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The 2022 fantasy football season is upon us — which means it's time to seriously begin preparing for drafts of all shapes and sizes. As always, it’s important to determine not just who the best players are, but also who will get the most opportunities.
Positional scarcity also affects when players will come off the board in fantasy drafts. in 2022, the tight end position is shaping up to be the most scarce for a second straight season, as there are only a few reliable, high-upside options — and their average draft position (ADP) is rising. On the other hand, quality wide receivers can be found up and down the draft board.
Utilizing tiers is the best way to ensure that fantasy managers are finding value with each pick, especially throughout the early rounds of fantasy drafts. I'll explain how and why to target certain position groups in each tier along with backup plans for those who choose to go another direction.
The following are my top 300 players in standard, non-PPR drafts broken into tiers, which are based on 12-team leagues.
Last Updated: August 11, 2022
The top three are unsurprisingly all running backs. Jonathan Taylor is the consensus top option, but Derrick Henry should be considered a close second. Henry has put up the best numbers in the run game in recent seasons when healthy.
The biggest concern for Henry is that he’s at a point where a decline in production is expected. Henry will be 29 years old by the end of the season and has over 1,400 career carries. His 74.9 PFF rushing grade in 2021 was better than only his rookie season. For fantasy football purposes, this is mostly concerning if the Titans start limiting Henry’s workload. Tennessee traded away its other great offensive weapon in A.J. Brown, so Henry’s workload should remain among the highest in the league.
Henry’s time as a top running back might not last much longer, but it should be for at least one more season, making him the second-best option in standard drafts.