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2022 NFL Draft Fantasy Takeaways: Round 1

Fantasy analysis on relevant Draft Picks from the 1st round of the 2022 NFL draft

Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State – Pick 10: New York Jets – The New York Jets get a big play weapon for Zach Wilson in Garrett Wilson. He is a nice compliment to Elijah Moore and Corey Davis. The Jets also acquired free agent TE CJ Uzomah, making the Jets offense much more appealing than in recent years. Garrett Wilson is a WR5 in fantasy drafts for the time being.

Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State – Pick 11: New Orleans Saints – The New Orleans Saints traded up to get Chris Olave, so we can expect them to have a plan to utilize him early and often. His deep threat ability is a perfect compliment to Michael Thomas, and Jameis Winston will be more than willing to sling it down field to Olave. Olave will be a low end WR4 come August.

Jameson Williams, WR, Ohio State – Pick 12: Detroit Lions – The Lions trade all the way up from 32 to get their guy, Jameson Williams. He would have easily been the top WR in this draft had he not torn his ACL in the national title game in January. He provides the Detroit Lions with a legitimate deep threat, who will compliment TJ Hockenson and Amon-Ra ST. Brown who will work underneath. The ACL injury may limit his potential in 2022, but 2023 in beyond Jameson Williams has top 24 WR potential.

Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State – Pick 15: Washington Commanders – The Washington Commanders get a running mate for Terry McLaurin. He is a speedster who can score from anywhere on the field. The only question is whether Carson Wentz can get back close enough to his 2017 form to get him the ball. Dotson is a WR5 at best, barring a major improvement in Wentz’s play.

Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas – Pick 18: Tennessee Titans – The Tennessee Titans trade their current star WR A.J. Brown for the #18 pick and immediately draft his replacement in Treylon Burks. He is a big, physical WR like A.J. Brown, and will step into a role that should yield immediate production. The only other notable WR on the roster is Robert Woods, who is recovering from a torn ACL in 2021, so Treylon Burks is a solid high end WR4.

Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh – Pick 20: Pittsburgh Steelers – Kenny Pickett ends up being the 1st QB taken in this draft, and he gets the luxury of staying in Pittsburgh to get chance to become the heir-apparent to Ben Roethlisberger who retired this off-season. He will compete with Mitch Trubisky for the starting job, and, if he wins the job, he will have some elite weapons to throw to in Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, and Pat Freiermuth. Pickett should only be drafted as a QB3 in Superflex leagues in 2022.

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