The NFL is a snow-globe league and every week and every season is weird and weird in its own way. You want to be wary of broad fantasy themes and takeaways because we are never far from a set of unexpected outcomes.
That said, the top wide receivers certainly went pure in Week 1, and it makes you wonder: Will fantasy football 2022 be defined by big-name, glamorous pass-catchers?
Is it the year of the recipient?
Consider the top seven scoring wideouts in the opening week:
, Justin JeffersonDrafted as WR2 in Yahoo Drafts
, cooper coupWR1 in Yahoo Drafts
, davante adamsWR5 in Yahoo Drafts
, go’mar chaseWR3 in Yahoo Drafts
, Michael Pittman Jr.., WR10 in Yahoo Drafts
, Stephen DiggsWR4 in Yahoo Drafts
, AJ BrownWR13 in Yahoo Drafts
A position cannot be played more neatly than this.
What sets wide receivers apart from every other position in Week 1?
The receiving stud was certainly excited by the opportunity and the goal. The five most targeted receivers are from that list – Adams, Chase, Kupp, Brown and Pittman. The results of the game did not matter much – wins, losses and even ties were represented in this list.
And some big-name wideouts who didn’t finish in the top seven still had favorable starts:
, mike evans Scored another touchdown, followed by his recurring drumbeat tom brady Found Tampa Bay. Since his acquisition of Brady, Evans has 28 spikes in 33 games.
, Deebo Samuel Kept the heavy workload – something we were unsure of entering 2022 – and punched in another touchdown. And now the Niners are without So MichelleHis opening-day tailback.
, tyrek hill He was heavily used in his Miami debut, which saw a strong 8-94-0 comeback with 12 goals.
Limited disappointment from name-brand recipients was mostly injury related. t higgins suffered trauma. cd lamb Lost Dak Prescott on Sunday night. Keenan Allen Suffered hamstring injury.
Maybe this discussion has shocked you – definitely the best player, should Be the best player. But other posts did not return so cleanly. There were all kinds of surprises on top of the running back board – Cordrell Patterson, Kareem Hunt, Clyde Edwards-Hellier, Dontrell Hilliard And James Robinson All crashed into the top eight in Week 1. Three of those people were not even anticipated to startle, cry out loudly, and were passively drawn to CEH after an average heat.
There were a lot of stars on the quarterback board, but Carson Wentz, Jameis Winston, Ryan Tannehill And Marcus Mariota Everyone crashed the QB1 cutoff.
tight end? forget it. Travis Kelsey Was an easy call to number 1, but then we see OJ Howard, Tessum Hill, Gerald Everett, Will Disley And Colby Parkinson, Many of the top-12 estimated tight ends did little.
One of the reasons I preferred wide receivers in my early days (the target was an anchor running with multiple name-brand receivers) because there are big-name wideouts. start yourself every week, I don’t want to play guessing games, trying to figure out what a WR53-ranked option might turn into a WR19-type return. And although the Week 1 scoresheet cannot be viewed as a recurring answer key, this made me think Big Receiver was the way to go this year.
Running back and wide receiver are generally accepted as the two most important fantasy positions, but actual talent level matters less on the running back position. If you can move on to an expanded role in RB, fantasy points generally follow.
Why star wide receivers seem to be the true key to fantasy success in 2022
Consider: Jeff Wilson Jr. San Francisco RB is expected to be the starter in Week 2. So far he has had a respectable but illustrious career. Although the San Francisco backfield is unclear, Wilson is still projected to be RB21 in the half-point PPR league this week, according to outsourced stat estimates from Yahoo. (In many other instances, the RB promotion will move the new starter to a higher position should the fantasy zone start. Think about how we’ll see Alexander Matison Or Hunt if his backfield teammates weren’t available.)
Compare this to a wide receiver, where Joshua Palmer And tyler boyd Allen and Higgins are looking at potential role extensions after injuries last week. I used to like both players as upside stash from years ago, and their value has increased due to the circumstances. But the latest estimates aren’t huge—stat estimates just call Palmer WR35, while Boyd’s is WR49. Neither is an automatic start, whereas a player like Wilson likely will.
You may have gotten some wide receiver help on the discount wire. Curtis Samuel Washington had a great start, and Robbie Anderson Played full snap at Carolina, caught a long touchdown. Both are welcome on my roster, but initial expectations are modest. Samuel projects WR40 to Anderson, WR54 to Anderson this week. (I’d probably rank them both higher, and there’s going to be a man vs. machine debate at a different time. To play fantasy football well, I think you need a mix of stat crunching, game observation, and common sense. But even the most luscious optimists in the room would probably stop calling Samuel or Anderson the locked-in fantasy WR2s. They’re still just contemplating plays, not slam dunks.)
Every NFL season has a floating butterfly nature—the moment we cast our net and think we’ve caught it, things are likely to dip elsewhere and bob and weave. In a week’s time, the takeaways could easily have taken on a different hue to them. And any fantasy championship season probably requires a well-organized and productive running back room, no matter how you’ve allocated your assets to that situation.
That said, I do believe (a dangerous term for any fantasy analyst to use) that the WR-heavy build was a good idea to enter this season. If you have a late draft to come by, I’d consider the same motif. And perhaps you can still shape your assembled roster toward a WR-heavy approach through trading and roster manipulation.
Because in 2022 the alpha receiver can take over.