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Experts Fantasy Football Mock Draft 2022
#1 Zach Brunner
1.01 — Jonathan Taylor
|Jalen Hurts||Jonathan Taylor||Keenan Allen||Robert Tonyan||Ravens|
|Javonte Williams||Courtland Sutton|
|JK Dobbins||Rashod Bateman|
|Melvin Gordon III||Christian Kirk|
|Nyheim Hines||Marquez Valdes-Scantling|
Favorite Pick: Man, there’s a lot, but I love getting Jalen Hurts at 6.12. This is a full round lower than his ADP, making that pick a great value. Hurts was already the most consistent QB in fantasy football last year, and now he has the opportunity to be a threat through the air this season.
Least Favorite Pick: I’m not in love with Javonte Williams at 2.12, even though that’s lower than his ADP. The good news is that I have Melvin Gordon as well, so I should have a clear RB1 if one of them is inactive, but he could still be a hit-or-miss RB2 this season.
Strategy: My only strategies coming into the draft was to not draft a kicker (never do that) and to wait at TE if I couldn’t get an elite option. Instead of spending an early draft pick on one of the other inconsistent TE options, I grabbed Robert Tonyan, who was a hyped-up eighth-round fantasy pick just a season ago. Expect him to have a large role in Green Bay this season.
Favorite Team: My favorite team in this fantasy football mock draft was Luke’s. While I think the debate over which two WRs will start for him on a given week could lead to lost points, QB, RB and DST are great. His team would be much more enjoyable to have in a best ball league.
#2 Zach Espinoza
1.02 — Derrick Henry
|Patrick Mahomes||Derrick Henry||Jerry Jeudy||Mark Andrews||Rodrigo Blankenship||Patriots|
|Antonio Gibson||Allen Robinson|
|Cordarrelle Patterson||George Pickens|
|Dameon Pierce||DeVante Parker|
|Jamaal Williams||Mecole Hardman|
Favorite Pick: Simply put, Derrick Henry is the Titans’ offense. Two years ago, he had over 2,000 yards rushing. The new era of 17 weeks only means one thing: Derrick Henry is getting more yards. The Titans traded away A.J. Brown and the jury is still out on his replacements… expect Derrick Henry to return to his former glory of rushing champion.
Least Favorite Pick: Antonio Gibson. The receivers I was eyeing were selected just before my next picks, and I knew I had to address my RB2 selection. It wasn’t a pick out of desire, but rather, out of desperation to fill that role on my team. I was able to select Cordarrelle Patterson later in the fantasy football mock draft, and maybe he can work his way into my starting lineup over Gibson.
Strategy: Because it was a snake draft, I knew certain players wouldn’t be available the next time my name got called. So, in the first three rounds, I was able to select some of the top three players in their respective positions: running back, tight end and quarterback. I am banking on the firepower of these three to be supported by solid depth. However, other teams got better spread across the board and we will see how my season shapes out. All in all, I am happy with my first three picks as the foundation for my team, and I am excited for their projected seasons.
Favorite Team: Zach McAdoo’s
#3 Henry John
1.03 — Christian McCaffrey
|Lamar Jackson||Christian McCaffrey||Deebo Samuels||Zach Ertz||Evan McPherson||Broncos|
|Saquon Barkley||Mike Williams|
|Rhamondre Stevenson||Gabe Davis|
|Brian Robinson||DeAndre Hopkins|
Favorite Pick: Kenny Golladay (11.03)
While I was definitely hyped about landing Christian McCaffrey at third overall, my favorite pick was Kenny Golladay in the 11th round. People have quickly forgotten just how dominant he was as the alpha receiver in Detroit. At just 28 years old and now fully healthy (which was not the case last year), Golladay is in line to drastically outperform his current ADP.
Least Favorite Pick: DeAndre Hopkins (8.10)
Thanks to my internet connection deciding to lag in the middle of the fantasy football mock draft, I wound up auto-drafting DeAndre Hopkins. So, we’ll use my mock draft misfortune as an educational opportunity. Hopkins’ ADP is way too high, period. Combine his six-game PED suspension with the Cardinals’ Week 13 bye, and he is guaranteed to be unavailable for over half of the fantasy football regular season.
