It’s never way too early to talk about 2022 fantasy football rankings. Sure, the 2021 season isn’t even over yet, but we’re really only a little over a month away from 2022 best-ball contests opening up. The combine will follow just a few weeks later. Then there’s free agency which spills into the draft. Minicamps and OTAs follow shortly after. Before we know it, the 4th of July is here and we’re right back into fantasy football draft mode.

So yeah, if we don’t start now, we’re going to get behind pretty quickly. Let’s get the 2022 fantasy football season right with an initial set of rankings. Of course, this is only the first incarnation of 2022 fantasy football rankings. With so much yet to unfold across the NFL landscape, this list will undergo many changes over the next several months. You can find the overall list below, but first I have a few thoughts on each position.

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Fantasy Football Rankings 2022 - PPR

Before we get to the top 300,  here are a few thoughts on each position looking ahead to the 2022 fantasy football season.

QB Fantasy Football Rankings 2022

Cheat code quarterbacks who add value with their legs continue to be the rule and not the exception for fantasy purposes. Only three of the top-15 fantasy quarterbacks in 2021 had fewer than 100 rushing yards: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford. In a lot of ways, the changing of the guard has cemented at the position. Brady is still hanging on, and so is Rodgers, but that generation of quarterback is phasing out. Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray, Justin Herbert, Joe Burrow and others will continue to redefine the position over the next decade plus. They’ll be the hot names at the position in 2022, but we’ll need to see what the future holds for Deshaun Watson and his legal matters. Likewise, could a change of scenery revitalize Russell Wilson’s outlook? 

RB Fantasy Football Rankings 2022

If we learned anything from 2021, it’s that running backs get hurt. This isn’t a grand revelation, but injuries shaped the fantasy landscape at the position. Christian McCaffrey and Derrick Henry headline the list, but lesser injuries to the likes of Dalvin Cook, D'Andre Swift and others made things difficult. At the same time, injuries create opportunities. Players like Elijah Mitchell and Rashaad Penny came up big when called on. These guys and so many others show the viability of coming out of a fantasy football draft light at running back. Sure, it’s uncomfortable at the time, but you’re much more likely to score a top-25 option on waivers throughout the season than you are to do the same at wide receiver.

WR Fantasy Football Rankings 2022

Following a year for the ages, Cooper Kupp has now become the gold standard at wideout. But we’re also seeing a major youth movement at the position. Ja’Marr Chase is coming off the best rookie season in NFL history and displayed an enormous ceiling in 2021. His former college teammate Justin Jefferson proved that 2020 wasn’t a fluke. Deebo Samuel emerged as one of the league’s most electric offensive weapons. And the list goes on with players like A.J. Brown, CeeDee Lamb, DK Metcalf, Jaylen Waddle and more. As the NFL continues to be more pass-centric, it’s going to be crucial to build fantasy football rosters that are loaded up with elite talent at wide receiver. 

TE Fantasy Football Rankings 2022

This is such a tricky position where perception often doesn’t meet reality. Take Kyle Pitts for example. The Falcons tight end is coming off a rookie season that was regarded by some fantasy managers as a bust. Pitts was widely selected as the No. 4 or No. 5 tight end in drafts and he’ll finish the year as the No. 5 fantasy tight end. Of course, he did so with just one touchdown. Touchdowns are fickle. They can be here one year and gone the next. But volume is much more sticky year over year. When evaluating tight ends, follow the volume. But perhaps the bigger question is whether we need to draft a tight end early in 2022. That strategy really didn’t work in 2021, as it wasn’t Travis Kelce, George Kittle, or Darren Waller who propelled teams down the stretch. That distinction goes to Mark Andrews, who was available as late as the fifth round in drafts last year. That will not happen in 2022, as Andrews is a candidate to be the No. 1 tight end off the board

PPR Rankings 2022 - Fantasy Football

Here is a look at my early top 300 rankings for the 2022 fantasy football season. Updated as of January 12th, 2022.

