2022 fantasy football mock draft: Should Austin Ekeler or Justin Jefferson go third in half-PPR formats?

    In our latest fantasy football mock draft for the 2022 season, how do things play out in a half-PPR format with 1QB roster requirements?

    2022 fantasy football mock draft: Should Austin Ekeler or Justin Jefferson go third in half-PPR formats?

    We are just a matter of weeks from the 2022 season, and that means fantasy football drafts are starting to roll around with regularity. Ahead of those drafts, testing out your strategy in mocks is crucial if you want to be prepared for the moment that really matters. Having your plans stress tested to ensure you’re ready for whatever is thrown at you can help you to avoid making a mistake at the worst possible time.

    As we help you prepare, PFN will be running through a mock draft every week and providing analysis as to why our four analysts did what they did. This week’s PFN fantasy football mock draft is a half-PPR format with 1QB lineup requirements. Previously, we have run through both a PPR Superflex and a non-PPR 1QB mock.

    If you have any questions about this 2022 fantasy football mock draft, come on over to our PFN Discord server, where all our analysts are dropping in throughout the day to answer your questions. Additionally, we will be running mock drafts four times a week that you can join in with and ask questions of our analysts.

    2022 fantasy football mock draft | Team analysis

    The starting lineup used for this mock was: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, two Flex spots, with six bench spots. D/ST or kickers were not included in this mock. All four of our analysts involved subscribe to the general theory that those two positions should be selected in the final rounds. For more insight into the ideas behind drafting D/STs and kickers, sign up for our draft guide available through the PFN Pass.

    In this mock write-up, we will start by analyzing our respective teams. If you want to look at how the full draft played out in real time, you can find a link to the full draft board, as well as a comprehensive round-by-round list of selections below the team analysis.

    The format of this mock saw four of our analysts each selecting three different teams. Ian Wharton (IW) had teams 1, 5, and 9. Tommy Garrett (TG) had teams 2, 6, and 10. Ben Rolfe (BR) had teams 3, 7, and 11. Jason Katz (JK) had teams 4, 8, and 12.  

    Team 1 – IW

    R1: Jonathan Taylor, RB, IND
    R2: Mike Evans, WR, TB
    R3: Keenan Allen, WR, LAC
    R4: AJ Dillon, RB, GB
    R5: Elijah Mitchell, RB, SF
    R6: Joe Burrow, QB, CIN
    R7: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, ARI
    R8: Garrett Wilson, WR, NYJ
    R9: Cole Kmet, TE, CHI
    R10: George Pickens, WR, PIT
    R11: Dameon Pierce, RB, HOU
    R12: Jamaal Williams, RB, DET
    R13: Hunter Henry, TE, NE
    R14: Kendrick Bourne, WR, NE

    I opted for a different strategy after grabbing Jonathan Taylor No. 1. Instead of going with a back at the 2/3 turn, I felt I could still land an impact RB at the 4.12. I was right. Though we often see AJ Dillon going in the fifth or sixth round, I reached to make sure I got my guy. I followed that pick with a high-upside flex option in Elijah Mitchell. I felt this gave me a great core and flexibility to round out my roster with upside picks.

    Even though waiting at quarterback and tight end, I walked away with a top-five QB candidate in Joe Burrow and my favorite upside play at tight end in Cole Kmet. Taking Kmet over Goedert was risky, but I wanted to mix it up since I feel like I often end up with Goedert. Both are great later-round options.

    My upside picks at receiver with DeAndre Hopkins, Garrett Wilson, and George Pickens excite me. Hopkins will push to start as a flex or even over Keenan Allen once he’s back from suspension. Wilson is the best talent on his offense, and Pickens has been balling out in training camp.

    I trusted the talent more as this draft progressed. Since I have no rush to play Pickens, I was more interested in his upside over Chase Claypool or some of the more defined receivers available. I ended up kicking the can on running backs until late but thought I’d be reaching for similar players instead of taking standouts at receiver.

    This is my favorite roster of the three I had control of for this mock because of the strength of the top-10 players.

    Team 2 – TG

    R1: Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR
    R2: Tyreek Hill, WR, MIA
    R3: Javonte Williams, RB, DEN
    R4: Brandin Cooks, WR, HOU
    R5: Mike Williams, WR, LAC
    R6: Elijah Moore, WR, NYJ
    R7: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, KC
    R8: James Cook, RB, BUF
    R9: Dallas Goedert, TE, PHI
    R10: Tyler Boyd, WR, CIN
    R11: Khalil Herbert, RB, CHI
    R12: Matthew Stafford, QB, LAR
    R13: Nico Collins, WR, HOU
    R14: Parris Campbell, WR, IND

    While I’m relatively happy with how this team turned out, it could have been better with some hindsight. The first pick was easy as it gets; take whoever falls between Taylor and McCaffrey.

