Though some brave souls may conduct their rookie drafts before the NFL Draft for a majority of leagues our rookie drafts kick-off after the draft. Regardless of how you feel about this 2022 rookie class (you’re underwhelmed, we all are), that doesn’t change the facts on the ground. We still have rookie drafts that are going to be held, and despite your best efforts you’re not going to be able to completely trade out of this draft. While this class might not be the most exciting there is value to be had, and the Dynasty Draft Guide 2022 team is here to help you find that value with a two-round rookie mock draft.
My dynasty philosophy is built around exceptional talent and depth at WR. Don’t overpay for RB that are higher risk, matchup dependant, and where suitable replacements are easier to come by. Even in superflex, average QB production can be had, and this QB-class screams average to below-average QB production. As for London, I don’t like the short-term QB situation in Atlanta but I do love how the target share is set up for the London-Kyle Pitts duo long-term. (Mike M. @DraftBuddy)
Addison had a succinct reason for taking Hall at 1.02. “Duh?” It’s hard to argue with his logic. Hall is the RB1 in the class, with a three-down skill set, and lands with a Jets offense that could be dangerous. (Addison H. @amazehayes_)
The WR2 of the class Wilson lands in the big apple and immediately becomes a big piece of the Jets offense. @CharlesChillFFB) selects one of the most complete receivers in the draft who has a runway to make an immediate impact in year one.
Walker enters a running back room that features Chris Carson, whose health status is still a looming question mark, and Rashaad Penny who has played 37 games over his four-year career. Walker is set up for volume in an offense that prefers the run. (John H. @john_hesterman)
The departure of A.J. Brown opens the door for Burks to immediately contribute. The question is will the Arkansas grad be able to consistently produce consistent 1k yards receiving like his predecessor. (Jeff S. @FFJeffSmith)
The Saints moved up from 16th overall to 11th overall, giving up third and fourth-round picks, for the rights to draft Olave. @DLF_Kenm‘s pick slots in immediately as the second option in the Saints’ passing attack, with little competition for targets outside of Michael Thomas.
This is a superflex draft. First QB off the board at 7? Okay. Maybe Pickett is the only QB that goes in the first round of this draft, given how this class shapes up, but the Steelers invested in Pickett to be their next franchise QB. Even if he sits this year behind Mitch Trubisky, his fantasy value should be pretty stable. If the Steelers are right about Pickett, this is a good price for a long-term starter on a competitive franchise with young, talented offensive weapons to support his success. (Mike M. @DraftBuddy)
While I’m not a huge Williams fan, the upside is there for a first-round WR. 2022 might be rough with Goff and coming back from an ACL injury, but after that, it should be fun. (Addison H. @amazehayes_)
Dotson was looked at late first/early second-round pick for dynasty rookie drafts just last week, but the Commanders selecting him at 16 overall has pushed his stock way up the board. Though Terry Mclaurin will still be the presumed WR1 for the Commanders there should be plenty of opportunities for @CharlesChillFFB to become fantasy relevant
There is a wide range of outcomes for Moore. Being tied to both Pat Mahomes and Andy Reid is upside-icing on the proverbial cake in this situation. Love the talent and the landing spot. (John H. @john_hesterman)
An ideal landing spot for any wide receiver and Pickens has the chops to make his mark right away. We have to wonder if Chase Claypool or Diontae Johnson will be moving on in the next season or two. If they both remain in the Steel City, there should still be enough targets to go around. (Jeff S. @FFJeffSmith)
It’s all about upside here. Watson’s red flags are concerning, especially with cranky Aaron Rodgers as his QB, but the ceiling is immense. (Shane M. @ShaneIsTheWorst)
Only Skyy Moore saw his rookie draft value as much as James Cook. Cook is a sublime pass catcher with tremendous upside if he can improve his running between the tackles
I was debating between Bell and Isaiah Spiller here and decided to go with Bell, who I believe is an extremely underrated wide receiver in a great spot with the Browns. He can be Jarvis Landry+ in that offense with Deshaun Watson.
What a fall it’s been for Spiller who at one time was in the conversation for RB1 of the 2022 class. Considering the alternatives landing with the Chargers isn’t the worst outcome.
It is superflex, after all. And being able to grab Ridder in the second when he likely could get a chance to start long before Pickett seems like an upside play that I’m willing to take here.
The Texans have not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Carlos Hyde accomplished the feat in 2019. Marlon Mack was signed away from the division-rival Colts, but clearly, they wanted more depth at the position and PIerce could be in line for a big workload early and often in 2022.
In a superflex draft, it’ll be difficult for me to pass on Willis in the mid-second. Draft capital took a big hit, but the landing spot gives him a chance to develop his skill set and realize his upside. He’s a project, so patience will be required, but the payoff could be huge.
White’s breakout senior season pushed him into day 2 draft capital. Running back with White’s capital, and a good landing spot are great bets at this range of a rookie draft.
While Pierce wasn’t on my shortlist of receivers I wanted to go to the Colts, he’s certainly more than capable of being the team’s WR2 after being drafted in the second round.
Robinson was an elite producer during his college career, and now he has day 2 draft capital attached to his profile. The Giants seemingly didn’t have a need for a wide receiver, but they took Robinson in the second round anyway, helping to boost his fantasy value.
There was a debate between a couple of potential picks here. Allgeier stood out from a volume potential standpoint. Lacking much in the way of competition in front of him, his biggest barrier to production is the offense in general.
We again lean on draft capital when determining where to go this late in the second round. Metchie isn’t the most exciting prospect but he has very good after the catch ability, and with a thin wide receiver depth chart in front of him, he could pop early.
Though Tolbert is a bit older than we like our rookie prospects (23 years old), he put up impressive college production and lands on an offense that has shown it can make multiple wide receivers’ fantasy relevant.