Fantasy football – NFL’s 10 most intriguing second-year players for 2022

Many fantasy football executives make it a priority to find out which NFL players will take a big step in their development and become fantasy stars. Often the obvious targets are those entering their second season with the benefit of a full off-season to make improvements.

Our staff will be listing their favorite sleepers, busts, and breakouts in the coming weeks, but for this exercise we focused on just these sophomores and answered the following question:

Which sophomore fantasy player fascinates you the most this season?

“Interesting” can mean you’re passionate about a player, but it can also mean you’re just interested in seeing how they’re doing – good or Poorly. Our crew lists those that are at the fore as we prepare for the training camps.


blankTravis Etienne Jr., RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Etienne missed his entire rookie season with a Lisfranc injury. Sometimes when a player misses an entire season, fantasy managers forget how they felt about the player before He got hurt. I hadn’t. Etienne possesses special skills as a runner and receiver that the team plans to take full advantage of, according to NFL Nation Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco. DiRocco even provided a comparison for how he might be used this season: Alvin Kamara as a rookie in 2017 when he was 1,554 yards from scrimmage and had 81 catches as the No. 2 behind Mark Ingram II. With reigning starter James Robinson returning from an Achilles injury, Etienne could be handed an even heavier workload early in the season. – Keith Lipscomb

blankJustin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears

Fields enters the 2022 season with an attacking roster that lacks proven difference makers. However, given the playful element he brings to the position, fantasy is paramount here. In 1921, Fields rushed for 420 yards in just 12 games played and scored at least 16 fantasy points in four of his last five starts. With an anticipated passing game that should rely on play-action/misdirection to open second- and third-level windows, as well as Field’s ability to create as a runner, the Bears’ second-year quarterback has potential in your drafts for the late round . –– Matt Bowen

blankNajee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

There is more mystery to others on this list considering Harris is eighth overall in ESPN’s ADP (average draft position). But we need to find out if he can be one of those truly reliable RB1s that are becoming all too rare. Harris could be worth a Top 2 pick if he continues to approach the astronomical workload we saw last season while adding more efficiency (and an improved offensive line). He led all RBs with 381 touches and 74 catches, but we don’t know if that receiving volume will change without retired QB Ben Roethlisberger. And Harris needs to improve his 3.9 yards per carry and seven rushing TDs. Despite his efforts, he only ranked 21st among RBs with 29 rushing attempts in the red zone. – Mike Triplett

blankTrey Lance, QB, San Francisco 49ers

The highly acclaimed QB from North Dakota State, who was drafted third overall by the 49ers in 2021, has started just three games in the past two years. whoops And yet he’s poised to take the reins as the signal caller for the Niners this fall. Playing the role of understudy as a rookie, Lance threw a total of 71 passes, almost all of which relieved the injured Jimmy Garoppolo. Despite this, he delivered five touchdowns in his limited playing time, and his mobility routinely showed. He has the physical abilities to be a threat in the fantasy with both his arms and legs, but the question is how long will it take for the decision making and accuracy to catch up? –-Stephania bell

blankTrevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars made key roster (and coaching) upgrades in the offseason, but it could be in vain if their QB doesn’t make a big leap forward in the sophomore. Lawrence’s performance in the rookie season was poor (12 passing TDs, league-high 17 INTs, 33.5 QBR), but that’s common even for later stars at the position, and he gained considerable experience (7th most passing attempts and 5th most rush -Trials among them). QB’s). The first overall pick of 2021 is a sort of unheralded breakout candidate and potential league winner to land in the late rounds of your draft. –– Mike Lehm

blankElijah Moore, WR, New York Jets

It’s true that he showed some flaws in the film, as many novices do, but Moore has skills and talents that pop off the screen and are hard to ignore. He is one of the top players in the league when it comes to short-distance speed. Before his season-ending injury, we saw glimpses of Moore’s potential. In weeks 11-13, he averaged 10.3 goals, 6.0 receptions and 88.0 receiving yards per game. During the same period, Moore amassed 352 air yards. He’s a big stat at his current ADP and shouldn’t be overlooked. –– Eric Moody

blankKyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons

Pitts was quickly pushed into the Falcons’ premier passcatcher role as the offense operated without Calvin Ridley for most of the season. Pitts not only led the team on targets with 110, he led all TEs with 10.8 air yards per target, demonstrating his game-changing vertical threat ability. I am intrigued by Pitts season 2 for a number of reasons. What will his TD regression look like after just one trip to the end zone in his rookie season? How will the addition of Drake London affect this almost inevitable positive regression? How will new QB Marcus Mariota use him, especially with the Falcons close to the goal line this season? Regardless, after graduating as a TE7 last season, Pitts is the consensus TE3 heading into 2022 and worth the fifth-round investment in 10-team drafts. –-Daniel Dopp

blankAmon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions

A lot – and I mean LOTS – of fantasy championship banners were hung on the back of the Lions rookie receiver last year, which was nothing short of amazing at the track. While Detroit lost, fantasy managers won. From Week 13, St. Brown was a top-three WR in both total points and points per game, averaging nearly 25 points in PPR, more than eight catches and 103 yards from scrimmage per game and six touchdowns in six games. But was this production the result of great talent or just the result of “they had to throw it to someone”? During those six games, TJ Hockenson missed five games and D’Andre Swift missed four, resulting in St. Brown earning an incredible 33.5% goal share. With Hock and Swift recovering, plus DJ Chark Jr. and the eventual debut of rookie Jameson Williams, can St. Brown still be a top-20 WR with a significantly lower target percentage? History generally shows that rookie WRs building a production like St. Brown’s are legitimate, but given the unique circumstances surrounding his rise last season – a whopping 66% of his fantasy points last season came as of week 13 – he’s my most fascinating second-year-old player heading into 2022. –– Matthew Berry

blankJavonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos

No running back broke more tackles last season than Williams, and while it’s true the organization brought back Melvin Gordon III to annoyingly share touches, Williams is a better player. A much better player. He’s big, strong and certainly capable of being a fantasy star, and upgrading to Russell Wilson as quarterback will help as well. This will be a much better and more efficient offense and Williams has a tremendous imagination on his mind. Don’t be put off by Gordon’s return. –– Eric Karabell

blankZach Wilson, QB, New York Jets

“Fascinated” is an appropriate description of my appreciation for Wilson’s entry into 2022, as I doubt I would call him up anywhere other than as matchup partner QB2 given our ESPN consensus ranking of #20 at his position. Still, few NFL sophomores face such an important upcoming campaign after Wilson’s Jets drafted wide receiver Garrett Wilson and running back Breece Hall and signed Tyler Conklin and CJ Uzomah. This Jets team is almost certainly on the way up, but so much depends on Wilson making huge improvements on the poor accuracy he’s shown in 2021. Is a best-case scenario the kind of leap Jared Goff made in 2017? We will see. — Tristan H. Cockcroft

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Emma Bowman

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