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2022 Top-300 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

Indianapolis Colts RB Jonathan Taylor remains the highest-ranked player despite competition for the top spot.

• No tight end should be picked in the first round, but the Baltimore RavensMark Andrews is a viable option in Round 2.

• Young wide receivers — such as the Buffalo BillsIsaiah McKenzie, New York GiantsWan’Dale Robinson and Green Bay PackersRomeo Doubs have flown up draft boards after positive camp reports.

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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.

The following are my top 300 players in PPR drafts broken into tiers, which is based on 12-team leagues.

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Last Updated: September 3, 2022

Tier 1

Rank Pos Name Team Position Rank
1 RB Jonathan Taylor Colts RB1
2 WR Cooper Kupp Rams WR1
3 WR Justin Jefferson Vikings WR2

Jonathan Taylor is 2022's consensus top player in most formats. He was unique in 2021 for both how he was used and how impactful his carries were. He scored 30 more fantasy points than any other running back in PPR despite not ranking inside the top 20 in targets. He receives an upgrade at quarterback in Matt Ryan, which should help him maintain a high number of red0zone opportunities. He also didn’t receive any significant competition this offseason, so injury is the only thing that could slow Taylor down this season.

Cooper Kupp and Justin Jefferson stand out among all of the wide receivers. Kupp had the best fantasy season ever by a wide receiver, beating out Randy Moss and Jerry Rice, while Jefferson has the most receiving yards and receptions by a player over their first two seasons, beating out Odell Beckham Jr., Moss and Rice.

Both receivers are ahead of the rest of the running backs, as there is one reason or another to be concerned about each one of them. There are enough running backs available at the end of the second round and the start of the third to pick a wide receiver here before securing back-to-back running backs in subsequent rounds.

Tier 2

Rank Pos Name Team Position Rank
4 RB Christian McCaffrey Panthers RB2
5 RB Austin Ekeler Chargers RB3
6 RB Najee Harris Steelers RB4
7 RB Derrick Henry Titans RB5
8 RB Dalvin Cook Vikings RB6
9 WR Stefon Diggs Bills WR3
10 WR Ja'Marr Chase Bengals WR4

This tier begins with five running backs, four of which have been fantasy's most dependable backs over the last few seasons whenever they’ve been healthy.

Christian McCaffrey leads the tier, as he’s been the most dominant fantasy back when healthy thanks to his workload both on the ground and as a receiver. He is just as likely as any other back to get injured on any given play, but there is a concern if he receives less work than in the past. Carolina drafted Chuba Hubbard a season ago and gave D’Onta Foreman a $2 million contract this spring. Both players could prevent McCaffrey from receiving the same number of carries as he used to.


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