Top 300 Full PPR Rankings | Players 1-50

1. Jonathan Taylor, IND RB1
2. Dalvin Cook, MIN RB2
3. Derrick Henry, TEN RB3
4. Alvin Kamara, NO RB4
5. Austin Ekeler, LAC RB5
6. Christian McCaffrey, CAR RB6
7. Cooper Kupp, LAR WR1
8. Joe Mixon, CIN RB7
9. Nick Chubb, CLE RB8
10. Javonte Williams, DEN RB9
11. Davante Adams, GB WR2
12. Justin Jefferson, MIN WR3
13. Ja'Marr Chase, CIN WR4
14. Najee Harris, PIT RB10
15. Tyreek Hill, KC WR5
16. Stefon Diggs, BUF WR6
17. Travis Kelce, KC TE1
18. D'Andre Swift, DET RB11
19. Josh Allen, BUF QB1
20. Antonio Gibson, WAS RB12
21. Deebo Samuel, SF WR7
22. Mark Andrews, BAL TE2
23. David Montgomery, CHI RB13
24. CeeDee Lamb, DAL WR8
25. A.J. Brown, TEN WR9
26. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL RB14
27. Aaron Jones, GB RB15
28. Saquon Barkley, NYG RB16
29. D.K. Metcalf, SEA WR10
30. DeAndre Hopkins, ARI WR11
31. Cam Akers, LAR RB17
32. Diontae Johnson, PIT WR12
33. Chris Godwin, TB WR13
34. Leonard Fournette, TB RB18
35. Jaylen Waddle, MIA WR14
36. Mike Evans, TB WR15
37. J.K. Dobbins, BAL RB19
38. Kyler Murray, ARI QB2
39. Tee Higgins, CIN WR16
40. Michael Carter, NYJ RB20
41. Keenan Allen, LAC WR17
42. Josh Jacobs, LV RB21
43. Calvin Ridley, ATL WR18
44. Elijah Mitchell, SF RB22
45. Brandin Cooks, HOU WR19
46. George Kittle, SF TE3
47. James Conner, ARI RB23
48. Tyler Lockett, SEA WR20
49. DJ Moore, CAR WR21
50. Miles Sanders, PHI RB24

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Full PPR Rankings | Players 51-100

51. Kyle Pitts, ATL TE4
52. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC RB25
53. Rob Gronkowski, TB TE5
54. Kareem Hunt, CLE RB26
55. Elijah Moore, NYJ WR22
56. Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL RB27
57. James Robinson, JAC RB28
58. Michael Thomas, NO WR23
59. Damien Harris, NE RB29
60. AJ Dillon, GB RB30
61. Patrick Mahomes II, KC QB3
62. Justin Herbert, LAC QB4
63. T.J. Hockenson, DET TE6
64. Michael Pittman Jr., IND WR24
65. Terry McLaurin, WAS WR25
66. Travis Etienne Jr., JAC RB31
67. Lamar Jackson, BAL QB5
68. Rhamondre Stevenson, NE RB32
69. Darren Waller, LV TE7
70. Tom Brady, TB QB6
71. Melvin Gordon III, DEN RB33
72. Hunter Renfrow, LV WR26
73. Joe Burrow, CIN QB7
74. Amari Cooper, DAL WR27
75. DeVonta Smith, PHI WR28
76. Chase Edmonds, ARI RB34
77. Aaron Rodgers, GB QB8
78. Dallas Goedert, PHI TE8
79. Adam Thielen, MIN WR29
80. Tony Pollard, DAL RB35
81. Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET WR30
82. Odell Beckham Jr., LAR WR31
83. Rashaad Penny, SEA RB36
84. Sony Michel, LAR RB37
85. Darrell Henderson Jr., LAR RB38
86. Jerry Jeudy, DEN WR32
87. Matthew Stafford, LAR QB9
88. Marquise Brown, BAL WR33
89. Chris Carson, SEA RB39
90. Brandon Aiyuk, SF WR34
91. Dak Prescott, DAL QB10
92. Pat Freiermuth, PIT TE9
93. Alexander Mattison, MIN RB40
94. Mike Gesicki, MIA TE10
95. Russell Wilson, SEA QB11
96. Darnell Mooney, CHI WR35
97. Robert Woods, LAR WR36
98. Gus Edwards, BAL RB41
99. Mike Williams, LAC WR37
100. Darrel Williams, KC RB42

 

