After researching all 32 teams over the past two months, it’s time to find some hidden gems. So here’s a look at my top fantasy discoveries for 2022:
QB Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins
When looking for a potential quarterback, I’m looking for a high-ceiling player who ranks as a backup option in this year’s drafts. Your Tagovailoa failed to make an impact during his first two seasons with Miami, but the Dolphins gave him an explosive high-end WR1 (Tyreek Hill) over the winter. As a result, he now leads an offense with three great receiving options (Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki) plus a potential pass rusher (Chase Edmonds). When you add Cedrick Wilson at wideout, Tagovailoa has the tools to exceed his price point in a big way in 2022. He’s on a path to being a rogue QB1.
RB Travis Etienne, Jacksonville Jaguars
Despite missing last season, Travis Etienne continues to grow in fantasy sketches during the summer. The Jaguars made a change in head coach, helping the structure of their offense and the growth of Trevor Lawrence. Jacksonville doesn’t expect James Robinson to be ready for training camp, allowing Etienne a chance to take the bulk of the snaps entering Week 1. He has revolutionized the passing game with scoring and big-play ability. Etienne is not a player to upgrade in 2022, as he is ranked 17th in the early draft season. My first set of projections will be out this week, so check back with SI Sportsbook to see where he stands in the early rankings.
RB Antonio Gibson, Washington Commanders
Based on July’s National Fantasy Football League rankings, fantasy drafters are sleeping at the wheel with the value of Antonio Gibson. He projects as a bottom line RB2, despite bringing a high-volume floor with value in scores, yards and catches. He has 21 scores in his first 30 games with 2,371 yards and 78 catches. I see him as an RB1 and will fight for him in drafts.
WR Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills
During summer, Gabriel Davis has been a lightning rod for debates about his expected value in 2022. He ranks as a borderline WR2 in PPR leagues while putting up rotational stats over his first two seasons (35/599/7 and 35/549/6). The Bills led the NFL in wide receiver targets (443) last year, giving Davis a great chance for a much more significant role in 2022. He has a home run feel, and Josh Allen looks for him in the zone. end when they are close to scoring. Buffalo looks poised to make a run at a Super Bowl title with the top-ranked talent leading the way in yards and scoring. Davis will become important in fantasy in his third year in the league.
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WR Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers
According to Chase Claypool, the best receiver in the world is man himself. Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement invites a change in the offensive scheme for the Steelers in 2022. His production over his first two seasons (62/873/9 and 59/860/2) fell in a narrow range with the exception of goals, leading to a 23rd and 37th-ranked fantasy rating in PPR formats. Despite a reasonable starting point, Claypool has a non-existent ADP (106) in the early draft season as the 47th-ranked wide receiver. His size (6’4” and 240 lbs.) creates mismatches, but he still needs to improve his route running and opportunities in short areas of the field. His upside bodes well and Claypool will outlast his WR4 status.
WR Amari Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
In July, the press and momentum weren’t high enough for him Amari Rodgers to get on fantasy drafters’ cheat sheets in 12-team leagues. However, there is a great opportunity for a wide receiver in the Packers offense after losing Davante Adams. Rodgers caught just four passes for 45 yards on eight targets in his rookie season after being drafted in the third round in 2021. He projects as a slot receiver, inviting 100-catch upside if the stars align. Green Bay needs someone to step up at wideout, and Rodgers is the name to follow over the next couple of months.
TO Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears
The Bears enter this season with open questions behind Darnell Mooney, creating increased chances for Kmet in his third NFL season. He pushed his mark to 60 catches for 612 yards on 93 targets last season, but no touchdowns detracted from his value at tight end. Chicago wants to run the ball, leading to subpar pass attempts. Col. Kmet should be considered their second option in the Bears passing game. I expect him to be a top-six pick in 2022 as he ranks 13th in July in the high-end market.
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