Hello readers, we have reached the final rookie rankings list for the 2022 draft. I hope some of you still find this list useful in your rookie drafts, or perhaps that initial post-draft fab run. I have gone a little deeper with this list and included 65 players. Good luck to you on your season of 2022 fantasy football. If you are looking for dynasty help throughout the season, visit this site regularly, as I will be posting articles throughout the season, and please check out my weekly YouTube videos with Bobby LaMarco.

 

1. Breece Hall | RB | New York Jets Still holding on to the top spot by his fingertips. It’s been a difficult preseason for the 2nd round draft pick.

2. Dameon Pierce | RB | Texans If Hall loses the top spot it will be to Pierce. Dameon has taken over the RB1 in Houston and their offensive line is nasty.

3. Chris Olave | WR | Saints This smooth speedster has set himself up to be a top two target in the Saints passing offense.

4. Drake London | WR | Falcons The former USC Trojan put together a great preseason, but is currently nursing an injured knee. Drake has 17 days to get ready for week one.

5. George Pickens | WR | Steelers Pickens has been the talk of the preseason and has an argument to be WR2, maybe WR1 in Pittsburgh.

6. Jahan Dotson | WR | Commanders – A solid preseason and training camp has Dotson positioned among the top receivers in D.C.

7. Jameson Williams | WR | Lions Still on the mend, so no reason to change Jameson’s ranking.

8. Kenneth Walker III | RB | Seahawks No timetable on Walker’s return from a sports hernia. An ominous start to what could be a difficult season in Seattle.

9. Isiah Pacheco | RB | Chiefs I’m buying the hype on the former Rutgers Scarlet Knight. Pacheco is one of the best athletes in the NFL and he has taken well to NFL coaching.

10. Treylon Burks | WR | Titans It’s been a terrible preseason for the 1st round selection. The talent is in there, and I hope he puts it on display sometime this season.

11. Romeo Doubs | WR | Packers Doubs took hold of the WR2 spot in Green Bay and has put himself in a position to have a strong rookie season.

12. Wan’Dale Robinson | WR | Giants Wan’Dale is an elusive playmaker who looks to play a significant role in the Giants’ offense in 2022 and beyond.

13. Garrett Wilson | WR | Jets Wilson has been falling down draft boards and I lowered him to 13 here. I am hesitant to bury the 1st rounder though. I was never sold on Zach Wilson, so who’s to say Mike White or even Joe Flacco are much worse?

14. Brian Robinson Jr. | RB | Commanders – The 3rd round pick from Alabama has won the RB1 spot in D.C. News broke that Robinson Jr. was shot while defending himself in an attempted robbery. I leave him ranked 14th while we wait to learn more and hope for the best.

15. Skyy Moore | WR | Chiefs The wide receiver room in Kansas City was never as shallow as reported. Juju Smith-Shuster, Marquez Valdez-Scantling, Mecole Hardeman, and even Justin Watson have all played well throughout training camp and the preseason. Moore has been good too, but the 2nd round pick has plenty of competition for passes.

16. David Bell | WR | Browns The former Purdue Boilermaker spent much of the preseason injured, but he looked great in the last game and commanded the attention of Cleveland QBs.

17. Rachaad White | RB | Buccaneers White is an exciting player who will have to play backup to Leonard Fournette in 2022.

18. Zamir White | RB | Raiders Las Vegas Head Coach Josh McDaniels likes to run the football and I expect White, Josh Jacobs, Ameer Abdullah, and Brandon Bolden to all be a part of the Raiders run game in 2022, but Zamir “Zeus” White is the only one who will be involved in 2023 Raiders run game.

19. James Cook | RB | Bills The resurgence of Zack Moss doesn’t affect Cook as much as some argue. The former Georgia Bulldog will get his looks in 2022 and get a few more looks in the future.

20. Isaiah Spiller | RB | Chargers Offensive Coordinator Joe Lombardi may look to keep superstar RB Austin Ekeler fresh by running the rookie Spiller more than some prognosticators believe.

21. Jalen Tolbert | WR | Cowboys Tolbert is poised to be the WR2 or 3 depending on the health of Michael Gallup. I expect solid production from Jalen in 2022.

22. Tyler Allgeier | RB | Falcons The BYU product has been running with the first team all camp. Incumbent starter Cordarelle Patterson is a converted wide receiver and expects to be in a fluid role. Allgeier could get some of the more traditional run plays.

23. Tyrion Davis-Price | RB | 49ers The LSU product has played well this summer and sits at 3rd on the depth chart. We know the deal with Shanahan RBs. Davis-Price will likely get a look in 2022.

24. Christian Watson | WR | Packers Watson played his college ball for North Dakota State and had relatively little production. the 2nd round super-athlete needed the practice reps but didn’t get them as he sat out with a knee injury. A good buy-low player.

25. Tyquan Thornton | WR | Patriots A broken collarbone prematurely ended a good preseason for the 2nd round draft pick. I love to draft him late and put him on the IL; opening a roster spot for a free agent.