PPR Rankings | Players 101-300

101. Chase Claypool, PIT WR38
102. Allen Robinson II, CHI WR39
103. Deshaun Watson, HOU QB12
104. Devin Singletary, BUF RB43
105. Jalen Hurts, PHI QB13
106. Dawson Knox, BUF TE11
107. Courtland Sutton, DEN WR40
108. Noah Fant, DEN TE12
109. DeVante Parker, MIA WR41
110. Ronald Jones II, TB RB44
111. Rashod Bateman, BAL WR42
112. D'Onta Foreman, TEN RB45
113. Kadarius Toney, NYG WR43
114. Trey Lance, SF QB14
115. Khalil Herbert, CHI RB46
116. Justin Fields, CHI QB15
117. Kirk Cousins, MIN QB16
118. Mac Jones, NE QB17
119. Trey Sermon, SF RB47
120. Chuba Hubbard, CAR RB48
121. Hunter Henry, NE TE13
122. JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT WR44
123. J.D. McKissic, WAS RB49
124. Michael Gallup, DAL WR45
125. Trevor Lawrence, JAC QB18
126. Jamaal Williams, DET RB50
127. Cole Kmet, CHI TE14
128. Van Jefferson, LAR WR46
129. Christian Kirk, ARI WR47
130. Raheem Mostert, SF RB51
131. Ryan Tannehill, TEN QB19
132. Myles Gaskin, MIA RB52
133. Zach Ertz, ARI TE15
134. D.J. Chark Jr., JAC WR48
135. Dalton Schultz, DAL TE16
136. Logan Thomas, WAS TE17
137. Jarvis Landry, CLE WR49
138. Corey Davis, NYJ WR50
139. Tyler Higbee, LAR TE18
140. Washington Football Team, WAS DST1
141. Rondale Moore, ARI WR51
142. Irv Smith Jr., MIN TE19
143. Nyheim Hines, IND RB53
144. James White, NE RB54
145. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TB DST2
146. Zack Moss, BUF RB55
147. Gabriel Davis, BUF WR52
148. Jakobi Meyers, NE WR53
149. Devonta Freeman, BAL RB56
150. Tua Tagovailoa, MIA QB20
151. Russell Gage, ATL WR54
152. Los Angeles Rams, LAR DST3
153. Evan Engram, NYG TE20
154. Derek Carr, LV QB21
155. Sterling Shepard, NYG WR55
156. Kenneth Gainwell, PHI RB57
157. Tyler Boyd, CIN WR56
158. Jameis Winston, NO QB22
159. San Francisco 49ers, SF DST4
160. Kenny Golladay, NYG WR57
161. Albert Okwuegbunam, DEN TE21
162. Zach Wilson, NYJ QB23
163. Gerald Everett, SEA TE22
164. Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT DST5
165. Baltimore Ravens, BAL DST6
166. Cleveland Browns, CLE DST7
167. Matt Ryan, ATL QB24
168. Will Fuller V, MIA WR58
169. Cole Beasley, BUF WR59
170. Kenyan Drake, LV RB58
171. Justin Tucker, BAL K1
172. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF QB25
173. Blake Jarwin, DAL TE23
174. Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR WR60
175. Julio Jones, TEN WR61
176. Miami Dolphins, MIA DST8
177. Marlon Mack, IND RB59
178. Carson Wentz, IND QB26
179. Greg Zuerlein, DAL K2
180. Brevin Jordan, HOU TE24
181. Mike Davis, ATL RB60
182. Justin Jackson, LAC RB61
183. Matt Gay, LAR K3
184. Robby Anderson, CAR WR62
185. Ty Johnson, NYJ RB62
186. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB WR63
187. Marvin Jones Jr., JAC WR64
188. Laviska Shenault Jr., JAC WR65
189. Nelson Agholor, NE WR66
190. David Johnson, HOU RB63
191. Jonnu Smith, NE TE25
192. Tyler Bass, BUF K4
193. D'Ernest Johnson, CLE RB64
194. Joshua Palmer, LAC WR67
195. Phillip Lindsay, MIA RB65
196. Marquez Callaway, NO WR68
197. Daniel Jones, NYG QB27
198. Mecole Hardman, KC WR69
