As we dive full-on into the 2022 NFL season, there are many young NFL and fantasy stars we need to take note of. With that said, we have compiled the following fantasy football dynasty rankings by position.
Please keep in mind while perusing this ranking, that the purpose is to focus on younger, fresher players who have many years of football ahead in their careers with a few small exceptions. These are the fantasy keepers you want on your dynasty teams for multiple seasons to come.
Be sure to check here often as these dynasty rankings/players — including some standout rookies — will be updated and expanded as the 2022 NFL season progresses.
Fantasy football dynasty rankings: Quarterbacks
1. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Look for weekly QB1 fantasy points from Josh Allen moving forward as he continues to defy NFL defenses, both through the air and on the ground. Take note that Allen led the league with his 6.3 yards per run in 2021. Expect more of the same from this fifth-year quarterback in 2022.
2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes’ fantasy stats leveled down slightly from seasons past. However, he is in his prime and those who draft him can expect upwards of 300 total yards on the average per game along with a pair of touchdowns in 2022.
3. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert has been nothing short of phenomenal, ending his second season with 5,014 passing yards and a total of 41 touchdowns. He is one of the best dynasty quarterbacks in 2022 to have on your roster.
4. Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns
As things currently stand, Watson will be suspended for 11 games of the 2022 NFL season for off-field personal conduct violations, which puts him on course to return in Week 13.
Aside from his off-the-field behavior, Watson is a top-dynasty QB come game day. He last played in 2020 when he recorded 5,267 total yards and 36 TDs with the Houston Texans.
5. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow is a young fantasy quarterback already playing like a pro. Do what you can to secure him moving forward.
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6. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
At the mere age of 25, here’s to hoping Jackson plays a complete season in 2022. When healthy, Jackson is a mean dual-threat as showcased by the 767 rushing yards he managed over his 12 games played in 2021.
7. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence was far from startable in fantasy football coming from his rock star career at Clemson. With everything to prove and a change in coaching, Lawrence hopefully picks up his pace as a dynasty quarterback that we can depend upon for a long time. The team is currently adding assets to make this happen.
8. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
Sporting excellent mobility, Jalen Hurts led all quarterbacks in 2021 with his 784 rushing yards and an impressive 10 rushing TDs. In 2022, the hope would be for Hurts to improve on his passing yards to return QB1 fantasy points more often than not. Maybe the Eagles trading for A.J. Brown helps!
9. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott played lights out in 2021 and boasted a career-high 37 passing touchdowns coming into 2022. Injured for the short term, (hand surgery) Prescott should be a dynasty QB who can be relied upon for seasons to come.
10. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
Kyler Murray will get you fantasy points in both passing and running and is returning in 2022 after producing 29 total touchdowns. Look for that number to increase as Murray aims to play an injury-free full slate this season.
11. Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers
Trey Lance is highly-ranked as a dynasty fantasy quarterback who should eventually bust loose when given a full opportunity to start. As things stand, Lance is a QB keeper and is primed to start with Jimmy Garoppolo taking a backseat as the 49ers’ backup QB in 2022.
12. Mac Jones, New England Patriots
Mac Jones is a young keeper quarterback who should continue to flourish on a well-coached Bill Belichick football team. He’s a great asset, especially in Super Flex fantasy formats.
13. Zach Wilson, New York Jets
Look for Wilson to evolve in his fantasy ranking as soon as he is cleared to start after undergoing a minor knee surgery. Patience is key.
14. Justin Fields, Chicago Bears
Justin Fields should be fully unleashed in 2022 and perhaps a new head coach in Chicago will help boost his fantasy value. When healthy, Fields is a mobile threat, as showcased by his 420 rushing yards and two touchdowns accomplished in 12 games last season.
15. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins
While the Dolphins continue to attempt to improve on offense, Tua Tagovailoa’s fantasy value should rise. He will be entering his third season at a mere 24-years-old with the hope that he plays his first full slate of games.
16. Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers
Pickett (the first rookie QB chosen) is a dynasty quarterback who could see the field anytime with Mitch Trubisky serving as a bridge QB. Pickett is coming from a 2021 college season when he threw for 4,319 yards and a whopping 42 touchdowns.
17. Desmond Ridder, Atlanta Falcons
Ridder could nudge ahead of Marcus Mariota as a starter this season, making him a must-add in dynasty formats across the board. He’s a mobile threat who put up 2,180 rushing yards over his four years at Cincinnati. Watch out!
