Start Or Sit: Week 12 Edition

Don’t overlook Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 12

By: Ken Fernando

Every week owners have a tough time picking which player to ride on or which player to sit on the bench. With this article, we aim to help fantasy owners determine which players to start or sit.


QB: Jimmy Garoppolo (Projected: 16.98 FP)

Jimmy Garoppolo played his best game of the year last week when they defeated the Cardinals in Mexico. He threw for 228 yards and four TDs while throwing no picks. He faces the New Orleans Saints in Week 12. This feels like a good test to see how he’ll do against the Saints defense. With the weapons around him, the stats will definitely help Jimmy G.

WR: Christian Watson (Projected: 11.30 FP)

The new Green Bay WR1 has been on fire for the past two weeks. He has caught five TDs with his eight receptions in the past two weeks. Even with his performance, he only projects to have 11.30 points against Philadelphia. The Eagles have looked mortal overthe past few weeks. I can imagine Aaron Rodgers trusting Christian Watson to deliver and maybe cause an upset.


RB: D’Onta Foreman (Projected 9.16 FP)

D’Onta Foreman has a date with the Broncos in Week 12. Foreman only had 24 yards on 11 carries against the Ravens in an ugly affair. The Denver defense has been elite and will give Foreman a challenge. Look for other options instead of Foreman for this week.

TE: David Njoku (Projected: 9.13 FP)

David Njoku returned from an injury last week against the Bills. As a precaution, he took fewer snaps against the Bills. With his status being limited on Thursday, the Browns might play it safe in a season that is close to being done. Keep updated with Njoku just in case. I’d look for other options in case he can’t play on Sunday.

DEF/ST: Cincinnati Bengals (Projected: 7.98 FP)

The Cincinnati Bengals’ defense failed to perform against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11. They allowed the Steelers to score 30 points, who have struggled to score more than 20 points this year. Trey Henrickson did his part with two sacks but no other defender had a sack, forced fumble, or INT. The Bengals now face a Tennessee Titan team that will just run through them. Don’t expect many opportunities for the Bengals’ defense to score additional points.

Last Minute Adds: Week 12 Edition

Taylor Heinicke remains underrated

By: Ken Fernando

Did you miss your waivers? Are one or multiple players on your team questionable or doubtful to play? You’ve come to the right place for last-minute adds that can help boost your chances of winning your fantasy week.

QB: Taylor Heinicke 23% Rostered

The Washington QB has been tremendous following Carson Wentz‘s injury. He has gone 4-1 as a starter and has the potential to have good games against not-so-good defenses. He faces an Atlanta Falcons team that has been subpar. Look for Taylor Heinicke to have a big game and continue to be the answer for the Commanders as they push for the playoffs.

RB: Kyren Williams 40% Rostered

The Los Angeles Rams are still looking for their answer at RB. Earlier in the week, they cut Darrell Henderson. This led to Kyren Williams getting additional reps. His last two games featured a role in the receiving and running game. He is a sneaky pick-up especially if he outplays Cam Akers.

WR: Corey Davis 16% Rostered

Corey Davis is finally getting healthy and might be ready to play the Chicago Bears this upcoming week. After an excellent start to the year, injuries have derailed his middle-of-the-season campaign. With Mike White as the new QB, Corey Davis might be reenergized to come back and end the season strong in a wild AFC East.

TE: Mike Gesicki 48% Rostered

Mike Gesicki‘s performances have been up and down throughout the season. He has a Week 6 performance where he scored almost 25 fantasy points. Coming off a bye, it feels like a great performance is due against the Texans who would focus more on Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. He’s worth an add if you’re having questions about your current TE options.

DEF/ST: Miami Dolphins 50% Rostered

There are some teams you target for DEF/ST when you look at their upcoming opponent. The Dolphins have that lucky draw when they face the Texans in Week 12. After getting a bye on Week 11, the defense will be well-rested. Their opponents, however, are in the midst of some chaos. QB starter Davis Mills has been benched for Kyle Allen. Look for Miami to be inspired and raise hell on the Texans, especially with how close the division is.

