Underdog
Network

2022 NFL Depth Charts & Fantasy Football Notes

Feb 4th 2022

Hayden Winks

With a ton of help from OverTheCap.com, I present starting lineups for all 32 NFL teams heading into 2022 free agency and the 2022 NFL Draft. I go team-by-team to find out who is a free agent, who is under contract, and who is a cut candidate. As always, this is geared towards fantasy football with quick player blurbs and 2022 fantasy football ADPs from early best ball drafts on Underdog Fantasy.

Depth charts were last updated on May 2nd, 2022. Please use desktop for better looking tables.

Arizona Cardinals Depth Chart 2022

Cardinals Depth Chart
Arizona Cardinals
Personnel
Primary Pass
11 (3WR)
Secondary Pass
12 (2WR)
Arizona Cardinals
% of 2021 Pass Att.
Primary Pass
62%
Secondary Pass
17%
Arizona Cardinals
QB
Primary Pass
Kyler Murray
Secondary Pass
Kyler Murray
Arizona Cardinals
WR
Primary Pass
DeAndre Hopkins
Secondary Pass
DeAndre Hopkins
Arizona Cardinals
WR
Primary Pass
Marquise Brown
Secondary Pass
Marquise Brown
Arizona Cardinals
Slot WR
Primary Pass
Rondale Moore
Secondary Pass
-
Arizona Cardinals
Inline TE
Primary Pass
Zach Ertz
Secondary Pass
Trey McBride
Arizona Cardinals
Slot TE
Primary Pass
-
Secondary Pass
Zach Ertz
Arizona Cardinals
Pass RB
Primary Pass
James Conner
Secondary Pass
Eno Benjamin
Arizona Cardinals
Early-Down RB
Primary Pass
James Conner
Secondary Pass
James Conner

The Cardinals basically swapped Christian Kirk for Marquise Brown, who will rotate from Z and slot receiver depending on formations. The Brown trade is relatively bad news for Moore, who is purely a slot receiver. If Brown kicks inside for even 20% of passing plays to get A.J. Green on the field, Moore will have long odds of being fantasy relevant, assuming his average depth of target stays below 6.0 and he's not playing in red-zone formations. DeAndre Hopkins (X) and Brown (Z) are the fantasy targets. Moore (slot) and Green (Z) are late-round dart throws who likely need injuries to be viable. In the first six weeks with Hopkins' suspension, Green will be an every-down starter.

Zach Ertz received legit starting money and isn't at risk of losing many snaps to second-round rookie Trey McBride. The latter's selection is a small signal that the heavily-used 4-WR sets are mostly a thing of the past. McBride is a dynasty play only with all the weapons already in this offense.

Fantasy RB1 James Conner is arguably the biggest winner of the offseason, as the Cardinals only added 6th-round rookie Keaontay Ingram to the backfield. Ingram will battle Eno Benjamin for handcuff and possibly passing-down duties. In best ball, this camp battle is very important.


Atlanta Falcons Depth Chart 2022

Falcons Depth Chart
Atlanta Falcons
Personnel
Primary Pass
11 (3WR)
Secondary Pass
12 (2TE)
Atlanta Falcons
% of 2021 Pass Att.
Primary Pass
35%
Secondary Pass
30%
Atlanta Falcons
QB
Primary Pass
Marcus Mariota
Secondary Pass
Marcus Mariota
Atlanta Falcons
WR
Primary Pass
Drake London
Secondary Pass
Drake London
Atlanta Falcons
WR
Primary Pass
Bryan Edwards
Secondary Pass
Bryan Edwards
Atlanta Falcons
Slot WR
Primary Pass
Olamide Zaccheaus
Secondary Pass
-
Atlanta Falcons
Inline TE
Primary Pass
Kyle Pitts
Secondary Pass
Anthony Firkser
Atlanta Falcons
Slot TE
Primary Pass
-
Secondary Pass
Kyle Pitts
Atlanta Falcons
Pass RB
Primary Pass
Cordarrelle Patterson
Secondary Pass
Damien Williams
Atlanta Falcons
Run RB
Primary Pass
Cordarrelle Patterson
Secondary Pass
Tyler Allgeier