26. Kyle Philips | WR | Titans The former UCLA Bruin has taken over as the lead slot receiver in Tennessee. I don’t like to leave drafts without selecting this player.

27. Isaiah Likely | TE | Ravens The 4th round pick from Coastal Carolina has been awesome this preseason. He’s no threat to superstar TE Mark Andrews, but the Ravens may find ways to get the ball to Likely. If you are gonna take a TE, take one from a team that involved the position in their offense.

28. Alec Pierce | WR | Colts Pierce is the WR3 in Indy behind Michael Pittman Jr. and Parris Campbell. Not a terrible spot to be in for a rookie.

29. Daniel Bellinger | TE | Giants Bellinger is the top Tight End for the Giants. The San Diego State product has all the measurables but lacks the college production. Incredible that you can get starting TE in the 3rd round of your rookie dynasty draft.

30. Snoop Conner | WR | Jaguars Conner is in the backfield mix with James Robinson and Travis Etienne. Robinson is coming back from injury and Etienne is more of an “open space” type of RB.

31. Kenny Pickett | QB | Steelers Pickett has played well this preseason. The 1st round pick has been getting the ball out quick and making plays. The former Pitt Panther is QB2 behind Mitchell Trubisky, for now.

32. Velus Jones Jr. | WR | Bears Coaches are searching for playmakers in Chicago and Velus has the speed to burn.

33. Hassan Haskins | RB | Titans This bruiser back from Michigan will play backup to Derrick Henry in 2022.

34. Jaylen Warren | RB | Steelers The Undrafted Free Agent from Oklahoma State has proven to be a tough tackle in preseason. Warren is a compact runner (5′, 8″, 215lbs.) who reminds me of Khalil Herbert.

35. Khalil Shakir | WR | Bills This former Boise State Bronco has played well this preseason, but is buried on the depth chart. Buy every Bills receiver you can find. That’s a standing order.

36. Tyler Badie | RB | Ravens The SEC’s leading rusher in 2021 signed as an undrafted free agent with Baltimore. The Ravens have had injury issues with their RBs. A name to keep an eye on.

37. Trey McBride | TE | Cardinals The top TE going into the NFL continues to fall on draft boards. Getting McBride this late in the draft is highway robbery, even if doesn’t get much playing time in 2022.

38. Ty Chandler | RB | Vikings Chandler appears locked into a roster spot. The former North Carolina Tar Heel joins a talented backfield with Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison, and Kene Nwangwu.

39. Calvin Austin III | WR | Steelers George Pickens isn’t the only rookie receiver turning heads in Pittsburgh. Calvin Austin III has looked great and earned a spot on the 53-man roster.

40. Pierre Strong Jr. | RB | Patriots A fearless speedster in the Elijah Mitchell mold. The former South Dakota State Jackrabbit will be part of a loaded backfield in Boston.

41. Jashaun Corbin | RB | Giants Corbin was one of my favorites on my pre-draft rankings, but then he went undrafted. No worries though, Corbin signed a free agent deal with the Giants and appears to have earned a roster spot. I love this kid’s upside.

42. Jelani Woods | TE | Colts Woods is a metahuman standing at 6′, 7″ 260lbs. and able to run a 4.6 40-yard dash. The Virginia product is raw and would greatly benefit from the experience and quality coaching.

43. D’Vonte Price | RB | Colts Price is a speedster RB who signed a free agent contract after going undrafted. He has a shot at the 53-man roster and the RB3 in Indy.

44. John Metchie III | WR | Texans Metchie is a great talent from Alabama who was diagnosed with Leukemia in the offseason.

45. Greg Dulcich | TE | Broncos An injury kept the UCLA product out of the preseason, but Dulcich is a catch-first TE with the speed to stretch the seams of a defense. A great bargain here.

46. Kevin Harris | RB | Patriots Pierre Strong Jr. is the rookie speed back in New England and Kevin Harris is the rookie power back. For what it’s worth, Harris has looked the better of the two, but I believe the upside is on the side of Strong Jr.

47. Desmond Ridder | QB | Falcons Locked in as the QB2 in Atlanta, Ridder will get an opportunity to prove himself sometime in 2022. He’s a dual-threat QB who has displayed maturity beyond his years.

48. Kyren Williams | RB | Rams A 5th-round pick from Notre Dame, Williams missed most of camp a preseason due to injury, but he could be getting healthy at the right time. Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson are dealing with soft tissue injuries.

49. Malik Willis | QB | Titans The best scenario for the Titans would be for the 3rd round pick to learn from the sideline in 2022. We will see if that plays out.

50. Trestan Ebner | RB | Bears Ebner is a big-play back from Baylor who has turned some heads in training camp. The 6th round pick is locked in as the RB3 in Chicago.

51. Abram Smith | RB | Saints Hey, back-to-back Baylor Bear Backs. Am I stuck in an episode of Letterkenny? Smith is the power back and he is on the roster bubble. If he makes the team, he would be good in the Mark Ingram role.

