March 28, 2022

Ranking the 5 Best Fantasy Football Prospects in 2022 NFL Draft

The fantasy football landscape is about to shift once again thanks to the 2022 NFL Draft. 

While this year's draft is not known for its quarterback depth or its exceptional offensive talent, there is a slew of players who should have an impact as rookies.

It is hard to fully predict what role these players will have in their rookie seasons because we do not know what situation they will land in. However, if you need an early look ahead at the next group of players that will enter the NFL, we are here to rank the five, pre-draft best rookie fantasy football options. 

We will also give a detailed look at each of our top-five rookies' expected production levels. While these estimates are on the high side, more specific information will be offered after the draft when the head coach and offensive systems will be established.

With all of that being said, here are our top five best fantasy football rookies as we rage toward the 2022 NFL Draft

5. Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas 

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Burks is a physical specimen who was a big play waiting to happen in the SEC. While there are others who can beat his 4.55 time in the 40-yard dash, Burks simply will not get caught from behind. There is a difference between straight-line speed and "football speed." Burks possesses the latter. 

He caught 65 passes for 1,110 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Razorbacks last year, and he averaged 16.9 yards per catch. He can shed tacklers after making the catch and enjoys the physical confrontations with defensive backs. He should also be able to play the outside receiver position, but he spent nearly all of his time in the slot. 

Burks projects as an A.J. Brown-type receiver with even more upside. 

4. Drake London, WR, USC 

While USC has struggled recently, their offense was a one-man show as Drake London emerged as the latest Trojan star receiver. 

Despite injuring his ankle and not athletically testing yet, London has a chance to be the first receiver off the board and a top-10 pick. 

Before injuring his ankle, London hauled in 88 passes for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns. 

London is eerily reminiscent of Mike Evans coming out of Texas A&M, but the Southern Cal receiver is slightly smaller and appears to have a little more wiggle.  He has the kind of catch radius that will allow quarterbacks to throw the ball that is seemingly out of his reach that turn into big plays.

While he is not the fastest at his position, his strength and skill will allow him to come down with the contested catch better than any other receiver in this draft. 

Although London had a tough time staying on the field at USC, his production level is what has scouts salivating at his potential. With some time in an NFL program, London should be able to refine his body and his game, allowing him to blossom into the big-play receiver that he can be. 

3. Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

Wilson has ideal tools for the next level, as he has 4.38 speed, and understands how to stop, start, and lose the defender when running patterns.

Wilson has the kind of brilliant speed to make plays on a consistent basis and has the versatility to line up outside or in the slot. He has dependable hands and only had six drops in 2021, and the ability to adjust to any throw because of the way he controls his body.

His spectacular route-running ability will make tacklers miss once he catches the ball, and there is no route in the playbook that Wilson cannot master. He may not be the best receiver in this class when it is all said and done, but as of now, he has the best immediate impact ability. 

2. Malik Willis, QB, Liberty 

Malik Willis might not be the first QB drafted, but he should have the biggest impact at the position in fantasy football leagues. That's because of his athleticism and running ability. 

Willis will need to progress as a passer — which rookie QB doesn't? — for him to truly reach his potential, but he offers a solid floor thanks to his affinity to run the ball, which is a near prerequisite for fantasy football success at the QB position these days. 

If Willis reaches his sky-high potential then you've got a bonafide superstar and potential top-5 QB on your roster, and if he doesn't quite realize that potential then you still have a Jalen Hurts-esque signal-caller who will put up plenty of rushing yards. 

1. Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State 

Before we find out landing spots and draft capital, Breece Hall is the clear-cut 1.01 in QB1 leagues and might even be the first pick in Superflex formats. That's how good the former Iowa State running back is. 

Not only does Hall have the production, but he also tested like a future superstar, running the 40 in 4.39 seconds, acing the jumps and weighing in at 217 pounds. 

Hall profiles as a three-down back who can become an immediate starter in the NFL. With the league devaluing running backs, expect the Cyclone star to come off the board in the early-to-mid second round. 

If he can improve in pass protection, he should be a top-five running back in dynasty formats almost immediately. 

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