Strategy: Take What Comes Early, Reach for My Guys Later On
In each of the first three rounds, I ultimately drafted cornerstone players who fell to me. Christian McCaffrey started this off by dropping to me at No. 3 overall. I debated between Deebo Samuel and Saquon Barkley at 2.10 but ultimately wound up getting both players, as the latter fell to me at 3.03. Although there are injury concerns surrounding my top selections, it’s certainly a nasty trio if healthy.
In the middle rounds, I got much more aggressive as far as going after “my guys.” Gabe Davis at 6.10, Rhamondre Stevenson at 7.03 and Brian Robinson at 10.10 were all reaches based on ADP. All three are also players I was more than willing to reach for to ensure that they wound up on my team.
Favorite Team: Luke Reimer
In all honesty, I feel like Luke navigated this draft about as well as he possibly could have at No. 7 overall. He loaded up on running backs early, with Najee Harris, Alvin Kamara and James Conner. Luke then utilized all of the depth at the wide receiver position to his advantage in the next three rounds. Tom Brady will be a solid QB, and Luke also did well to add the likes of Damien Harris, Robert Woods and Julio Jones as depth pieces.
#4 Ben Siebert
1.04 — Austin Ekeler
|Dak Prescott||Austin Ekeler||DJ Moore||Kyle Pitts||Brandon McManus||Buccaneers|
|Leonard Fournette||Amari Cooper||Pat Freiermuth|
|Rashaad Penny||Darnell Mooney|
|JD McKissic||Marquise Brown|
Favorite Pick: Marquise Brown. Simply for value. I really did not expect him to fall to the seventh round. I even took Darnell Mooney over him, though he would definitely be a great option as a WR2 or Flex for the first six weeks with DeAndre Hopkins suspended.
Least Favorite Pick: Amari Cooper. With how the other WRs fell, I feel like I reached for him when I didn’t need to.
Strategy: Securing an RB1 and RB2 in the first three rounds. The RB value starts to plummet after Round 3. Knowing I could draft a WR or a TE in the other rounds, it definitely worked out, as I found DJ Moore, Darnell Mooney and Marquise Brown falling to me in Rounds 4-7.
Favorite Team: Kevin Schroeder’s. That team seems to be the most well-rounded of the bunch, and it never helps if that was the team that snipes you twice.
#5 Zach McAdoo
1.05 — Cooper Kupp
|Joe Burrow||Ezekiel Elliott||Cooper Kupp||Darren Waller||Justin Tucker||49ers|
|Josh Jacobs||CeeDee Lamb||Mike Gesicki|
|Kenneth Walker||Drake London|
|Devin Singletary||Jahan Dotson|
Favorite Pick: Darren Waller. The dude is a stud at TE and is a top-five TE in the league. Getting him in the fifth round is great.
Least Favorite Pick: Ezekiel Elliott. May have been a little reach at my spot in the third and, with the emergence of Pollard last year, Zeke could lose snaps.
Strategy: I decided to not draft an RB in the first two rounds. I gave it a chance and will never do that again.
Favorite Team: My favorite team is Zach Espinoza’s. A great value in getting Mahomes in the third and having King Henry will take you places.
1.06 — Justin Jefferson
|Kyler Murray||David Montgomery||Justin Jefferson||Travis Kelce||Daniel Carlson||Bills|
|Matthew Stafford||Elijah Mitchell||Mike Evans|
|Chase Edmonds||Treylon Burks|
|Tony Pollard||Chase Claypool|
Favorite Pick: Travis Kelce. Going into this draft, I was set on trying to draft WRs and a TE in the first three rounds, assuming I could get Kelce in the second round. I was happy to get him with the seventh pick in the second round to get an elite difference maker at TE.
Least Favorite Pick: Matthew Stafford. Here is a cautionary tale to always have your draft app open or else you might get stuck with the autopick. While I like Stafford, I would not have taken a backup QB having already drafted Kyler Murray in the sixth round.
