Matthew Freedman’s Top Late-Round Draft Picks (2022 Fantasy Football)
Some say fantasy football leagues are won in the late rounds. Matthew Freedman is here to break down his Top 5 late-round targets in 2022 fantasy football drafts.
Could Skyy Moore emerge as the No. 1 wide receiver in Kansas City and grab some of the targets vacated by Tyreek Hill? If you miss out on one of the top few tight ends, you might want to wait until the late rounds to draft one. Which one is Freedman targeting? And while you’re making some late-round dart throws, how about targeting some rookie running backs?
See below for some of Freedman’s favorite targets in rounds 11 through 16 of drafts this season.
ROUND 11 (121-132)
In Round 11, give me Chiefs wide receiver Skyy Moore, WR54, No. 132 overall. Wide receivers Tyreek Hill, Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson have vacated 260 targets. Veterans JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Mecole Hardman have all disappointed over the past three years, so the rookie Moore could emerge as the No. 1 wide receiver for quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He has the route-running skills to play in the slot, the speed to play on the perimeter and the second-round draft capital and high-end college production to be an impact NFL player.
ROUND 12 (133-144)
In Round 12, I like Broncos tight end Albert Okwuegbunam (Oak-woo-WAY-boo-nam), TE15, No. 141 overall. Third-round rookie Greg Dulcich is getting some training camp hype, but I’m not buying it: Day 2 tight ends almost never do anything as rookies, and last year Oak-woo-WAY-boo-nam (among all tight ends with at least 40 targets) was No. 7 with 2 yards per route and No. 9 with 4.2 routes per target. He’s a playmaker.
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ROUND 13 (145-156)
In Round 13, it’s fine to start reaching for your guys, since everyone in this range is basically a dart throw, and one of my guys is 49ers rookie running back Tyrion Davis-Price, RB61, No. 200 overall. In his five years with the 49ers, head coach Kyle Shanahan has had five different No. 1 running backs. That doesn’t mean running back Elijah Mitchell won’t have success in 2022, but he’s not built like a lead back at 5’10” and 200 pounds. He’s vulnerable, and Davis-Price has the size, athleticism, and third-round draft capital to steal work from Mitchell and maybe take the starting job.
ROUND 14 (157-168)
In Round 14, I like Commanders rookie running back Brian Robinson Jr. , RB62, No. 202 overall. He’s big, he’s sufficiently athletic, and he has a three-down skill set. He’s an Alabama back with top-100 draft capital, and every guy to fit that description in the Nick Saban era has had at least one season of 1,000 yards. He’s behind veterans Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic, but he’ll have big upside if either of them suffers an injury.
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ROUND 15 (169-180)
In Round 15, I’ll take Chargers wide receiver Joshua Palmer, WR74, No. 220 overall. He’s being used as the No. 3 wide receiver in training camp, and last year as a rookie he had 154 yards and 3 TDs on 22 targets in his 3 games with a snap rate of at least 60%. With Justin Herbert at quarterback, Palmer has some value anyway, and his production could skyrocket if either Keenan Allen or Mike Williams were to miss time.
ROUND 16 (181-192)
In Round 16, I’m drafting free-agent wide receiver Will Fuller, WR82, No. 250 overall. When Jarvis Landry and Julio Jones signed with teams, their ADPs moved up aggressively. I bet that Fuller will sign with a team before the season starts, so I’m just trying to get him at a discount now. For his career, Fuller has averaged 9.2 yards per target, and his stat line for the past decade prorates to 1,000 yards and nine TDs for a 17-game season. If he doesn’t sign with a team by Week 1, just cut him and no big loss. If he does sign with a team, he’s basically free money.
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