Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Superflex (2022)
May marks the beginning of the mock draft season. And with a long summer ahead, there’s no better way to prepare for draft-day scenarios than to mock, mock and mock some more.
Now that the dust has settled on the NFL Draft, we have a fair idea of what these rosters will look like for the upcoming season. There will be surprise cuts, trades, injuries, and training camp battles. But for the most part, we can begin our plan of attack for the 2022 season.
With that being said, let’s get the fun started with a mock draft for a 12-team, 2QB Superflex league with half-PPR scoring. I randomly drew the second overall pick. All of this was easily completed using our free mock draft simulator.
Pick 1.2: Patrick Mahomes (QB – KC)
An early pick gives me the advantage of nabbing an elite QB early. Josh Allen went No. 1, which made Mahomes a no-brainer at two. Sentiment might be low on Mahomes, but we can’t lose sight of how great he is. I’ll bet on a “bounce back” for last year’s QB4.
Pick 2.11: Joe Burrow (QB – CIN)
In a Superflex league, I prefer to lock up my quarterbacks early. I couldn’t ask for a stronger QB2 than Burrow, who could post an MVP season in 2022. A foundation of Mahomes and Burrow will make up for any deficiencies elsewhere.
Pick 3.2: Tyreek Hill (WR – MIA)
This is going to be a unique draft season. With so many big-name players changing teams, there’s more uncertainty than ever. My top choices were Hill, Deebo Samuel, and Javonte Williams. I’m personally somewhat scared of Samuel after his career season. And I’m not sure Williams warrants a round-three pick now that Melvin Gordon is back in the fold.
All of these reasons led me to Hill, even though he has his own questions. The downgrade at quarterback from Mahomes to Tua Tagovailoa worries me. But Hill’s speed might make him as impervious to a situation change as anyone.
Pick 4.11: DK Metcalf (WR – SEA)
When in doubt, my philosophy is to take great players. And DK Metcalf in round four is a steal. Yes, I’m aware that the Seahawks’ quarterback situation is in flux. But I’m betting on Metcalf overcoming any situational hindrances. I took Metcalf over David Montgomery, Jaylen Waddle, Josh Jacobs, and DJ Moore.
Pick 5.2: Breece Hall (RB – NYJ)
Mock drafts are for experimentation. And in this draft, I’m seeing what my roster would look like if I wait on running back. This decision came down to the rookie Hall and Elijah Mitchell. While Mitchell has proven more, I can’t trust Kyle Shanahan to make him a featured back in 2022. I’ll shoot for the stars with Hall.
Pick 6.11: Travis Etienne (RB – JAX)
Speaking of running backs with a ton of upside and risk, how about Travis Etienne? We haven’t seen Etienne take a professional snap after suffering a Lisfranc foot injury last summer. He expects to be fully cleared by training camp and might’ve benefitted from missing out on the Urban Meyer debacle. He has a rapport with Trevor Lawrence and a wide-open depth chart. Etienne is worth a chance.
Pick 7.2: Damien Harris (RB – NE)
We’re at the point of the draft where every running back has warts. Harris finished as the RB13 last season. 2021 might represent his career ceiling. And the threat of Rhamondre Stevenson taking a larger role is real. But all I’m asking is for Harris to provide a steady hand in my high-risk, high-upside backfield. New England will run, so there should be plenty of work for Harris.
Pick 8.11: Darren Waller (TE – LV)
I typically wait forever on tight ends, but round eight feels like an excellent value on Waller. The Raiders added Davante Adams to the fold, which could hurt Waller’s target share and end zone usage. But if the Las Vegas offense is a wagon, then everyone will eat. I’ll take a shot on a bounce-back season.
Pick 9.2: Kareem Hunt (RB – CLE)
Have we forgotten that Kareem Hunt averaged 12.4 fantasy points per game last season through eight games? Deshaun Watson brings life to the Cleveland offense. Yes, Nick Chubb is there. But we know Hunt will have a role when healthy.
Pick 10.11: Christian Kirk (WR – JAX)
I didn’t come into this looking to draft two Jaguars. But sometimes, you have to take what the board gives you. With Metcalf and Hill on my roster, I only need Kirk to be a steady flex and bye game fill-in. He could carve out a more prominent role in Jacksonville, but he won’t have DeAndre Hopkins take attention off him.
Pick 11,2: Kadarius Toney (WR – NYG)
We don’t even know if the new Giants regime wants Kadarius Toney. But let’s operate under the assumption that he’s on the roster. You won’t find many receivers with more upside than Toney this late in drafts.
Pick 12.11: Kenneth Gainwell (RB – PHI)
The theme of this mock draft is flyers, and that’s exactly what Gainwell is this late in drafts. I’m hardly sold on Miles Sanders and suspect Gainwell could split touches more in 2022.
Pick 13.2: Christian Watson (WR – GB)
Someone has to catch passes from Aaron Rodgers, right? I’ll reach a bit for the upside.
Pick 14.11: Jared Goff (QB – DET)
Goff’s the last QB with job security entering the season. He’s my QB3 and someone I hope to only use on my bye weeks.
Mock Draft Grade: B- (80/100)
The Draft Wizard gave me a decent grade despite my massive advantage at quarterback. But how did you like my mock draft? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter @RealMattBarbato.
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