Marcus Mariota isn't going to have the passing numbers Matt Ryan would've, so this is a general downgrade to the entire offseason, though Mariota himself is an appealing late-round QB option. He'll be throwing most of his passes to two alphas -- Kyle Pitts and Drake London. The rest of the receiver depth chart features Raiders bust Bryan Edwards (who was traded for the equivalent of a Day 3 pick), undersized speedster Olamide Zaccheaus ($2.4M), undersized rotational man Damiere Byrd ($1.2M), jump-ball specialist Auden Tate ($1.1M), and other players casual NFL fans have never heard of. London was my WR1 and has a Michael Thomas like ceiling long-term. He'll probably be an inefficient volume hog as a rookie. That doesn't sound so bad.

Cordarrelle Patterson signed a two-year fringe starter contract this offseason. His role completely changed in 2021, starting as backup, pivoting to passing-down duties, and then finishing as an early-down grinder. Patterson will be complemented by career backup Damien Williams ($1.6M) and 5th-round rookie rusher Tyler Allgeier. Just by the "mystery box" theory, Allgeier is the most intriguing as a late-round dart throw.


Baltimore Ravens Depth Chart 2022

Ravens Depth Chart
Baltimore Ravens
Personnel
Primary Pass
11 (3WR)
Secondary Pass
21 (2RB)
Baltimore Ravens
% of 2021 Pass Att.
Primary Pass
57%
Secondary Pass
19%
Baltimore Ravens
QB
Primary Pass
Lamar Jackson
Secondary Pass
Lamar Jackson
Baltimore Ravens
WR
Primary Pass
Rashod Bateman
Secondary Pass
Rashod Bateman
Baltimore Ravens
WR
Primary Pass
Devin Duvernay
Secondary Pass
Devin Duvernay
Baltimore Ravens
Slot WR
Primary Pass
James Proche
Secondary Pass
-
Baltimore Ravens
Inline TE
Primary Pass
Mark Andrews
Secondary Pass
Isaiah Likely
Baltimore Ravens
Slot TE
Primary Pass
-
Secondary Pass
Mark Andrews
Baltimore Ravens
Pass RB
Primary Pass
J.K. Dobbins
Secondary Pass
J.K. Dobbins
Baltimore Ravens
Run RB
Primary Pass
Gus Edwards
Secondary Pass
Gus Edwards

I anticipate the Ravens heading back towards their 2020 tendencies based on their 2022 personnel moves.

The offense gets blocking TE Nick Boyle back to health, and they added two pass-catching TEs in Charlie Kolar and Isaiah Likely in the draft. That could be the best complementary tight end depth chart in the NFL with Mark Andrews obviously leading the pack. He'll be operating as a slot receiver to some degree given the state of affairs at WR.

Rashod Bateman (X) has legit No. 1 skills, and he'll be in a very efficient offense that gets boosted by only having two receivers out in the route. He's the most obvious breakout candidate in fantasy. Behind him is Devin Duvernay, who I think is extremely underrated but will be transitioning from pure slot to playing more on the outside if no other receivers are added. Tylan Wallace has theoretical upside, but he looked slower following knee injuries in college and didn't make a rookie-season impact. For now, it's Bateman to the moon, Duvernay in stacks, and maybe Wallace in the last round of best ball drafts. Hopefully Will Fuller gets added.

This will depend on health, but J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards should have similar roles to their 2020 season. Mike Davis is in town as the RB3 on a one-year, $1.2M deal.

