The Washington Commanders added some talent during the 2022 NFL Draft who should have a fantasy impact for this upcoming season. Before we dive into what impact these rookies could have on the Commanders in 2022, let’s look back at last season.
The Commanders could not replicate their success from 2020 this past season, but they made sure that Antonio Gibson and Terry McLaurin got the ball. Gibson recorded 1,037 rushing yards (career-high) and seven touchdowns. He was also a factor in the passing game with 42 receptions for 294 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, McLaurin had another solid season with 77 receptions for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns.
The biggest splash that Washington made in the offseason was acquiring Carson Wentz in a trade from the Indianapolis Colts. Wentz will be the starting quarterback in Washington after only spending one season with the Colts.
Commanders 2022 Draft selections
No. 16 (via NO): Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
No. 47: Phidarian Mathis, DT, Alabama
No. 98 (via NO): Brian Robinson Jr., RB, Alabama
No. 113: Percy Butler, S, Louisiana
No. 144: Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
No. 149: Cole Turner, WR, Nevada
No. 230: Chris Paul, OG, Tulsa
No. 240: Christian Holmes, CB, Oklahoma State
Fantasy football impact
Jahan Dotson provides added depth for the Commanders’ offense and is another weapon for Carson Wentz alongside Terry McLaurin. He has the potential to emerge as a viable fantasy option later in the season.
Washington ended up providing some running back depth with the selection of Brian Robinson Jr. at the end of the third round. If he’s able to follow in the footsteps of Bama backs that came before him, he’ll be a fantasy steal.
The Commanders used the first pick of the fifth round to grab quarterback Sam Howell out of North Carolina. Howell had an underwhelming season in 2021 and his draft stock plummeted as a result. Still, we’ll see how far the QB comes along and if Washington will bail on Carson Wentz at any point this season.