DAWGS Of Week 11

Latest Dawgs of Week 11

By: Ken Fernando

We are back with our Week 11 edition of DAWGS Of The Week. This series highlights the players who surpassed their projections the most for the current week. We use Sleepers’ PPR Format for the point system and forecasts. Let’s look back at the players that swung their team to victory this week.

QB DAWG Of The Week: Jacoby Brissett 24.86 FP

324 Passing Yards, 3 Passing TDs, 7 Carries, 29 Rushing Yards 1 Fumble, 1 Fumble Lost (Projected: 12.53 FP)

Jacoby Brissett played his best game of the season in the Browns’ loss to the Buffalo Bills. Brissett threw for 324 yards and three TDs, two to Amari Cooper. The current Browns QB will have one more start before he surrenders the job to Deshaun Watson in Week 13. Maybe Jacoby Brissett will have one last great performance with Cleveland as they face Tampa Bay next week.

RB DAWG Of The Week: Samaje Perine 30.20 FP

11 Carries, 30 Rushing Yards, 4 Receptions, 52 Receiving Yards, 3 Receiving TDs (Projected: 5.05 FP)

The Bengals picked up their first divisional win of the season when they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers. They can thank Samaje Perine for his outstanding performance. With Joe Mixon leaving the game with a concussion, Samaje caught four passes for 52 yards and three TDs. This win keeps the Bengals just a game away from the Ravens for the AFC North. Perine may be worth a pick-up if Joe Mixon will miss the Week 12 game against the Titans.

WR DAWG Of The Week: Josh Palmer 30.60 FP

8 Receptions, 106 Receiving Yards, 2 Receiving TDs (Projected: 8.21 FP)

The biggest shocker for WRs is the performance of Josh Palmer against the Kansas City Chiefs. Palmer started the game hot with a 50-yard TD reception. He also scored a six-yard TD late in the fourth to give them a 27-23 lead. With Mike Williams possibly reaggravating his ankle injury, Joshua Palmer may be the add for the upcoming waivers for Week 12.

TE DAWG Of The Week: Travis Kelce 35.50 FP

6 Receptions, 115 Receiving Yards. 3 Receiving TDs (Projected: 19.33 FP)

Travis Kelce dominated the Los Angeles Chargers again in the Chiefs’ 30-27 win. The Chiefs TE was unstoppable as he had six receptions for 115 yards and three TDs. With many offensive weapons on the Chiefs’ offense getting hurt, Kelce had to step up. He is by far the best TE in fantasy football.

DEF/ST DAWG Of The Week: Dallas Cowboys 18 FP

1-6 Points Allowed, 7 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Fumble Recovery, 1 Special Teams Forced Fumble (Projected: 6.60 FP)

The Dallas Cowboys put out the biggest shocker of the week, defeating Minnesota 40-3 on the road. The defense made a statement against a Vikings team that many have as possible Superbowl contenders after their win over the Bills last week. Kirk Cousins looked miserable as he led the Vikings to just three points while being sacked seven times. Micah Parsons and Dorance Armstrong Jr. each had two sacks and three other players recorded one each. The Cowboys have a big divisional matchup next week against the New York Giants which will have giant playoff implications.

Thanks for reading! You can look forward to this series until the end of the season. You can check out last week’s installment of DAWGS Of Week 10.

FRAUDS Of Week 11

Latest Frauds of Week 11

By: Ken Fernando

We are back with our Week 11 edition of FRAUDS Of The Week. This series highlights the players who failed their projections the most for the current week. We use Sleepers’ PPR Format for the point system and forecasts. Let’s look back at the players that swung their team to victory this week.

QB DAWG Of The Week: Kirk Cousins 2.20 FP

105 Passing Yards 1 Fumble Lost (Projected: 17.61 FP)

Kirk Cousins disappeared in the Vikings’ blowout loss to the Cowboys. He threw 12 of 23 passes for 105 yards. The Vikings QB had no answers, especially with the Dallas pash-rush going at him with seven sacks. The road doesn’t get easier for Kirk as he faces the Patriots in Week 12 on Thanksgiving.