18. Malik Willis, Tennessee Titans
As for dynasty quarterbacks, Willis is most definitely worth the stash as he sits behind Ryan Tannehill for the time being. When he gets his chance to start, Willis is a dual-threat QB who last rushed for 878 yards and 13 TDs. Hang tight as the Titans will likely want to dump Tannehill’s massive contract after 2022.
18. Kyle Trask, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With yet another year to groom under Tom Brady, Trask should be stashed until his number is eventually called. Trask was selected by the Bucs 64th overall in 2021 following a final 43-touchdown season at Florida State. He’s a dynasty QB that could have some fantasy relevance if the ageless Brady ever decides to quit.
Fantasy football dynasty rankings: Running backs
1. Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts
Taylor is the top dynasty fantasy RB for 2022. He was good as a rookie, and absolutely sensational in 2021 –recording a league-high 1,811 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. He also added another 360 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. And, he’s already off to a studly start for the 2022 fantasy season.
2. Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers
Moving forward, Harris is a dynasty running back who should keep the fantasy points coming in for years. He enters his second season after producing a pretty sweet 1,667 total yards and 10 touchdowns as a rookie.
3. D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions
At only 23-years-old, Swift is a dynasty running back who hopefully plays healthy for those who roster him. His early usage in 2022, suggests Swift will keep the fantasy points pouring in for years to come.
4. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers
A PPR keeper, Ekeler managed 1,558 total yards and 20 TDs. Those who roster Ekeler as a dynasty RB can only wish for more of the same as he enters his sixth season.
5. Javonte Williams, Denver Broncos
Williams dazzled as a rookie while recording 1,219 total yards and seven touchdowns splitting the field 50/50 with Melvin Gordon. Draft him in dynasty as a running back who should eventually command a starting role, working with a major upgrade at QB in that of Russell Wilson.
6. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
Chubb is a stud who should still have a few good seasons of fantasy football left in him. He is a traditional back who has maintained an average of 5.3 yards per carry but doesn’t get utilized much in the passing game. Ride with him while he’s in his prime or trade him for some loot as he plays his fifth season in the NFL.
7. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
Cook is a fantastic fantasy running back when he can stay healthy. That’s the caveat. But when he’s been on the field, he has averaged 86.1 rushing yards per game. That’s not too shabby. This comes along with 27 receiving yards on average per clash as well.
8. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
Henry at 28-years-old is a bit vintage for this ranking, but playing on a run-first offense, Henry is going to feast. Roll with him as a fantasy RB who is easily a game-changer in any given week.
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9. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
Mixon just had his best fantasy season to date with 1,519 combined yards and 16 touchdowns. He’s a hot dynasty running back, playing on one of the most up-and-coming offenses in the league.
10. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
McCaffrey is one of the best PPR running backs in the business. We just need for him to stay in one piece as he plays in his sixth year.
11. Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams
Akers is back after an Achilles injury stole his 2021 season. However, those who roster will need to practice some patience. The hope is that Akers regains his No. 1 role on what is typically a red-hot Rams offense.
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12. J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens
Dobbins is only 23 and has a great shelf life as a dynasty running back. He should return in 2022 in good health to improve on the 805 rushing yards and nine touchdowns he produced as a rookie before missing the 2021 campaign.
13. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
Kamara has helped win fantasy championships as a dual-threat running back who can catch as well as he can run the ball. Off to a slow start, Kamara should bounce back as the PPR fantasy stud he was in seasons past.
14. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
Still young, Barkley needs an overall better Giants team and to stay healthy to improve his fantasy stats. If all the stars align, Barkley can be that dynasty RB1 who makes a big difference come game day. The talent is there.
15. David Montgomery, Chicago Bears
Montgomery is a dynasty running back who should benefit from some new coaching in Chicago moving forward. Hopefully, this equates to Monty seeing a consistent workload to increase his fantasy points moving forward.
16. Antonio Gibson, Washington Commanders
Gibson had some ups and downs, but overall produced a notable 1,331 total yards and 10 touchdowns. Playing in just his third year in the NFL, Gibson comes with plenty of dynasty appeal — especially with an upgraded QB (Carson Wentz).
