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Fantasy Football: Can you trust star NFC East RBs and WRs in 2022?

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One of the most common ways to start preparing for fantasy football for the upcoming season is not only view positional rating but also in the state of attack of every NFL team.

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Which teams are most determined to succeed? Which teams are up for the fight? Which of these expected weak teams has hidden fantasy talent? Which of these top teams can really disappoint fantasy managers?

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In the coming weeks, fantasy football analyst Liz Loza will analyze all divisions and highlight the biggest fantasy challenges each team faces. Next, NFC East!

Questions NFC Vostok fantasy.  (Photo by Eric Parr Monroy/Yahoo Sports)
Will we get answers to the most pressing fantasy questions of NFC East? (Photo by Eric Parr Monroy/Sportzshala Sports)

Should I be looking at Saquon Barkley in the third round of the 2022 draft?

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I dived deep into Saquon Barkley as part of my series Rest vs. Rust last summer. In this work, despite medical optimism on the part of Dr. Alex Weber I advised not to take the former fantasy leader in the first round, citing a brutal schedule and less workload.

The analysis was correct as Barkley finished outside the top 30 in his position in 2021.

This care, however, things are different. The investment value of the fantasy has gone down, and the composition of the team has changed. The ecosystem in New York, from the front office to the head coach to the offensive line, seems to be better suited to support fantasy production.

This is largely why Sportzshala fantasy followers are optimistic about Barkley’s ability to recoup the investment at his current ADP in the third round:

The Giants are in the early stages of a shameless rebuild. And Saquon is not a Phase II lock. He is currently in the last year of his contract, and due to become UDFA in 2023. The need of the former regime to “protect its investments” does not exist for Joe Sean or Brian Daball. They can brazenly feed Barkley a stone 16-18 times per game. And that seems to be the plan given the talent behind it (keep an eye on the newbie Jashaun CorbinHowever, who has great strength and could play a role in passing the falls).

For his part, Barkley must take advantage of the workhorse opportunity to secure the next deal. Lower-12 strength chart presents a challenge, but given that he will be almost two years away from the ACL/MCL tear that derailed his 2020 season, there is a 60-80 percent chance he will return to his previous performance levels. He never excelled as a super-efficient grinder, but rather as an elusive playmaker who shines in space and as a wide receiver. Daball can and will create such opportunities for Barkley. Cause he did it for Devin Singletery – who made 14 breakaways (RB5) with 4.6 speed – last year’s.

He is only 25 years old and can touch the ball 20 times in a competition, so Barkley deserves attention in the top 15. FF: 1,500 yards total and 9 touchdowns

Can Ezekiel Elliot make the top 10 fantasy numbers again in 2022?

Ezekiel Elliott has managed to at least get into the top 11 fantasy numbers in his six-year career. He dropped out of the top six fantasy players only in 2017 (RB10), limited to 10 games due to suspension) and 2020 (RB11). Zeke ended 2021 as a RB6 FF overall despite averaging 58.9 yards per game over his career.

He was rescued by PT (12). And just like waterfalls, you don’t want to chase touchdowns.

Instead, you are chasing volume. Unfortunately, Zeke’s numbers have dwindled since then. Tony Pollard arrived in Dallas.

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From 2016 to 2018, Elliott’s average per game never dropped below 21.5 sweepstakes per contest. However, since Pollard’s pick in 2019, Zeke’s carries have declined from 18.8 in 2019 to 16.3 in 2020 and to 13.9 in 2021. – despite Elliott’s participation in the passing game and on the goal line – his overall stock tends to decrease.

Ezekiel Elliot #21 and Tony Pollard #20 are fantastic value.
The fantasy production of Ezekiel Elliott declined in part due to the presence of Tony Pollard. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Dallas is financially linked to Zeke until 2026.. The team does have potential at the end of this season, but unlike Barkley’s situation, they need to be aware of controlling a (nearly) 27-year odometer rating and keeping him healthy. The increase in Pollard’s workload allows the Cowboys to widen Elliott’s window as well as take advantage of a fourth-round talent that received a top-four rating from the PFF (91.0) last season.

Even if Zeke makes a full recovery and avoids any physical limitations during the season (which in itself would be a miracle given his age and positional volatility), he is unlikely to touch the ball more than 16.5 times per game. It’s not enough to get a player with Elliott’s skill set into the top 10. This is Sportzshala Consensus RB16.

Will the addition of AJ Brown help liberate DeVonta Smith?

Philadelphia went from a pass-friendly offense in early 2021 to a run-oriented operation in the last half of the season. Shane Steichen became very interested in playing on the ground, when in the middle of last year he took over the functions of calling, as a result of which 550 rapid attempts (second only to TEC) in the season.

While this move improved the team’s record, it came at a cost. DeVonta Smith almost 2.5 goals per game. Despite leading Smith in appearances (103), receiving (64), and yards (916), Smith only averaged 8.9 fantasy points per game (WR45). These numbers also point to a woefully inefficient catch rate (62.1%, WR58), implying that loudness was not the only problem negatively impacting Smith’s fantasy.

Addendum AJ Brown limits Smith’s scope, but that should also make him more efficient, giving the former Heisman Trophy winner a burst of amazing opportunities.

Smith worked as a receiver at the Philadelphia X, recording only 87 shots.WR106) over your newbie campaign. But Smith is more suited to the role of Z. He is a smooth and polished runner with great ball skills and breathtaking agility. Making Brown number one on the team will take some of the defensive pressure off Smith and allow him to win with agility and smarts.

It also rebuilds the depth chart. Kes Watkins as well as Jalen Rigor will not see in 2022 with a total of 119 views. These will go to Brown, which leaves Smith with about 100 targets. Its quantity figures remain unchanged, while qualitative of these possibilities should only improve. tel.: 73-992-5

Can Terry McLaurin finish in the top 15 fantasy WRs alongside QB’s Carson Wentz?

Carson Wentz garnered much-deserved attention from fantasy fans. And we all have the right to be upset about / about Terry McLaurin.

But has the community overdone it?

Wentz’s accuracy statistics are strikingly similar to those published by Taylor Heinicke last season. Both QBs averaged a 6.9 YPA and received an accuracy rating below 7.5 (outside the top 25). However, aside from unpressurized shots and missed passes, Wentz fared much better, earning a True Passing Rating. 83.7 (to Heinick 65.2). He also supported Michael Pittman with a score of 88-1082-6 and helped the sophomore reach the top 18 (11.3 points per game) in the fantasies.

Wentz may not be the QB we wanted for F1… but he’s still an upgrade.

McLaurin’s talent is as limitless as it is obvious. We watched him drag dusty QB after dustier QB for three seasons in a row. The Ohio state product is a true deep threat that can agitate and manipulate the DB to its advantage. He passed 1,000 yards in a row despite the aforementioned weak underhand talent. With a sure hand Jahan Dotson expected to work outdoors and healthy Curtis Samuel deployed through the gap, MacLaurin won’t have the weight of the entire attack on his back. He can focus on what he does best: producing brilliant plays.

However, the frequency of these big games won’t be regular enough for the 26-year-old to make it into the top 15. To make 95 catches, McLaurin must improve his 2021 conversion rate by 15 percent while still attracting the same number of views. (Wentz might be better than Heinicke…but I’m not sure he’s 15 percent better.)

Be aware that Scary Terry is a solid WR2 target in the WR16-19 range. FF: 82-1,138-7

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