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Fantasy football rankings: Top 50 players for 2022

The 2022 NFL regular season is just a few days away, but there’s still time to get those last-minute fantasy football drafts in before the new year kicks off.

Here’s how we rank the top overall players heading into the 2022 fantasy season:


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1. Colts RB Jonathan Taylor

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Taylor is coming off an incredible breakout campaign, and at 23 years old, he’s still just getting started.

2. Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey

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Health will be the biggest key for CMC, but if he’s at full strength, he’s primed for a huge comeback year.

3. Vikings WR Justin Jefferson

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If you’re tired of The Griddy, we’ve got some bad news: Jefferson appears to have signed a long-term lease with the end zone.

4. Chargers RB Austin Ekeler

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A complete back and three-down playmaker, Ekeler should be one of the most productive players in the league if he stays healthy this year.

5. Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase

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This passing offense will be high-flying once again this year, and Joe Burrow’s favorite target from college will keep making big plays.

6. Vikings RB Dalvin Cook

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A steady workhorse who can still break the big one, Cook is one of the most reliable fantasy options you’ll have on an annual basis.

7. Rams WR Cooper Kupp

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He may not have the youth of Jefferson and Chase, but Kupp will once again be one of the most productive pass-catchers in the league this year.

8. Titans RB Derrick Henry

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If Henry can still be the same player he was before last year’s injury, this ranking will look super low by the end of the year.

9. Bills WR Stefon Diggs

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Josh Allen and the Bills are going to throw it all over the yard, and Diggs will once again be his top target.

10. Raiders WR Davante Adams

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Reunited with his college quarterback, Adams should keep putting up huge numbers for the team he dreamed of playing for as a kid.

11. Steelers RB Najee Harris

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The only thing holding Harris back could be a lackluster offensive line, but he’s still a three-down weapon who will be the focal point of this offense.

12. Giants RB Saquon Barkley

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Another top-end back with a sky-high ceiling if healthy, Barkley is ready to silence the doubters with a big year if he avoids injury.

13. Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb

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With Amari Cooper gone and Michael Gallup still working his way back from injury, Lamb should see the ball plenty coming from Dak Prescott.

14. Bengals RB Joe Mixon

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Another franchise back who can make an impact on all three downs, Mixon should have even more room to work this year thanks to an overhauled offensive line.

15. Lions RB D'Andre Swift

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Injuries have held him back so far, but at full strength, Swift is ready for a breakout season that could put him among the best fantasy weapons in the league.

16. Bucs WR Mike Evans

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Tom Brady is back for another year, and this future Hall of Famer is headed for a ninth consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, and double-digit touchdowns for the third year in a row.

17. Broncos RB Javonte Williams

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Another young, versatile back who is primed for a breakout campaign, Williams breaks tackles as well as any runner in the league.

18. Packers RB Aaron Jones

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Even with A.J. Dillon in the same backfield, Jones should get plenty of touches on the ground and through the air, and he knows what to do with them.

19. Chiefs TE Travis Kelce

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Tyreek Hill’s departure should make Patrick Mahomes rely on Kelce even more this season.

20. Saints RB Alvin Kamara

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Once again the engine that makes the Saints offense go, Kamara should see another year full of touches, both as a runner and a receiver.

21. Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill

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He doesn’t have Patrick Mahomes anymore, but Hill is still a game-breaker who could help Tua Tagovailoa take the next step in his development.

22. Bucs RB Leonard Fournette

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After signing a new three-year extension in the offseason, Fournette is back after proving last year that he can be a three-down weapon for Tom Brady.

23. 49ers WR Deebo Samuel

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No matter how he gets the ball in his hands, Deebo is going to make big things happen with it, regardless of who is playing quarterback.

24. Ravens TE Mark Andrews

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Lamar Jackson’s primary target could see even more action after the Ravens sent Marquise Brown to Arizona.

25. Browns RB Nick Chubb

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Expect the Browns to lean on the ground game for most of the fantasy season, which should mean plenty of touches for Chubb.