Buffalo Bills Depth Chart 2022

Bills Depth Chart
Buffalo Bills
Personnel
Primary Pass
11 (3WR)
Secondary Pass
10 (4WR)
Buffalo Bills
% of 2021 Pass Att.
Primary Pass
79%
Secondary Pass
9%
Buffalo Bills
QB
Primary Pass
Josh Allen
Secondary Pass
Josh Allen
Buffalo Bills
WR
Primary Pass
Stefon Diggs
Secondary Pass
Stefon Diggs
Buffalo Bills
WR
Primary Pass
Gabriel Davis
Secondary Pass
Gabriel Davis
Buffalo Bills
Slot WR
Primary Pass
Isaiah McKenzie
Secondary Pass
-
Buffalo Bills
Inline TE
Primary Pass
Dawson Knox
Secondary Pass
O.J. Howard
Buffalo Bills
Slot TE
Primary Pass
-
Secondary Pass
Dawson Knox
Buffalo Bills
Pass RB
Primary Pass
James Cook
Secondary Pass
James Cook
Buffalo Bills
Run RB
Primary Pass
Devin Singletary
Secondary Pass
Devin Singletary

Josh Allen will be throwing to Stefon Diggs (Z), Gabriel Davis (X), Jamison Crowder (slot), and Isaiah McKenzie (gadget slot) at receiver. That's generally less target competition for Diggs and Davis, who vaults into an every-down role for the first time in his career. Davis' skillset aligns with best ball, and he doesn't even have to be good at the game to put up WR3 numbers in this offense. He's worth chasing up the ADP leaderboards. Crowder ($2.0M), McKenzie ($1.8M), and possibly fifth-round slot Khalil Shakir will battle things out in camp. 2021 breakout Dawson Knox looks to be in a great spot again. If his ADP drops because of O.J. Howard ($3.5M), then I'll be all over him in best ball.

The running back group seems very straight forward. Devin Singletary has a grasp on the early-down duties over Zack Moss, but Singletary likely loses his three-down role with 3rd-round pass-catching back James Cook in the mix. This offense doesn't use their RBs much, so splitting this two ways is tough for fantasy purposes. Singletary or Cook will need an injury to enter the top-15 mix most likely.

Carolina Panthers Depth Chart 2022

Panthers Depth Chart
Carolina Panthers
Personnel
Primary Pass
11 (3WR)
Secondary Pass
12 (2TE)
Carolina Panthers
% of 2021 Pass Att.
Primary Pass
77%
Secondary Pass
14%
Carolina Panthers
QB
Primary Pass
Sam Darnold
Secondary Pass
Sam Darnold
Carolina Panthers
WR
Primary Pass
D.J. Moore
Secondary Pass
D.J. Moore
Carolina Panthers
WR
Primary Pass
Robby Anderson
Secondary Pass
Robby Anderson
Carolina Panthers
Slot WR
Primary Pass
Terrace Marshall
Secondary Pass
-
Carolina Panthers
Inline TE
Primary Pass
Ian Thomas
Secondary Pass
Ian Thomas
Carolina Panthers
Slot TE
Primary Pass
-
Secondary Pass
Tommy Tremble
Carolina Panthers
Pass RB
Primary Pass
Christian McCaffrey
Secondary Pass
Christian McCaffrey
Carolina Panthers
Run RB
Primary Pass
Christian McCaffrey
Secondary Pass
Christian McCaffrey

Sam Darnold ($18.5M) very well could get a second chance in Carolina with new OC Ben McAdoo reportedly liking his traits. At the very most, the Panthers could look at Baker Mayfield or Jimmy Garoppolo just before training camp, but I consider Darnold a candidate to make 2022 starts.

D.J. Moore is locked into the No. 1 role, and there's speculation that Robby Anderson could be a post June 1st cut or trade candidate after underperforming on his new contract last year. I'm hoping he gets traded elsewhere (Baltimore?), so we can get Moore into the top-15 range. Behind them is second-round disappointment Terrace Marshall (big slot), versatile backup Rashard Higgins ($1.2M), and career backup Brandon Zylstra ($1.2M). Overpaid blocking TE Ian Thomas and second-year deep sleeper Tommy Tremble headline the tight end group.

Christian McCaffrey could catch 80+ passes again after looking at this skill group. He'll be backed up by early-down back D'Onta Foreman ($2.0M) and middling second-year speedster Chuba Hubbard. Foreman likely gets the first crack if CMC goes down, but this would likely be a committee just as it was last year.

