2022 Fantasy Football draft value: Sleepers, busts and more

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Which players are going to shine in 2022 Fantasy Football this year, and which will disappoint? We break it all down.

Not all value is created equal in fantasy football.

There are lots of places to find value in fantasy drafts. Cooper Kupp was drafted as a low WR2 in 2021, and he ended up having the best wide receiving season since Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson. Patrick Mahomes, in his sophomore season of 2018, was a nothing but a late-round gamble before throwing 50 touchdowns and being crowned NFL (and Fantasy Football) MVP.

Of course, no one knows who will end up being the next Kupp or Mahomes. All we can do is speculate, look at trends from previous years, analyze talented players in new uniforms after a wild offseason, and hope that our knowledge and projections are superior to those of our league-mates.

In the next few pages, I intend to identify the players who, in my view, represent the best and worst values, as well as players who I like as safe picks at their current ADP (per ESPN standard PPR drafts). If you’re new to the Fantasy Football scene (Welcome aboard!), ADP stands for Average Draft Position, which for the purposes of this article, are those that stand as of July 11, two months prior to the start of the Regular Season.

Let’s get into it, shall we?