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Post Hype Dynasty Football Targets (2022 Fantasy Football)

by Skyler Carlin | Featured Writer
Feb 26, 2022
Brandon Aiyuk

Brandon Aiyuk is a great post-hype trade candidate in dynasty leagues.

Before every NFL season, we all tend to have a group of players that we grow fond of in fantasy football. We hype them up throughout the offseason, listing reasons why they will be spectacular picks. Sometimes, despite our optimism, the players we hyped up cannot deliver the production we expected from them.

A player could fall short of their expectations due to an injury, questionable coaching, the players around them, or they just simply weren’t able to perform well. While some people would completely give up on certain players after a disappointing season, it’s a perfect time to try and acquire them in dynasty leagues. Following disappointing or quiet campaigns in 2021, here are some post-hype dynasty football targets for the 2022 season.

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Saquon Barkley (RB – NYG)

Ahead of the 2021 season, I avoided Saquon Barkley like the plague due to his cost coming off of a severe injury. Barkley was selected in the first or second round in drafts last offseason, making him an unnecessary risk at a critical position. After returning from a season-ending knee injury, Barkley finished this past season as RB32 while being limited to 14 games for the New York Giants. There were flashes of him still being the explosive player he was before the injury, but it’s safe to say he was a massive bust in 2021.

Despite his shortcomings last season, there’s reason for optimism moving forward. First and foremost, the Giants have brought in Brian Daboll as the team’s new head coach, which should give New York a much-needed boost on offense. Also, it’s hard to imagine that the Giants won’t be able to improve their below-average offensive line this offseason. People who roster Barkley in dynasty leagues could be looking to move on from him after a dismal season in 2021. But with the changes around Barkley in New York, there’s a chance we see him return to his elite form in 2022.

Michael Carter (RB – NYJ)

Let’s head over to the other New York team for my next dynasty target. Entering the 2021 season, many expected that rookie Michael Carter would earn the starting running back job for the New York Jets before the season concluded. While he saw his role drastically increase, an injury prevented him from seizing the starting job for the rest of the season. I wouldn’t consider Carter’s rookie season a bust, especially with him not commanding the draft capital that someone like Barkley did.

Carter would finish as RB29 this past season, showing his ability to record valuable production in the passing game. The Jets are amid a rebuild, which should include them improving the offensive line around Zach Wilson. Also, Tevin Coleman is an impending free agent, making Ty Johnson the only other running back on New York’s roster that should compete for touches. It’s worth a shot to try and pry Carter away from anybody that is rostering him in dynasty leagues that don’t believe he’ll make the leap in 2022.

Allen Robinson (WR – CHI)

This past season was an absolute train wreck for the Chicago Bears and Allen Robinson. Robinson returned to the Bears in 2021 playing on the franchise tag, giving him an opportunity to earn himself a massive contract in free agency this offseason. Whether Andy Dalton or Justin Fields under center for the Bears, Robinson could not get into a rhythm in 2021. Contrary to what he intended to do, Robinson had the worst year of his career with 38 receptions, 410 yards, and one touchdown on 66 targets.

People who have Robinson on their dynasty teams are looking to sell after his abysmal showing in 2021. However, Robinson is still 28 years old, and he’ll be a free agent this offseason, allowing him to sign somewhere where he can bounce back. While it remains to be seen where Robinson lands in the coming months, right now is the time to acquire him for a discounted price.

Brandon Aiyuk (WR – SF)

Everyone was putting on their detective hats early in the 2021 season to discover why Brandon Aiyuk wasn’t getting playing time for the San Francisco 49ers. An ankle injury in training camp and Kyle Shanahan simply benching him were discussed as reasons why the second-year wideout wasn’t seeing the field to begin the season. In the first eight weeks of the season, Aiyuk had only 13 receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown in seven appearances, good enough for WR91 in that span.

Following his slow start in 2021, Aiyuk would finish the season strong, showcasing why he was a first-round pick of the 49ers in 2020. From Weeks 9-18, Aiyuk was WR13, totaling 112.6 fantasy points in the final ten weeks of the regular season. With Jimmy Garoppolo likely headed elsewhere this offseason, Trey Lance is expected to get the nod at quarterback in 2022. Given Lance’s ability to push the ball down the field, we could see a breakout season from Aiyuk in 2022.

Courtland Sutton (WR – DEN)

Early in the 2020 season, Courtland Sutton sustained a torn ACL, ending his season prematurely. Coming off of the injury, there was a ton of hype surrounding Sutton in 2021 as the Denver Broncos brought in Teddy Bridgewater. While Bridgewater isn’t a franchise quarterback or a viable option in fantasy football, he was coming off a year where he helped D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson finish as top 20 WRs in fantasy in 2020. The expectation was for Bridgewater to do the same for Sutton and Jerry Jeudy in 2021.

If someone told you that Sutton would be active for 17 games in 2021, you’d expect him to have over 1,000 yards and a decent number of touchdowns. However, Sutton would haul in only 58 catches for 776 yards and two touchdowns this past season, averaging a mere 7.1 fantasy points per game while finishing as WR46. The good news for Sutton is that the Broncos are expected to make an upgrade at the quarterback position this offseason, so I’d try to acquire him before that happens.

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