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2022 Top-250 Fantasy Football Rankings

Orchard Park, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) warms up prior to a game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 fantasy football season is over for the vast majority of redraft and dynasty leagues, as the was champion crowned after last night's Cleveland Browns-Pittsburgh Steelers game. That means Tuesday is the first day to prepare for the 2022 season. To help begin that process, I'm here to offer the first draft of my 2022 PPR redraft rankings.

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This exercise was done one year ago, and I correctly identified Austin Ekeler as a top-five option, said Jalen Hurts would be a top-10 quarterback and missed plenty as well.

Everything on this list can and will change between now and September as players change teams in free agency and depth charts are affected by the NFL draft. Commentary surrounding the rankings can be found at the bottom of the page.

The 2022 rookie class was not included in this iteration of the rankings. All unrestricted free agents are noted instead of their current team, even if they are likely to re-sign.

Last updated: 5:00 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10

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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 Derrick Henry Titans RB4
5 WR Justin Jefferson Vikings WR1
6 WR Cooper Kupp Rams WR2
7 RB Dalvin Cook Vikings RB5
8 RB Alvin Kamara Saints RB6
9 WR Davante Adams Free Agent WR3
10 RB Christian McCaffrey Panthers RB7
11 RB Antonio Gibson Football Team RB8
12 WR Deebo Samuel 49ers WR4
13 RB Cam Akers Rams RB9
14 RB Javonte Williams Broncos RB10
15 RB Joe Mixon Bengals RB11
16 TE Travis Kelce Chiefs TE1
17 RB Michael Carter Jets RB12
18 WR Stefon Diggs Bills WR5
19 WR Tyreek Hill Chiefs WR6
20 TE Mark Andrews Ravens TE2
21 WR A.J. Brown Titans WR7
22 WR Ja'Marr Chase Bengals WR8
23 TE George Kittle 49ers TE3
24 RB Leonard Fournette Free Agent RB13
25 RB Elijah Mitchell 49ers RB14
26 RB D'Andre Swift Lions RB15
27 RB Josh Jacobs Raiders RB16
28 RB Ezekiel Elliott Cowboys RB17
29 RB Aaron Jones Packers RB18
30 TE Darren Waller Raiders TE4
31 RB James Conner Free Agent RB19
32 WR Diontae Johnson Steelers WR9
33 RB Nick Chubb Browns RB20
34 WR Keenan Allen Chargers WR10
35 WR DeAndre Hopkins Cardinals WR11
36 TE Kyle Pitts Falcons TE5
37 WR Jaylen Waddle Dolphins WR12
38 WR CeeDee Lamb Cowboys WR13
39 WR Calvin Ridley Falcons WR14
40 WR Chris Godwin Free Agent WR15
41 WR Tee Higgins Bengals WR16
42 WR Adam Thielen Vikings WR17
43 WR D.J. Moore Panthers WR18
44 WR D.K. Metcalf Seahawks WR19
45 WR Marquise Brown Ravens WR20
46 WR Michael Thomas Saints WR21
47 QB Josh Allen Bills QB1
48 WR Tyler Lockett Seahawks WR22
49 RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire Chiefs RB21
50 WR Hunter Renfrow Raiders WR23
51 RB Saquon Barkley Giants RB22
52 WR Mike Evans Buccaneers WR24
53 WR Terry McLaurin Football Team WR25
54 RB Chris Carson Seahawks RB23
55 RB A.J. Dillon Packers RB24
56 WR Robert Woods Rams WR26
57 WR Brandin Cooks Texans WR27
58 WR Amari Cooper Cowboys WR28
59 WR Elijah Moore Jets WR29
60 WR Amon-Ra St. Brown Lions WR30
61 TE Dallas Goedert Eagles TE6
62 WR DeVante Parker Dolphins WR31
