2022 fantasy football draft kit: Rankings, cheat sheets, mock drafts, sleepers and analysis


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If you've heard it once, you've heard it, well, once: When you think of summer, you think of fantasy football season.

Whether you play in a casual redraft league or a more serious, deep dynasty format; a traditional or a custom scoring format; with your friends and family or with your co-workers, we know that no two leagues are alike.

With that in mind, this will serve as a one-stop shop for all of our best material to ensure you make the best fantasy football picks you can in every draft you're in: rankings and cheat sheets for PPR and non-PPR, mock drafts for various league types, sleepers and busts for this season, and plenty of helpful information and tips from our expert team of fantasy football analysts.

Whether you have been doing this for years or are a fantasy first-timer, we have everything you need to help you draft a great team and start the season with a shot at a championship.

Below you'll find all of our best content as we lead up to the start of the NFL season!

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Fantasy football cheat sheets, mock drafts, projections

Cheat Sheet Central
A collection of downloadable, printable cheat sheets for the 2022 fantasy football season, including PPR, non-PPR, superflex and dynasty/keeper leagues. Perfect for your drafts.

Mock drafts
10-team, 1/2 PPR (9/1) |12-team, PPR, superflex (8/30) |10-team, non-PPR (8/25) |12-team, 1/2 PPR (8/18)
10-team, PPR (8/11) | 12-team, non-PPR (8/4) | 10-team, 1/2 PPR, superflex (7/28) | 12-team, PPR (6/23)

2022 projections
Mike Clay's projected output for players at every fantasy position, sortable by specific category.

Depth charts: Offense | Defense

Positional rankings

These rankings represent the consensus among our fantasy football analysts for the 2022 season. Each analyst maintains a personal ranking for the top 25 quarterbacks, 50 running backs, 50 wide receivers, 25 tight ends, 20 kickers and 20 defense/special teams units. The players are then ranked by the average of those rankings. Each position can also be sorted by any individual analyst's rankings.

Overall rankings

Tristan H. Cockcroft: PPR Top 200

Eric Karabell: Superflex Top 200

Eric Karabell's tiered rankings

Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End

Cheat sheet

Eric Karabell's tiers, Do Not Draft list and Mike Clay's ultimate draft board in one printable cheat sheet to bring with you to your fantasy football drafts. Download »

Dynasty rankings

Mike Clay: Top 240 overall and top 65 rookies

IDP rankings

Clay, Cockcroft and Moody: Top 50 DLs, LBs and DBs

Custom Dollar Value Generator

Input your league's scoring system and roster requirements to generate values for your fantasy football salary cap draft. Custom Dollar Value Generator

Fantasy football advice and strategy

Mike Clay's Ultimate Draft Board
The ideal selections in every round of your draft.

Cockcroft: Is the top tier at QB worth drafting aggressively?
For years, our ESPN Fantasy analysts have preached waiting to take your QB in drafts. Are the top options suddenly too good to let slide?

Mike Clay's Fantasy Football Playbook
Mike Clay is one of the most respected and accomplished expert league competitors in fantasy football. Crack open The Playbook to find his thoughts on what to do in this year's drafts, and how to build a winning team all season long.

Yates: 10 essential rules for drafting
New to fantasy football or simply want a refresher on the basics? Following these rules will help you leave your draft with a solid team.

Cockcroft: What's more important in fantasy football's first two rounds: Floor or ceiling?
Tristan examines whether it's more critical to focus on players with high floors with your early picks, or if taking a shot on upside is the better approach.

Cockcroft: Best picks for each slot in Rounds 1 and 2
Tristan helps you get ready for your fantasy draft -- regardless of when you pick -- by planning for all possibilities ahead of time.

Lists and insight

NFL Nation: Assessing lower-tier WRs and insurance RBs
Our NFL Nation team answers the most important fantasy questions, focusing on later-round wideouts and insurance backs.

NFL Nation: Updates on 11 hard-to-call backfields
Our NFL reporters answers the most important fantasy questions, focusing on running backs.

Field's favorites for the 2022 NFL season
Field Yates lists the players he's most excited about drafting for his fantasy football teams this season.

Matt Bowen's 18 favorite draft targets
Matt lists the players he is landing on many of his fantasy teams this season.

Eric Karabell's "Do Not Draft" list
Drafts are all about value. Eric provides his list of players being selected too early.

Eric Karabell's "DO Draft" list
You've read Eric's Do-Not-Draft List. Now read his list of players who are being slept on a bit too much in fantasy drafts.

Clay: The 192
The 192 players who should be drafted in standard 12-team leagues.

12 players who could break out in 2022
Who will bust out like Jonathan Taylor and Deebo Samuel did last year? Mike Clay lists a dozen players to watch.

Sleepers, busts, breakouts for 2022
Our analysts' picks to overachieve, underachieve and emerge.

Tristan's Deep Sleepers
If you're in a deep league, or one with larger rosters, these players could find their way to fantasy-relevance.

Bowen's 'have skills, need opportunity' team
Matt highlights players who have the skill sets to produce but are waiting for their chance to shine.

Insight from NFL team reporters: Believe the buzz on Saquon Barkley, Brandon Aiyuk, George Pickens?
Our NFL Nation team answers the most important fantasy questions following the first full week of preseason action.

Injury outlook for 2022: The ACL club, Christian McCaffrey, Michael Thomas and more
Stephania Bell lists the many key players returning from injury and provides her expectations for them.

Moody: Favorite late-round targets
Eric Moody highlights players available in the latter stages of drafts who can be difference-makers for your fantasy squad.

Bowen: TEs to target if you wait to draft one
Matt digs into the middle tier at tight end, giving his preferences once the top options are gone.

Eric Moody's favorite players to draft
Like most fantasy managers, Eric Moody has his favorites heading into this season. He lists the players that keep ending up on his teams.

Karabell: WRs being forgotten about in drafts
Eric lists a handful of receivers being slept on in early drafts.

10 most intriguing second-year players for 2022
Our fantasy crew picks the sophomores for which they are most interested in seeing how things play out.

Karabell: Hopkins among 10 toughest players to rank
Eric lists players who are difficult to assess in putting together draft rankings.

Moody: Catching up on what happened since Super Bowl
Following an eventful offseason, we sort out the 12 moves you need to know as you prepare for your fantasy football draft.

Clay: Tiered TE rankings
State of the position in fantasy following Rob Gronkowski's retirement.

Clay: RB insurance rankings
Which backups are worth drafting as insurance, whether you've already drafted the starter or not.

Clay: Players who will score more TDs in 2022
A look at players who underachieved last season who are expected to bounce back in 2022.

Clay: Players who will score fewer TDs in 2022
A look at players who overperformed last season who are expected to regress in 2022.

Individual player analysis

Karabell: Is Christian McCaffrey the Mike Trout of fantasy football?

Moody: Is Gabriel Davis still a fantasy sleeper?

Moody: Why Russell Wilson could finish as QB1

Cockcroft: Will Cooper Kupp repeat as WR1?

Bowen: How does loss of Wilson affect Metcalf's value?

Cockcroft: Rodgers no longer QB1 without Adams

Clay: Which Packers and Chiefs WRs should you draft?

Cockcroft: Are Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill still first-round picks?

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