17. Breece Hall, New York Jets
Coming from 4,675 scrimmage yards and 56 touchdowns over three collegiate years, Hall was the first running back selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. With that said, he will make an immediate impact in fantasy football as an RB likely to take a dominant role, eventually out-touching Michael Carter.
18. Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders
As a dynasty RB, Jacobs fizzled, recording a mere 58.1 rushing yards on average per game. However, he will only be 24 entering 2022, and he will be a free agent in 2023. Perhaps, he moves along to a run-first offense down the road.
19. Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers
Those who drafted Mitchell as a rookie in dynasty leagues did well! This young running back dazzled when he was featured this past season and for that, he should remain the lead Niners RB as long as he can overcome his most recent injury (knee).
20. A.J. Dillon, Green Bay Packers
Dillon should only rise in dynasty value as his role increase on a Packers’ offense that has plenty of room for him to receive touches. Even with Aaron Jones in the picture, Dillon is the fantasy RB to roster long-term.
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21. Damien Harris, New England Patriots
The Patriots’ backfield is a split house at times. With that said, Harris is an RB2 worth rostering in dynasty leagues. He could eventually be traded, or land with another franchise as he plays out his fourth NFL season.
22. James Cook, Buffalo Bills
Cook will eventually have the opportunity to work his way into a prominent playmaker on a Bills offense that saw fit to add depth beyond Devin Singletary and Zack Moss. So, hang on to Cook and wait for good things to come.
23. Travis Etienne, Jacksonville Jaguars
Etienne is back in action after missing his rookie 2021 season (Lisfranc). Moving ahead, look for him to emerge as a double-threat PPR running back working in tandem with James Robinson.
24. Kenneth Walker, Seattle Seahawks
Walker is less of a factor when it comes to catching the ball, but in standard fantasy leagues, he projects as an RB1 as he pushes to compete with Rashaad Penny.
25. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles
After a scoreless, low-yardage, and injury-riddled 2021 campaign, Sanders will look to rebound this season. He’s part of a thriving Eagles’ offense that is looking to contend in 2022.
26. James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
Robinson is only signed with Jacksonville through 2022. So, he could be on the move after this upcoming season, making him a dynasty RB multiple teams would pursue as a young upgrade.
27. Michael Carter, New York Jets
Look for Carter to rebound from a bumpy rookie year and join a one-two punch with rookie RB, Breece Hall. Carter’s dual-threat skills will make him a PPR RB who will be very involved come any given Sunday.
28. Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots
While we mentioned Damien Harris, above, Stevenson is worth a later-round pick in dynasty startup fantasy leagues with his potential to lead the backfield in any random game. He’s startable as a flex with plenty of room to grow.
29. Isaiah Spiller, Los Angeles Chargers
Eventually slated to take some of the load off of Austin Ekeler, Spiller could be a prominent player on offense at some point in the future. So, stash him now and reap the rewards later.
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Fantasy football dynasty rankings: Wide receivers
1. Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals
Do what it takes to get the No. 1 dynasty fantasy WR for 2022 on your roster! Chase was magnificent as a rookie (1,455 yards, 13 touchdowns) and he will deliver WR1 fantasy points for years to come, working with the youthful Joe Burrow as his quarterback.
2. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings
Jefferson is a stud and a dynasty keeper who has recorded an incredible total of 2,016 yards and 17 touchdowns over his first two years in the NFL. And, he’s just getting started for 2022 as a fantasy WR who will more often than not make his opposing defenses look like a joke.
3. Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders
An anomaly, the age-defying Adams just recorded his highest yards (1,553) to date. And with 20 TDs accomplished over his last two years, Adams still remains one of the best dynasty wide receivers in the league. He’s already off to a red-hot start in 2022!
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4. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
Kupp (28-years-old) had too darn good of a fantasy season not to feature within this ranking. He is coming from a phenomenal 1,947-yard, 16-TD campaign, and he’s already off to an awesome 2022 season. Kupp is a keeper or perhaps a great sell-high dynasty piece.
5. A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
Those who roster Brown can only hope for him to play a full season this year. The talent is there and he’s already looking like a rock star working with QB Jalen Hurts.
6. Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers
The insane amount of targets Johnson has received per game makes him one of the best dynasty receivers to roster. Look for hopefully more of the same to continue, no matter who is slinging the ball to Johnson in Pittsburgh in 2022.
7. Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers
A sensational 2021 season boosts Samuel up the dynasty ranks heading into 2022. Samuel hit the field like a wrecking ball, racking up 1,405 receiving yards and 15 total touchdowns. Let’s hope the fantasy points keep pouring in with 2022 underway.
8. Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins
Waddle topped 1,000 yards and scored six times as a rookie, working with his former Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa. Look for more of the same from Waddle who at the age of only 23, is a dynasty receiver who sports tons of upside.
9. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills
Diggs, 28, is still thriving with the Bills. His combined 2,760 yards and 18 touchdowns over his past two seasons are proof. Already off to a tremendous 2022, Diggs is a dynasty keeper who still has an elongated shelf life.
10. Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins
Verging on veteran status, Hill has lived up to his nickname — Cheetah — and has been a fantastic dynasty WR who is already producing at a high level as a Miami Dolphin. Let’s hope we get another few productive seasons out of him.
11. CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys
Lamb is a talented fantasy wide receiver who has what it takes to produce at a high level for many years. However, practice patience as Lamb likely takes a step back with QB Dak Prescott sidelined for multiple weeks in 2022.
12. D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks
A threat to take it the distance in any given game, Metcalf last caught a career-high 12 touchdowns. At only 24-years-old, Metcalf should be a dependable WR1 in dynasty fantasy football, no matter who his QB is.
13. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Godwin has produced consistent fantasy points and should continue to do that, providing he is at 100% after healing from a torn ACL. As always, any WR working with Tom Brady typically generates fantasy gold.
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14. Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals
Higgins, at only 23-years-old, is a top receiver to roster in dynasty leagues, catching balls from the red-hot Joe Burrow. He will play second fiddle to Ja’Marr Chase, but there is plenty of yards and TDs available to keep Higgins a top fantasy football wide receiver each week.
15. Michael Pittman, Indianapolis Colts
With a gun-slinging QB such as Matt Ryan throwing passes to him for at least a couple of more seasons, Pittman is a dynasty wide receiver worth the investment. Look for Pittman to have a monster 2022 fantasy season!
16. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers
Consistent in yardage per season, that number could stand to increase along with the 14 career TDs he has scored over four seasons. Perhaps having Baker Mayfield as his new starting QB starts making a difference.
17. Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos
With a major upgrade in QB (Russell Wilson) Jeudy should live up to his first-round draft pick expectation from 2020. He’s worth a later-round pick as a dynasty WR who should thrive from a fantasy standpoint, just as Wilson’s former WRs in Seattle did.
18. Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders
McLaurin is a talented fantasy receiver who stands to benefit from Carson Wentz under center. We just need more touchdown action moving forward.
19. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos
Sutton is a talented keeper with his stock highly on the rise playing with Russell Wilson. If he can avoid injury, Sutton belongs on dynasty rosters as a top receiving option for the best QB the Broncos have had post-Peyton Manning.
20. DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles
Rostering DeVonta Smith in dynasty fantasy football comes with plenty of upside. As he continues to develop as an NFL receiver, his chemistry with Jalen Hurts should improve.
21. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions
A must-add in dynasty leagues, St. Brown rocked his rookie year and is off to a smashing 2022 season. Do what you can to get St. Brown on your dynasty team.
22. Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens
Bateman, who was a 2021 first-round pick by Baltimore, sports a ton of potential as a dynasty WR. He just needs Lamar Jackson to stay on the field, so the pair can resume building its chemistry.
23. Drake London, Atlanta Falcons
London was the first rookie receiver picked in the 2022 NFL Draft. With very few passing options aside from TE Kyle Pitts, London will receive plenty of targets making him startable in fantasy lineups right out of the gate.
24. Garrett Wilson, New York Jets
Wilson should attract plenty of targets and is a rookie wide receiver who should only rise among the dynasty ranks playing on a young Jets offense.
25. Treylon Burks, Tennessee Titans
The Titans surprised the country when they traded away A.J. Brown in the 2022 NFL Draft. So, in comes rookie Treylon Burks to fill a big gap. Look for Burks to eventually emerge as a top-ranked rookie dynasty receiver for 2022.
26. Jameson Williams, Detroit Lions
Coming from a stunning college career, Williams was drafted by the Lions who moved up 20 spots to select him. He’s a large-bodied 6-foot-2 receiver who should make his mark as a productive fantasy player as he develops. Note that he’s currently on the mend from tearing his ACL this past January.