63 WR Rondale Moore Cardinals WR32
64 QB Lamar Jackson Ravens QB2
65 WR DeVonta Smith Eagles WR33
66 WR Michael Pittman Jr. Colts WR34
67 RB David Montgomery Bears RB25
68 RB Miles Sanders Eagles RB26
69 RB Myles Gaskin Dolphins RB27
70 WR Brandon Aiyuk 49ers WR35
71 QB Patrick Mahomes Chiefs QB3
72 WR Allen Robinson II Free Agent WR36
73 RB Devin Singletary Bills RB28
74 RB Damien Harris Patriots RB29
75 RB Mike Davis Falcons RB30
76 QB Justin Herbert Chargers QB4
77 QB Kyler Murray Cardinals QB5
78 QB Aaron Rodgers Packers QB6
79 RB James Robinson Jaguars RB31
80 WR Corey Davis Jets WR37
81 RB Chase Edmonds Free Agent RB32
82 WR Chase Claypool Steelers WR38
83 TE Pat Freiermuth Steelers TE7
84 RB Cordarrelle Patterson Free Agent RB33
85 WR Will Fuller V Free Agent WR39
86 RB J.K. Dobbins Ravens RB34
87 QB Dak Prescott Cowboys QB7
88 WR Jarvis Landry Browns WR40
89 WR Sterling Shepard Giants WR41
90 QB Tom Brady Buccaneers QB8
91 RB Melvin Gordon III Free Agent RB35
92 TE T.J. Hockenson Lions TE8
93 WR Marvin Jones Jr. Jaguars WR42
94 WR Rashod Bateman Ravens WR43
95 QB Jalen Hurts Eagles QB9
96 TE Dalton Schultz Free Agent TE9
97 QB Trey Lance 49ers QB10
98 RB Duke Johnson Jr. Free Agent RB36
99 WR Gabriel Davis Bills WR44
100 WR Antonio Brown Free Agent WR45
101 WR Tyler Boyd Bengals WR46
102 RB J.D. McKissic Free Agent RB37
103 WR Jamison Crowder Free Agent WR47
104 QB Joe Burrow Bengals QB11
105 WR JuJu Smith-Schuster Free Agent WR48
106 WR Mike Williams Free Agent WR49
107 QB Kirk Cousins Vikings QB12
108 WR Jakobi Meyers Patriots WR50
109 QB Matthew Stafford Rams QB13
110 WR Jerry Jeudy Broncos WR51
111 RB Tony Pollard Cowboys RB38
112 QB Tua Tagovailoa Dolphins QB14
113 QB Russell Wilson Seahawks QB15
114 RB Rhamondre Stevenson Patriots RB39
115 TE Mike Gesicki Free Agent TE10
116 TE Irv Smith Jr. Vikings TE11
117 TE Dawson Knox Bills TE12
118 QB Mac Jones Patriots QB16
119 RB Raheem Mostert Free Agent RB40
120 TE Tyler Higbee Rams TE13
121 WR D.J. Chark Jr. Free Agent WR52
122 RB David Johnson Free Agent RB41
123 RB James White Free Agent RB42
124 WR Christian Kirk Free Agent WR53
125 WR Robby Anderson Panthers WR54
126 QB Ryan Tannehill Titans QB17
127 WR Darnell Mooney Bears WR55
128 QB Deshaun Watson Texans QB18
129 RB Darrel Williams Free Agent RB43
130 WR Michael Gallup Free Agent WR56
131 RB Gus Edwards Ravens RB44
132 QB Justin Fields Bears QB19
133 RB Kenyan Drake Raiders RB45
134 RB Sony Michel Free Agent RB46
135 WR Josh Palmer Chargers WR57
136 WR Julio Jones Titans WR58
137 TE Noah Fant Broncos TE14
138 WR Cole Beasley Bills WR59
139 TE Austin Hooper Browns TE15
140 TE Dan Arnold Jaguars TE16
141 RB Damien Williams Free Agent RB47
142 WR Van Jefferson Rams WR60
143 QB Derek Carr Raiders QB20
144 RB Devonta Freeman Free Agent RB48
145 TE Evan Engram Free Agent TE17
146 RB Latavius Murray Free Agent RB49
147 QB Trevor Lawrence Jaguars QB21
148 WR Kadarius Toney Giants WR61
149 WR Odell Beckham Jr. Free Agent WR62
150 QB Baker Mayfield Browns QB22
151 TE Zach Ertz Free Agent TE18
152 QB Jameis Winston Free Agent QB23
153 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones Browns WR63
154 WR Emmanuel Sanders Free Agent WR64
155 TE Hunter Henry Patriots TE19
156 RB Kareem Hunt Browns RB50
157 TE Rob Gronkowski Free Agent TE20
158 WR Russell Gage Free Agent WR65
