Fantasy Football News: Antonio Gibson, DeAndre Hopkins, Irv Smith Jr., Joshua Palmer (2022)

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Antonio Gibson could see less goal-line work in 2022

The Athletic’s Ben Standig says the Washington Commanders, who are running back Antonio Gibson, will see less work in 2022 than in previous seasons, including around the goal line. From a fantasy perspective, Standig believes that Gibson will have lower ADP and consumption but higher efficiency in the upcoming season. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Head coach Ron Rivera explained that the 2022 Commanders backfield will operate “by committee” because “you just can’t have a primary defender.” Washington drafted Alabama’s Brian Robinson in the third round, and also JD McKissic, who catches the pass, re-signed with the team. The presence of these players should ease some of the stress on Gibson, who missed just three games in his first two seasons but continues to be held back by injuries. The thought is that when additional running backs are involved, Gibson doesn’t have to be a workhorse but can still provide tremendous value on offense while staying healthy. Fantasy managers should consider him a mid-low level RB2 for the upcoming season. McKissic has FLEX appeal in PPR leagues, while Robinson is an exciting sleeper in Dynasty or deeper formats.

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DeAndre Hopkins still hopes to reduce 6-game suspension

DeAndre Hopkins is still hoping his 6-game suspension for a positive PED test will be reduced, claiming the Ostarine found was “a contamination, not something that was taken directly,” as reported by MLB.com’s Kevin Patra . (Source: Kevin Patra, NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Hopkins’ suspension is unlikely to be reduced at this point because the NFL holds players accountable for what goes into their bodies, intentionally or not. The acquisition of Marquise “Hollywood” Brown should cushion the suspension’s impact on Arizona’s offense whether there is a game reduction or not. Hopkins missed four games with a hamstring problem before tearing his MCL in Week 14 and ending with just 42 catches for 572 yards but still had 8 touchdowns and 32 1st downs in 10 games. Hopkins says he’s recovered well, recently telling reporters, “I’ll be ready when I get up.” Thanks to the suspension, fantasy executives can draft Hopkins at an even greater discount than they already would have after an injury-plagued season . Hopkins still has the ability to be a league and fantasy season changer when healthy. So keep that in mind when designing receiver depth on draft day.

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Irv Smith appears to be a full participant in Viking minicamp (meniscus)

The Athletic’s Chad Graff reports that the Minnesota Vikings’ Irv Smith received live first-team representatives during the team’s mandatory minicamp after limited participation during the OTAs as he recovered from a meniscus injury. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Smith underwent meniscus surgery on September 1 and missed the entire 2021 season due to the injury. Reports from Viking camp suggest Smith is perfectly healthy and could be in line for a breakout year as he looks set to have a near-continuous one will play a role as TE Tyler Conklin leaves the team on the free hand. Smith is entering the final season of his rookie contract, and if history is any indication, he should see a production surge in 2022. As of 2017, 90% of players who served as their team’s primary TE during their contract year produced a PPG at least one point above their career average. Smith is currently rated TE18 according to FantasyPro’s ECR and he will be a popular target for Fantasy Managers who wait until the later rounds to draft a TE.

Sam Ryner


Joshua Palmer worked with the Chargers first offense on the last few OTAs

According to The Athletic’s Daniel Popper, Los Angeles Chargers WR Joshua Palmer worked with the team’s first team offense during the final OTA drills. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Palmer is a 2021 third-round pick who showed hints as a playmaker as a rookie but received limited opportunities on the field until the end of the season. Chargers WRs Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are firmly entrenched as the team’s top two WRs, but it seems Palmer could have a leg up on Jalen Guyton for the WR3 spot on the depth chart. With 11 staffers becoming the standard for most NFL offenses and an expected high dose of three WR sets, Palmer could see a significant increase in goals in 2022. Players from good offense and the Chargers fit the bill. With an offense led by superstar QB Justin Herbert and a head coach who scoffs at the idea of ​​being 4th, there should be plenty of fantasy spots in Los Angeles. Palmer’s status within the Chargers’ WR pecking order should be monitored during training camp, but early indications are that he could be a potential steal late in drafts.

Sam Ryner

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