    Tyreek Hill in the second is a high-ceiling option, as he should still be one of the league’s best in Miami. Pairing Hill with Mike Williams, Brandin Cooks, and Elijah Moore allows me to start four high-level WR4s in my starting roster as this league has two flex starting positions.

    This turns out to be a great thing as ending up with James Cook and Clyde Edwards-Helaire as my RB2 and 3 is less than ideal. Cook doesn’t have a locked-in role yet, and Edwards-Helaire has yet to live up to expectations.

    The issue is the way the board fell was not great for RBs at this spot, leaving the WRs as the best player available choices at the time. Also, while Matthew Stafford is perfectly fine in a 1QB league, the recent elbow injury news is slightly concerning. Ideally, I was hoping to snag Trey Lance, but I waited a round too long.

    Team 3 – BR

    R1: Austin Ekeler, RB, LAC
    R2: Mark Andrews, TE, BAL
    R3: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
    R4: Josh Jacobs, RB, LV
    R5: Drake London, WR, ATL
    R6: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, DET
    R7: Jalen Hurts, QB, PHI
    R8: DeVonta Smith, WR, PHI
    R9: Hunter Renfrow, WR, LV
    R10: J.D. McKissic, RB, WAS
    R11: Chase Claypool, WR, PIT
    R12: Gus Edwards, RB, BAL
    R13: Darrel Williams, RB, ARI
    R14: Christian Watson, WR, GB

    In any 1QB format, Ekeler is my third-ranked player this year, and I like to start with an RB this early when there is uncertainty over what comes back in Round 2. With the depth at the WR position, I wanted to examine how a team would look starting RB-TE, and Andrews is the perfect option for that. The advantage you get at TE by taking either Andrews or Kelce at the back end of the second round is bigger than any other position I could have selected here.

    Going Elliott and Jacobs in the third and fourth rounds, respectively, was somewhat an experiment to see how a three-RB team with a TE start would look. I love the floor of this team with Ekeler, Elliott, and Jacobs partnered with Andrews. Those three should be solid starters every week. It then allowed me to chase upside at the RB position later. McKissic, Edwards, and Darrel Williams are solid depth options. Edwards and Williams are one injury away from being potential bell-cow backs later in the year.

    This build left me somewhat searching for WR. Going London and St. Brown in Rounds 5 and 6 was risky. There’s a lot of upside, but both could also be streaky week to week. However, the plan worked out nicely when I could partner them with high-floor options in DeVonta Smith and Hunter Renfrow later on. Both have capped ceilings, but they’re also players I’m comfortable starting on any given week.

    Jalen Hurts at QB is a nice upside play. If he struggles, then I haven’t invested too much by taking him in the seventh. In a 1QB format, as long as you are proactive, you can stream around a struggling QB, and that would be the plan with this strategy. If Hurts takes the next step, this value is really nice for a potential top-five player at the position.

    Team 4 – JK

    R1: Cooper Kupp, WR, LAR
    R2: Nick Chubb, RB, CLE
    R3: Tee Higgins, WR, CIN
    R4: DK Metcalf, WR, SEA
    R5: Darren Waller, TE, LV
    R6: Tony Pollard, RB, DAL
    R7: Chase Edmonds, RB, MIA
    R8: Tom Brady, QB, TB
    R9: Robert Woods, WR, TEN
    R10: Alexander Mattison, RB, MIN
    R11: Chris Olave, WR, NO
    R12: DJ Chark, WR, DET
    R13: Kenyan Drake, RB, LV
    R14: Kirk Cousins, QB, MIN

    The more mocks I do, the more I really like the fourth pick. There are a clear top four players for me this season: Taylor, McCaffrey, Kupp, and Jefferson. At four, I’m guaranteed one of them. Since Ekeler snuck into the top three, I was able to grab Kupp at 1.04.

    In the second round, I knew I needed a running back. It was close between Chubb and Williams, but I went with Chubb as I feel a little better about him with Deshaun Watson tentatively returning in Week 7.

    I love the receivers that go in Rounds 3-6, so I was reasonably confident I wouldn’t be taking my second RB for a while. Higgins at 3.04 was exactly who I wanted. At 4.09, I had hoped to get Courtland Sutton, Allen Robinson, or DJ Moore. Unfortunately, all three of them didn’t make it. I went with Metcalf because he still has the skills to be a top-10 receiver. It may not be pretty week to week, but Metcalf is too talented to just be bad all season. He’ll have his moments, and I think the hate has gone too far.