RB DAWG Of The Week: Saquon Barkley 5.50 FP

15 Carries, 22 Rushing Yards, 2 Receptions, 13 Receiving Yards (Projected: 21.35 FP)

The Detroit Lions had a game plan focused on stopping Saquon Barkley and the run. Barkley only gathered 22 rushing yards on 15 carries. This forced the Giants to pass with inadequate receivers. Saquon is the #6 ranked RB in fantasy so look forward to him having a bounce-back game against the Cowboys next week.

WR DAWG Of The Week: Justin Jefferson 6.30 FP

3 Receptions, 33 Receiving Yards (Projected: 21.98 FP)

Justin Jefferson suffered with Kirk Cousins as his QB in the loss to Dallas. Even with a turf toe, Jefferson still played and got three catches for 33 yards. He will face a tough secondary of New England but he is expected to be back to normal for that game.

TE DAWG Of The Week: David Njoku 3.70 FP

2 Receptions, 17 Receiving Yards (Projected: 9.23 FP)

David Njoku came back to the field after suffering an ankle injury in the previous games. He caught just two balls for 17 yards in the Browns’ loss to the Bills. He did take fewer snaps than normal but the Browns’ staff was probably just being cautious with him. Look for an increased workload when they face Tampa Bay in Week 12.

DEF/ST DAWG Of The Week: Minnesota Vikings -4 FP

35+ Points Allowed (Projected: 6.45 FP)

The Minnesota Vikings didn’t show up against the Dallas Cowboys. The defense looked bad whether it was a pass play or a run play. Tony Pollard dominated with 189 total yards and two TDs. The Vikings’ defense didn’t pick up a single forced fumble, interception, or sack. With the playoff slowly approaching, Minnesota’s defense needs to step up in order to be a Superbowl contender.

Thanks for reading! You can look forward to this series until the end of the season. You can check out last week’s installment of FRAUDS Of Week 10.

Last Minute Adds: Week 11 Edition

Last minute adds in Week 11

By: Ken Fernando

Did you miss your waivers? Are one or multiple players on your team questionable or doubtful to play? You’ve come to the right place for last-minute adds that can help boost your chances of winning your fantasy week.


Matt Ryan 20% Owned

Is the air in Indianapolis different with the arrival of Jeff Saturday? It may have as the Colts look reenergized in their win over the Raiders. One of the changes was putting in Matt Ryan as the starter after many expected Sam Ehlinger to be the permanent starter moving forward. Matt Ryan was impressive in the win with 222 yards, a passing, and a rushing TD worth 22.68 FP. He faces the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11 who have looked more human as the season goes. It’s worth taking a chance on Matt Ryan for this game and maybe for the rest of the season.


Isiah Pacheco 55% Owned

The dust has settled in the Kansas City RB room. Isiah Pacheco was the winner of this and look for him to get the most touches moving forward. Against the Jaguars, he rushed for 82 yards on 16 carries. The Chiefs RB will have to step up, especially as the season moves along. With the RB market in fantasy very shallow, he may be the last great add unless other RBs get hurt.


Jarvis Landry 36% Owned

Jarvis Landry was finally able to return to the Saints in their Week 10 loss to the Steelers. In his return, he had three receptions for 37 yards. He had his highest snap percentage being on the field for 79% of the snaps. Landry also tied for the second-most targets with six so he will be targeted.


Trey McBride 17% Owned

The injury to Zach Ertz hurt the Cardinals but it means Trey McBride can step up and take over. Zach Ertz was the third-highest-scoring TE in fantasy up to this point. Kyler Murray did focus a lot on the TE even with DeAndre Hopkins making his return. With the TE position being shallow, McBride is worth a pick-up especially with Arizona tending to pass more.


New York Jets 25% Owned

The New York Jets come off a bye when they face the New England Patriots on the road. The Jets have been a sneaky good DEF/ST as they are currently ranked seventh. For the past four weeks, they have averaged over 12 FP and scored 9 FP when they faced the Pats in Week 8. The Jets have more than enough talent on defense to give New England a hard time.

Start Or Sit: Week 11 Edition

Players to sit in Week 11

By: Ken Fernando

Every week owners have a tough time picking which player to ride on or which player to sit on the bench. With this article, we aim to help fantasy owners determine which players to start or sit.


