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Top-250 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

After one of the more chaotic offseasons in NFL history, the focus now shifts to the 2022 season. Fantasy football season is always in full swing on Fantrax, and now that the dust has settled on the 2022 NFL Draft, I wanted to post my early Flex rankings for the upcoming season. These are based on half-PPR scoring, and will surely change quite a bit between now and September.

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Running Backs

As usual, running backs will be the order of the day for most fantasy managers early on in their fantasy football drafts. Twenty of the top-36 spots in my flex rankings are running backs. This group is led by Colts running back Jonathan Taylor. Taylor eclipsed the 2,000 total yard barrier and scored 20 touchdowns last season. Some fantasy managers were panicked when Taylor entered the month of October as the overall RB29. But, as is often the case, patience was rewarded. Once he got his legs under him, Taylor was a man on a mission. He ran for a score in each of his next 11 games en route to overall RB1 status. The Colts executed their annual tradition of acquiring a veteran quarterback by trading a third-round pick for former MVP Matt Ryan. But this offense will still run through Taylor, making him a relatively safe pick.

I tend not to get too tied up in ADP and how others rank players, especially this early in the process. However, I like the Packers tandem of Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon a bit more than most seem to. I think they will both be heavily relied upon, particularly given the absence of Davante Adams. As of now, I believe Jones should be a second-round pick (our current ADP has him 29th) and I have Dillon several spots higher than the Expert Consensus Rankings does. And Tony Pollard is one of my favorite picks in the middle rounds. I know Ezekiel Elliott played with a partially torn PCL last year, which seems to be the main reason for his lack of burst. But Pollard would be waiting in the wings should Elliott not be able to regain his prior form.

Wide Receivers

What a wild offseason for many of the top wide receivers throughout the NFL. Of the top-30 receivers in fantasy points per game last season, nearly half have seen a tangible change in their environments from a season ago. Several are with new teams, including Adams, Tyreek Hill, and A.J. Brown. Others, including the Seattle Seahawks duo of Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, will be catching passes from a new signal-caller. And I haven’t even mentioned the six-game suspension of DeAndre Hopkins, the ongoing saga in San Francisco with Deebo Samuel, or the circumstances surrounding Antonio Brown and Calvin Ridley. Oh, by the way, the NFL just welcomed an incredibly talented draft class of wideouts into the league as well. So yeah, wide receiver is going to be interesting this season.

Of the aforementioned wideouts (excluding Antonio Brown and Ridley), the ones who give me the most pause are Hopkins and Samuel. I still have Hopkins as a sixth-round pick, but I’m not sure how much exposure I’ll have going forward. As for Samuel, his unhappiness with his franchise seems to be partly based on the team using him as a running back for much of their stretch run. For Deebo Samuel the professional who has to think about his long-term physical and financial well-being, I understand his frustration. For our purposes though, that role is exactly what makes him a weekly WR1. If he were to be deployed as a typical wide receiver, be it by the 49ers or some other team, his fantasy stock would likely fall to the WR2-WR3 range in 12-team leagues.

Tight Ends

Coming into 2022, I think there is a “Fab Five” at the tight end position. My preference is to draft one of the five (Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, Kyle Pitts, George Kittle, and Darren Waller) wherever possible. I think it is far more likely that running backs and receivers will emerge as values towards the middle and back ends of drafts. Therefore, I want to try to secure more known quantities where I can. There are cases to be made for several tight ends to jump up a notch, including T.J. Hockenson, Dallas Goedert, and Dalton Schultz to name a few. However, at that point, I would just as soon wait it out and draft a pair of tight ends to use in tandem, such as Zach Ertz and Logan Thomas, for example. There are very few instances in which I would use a tight end in my Flex spot.


Rookies are seemingly making a bigger impact in fantasy football than ever before. The meteoric rise of Ja’Marr Chase last season only emphasizes that point. So it may seem odd that I do not have any rookies ranked particularly high in my flex rankings at the moment. As I stated earlier, these Flex rankings will change, and I will likely bump a few rookies up the list as the season draws closer. For now, the only rookie I would draft within the first five rounds is Breece Hall. And to be honest, I probably won’t draft him anyway because I am an emotionally scarred Jets fan who refuses to believe they have the potential to put what appears to be an actual 21st century NFL offense on the football field. This concept simply does not compute in my brain.

In Dynasty leagues, my favorite wideout is Jameson Williams. I would also rank him the highest in Best Ball formats, provided you have coverage elsewhere early in the season. For Redraft, however, I would be surprised if we saw him on the field before October. I currently have Treylon Burks, Drake London, Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, and Skyy Moore slightly higher than Williams in Redraft formats. Having said that, once we start seeing more Instagram videos of Williams cutting on a dime and making one-handed catches in July, I will move him up accordingly. If you believe in the talent, you should get him while you can at his current draft price. He could be one of the biggest risers in ADP throughout the rest of the spring and summer.