    I was waffling between Metcalf and Waller at 4.09. So when Waller was there at 5.04, I jumped on the opportunity. The sixth round was a good lesson in what happens when you go Hero RB or, dare I say, Zero RB. There’s a large group of wide receivers that go in Rounds 5 and 6. I would like two of them. However, I had no choice but to double tap RB in the sixth and seventh rounds. Tony Pollard, Chase Edmonds, Devin Singletary, and Melvin Gordon were my targets. I wound up getting Pollard and Edmonds, my top two guys amongst those four.

    Once we get past that group of receivers and running backs, it flattens out a bit. There were plenty of guys I liked at the 8.09, but no one I loved more than anyone I could get in the next several rounds. So I took my quarterback in Brady.

    After taking Woods at 9.04, my immediate thought was would I have been better off taking St. Brown at 6.09 instead of Pollard and James Robinson at 9.04 instead of Woods? I’m honestly not sure, but there were enough backs I liked in the ninth round that it’s something I will experiment with in the future.

    In the double-digit rounds, I just filled out my roster with upside receivers and running backs. Don’t bank on Cousins ever being there in the 14th round — we just all refused to take a second QB any sooner!

    Team 5 – IW

    R1: Derrick Henry, RB, TEN
    R2: Saquon Barkley, RB, NYG
    R3: DJ Moore, WR, CAR
    R4: Darnell Mooney, WR, CHI
    R5: Jaylen Waddle, WR, MIA
    R6: Justin Herbert, QB, LAC
    R7: Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, ATL
    R8: T.J. Hockenson, TE, DET
    R9: James Robinson, RB, JAX
    R10: Jahan Dotson, WR, WAS
    R11: Van Jefferson, WR, LAR
    R12: D’Onta Foreman, RB, CAR
    R13: Deshaun Watson, QB, CLE
    R14: Romeo Doubs, WR, GB

    I went into this draft slot feeling I needed two top backs in a row. I didn’t expect Team 4 to go with Kupp over a back, so I had an easy decision to go with Derrick Henry at No. 5. Had Henry been gone, I would’ve gone with Najee Harris. I simply had no interest in losing my structure on this team.

    Round 2 brought several good candidates to pair with Henry. I would have loved Deebo Samuel or Alvin Kamara since those were great values at their position. But Saquon Barkley has the upside as a receiver to help outproduce Chubb’s ground game, so I took a little bit of a swing on Barkley.

    With my backfield intact, I aggressively went after young receivers who could balance catch volume and TD variance. Barkley was already a swing, so I took another handful of chances that DJ Moore would get some touchdown regression in 2022 and that Darnell Mooney and Jaylen Waddle would ascend. If I’m right, this gamble could win the league.

    Still landing Justin Herbert in the sixth round is a terrific outcome since I nearly took Lamar Jackson over Waddle. Then I decided to go for depth I could mostly rely on. James Robinson, in particular, is a terrific wild card since he’s back in action early. Romeo Doubs is a sneaky rookie pick who I want to stash in every league.

    Team 6 – TG

    R1: Justin Jefferson, WR, MIN
    R2: Alvin Kamara, RB, NO
    R3: Courtland Sutton, WR, DEN
    R4: Travis Etienne, RB, JAX
    R5: Dalton Schultz, TE, DAL
    R6: Gabriel Davis, WR, BUF
    R7: Melvin Gordon III, RB, DEN
    R8: Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
    R9: Rachaad White, RB, TB
    R10: Julio Jones, WR, TB
    R11: Jalen Tolbert, WR, DAL
    R12: Alec Pierce, WR, IND
    R13: Brian Robinson Jr., RB, WAS
    R14: Pat Freiermuth, TE, PIT

    The start of this team was loading up on nothing but upside. With a typical start of a draft going Taylor, McCaffrey, Kupp, Henry, and Ekeler in some order, drafting at the six means I get my choice of Ja’Marr Chase or Justin Jefferson.

    For me, Jefferson not only is the more consistent receiver but has better odds to end the season as the WR1. Snagging Kamara, who seems unlikely to miss time in 2022, is an ideal start to a half-point PPR fantasy draft.

    The trend keeps going at receiver. Courtland Sutton is my darkhorse to finish as a top-five receiver, and Gabriel Davis could have double-digit touchdowns. When healthy, Julio Jones could be a high-end WR2 after putting up just over 11 PPR points in a run-first offense last year (six healthy games).