159 WR Kenny Golladay Giants WR66
160 RB Zack Moss Bills RB51
161 WR Laviska Shenault Jr. Jaguars WR67
162 WR Courtland Sutton Broncos WR68
163 WR Curtis Samuel Football Team WR69
164 RB Devontae Booker Giants RB52
165 WR Nelson Agholor Patriots WR70
166 TE Robert Tonyan Free Agent TE21
167 WR Zach Pascal Free Agent WR71
168 RB Rashaad Penny Free Agent RB53
169 QB Carson Wentz Colts QB24
170 RB Rex Burkhead Texans RB54
171 WR Allen Lazard Packers WR72
172 QB Zach Wilson Jets QB25
173 TE Cole Kmet Bears TE22
174 RB Jeff Wilson Jr. Free Agent RB55
175 RB Kenneth Gainwell Eagles RB56
176 WR Marquez Callaway Saints WR73
177 RB Jordan Howard Free Agent RB57
178 WR Kendrick Bourne Patriots WR74
179 WR Tim Patrick Broncos WR75
180 RB Nyheim Hines Colts RB58
181 WR A.J. Green Free Agent WR76
182 QB Jimmy Garoppolo 49ers QB26
183 RB Tevin Coleman Free Agent RB59
184 QB Daniel Jones Giants QB27
185 RB Ronald Jones Free Agent RB60
186 TE Logan Thomas Football Team TE23
187 QB Matt Ryan Falcons QB28
188 WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling Free Agent WR77
189 WR T.Y. Hilton Free Agent WR78
190 QB Marcus Mariota Free Agent QB29
191 WR Zay Jones Free Agent WR79
192 QB Mitchell Trubisky Free Agent QB30
193 RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn Buccaneers RB61
194 WR Tre'Quan Smith Free Agent WR80
195 RB Jamaal Williams Lions RB62
196 WR Kalif Raymond Free Agent WR81
197 WR Breshad Perriman Free Agent WR82
198 RB Giovani Bernard Free Agent RB63
199 RB Le'Veon Bell Free Agent RB64
200 RB Mark Ingram II Saints RB65
201 TE Jared Cook Free Agent TE24
202 WR Bryan Edwards Raiders WR83
203 TE David Njoku Free Agent TE25
204 RB Khalil Herbert Bears RB66
205 TE Hayden Hurst Free Agent TE26
206 QB Jared Goff Lions QB31
207 TE Maxx Williams Free Agent TE27
208 WR K.J. Osborn Vikings WR84
209 QB Teddy Bridgewater Free Agent QB32
210 RB Brandon Bolden Free Agent RB67
211 TE C.J. Uzomah Free Agent TE28
212 WR Mecole Hardman Chiefs WR85
213 RB Jerick McKinnon Free Agent RB68
214 RB Darrell Henderson Rams RB69
215 TE Brevin Jordan Texans TE29
216 WR Deonte Harris Saints WR86
217 RB Chuba Hubbard Panthers RB70
218 TE Tyler Conklin Free Agent TE30
219 RB Alex Collins Free Agent RB71
220 WR Nico Collins Texans WR87
221 TE Gerald Everett Free Agent TE31
222 QB Ryan Fitzpatrick Free Agent QB33
223 RB Ty Johnson Jets RB72
224 WR Quintez Cephus Lions WR88
225 TE Ryan Griffin Jets TE32
226 RB Peyton Barber Free Agent RB73
227 QB Sam Darnold Panthers QB34
228 WR Adam Humphries Free Agent WR89
229 RB Justin Jackson Free Agent RB74
230 WR Quez Watkins Eagles WR90
231 RB Dontrell Hilliard Free Agent RB75
232 WR Josh Reynolds Free Agent WR91
233 QB Taysom Hill Saints QB35
234 WR Randall Cobb Packers WR92
235 TE Anthony Firkser Free Agent TE33
236 RB Phillip Lindsay Free Agent RB76
237 WR Parris Campbell Colts WR93
238 WR Damiere Byrd Free Agent WR94
239 WR Rashard Higgins Free Agent WR95
240 RB Travis Etienne Jaguars RB77
241 WR Jauan Jennings 49ers WR96
242 QB Tyrod Taylor Free Agent QB36
243 RB Wayne Gallman Free Agent RB78
244 RB Alexander Mattison Vikings RB79
245 TE O.J. Howard Free Agent TE34
246 WR Jalen Reagor Eagles WR97
247 QB Cam Newton Free Agent QB37
248 WR Nick Westbrook-Ikhine Titans WR98
249 WR Tyler Johnson Buccaneers WR99
250 TE Blake Jarwin Cowboys TE35