Antonio Gibson (Projected: 10.26 FP)

Once benched for Brian Robinson Jr., Antonio Gibson has been a solid contributor the past few weeks for the Commanders. In the past four games, Gibson has been averaging over 14 FP per game and has been a solid pass-catcher, especially on third downs. He was impressive in last week’s MNF win over the Eagles where he had 58 total yards and a TD. Look for him to continue his performance against the Texans’ defense.

Allen Robinson (Projected: 12.40 FP)

It’s finally time for Allen Robinson to shine. Much was expected when he signed with the Rams but the offensive struggles have hurt everyone not named Cooper Kupp. With Kupp going down to the IR, this will give Allen Robinson the opportunity to perform as he was expected to.

Pittsburgh Steelers (Projected: 6.11 FP)

The Pittsburgh Steelers will face the Cincinnati Bengals in their rematch at Pittsburgh. The Steelers came out and played impressive against the New Orleans Saints last week. It also helps that T.J. Watt finally returned from injury. In their Week 1 matchup, they dominated the Bengals by scoring 28 FP in a very entertaining game. Division games seem to motivate players more and the Bengals have struggled against their division rivals. Look for the Steelers to outscore their projected 6.11 FP.


Derek Carr (Projected 15.35 FP)

Derek Carr is a solid fantasy QB option to have. The problem with this week is that he faces the Denver Broncos, a team that allows QBs to score just a bit over 10 FP per week. The Raiders QB has the talent to score but it will be a challenge for him against this talented defense.

D’Onta Foreman (Projected: 8.89 FP)

D’Onta Foreman will be facing a challenging Baltimore defense that allows the third-least rushing yards to teams. Foreman has been solid as an RB1 for the Panthers after Christian McCaffrey was traded to the 49ers, going over 100 rushing yards in three out of the four games. Baltimore, however, has a talented offense that could score quickly so Carolina may have to pass more than usual.

DAWGS Of Week 10

Who was the best QB Dawg of Week 10?

By: Ken Fernando

DAWGS Of The Week is a new weekly article series highlighting players who surpassed their projections the most for the current week. We use Sleepers’ PPR Format for the point system and forecasts. Let’s take a look back at the players that swung their team to victory this week.

QB DAWG Of The Week: Justin Fields 40.38 FP

167 Passing Yards, 2 Passing TDs, 1 Interception, 13 Carries, 147 Rushing Yards, 2 Rushing TDs (Projected: 20.13 FP)

Justin Fields has been the talk of the football world with another immaculate performance in the Week 10 loss to the Lions. He ran 13 times for 147 yards and two TDs. This includes an incredible 67-yard TD run that put him into history. On the passing attack, the Bears QB threw for 167 passing yards and a couple of TDs. Cole Kmet was the lucky recipient of both of them. Even with the loss, Justin Fields and the Bears look like a team with a bright future ahead.

RB DAWG Of The Week: Alec Ingold 14.50 FP

4 Receptions, 45 Receiving Yards, 1 Receiving TD (Projected: 1.66 FP)

Alec Ingold surprised everyone in the Dolphins’ win over the Browns. The fullback caught four passes for 45 yards and a TD. He isn’t expected to repeat this performance so it’s wise not to pick him up from the waiver wire.

WR DAWG Of The Week: Christian Watson 32.70 FP

4 Receptions, 107 Receiving Yards, 3 Receiving TDs (Projected: 6.40 FP)

Aaron Rodgers may have found his new Robin and his name is Christian Watson. The young Packers’ WR came out of nowhere and caught three TDs from Rodgers. Watson caught a 58-yard, 39-yard, and 7-yard TD passes and was instrumental in the Green Bay upset win over the Cowboys. This was a key win for the Packers as they were in the midst of a 5-game losing streak. The Packers face the Titans in TNF so we will see soon if Watson can repeat this performance.

TE DAWG Of The Week: Cole Kmet 23.40 FP

4 Receptions, 74 Receiving Yards, 2 Receiving TDs (Projected: 7.42 FP)

Cole Kmet showed why he is Justin Fields‘ favorite target in the close loss to the Lions. The Bears TE caught four passes, two for TDs including a 50-yard bomb. This is his second straight 20-pt fantasy performance and he looks like a steal for a TE. Currently, he’s only owned in 53% of all Sleeper rosters so add him up while you still have a chance.

