The NFL offseason has changed the league’s landscape in just a matter of weeks. Big names have moved on to other teams like never before, and the AFC looks to be the strongest it has ever been. In turn, the dynasty fantasy football outlook has also shifted after the NFL Combine and the majority of the Pro Days have concluded with the NFL Draft just weeks away.
In 2021, the consensus No. 1 pick was Trevor Lawrence. Najee Harris, Ja’Marr Chase, Justin Fields, and Trey Lance more often than not rounded out the top-5 in some order. This year things are pretty different.
There might not be a consensus No. 1 pick in dynasty fantasy football rookie drafts. In Superflex leagues, things will be even more unpredictable. The 2022 quarterback class has been pegged as one of the more mediocre groups in recent memory, although guys like Malik Willis and Kenny Pickett have started to shoot up draft boards.
With that, let’s take a look at a dynasty fantasy football Superflex mock draft, and keep in mind things can change drastically by the time the NFL Draft rolls around.
1.01: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
The first overall choice in fantasy football Superflex leagues is a toss-up. Of course, a lot can change depending on team fit. But Malik Willis is simply too good to pass up.
Last year, Lawrence was easily the No. 1 pick — and for a good reason. This time around, Willis is going to be that guy. His ceiling is higher than anybody else in this class by a mile, and with the right coaching and development, he could turn into a bonafide superstar in the NFL.
The biggest problem here is that Willis might not play much in 2022 — if at all. Nonetheless, QB is the most valuable position in Superflex leagues, and if Willis pans out as everybody expects, this will be a home run pick.
1.02: Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
No, Breece Hall isn’t this year’s Najee Harris. But Hall is the clear-cut No. 1 RB in this group. Usually, a QB would be the choice at two overall in most fantasy football drafts, but the dropoff after Willis is a considerable one.
Hall can do it all and is a true three-down back in the NFL. Quality running backs are hard to come by, but Hall is that in a nutshell.
Much like Willis, there is risk involved with Hall. With the NFL leaning more and more into a running back committee approach, Hall’s role in his rookie season might be minimal. On the other hand, he could turn into a workhorse if a team like the Houston Texans or Buffalo Bills decided to take him.
1.03: Drake London, WR, USC
Drake London. Get to know this name.
With USC’s disappointing 2021 season, London’s numbers might have been overlooked. However, this guy is a superstar in the making.
London caught 88 passes for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns in just eight games in 2021 before fracturing his ankle. Before the injury, he was easily on pace to end the year as the Fred Biletnikoff frontrunner.
He didn’t do drills at the NFL Combine, but that is fine. He is a star, and there is a reason former USC head coach Clay Helton likened him to Mike Evans.
London has the prototypical big body frame that NFL teams desire, and teams such as the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, and Green Bay Packers are just a few teams who could benefit from London.
Could you imagine London catching passes from Aaron Rodgers? Regardless of the landing spot, London is the WR1 in this class.
1.04: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
The Packers need a wide receiver, and Treylon Burks falling to Green Bay would be a grand slam for both parties. Either way, Burks is the WR2 in this class.
A lot of chatter has been generated about Burks being the WR1, but his underwhelming Combine performance didn’t do him any favors. The NFL is turning into an air-raid attack more and more, so wide receivers have a lot of value.
There is an argument for Burks as the WR1 over London with the right landing spot, but for now, Burks is right behind him.
1.05: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
Garret Wilson and Chris Olave are neck and neck after both players had impressive careers at Ohio State. Wilson drops in at the 1.05, although either of the former Buckeyes WRs could flip-flop here.
This will vary depending on where they land, but both are projected to go in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, especially with so many WR-needy teams picking in the first 16 selections.
Wilson put together a 1,058-yard season with 12 touchdowns on 70 catches and has repeatedly been linked to the Philadelphia Eagles. Wilson and DeVonta Smith together in Philly would be quite the duo, bringing out the best of Jalen Hurts. Hopefully.
1.06: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
During Ohio State’s Pro Day, both Wilson and Olave impressed everybody in attendance. C.J. Stroud also did, but that’s a story for next year since the Heisman Trophy finalist is back in Columbus for 2022.
Olave had 936 yards on 65 catches with 13 touchdowns for the Buckeyes, and his 4.39 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine had everybody oozing with excitement (it was a 4.26 unofficial).
Olave has the speed to run with NFL defensive backs and is an excellent route runner. Again, this wide receiver class is loaded, and Olave at 1.06 is a steal if he lands in the right situation.
1.07: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh
It feels strange that the second QB won’t be taken until 1.07. However, that’s the reality of this draft class. Pickett has emerged as the QB2 of this group, and nobody cares about his tiny hands. Remember Joe Burrow’s small hands? Well, he led the Cincinnati Bengals to the Super Bowl.
Pickett dazzled in his final season at Pittsburgh, and his NFL Combine and Pro Day outings did nothing but help his case — although Willis has jumped him in the QB rankings.
Pickett might not have a path to rookie playing time unless the Carolina Panthers grab him in the first round. It doesn’t matter here, though. Grab him before it’s too late in fantasy football drafts.
1.08: Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M
Isaiah Spiller might slide down NFL Draft boards and fantasy football drafts. He is considered the second-best RB of this group, although there are some doubts about him.
Spiller performed well in his final season at Texas A&M, finishing with 1,011 yards and six touchdowns on 179 carries while adding 25 catches. Teams such as the Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs need running back help, and if Spiller lands in either situation, his stock goes up.
The second-best RB in this class at 1.08 is an excellent value and would be difficult to pass up.
1.09: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
Jameson Williams is a home run wide receiver. He has the speed to run downfield and would be a massive get for many NFL teams. The downfall is that he is still recovering from an ACL injury and might miss a good portion of the 2022 season.
Still, the talent is too obvious to pass up, and if he lands with the Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, or the Packers, he could shatter expectations by the end of his second season. If Williams didn’t suffer an ACL injury, he would be a surefire top-5 choice, but those significant injuries tend to scare off NFL teams and fantasy football owners.
1.10: Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
Don’t worry. Matt Corral looked healthy during his Pro Day.
A few months back, Corral was the QB1 in this class but has dropped a bit as of late. His final season at Ole Miss was electric and he has all the traits to be a decent starting QB in the NFL.
Is he going to end up as a QB1 on fantasy rosters? No, but he is a solid QB2 and might be one of the readiest QBs in this class.
Getting a potential starting QB this late in the first round is a tremendous value in fantasy football, and Corral could surpass Pickett as QB2 of this group when it’s all said and done.
1.11: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
Jahan Dotson at 1.11 seems so odd, but this is how talented this WR class is in 2022. Dotson was dynamic at Penn State and is another guy rumored to be an option for the Packers in the NFL Draft.
Dotson is on the smaller side, but he still put together a 1,182-yard campaign with 12 touchdowns on 91 catches. Imagine if Dotson gets a quarterback such as Rodgers or Patrick Mahomes throwing him passes.
1.12: Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State
From a personal standpoint, Kenneth Walker III is a true workhorse in the NFL. The only problem is that most NFL teams don’t use workhorse running backs anymore.
Still, Walker is a unique talent. He compiled an eye-popping 1,636 yards with 18 touchdowns for the Michigan State Spartans and was just outside the Heisman Trophy finalists.
Walker landing with a team like the Atlanta Falcons or Houston Texans would be an excellent landing spot right off the bat as far as fantasy purposes go. He projects to be a second-round choice in the NFL Draft, but Walker could become the best RB of the class in five years.
You can’t go wrong with a true workhorse in fantasy football at the end of the first round.
Stats Courtesy of Sports Reference