26. Bills QB Josh Allen

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The Bills are the Super Bowl favorite for most, and Allen’s rare skill set is a huge reason why.

27. Falcons TE Kyle Pitts

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Even with the addition of fellow top-10 pick Drake London, Pitts should still be the No. 1 pass-catcher in Atlanta.

28. Ravens QB Lamar Jackson

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In a contract year, back at full strength, Jackson is primed to return to his MVP form.

29. Panthers WR D.J. Moore

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A healthy Baker Mayfield gives Moore a huge upgrade at quarterback, which was really the only thing keeping him from putting up huge numbers.

30. Chargers QB Justin Herbert

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Already one of the most dynamic passers in the league, Herbert has tons of weapons, and the athleticism to add some value as a runner.

31. Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr.

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Speaking of quarterback improvements, the addition of Matt Ryan should be huge for Pittman, who has all the traits to maximize his role as Indy’s No. 1 receiver.

32. Cardinals RB James Conner

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After rushing for 15 touchdowns last season, Conner proved he can carry the load, and keep Kliff Kingsbury’s offense balanced.

33. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes

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Somehow, it feels like Mahomes is underrated heading into this season. He may have lost Tyreek Hill, but Mahomes didn’t lose any of the rare skills that make him special.

34. Eagles WR A.J. Brown

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Jalen Hurts needed another legit weapon to take the Eagles’ passing game to the next level, and Brown provides exactly that.

35. Bengals WR Tee Higgins

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He may be the No. 2 in Cincy, but Higgins still has the traits of a No. 1 receiver, and Joe Burrow will still send plenty of targets his way.

36. 49ers RB Eli Mitchell

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Trust a Kyle Shanahan running back a your own risk, but Mitchell proved last year that he deserves the lion’s share of the touches again this season.

37. Chargers WR Mike Williams

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Justin Herbert is already one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and he’s going to sling the ball plenty this year. Even with Keenan Allen in the picture, Williams should put up his share of big numbers.

38. Commanders WR Terry McLaurin

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Even with a questionable quarterback situation, “Scary Terry” is just too good not to have a huge year in 2022.

39. 49ers TE George Kittle

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Do-it-all playmaker should be Trey Lance’s best friend in the quarterback’s first year as the starter.

40. Bears RB David Montgomery

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The offensive line is still a huge question mark, but Montgomery has a three-down skill set, and the scheme should be a huge improvement this year.

41. Broncos WR Courtland Sutton

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The arrival of Russell Wilson should be a huge boost for this entire offense, especially the Broncos’ top pass-catchers like Sutton.

42. Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott

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Even with Tony Pollard lurking behind him, Elliot should still get plenty of run on all three downs this season.

43. Bengals QB Joe Burrow

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With tons of weapons, and an upgraded offensive line, there’s no reason to believe Burrow will do anything but build on last year’s success.

44. Broncos QB Russell Wilson

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Wilson’s new home features tons of weapons, and an offensive scheme that might finally unleash his rare skill set to its lofty potential.

45. Raiders TE Darren Waller

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Davante Adams will cut into his target share, but also divert attention, giving Waller more open space to work.

46. Seahawks WR DK Metcalf

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It’s a huge drop-off from Russell Wilson to Geno Smith, but Metcalf still has rare athleticism and explosiveness, which should result in plenty of production.

47. Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins

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If he’s back to full strength after missing last season, Dobbins has a complete skills that should allow him to put up huge numbers in Baltimore’s run-heavy scheme.

48. Rams RB Cam Akers

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Health will be the key for Akers, but if he’s able to stay on the field, he’s in perfect position to have a career year in 2022.

49. Cardinals QB Kyler Murray

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Now that he’s got his long-term extension, Murray can focus on being the MVP candidate we saw for the first half of last season.

50. Chargers WR Keenan Allen

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Justin Herbert’s No. 1a, Allen is one of the most savvy route-runners in the league, and rarely loses out on contested catches.

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