Welcome to Fantasy Six Pack 2022 Fantasy Football Round 2-3 Rookie WR Analysis and 2022 season outlook!
There was a lot of action on Day 1 of the NFL draft, and Day 2 was no different. The Packers traded to get their guy. The Patriots traded up. Kansas City traded back. In total eleven wide receivers were taken in between rounds two and three. It’s quite the list, but we want to equip you the best we possibly can. So, we’re going to cover all of them. Let’s get started, shall we?
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2022 Fantasy Football Round 2-3 Rookie WR Analysis
Christian Watson – Green Bay Packers
It was somewhat surprising the Packers didn’t draft a first-round wide receiver after trading away Davante Adams, but it’s also something we’ve come to expect from them.
I’ll admit I didn’t like the Watson pick at first glance, though I have warmed up to it post-draft. There are things to like here. Watson is a tall, incredibly athletic WR out of NDSU (and college teammate of 49ers QB Trey Lance). He has a two-time MVP, Aaron Rodgers, at quarterback. But that’s not all.
Most of the receivers the Packers have drafted in the recent past dealt with a lot of top-tier target competition in their first couple of seasons in Green Bay. That won’t be the case for Watson. With the lack of competition for targets, he’s set up to show his stuff in year one. It’s up to him to take advantage of that. I’m ok with taking him in the late first/early second in rookie drafts based on his potential.
John Metchie – Houston Texans
Metchie likely walks into the second-most targets in Houston behind Brandin Cooks. Nico Collins flashed but not enough to scare me off of Metchie. Houston is giving Davis Mills another shot, and he’s been a surprisingly solid QB. Who’s to say he can’t support two fantasy-relevant wide receivers when given the chance?
His ACL tear may slow his start, but there’s a possibility he can be cleared for activity as soon as June. If that’s the case, having the summer to build a rapport with Mills may help him get off to a better start than we anticipated.
George Pickens – Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh is really good at selecting wide receivers. Since 2017, Pittsburgh has selected Juju Smith-Schuster, James Washington, Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, and now Pickens and fourth-round pick Calvin Austin. Not too shabby.
He comes with some off-the-field issues and a lot of on-field attitude, but he fits the typical No. 1 wideout description. Oh, and he broke out at the ripe old age of 18.5, in the SEC, mind you. Straight out of high school Pickens was dominating college players!
With one of Mitchell Trubisky or rookie QB Kenny Pickett at the helm of the offense, and veterans Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool established, I doubt we see Pickens take the leap to the No. 1 target. There is reason to believe he can become that player though. The Steelers may not want to pay up for Johnson, and Claypool has some maturing to do. If you’re looking towards the future, Pickens has some massive upside.
Alec Pierce – Indianapolis Colts
The Colts had nobody behind Michael Pittman going into 2022. No one of note anyway. TY Hilton is still there but he’s been on the decline for several years. So they nabbed Pierce in the second round. I like Pierce as a No. 2 option for the Colts for real-life football. For fantasy, he’s more of a depth piece, but still worthy of a 2nd round pick in dynasty rookie drafts.
Skyy Moore – Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs got an absolute steal at pick 54. I’m surprised he fell this far given the run of wideouts that went before him. There’s not a lot holding him back in terms of the receiver depth chart. J.J. Smith-Schuster is the most successful wideout in Kansas City, and he projects to play the slot. Unfortunately, Moore also projects to be a slot receiver, but he played some on the outside in college. That kind of versatility boosts his player’s chances to see the field early and often.
Kansas City could move on from JuJu and Mecole Hardman next year, opening things up even Moore. Get it? They may decide to keep both of them, but even if they do I think Moore is going to be a solid contributor for fantasy.
I don’t see him as an immediate top fantasy contributor. However, with some experience under his belt and Mahomes at QB, he can become a solid WR2 with upside. That may sound bullish at first but when you have a talented player on a talented team, you expect good things. And when you add that he’s going in the mid-late 1st round of rookie drafts, seems most people agree with that statement.
David Bell – Cleveland Browns
Picked in the third round out of Purdue, David Bell joins a “wide-open” receiver room in Cleveland. Coming at you with the puns, aren’t I?
Much like the Packers’ selection of Watson, I wasn’t a big fan of this pick at first. But after some thought, it’s grown on me. Bell has a great production profile at Purdue, that’s something that can’t be denied. All while playing in the Big 10. His athleticism is lacking, to say the least, however, PlayerProfiler has him comping to Anquan Boldin. Boldin was similarly non-athletic but had a very successful NFL career.
So far, it looks like Bell will step into the Jarvis Landry role in Cleveland. A short area guy who has reliable hands to move the chains. That’s a role that suits him well, especially as a rookie.
With the defense trying to focus on Amari Cooper and the running backs, Bell can refine his game without a ton of pressure on him. I’m targeting him in the mid-late second round of rookie drafts in the hopes Bell becomes a solid PPR WR. Doesn’t hurt he has Deshaun Watson at QB either.
Rounding Out The Rest
As far as the other second and third-rounders go, I’ll provide some quick thoughts. Tyquan Thorton was projected to go a lot later than where the Patriots took him. He’s a burner but I’m not looking his way at this time unless I take a flier on him late in drafts. Wan’Dale Robinson has a great season at Kentucky in 2021 but joins a crowded WR room in New York. It’s possible he takes over for Kadarius Toney, but it’s wait and see for me.
The Bears’ selection of Velus Jones gives Justin Fields another target, but I’m not expecting much from the Bears this year. Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet are the only Chicago pass catchers I want in 2022. Jalen Tolbert could be intriguing to start the year, but once Michael Gallup comes back he’s going to be the 4th best target at best (behind CeeDee Lamb, Gallup, and Dalton Schultz). As for 49er WR Danny Gray, I think he is a depth piece but has value as a speedster.
That is going to do it for the 2022 Fantasy Football Round 2-3 Rookie WR Analysis! Thanks for checking this out and if you haven’t already, take a look at my views on the first round wideouts!
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