27. Skyy Moore, Kansas City Chiefs
Moore landed in a perfect spot, to start his fantasy season working with Patrick Mahomes, minus Tyreek Hill. He could easily move up in pecking order as he tightens his chemistry with Mahomes. Keep him on your dynasty fantasy radar.
28. Chris Olave, New Orleans Saints
Catching passes from a gunslinger like Jameis Winston, look for Olave to receive plenty of targets playing opposite Michael Thomas. He is a rookie WR who has a very high ceiling in dynasty leagues.
29. Elijah Moore, New York Jets
Expect more from Moore in his second year. Those who take Moore in later rounds have a young dynasty receiver who should keep developing his chemistry with Zach Wilson. There really is nowhere to go than up from here.
30. Christian Watson, Green Bay Packers
Watson’s landing spot with Aaron Rodgers makes him a great 2022 dynasty rookie WR to secure. Look for him to hopefully out-shine what looks like a pretty lackluster group of WRs in Green Bay.
Fantasy football dynasty rankings: Tight ends
1. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
Andrews enters 2022 having last recorded a career-best 1,361 yards! And the nine touchdowns he scored keep him atop these dynasty rankings. At 26-years-old, Andrews is signed with the Ravens through 2025 — making him a TE keeper for years to come.
2. Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons
Pitts was a coveted dynasty TE as a rookie, and his fantasy value in 2022 should be on the rise. Pitts’ upside in fantasy football remains unchallenged.
3. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Let’s hope those who roster Kelce can either sell him as a hot commodity or squeak another couple of stellar fantasy seasons from him. He’s a vet, but a gem of a fantasy TE who has averaged no less than 70.3 yards per game since 2016. His 20 touchdowns combined over his last two seasons compel us to keep him within this ranking.
4. Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys
Schultz has been much-involved in Dallas’ passing game for the last two years, much to the dismay of those who roster the Cowboys’ WRs. Nevertheless, Schultz is coming from his best career season — having recorded 78 catches for 808 yards and eight touchdowns. For this, Schultz is a keeper!
5. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
We will slide Kittle into these dynasty rankings because he’s still playing at a high level (910 yards/six TDs) at the age of 28. If he can stay healthy, he should have a few fantasy-worthy seasons left. Fingers crossed.
6. Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers
Look for Freiermuth, who surprised as a rookie, to build on the 497 yards and seven touchdowns he recorded in 2021. No matter who is quarterbacking in Pittsburgh, Freirmuth will get his targets.
7. Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills
Only 25, Knox had a breakout year that consisted of nine touchdowns and 587 yards over 15 games. If the chemistry between Knox and Josh Allen continues to thrive, Knox is a dynasty TE who can be drafted at an affordable price.
8. T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions
Hockenson has a long career ahead as a very much-involved pass-catching dynasty TE playing on a Lions offense who typically has to air out the ball. Look for him to build his chemistry with Jared Goff heading forward.
9. Isiah Likely, Baltimore Ravens
This rookie TE turned heads in the preseason and big things could be coming even with Andrews in the picture. Likely profiles as a wide receiver who the Ravens could start working in on special plays.
10. Noah Fant, Seattle Seahawks
He’s averaged a consistent 635 yards per season but has scored only 10 times in three years. He’s a talented pass-catcher who will attempt to retain some fantasy relevance as a Seattle Seahawk. Fingers crossed.
11. Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears
Kmet exudes all kinds of fantasy upside after some major changes in coaching and quarterbacking took place in Chicago. Nearly tripling his yardage (612) from his 2020 rookie season, Kmet hopefully becomes a fantasy TE we can trust to start each week.
13. Brevin Jordan, Houston Texans
Jordan is a great dynasty TE to stash entering his second year in the league. He showed flashes of promise in the nine games he played that accompanied three touchdowns. Should he carve out more of a role in 2022, those who draft Jordan late will reap the benefits.
14. Trey McBride, Arizona Cardinals
For now, McBride will take a backseat to Zach Ertz. But, grab McBride in your rookie drafts and hold until he sees his role expanded. He was projected to be the first tight end selected in the 2022 NFL Draft and he lived up to that expectation.
15. Noah Gray, Kansas City Chiefs
Travis Kelce won’t play forever. This will open the door for Gray to eventually become the No. 1 tight end to catch passes from Patrick Mahomes. So, stash Gray now as a dynasty tight end who should reward in the future.