Strategy: Being a staunch RB hoarder I approached this draft with a WR/TE heavy strategy to see how it would turn out. Needless to say, my WRs and TE are top notch but not sure that I got the RBs with the upside that I would have liked.
Favorite Team: There are some tough choices, but I think my favorite would be Luke’s team with his nice RB group and WRs to start and Tom Brady at QB. This looks like a tough squad to go up against.
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#7 Luke Reimer
1.07 — Najee Harris
|Tom Brady||Najee Harris||Jaylen Waddle||Hunter Henry||Rams|
|Alvin Kamara||Chris Godwin|
|James Conner||JuJu Smith-Schuster|
|Damien Harris||Robert Woods|
|Rachaad White||Kadarius Toney|
Favorite Pick: JuJu Smith-Schuster in the sixth. Outside of Travis Kelce, it appears to me that JuJu is the guy in KC. His ability to beat man coverage underneath should provide a little of what Tyreek Hill provided underneath. Being the top WR in KC is never a bad thing.
Least Favorite Pick: Kadarius Toney. Other than forgetting to draft a kicker, my least favorite pick was Kadarius Toney. I do not have much faith in the Giants offense, especially with a new coaching staff. There is some upside for Toney, but I think it may be too difficult to predict when the big games come.
Strategy: I dont know if I totally followed a “set” strategy, but I tried to get two or more RB1s on my team and I think that worked well. Also, in a response to that, I drafted six WRs in eight picks from Rounds 4 to 11. That was mainly to make sure that I have talent at WR to help compliment Najee Harris, Alvin Kamara and James Conner. I think getting a handful of receivers who will probably produce similar numbers makes your starting lineup a little more flexible.
Favorite Team: I really like what Henry did with getting a bonafide stud at both RB and WR in the first two rounds. Granted he stays somewhat in the hunt, DeAndre Hopkins will only help him when he gets back from suspension.
#8 Trevor Land
1.08 — Ja’Marr Chase
|Trey Lance||Aaron Jones||Ja’Marr Chase||David Njoku||Colts|
|Russell Wilson||Travis Etienne||Tee Higgins|
|AJ Dillon||Adam Thielen|
|Kareem Hunt||Tyler Lockett|
|Darrell Henderson||Tyler Boyd|
Favorite Pick: Tyler Boyd. While it is unorthodox to stack three receivers from the same team as I ended up doing, Boyd finished as WR33 last season. With Chase and Higgins already on my team, Boyd not only gives me an insurance policy should one of the aforementioned two get hurt, but he’s also a nice sleeper in a round where others were taking backup QBs and TEs.
Least Favorite Pick(s): Tee Higgins. While I like Higgins as a receiver, the late third round proved difficult to pick, as I had to choose between receivers with shaky QBs or injury prone RBs. Picking him puts a lot of pressure on the Bengals’ offense for my team.
Strategy: My strategy initially was to go with a mixed strategy that saw me take three RBs and three WRs in the first six rounds. With just one FLEX and two WRs, there is little benefit to loading up at one position. Stocking up on both WR and RB makes the team much more resistant to being tanked by one major injury.
Favorite Team: My favorite team is Luke’s. Not only did he get two absolute studs at RB in Najee Harris and Alvin Kamara, but he also surrounded them with two solid receivers and a lot of really good depth on the bench. Out of every team, his team should at the very least be the most consistent.
1.09 — Stefon Diggs
|Justin Herbert||Nick Chubb||Stefon Diggs||Dalton Schultz||Matt Prater||Chargers|
|Cam Akers||Amon-Ra St Brown||Albert Okwuegbunham|
|Alexander Mattison||Hunter Renfrow|
Favorite Pick: Justin Herbert. He is primed for an incredible year, and I felt the value and consistency he would provide far outweighed any position player I logically would have drafted in that spot. I also love Romeo Doubs in the 11th round. With Rodgers as his QB, it won’t take much for him to outplay his draft spot. He’s a gem to hold onto. It’s a pick full of potential without having to reach.