Chicago Bears Depth Chart 2022

Bears Depth Chart
Chicago Bears
Personnel
Primary Pass
11 (3WR)
Secondary Pass
12 (2TE)
Chicago Bears
% of 2021 Pass Att.
Primary Pass
73%
Secondary Pass
19%
Chicago Bears
QB
Primary Pass
Justin Fields
Secondary Pass
Justin Fields
Chicago Bears
WR
Primary Pass
N'Keal Harry
Secondary Pass
Darnell Mooney
Chicago Bears
WR
Primary Pass
Byron Pringle
Secondary Pass
Byron Pringle
Chicago Bears
Slot WR
Primary Pass
Darnell Mooney
Secondary Pass
-
Chicago Bears
Inline TE
Primary Pass
Cole Kmet
Secondary Pass
Jesse James
Chicago Bears
Slot TE
Primary Pass
-
Secondary Pass
Cole Kmet
Chicago Bears
Pass RB
Primary Pass
David Montgomery
Secondary Pass
Khalil Herbert
Chicago Bears
Run RB
Primary Pass
David Montgomery
Secondary Pass
David Montgomery

Justin Fields should sue the Chicago Bears.

Darnell Mooney, to me, is a decent No. 2 receiver, but he is clearly the top target in Chicago right now. Byron Pringle, who was arrested this offseason for doing donuts on a suspended license with a kid in the car, is the current second option after signing a 1-year, $4.2M contract. The rest of the receiver group is making at most $1.0M this year. It's possible they view surprising 3rd-rounder Velus Jones as more than a special teamer, but he was a bad prospect all things considered as a 25-year-old rookie who never produced as a pass catcher in college. There is a lot of pressure on third-year TE Cole Kmet. I haven't been impressed with Kmet on tape or with his analytics (1.2 YPRR), but someone will have to catch passes this year I guess.

The most likely outcome is David Montgomery handling a massive workload in all game scripts. Khalil Herbert is his three-down backup with oft-injured Darrynton Evans rounding out the group. I'd be surprised if Montgomery doesn't see 17+ touches per game this year.

Cincinnati Bengals Depth Chart 2022

Bengals Depth Chart
Cincinnati Bengals
Personnel
Primary Pass
11 (3WR)
Secondary Pass
12 (2TE)
Cincinnati Bengals
% of 2021 Pass Att.
Primary Pass
86%
Secondary Pass
9%
Cincinnati Bengals
QB
Primary Pass
Joe Burrow
Secondary Pass
Joe Burrow
Cincinnati Bengals
WR
Primary Pass
Ja'Marr Chase
Secondary Pass
Ja'Marr Chase
Cincinnati Bengals
WR
Primary Pass
Tee Higgins
Secondary Pass
Tee Higgins
Cincinnati Bengals
Slot WR
Primary Pass
Tyler Boyd
Secondary Pass
-
Cincinnati Bengals
Inline TE
Primary Pass
Hayden Hurst
Secondary Pass
Drew Sample
Cincinnati Bengals
Slot TE
Primary Pass
-
Secondary Pass
Hayden Hurst
Cincinnati Bengals
Pass RB
Primary Pass
Joe Mixon
Secondary Pass
Chris Evans
Cincinnati Bengals
Run RB
Primary Pass
Joe Mixon
Secondary Pass
Joe Mixon

Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, and his receivers are all back. The only change is the relative downgrade from C.J. Uzomah to Hayden Hurst at TE1. Hurst is a late-round stacking option but nothing more. The other note here is the massive upgrades across the offensive line. It's probably closer to league average after being bottom-five last year.

Behind Joe Mixon are veteran plodder Samaje Perine ($1.8M) and raw all-around athlete Chris Evans, who has more of a ceiling than Perine going into his second NFL season.

