The Yahoo Fantasy Football team (Andy Behrens, Dalton Del Don, Scott Pianowski and Matt Harmon) is identifying the specific players who are having the hardest time ranking and projecting during this 2022 draft season.
The most hyped receiver of the draft season is also the hardest to rank
Andy Behrens: Gabe Davis it’s just a total ratings nightmare, unless of course you’re Dalton Del Don, in which case you just call it WR12 and move on.
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We all remember the way Davis closed out his 2021 postseason, with a 201-yard, 4-TD rash against the Chiefs. But no one chooses to remember the way he ended the regular season, when he caught just three balls for 39 yards on a whopping 14 targets. For me, the truth of Davis is somewhere between those performances. He’s tied to the right offense and he’s an incredibly talented quarterback, so it’s not like he’s avoided it on drafts. It’s just hard to express the full range of Davis’ possibilities in a single ranking. He’s very good, but he’s also clearly not the team’s first receiving choice.
There is a non-trivial chance that it will be outclassed by Isaiah McKenzie this year, but no one is ready for that conversation (certainly not Del Don).
Rookie catchers present a conundrum in 2022
Matt Harmon: Almost all rookie wide receivers are ranking challenges. Outside Chris Oliver, drake london and furtively Jahan DotsonI’m not sure how big of a Weeks 1-4 role any of these guys can play. Those three guys are still green-light picks because I’m 100 percent sure they’re going to come out as true starters right off the bat.
However, the rest of the class of 2022 is a bit more difficult to project.
I really want you to get Skyy Moore, Alec Pierce, George Pickens, Garrett Wilson and even Treylon Burks on your teams this year… I’m just not so sure I should draft them. If those players aren’t going to have a real role in two-receiver sets for the first month of the season, they’re just going to put a hole in his roster and keep him from getting valuable RB waiver adds until he finally gives up the ghost and drops them. .
Remember, most of the people who won championships with Amon-Ra St. Brown on his teams last year weren’t the ones who drafted him as a sleeper over the summer, but the hawks who drafted him when his routes per game started to increase after his bye week as a rookie. I want you to be that hawk for the 2022 rookies; I’m just not sure how to reflect that in the draft rankings.
An exciting young quarterback with question marks.
Scott Pianoowski: I understand the excitement for trey lance, believe me yes. He was the third pick in last year’s draft, Kyle Shanahan is a wizard, the Niners have fun talent, and Lance will run a lot; the ultimate cheat code for a quarterback. But Lance is also a giant unknown; in his last four soccer seasons, he has thrown just 389 passes. When sophomore quarterbacks like it patrick mahomes either lamar jackson eliminated, we could at least take inspiration from his college accomplishments: Mahomes had a monster two years at Texas Tech, while Jackson won a Heisman Trophy (and finished third the following year).
On Lance, the blast call is largely a speculation play.
I recognize the need to skate to where the puck is headed, not where it has been. And in quarterback formats, you have a safety net if you take Lance and he passes. That said, I have other quarterbacks on my roster that I’m more likely to select. If Lance is the breakout of the year, he’s unlikely to benefit me.
Will this veteran star receiver return to his former fantasy glory?
Dalton of the Don: Miguel Tomas He’s been the hardest player for me to rank for, playing just seven games and not scoring a touchdown since 2019. But he’s not even 30 yet, and he posted 149 receptions on 185 targets the last time we saw him healthy. Now, two years after ankle surgery but dealing with a (minor) hamstring injury and playing with a new quarterback, Thomas has a wide variety of fantasy results this season.