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2022 Top 250 Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) runs the ball in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 fantasy football redraft season may be over, but dynasty season never ends. So, to help prepare fantasy managers for 2022, I'm here to offer the first draft of my 2022 dynasty rankings — my top 250 players for PPR leagues with no superflex.

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Everything on this list can — and will — change between now and September. Some players will soon be changing teams in free agency, and it's only three months until the 2022 NFL Draft shakes up the league's depth charts.

I haven't included the 2022 rookie class in this iteration of the rankings, but if you're keen to get a glimpse of the class' best players, check our 2021 NFL Draft Big Board. All unrestricted free agents are noted instead of their current team, even if they are likely to re-sign.

Last updated: 7:00 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 19
Rank Position Name Team Position Rank
1 RB Jonathan Taylor Colts RB1
2 RB Najee Harris Steelers RB2
3 RB Austin Ekeler Chargers RB3
4 RB Javonte Williams Broncos RB4

The league has more than its fair share of dynamic young wide receivers, but it’s so hard to find a good young running back who plays a significant role in their offense. Comparatively, there are significantly more wide receivers to get excited about for 2022 and beyond, which is why the running back position headlines these rankings.

Jonathan Taylor will be the unanimous RB1 in dynasty leagues throughout the offseason, though Najee Harris shouldn’t be far behind. The Steelers workhorse finished as the RB3 this past season in large part thanks to volume — his 978 offensive snaps were 170 more than any other running back.

Harris played behind one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL in 2021, finishing the year as the only 1,000-yard back to average less than a yard before contact per carry. However, Pittsburgh has the cap space to improve this offseason, and finding help on the offensive line worked wonders for Austin Ekeler this year.

Javone Williams rounds out the top four due to the combination of his age, talent and potential opportunity. The North Carolina product is currently only 21 years of age, and he just led the league in avoided tackles per carry at 0.31. Williams played roughly 50% of offensive snaps for Denver last season but finished as the RB1 for the week when he was elevated into the starting role. Melvin Gordon III is a free agent, and the Broncos' new head coach will likely use Williams much more than 50% of the time.

Rank Position Name Team Position Rank
5 WR Justin Jefferson Vikings WR1
6 RB Derrick Henry Titans RB5
7 WR Ja'Marr Chase Bengals WR2
8 WR Cooper Kupp Rams WR3
9 RB Cam Akers Rams RB6
10 WR Davante Adams Free Agent WR4
11 RB Antonio Gibson Football Team RB7
12 WR Jaylen Waddle Dolphins WR5
13 RB Dalvin Cook Vikings RB8
14 WR Deebo Samuel 49ers WR6
15 RB Michael Carter Jets RB9

Ja’Marr Chase is a top-10 dynasty asset no matter who you ask, but Jaylen Waddle and Michael Carter at No. 12 and No. 15 might be a little more controversial.

Waddle was WR12 during his rookie season, which likely would have made more headlines if not for Chase. The Alabama product finished as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver in eight of his last 14 games after a quiet start to the season. The Dolphins have the most cap space of any team this offseason — Miami’s offense should improve drastically over the next few months, so hopefully Waddle can have more end-zone opportunities in 2022.

Carter showed his promise in the middle of the season, where he was RB5 from Week 7 to Week 11. He consistently handled double-digit carries and most of the receiving work before a Week 11 ankle injury cost him the following three games.

Carter received the kind of playing time fantasy managers want out of a top-10 fantasy back, but trailing game scripts and the lackluster Jets offense hindered his value. Wholesale improvements this offseason should result in an increased workload in the running game — and more touchdown opportunities — for Carter.

Rank Position Name Team Position Rank
16 RB Alvin Kamara Saints RB10
17 WR A.J. Brown Titans WR7
18 TE Kyle Pitts Falcons TE1
19 RB Christian McCaffrey Panthers RB11
20 WR CeeDee Lamb Cowboys WR8
21 RB Elijah Mitchell 49ers RB12
22 WR Tyreek Hill Chiefs WR9
23 RB D'Andre Swift Lions RB13

D’Andre Swift is notably lower here than he is in other dynasty rankings. His 58.3 PFF overall grade was the lowest among the five Lions running backs last season. His 2.4 yards after contact per carry and 0.11 avoided tackles per carry ranked second- and third-worst, respectively, among the 30 running backs with 150 or more carries.

