It is that time of year again, and as the 2022 NFL season begins to kickoff, fantasy football drafts are here. After a difficult 2021 campaign for many this fantasy football season can’t be another losing year. Let’s take a look at the top five fantasy football sleepers every team needs to consider.
Travis Etienne Jr, Running Back, Jacksonville Jaguars
Nothing from the 2021 season should be counted against the Jaguars. This season probably won’t be a full 180, but the circumstances surrounding the team in 2021 were unprecedented. After producing a league worst 60.7 fantasy points per game, the Jaguars should turn that around this year and it starts with Travis Etienne Jr. James Robinson still probably won’t be ready for the start of the season meaning Etienne Jr will be RB1 for a few weeks. The dynamic between Etienne Jr and Trevor Lawrence is unmatched and with a full camp, Etienne Jr could hold good RB2 value.
Dameon Pierce, Running Back, Houston Texans
There isn’t a fantasy football player quite like Dameon Pierce. The rookie running back is entering a team with Marlon Mack and Rex Burkhead ahead of him on the depth chart. What sets Pierce apart is his size, as he comes in at 5-10, 220 pounds. The running backs ahead of him are also trying to prove themselves. Given his size, expect him to see the majority of goal line carries. Pierce should hold value as RB3 or a flex.
Mo Alie-Cox, Tight End, Indianapolis Colts
One of the best fantasy football picks that should be made is Mo Alie-Cox. The new Quarterback in town Matt Ryan is known to use his tight ends. Last season, Alie-Cox and Doyle had 45 and 43 targets, respectively. With Doyle retiring this offseason, Alie-Cox is primed to take over that production. Look out for him as a TE1 this season.
Jakobi Meyers, Wide Reciever, New England Patriots
The new look Bill Belichick offense may ward off some fantasy football experts, but fear not. Belichick is one of the greatest coaches of all time and backing his offense this season will pay off. After lackluster touchdown production for Jakobi Meyers in 2021, watch him breakout this season. Meyers commanded 24.4 percent of the Pats targets last season, along with 14 red zone targets. It’s not a question of “If” with Meyers, it is “When”. Meyers should hold great value as a WR3 or a flex.
Treylon Burks, Wide Reciever, Tennessee Titans
The fantasy football pick that needs the most caution this season is Treylon Burks. Burks have a great chance at being Tannehill’s top receiver this year. After the departure of AJ Brown and having Robert Woods likely start the year on the PUP list, Burks leads the list of receivers. There is a real chance the 6-2 225 pound receiver explodes this year, however he has some question marks. Burks have struggled making contested catches and avoided contact at times. With the right changes, Burks could have solid WR3 upside.
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