Justin Pottinger : @JustinPottinger
We are officially in August which means we are now weeks away from the 2022 NFL season. With fantasy football drafts just around the corner, here are three players that one should be walking away with in every PPR draft. Each player brings value to their given ADP and could blossom into high-powered players at such a low cost.
Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers, ADP 10.04
The 26-year old wide receiver is entering his fifth season with the Packers and has a chance to take the largest leap in his career this season. With the recent departure of star wide receiver Devonte Adams, this opens an opportunity for Lazard to become the number one option for future Hall of Fame quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. Last season, Adams saw 123 receptions for over 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns. I’m not saying that Lazard will have these exact numbers, but Lazard could easily see upwards of 85 receptions and has a large body frame that’s beneficiary for the endzone. Lazard, who just recently finalized a restricted free-agent tender this off-season, has been gaining praise all summer from coaches and Rodgers himself. With his current ADP still being in the early double-digit rounds, this is a player that I would reach a round or two in order to secure him.
Sky Moore, Kansas City Chiefs, ADP 12.03
After being selected in the second round by the Kansas City Chiefs, wide receiver Sky Moore should feel pretty lucky landing on a team with one of the faster pace offenses in the NFL, along with having a superstar quarterback in Patrick Mahomes throwing him the football. With the departure of wide receiver Tyreek Hill, there becomes a massive hole to fill in the Chiefs offense. There will be 111 receptions to make up for, as Hill recorded this last season. If Moore progresses well, we could see the majority of those receptions ending up in his hands. The only thing that worries me about Moore’s potential is not fully understanding what to expect in this new Chiefs offense. There are other new receiving options as well, Juju Smith-Schuster from the Pittsburg Steelers and Marquez Valdes-Scantling from the Green Bay Packers which means there are plenty of mouths to feed. Again, at the value Moore is being selected at, why wouldn’t you throw a late round pick on a rookie who will be catching the ball from Patrick Mahomes. The sky’s the limit for Moore, so keep him on your radar.
Jamison Crowder, Buffalo Bills, ADP 14.10
After spending the last couple seasons as a New York Jet, Jamison Crowder has found a new home in Buffalo. Crowder has been known in fantasy for high reception games in past seasons, but has always struggled to find the endzone, only recording 16 in the last four years. Crowder catches my eye in PPR leagues especially this season as he is expected to replace Cole Beasley in the slot position for this high-powered Bills offense. I’d expect to see similar numbers for Crowder, as Beasley recorded three straight seasons with over 100 targets as a Bill. Even though Crowder is at the age of 29 and his ceiling is limited, Crowder is now on an elite team that is pass-heavy. In PPR leagues, I would be drafting Crowder as my last wide receiver taken off the board in almost every draft.