    Jalen Tolbert will only trail Drake London for rookie receiving yards, and Alec Pierce should be the Colts’ WR2. Throw in a stack with Dak Prescott and a 110+ target TE in Dalton Schultz, and this is a team I would not want to face if it all fell right.

    Team 7 – BR

    R1: Najee Harris, RB, PIT
    R2: Deebo Samuel, WR, SF
    R3: David Montgomery, RB, CHI
    R4: Terry McLaurin, WR, WAS
    R5: Antonio Gibson, RB, WAS
    R6: Amari Cooper, WR, CLE
    R7: Miles Sanders, RB, PHI
    R8: Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
    R9: Michael Carter, RB, NYJ
    R10: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, DEN
    R11: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, KC
    R12: Trey Lance, QB, SF
    R13: Kenny Golladay, WR, NYG
    R14: Jameis Winston, QB, NO

    These team builds where you alternate RB and WR through the first six to eight rounds are nearly always ones I look back on and like. It keeps the two positions balanced and allows you to just keep picking off the best option available at each position. The balanced nature also allows you to pivot in Rounds 5-8 if a value at another position becomes available.

    Starting with Harris, Samuel, and Montgomery is an incredibly high-floor beginning. All three should have a huge touch number relative to the position due to all of them being used in both the run and pass. The perfect element is that all three also have a nice ceiling that comes with the potential for a number of red-zone opportunities as well.

    The middle of McLaurin, Gibson, Cooper, Sanders, Lockett, and Carter is a nice combination of floor and upside. With the starting trio, I can then play matchups with this group to try and maximize my weekly floor and ceiling simultaneously. MVS and Golladay are two high-ceiling dart throws. If both perform to their talent level, this roster is stacked.

    Okwuegbunam was the final tight end I felt good about, so I grabbed him in Round 10. At QB, Lance brings tremendous upside this late in the draft. However, I partnered him with a player in Winston, who is a solid Week 1 streaming option against the Falcons.

    Team 8 – JK

    R1: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, CIN
    R2: Leonard Fournette, RB, TB
    R3: Michael Pittman Jr., WR, IND
    R4: Allen Robinson, WR, LAR
    R5: Lamar Jackson, QB, BAL
    R6: J.K. Dobbins, RB, BAL
    R7: Devin Singletary, RB, BUF
    R8: Allen Lazard, WR, GB
    R9: Zach Ertz, TE, ARI
    R10: Russell Gage, WR, TB
    R11: Kenneth Gainwell, RB, PHI
    R12: Mark Ingram II, RB, NO
    R13: K.J. Osborn, WR, MIN
    R14: Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB

    It was a toss-up between Chase and Cook at 1.08. I see Chase as the clear WR3 overall, and Cook lumped in more with guys like Mixon, Fournette, etc. Speaking of Fournette, he made it back to me at 2.05. I’m way above consensus on Fournette so I’ll take him there every time. Yet another WR-RB start for me.

    In Rounds 3 and 4, I grabbed two of my favorite receivers this year in Pittman and Robinson. A Chase-Pittman-Robinson wide receiver trio is the stuff dreams are made of.

    Lamar Jackson was my pick at 5.08. He’s my QB2 so I love him in this spot. However, given that I got Aaron Rodgers in the last round, I wouldn’t have made this pick. Rodgers will also never fall to the last round in a real draft so don’t get any ideas!

    Dobbins’ knee does worry me, but in the sixth round, I couldn’t say no. He’s a late-third/early-fourth guy without the health concerns. I was also able to get Singletary at 7.08 as my RB3. He was the last of that group of four backs I want in that range (Pollard, Edmonds, Gordon, and Singletary).

    The eighth round is tricky. I took Lazard because he was the highest receiver on my board, but I don’t like him much more than most of the receivers drafted in the next two rounds. It’s times like these where I wish trading back was a thing.

    I seem to get Zach Ertz in the ninth round quite often in these mocks. I hope this is a thing in real drafts because he’s a great value there.

    My final four picks sans Rodgers were filled with RBs and WRs with upside, which is what we should be aiming for in the double-digit rounds.

    Team 9 – IW

    R1: Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN
    R2: Travis Kelce, TE, KC
    R3: Breece Hall, RB, NYJ
    R4: Patrick Mahomes, QB, KC
    R5: Marquise Brown, WR, ARI
    R6: Rashod Bateman, WR, BAL
    R7: Damien Harris, RB, NE
    R8: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, SF
    R9: Isaiah Spiller, RB, LAC
    R10: Christian Kirk, WR, JAX
    R11: Tyrion Davis-Price, RB, SF
    R12: Michael Gallup, WR, DAL
    R13: Jameson Williams, WR, DET
    R14: D’Ernest Johnson, RB, CLE

    I decided to get somewhat weird with this team. I would normally never go tight end so early in this format, but I was fortunate to start with Dalvin Cook, and I saw about five backs I was happy with entering the turn. If I had to have Travis Kelce, this is when I had to take him.

