2022 Fantasy Football wide receiver projections: Treylon Burks, Drake London and Garrett Wilson lead rookies

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We’re unlikely to pick another Justin Jefferson or Ja’Marr Chase out of the 2022 NFL draft class, but that doesn’t mean this year’s wide receivers should be ignored in the redraft. They are a talented group and some of them got into situations where they could produce like a starter right away. I’ve been debating which one I like better for 2022, and that will likely continue into August, but before we get to my full 2022 predictions, here’s a snapshot of my take on the top three at the end of May.

Treylon Burks is currently the top rookie at WR33, just one spot (and less than two fantasy points) ahead of Drake London. There are a few advantages Burks has over the rest of the class. The first is that (unlike Christian Watson) he has the best combination of direct scoring opportunity and competent quarterback play. The second is Burk’s potential role in the running game. He’s had 29 carries in his last two seasons in Arkansas, and there’s been talk of the Titans planning to add some to their roster.

Without these fast-paced stats, London Burks would be ahead. London is expected to have more goals, catches and yards in 2022 than any other rookie. In fact, without the Matt Ryan trade, London could be a borderline top 25 wide receiver in these forecasts. If Marcus Mariota or Desmond Ridder prove competent, London will have huge advantages over Kyle Pitts.

Garrett Wilson comes in at #3 despite being my favorite rookie wide receiver to draft. I still think he could be the best receiver in the class this year and beyond, but questions about Zach Wilson and an upcoming battle with Elijah Moore and Corey Davis for goals give me pause.

The two guys I’m under consensus on in both Redraft and Dynasty are Watson and Skyy Moore. Granted, both have way more potential than projected, which is why I’ll rank them higher than I project. But I have little faith that Moore will play a big part over JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Mecole Hardman — at least in his rookie year. As for Watson, I just need to see some evidence that Aaron Rodgers is willing to put his trust in a rookie wide receiver.

Keep in mind that the predictions below are just one way of looking at these rookies and the position as a whole. ADP, Upside, and Risk all need to be considered when deciding the order in which to draw them.

Here are my updated wide receiver projections for 2022:

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