199. Boston Scott, PHI RB66
200. Buffalo Bills, BUF DST9
201. Kansas City Chiefs, KC DST10
202. Baker Mayfield, CLE QB28
203. A.J. Green, ARI WR70
204. Jason Sanders, MIA K5
205. Emmanuel Sanders, BUF WR71
206. Parris Campbell, IND WR72
207. Indianapolis Colts, IND DST11
208. Tre'Quan Smith, NO WR73
209. Adam Trautman, NO TE26
210. Braxton Berrios, NYJ WR74
211. New England Patriots, NE DST12
212. Josh Reynolds, DET WR75
213. Denver Broncos, DEN DST13
214. Nico Collins, HOU WR76
215. Ryan Succop, TB K6
216. Allen Lazard, GB WR77
217. Ke'Shawn Vaughn, TB RB67
218. Younghoe Koo, ATL K7
219. New Orleans Saints, NO DST14
220. Quintez Cephus, DET WR78
221. Daniel Carlson, LV K8
222. Kendrick Bourne, NE WR79
223. Jamison Crowder, NYJ WR80
224. Evan McPherson, CIN K9
225. Green Bay Packers, GB DST15
226. Darius Slayton, NYG WR81
227. Samaje Perine, CIN RB68
228. Matt Prater, ARI K10
229. Tim Patrick, DEN WR82
230. Chicago Bears, CHI DST16
231. Bryan Edwards, LV WR83
232. Robert Tonyan, GB TE27
233. Rodrigo Blankenship, IND K11
234. Seattle Seahawks, SEA DST17
235. Jeff Wilson Jr., SF RB69
236. Austin Hooper, CLE TE28
237. Mark Ingram II, NO RB70
238. Jaret Patterson, WAS RB71
239. Dustin Hopkins, LAC K12
240. KJ Hamler, DEN WR84
241. Jared Goff, DET QB29
242. Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE WR85
243. Curtis Samuel, WAS WR86
244. K.J. Osborn, MIN WR87
245. Salvon Ahmed, MIA RB72
246. Jared Cook, LAC TE29
247. Jalen Reagor, PHI WR88
248. Los Angeles Chargers, LAC DST18
249. Robbie Gould, SF K13
250. Arizona Cardinals, ARI DST19
251. Jake Elliott, PHI K14
252. Brandon McManus, DEN K15
253. Wil Lutz, NO K16
254. Davis Mills, HOU QB30
255. Dan Arnold, JAC TE30
256. Kene Nwangwu, MIN RB73
257. Rex Burkhead, HOU RB74
258. David Njoku, CLE TE31
259. Matt Breida, BUF RB75
260. Harrison Bryant, CLE TE32
261. Tyler Johnson, TB WR89
262. Tyrell Williams, FA WR90
263. Randall Cobb, GB WR91
264. Darrynton Evans, TEN RB76
265. T.Y. Hilton, IND WR92
266. New York Giants, NYG DST20
267. O.J. Howard, TB TE33
268. Anthony Schwartz, CLE WR93
269. Byron Pringle, KC WR94
270. Jamal Agnew, JAC WR95
271. Quez Watkins, PHI WR96
272. Devontae Booker, NYG RB77
273. Trey McBride, FA TE34
274. Tevin Coleman, NYJ RB78
275. Gardner Minshew II, PHI QB31
276. Chris Boswell, PIT K17
277. Duke Johnson Jr., MIA RB79
278. Carolina Panthers, CAR DST21
279. Minnesota Vikings, MIN DST22
280. Latavius Murray, BAL RB80
281. Graham Gano, NYG K18
282. Jalen Wydermyer, FA TE35
283. Wayne Gallman Jr., MIN RB81
284. Jordan Love, GB QB32
285. Dyami Brown, WAS WR97
286. Zay Jones, LV WR98
287. Mason Crosby, GB K19
288. Jason Myers, SEA K20
289. Giovani Bernard, TB RB82
290. D'Wayne Eskridge, SEA WR99
291. Hayden Hurst, ATL TE36
292. Ka'imi Fairbairn, HOU K21
293. Jalen Guyton, LAC WR100
294. Josiah Deguara, GB TE37
295. Le'Veon Bell, TB RB83
296. C.J. Uzomah, CIN TE38
297. Cairo Santos, CHI K22
298. Philadelphia Eagles, PHI DST23
299. Tyler Conklin, MIN TE39
300. Tennessee Titans, TEN DST24

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