    Pairing him with Patrick Mahomes was then also a must. Through my first four picks, I had an elite player at three positions and still several quality receivers with a solid floor and high ceiling. I tried to beef up my depth after Breece Hall with more young players who could emerge as standout starters as the season progresses. It’s also possible my backfield is nowhere good enough to win a league if Damien Harris doesn’t keep his job.

    I’m not sure I’d want this exact roster again due to the pressure I put on Kelce, Hall, and Mahomes to be stellar. I can’t have too much faith in Hollywood Brown (this was before his arrest) and Rashod Bateman being two standout starting fantasy options. Brown could see a major drop-off in targets after DeAndre Hopkins comes back, and Bateman is in a run-heavy offense.

    Ideally, I think I would have taken Adam Thielen or JuJu Smith-Schuster instead of Hollywood, then gone with a less volatile option instead of Bateman. The run on receivers before my Bateman pick took out several of my targets.

    I was happy to land some nice stashes in Isaiah Spiller and D’Ernest Johnson late, at least.

    Team 10 – TG

    R1: Stefon Diggs, WR, BUF
    R2: CeeDee Lamb, WR, DAL
    R3: James Conner, RB, ARI
    R4: Cam Akers, RB, LAR
    R5: Jerry Jeudy, WR, DEN
    R6: Michael Thomas, WR, NO
    R7: Rashaad Penny, RB, SEA
    R8: Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, NE
    R9: Skyy Moore, WR, KC
    R10: Kadarius Toney, WR, NYG
    R11: Russell Wilson, QB, DEN
    R12: Dawson Knox, TE, BUF
    R13: Jamison Crowder, WR, BUF
    R14: David Njoku, TE, CLE

    I love how this team worked out. I always got who I wanted, just in a roundabout way. In Round 1, I was between Stefon Diggs and CeeDee Lamb. I opted for Diggs, who has averaged 18.7 PPR points per game since joining the Bills. In Round 2, Lamb was still there for the taking.

    Then, in the third, I needed an RB after going WR/WR. I decided on James Conner over Cam Akers as I felt of the two, Akers had the highest likelihood of coming back. Even if not, I still have an RB1 who could be in the top three in red-zone carries. As luck would have it, Akers was there, and I add 18+ touches in one of the league’s best offenses to my roster.

    The pattern continued all the way to the 12th round. I drafted Jerry Jeudy, who has moved up following the injury to Tim Patrick, and followed with Michael Thomas, who is looking like a problem in Saints’ camp.

    Next came two more RBs in Rashaad Penny and Rhamondre Stevenson. I have Stevenson as the RB25, over his teammate Damien Harris (RB34). Penny went right before his teammate Kenneth Walker III. One of us will be right on who is the RB to roster in Seattle. I couldn’t tell you with certainty just yet who that will be.

    Next comes two dynamic receivers in Skyy Moore and Kadarius Toney. Both could be massive steals in this range. If they stay at the ADP when drafts happen in a few weeks, they will be targets for me in every fantasy draft I do.

    Finally, I got my QB in Russell Wilson. Let’s ride. I added both Dawson Knox and potential breakout David Njoku. Then, I capped it off with the cheapest 100 targets you can find in 2022 drafts with Jamison Crowder. Since I was able to get a team of virtually nothing but players I was targeting, it’s reasonable to say I’m more than happy with how it went despite the later pick.

    Team 11 – BR

    R1: Joe Mixon, RB, CIN
    R2: Aaron Jones, RB, GB
    R3: Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT
    R4: Josh Allen, QB, BUF
    R5: George Kittle, TE, SF
    R6: Chris Godwin, WR, TB
    R7: Kenneth Walker III, RB, SEA
    R8: Treylon Burks, WR, TEN
    R9: Darrell Henderson, RB, LAR
    R10: Tyler Allgeier, RB, ATL
    R11: Jakobi Meyers, WR, NE
    R12: Mecole Hardman, WR, KC
    R13: Rondale Moore, WR, ARI
    R14: Zamir White, RB, LV

    As this draft was playing out, going QB and TE inside the top five felt uncomfortable. It then felt like I was continuously chasing at both RB and WR through the second half of the draft. However, when I look down the assembled roster, it played out nicely overall in terms of floor and ceiling options.

