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2022 NFL Draft: Dynasty Fantasy Football Winners and Losers from the NFC West

We begin our divisional rundowns with a stroll through the NFC West.

With the 2022 NFL Draft now over, we can accurately re-assess the depth charts of teams around the NFL. In this series, we'll be taking a look at players who either gained or lost value based on what their team did during the draft.

We start the series with the uber-competitive NFC West.

Arizona Cardinals

Draft Class

  • Round Two, Pick 55: Trey McBride, TE Colorado State
  • Round Three, Pick 87: Cameron Thomas, DE San Diego State
  • Round Three, Pick 100: Myjai Sanders, DE Cincinnati
  • Round Six, Pick 201: Keaontay Ingram, RB USC
  • Round Six, Pick 215: Lecitus Smith, G Virginia Tech
  • Round Seven, Pick 244: Christian Matthew, CB Valdosta State
  • Round Seven, Pick 256: Jesse Luketa, LB Penn State
  • Round Seven, Pick 257, Marquis Hayes, G Oklahoma

Winner: Kyler Murray

The Cardinals’ most significant move during the NFL Draft wasn’t any of the picks they made. Instead, they traded for Marquise Brown, cementing him as the clear WR2 behind DeAndre Hopkins. The Cardinals also retained AJ Green and Zach Ertz this off-season, and they drafted the top tight end in Trey McBride. They additionally still have Rondale Moore, giving Murray a solid set of receiving weapons to succeed in 2022. If he can’t become a top passer this season, it’s on him, not his surrounding cast.

Loser: Rondale Moore, WR and Zach Ertz, TE

Unfortunately, when a team acquires a potent weapon like Brown, it usually isn’t great for the depth receiving options on that team. Moore had a relatively poor rookie season outside of a few early flashes. His numbers are below:

Chart courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

As you can see, Moore totaled only 54 receptions for 435 yards and a touchdown, plus 18 carries for 76 yards. However, once the Cardinals traded for Ertz, Moore’s production completely disappeared. However, with DeAndre Hopkins now suspended, this could just end up being a wash.

Chart courtesy of DLF Player Splits App.

Oddly, Moore had similar target totals between the games with and without Ertz, but his production evaporated after that trade. It just seemed like the Cardinals lost interest in incorporating him into the offense, and that narrative is only more robust now.

As for Ertz, I’m somewhat surprised the Cardinals drafted McBride at all, as they just signed him to a three-year, $31.65 million contract with $17.5 million guaranteed. The Cardinals can’t affordably escape that deal until after 2023, so the two tight ends will split time until then. However, it’s not clear if Kliff Kingsbury plans to run any 12 personnel or if it’s a true competition for one spot between Ertz and McBride. Either way, I believed McBride was ready to contribute right away, and I specifically mentioned in my rookie article I wanted him to go somewhere without an entrenched starter. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if McBride starts to push Ertz by the end of 2022.

Los Angeles Rams

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2022 NFL Draft: Dynasty Fantasy Football Winners and Losers from the NFC West
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Thomas Bonafair, II
21 days ago

What will you do if Sermon becomes a thing? You just never know with a Shanahan backfield, it was the same way with his dad. I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion that he’s dynasty trash, after all it’s about to be just his second season in the league.

Wendell Bera
Reply to  Thomas Bonafair, II
19 days ago

I agree. Not every rb is a hit their 1st year. Just look at Penny. And I wouldn’t necessarily consider him a loser either. We’ve obviously seen Carrol ride the hot hand at rb while the highly drafted player sat behind him. No reason to think that the same won’t hold true again. Since he’s only on a 1year deal, they could easily ride him until the wheels fall off or he continues to show that he is the real deal and it’s Walker’s turn to take a back seat.

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