2022 Fantasy Football 12-Team Half-PPR Mock Draft
BY KEVIN HANSON (@EDSFootball)
Updated: Monday, August 29th
The best way to become good at something is to practice. So, what should you do if you want to draft a better fantasy football team?
Practice, of course!
Leading up to the start of the 2022 NFL season, we will use the 2022 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros) to complete fantasy football mock drafts.
We will use a variety of scoring formats -- PPR, half-PPR, standard scoring and even 2-QB leagues, league sizes and draft slots. The goal is to give you a good representation of the team that you may be able to construct given your league settings and the rationale of why we made the picks we did.
> Our mocks will be tracked here: Fantasy Football Mock Drafts.
That said, nothing beats practicing yourself so (check out the simulator) and complete a mock in a matter of minutes.
PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 3rd Pick
1.03 - Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Setting career highs in 2021 as a rusher (206 carries for 911 yards and 12 touchdowns), it's Ekeler's elite receiving ability that makes him a top-three pick in this draft. Over the past three seasons, Ekeler has averaged 5.1/48.6/0.4 receiving per game.
2.10 - Tyreek Hill, WR, Miami Dolphins
Of course, it's a downgrade going from Patrick Mahomes to Tua Tagovailoa, but this gives fantasy managers some hope. In addition, there wouldn't otherwise be the opportunity to draft Hill at 2.10 (WR8) either.
3.03 - Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers
After missing nine games in 2020, Samuel had a breakout campaign (77/1,405/6 receiving and 59/365/8 rushing) in 2021. With a new contract extension in hand, the versatile wideout recently said he's not opposed to his hybrid "wide back" role. Samuel's physical play style and role puts him at increased risk for injury, but the do-it-all talent is a top-five receiver whenever he's on the field.
4.10 - Breece Hall, RB, New York Jets
As the focal point of Iowa State's offense, Hall rushed for 3,044 yards and 41 touchdowns while adding 59 receptions for 482 yards and five touchdowns over the past two seasons. Hall is a patient runner with outstanding vision and contact balance and he's a reliable receiver out of the backfield. While Michael Carter offers sleeper appeal, I was able to draft him later as well.
5.03 - Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears
Entering his third season as the team's clear No. 1 wide receiver, Mooney is coming off an 81/1,055/4 season in 2021 despite Chicago's passing game struggles overall. Depending on how much improvement we see from Justin Fields in his second season, there is plenty of upside with Mooney.
6.10 - Dalton Schultz, TE, Dallas Cowboys
Schultz set career highs in targets (104), receptions (78), yards (808) and touchdowns (eight) last season as he finished as a top-three fantasy tight end. Schultz lacks the ceiling of elite tight ends, but he makes up for that with his high floor. For example, 82 receiving yards was his season high last year, but he finished with five-plus targets in 13 of 17 games. Given the offseason changes to the team's group of pass catchers, there's a chance he's even more involved in 2022 than he was last year.
7.03 - Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Hurts threw only 16 touchdowns in 2021, but only one quarterback -- Justin Herbert (12) -- had more QB1 weekly finishes last season than Hurts (11). Hurts was tied for second with Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady and Josh Allen. His elite rushing upside (10 rushing scores in 2021) matters more than his modest passing numbers, but the trade for A.J. Brown to join Devonta Smith and Dallas Goedert should lead to more prolific passing stats in 2022.
8.10 - Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Sanders has missed at least four games in back-to-back seasons and his recent hamstring injury may give fantasy managers pause, he's expected to be ready for the start of the season and offers plenty of upside near the enf of Round 8. He's averaged 5.4 yards per carry on the 301 rush attempts he's handled over that span even though he hasn't been as effective as a receiver (6.6 Y/R, 62.8% catch rate).
9.03 - Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Even though Ezekiel Elliott played a full 17-game slate in 2021, Pollard earned an expanded role with career highs in touches (169) and scrimmage yards (1,056). Pollard is one of my favorite backs to target in 2022, as he has enormous upside if Elliott misses any time, but he has stand-alone flex value even if Elliott doesn't.
10.10 - Michael Carter, RB, New York Jets
Carter was one of the few bright spots in New York's offense last year, as he turned his 183 touches as a fourth-round rookie into 964 scrimmage yards and four touchdowns. Despite the team using the 36th overall pick on Hall, there is some sleeper appeal, as ESPN's Rich Cimini referred to Carter as "still RB1."
11.03 - Jarvis Landry, WR, New Orleans Saints
Landry returns to his home state to form a talented trio of receivers with Michael Thomas and Chris Olave. Landry missed five games last season, but he had never finished with fewer than 72 catches or 101 targets in a season prior to that. His target share in 2022 may turn out to be a career low, but the five-time Pro Bowler has a history of outperforming expectations.
12.10 - Raheem Mostert, RB, Miami Dolphins
Mostert follows McDaniel from San Francisco and has made the most of his opportunities, when healthy. The problem, of course, is that durability has eluded him. Mostert missed almost all of 2021 with a knee injury and played just eight games in 2020. If he's able to stay healthy for (close to) a full season, he should outperform his draft cost.
13.03 - Marvin Jones, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
In his first season in Jacksonville, Jones had 73 catches for 832 yards and four touchdowns. While Jones scored only four touchdowns last season, he was targeted 11 times inside the 10 -- only seven players had more. Jones has finished as a top-35 fantasy wide receiver in four of the past five seasons.
14.10 - Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins
Gesicki projects to be third in line for targets behind Hill and second-year receiver Jaylen Waddle. Even if there is week-to-week volatility from Gesicki, his final numbers should be close to last year's production.
15.03 - Colts DST, Indianapolis Colts
16.10 - Harrison Butker, K, Kansas City Chiefs
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