Fantasy football – Eric Moody’s favorite late-round targets

What are your favorite late-round goals in fantasy football? I get asked this question a lot, and to live up to every draftsman’s quest for perfection, I’m here to help. Since the NFL Draft ended in late April, I’ve participated in more than 80 Fantasy Football Mock Drafts.

Based on those mocks, here are the players I’m prioritizing from round 10 onwards. I’ve included each player’s ADP (average draft position) from our live draft trends.

quarterbacks

Kirk Cousins, Vikings (ADP: 139.4, QB15)

It’s easy to overlook cousins ​​in your fantasy design, but don’t make that mistake. If you consider Cousins’ top two receiving options are Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, you should be excited for the new offensive scheme under new head coach Kevin O’Connell. It’s a program that’s expected to draw on the veteran quarterback’s strengths. Previously, O’Connell was the Rams’ offensive coordinator, and he brings with him Wes Phillips, who was the Rams’ passing game coordinator. Los Angeles averaged 277.5 passing yards (fifth) and 2.4 passing touchdowns (third) per game in 2021.

Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars (ADP: 153.4, QB17)

You may think so, but I will say it. Like Joe Burrow in 2021, Lawrence could make a similar statistical leap in 2022. The team has a new head coach in Doug Pederson, who has far more NFL experience than former coach Urban Meyer and has won a Super Bowl and played in the league. Pederson had tremendous success with Carson Wentz and Nick Foles in Philadelphia, and a similar result is possible for Lawrence. With a host of playmakers including Christian Kirk now with the Jaguars and an improved offensive line, there’s no doubt Lawrence will be on the streaming radar in 2022 and a high-end QB2 finish isn’t ruled out.

Matt Ryan, Colts (ADP: 166.5, QB21)

As the season approaches, fantasy football fans underestimate Ryan. The 37-year-old is new to the Colts but is no stranger to the role of leader within the organization. Due to Calvin Ridley’s absence from Atlanta last season, Ryan played most of last season without one of his primary goals. With Ridley, Ryan averaged 22.2 fantasy points. Without him, Ryan only averaged 14.1. With Michael Pittman Jr. as his No. 1 receiver and Jonathan Taylor as his running back, Ryan should be recovering in 2022.

run back

Dameon Pierce, Texan (ADP: 158.1, RB43)

The Texans’ running game in 2021 was terrible. Houston finished with 1,442 rushing yards and 3.4 yards per carry, the worst in the league. The Texans only had eight rushing touchdowns in 2021, the fewest in the league. Pierce was underutilized during his college career in Florida, but that doesn’t indicate his talent. Marlon Mack, Rex Burkhead, Dare Ogunbowale and Royce Freeman surround him in an uninspiring Houston backfield, and the rookie fourth-rounder has proven to be the best running back in training camp.

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Mike Clay gives his take on Dameon Pierce as he prepares for his rookie campaign with Houston.

Isaiah Spiller, Chargers (ADP: 165.5, RB47)

Spiller’s impressive tenure at Texas A&M earned him 2,993 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns during his three years at College Station. In the Chargers backup running back contest, Spiller will compete with Larry Rountree III and Joshua Kelley for the starting job. It’s a competition I believe Spiller will win. In 2022, he could be averaging about 10 touches per game on one of the best offenses in the league.

Tyler Allgeier, Hawks (ADP: 169, RB52)

Given that Allgeier was listed at the bottom of the unofficial depth chart on the Falcons’ official website, you might be wondering why he’s on the list. In mid-August it is not advisable to take depth charts too seriously. Allgeier has an excellent overview and is a capable early defender who can also play the passing game. The fifth-round pick of this year’s draft has rushed for 2,731 yards and 36 touchdowns in his last two seasons at BYU, and his ability to be a three-down back sets him apart from Damien Williams and Cordarrelle Patterson. He’s worth a flyer.

Isiah Pacheco, Chiefs (ADP: 169.5, RB53)

Clyde Edwards-Helaire wasn’t the running back the Chiefs were hoping for. Pacheco was compared to Kareem Hunt, who averaged 20.3 touches and 18.4 fantasy points per game during his rookie season with Kansas City in 2017. Don’t leave your fantasy football draft without Pacheco.

Khalil Herbert, Bears (ADP: 169.8, RB56)

Herbert’s one-cut ability, agility and vision make him an excellent fit for the outer zone running program that is conducting the Bears’ new coaching regime. Herbert won’t overtake David Montgomery as a starter, but he will be involved, especially when Montgomery appears on special teams. While Montgomery was out last season, Herbert averaged 23.3 opportunities (rushing attempts plus goals) and 15.4 PPR points per game while playing 83% of offensive snaps in three starts.