    The start of Mixon and Jones, combined with Allen and Kittle, makes for a fantastic core four to my roster. Each of them has a solid floor, and while Mixon’s ceiling is limited, the other three have the ability and potential to lead their respective positions. Outside of bye weeks, all four of those are locked in as starters on this roster.

    WR is the concern on the roster. Nevertheless, the combo of Johnson and Godwin is certainly nice in terms of their weekly floor. Both should see solid target numbers on any given week. There is then another solid floor option in Jakobi Meyers, who should remain a favorite target of Mac Jones. Burks and Hardman have intriguing upside, but it may be tough to know when to start them week to week.

    The RB depth is not ideal, but the upside is huge. Both Walker and Allgeier could have major roles as rookies, and I like the value for both. Henderson will likely never be a slam-dunk option, but he can certainly have his days, especially if Akers’ struggles from the end of last year continue in the early weeks.

    Team 12 – JK

    R1: Davante Adams, WR, LV
    R2: D’Andre Swift, RB, DET
    R3: Kyle Pitts, TE, ATL
    R4: A.J. Brown, WR, PHI
    R5: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, KC
    R6: Adam Thielen, WR, MIN
    R7: Kareem Hunt, RB, CLE
    R8: Kyler Murray, QB, ARI
    R9: Ronald Jones II, RB, KC
    R10: Nyheim Hines, RB, IND
    R11: Jarvis Landry, WR, NO
    R12: Marlon Mack, RB, HOU
    R13: Isaiah McKenzie, WR, BUF
    R14: Jerick McKinnon, RB, KC

    It’s close between 5 and 12 for my least favorite draft slot this season. There are 11 players I like more than everyone else. You’ll be shocked to learn they are the first 11 players taken in this mock.

    As a result, I went with Adams and Swift at the 1-2 turn, which is a pure safety play. Neither is going to fail, but I can certainly see them both underwhelming relative to what we expect.

    At the 3-4 turn, I grabbed Pitts because I need to find a way to try and create an edge for myself, as it’s difficult to catch any falling value when players need to get by literally the entire league. A.J. Brown was the highest receiver on my board, and I don’t really like the dead-zone running backs.

    The good part about picking on the back end is it’s the ideal spot for the 5-6 wide receivers. I grabbed JuJu and Thielen, but would’ve been just as content with MT, Bateman, or St. Brown.

    At the 7-8 turn, I needed an RB2. Hunt was the best option because he was the safest. Usually, I’m chasing upside, but I can take shots on an RB2 later. Right now, I needed someone I can plug in and not get me zero.

    I followed up with Kyler Murray. When a future article publishes by me entitled, “Why I’m not drafting Kyler Murray,” completely forget this ever happened. On a serious note, every player has a price. I’m down on Murray because I don’t think he’s worth a fifth-round pick. But he’s absolutely worth an eighth-round pick.

    With my final six selections, I mostly swung for upside with a couple of floor plays. Landry and Hines are safe plug-n-play options, but they also have higher ceilings than their ADPs suggest. RoJo, Mack, McKenzie, and McKinnon all have various levels of upside. They’ll probably end up on waivers early in the season, but if even one pans out, that’s a huge win for my team.

    2022 fantasy football mock draft | Full half-PPR 1QB results

    Round 1

    Pick 1: Jonathan Taylor, RB, IND
    Pick 2: Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR
    Pick 3: Austin Ekeler, RB, LAC
    Pick 4: Cooper Kupp, WR, LAR
    Pick 5: Derrick Henry, RB, TEN
    Pick 6: Justin Jefferson, WR, MIN
    Pick 7: Najee Harris, RB, PIT
    Pick 8: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, CIN
    Pick 9: Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN
    Pick 10: Stefon Diggs, WR, BUF
    Pick 11: Joe Mixon, RB, CIN
    Pick 12: Davante Adams, WR, LV

    Round 2

    Pick 1 (13): D’Andre Swift, RB, DET
    Pick 2 (14): Aaron Jones, RB, GB
    Pick 3 (15): CeeDee Lamb, WR, DAL
    Pick 4 (16): Travis Kelce, TE, KC
    Pick 5 (17): Leonard Fournette, RB, TB
    Pick 6 (18): Deebo Samuel, WR, SF
    Pick 7 (19): Alvin Kamara, RB, NO
    Pick 8 (20): Saquon Barkley, RB, NYG
    Pick 9 (21): Nick Chubb, RB, CLE
    Pick 10 (22): Mark Andrews, TE, BAL
    Pick 11 (23): Tyreek Hill, WR, MIA
    Pick 12 (24): Mike Evans, WR, TB