Swift dazzled in one game with 33 carries, but outside of that game, he failed to run more than 15 times in a game all season. Craig Reynolds gave us one of the best rushing performances of the Lions' season and remained part of the rotation late in the year, with Swift running the ball just 11 times over his final two games. The former second-round pick plays on a team that loves to run the football but hasn’t convinced anyone that he should be the running back to get those carries. There are several backs in free agency or the draft who could become the primary runner in Detroit in 2022.

The former Georgia Bulldog could keep the receiving back role in 2022, but his play as a pass-catcher out of the backfield declined this season. He averaged 0.39 yards per route run over the second half of the season, last among 45 qualifying running backs. Every back ahead of him in these rankings is either just as young but has played better to this point or is a little older and has played much better.

Rank Position Name Team Position Rank
24 TE Mark Andrews Ravens TE2
25 WR Stefon Diggs Bills WR10
26 RB Joe Mixon Bengals RB14
27 WR Elijah Moore Jets WR11
28 RB Leonard Fournette Free Agent RB15
29 QB Lamar Jackson Ravens QB1

Lamar Jackson comes in at QB1 despite finishing seventh in fantasy points per game among quarterbacks last season at 21.2. The Ravens were the team hardest hit from injury, according to our WAR-Adjusted Injuries Lost data, but they should be much better situated next season.

Baltimore ran the second-most red-zone plays in 2019 and 2020 thanks to their run game and strong defense, and both units were hit particularly hard this season and the team's outputs diminished as a result.

Jackson was one of those players impacted by injury. The 25-year-old got off to a fantastic start to the season but showed up on the Week 6 injury report with an illness, and his play declined from there. His name started to show up more and more on the injury report as the season went on, and then he suffered an ankle injury that cost him the last few weeks.

The Ravens offense was unable to hit the heights of 2019 and 2020, but things should get better with Jackson at 100%. He has three young talented receivers in Mark Andrews, Marquise Brown and Rashod Bateman who can be an elite force in the NFL for the next decade. No other young quarterback has the same combination of rushing ability and young talent at multiple receiver positions.

Rank Position Name Team Position Rank
30 WR Diontae Johnson Steelers WR12
31 WR Amon-Ra St. Brown Lions WR13
32 WR Tee Higgins Bengals WR14
33 WR DeVonta Smith Eagles WR15
34 TE Travis Kelce Chiefs TE3

There are enough good young quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers in the league that there aren’t any older players at those positions anywhere near the top of these lists. Unfortunately, there is not the same luxury at tight end.

Kyle Pitts and Mark Andrews should be the consensus top two tight ends in dynasty. The gap between Travis Kelce and the rest of the league remains too high.

The Chiefs pass-catcher scored over 50 fantasy points more than any other tight end not named Andrews despite missing a game, and there's been a 30-point gap between him and the next best fantasy tight end in each of the previous two seasons.

Still, there is a chance Kelce could fall later this offseason because several other tight ends are facing some level of uncertainty. Four of the top 13 tight ends last season are hitting free agency, while other top tight ends could be welcoming new quarterbacks next year. Having Patrick Mahomes throwing to Kelce adds too much surplus value, even if it’s just for a few more seasons compared to other situations with less certainty.

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Rank Position Name Team Position Rank
35 WR Keenan Allen Chargers WR16
36 WR D.K. Metcalf Seahawks WR17
37 WR DeAndre Hopkins Cardinals WR18
38 WR D.J. Moore Panthers WR19
39 WR Marquise Brown Ravens WR20
40 RB Josh Jacobs Raiders RB16
41 RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire Chiefs RB17
42 WR Calvin Ridley Falcons WR21
43 RB Aaron Jones Packers RB18
44 QB Josh Allen Bills QB2
45 RB Nick Chubb Browns RB19
46 WR Chris Godwin Free Agent WR22
47 QB Justin Herbert Chargers QB3
48 WR Rondale Moore Cardinals WR23

Rondale Moore is the first player on the list with minimal past fantasy production. He finished 2021 as WR64, with one week at WR6 and no other week as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver. He missed a few weeks at the end of the season, but we had another taste in the playoffs of what could be coming next season. His seven targets during wild-card weekend were his third-highest target total of the season.

