All-Rookie Team Forecast for 2022

All-Rookie Team Forecast for 2022

The 2022 rookie crop presents a fantasy conundrum at the moment. No doubt there will be some differentiators among this group of freshmen, but choosing the right ones is a difficult task. After all, this is a class that didn’t include any top 15 picks on the QB and any first-round players on the RB and TE. The WR crop is in the exact opposite state, as six players had their names called in Round 1 and seven more wideouts were scored on Rd. two.

Let’s take a look at the club leaders for the 2022 All-Rookie Team.

Many forecasters would put Kenny Pickett at this point, but I like Ridder’s potential to make a fantasy impact sooner rather than later. The Falcons are opening the season with Marcus Mariota in the center, but he is unlikely to be their answer in the most important position in football, and they should give Ridder a chance mid-season. Ridder has a pair of elite weapons in WR Drake London (more on him later) and TE Kyle Pittsand its main RB, Cordarrelle Patterson, is such a dynamic threat in the passing game that he has spent much of his NFL career playing WR. And with 2,180 career NCAA rushing yards, Ridder has the speed to be a dual-threat fantasy QB.

Running back: Breece Hall, New York Jets

Hall has the biggest advantage of any player in this article and can be selected in the opening two rounds of next year. The Iowa State player can do it all, possessing enough running skills to be a heavy-use rusher, enough size to be successful on the goal line, and enough receiving skills to stay in the field on third down. He will share the backfield with Michael Carter but that timeshare should slowly slide in your favor as the season progresses.

The biggest question mark around Hall is whether the QB Zach Wilson is ready to take your attack to the next level.

Running back: Dameon Pierce, Houston Texans

I narrowly chose Pierce Brian Robinson, which has been climbing the recruiting boards lately. Pierce was fortunate enough to join a Texan backfield that lacks established veterans, with his biggest competition coming from Marlon Mack, who after a few productive seasons with the Colts totaled just 127 yards in two injury-ridden campaigns. Pierce has been impressive on the training ground and has the potential to run for 1,000 yards, proving that he is superior to Mack at this point in their respective careers.

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Wide receiver: Chris Olave, New Orleans Saints

One of the six first-round WRs, Olave may have the most potential to get out of the gate quickly. The 22-year-old joins a Santos team that must pass the ball often, like RB Alvin Kamara it is not a workhorse and the team has little depth behind it. The team also lacks a TE break-up and its two veteran receivers, Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry, may be more chain-drivers than dynamic superstars at this point in their careers. The hunch here is that Olave makes some big plays early on and is the team’s top receiver mid-season.

Chris Olave #12 of the New Orleans Saints can provide fantasy value as a rookie

Chris Olave may be a fantasy rookie in 2022. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Wide receiver: Drake London, Atlanta Falcons

Drake was the top WR in most draft rankings and the first WR to leave the board, number 8 overall. And he joins a Falcons team with a superstar at TE (Kyle Pitts) but very little talent in the WR position. Marcus Mariota is unlikely to give the team a dynamic passing attack, but there should be plenty of targets available for London to catch 80 balls this year. And his ceiling could be higher if the club puts Ridder at the center of the season.

Tight end: Daniel Bellinger, New York Giants

The 2022 TE pool is disappointing, and none of this draft class can be very important in the fantasy scene. But Bellinger has a chance to make an immediate impact on a Giants team that is revamping its passing offense. In fact, to break into the starting lineup, Bellinger only needs to pass Ricky Seals-Jones, who has gained just 1,044 yards since joining the NFL in 2017.

Kicker: Cade York, Cleveland Browns

While kickers are mostly an afterthought in fantasy football drafts, Evan McPherson reminded us last year that talented rookies can have an impact on the position. Cleveland made it all the way to the fourth round to catch York, who made 78.9% of his field goals over 50 yards during his NCAA career. The Browns are unlikely to have a major offense this year and can count on York to help them win close, low-scoring games.

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