    Round 3

    Pick 1 (25): Keenan Allen, WR, LAC
    Pick 2 (26): Javonte Williams, RB, DEN
    Pick 3 (27): Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
    Pick 4 (28): Tee Higgins, WR, CIN
    Pick 5 (29): DJ Moore, WR, CAR
    Pick 6 (30): Courtland Sutton, WR, DEN
    Pick 7 (31): David Montgomery, RB, CHI
    Pick 8 (32): Michael Pittman Jr., WR, IND
    Pick 9 (33): Breece Hall, RB, NYJ
    Pick 10 (34): James Conner, RB, ARI
    Pick 11 (35): Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT
    Pick 12 (36): Kyle Pitts, TE, ATL

    Round 4

    Pick 1 (37): A.J. Brown, WR, PHI
    Pick 2 (38): Josh Allen, QB, BUF
    Pick 3 (39): Cam Akers, RB, LAR
    Pick 4 (40): Patrick Mahomes, QB, KC
    Pick 5 (41): Terry McLaurin, WR, WAS
    Pick 6 (42): Allen Robinson, WR, LAR
    Pick 7 (43): Travis Etienne, RB, JAX
    Pick 8 (44): Darnell Mooney, WR, CHI
    Pick 9 (45): DK Metcalf, WR, SEA
    Pick 10 (46): Josh Jacobs, RB, LV
    Pick 11 (47): Brandin Cooks, WR, HOU
    Pick 12 (48): AJ Dillon, RB, GB

    Round 5

    Pick 1 (49): Elijah Mitchell, RB, SF
    Pick 2 (50): Mike Williams, WR, LAC
    Pick 3 (51): Drake London, WR, ATL
    Pick 4 (52): Darren Waller, TE, LV
    Pick 5 (53): Jaylen Waddle, WR, MIA
    Pick 6 (54): Dalton Schultz, TE, DAL
    Pick 7 (55): Antonio Gibson, RB, WAS
    Pick 8 (56): Lamar Jackson, QB, BAL
    Pick 9 (57): Marquise Brown, WR, ARI
    Pick 10 (58): Jerry Jeudy, WR, DEN
    Pick 11 (59): George Kittle, TE, SF
    Pick 12 (60): JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, KC

    Round 6

    Pick 1 (61): Adam Thielen, WR, MIN
    Pick 2 (62): Chris Godwin, WR, TB
    Pick 3 (63): Michael Thomas, WR, NO
    Pick 4 (64): Rashod Bateman, WR, BAL
    Pick 5 (65): J.K. Dobbins, RB, BAL
    Pick 6 (66): Amari Cooper, WR, CLE
    Pick 7 (67): Gabriel Davis, WR, BUF
    Pick 8 (68): Justin Herbert, QB, LAC
    Pick 9 (69): Tony Pollard, RB, DAL
    Pick 10 (70): Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, DET
    Pick 11 (71): Elijah Moore, WR, NYJ
    Pick 12 (72): Joe Burrow, QB, CIN

    Round 7

    Pick 1 (73): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, ARI
    Pick 2 (74): Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, KC
    Pick 3 (75): Jalen Hurts, QB, PHI
    Pick 4 (76): Chase Edmonds, RB, MIA
    Pick 5 (77): Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, ATL
    Pick 6 (78): Melvin Gordon III, RB, DEN
    Pick 7 (79): Miles Sanders, RB, PHI
    Pick 8 (80): Devin Singletary, RB, BUF
    Pick 9 (81): Damien Harris, RB, NE
    Pick 10 (82): Rashaad Penny, RB, SEA
    Pick 11 (83): Kenneth Walker III, RB, SEA
    Pick 12 (84): Kareem Hunt, RB, CLE

    Round 8

    Pick 1 (85): Kyler Murray, QB, ARI
    Pick 2 (86): Treylon Burks, WR, TEN
    Pick 3 (87): Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, NE
    Pick 4 (88): Brandon Aiyuk, WR, SF
    Pick 5 (89): Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
    Pick 6 (90): Allen Lazard, WR, GB
    Pick 7 (91): Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
    Pick 8 (92): T.J. Hockenson, TE, DET
    Pick 9 (93): Tom Brady, QB, TB
    Pick 10 (94): DeVonta Smith, WR, PHI
    Pick 11 (95): James Cook, RB, BUF
    Pick 12 (96): Garrett Wilson, WR, NYJ