Christian Kirk and A.J. Green are unrestricted free agents, and it’s unlikely both players return given the Cardinals‘ cap situation. They only have $6 million in effective cap space, according to Over The Cap, and several other important unrestricted free agents, such as both running backs, Zach Ertz and the PFF's fourth-best free agent Chandler Jones. Moore being fourth on the depth chart this season was a luxury, but it’s one the Cardinals can’t afford next season.

Rank Position Name Team Position Rank
49 TE George Kittle 49ers TE4
50 RB James Conner Free Agent RB20
51 WR Rashod Bateman Ravens WR24
52 WR Hunter Renfrow Raiders WR25
53 RB Saquon Barkley Giants RB21
54 WR Terry McLaurin Football Team WR26
55 QB Patrick Mahomes Chiefs QB4
56 WR Michael Thomas Saints WR27

Michael Thomas was one of the biggest high-risk, high-reward draft picks last year — and it ended up being all risk and no reward. Until there is more clarity on his situation, he will likely give fantasy managers headaches once again. He didn’t play at all last year and was limited to seven games in 2020. When we last saw Thomas at full strength, he averaged over 100 receiving yards per game and a touchdown every other game. His 2019 fantasy point total would have ranked second in 2021 despite the 16-game schedule. The Saints could desperately use him, or the more likely outcome is he ends up with a new team. This could revitalize his career or make him just another receiver depending on the situation.

Rank Position Name Team Position Rank
57 RB A.J. Dillon Packers RB22
58 WR Tyler Lockett Seahawks WR28
59 QB Kyler Murray Cardinals QB5
60 WR Mike Evans Buccaneers WR29
61 WR Michael Pittman Jr. Colts WR30
62 RB Ezekiel Elliott Cowboys RB23
63 WR Darnell Mooney Bears WR31
64 RB David Montgomery Bears RB24
65 TE Darren Waller Raiders TE5
66 WR Brandon Aiyuk 49ers WR32
67 QB Joe Burrow Bengals QB6
68 WR Adam Thielen Vikings WR33
69 WR Chase Claypool Steelers WR34
70 TE Pat Freiermuth Steelers TE6
71 QB Trey Lance 49ers QB7

Trey Lance comes in at QB7 even though he barely played during the 2021 season. Many expect him to take over the starting role for the 2022 season. He was a top-10 fantasy quarterback in his most recent start. He ran the ball 16 times, top-five among quarterbacks not named Lamar Jackson in the last 40 years. He will have much more talent around him than most rushing quarterbacks and is one of the few quarterbacks with the potential to be the QB1 for several years. There is also a chance he is stuck being a backup for another season if the 49ers go too far in the playoffs with Jimmy Garoppolo.

Rank Position Name Team Position Rank
72 WR Robert Woods Rams WR35
73 QB Mac Jones Patriots QB8
74 RB Devin Singletary Bills RB25
75 WR Gabriel Davis Bills WR36
76 RB Damien Harris Patriots RB26
77 TE Dallas Goedert Eagles TE7
78 WR Josh Palmer Chargers WR37

Gabriel Davis and Josh Palmer are two more wide receivers who haven’t fully proven themselves but could see significantly more targets in 2022. Both teams have a starting wide receiver hitting free agency, which could elevate them to the No. 2 receiver on their team. Both are playing with elite starting quarterbacks. Davis put together a WR4 performance late in the 2021 season, while Palmer finished as a top-32 fantasy wide receiver in three of the last five weeks. If everything goes right, they can be consistent fantasy starters for several seasons.

