2022 Fantasy Football Underrated Players

by Dylan Clemons
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Welcome Fantasy Football nerds as this week I will break down the 2022 Fantasy Football Underrated Players.

These will be players who I think are absolute values in drafts right now at their current Average Draft Position (ADP).

Every draft season there are players who are underrated for many reasons. Whether it was a change of scenery, or maybe they are coming back from an injury-plagued season.

There are some great values every draft season, and it is my job to point you in the right direction. Now, let's jump into some 2022 Fantasy Football Underrated Players.

2022 Fantasy Football Underrated Players

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Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings, ADP QB15

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Kirk Cousins is the most underrated quarterback in Fantasy Football in my opinion. He has finished as the QB11 in three straight seasons and we're getting him at QB15. The math doesn't add up there to me. Cousins also averaged the 12th most Fantasy Points per game with 19.1 points per game last season. The Vikings also moved on from head coach Mike Zimmer in the offseason who was a defensive-minded run-heavy head coach.

The Vikings brought in Kevin O'Connell from the Super Bowl-winning Los Angeles Rams, who was Sean Mcvay's offensive coordinator. All indications point that they are going to transform this offense into a pass happier offense. That's according to stud receiver Justin Jefferson anyway. According to Andrew Erickson of FantasyPros, the Rams threw the 5th most on early downs in neutral game scripts in 2021, and the Vikings ranked 27th in that category.

We cannot forget the last time Cousins was in a pass-happy offense in Washington. The last two seasons Cousins was there, he finished as QB5 and QB6. Now with this Vikings team, this is the best set of pass-catchers he's ever played with. In my opinion, Justin Jefferson is the best young wide receiver in football and could finish as the WR1 in all of Fantasy Football formats. Cousins also has awesome chemistry with veteran receiver Adam Theilen who has caught 10 and 14 touchdowns from Cousins the last two seasons. Dalvin Cook is also great coming out of the backfield, and Irv Smith Jr is back after missing all last season.

Kirk Cousins has top-8 quarterback upside and you are getting him at QB15 behind the likes of Derek Carr and Aaron Rodgers. If I am waiting on the quarterback position in my draft, I'm drafting Cousins over both of those guys.

A.J. Dillon, RB, Green Bay Packers, ADP RB24

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A.J. Dillon is the best running back value in Fantasy Football. He is currently going as RB24 and that is the last spot to be an RB2, that is just crazy to me. The "Quad Father" finished as RB22 last season and finished averaging 10.1 fantasy points per game in half-PPR formats. Since coming into the league in 2020, Dillon has been the 5th most efficient running back according to PFF.

Ok, yes I get it he is the second running back in a two-headed monster in Green Bay with Aaron Jones. But this Green Bay offense looks like they are moving towards a slower-paced run-heavy offense after the departure of star receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders. The Packers ranked 15th in team rushing attempts per game last season according to playerprofiler.com. I expect the Packers to be in the top ten in that category this season.

With Dillon sharing the backfield with Aaron Jones, you would think that most of the red zone touches would go towards Jones after he has scored double-digit touchdowns in three straight seasons. That's just not the case, as Aaron Jones had 47 red zone touches, ranked ninth in the NFL, and Dillon saw 46 red zone touches, 12th in the NFL.

At their current ADP, Aaron Jones is RB12, which is almost three rounds before where you have to draft Dillon. If I am taking a Packers running back, I'm passing on Jones and aiming for Dillon later in drafts as my RB2. Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Damien Harris are both going ahead of A.J. Dillon in drafts. What are we doing here? Dillon needs to be drafted ahead of both those guys.

Christian Kirk, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars ADP WR44

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Christian Kirk is coming off a season in which he set career highs for himself in his contract year.  Kirk had a career-high in receptions with 77, a career-high in receiving yards with 982 yards, and air yards with 1,158. That earned Kirk a four-year, $72 million contract, that at the time was the largest contract for a wide receiver in NFL history, and kind of broke the wide receiver market for a bit.

Ok, I get it he didn't deserve to get paid that much, but that is only good news for his Fantasy Managers. When you give a guy that type of money, he will be used in the offense, and there is no reason why he cannot see 120 targets. Kirk should be the top target in this offense that theoretically should be better under new head coach Doug Peterson.

Christian Kirk is your prototypical slot wide receiver and works his best from that spot. For the Cardinals last season, Kirk ran 406 routes from the slot which was by far the most of his career. The Cardinals unlocked something with Kirk in the slot last season. This also should help second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Kirk looks to be Lawrence's safety blanket because he needs the ball to get out of his hand quickly considering Lawrence had the second-most pressured throws last season according to playerprofiler.com.

I think it is absolutely crazy that Kirk is going as the 44th wide receiver off the board. I honestly don't get it.  Kirk is going around guys like Treylon Burks, Chase Claypool, and Robert Woods. I'm taking Kirk over all of them.

Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears, ADP TE13

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Cole Kmet is coming into his third season in the NFL, which is the perfect time for Kmet to finally breakout. He is coming off a season in which he caught 60 balls out of a whopping 93 targets for 613 yards. Five out of the top six tight ends finished with over 100 targets. Kmet was seven targets away from that threshold and finished as TE21.

Unfortunately for Kmet and his owners, he caught zero touchdowns last year while Jimmy Graham caught three, Jesper Horstead caught two, and Jesse James caught another one. One thing in common with all those other tight ends is they are no longer on the Bears. Kmet saw just under a 20%  Red Zone target share. To put that in perspective: Dallas Goedert saw a 12% target share in the red zone. Dallas Goedert is going about 60 picks before Kmet in drafts. The touchdowns will come for Kmet this year

Another reason why I'm on Kmet so hard this draft season is that he is the Bears number two pass catcher in the offense. Three out of the top four tight ends last year, (Kelce, Kittle, Andrews) are all at least number two pass-catchers in the offense.

If you do not scoop up any of the top five tight ends early in your draft then you should just wait until the later rounds of drafts and pounce on guys like Cole Kmet. Kmet is currently going rounds behind Dallas Goedert, Dawson Knox, and Mike Gesicki. That is the Tight End dead zone. I'm waiting and taking Cole over all those guys later in my drafts.

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