The quarterback position is getting more competitive than ever at the top. The majority of quarterbacks that were expected to produce this season were successful whenever healthy. Nine of the top 10 quarterbacks by ADP have scored 21 or more fantasy points per game. All nine should remain solid picks in 2022.

Justin Herbert could be the most interesting option among the top quarterbacks. The Los Angeles Chargers have the second-most cap space in the NFL, giving them plenty of opportunities to upgrade. Both wide receiver Mike Williams and tight end Jared Cook are free agents. There is a chance both could return, but if not, the Chargers could upgrade at each position. There is still room to improve on the offensive line. If Herbert gets more help, there is a case that he should be the first quarterback off the board.

Joe Burrow was not far behind. The former first overall pick had a slow start to the season, but he’s been QB2 from Week 6 to Week 17 and is the second-highest graded quarterback this season. He is the most likely quarterback to join the 21 PPG club.

Trey Lance comes in at No. 11 with the assumption he will be the San Francisco 49ers‘ starting quarterback in 2022. He could be this year’s Jalen Hurts but with more uncertainty. He will have less experience than Hurts, but the talent surrounding Lance is much better. Lance ran 16 times in his first start. Lamar Jackson, Hurts, Cam Newton and Tim Tebow are the only other quarterbacks who rushed the ball that many times in the last 45 years. The third overall pick followed that up with a QB10 performance in his second start. He will be the biggest high-risk, high-reward pick at the position next year.

Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins round out the top 13. Both have been top-10 quarterbacks in 2021 with All-Pro wide receivers, but they are older, don’t have the rushing production and haven’t been as consistent throughout their careers as other older quarterbacks that were drafted this highly. These quarterbacks are the worst-case scenario for someone who waits on a quarterback in 2022, making it more attractive than ever to wait on a quarterback in fantasy drafts.

Running Backs

Running backs will dominate the first round as usual. Jonathan Taylor, to no surprise, ranks at the top of the list while rookie Najee Harris comes in at No. 2. Harris currently sits at third in fantasy points despite a below-average 0.31 fantasy points per snap — the lowest among the top-15 backs. His 0.9 yards before contact per carry rank third-worst among running backs, as he hasn’t received help from his offensive line. The line can only get better, which should give Harris more room to make big plays.

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The backend of the top 12 is also filled with young running backs who have performed well on small sample sizes. Cam Akers is expected to be the Los Angeles Rams‘ lead back in 2022. They made it clear in 2021 that they prefer one back leading the backfield. He ran the ball at least 20 times in three of his last four games in 2020. He comes in at ninth.

Javonte Williams comes in right after Akers to round out the top 10. He’s exceeded expectations as a rookie, as his 3.42 yards after contact per carry ranked second-most among all backs, behind only Taylor. He sits at RB14 in 2021 despite splitting time with Melvin Gordon III all season. Gordon is a free agent, and even if he returns, Williams' snaps should increase, which will boost his fantasy value. The former second-round pick could rank even higher depending on his backup.

Williams’ college teammate Michael Carter will also see his ADP rise significantly from last offseason. Carter’s exceeded 70% of the New York Jets‘ offensive snaps in recent weeks when healthy while his 76.6 PFF run grade since Week 10 ranks 10th among backs. His main problem is a lack of touchdowns, which comes from a lack of red zone opportunities. His 25 red zone attempts rank 28th among running backs. Ideally, Zach Wilson takes a step forward in 2022, which helps the entire offense and leads to more touchdowns by Carter.

A few running backs who typically rank in the top 10 have fallen to the top 20 due to the other backs in their backfields. Ezekiel Elliott, Aaron Jones and Nick Chubb all started their seasons strong, as each had a top-five finish within the first three weeks. Unfortunately, they’ve had another three combined over the last 13 weeks. None of them are the highest graded back on their own team, as the younger backs outplayed them on smaller sample sizes. They are all expected to keep their starting jobs, but they could continue to lose snaps over time. There are other backs who are younger, more assured of a full-time role and can be drafted higher.