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Rank Position Name Team Position Rank
79 QB Jalen Hurts Eagles QB9
80 WR Brandin Cooks Texans WR38
81 RB Miles Sanders Eagles RB27
82 QB Justin Fields Bears QB10
83 QB Dak Prescott Cowboys QB11
84 WR Amari Cooper Cowboys WR39
85 WR DeVante Parker Dolphins WR40
86 RB James Robinson Jaguars RB28
87 TE T.J. Hockenson Lions TE8
88 RB J.K. Dobbins Ravens RB29
89 WR Jerry Jeudy Broncos WR41
90 WR Corey Davis Jets WR42
91 RB Rashaad Penny Free Agent RB30
92 TE Irv Smith Jr. Vikings TE9
93 WR Kadarius Toney Giants WR43
94 RB Chase Edmonds Free Agent RB31
95 WR Allen Robinson II Free Agent WR44
96 RB Tony Pollard Cowboys RB32
97 WR Will Fuller V Free Agent WR45
98 RB Travis Etienne Jaguars RB33
99 WR Sterling Shepard Giants WR46
100 WR Jarvis Landry Browns WR47
101 RB Rhamondre Stevenson Patriots RB34
102 TE Dalton Schultz Free Agent TE10
103 RB Melvin Gordon III Free Agent RB35
104 WR Jakobi Meyers Patriots WR48
105 WR JuJu Smith-Schuster Free Agent WR49
106 RB Kareem Hunt Browns RB36
107 TE Mike Gesicki Free Agent TE11
108 WR Tyler Boyd Bengals WR50
109 QB Trevor Lawrence Jaguars QB12
110 RB Alexander Mattison Vikings RB37
111 WR D.J. Chark Jr. Free Agent WR51
112 QB Tua Tagovailoa Dolphins QB13
113 RB Chris Carson Seahawks RB38
114 WR Marvin Jones Jr. Jaguars WR52
115 RB Khalil Herbert Bears RB39
116 TE Dawson Knox Bills TE12
117 WR Christian Kirk Free Agent WR53
118 TE Noah Fant Broncos TE13
119 QB Deshaun Watson Texans QB14
120 RB Myles Gaskin Dolphins RB40
121 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones Browns WR54
122 WR Mike Williams Free Agent WR55
123 RB D'Ernest Johnson Browns RB41
124 QB Zach Wilson Jets QB15
125 WR Jamison Crowder Free Agent WR56
126 TE Tyler Higbee Rams TE14
127 WR Antonio Brown Free Agent WR57
128 RB Mike Davis Falcons RB42
129 WR Michael Gallup Free Agent WR58
130 QB Aaron Rodgers Packers QB16
131 TE Austin Hooper Browns TE15
132 WR Laviska Shenault Jr. Jaguars WR59
133 RB Cordarrelle Patterson Free Agent RB43
134 WR Van Jefferson Rams WR60
135 RB Sony Michel Free Agent RB44
136 QB Tom Brady Buccaneers QB17
137 WR Robby Anderson Panthers WR61
138 RB Darrell Henderson Rams RB45
139 RB Ronald Jones Free Agent RB46
140 WR Russell Gage Free Agent WR62
141 QB Kirk Cousins Vikings QB18
142 TE Dan Arnold Jaguars TE16
143 RB Duke Johnson Jr. Free Agent RB47
144 WR Odell Beckham Jr. Free Agent WR63
145 TE Cole Kmet Bears TE17
146 WR Courtland Sutton Broncos WR64
147 RB J.D. McKissic Free Agent RB48
148 WR Julio Jones Titans WR65
149 QB Matthew Stafford Rams QB19
150 RB Raheem Mostert Free Agent RB49
151 TE Evan Engram Free Agent TE18
152 QB Russell Wilson Seahawks QB20
153 WR Cole Beasley Bills WR66
154 TE Hunter Henry Patriots TE19
155 RB David Johnson Free Agent RB50
156 WR Kenny Golladay Giants WR67
157 RB James White Free Agent RB51
158 QB Ryan Tannehill Titans QB21
159 WR Marquez Callaway Saints WR68
160 RB Darrel Williams Free Agent RB52
161 QB Baker Mayfield Browns QB22
162 WR Curtis Samuel Football Team WR69
163 TE Zach Ertz Free Agent TE20
164 RB Gus Edwards Ravens RB53
165 WR Emmanuel Sanders Free Agent WR70