Kenneth Gainwell, Adler (ADP: 170, RB76)

As a fantasy football manager, you should be concerned about Gainwell’s role on the Eagles offense. While Miles Sanders is expected to still be at the top of the Eagles on the depth chart, Gainwell is a valuable fantasy asset when given pass-catching and goal-line duties, various reports have suggested. Last season, he averaged 19 fantasy points per game in his best four games. During those games, Gainwell averaged 15 opportunities (rushing attempts plus goals).

wide receiver

Drake London, Falcons (ADP: 98.7, WR36)

London will enter their rookie season as the clear No. 1 receiver in Atlanta after a stellar career at USC. Atlanta’s quarterback situation with Marcus Mariota isn’t ideal, but the target volume will be there for London in 2022. He’s a flex option with a WR2 advantage.

Chris Olave, Saint (ADP: 123, WR46)

The Saints traded to Draft Olave in the first round of this year’s draft. This suggests he will be a major contributor to the New Orleans offense right away. Among all major receivers in Ohio State history, Olave set the school record for 35 touchdowns, the fourth most in Big Ten conference history. It also ranks third with 176 receptions and fifth with 2,711 receptions. He is in a good position to see 100 goals play alongside Michael Thomas and can be seen as a flexible option.

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Liz Loza details the reasons she loves Chris Olave’s fit with the Saints.

Skyy Moore, Chiefs (ADP: 135.3, WR49)

The Chiefs have 340 cleared goals and 2,748 cleared air yards heading into the 2022 season. Kansas City is looking to replace the explosiveness Tyreek Hill has bestowed on them over the years. Moore can help with that. At Western Michigan, he had a Dominator rating of 44.8%. This metric measures how many touchdowns and yards a player orders on their own offense. There’s no rookie wide receiver with more potential than Moore in this explosive Chiefs offense.

Jakobi Meyers, Patriots (ADP: 138.3, WR51)

Meyers could finally establish himself as a reliable goalscorer this season. There’s a lot to like about his role on the Patriots offense and his association with quarterback Mac Jones. Despite the addition of DeVante Parker, Meyers is expected to lead New England on goals. His receiving yards increased from 729 in 2020 to 866 in 2021. The positive momentum he’s been gaining in yards and touchdowns should continue in 2022.

Nico Collins, Texan (ADP: 169.9)

Collins will reportedly emerge as the clear No. 2 receiver in Pep Hamilton’s new offensive plan this season at Houston. Despite fundamental rookie struggles and inconsistencies at quarterback last season, he caught 33 passes for 446 yards and a touchdown. You can see its potential in the film. Coaches, teammates and quarterback Davis Mills have all praised him, and Collins is set for a breakthrough sophomore season. He is projected behind Brandin Cooks for the second-highest goals for the Texans.

Isaiah McKenzie, Bills (ADP: 170.3)

The slot receiver plays a crucial role in the Bills’ offense. Over the past two seasons, Buffalo has racked up 1,534 plays (5th most) with three wide receivers. Buffalo has also operated more than 100 four-receiver sets during that span, more than any other team. Since 2020, Josh Allen has targeted his slot receiver 389 times, behind only Patrick Mahomes (408). With all of these factors coupled with McKenzie’s great training camp and Allen’s positive comments, McKenzie is on the cusp of a breakout season.

KJ Hamler, Broncos (ADP: 170.4)

Tim Patrick’s season-ending knee injury has opened the door for Hamler to see more goals. While at Penn State, he was a vertical threat in the slot and was picked 46th overall by the Broncos in 2020. Between 2018 and 2019, Hamler had 41 plays of 15 yards or more in the slot, which was the third most in the slot according to FBS. Russell Wilson excels at maximizing his players’ skills and throwing deep. Since 2016, he has ranked first in pass attempts, completions, passing yards, and touchdowns for passes that travel more than 20 air yards. Nobody talks about Wilson and Hamler, but they should.

tight ends

Hunter Henry, Patriots (ADP: 124.4, TE13)

Henry had some good moments last season and in his second season with Mac Jones may prove to be a more consistent option for those waiting to tackle the tight finishing position in drafts. Henry had a career-high nine touchdowns last season and should see a similar number of goals in 2022 as in 2021. Henry’s statistical production will continue to develop as Jones develops as an NFL quarterback. Don’t overlook him.

Albert Okwuegbunam, Broncos (ADP: 167.6, TE21)

Okwuegbunam has an excellent training camp and, according to coach Nathaniel Hackett, is doing everything in offense. He seems to be pulling ahead of rookie Greg Dulcich which bodes well for Okwuegbunam’s fantasy value in 2022. Okwuegbunam’s yarding ability stood out last season, with 245 of his 330 yards coming from catches. Russell Wilson will take advantage of this in 2022.

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