Best ADP Values on Fantrax (2022 Fantasy Football)
Summer is here, and that means fantasy football is around the corner. It’s never too early to start planning for your draft!
With that in mind, we took a look at the early ADPs on Fantrax and compared them to our ECR in search of values (half-point PPR). Below are some of the players our experts like better than ADP, sorted by position. We will update this periodically throughout the summer, so keep checking back. Note: updated on August 5, 2022
Tom Brady (QB – TB): QB13
Perhaps this is a remnant of Tom Brady’s short-lived retirement, but that should have cleared by now, and 13th is way too low for the GOAT. Brady’s ECR is eighth, and last season, he finished as QB3. The guess here is that his ADP will continue to rise as the summer progresses, but keep an eye on it. He would be an incredible value as a back-end starter.
Say what you want about Jalen Hurts as a real-life QB, but in fantasy, he’s a stud. On a points-per-game basis, he was QB6 in 2021. So if you draft him close to his ADP, you’ve done well. His legs keep his floor high, and he now has more weapons, including superstar receiver A.J. Brown. Our experts agree ranking Hurts sixth among quarterbacks. As long as Hurts has the starting job, he should be a QB1 in fantasy.
James Cook (RB – BUF): RB47
One of the league’s most explosive offenses drafted James Cook in the second round of this year’s NFL draft. Dalvin Cook‘s brother is an explosive playmaker with tremendous speed and pass-catching ability.
While he figures to be the backup to Devin Singletary, the Bills didn’t burn a second-round pick on him not to play him. He shouldn’t be taken as a starter in your fantasy league, but his upside makes him a bargain as the 47th RB off the board. The ECR has him ranked 38th, which seems about right. Cook is trending up, so he may not stay a bargain for long. In fact, he risks getting over-valued if his trend continues.
The Zeke hate has gone a bit too far. He still plays on a great offense, and he will still be the lead back. Remember, he played hurt with a partially-torn PCL for much of last season. No, he isn’t the same player he was, and yes, the Cowboys are going to try to involve Tony Pollard (RB – DAL) more. However, a mid-second round valuation (ECR has him at #16) seems more appropriate.
Russell Wilson, Courtland Sutton’s new QB, is a future Hall-of-Famer. Sutton has never caught passes from anyone close to Wilson’s caliber to this point in his NFL career. The breakout many predicted for Sutton the past few seasons could come in 2022, especially given Wilson’s ability to throw the ball down the field. Our experts feel he’s a low-end WR2 with an ECR of 19. At the very least, Sutton is a flex play with upside starting the season and should be drafted well before WR31.
Allen Lazard (WR – GB): WR53
The Packers have yet to add more talent at WR, so Allen Lazard should begin the year as the top receiving target for Aaron Rodgers. Thus an ADP of 53 seems ludicrous, especially considering Lazard was the 45th best WR last year when the Packers still had Davante Adams. Even his ECR of 42 seems conservative given the number of targets Lazard may get next season. He’s a huge bargain at this point, given the lack of competition for targets within Green Bay’s offense.
Tyler Higbee (TE – LAR): TE32
Higbee’s low ADP must be the result of his MCL injury in January’s NFC championship game. There’s no other explanation for why it is so low. Higbee may not be a top fantasy Tight End, but he’s a solid one who plays on one of the best offenses in the league. Last season he was TE14, and he appears to be healthy as he’s been participating in training camp. As such, his value should be closer to his ECR of #20, if not higher.
Austin Hooper (TE – TEN): TE30
In 2019, his last season in Atlanta, Austin Hooper averaged 11.9 fantasy points per game. He was TE3 that season on a points-per-game basis. After two seasons in Cleveland, Hooper has a chance to be a fantasy factor again this year as he should be the No. 1 TE for the Titans. The Titans receiving tree appears to be pretty narrow, giving Hooper a ton of upside at his current ADP of 30. Our experts have him ranked six slots higher, and he has a chance to be even better than that.
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