Recapping an early Player Profiler Championship Draft.
The end of June means that the annual football sabbatical for many is nearing an end. As temperatures heat up, so does the interest in fantasy football drafts. But for high-stakes fans, drafts have been underway for some time. Our Player Profiler Championship Draft Review June 2022 recaps some of the early excitement.
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The PlayerProfiler Championship (Formerly Online Championship) is a fantasy football contest comprised of individual leagues of 12. The best teams from each league will compete in weeks 15-17 to be crowned PlayerProfiler Champion and Grand Prize Winner.
It’s a full 12-person league with 20-man rosters and full PPR scoring. The starting lineup consists of 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, and 2 FLEX (non-QB) spots. Waivers run weekly in a blind bid format.
Let’s see how the final Player Profiler Championship Draft from June went down and see who will enter the 2022 fantasy football season as the favorite to win the coveted title with our Player Profiler Championship Draft Review June 2022.
Just a glance at the initial draft board shows the different strategies at work. A full third of the league chose a single quarterback, which makes sense in a league with weekly FAAB bidding. One drafter chose to select only one tight end while the number of wideouts rostered varied from seven to a whopping 11.
With so many different approaches, I’ll pick out some of the selections that stood out to me while referring to my own 2022 fantasy football projections and the latest FFWC ADP.
David Montgomery (6.04, RB22) – The RB15 in fantasy points per game last season, Montgomery is set to enter unrestricted free agency after the season. That frees up Chicago’s new regime to give Montgomery plenty of touches in what is likely his final season there. Chicago’s offense is still hard to handicap this early, but Montgomery looks like a good bet to exceed 300 touches. That makes Montgomery a very good bargain in the sixth round.
Tyler Lockett (7.07, WR40) – Lockett has been a reliable producer who is plummeting down draft boards because of the uncertain status of Seattle’s quarterback group. That concern is warranted, but Lockett has three consecutive 100-plus target seasons and should continue to be peppered with looks in a Seattle offense that should be playing from behind plenty. I’m a fan of the value of Lockett as a tremendous WR4.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire (8.02, RB32) – Injuries have played a big part in CEH’s underwhelming first two seasons. He’s fully healthy now and I expect the third-year back to play a big role in the new-look Kansas City offense. In the seven games last season that Edwards-Helaire topped double-digit carries, he averaged 14.2 PPR points per game. That figure would have ranked 21st overall last season. Edwards-Helaire is also a far better pass-catcher than Ronald Jones, so I envision the far-more-versatile CEH easily emerging as the Chiefs’ best back and a solid fantasy value in 2022.
Tom Brady (10.7, QB9) – High-stakes players are clearly willing to wait to draft their quarterbacks and that strategy paid off. Lamar Jackson (9.05), Jalen Hurts (9.07), and Kyler Murray (10.3) all started a nice QB run of potential top-5 signal-callers that were taken in the 9th and 10th rounds. Brady just finished as the overall No. 2 fantasy QB and should once again be a reliable and safe option.
Jaylen Waddle (3.04, WR14) – Waddle finished his rookie campaign as the WR12 after soaking up a surprising 142 targets but there’s little chance he will replicate those numbers in Year Two. The Dolphins signed Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert, and Sony Michel to fortify their 30th-ranked ground game. Edmonds just happens to be an excellent receiver, too. Miami also spent big money to acquire Tyreek Hill and Cedrick Wilson, who combined to command 220 targets in 2021. Ranking 44th in yards per route run and 194th in ADOT, Waddle doesn’t offer the big-play or TD upside of several wide receivers drafted after him. That list includes A.J. Brown, Terry McLaurin, and DK Metcalf.
Alvin Kamara (3.06, RB13) – Snagging a consistent RB1 like Kamara as RB13 is normally a steal. But it’s been speculated for months that the Saints’ starter is looking at a lengthy suspension. That makes this pick awfully risky. Showing that risk, rumors began circulating right after this selection that Kamara could be forced to sit for up to six weeks. That’s a devastating loss for any fantasy roster, but Team 6 only took one other running back before Round 13. Scary little depth for a position that is hard to fortify on the waiver wire.
Hunter Renfrow (5.01, WR25) – High-stakes drafters think differently; particularly in a format that requires a minimum of three and as many as five potential starting wideouts each week. But, looking at high-stakes FFWC ADP, Renfrow is normally available well into the sixth round. That makes him quite a reach in the top of the fifth. With Davante Adams now in Vegas, Renfrow has little shot of repeating his lofty target or touchdown numbers from 2021. I thought all of the other receivers taken in Round 5 should have gone before Renfrow, except Christian Kirk.
James Cook (7.04, RB27) – Cook’s current FFWC ADP is 98.3, some 22 spots after he was taken in this draft. As good as Devin Singletary was down the stretch a year ago, taking an undersized change-of-pace back ahead of the presumptive starter seems egregious. This pick could turn out to be a steal if Cook were to unseat the incumbent, I just don’t see that happening.
Team 7 – A pair of potential top-10 RBs, four solid PPR receivers, and an elite TE gives Team 7 an outstanding core. Pairing DeVonta Smith with Hurts and landing RBs Rashaad Penny and Gus Edwards was also nice. I think this team was well constructed but a little light on running back depth.
Team 5 – This squad somehow managed to snag three top-25 RBs to pair with four top-25 WRs. They also landed a top-5 QB in Lamar Jackson. Team 5 even got a solid tight end with T.J. Hockenson. Additionally, they targeted high-upside reserves but would be in a lot of trouble if Lamar Jackson got hurt.
Team 10 – Running back depth is my only concern for Team 10. I love the value of Travis Etienne and paired with Najee Harris forms a formidable backfield. TE George Kittle was excellent and the upside of the wide receivers targeted in Rounds 7-9 was solid.
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