DEF/ST DAWG Of The Week: Washington Commanders 17 FP

2 Forced Fumbles, 3 Fumble Recoveries, 1 Defense TD, 1 Interception, 2 Sacks (Projected: 5.25 FP)

The Washington Commanders pulled off an incredible upset over the Philadelphia Eagles, the last undefeated team in the league. In MNF, the defense stepped up and was able to stop this elite offense. After allowing 14 points in the first quarter, this is how the defense played. Darrick Forrest had a fantastic interception in the 2nd quarter. John Ridgeway forced a controversial fumble. Benjamin St-Juste forced a key fumble after a 50-yard reception by Quez Watkins. Finally, the defense scored a last-second TD after DeVonta Smith tried to lateral it. This win keeps Washington afloat and the NFL went wild because of their win.

Thanks for reading! You can look forward to this series until the end of the season. You can check out the other installment, FRAUDS Of Week 10.

FRAUDS Of Week 10

Who is the QB fraud of Week 10

By: Ken Fernando

FRAUDS Of The Week is a new weekly article series that highlights players who failed the most for the current week. We use Sleepers’ PPR Format for the point system and projections. If a player leaves the game due to an injury and doesn’t come back, he is not part of the list.

QB FRAUD Of The Week: PJ Walker 5.72 FP

108 Passing Yards, 3 Carries, 14 Rushing Yards (Projected: 12.16 FP)

P.J. Walker was the winner of another disappointing TNF matchup between the Falcons and the Panthers. The Panthers QB only threw for 108 yards with no TDs and interceptions. The game plan revolved around D’Onta Foreman and the run game and it was successful as Foreman ran 31 times for 130 yards and a TD. The sad news however is that P.J. has a high-ankle sprain and will not play in Week 11.

RB FRAUD Of The Week: Alvin Kamara 7.50 FP

8 Carries, 26 Rushing Yards, 3 Receptions, 19 Receiving Yards (Projected:18.08 FP)

Alvin Kamara was one of the Saints’ players that struggled in their 20-10 loss to the Steelers. Kamara rushed for 26 yards and caught three passes for 19 of them. The Steelers defense did a good job of limiting Kamara. This is his second consecutive bad game in fantasy as he has scored less than 10 points in each of the past two games. He’ll have a tough matchup with the Rams in Week 11.

WR FRAUD Of The Week: Chase Claypool 1.80 FP

1 Reception, 8 Receiving Yards (Projected: 10.27 FP)

The Bears focused on their run game in their matchup with the Lions and this could be seen in the 20 passing attempts of Justin Fields. One of the unlucky recipients was Chase Claypool. The former Steeler only got two attempts and caught only one for just eight yards. He was supposed to get more targets but the opposite happened. It’s very difficult to trust a Bears WR currently.

TE FRAUD Of The Week: George Kittle 3.10 FP

1 Reception 21 Receiving Yards (Projected: 12.10 FP)

George Kittle fell back to earth in the 49ers’ win over the Chargers. After three straight good games, Kittle was used more as a blocker and it showed. The 49ers TE caught just one pass for 21 yards. San Francisco faces the Cardinals in Week 11 so let’s see if Kittle can bounce back.

DEF/ST FRAUD Of The Week: Cleveland Browns -3 FP

35+ Points Allowed, 1 Sack (Projected: 5.73 FP)

The Cleveland Browns had a challenge against the Miami Dolphins. They failed in that challenge. The Dolphins ran through the Browns with 195 rushing yards. Jeff Wilson and Raheem Mostert combined for 184 rushing yards and two TDs. Deion Jones and Greg Newsome II combined for the lone sack they had. The Browns head to Buffalo next week so good luck to them.

Thanks for reading! You can look forward to this series until the end of the season. You can check out the other installment, DAWGS Of Week 10.

7 Fantasy Disappointments in 2022

What has let us down so far this year?

By: Justin Frye

Every year fantasy analysts project players and teams and fantasy managers draft teams and we get a consensus of ADP data that refines as draft season rolls along. Some players break out and shatter expectations while leading our teams to glory. Others struggle for various reasons. Those are the things we’re going to talk about here, with some potential takeaways for the rest of the 2022 and 2023 draft seasons.

