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Best Ball Late-Round Targets (2022 Fantasy Football)

Best Ball Late-Round Targets (2022 Fantasy Football)

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Zach Wilson (QB – NYJ)

Nobody is going to make the argument that Zach Wilson looked to be a promising elite QB prospect after his rookie year in New York. However, the former BYU quarterback showed some encouraging signs for potential Fantasy production for 2022 despite the plethora of injuries and terrible offensive line protecting the second overall pick.

That said, rookie QBs struggle, especially Wilson, given his situation. Wilson’s rookie year was not the greatest, as he only threw for 2334 yards and threw more interceptions (11) than passing touchdowns (9), finishing as the QB30 in standard QB scoring. However, Wilson showed some rushing upside later in the season, specifically in weeks 14-16, in which he averaged four rushes per game, 45.3 rushing yards per game, and two rushing touchdowns. He showed flashes of promise as a willing scrambler and playmaker after the play breaks down, which bodes well for fantasy managers looking to find value at QB in the late rounds.

Wilson is currently being drafted as the QB21 in Best Ball formats, which some fantasy managers may argue is still too high to take the 2nd year QB. However, there is still some uncertainty behind the rest of the league’s QB open positions, and I fully expect his ADP to drop even more once teams name their starting QBs for the 2022 season. While I would be willing to take the risk of spending a late-round pick on Wilson at QB21, it is worth monitoring Wilson’s ADP as free agency, and the NFL Draft approaches.

Myles Gaskin (RB – MIA)

Remember last preseason when Myles Gaskin’s ADP was going more up and down than a rollercoaster ride in Disneyland? There were many questions in the Fantasy community if Gaskin was ever going to get a full workload in Miami’s crowded backfield. However, despite the concerns about the Dolphins offensive line, the inconsistency of the production of the overall offense, and the constant switches at QB, Gaskin managed to produce good numbers for Miami. He finished as the RB26 in PPR with 612 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns, as well as 234 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns. More importantly, Gaskin was 8th among running backs in targets while managing an 11.21% target share, proving he was an essential piece of the passing offense.

There is also room for regression for the former Washington Huskies RB, as he was a top 25 running back in red zone rushing attempts while not scoring a single time. If Miami were to not draft or acquire another running back in free agency, there is potential that Gaskin can sustain this workload in 2022. The value for drafting a player like Gaskin, given his workload and potential for regression, is worth taking a shot in Best Ball formats, especially since his current Best Ball ADP is 178.7 (RB52). Additionally, Miami has the most cap space going into the 2022 offseason, and they could look to improve the offensive line after their poor performance in 2021.

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