Fantasy football: Matt Bowen's 18 favorite draft targets

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This summer, I've taken part in a bunch of fantasy football mock drafts at ESPN: PPR leagues, non-PPR and superflex, 10- and 12-team formats. In doing so, I've developed a group of core players -- in multiple tiers -- I'm targeting on my draft board.

I've got three quarterbacks in here, along with pass-catching backs and downhill, power runners. Plus, there are volume targets at wide receiver and tight ends with red zone upside. Below are 18 total players, a mix of vets and rookies, who make up my favorite targets in 2022 drafts.


Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (current ADP: QB4)

I've been targeting Jackson much earlier due to the rushing totals and the opportunities for explosive-play passes. In his three seasons as the primary starter, Jackson has averaged 70.9 rushing yards per game. He's the league's most electric player with the ball in his hands. Now, add in the play-action concepts out of multiple-tight end sets -- with Mark Andrews -- plus the anticipated second-year jump from receiver Rashod Bateman. Remember, the percentage of Jackson's attempts traveling 20-plus air yards has increased each season of his career. And this Ravens offense is set up to create open coverage voids on seams or deep overs.