Least Favorite Pick: My least favorite pick was Dalton Schultz at 5.09 in this fantasy football mock draft. After that pick, I felt as though my team had no identity, and that I wasted a pick on a very replicable player while there was still an immense amount of talent on the board.
Strategy: Being in the sixth round with just one receiver was tough, so I decided to go on a run at the position and selected five receivers in my next six picks. It ended up working out phenomenally well.
Favorite Team: I thought Luke had a very nice draft. Our rosters ended up being quite different, as he took five RBs compared to my three. His receiving corps is not the strongest, but with RB being far less deep and injuries more likely to occur, he is primed with trade bait and may be able to take advantage of someone else’s WR depth if they end up in a desperate spot.
#10 Hunter Skoczylas
1.10 — Dalvin Cook
|Aaron Rodgers||Dalvin Cook||Michael Pittman||Cole Kmet||Matt Gay||Steelers|
|D’Andre Swift||Terry McLaurin|
|Clyde Edwards-Helaire||Brandin Cooks|
|Tyler Allgeier||Elijah Moore|
Favorite Pick: It has to be Dalvin Cook falling to me at 1.10. I was aiming for Mixon or Swift there but was glad to take both Cook as my top back and still manage to grab Swift.
Least Favorite Pick: It’s easily Rondale Moore in the 10th round for this fantasy football mock draft. It was an autopick and I definitely didn’t need a sixth receiver there.
Strategy: My strategy was to get two running backs with my first two picks and aim for the remaining starters based on the value. Waiting on QB until later rounds was the plan to grab solid flex options.
Favorite Team: I like FantasyFlurry’s (Zach Brunner) team the most. His running backs are very nice and he has both of their handcuffs. Jalen Hurts is poised for a breakout season, and he was able to get a somewhat dependable tight end option in Tonyan.
#11 Kevin Riley
1.11 — Josh Allen
|Josh Allen||Breece Hall||Tyreek Hill||George Kittle||Harrison Butker||Saints|
|Derek Carr||James Cook||DK Metcalf||Dawson Knox|
|James Robinson||Michael Thomas|
|Isiah Pachecho||Garrett Wilson|
Favorite Pick: Isiah Pachecho at the 12.2
Least Favorite Pick: Michael Gallup.
Strategy: My strategy went out the window before it got to my 1.11 pick. I was targeting Jefferson, Harris, or Cook at that spot, and they were all taken. So, I just went for the most balanced starters.
#12 Josh Wolmer
1.12 — Joe Mixon
|Kirk Cousins||Joe Mixon||Davante Adams||TJ Hockenson||Tyler Bass||Cowboys|
|Miles Sanders||Diontae Johnson||Dallas Goedert|
|Michael Carter||AJ Brown|
|Kenneth Gainwell||Brandon Aiyuk|
Favorite Pick: Treylon Burks who was taken in the ninth round by Kevin. He is a sleeper pick and a guy I think could be a top-24 WR by the end of the season. He was dominant last year at Arkansas and is primed to do the same in Tennessee, where the WR2 is Robert Woods.
Least Favorite Pick: My least favorite pick was Josh Allen in the first round. By no means does a QB get taken in round one in any draft except a 2QB league. Allen might be great, but when QB value from a fifth-rounder to an 11th-rounder is only a few points difference, you don’t waste an early pick like that on a QB.
Strategy: A strategy I followed was not reaching players based on team needs. If you reach and sacrifice early, you are already playing from behind. I waited on an RB2 until one fell into my lap at the right time, then loaded up with top receivers. I also waited on a QB and went with someone with so much upside and could be top-10 by the end of the season.
Favorite Team: The favorite team definitely has to be Ben Siebert, who killed the fantasy football mock. In the first two rounds, he got great fantasy running backs, then he went with Kyle Pitts, who will be nuclear this year. After that, he loaded up with wide receivers, DJ Moore, who might be the only trustworthy receiver on that offense, and Amari Cooper, who will be the high-target volume for below-average QBs. To fill the flex, he took Mooney who was a league-winner last year and is primed to do the same this year.