TD Scoring Leaguewide

What is going on with the NFL, in general, this year? 2020 was the NFL’s current high water mark with 24.8 points per game scored. 2021 saw that decrease to 6th-best all-time with 23.0 points per game. 2022? That’d be down again, this time to 25th-best at 21.8 points per game. That ties 2022 with 1983 and 1967 for points in a game… bleh! Somehow 2022 has FEWER passing TDs than either of those seasons too. Teams scored 2.88 TDs per game in 2020 and now are at 2.43, so nearly a full TD less is scored in every NFL game.

Why is the league scoring down? That’d be the comeback of the two high-safety looks. Defenses are forcing underneath passes and less deep shots. This leads to longer drives and fewer overall drives. In a copycat league, everyone saw how Kansas City was slowed down and is implementing similar approaches. This in turn affects players blowing up for massive games, thereby capping the crazy weeks we love for fantasy football. Now it’s back to the drawing board for the offensive counterpunch (see Dolphins, Miami).

The Denver Broncos

Russell Wilson was supposed to be the answer in Denver like the Rams and Buccaneers got the last couple of seasons. Big-time acquisition who takes the team over the top in 2022. What’s happened so far has been horrible, as the Broncos have scored a whopping 11 TDs through their first 8 games. Fresh off the bye week, the hope is that some of the recent successful drives lead to a better understanding of what works.

While losing star RB Javonte Williams hasn’t helped, the Broncos have struggled to consistently move the football at all. Wilson started the year force-feeding Courtland Sutton but recently has found more success targeting teammate Jerry Jeudy and rookie TE Greg Dulcich. With new pass-catching RB Chase Edmonds in town, I expect more check downs from Wilson to his underneath targets with occasional jump balls to Sutton. I still believe it has to be better and hopes to see Wilson, Jeudy, and Dulcich on my teams when it does. The run game is a messy committee, and Sutton is likely just a boom/bust guy to me.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I remember when Tom Brady was retired, Chris Godwin was hurt and unlikely to play early in the year, and the entire offense was a big question mark. Then Brady unretired, Godwin started the year on the field, Julio Jones showed up in camp, and the whole offense looked to be elite. So what happened to a vaunted Buccaneers team and their fantasy weapons?

I look to two main statistics on the Bucs this year. First, Brady has a lowly 2.5% TD rate. That’s right, on his nearly 400 attempts he’s throw just 10 TDs. His first two years in Tampa were 6.6% and 6%, and he sits at 5.4% for his career. That means an additional 12-16 TDs for Brady and his weapons, which would make Mike Evans and Godwin managers much happier. Finally, Leonard Fournette may have lost that offseason weight but the burst didn’t come back with lower weight. It’d be nice to see more Rachaad White going forward.

Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor has to be a massive disappointment for managers, as the favorite for redraft 1.01 for the majority of analysts, has not lived up to his 2021 season. In retrospect, some of this should have been predictable, but also not to the extent of how poor he’s been. The OL has long been viewed as elite, and they got him a QB upgrade, where did it all go wrong?

Well, it starts with Matt Ryan being the most turnover-prone QB before being benched and a struggling OL unit. The team’s fired their OC and head coach now in response to the struggles, but some of this is on Taylor himself. In his RB1 2021, Taylor scored 18 TDs on his 332 carries (1 in every 18.5 carries), while averaging 5.5 yards per carry. In 2022? Just 1 rush TD on 107 carries, and 4.3 yards per carry. The TDs felt like an outlier in 2021, but now do the other way for 2022. Taylor is still dynasty RB1 for me until April 27, 2023 (hello Bijan Robinson), and probably a top 5 pick for redraft in 2023.

Kyle Pitts

The other individual player I chose to highlight here, Kyle Pitts is still a unicorn. He’s just a unicorn that’s costing whoever drafted him what likely would have been a solid RB2 or WR2. Dynasty managers have been panic selling. I can’t sit here and tell anyone he’s going to turn it around in 2022 or even hit for 2023. So what can we do with Kyle Pitts?