Top-250 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

RankPlayer NameTeamPosition
1Jonathan TaylorINDRB1
2Christian McCaffreyCARRB2
3Austin EkelerLACRB3
4Derrick HenryTENRB4
5Cooper KuppLARWR1
6Dalvin CookMINRB5
7Najee HarrisPITRB6
8Justin JeffersonMINWR2
9Ja'Marr ChaseCINWR3
10Davante AdamsLVWR4
11Joe MixonCINRB7
12Stefon DiggsBUFWR5
13Nick ChubbCLERB8
14Alvin KamaraNORB9
15D'Andre SwiftDETRB10
16CeeDee LambDALWR6
17Tyreek HillMIAWR7
18Leonard FournetteTBRB11
19Aaron JonesGBRB12
20Travis KelceKCTE1
21Javonte WilliamsDENRB13
22Mark AndrewsBALTE2
23Deebo SamuelSFWR8
24James ConnerARIRB14
25Mike EvansTBWR9
26Keenan AllenLACWR10
27Antonio GibsonWASRB15
28A.J. BrownPHIWR11
29Saquon BarkleyNYGRB16
30Cam AkersLARRB17
31David MontgomeryCHIRB18
32Tee HigginsCINWR12
33Josh JacobsLVRB19
34Diontae JohnsonPITWR13
35Jaylen WaddleMIAWR14
36Ezekiel ElliottDALRB20
37Kyle PittsATLTE3
38Michael Pittman Jr.INDWR15
39DJ MooreCARWR16
40Breece HallNYJRB21
41J.K. DobbinsBALRB22
42Elijah MitchellSFRB23
43Amari CooperCLEWR17
44DK MetcalfSEAWR18
45George KittleSFTE4
46Travis Etienne Jr.JACRB24
47Chris GodwinTBWR19
48Terry McLaurinWASWR20
49Darren WallerLVTE5
50Michael ThomasNOWR21
51AJ DillonGBRB25
52Jerry JeudyDENWR22
53Miles SandersPHIRB26
54Damien HarrisNERB27
55Brandin CooksHOUWR23
56Melvin Gordon IIIDENRB28
57Clyde Edwards-HelaireKCRB29
58Elijah MooreNYJWR24
59Chase EdmondsMIARB30
60T.J. HockensonDETTE6
61DeAndre HopkinsARIWR25
62Mike WilliamsLACWR26
63Darnell MooneyCHIWR27
64Courtland SuttonDENWR28
65Kareem HuntCLERB31
66Devin SingletaryBUFRB32
67Marquise BrownARIWR29
68Allen Robinson IILARWR30
69Rashaad PennySEARB33
70Tony PollardDALRB34
71JuJu Smith-SchusterKCWR31
72Amon-Ra St. BrownDETWR32
73Tyler LockettSEAWR33
74Dallas GoedertPHITE7
75Kenneth Walker IIISEARB35
76Dalton SchultzDALTE8
77Gabriel DavisBUFWR34
78Rashod BatemanBALWR35
79Michael CarterNYJRB36
80Hunter RenfrowLVWR36
81DeVonta SmithPHIWR37
82Cordarrelle PattersonATLRB37
83Rhamondre StevensonNERB38
84Adam ThielenMINWR38
85Ronald Jones IIKCRB39
86Dawson KnoxBUFTE9
87James RobinsonJACRB40
88Treylon BurksTENWR39
89Brandon AiyukSFWR40
90Zach ErtzARITE10
91Alexander MattisonMINRB41
92Raheem MostertMIARB42
93Drake LondonATLWR41
94Robert WoodsTENWR42
95Darrell Henderson Jr.LARRB43
96J.D. McKissicWASRB44
97Chase ClaypoolPITWR43
98Christian KirkJACWR44
99Mike GesickiMIATE11
100Garrett WilsonNYJWR45
101Pat FreiermuthPITTE12
102James CookBUFRB45
103Rob GronkowskiFATE13
104Cole KmetCHITE14
105Michael GallupDALWR46
106Noah FantSEATE15
107Sony MichelLARRB46
108Hunter HenryNETE16
109Kadarius ToneyNYGWR47
110Albert OkwuegbunamDENTE17
111Allen LazardGBWR48
112Russell GageTBWR49
113Nyheim HinesINDRB47
114Jamaal WilliamsDETRB48
115Jakobi MeyersNEWR50
116Kenneth GainwellPHIRB49
117Robert TonyanGBTE18
118Gus EdwardsBALRB50
119Chris OlaveNOWR51
120DeVante ParkerNEWR52
121Marquez Valdes-ScantlingKCWR53
122Logan ThomasWASTE19
123Skyy MooreKCWR54
124Tyler BoydCINWR55
125David NjokuCLETE20
126Kenny GolladayNYGWR56
127James WhiteNERB51
128Irv Smith Jr.MINTE21
