Pump or Dump 2022 – NFC North
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 – Cole Kmet, TE
Underdog ADP – TE14, #140 Overall
DH Rank – TE12
The Chicago Bears have done a huge disservice to Justin Fields by not giving him more weapons to work with. Conversely, the weapons that are there will get plenty of work which is why I love Cole Kmet. The 3rd year TE is firmly entrenched as the #2 target in the Bears passing game. I love the 12th round price tag, and he is easily stackable with Justin Fields. If he finished the season as a top 8 TE, I wouldn’t be surprised in the least.
DUMP – None
Underdog ADP – N/A
DH Rank – N/A
As with most offensively challenged teams, there aren’t many Bears whose ADP I have an issue with. I must be in the wrong types of drafts because I don’t recall seeing David Montgomery going in the 5th round, but his ADP says otherwise. Justin Fields is my favorite target as a QB2 if I don’t take one of the elites. Darnell Mooney in the 5th round is a little too early for me, but as a WR3 I love the value. Khalil Herbert is easily one of the best handcuffs to get a share of late in drafts.
PUMP – D.J. Chark, WR
Underdog ADP – WR68, #150 Overall
DH Rank – WR59
Due to the multiple additions to the Detroit Lions offense, its tough to predict who will come out on top. In situations where like that, I prefer to take the value, which is currently D.J. Chark. He is being drafted after Jameson Williams who tore his ACL 5 months ago. We loved Chark when we thought he was about to break out in Jacksonville before injury. He is healthy know and is the only healthy deep threat in the Lions offense. I can think of worse ways to spend a 13th round draft pick.
DUMP – T.J. Hockenson, TE
Underdog ADP – TE7, #84 Overall
DH Rank – TE8
We have been wanting T.J. Hockenson a thing for a few years, but it might be time to call it a wrap. He is not being drafted in the “Tight End Redzone”, around the TE6-TE12 range that we reach for because we think they are the “next elite guy”, only to let the world down. I am at the point where if I don’t get one of the top 5 guys, I am waiting until the double-digit rounds to grab an upside guy. The only exception is when a stack is possible, but Jared Goff is being undrafted so that’s not an issue.
Green Bay Packers
PUMP – Amari Rodgers, WR
Underdog ADP – WR106, #214 Overall
DH Rank – WR70
Amari Rodgers is officially my favorite last round draft pick of the season. The Green Bay Packers getting rid of Davante Adams opens up a lane for a main target for Aaron Rodgers. Amari Rodgers was a 2nd round pick last year, and I believe he can be the new age Randall Cobb, even though Randall Cobb is still on the roster. He loves 2nd round WRs (Davante Adams, Jordy Nelson, etc), so why not Amari?
DUMP – A.J. Dillon
Underdog ADP – RB25, #72 Overall
DH Rank – RB32
I’m #TeamAaronJones, so I think A.J. Dillon is being drafted too high. The 6th round is where the dreaded “RB deadzone” resides, so I’m baffled by the ADP. There are QBs and WRs, as well as other actual starting RBs being drafted in that area that I prefer to draft.
PUMP – Adam Thielen, WR
Underdog ADP – WR35, #71 Overall
DH Rank – WR29
I have always been an Adam Thielen detractor, but now his price is right in my wheelhouse. The Vikings offense is reported to be more explosive after signing the Rams offensive coordinator, so there will be plenty of targets to go around. His 6th round ADP is much more tolerable for me, especially in bestball where I get the credit for his random 2 TD weeks.
DUMP – None
Underdog ADP – N/A
DH Rank – N/A
I kind of want to Justin Jefferson here, but I believe he is worthy of a 1st round pick, so wherever he goes in the 1st round is justified to me. I also love the fact that you can easily stack him with his QB in the 10th round. Irv Smith is also one of my favorite breakout TEs, and his 12th round ADP is lovely. I’m not a big fan of handcuffing RBs, but Alexander Mattison is going to a much more reasonable price than in years past.
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