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Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Sleepers, Busts & Round-by-Round Advice (2022)

Jul 2, 2022
Trey Lance

The 2022 NFL season is approaching, so it’s time to prepare for your fantasy football draft. What better way to do that than to practice drafting with our free mock draft simulator! Beyond our tools, we’ll also have you covered throughout the draft prep season with our content.

To help you dominate your fantasy football draft, we share our 2022 fantasy football rankings, advice, and cheat sheets.

This cheat sheet is a handy cliff notes version of our approach to 2022 fantasy football drafts. Our in-depth strategies for the early, middle, and later rounds can be found in our fantasy football draft kit.

And you can find cheat sheets from all of our analysts below.

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Fantasy Football Redraft Draft Kit

Matthew Freedman’s Overall 2022 Fantasy Football Strategy

Check out my 2022 fantasy football draft plan for more details on my overall strategy. Here’s a quick synopsis:

In Rounds 1-2, I want to take 1-2 running backs because I want to go heavy on wide receivers in Rounds 3-6. After the first six rounds, I want to have this positional allocation.

  • QB: Nothing
  • RB: 1-2
  • WR: 3-4
  • TE: Top two or nothing

And then in Round 7, I start targeting players whom I believe have underappreciated upside at their average draft positions.

Matthew Freedman’s 2022 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet

QB Sleepers:

QB Busts (in relation to where they’re being drafted):

  • They’re not busts exactly, but I’m avoiding quarterbacks going in the first eight rounds.

RB Sleepers:

RB Busts (in relation to where they’re being drafted):

  • Most running backs in Rounds 3-6 (a.k.a. the “Running Back Dead Zone”)

WR Sleepers:

WR Busts (in relation to where they’re being drafted):

TE Sleepers:

TE Busts (in relation to where they’re being drafted):

Early-Round Value Picks (Rounds 1-5):

Mid-Round Value Picks (Rounds 6-10):

Late-Round Value Picks (Round 11 or later):

Deep-League Value Picks:

Backup RBs to Target:

Backup RBs to Avoid:

Rookies to Target:

Rookies to Avoid:

D/STs to Target:

  • I don’t think you should “target” any D/ST. If you must select one in your draft, then target one in the last two rounds with a good Week 1 matchup. That’s it.

D/STs to Avoid:

  • Any D/ST going before the last two rounds is going too early.

5-Word Draft Tip:

  • Wait on the onesie positions.
  • Bonus tip: Shoot for upside.

FantasyPros Staff Consensus 2022 Redraft Fantasy Football Rankings

2022 Fantasy Football Rankings powered by FantasyPros



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