Going into any season, the information that people look for is the same- here we look at 2022 sleepers selections. We are going to give a few at each position, with a quick rationale for why. This will be updated throughout the offseason, as ADPs change.
QB 2022 Sleepers Selection
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Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)
If ever Tua was to perform for fantasy, this would be the season. The team have added to the offensive line, changed coach, oh and brought in Tyreek Hill. With the weapons that Tua has around him, new coach Mike McDaniel should be in a position to put up some fantasy scores. Especially in 2QB leagues, I’d be happy to take the gamble on this being the season.
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Derek Carr (LV)
Carr was fine last year for fantasy, not great but he didn’t kill your team. The Raiders have added Davante Adams to their offensive weapons of Darren Waller, Hunter Renfrow and deep threat Bryan Edwards. Carr is going to be overlooked in drafts, he typically is, but he should be in a position to be a good QB most weeks.
RB 2022 Sleepers Selection
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Nyheim Hines (IND)
Hines had a bit of hype around him going into 2021 after having a good 2020 season. With Carson Wentz at the helm last season, and with Jonathan Taylor performing week in week out, Hines struggled. However, that has just pushed his ADP down for this season. With Matt Ryan at QB, he should see a good number of targets. If Taylor’s workload were to reduce (through injury, or the team wanting to save him) then Hines should see some carries too.
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D'Onta Foreman (CAR)
Foreman stepped into gap left by Derrick Henry for the Titans last season decently well. So much so that the Panthers snapped him up this offseason. Now, there is no doubt that if he is fit and available Christian McCaffrey is the starting RB for the team. But, he has only played in 10 games the past two seasons. I’d pick up Foreman if I can and stash him on my bench.
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Sony Michel (MIA)
Michel looked good for the Rams last season, stepping in as their backfield fell apart due to injury. The Miami backfield might have Chase Edmonds, but he hasn’t ever really shouldered a workload, as well as Raheem Mostert, but he has struggled to stay healthy, but Michel could win the starting gig for the team.
WR 2022 Sleepers Selection
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DeVante Parker (NE)
Someone has to be the lead receiver for the Patriots this season. There is no reason to think that it can’t be Parker. The Patriots offense was run-first last season, as Mac Jones adjusted to the NFL, but we should see the pass attempts increase to try and bring more balance to the offense. One issue will be the ceiling might be lowered with TD demon Hunter Henry returning, but I’d take a late selection on Parker.
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Christian Kirk (JAX)
Kirk put together a good season last year, and was rewarded with a large contract with the Jaguars. Put last season aside, the Jags certainly did. They’ve cleaned house, and Kirk was brought in to give Trevor Lawrence a solid receiving option. Especially in PPR leagues, Kirk is worth considering.
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Jamison Crowder (BUF)
Crowder presses reset as he leaves the Jets to join division rivals, the Buffalo Bills. A player moving to a run-first offense wouldn’t really be a sleeper selection normally, but given the importance that Cole Beasley was given in the offense, Crowder could fill that role and have great PPR value.
TE 2022 Sleepers Selection
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Irv Smith (MIN)
Smith had some hype last season, and then missed the whole season due to injury. The team look ready to give him another chance though, allowing Tyler Conklin to leave the team. The TE position is a gamble late in drafts, at least here you have an outside shot if the Vikings offense gets going with the new coaching staff.
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David Njoku (CLE)
Njoku was given a large contract this season, and the Browns let Austin Hooper leave. That has to spell the coaching staff having a plan for him. With the Browns offense having alot of change at the receiver position, Njoku could start the season strongly, and currently is going undrafted. I’d take a shot and hope to catch this seasons breakout TE.