166 RB Kenneth Gainwell Eagles RB54
167 TE Robert Tonyan Free Agent TE21
168 QB Derek Carr Raiders QB23
169 WR Allen Lazard Packers WR71
170 WR Zach Pascal Free Agent WR72
171 QB Daniel Jones Giants QB24
172 RB Kenyan Drake Raiders RB55
173 TE Rob Gronkowski Free Agent TE22
174 QB Jameis Winston Free Agent QB25
175 WR Nelson Agholor Patriots WR73
176 QB Carson Wentz Colts QB26
177 RB Damien Williams Free Agent RB56
178 WR Kendrick Bourne Patriots WR74
179 WR Tim Patrick Broncos WR75
180 RB Zack Moss Bills RB57
181 WR Nico Collins Texans WR76
182 TE Brevin Jordan Texans TE23
183 TE Logan Thomas Football Team TE24
184 RB Devonta Freeman Free Agent RB58
185 WR Bryan Edwards Raiders WR77
186 QB Jimmy Garoppolo 49ers QB27
187 RB Jeff Wilson Jr. Free Agent RB59
188 WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling Free Agent WR78
189 TE Albert Okwuegbunam Broncos TE25
190 WR Tre'Quan Smith Free Agent WR79
191 WR A.J. Green Free Agent WR80
192 QB Matt Ryan Falcons QB28
193 WR Zay Jones Free Agent WR81
194 RB Latavius Murray Free Agent RB60
195 RB Devontae Booker Giants RB61
196 RB Nyheim Hines Colts RB62
197 TE Donald Parham Chargers TE26
198 RB Rex Burkhead Free Agent RB63
199 RB Jordan Howard Free Agent RB64
200 WR K.J. Osborn Vikings WR82
201 TE Jared Cook Free Agent TE27
202 WR Mecole Hardman Chiefs WR83
203 TE David Njoku Free Agent TE28
204 WR Kalif Raymond Free Agent WR84
205 RB Chuba Hubbard Panthers RB65
206 TE Hayden Hurst Free Agent TE29
207 RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn Buccaneers RB66
208 RB D'Onta Foreman Free Agent RB67
209 TE Tyler Conklin Free Agent TE30
210 RB Jamaal Williams Lions RB68
211 WR T.Y. Hilton Free Agent WR85
212 TE Maxx Williams Free Agent TE31
213 RB Tevin Coleman Free Agent RB69
214 WR Breshad Perriman Free Agent WR86
215 TE C.J. Uzomah Free Agent TE32
216 QB Mitchell Trubisky Free Agent QB29
217 QB Sam Darnold Panthers QB30
218 WR Deonte Harris Saints WR87
219 WR Quintez Cephus Lions WR88
220 QB Marcus Mariota Free Agent QB31
221 WR Quez Watkins Eagles WR89
222 TE Gerald Everett Free Agent TE33
223 WR Parris Campbell Colts WR90
224 RB Giovani Bernard Free Agent RB70
225 RB Le'Veon Bell Free Agent RB71
226 QB Jared Goff Lions QB32
227 RB Ty Johnson Jets RB72
228 TE Tommy Tremble Panthers TE34
229 WR Terrace Marshall Jr. Panthers WR91
230 WR Josh Reynolds Free Agent WR92
231 WR Jalen Reagor Eagles WR93
232 QB Teddy Bridgewater Free Agent QB33
233 WR Adam Humphries Free Agent WR94
234 WR Jauan Jennings 49ers WR95
235 WR Randall Cobb Packers WR96
236 QB Jordan Love Packers QB34
237 WR Nick Westbrook-Ikhine Titans WR97
238 RB Mark Ingram II Saints RB73
239 RB Justin Jackson Free Agent RB74
240 RB Jerick McKinnon Free Agent RB75
241 TE Anthony Firkser Free Agent TE35
242 WR Rashard Higgins Free Agent WR98
243 WR Damiere Byrd Free Agent WR99
244 WR Tyler Johnson Buccaneers WR100
245 RB Brandon Bolden Free Agent RB76
246 QB Tyler Huntley Ravens QB35
247 WR D'Wayne Eskridge Seahawks WR101
248 RB Alex Collins Free Agent RB77
249 TE O.J. Howard Free Agent TE36
250 RB Dontrell Hilliard Free Agent RB78

 

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