Cross everything we got hoping the Falcons get Pitts a competent QB for 2023, because with this underlying data, Pitts is still due to have a massive breakout soon. I won’t be joining those panic selling, but rather buying everywhere I possibly can. In 2022, it’s likely a lost cause but his weekly ceiling is as high as anyone at TE. I know he’s a hard guy to bench and will have doubters in 2023 but he’s likely to be right at TE3 in redraft ranks yet again, cause when he hits he’s going to hit big.

Year 2 WRs

Long undervalued, it appears as though 2022 was the year to fade a lot of second-year pass-catchers. I’m not talking the elite guys, as Ja’Marr Chase and Jaylen Waddle were fantastic picks when healthy. Devonta Smith has been roughly what we thought he’d be, though a little invisible in too many games. No for this I’m talking about Rashod Bateman, Elijah Moore, and Kadarius Toney.

Bateman is the toughest to count since he is mainly due to injury too. Of the three, he’s the only one you were ever happy to play this year. Moore has been one of my biggest whiffs (I thought he’d be the slot guy and target hog). He was one of my favorite values based on the elite play to end 2021. Still love his game and I hope he gets his trade, maybe to the Chargers? Finally Toney, who just can’t stay on the field and wasn’t loved by the new Giants regime. He could be exciting in Kansas City down the stretch, assuming the hamstrings hold up.

Back-half QB1s

I normally don’t lead with a Twitter link, but this visual is easier than typing it out. Other than Justin Herbert, the top seven QBs are all in the top seven. The bottom 8 are all outside the top 20. As someone who likes waiting on QB, this year was not my friend, and will be a changing of the guard for many rankers. Even “safe” options like Kirk Cousins and Derek Carr have been largely disappointing, while Trey Lance was lost due to injury.

I don’t agree with Luke’s sentiment fully (yet), but this is definitely something to consider. As guys like Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Fields rocket up ranks, I think it’s just a swap from the “this guy is always top 12 so he needs to be in there” to the young studs. It takes truly elite QB play to overcome not being a mobile QB. My biggest takeaway, regardless of where I pick a QB for 2023, the safety of a mobile QB is worth it every single time. Guys like Fields, Lance, and Bryce Young will be big targets for me.

Dalvin Cook or Alvin Kamara: who has the edge?

Will Cook or Kamara have a better 2022 season?

By Charles Vakassian

Last time we did a head-to-head article, we looked at the two best running backs in the NFL Saquon Barkley and Nick Chubb. Today, we’ll be looking at a pair of veteran running backs who may be nearing the end of their respective primes.


2022 stats: 81 carries, 337 yards, 3 TDs, 11 catches on 15 targets, 74 yards (4.6 YPC)

Cook has been nothing short of a workhorse for the Vikings this year. With the exception of Week 2 against the Eagles, Cook has garnered at least 17 carries and 75 yards rushing each game. The touchdowns were slow to arrive, but he just scored twice last week, signaling positive regression in that area.


2022 stats: 47 carries, 203 yards, 0 TDs, 11 catches on 17 targets, 110 yards (4.3 YPC)

Kamara has seen his 2022 derailed with injuries, causing him to miss multiple games. He has yet to reach the end one, partially due to Taysom Hill vulturing touchdowns, and a pass-heavy offense. Having Andy Dalton under center is also a handicap to the capabilities of the offense, and limits the scoring opportunities for everyone, Kamara included.

Head to Head Comp

Kamara has been the better receiving back, getting more targets and yards through the air than Cook. However, Cook has been the best on the ground, averaging more yards per carry and scoring three times. Kamara has yet to see the end zone. Cook also operates in a much more efficient and high powered offense, with Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen making sure defenses cannot stack the box against the run. Kamara does not always have that same luxury, with the Saints receivers decimated by injuries.

Outlook for 2022 and Beyond

Both backs are at the age of 27 and locked into extensions signed with their teams. Cook and Kamara have significant injury histories as well, which does not bode well for their long-term success. And unless your name is Derrick Henry, running backs do not age particularly well. 27 is right toward the end of their effective running days. While both backs are in very similar boats, the slight edge goes to Cook, who has the better QB and offense around him. More touchdown opportunities are everything.

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