Pump or Dump 2022 – AFC EAST
Draft Season is here! Bestball Leagues are flowing! The NFL Preseason is upon us. Drafthustle is here to get you ready to dominate your drafts and get to the money and the trophies! This is part of a series I am titling "Pump, Stump and Dump". From each team, I will be choosing one player I am high on (Pump), and one player I am avoiding in fantasy drafts for the 2022 season (Dump). You can check out my rankings here!
PUMP – Dawson Knox, TE
Underdog ADP – TE9, #102 Overall
DH Rank – TE9
I have come around on Dawson Knox this off season. The signing of O.J. Howard will probably put a dent in his snap share, but the loss of Emmanuel Sanders and Cole Beasley will open targets for Knox. Josh Allen will rely on the guys he is more familiar with, mainly Stefon Diggs and Knox. If I decide to pass TE early, I am more than happy to snatch Dawson Knox in the 9th round.
DUMP – Gabriel Davis, WR
Underdog ADP – WR24, #49 Overall
DH Rank – WR30
Gabriel Davis ended last season on a tear like no other, so I can understand the hype has received this draft season. Round 5 is entirely to early for Davis, unless you think he can score 3 TDs a game like he did in the playoffs last year. Stefon Diggs is the alpha dog in that offense, and he will remain the target share leader by a decent margin.
PUMP – Raheem Mostert, RB
Underdog ADP – RB57, #187 Overall
DH Rank – RB50
I was on Raheem Mostert heavy last off season, and it all can crashing down as he got hurt in week 1 and never played another down. I am back in on him this off season, but this time he can be drafted in the 15th round as opposed to the 7th round. He signed with his old “running game coordinator” Mike McDaniel. Once he is cleared to play, I expect him to be the short yardage/goal line back on Miami.
DUMP – Jaylen Waddle, WR
Underdog ADP – WR16, #36 Overall
DH Rank – WR20
I have been doing bestball drafts since late April and Jaylen Waddle’s ADP not dropping has been one of the more baffling things I have seen. Even after Miami traded for Tyreek Hill, Waddle remained a 3rd round pick. When you pair that with Tyreek Hill’s 2dn round ADP, the only logicial conclusion is that Tua Tagovailoa is the biggest value in fantasy right now, right? Wrong. Jaylen Waddle will be on very few of my teams until that ADP drops, I advise others to take that same stance.
New England Patriots
PUMP – Jakobi Meyers, WR
Underdog ADP – WR64, #134 Overall
DH Rank – WR43
Jakobi Meyers has been the most underrated WR in PPR formats the last few years. After finishing as the WR36 in 2021 with a 83/866/2 line, there is no reason for him have the ADP of a WR6. If he maintains his current catch pace and tacks on 3-4 more TDs, he will be a lock for WR2 status. If I can get him as a WR4/Flex in any format that rewards receptions, I am down for drafting Jakobi Meyers all day long.
DUMP – None
Underdog ADP – N/A
DH Rank – N/A
The earliest a Patriot player is currently being drafted in Underdog leagues is round 9, so it tough to find a player that is being drafted too early. Both RBs have ADPs I can live with and make for perfect RB3/Flex players on any build. Devante Parker is being drafted as a WR6 just behind Jakobi Meyers which I love. Hunter Henry is a perfect TE to pair with another TE or 2 later if you wait to grab your starter. Jonnu Smith is free if you want to pair him with an elite TE. Mac Jones can be grabbed later for a secondary stack in bestball.
New York Jets
PUMP – Michael Carter, RB
Underdog ADP – RB46, #144 Overall
DH Rank – RB35
Breece Hall is good and all, but he isn’t 9 rounds better than Michael Carter. Despite missing 3 games last season, Carter was able to total 964 scrimmage yards and 4 TDs. We all expect the Jets to be improved this season, and it will take Breece Hall some time to get used to the NFL, and once he becomes acclimated, Michael Carter is the superior pass catcher. He is more than worthy of being a RB3/Flex on any fantasy roster.
DUMP – Elijah Moore, WR
Underdog ADP – WR32, #66 Overall
DH Rank – WR37
Elijah Moore had a respectable rookie season, but the Jets still felt the need to bring in other receiving options this off season. Garrett Wilson was a top 10 pick at WR, so he will certainly cut into Moore’s target share. C.J. Uzomah is a respectable TE who will get a decent share of targets as well. Zach Wilson has yet to prove he can support one elite fantasy WR, let alone multiple. I prefer to pass on Moore at his current ADP and gamble on other options being taken later on.
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