔) and the resume he brought from the Bengals. Conklin was never in the conversation. But even Uzomah never had any warm upside from a fantasy perspective entering 2022.

Compared with other tight ends on the Jets in recent years, Conklin is getting peppered. In the past decade, I can't remember a tight end getting an average of eight targets a game on this team in any three-game stretch, let alone from opening day.

And Conklin is catching them. He was a full  8/8 in Week 3 and 6/9 in Week 2. These are scoreless stats, but if this usage continues, more touchdowns are on the horizon.

Faller: D.J. Moore (WR30↓), Carolina Panthers

The results are in. Baker Mayfield is a quarterback who is toxic for fantasy football. We knew this from his Cleveland days.

The Browns are notorious for bust jettisons. Remember Trent Richardson or Johnny Manziel? Optimism got the better of us, again, because matters with Sam Darnold and Cam Newton were dire.

So now we come to the issue of what Mayfield brings to the Panthers. He brings his career and not much else.

D.J. Moore has three 1000+ season under his belt. Even in the rough 2021 campaign with Darnold and Cam Newton, Moore still managed to maintain that level. Right now, Moore is on pace for 50 receptions and 500 yards.

I've said it many times. Do not hug stats from yesteryear. Look at the changes which surround a player every single season and then evaluate. Not the other way around.


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