    Round 9

    Pick 1 (97): Cole Kmet, TE, CHI
    Pick 2 (98): Dallas Goedert, TE, PHI
    Pick 3 (99): Hunter Renfrow, WR, LV
    Pick 4 (100): Robert Woods, WR, TEN
    Pick 5 (101): James Robinson, RB, JAX
    Pick 6 (102): Rachaad White, RB, TB
    Pick 7 (103): Zach Ertz, TE, ARI
    Pick 8 (104): Michael Carter, RB, NYJ
    Pick 9 (105): Isaiah Spiller, RB, LAC
    Pick 10 (106): Skyy Moore, WR, KC
    Pick 11 (107): Darrell Henderson, RB, LAR
    Pick 12 (108): Ronald Jones II, RB, KC

    Round 10

    Pick 1 (109): Nyheim Hines, RB, IND
    Pick 2 (110): Tyler Allgeier, RB, ATL
    Pick 3 (111): Kadarius Toney, WR, NYG
    Pick 4 (112): Christian Kirk, WR, JAX
    Pick 5 (113): Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, DEN
    Pick 6 (114): Russell Gage, WR, TB
    Pick 7 (115): Julio Jones, WR, TB
    Pick 8 (116): Jahan Dotson, WR, WAS
    Pick 9 (117): Alexander Mattison, RB, MIN
    Pick 10 (118): J.D. McKissic, RB, WAS
    Pick 11 (119): Tyler Boyd, WR, CIN
    Pick 12 (120): George Pickens, WR, PIT

    Round 11

    Pick 1 (121): Dameon Pierce, RB, HOU
    Pick 2 (122): Khalil Herbert, RB, CHI
    Pick 3 (123): Chase Claypool, WR, PIT
    Pick 4 (124): Chris Olave, WR, NO
    Pick 5 (125): Van Jefferson, WR, LAR
    Pick 6 (126): Jalen Tolbert, WR, DAL
    Pick 7 (127): Kenneth Gainwell, RB, PHI
    Pick 8 (128): Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, KC
    Pick 9 (129): Tyrion Davis-Price, RB, SF
    Pick 10 (130): Russell Wilson, QB, DEN
    Pick 11 (131): Jakobi Meyers, WR, NE
    Pick 12 (132): Jarvis Landry, WR, NO

    Round 12

    Pick 1 (133): Marlon Mack, RB, HOU
    Pick 2 (134): Mecole Hardman, WR, KC
    Pick 3 (135): Dawson Knox, TE, BUF
    Pick 4 (136): Michael Gallup, WR, DAL
    Pick 5 (137): Trey Lance, QB, SF
    Pick 6 (138): Mark Ingram II, RB, NO
    Pick 7 (139): Alec Pierce, WR, IND
    Pick 8 (140): D’Onta Foreman, RB, CAR
    Pick 9 (141): DJ Chark, WR, DET
    Pick 10 (142): Gus Edwards, RB, BAL
    Pick 11 (143): Matthew Stafford, QB, LAR
    Pick 12 (144): Jamaal Williams, RB, DET

    Round 13

    Pick 1 (145): Hunter Henry, TE, NE
    Pick 2 (146): Nico Collins, WR, HOU
    Pick 3 (147): Darrel Williams, RB, ARI
    Pick 4 (148): Kenyan Drake, RB, LV
    Pick 5 (149): Deshaun Watson, QB, CLE
    Pick 6 (150): Brian Robinson Jr., RB, WAS
    Pick 7 (151): K.J. Osborn, WR, MIN
    Pick 8 (152): Kenny Golladay, WR, NYG
    Pick 9 (153): Jameson Williams, WR, DET
    Pick 10 (154): Jamison Crowder, WR, BUF
    Pick 11 (155): Rondale Moore, WR, ARI
    Pick 12 (156): Isaiah McKenzie, WR, BUF

    Round 14

    Pick 1 (157): Jerick McKinnon, RB, KC
    Pick 2 (158): Zamir White, RB, LV
    Pick 3 (159): David Njoku, TE, CLE
    Pick 4 (160): D’Ernest Johnson, RB, CLE
    Pick 5 (161): Jameis Winston, QB, NO
    Pick 6 (162): Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
    Pick 7 (163): Pat Freiermuth, TE, PIT
    Pick 8 (164): Romeo Doubs, WR, GB
    Pick 9 (165): Kirk Cousins, QB, MIN
    Pick 10 (166): Christian Watson, WR, GB
    Pick 11 (167): Parris Campbell, WR, IND
    Pick 12 (168): Kendrick Bourne, WR, NE

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