Pump or Dump 2022 – NFC WEST
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 – Zach Ertz, TE
Underdog ADP – TE10, #109 Overall
DH Rank – TE6
The Cardinals offense underwent a few changes this off season, and the 6-game suspension of DeAndre Hopkins might be the biggest one among them. That will leave a big void in the passing game that I expect Zach Ertz to fill for the entire season, not just the first 6 weeks. After being traded to Arizona, exploded, finishing the season scoring double digit fantasy points in 4 of the last 6 weeks. Expect that momentum to carry over to this season.
DUMP – Marquise Brown, WR
Underdog ADP – WR15, #35 Overall
DH Rank – WR25
The Marquise Brown trade to Arizona on draft night was a shocker to everyone, including Ravens QB Lamar Jackson. He has the ability to be a top 5 WR on a weekly basis, but his lack of consistency with his hands makes him not worth of being drafted in the 3rd round. I have drafted on multiple platforms, I have noticed that Hollywood Brown is being drafted much later on other platforms, so I will get my shares from other places until that ADP drops on Underdog.
Los Angeles Rams
PUMP – Van Jefferson, WR
Underdog ADP – WR65, #138 Overall
DH Rank – WR54
DeVonta Smith had a slow start his rookie season but picked up late to finish with a 64/915/5 stat line. Devonta’s value took a bit of a hit with the Eagles’ trade for A.J. Brown, but I think he development of Jalen Hurts will allow this offense to support 2 WRs. With #1 CBs expected to be covering A.J. Brown, DeVonta should be able to take advantage of better matchups. He fits perfectly on any fantasy team as a high upside WR3.
DUMP – Allen Robinson, WR
Underdog ADP – WR22, #44 Overall
DH Rank – WR26
If Cooper Kupp is going to be the #1 overall WR again as he is being drafted, then Allen Robinson is being drafted too high. There are a lot of teams WR2 being drafted in the first 4 rounds, and that just doesn’t sit right by me. I have now issue with him being a WR2 on a team where I go RB heavy early, but I would much rather take him in the 6th round as opposed to the 4th round.
San Francisco 49ers
PUMP – George Kittle, TE
Underdog ADP – TE5, #50 Overall
DH Rank – TE4
Even with the transition from Jimmy Garoppolo to Trey Lance, George Kittle will remain the main target getter. He has averaged at least 14 Fantasy PPG in the each of the last 4 seasons. He has also had at least a 22% target share the last 4 years. When Aiyuk, Kittle, and Deebo are all healthy, Kittle has been the leader in targets. It’s hard to make an argument against Kittle as a top 5 TE, unless you think Trey Lance is a bad QB, which I do not.
DUMP – Trey Lance, QB
Underdog ADP – QB11, #88 Overall
DH RANK – QB15
This is strictly about where he is being drafted among QBs and has nothing to do with is ability. In my opinion, there are about 14 QBs that I could be comfortable with having as my QB1 and not feel the need to draft a backup. Trey Lance is currently my QB15, so he is right outside of that range. Round 8 is a little too early for my taste, but if I can draft him in round 9 and double back with a safer QB in round 10, I have no issue with that.
PUMP – Rashaad Penny, RB
Underdog ADP – RB37, #112 Overall
DH Rank – RB29
I understand the hype behind rookie RB Ken Walker, the new shiny toy for Pete Carroll to play with. I just prefer to plant my flag on the guy who they drafted in the 1st round a few years back and just can’t seem to let go. Penny ended last season rushing for at least 135 yards in 4 of the last 5 weeks of the season. Chris Carson sadly may never play football again due to a neck injury, and my money is on Penny to lead the team in carries this season. Consider yourself lucky if you can get Penny in round 9 as an RB3/Flex.
DUMP – Kenneth Walker, RB
Underdog ADP – RB29, #90 Overall
DH RANK – RB34
Because I am a fan of Penny and his value, I must feel the opposite of Ken Walker and his value. For Zero Rb builds, I can see the value in taking him in the 8th round, but outside of that, I am usually waiting a round or 2 later and grabbing Rashaad Penny. The silver lining is that Rashaad Penny tends to get injured more often than most RBs, but betting on injury is generally a bad idea.
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