Fantasy Football 2022 Rankings Update: Tight End Levels and Dave Richard’s Positional Draft Prep Strategy

In the simplest terms, the whole point of drafting any player is to hope that they outperform every other player available at the time. This is true whether you pick the first overall pick or the fourth pick in Round 9 or the last draft pick. Otherwise, why would you take a player?

The only reasonable answer to this question: because you have to occupy specific positions in your weekly schedule. But even when choosing based on roster needs, the same reasoning applies: when you pick a player, you hope he outperforms every other player available in that position at that time.

But that’s something you might have already figured out. What you might not have thought about is how you feel about each position. How much are you going to stress the ball carriers? Is this the year you go to target receivers earlier? Or will you zag while the rest of your league zigzags and lock down a tight end and a quarterback before everyone else? And can you rationalize the answers to these questions for yourself?

Look, fantasy is supposed to be fun. It should be a fun thinking exercise and not something that keeps you up at night. Plus, you need your restorative sleep. Read and think about these strategies and how they align with what you think is best on draft day.

And don’t forget to know exactly what your league rules are and how many players you can start. The strategies you will strategize in a 10-team league with a flex are very different from a 12-team Superflex with three receivers or a 14-team PPR with team RBs and four flex dyno-multipliers.

I just made the latter, but it looks fun!

For the second straight year, exactly 10 tight ends averaged at least 10 PPR points per game. And you thought running backs were rare.

It’s true that you can gain a positional advantage over the rest of your league by spending one of your first five picks on a tight end, but in most leagues you just have to start one instead of of them. It takes some of the pressure off chasing these guys, but there are a handful of fantasy managers who seek that edge because it’s hard to come by.

Instead of forcing a tight end onto your roster or willfully ignoring position until your final picks, your best bet is simply to be aware of the pockets in the top 60 picks of each draft where the best tight ends should be. hooked. Average draft position will ultimately tell the story, but let’s assume you have no chance of getting yearly stat-smasher Travis Kelce after 15th overall or number monster Mark Andrews after 30th overall. Kyle Pitts, Darren Waller, and George Kittle are the other dangling members of the class, each with an extreme edge to help you dominate week after week.

They should all have started in 60th place overall, but if they slip you should take advantage.

If you miss those tight ends, whether by choice or chance, you should know that there are capable alternatives, but almost all of them won’t be worth more than a pick after Round 7. The likes of Dalton Schultz and TJ Hockenson will move past Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz.

And if you miss those guys, your goal should be to spread tight ends until you find one you feel good about using week in and week out. It takes effort, so make sure you’re okay with spending more time studying the tight details, but it’s a cost-effective plan.

DAVE’S FAVORITE STRATEGY: Be on the lookout for fair or better value at the tight end. Don’t expect to steal one. If you feel like you’re looking for one, you shouldn’t pursue it.

Narrow PPR levels (updated 02/09)

Tower 11+

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Narrow non-PPR levels (updated 02/09)

Tower 11+

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