6/29 UPDATE: We now have some distance between these rankings and the 2022 NFL Draft, which gives us some perspective and a few notes from summer workouts.
There remains just one running back we can feel relatively safe using in the 2022 season and that’s Breece Hall, but that doesn’t mean he’s the de facto No. 1 pick in rookie dynasty drafts. If you are hurting at running back, I’d lean his way, but the talent at wide receiver is good enough to lean their way early on.
Treylon Burks has had some trouble at minicamp, but I’m in no way worried about his dynasty value. He might be slowed down in his first-year development, but if he drops in dynasty, grab him up. Another top receiver, Jameson Williams, is still a concern to not be a full go Week 1, but for dynasty I’m all in on Williams.
Some rookies have gotten a little hype this summer, like Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely, Titans tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo, Bengals wide receiver Kwamie Lassiter, Steelers tight end Connor Heyward, Giants tight end Daniel Bellinger, and Buccaneers wide receiver Deven Thompkins were all pleasantly surprising to start the NFL practice careers.
The NFL Draft is wrapping up and that means we only have UDFA’s to contend with in dynasty rookie drafts. But the bulk are with their new teams and we can now fully speculate on how well they’ll be able to navigate the depth chart and start putting up fantasy numbers for our fake teams.
Day 3 had quite a few offensive skill players go to teams where they have a shot to contribute early in their career. These are of course dynasty rankings, so we don’t focus only on the upcoming season, but the sooner a player can get touches, the better.
There will be some Day 3 running backs drafted in fantasy leagues or at least picked up off of waiver wires this season. Opportunity is king for running backs and they don’t need a ton of draft capital to earn those opportunities.
But, there is no doubt that Breece Hall and Kenneth Walker are the cream of the crop and have good paths to take over the lead roles on their respective teams this season. Wide receivers have more staying power, but you still have to hit the right ones. Drake London, Garrett WIlson and Jameson Williams are my favorites and I expect all three to find their way into the Top 25 fantasy receivers sooner than later.
Malik Willis remains the most fantasy friendly quarterback of this year’s group, but his fall in the draft puts him in a place where the Titans aren’t as committed to him. I’ve moved him down my rankings, but he’s still a nice lottery ticket in dynasty.
2022 Overall dynasty rookie rankings
|6||Ken Walker III||SEA||RB|
|22||Brian Robinson Jr.||WAS||RB|
|25||John Metchie III||HOU||WR|
|29||Pierre Strong Jr.||NE||RB|
|37||Calvin Austin III||PIT||WR|
|38||Velus Jones Jr.||CHI||WR|
|64||Kwamie Lassiter II||CIN||WR|
|73||Michael Woods II||CLE||WR|
|76||Kevin Austin Jr.||JAC||WR|