129Rondale MooreARIWR57
130Tyler HigbeeLARTE22
131Dameon PierceHOURB52
132D.J. Chark Jr.DETWR58
133Corey DavisNYJWR59
134Jameson WilliamsDETWR60
135Darrel WilliamsKCRB53
136D'Onta ForemanCARRB54
137Isaiah SpillerLACRB55
138Chris CarsonSEARB56
139Myles GaskinMIARB57
140Van JeffersonLARWR61
141Christian WatsonGBWR62
142Evan EngramJACTE23
143Gerald EverettLACTE24
144Mecole HardmanKCWR63
145Jarvis LandryFAWR64
146Khalil HerbertCHIRB58
147Tim PatrickDENWR65
148Sterling ShepardNYGWR66
149Chuba HubbardCARRB59
150Jahan DotsonWASWR67
151Rachaad WhiteTBRB60
152Odell Beckham Jr.FAWR68
153William Fuller VFAWR69
154Marlon MackHOURB61
155Robby AndersonCARWR70
156Trey SermonSFRB62
157Austin HooperTENTE25
158Brian Robinson Jr.WASRB63
159Jamison CrowderBUFWR71
160Curtis SamuelWASWR72
161Tyler AllgeierATLRB64
162Laviska Shenault Jr.JACWR73
163Justin JacksonLACRB65
164Boston ScottPHIRB66
165George PickensPITWR74
166Marvin Jones Jr.JACWR75
167Zack MossBUFRB67
168Kendrick BourneNEWR76
169Kenyan DrakeLVRB68
170Donovan Peoples-JonesCLEWR77
171D'Ernest JohnsonCLERB69
172Adam TrautmanNOTE26
173Julio JonesFAWR78
174Nico CollinsHOUWR79
175Samaje PerineCINRB70
176Terrace Marshall Jr.CARWR80
177Marquez CallawayNOWR81
178Joshua PalmerLACWR82
179Jonnu SmithNETE27
180A.J. GreenARIWR83
181Braxton BerriosNYJWR84
182David BellCLEWR85
183Jerick McKinnonKCRB71
184Ty JohnsonNYJRB72
185Dan ArnoldJACTE28
186Mark Ingram IINORB73
187David JohnsonHOURB74
188Zamir WhiteLVRB75
189K.J. OsbornMINWR86
190Jared CookLACTE29
191Hayden HurstCINTE30
192Mike DavisFARB76
193Wan'Dale RobinsonNYGWR87
194Brevin JordanHOUTE31
195John Metchie IIIHOUWR88
196Tyrion Davis-PriceSFRB77
197Damien WilliamsATLRB78
198Cole BeasleyFAWR89
199Jeff Wilson Jr.SFRB79
200Cedrick Wilson Jr.MIAWR90
201Alec PierceINDWR91
202Phillip LindsayMIARB80
203C.J. UzomahNYJTE32
204Byron PringleCHIWR92
205O.J. HowardBUFTE33
206Eno BenjaminARIRB81
207Parris CampbellINDWR93
208Emmanuel SandersBUFWR94
209Ke'Shawn VaughnTBRB82
210Tre'Quan SmithNOWR95
211Trey McBrideARITE34
212Nelson AgholorNEWR96
213Rex BurkheadHOURB83
214Jalen TolbertDALWR97
215Mo Alie-CoxINDTE35
216KJ HamlerDENWR98
217Pierre Strong Jr.NERB84
218Bryan EdwardsLVWR99
219Hassan HaskinsTENRB85
220Zay JonesJACWR100
221Randall CobbGBWR101
222Josh ReynoldsDETWR102
223Antonio BrownFAWR103
224Sammy WatkinsGBWR104
225Salvon AhmedMIARB86
226Isaiah McKenzieBUFWR105
227Jalen ReagorPHIWR106
228Dontrell HilliardTENRB87
229Darrynton EvansCHIRB88
230James WashingtonDALWR107
231Anthony FirkserATLTE36
232Malcolm BrownMIARB89
233Quintez CephusDETWR108
234Kyren WilliamsLARRB90
235Darius SlaytonNYGWR109
236Tyquan ThorntonNEWR110
237Olamide ZaccheausATLWR111
238Devontae BookerFARB91
239Josiah DeguaraGBTE37
240Eric EbronFATE38
241Latavius MurrayBALRB92
242Tyler ConklinNYJTE39
243Blake JarwinFATE40
244Keaontay IngramARIRB93
245Devonta FreemanBALRB94
246Wayne Gallman Jr.MINRB95
247Jerome FordCLERB96
248Ricky Seals-JonesNYGTE41
249Dyami BrownWASWR112
250Joshua KelleyLACRB97
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