52. Danny Gray | WR | 49ers A speedster receiver with the ability to take the top off a defense. He could pair well with Trey Lance’s cannon arm.

53. Keontay Ingram | RB | Cardinals Ingram has the size ( 6′, 0″, 225lbs.) and speed (4.5 40-yard dash) to be a three-down back. The 6th round pick is a battle for a roster spot, but I’d bet the Cardinals make space for the former USC Trojan.

54. Erik Ezukanma | WR | Dolphins A 4th-round pick who played his college ball at Texas Tech. The kid they call “Eazy E” stands at 6′, 2″ tall and offers a bigger target than teammates Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. Eazy E is locked into WR4 in Miami and worth a flier late as Waddle has missed time due to injury.

55. Skylar Thompson | QB | Dolphins The former Kansas State Wildcat battled injury issues in college, but showed glimpses when healthy. The Dolphins noticed those glimpses and took Thompson in the 7th round of the draft. Skylar has lit it up in the preseason, teaming up with Eazy E on some big plays.

56. Jerome Ford | RB | Browns Ford is a good back with a high pedigree and great production. He’s stuck at the back end of a deep running back room. A trade would move him up the list.

57. Samori Toure | WR | Packers The former Nebraska Cornhusker has played well in preseason and proven to be a good deep threat for the Packers. Do they have room to keep the 7th-round pick on their 53-man roster?

58. Jerrion Ealy | RB/WR | Chiefs Ealy is a gifted athlete who was rated a 5-star recruit out of highscol and was also selected in the 1st round of the MLB draft. He is a strong candidate to be on the practice squad, but it would be fun to see what Andy Reid could do with the talents of Jerrion Ealy.

59. Tyler Goodson | RB | Packers An undrafted free agent from Iowa, Goodson has shown breakaway ability in the preseason. He’s locked in a battle for the RB3 spot with the veteran Patrick Taylor. Taylor has a more well-rounded game (including playing on special teams) while Goodson has the higher upside.

60. Justyn Ross | WR | Chiefs Ross has all the ability one could ever ask for, but an injury history you’d never want. The Clemson product will likely be on the PUP or practice squad all season.

61. Sam Howell | QB | Commanders – Malik Willis-type production available much later in the draft.

62. Jeremy Ruckert | TE | Jets A top 100 recruit out of high school who took a back seat to WRs in college at Ohio State. Ruckert missed much of the preseason due to injury.

63. Jared Bernhardt | WR | Falcons A lacrosse player from Maryland who won the Tewaarton Award for the nation’s best player. Bernhardt then transferred to Ferris State in 2021 where he played QB and accounted for 37 TDs running and passing. Bernhardt participated in Maryland’s pro day and was eventually signed by the Falcons after the draft. He’s had a great preseason and I think he makes the team.

64. Jake Ferguson | TE | Cowboys A catch-first TE from Wisconsin, wait, what? Catch FIRT? From Wisconsin? Yep, Ferguson isn’t much of a blocker but he has good hands and is solid after the catch.

65. Austin Allen | TE | Giants The 6′, 8″ skyscraper from Nebraska won the Big Ten’s award for TE of the year in 2021. Allen ran a lumbering 40-yard dash, but a spritely 3-cone, and the Giants signed him as an undrafted free agent. AA made a few plays this preseason including a TD catch. Hey, the Giants are gonna start a rookie draft, maybe they have two rookies TEs on their depth chart.

 

 

 

Sources: NFL.com, Razzball.com, ourlads.com, cbssports.com, theathletic.com, usatoday.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Steve Stevenson
Steve Stevenson
2 months ago

Ugh, have the #3 pick in what’s effectively a 2-deep rookie/FA draft in my shallow std dynasty league. With Pierce showing out he def won’t slide like I was hoping a couple weeks ago, and with Robinson on IR (shot in ass) my presumptive #3 pick is down the toilet. We only start 2 WR and Mooney is my WR6, so I’m good there. Do I grab Walker or Pacheco (I own CEH fwiw) at 3, or go best player available, which is probably Gabriel Davis, and maybe see if I can trade a WR for a TE upgrade (not likely)?

Steve Stevenson
Steve Stevenson
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul Blake

Nah, it’s just a shallow league and WR are devalued because of the format (non-PPR, 2WR, 1 flex); there are ALWAYS decent options on the wire. A couple teams have grim WR situations but they just kinda suck all around. Will try to move a WR for RB post-draft but it’s historically been tough.

Thx for the response, I was kinda leaning Walker too.

Drekkan85
Drekkan85
2 months ago

Keeper league question. 14 team, half-PPR. I get to keep two of the following, together with the relevant round that they would take to keep). I won last year so have the 14th pick in the first round/1st in the second.

Nick Chubb (1st round)
Cooper Kupp (3rd round)
Josh Allen (4th round)

To me Kupp is the an auto-keep. The conflict is between Chubb and Allen. Chubb is mister dependable, but in a .5-PPR league I’m not altogether convinced I can’t get him at the end of the first/start of the second anyway.