Raiders tight end Darren Waller missed six games last season, leading to a sharp drop in production after topping 1,100 receiving yards in 2019 and 2020. He also missed several weeks of training camp this year due to a hamstring injury, but he should be ready for the regular season. Waller is playing under a new head coach and offensive coordinator as he attempts to return to the Pro Bowl. Will the combination of injury and a new coaching staff lead to him being one of 2022’s fantasy football busts? Where should Waller be in your 2022 fantasy football rankings?
Waller is in the bottom half of tight ends as far as salary goes, so he’s playing for a new contract this year. Does that extra motivation make him one of the sleepers in Fantasy Football 2022 and a target for your Fantasy Football 2022 picks? As you begin your preparation for the 2022 Fantasy Football Draft, be sure to check out the 2022 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheets from SportsLine’s Proven Computer Model.
Last year, SportsLine’s model accurately predicted that Titans wide receiver Julio Jones was significantly overvalued. He was drafted in the fifth round on average, but SportsLine predicted he wasn’t even close to being a top-20 wide receiver. Jones ended up pulling off an incredibly disappointing stat line, catching 31 passes for 434 yards and a touchdown.
The same model has a proven track record in providing fantasy football advice, also identifying AJ Brown as a sleeper in 2020 and JuJu Smith-Schuster as a fantasy football bust last season. He also nailed Jonathan Taylor’s big season and was all over Jaylen Waddle to outplay his fantasy football ADP. Plus, he calls out former fantasy football sleepers like Derrick Henry in 2019, Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara in 2018, and Davante Adams in 2017. Anyone who bet on players like these ran their way to the league title .
The model is powered by the same people who generated projections for all three major fantasy sites, and it beat the human experts last season when there was a big difference in rankings. Projections are updated several times a day, so you always get the best fantasy football tips.
Now SportsLine has simulated the entire NFL season 10,000 times and released its latest 2022 fantasy football rankings, along with numerous sleepers, breakouts and busts. Head over to SportsLine now to see them.
Top 2022 Fantasy Football Busts
One of the 2022 fantasy football busts the model predicts: Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. He has been a consistent contributor to fantasy football rosters during his career. In fact, he never finished outside of the top 12 running backs in Fantasy.
However, Elliott struggled late last season, averaging just 3.5 yards per carry and 3.7 yards per target over his last nine games. Elliott will also have competition in the Dallas backfield this season after Tony Pollard averaged 5.5 yards on 130 carries last season. It’s a big reason why the model ranks Elliott behind other running backs like Elijah Mitchell and Breece Hall, both of whom are drafted at least two rounds later on average.
Another bust that SportsLine’s 2022 Fantasy Football Rankings has identified: Saints running back Mark Ingram. He would have locked the No. 2 running back position on the roster behind Alvin Kamara, beating out Dwayne Washington, Tony Jones, Devine Ozigbo and Abram Smith for the role. Ingram is at the end of his career as a 32-year-old so the Saints could opt for a younger replacement as the season progresses.
His age is a concern ahead of your 2022 Fantasy Football Draft preparation since he missed the regular season finale last year with a knee injury. Ingram averaged 95 yards per game in three games as a point guard last year, showing he can still deliver as a veteran. However, SportsLine’s model doesn’t think he’s worth picking in your 2022 fantasy football strategy due to his age and roster position. Find out here which other Fantasy football 2022 busts to avoid.
How to find the proven 2022 fantasy football rankings
SportsLine is also extremely weak on a running back coming off the board in the third or fourth round on average on 2022 fantasy football drafts. The model ranks him outside of its top 24 running backs for 2022 and expects that that he is experiencing a major regression after a breakout season in 2021. You can only see who it is and the 2022 Fantasy Football Rankings for each player, on SportsLine.
So which Fantasy Football 2022 breakouts should you aim for? And which RB won’t live up to expectations in 2022? Visit SportsLine now for Fantasy Football 2022 cheat sheets for every position, all from the model who told you to avoid Julio Jones in 2021, and find out.