Rank Player Team PFF Grade
1 D'Ernest Johnson Browns 90.1
2 A.J. Dillon Packers 88.3
3 Damien Harris Patriots 87.1
4 Jonathan Taylor Colts 85.0
5 Tony Pollard Cowboys 84.1

Wide Receivers

The debate at wide receiver will start at the very top. Justin Jefferson slightly beats out Cooper Kupp and Davante Adams on the list. Adams is a free agent, so the risk of him no longer playing with Aaron Rodgers is too high to leave him at the top this early.  Kupp should have more competition for touches in a crowded Rams offense, as Cam Akers and Robert Woods should be back for the start of next year. Rookies Tutu Atwell and Jacob Harris basically redshirted this season. None of those four players will have a major impact on Kupp, but, collectively, they could chip away at his targets.

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It’s also important to factor in where all three players are at in their career. Kupp and Adams will both be 29 years old next season and are at a point where their production is expected to decline each season. Jefferson is a few years away from, what should be, his peak season. His target share also has room to grow, unlike Kupp and Adams. His career 91.6 PFF receiving grade is the best from a wide receiver's first two seasons since PFF started grading players. You can’t go wrong with any of the three, but picking the youngest one provides the most upside.

In general, picking wide receivers will become more difficult in 2022. Calvin Ridley was a top-five fantasy wide receiver in 2020, and Michael Thomas was the top receiver in 2019. Both players will hopefully be back to playing this year. 

A number of rookie wide receivers showed enough promise to warrant consideration. Ja’Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith have already proven themselves to be fantasy starters. Amon-Ra St. Brown and Elijah Moore have multiple top-six finishes over the second half of the season. Rashod Bateman and Rondale Moore were both stuck competing for snaps this season but have teammates who are free agents, which should allow both players to be full-time starters next year. Kadarius Toney‘s season was hampered by injury, but he showed enough promise early to be excited about him in 2022. Throw in the 2022 NFL Draft class, and it will be easy to find several names to be excited about late in drafts.

The Denver Broncos will be one of the biggest stories of the offseason. They have a lot of talent at wide receiver, but that hasn’t translated to fantasy production. None of their wide receivers have ranked among the top-48 since Jerry Jeudy returned from his injury. K.J. Hamler will be returning from injury next season, making the receiving room even more crowded. Trading for Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson will be the only opportunities to significantly upgrade at quarterback. Each wide receiver will see a significant boost if one of those quarterbacks is acquired; however, there will be a lot of competition for those quarterbacks, and it’s unlikely all three will be available.

Tight Ends

Tight end is a top-heavy position, and there won’t be a consensus as to who is ranked No. 1. Mark Andrews beat Travis Kelce for the top fantasy tight end of 2021 after Kelce won the five previous years, but the Kansas City tight end could regain the throne next year despite being 32 years old. Andrews' issue is that he might not retain this season's volume. The Ravens haven’t run as much this season as year’s past, but both J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards should return for 2022. First-round rookie Rashod Bateman is only 22 years old and should see an increase in targets in his second season. Andrews is very talented, but he might not receive the necessary touches to keep the top spot.

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Kyle Pitts lived up to his lofty rookie expectations and finished at TE6 this season, which is exactly where I have him for 2022. His biggest problem has been touchdowns, as he’s only scored once this season. His 10 red zone catches rank 17th most among tight ends. He’s likely stuck with Matt Ryan at quarterback, and he’s been average this season, which is a step back from last year. He will be 37 years old by next season, so, if anything, his play will decline rather than improve. Pitts will also face more competition for targets. Any gains he makes in touchdowns should be offset by a lower target share and lower quality of targets.

There won’t be a large gap between the top-five fantasy tight ends, which likely means none deserve to be a first-round pick. It will be helpful to have one of the five, but it doesn’t need to be the first one of the five.

Pat Freiermuth is another second-year tight end who will be a popular pick in 2022. He’s achieved four top-seven finishes in his last eight games. Eric Ebron is a free agent, which should lead to Freiermuth keeping the top tight end role in Pittsburgh. The Steelers will likely have a new quarterback next year. The better the quarterback Pittsburgh has, the higher Baby Gronk’s ADP will rise.

Free agency will play a large role in how tight ends get drafted after the top-five. Dalton Schultz, Zach Ertz and Mike Gesicki are three of the top nine fantasy tight ends this season, and all will be unrestricted free agents. Twenty-one NFL teams have one or both of their top-two tight ends as unrestricted free agents this season, so there could be a lot of movement. This will also go a long way in determining who the best late-round dart throws are at the position.

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