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2022 Half-PPR Fantasy Football Rankings — Jahnke

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) catches a pass in the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Five players fit in the top tier in the top 300 half PPR rankings, including the Minnesota Vikings Justin Jefferson ranking as the top wide receiver.

Cincinnati Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase ends up in the second tier rather than the first due to his inconsistent outputs and competition for targets with teammate Tee Higgins.

The Baltimore Ravens Mark Andrews is the top-ranked tight end. He and the Kansas City Chiefs Travis Kelce should both be second-round picks.

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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 half-PPR drafts, broken into tiers that are based on 12-team leagues.

Last Updated: August 11, 2022

Tier 1

Rank Pos Name Team Position Rank
1 RB Jonathan Taylor Colts RB1
2 RB Derrick Henry Titans RB2
3 WR Justin Jefferson Vikings WR1
4 WR Cooper Kupp Rams WR2
5 RB Austin Ekeler Chargers RB3

Only three players topped 300 half-PPR points in 2021, and each makes this tier. All three have the same coaches from last year and are expected to have the same role.

Derrick Henry is the first exception. He played only half of last season but would have finished close to Jonathan Taylor had he continued at the same pace. 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.

Justin Jefferson is the other exception after finishing fourth among wide receivers in half-PPR scoring last season. He’s only 23 years old, so if anything, he should be getting better. And having Kevin O’Connell run the offense should only help him, too. The Vikings were league average in how often they passed last year, but that should be higher this year.

Tier 2

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