Cleveland Browns Depth Chart 2022

Browns Depth Chart
Cleveland Browns
Personnel
Primary Pass
11 (3WR)
Secondary Pass
12 (2TE)
Cleveland Browns
% of 2021 Pass Att.
Primary Pass
52%
Secondary Pass
21%
Cleveland Browns
QB
Primary Pass
Deshaun Watson
Secondary Pass
Jacoby Brissett
Cleveland Browns
WR
Primary Pass
Amari Cooper
Secondary Pass
Amari Cooper
Cleveland Browns
WR
Primary Pass
Donovan Peoples-Jones
Secondary Pass
Donovan Peoples-Jones
Cleveland Browns
Slot WR
Primary Pass
David Bell
Secondary Pass
-
Cleveland Browns
Inline TE
Primary Pass
David Njoku
Secondary Pass
Harrison Bryant
Cleveland Browns
Slot TE
Primary Pass
-
Secondary Pass
David Njoku
Cleveland Browns
Pass RB
Primary Pass
Kareem Hunt
Secondary Pass
Kareem Hunt
Cleveland Browns
Run RB
Primary Pass
Nick Chubb
Secondary Pass
Nick Chubb

The NFL would look bad if Trevor Bauer gets suspended for two-plus seasons, and they only give Deshaun Watson 4 to 6 games. I'm expecting a heavy suspension. The question is if it comes down in 2022 or 2023? The Browns' contract maneuvering suggests it'll come in 2022, so I'm projecting Watson to play the final 6-8 games of the year. He's mostly a 3-QB build option only.

Amari Cooper stands alone among the pass-catchers. He should be the volume sponge on the perimeter, while deep-threat Donovan-Peoples Jones joins him in 2-WR sets. DPJ will compete with third-round possession receiver David Bell, who can play on the outside or as a power slot. There's a chance slightly-built speedster Anthony Schwartz begins making some noise as a vertical slot, but he needed a lot of development coming out of college.

David Njoku has been a fantasy tease for years, but this is the year to be aggressive after the Browns bit the bullet on Austin Hooper's contract leaving Njoku in two-TE sets with Harrison Bryant. Njoku had a career-high 1.56 YPRR last year. Bryant in his second season was at 1.47 YPRR. Both are breakout candidates to some degree.

Nick Chubb is the early-down stud of the backfield and is at worst a spiked week RB2. The rest of the backfield is worth monitoring. All $6.25 million of Kareem Hunt's contract is non-guaranteed, making him a low-key trade candidate if the Browns find a buyer. Hunt has league-winning upside as usual if he stays on the Browns and Chubb misses time. D'Ernest Johnson is third in line and might've shown enough last year to influence a Hunt trade.

Dallas Cowboys Depth Chart 2022

Cowboys Depth Chart
Dallas Cowboys
Personnel
Primary Pass
11 (3WR)
Secondary Pass
12 (2TE)
Dallas Cowboys
% of 2021 Pass Att.
Primary Pass
77%
Secondary Pass
16%
Dallas Cowboys
QB
Primary Pass
Dak Prescott
Secondary Pass
Dak Prescott
Dallas Cowboys
WR
Primary Pass
Michael Gallup
Secondary Pass
Michael Gallup
Dallas Cowboys
WR
Primary Pass
Jalen Tolbert
Secondary Pass
CeeDee Lamb
Dallas Cowboys
Slot WR
Primary Pass
CeeDee Lamb
Secondary Pass
-
Dallas Cowboys
Inline TE
Primary Pass
Dalton Schultz
Secondary Pass
Jake Ferguson
Dallas Cowboys
Slot TE
Primary Pass
-
Secondary Pass
Dalton Schultz
Dallas Cowboys
Pass RB
Primary Pass
Tony Pollard
Secondary Pass
Tony Pollard
Dallas Cowboys
Run RB
Primary Pass
Ezekiel Elliott
Secondary Pass
Ezekiel Elliott

Dak Prescott essentially swaps out Amari Cooper for James Washington ($1.2M) this offseason, assuming Washington can beat out Noah Brown, Semi Fehoko, and third-round deep threat Jalen Tolbert. This group will be leaned on early in the year with Michael Gallup expected to miss the first month or so of 2022. For that reason, CeeDee Lamb projects for WR1 production after a disappointing second season. Don't let that leave a sour taste in your mouth this year.

Dalton Schultz was franchise-tagged this offseason before the Cowboys released injured TE Blake Jarwin. Jarwin's replacement is blocking-specialist Jake Ferguson, so Schultz has a clear TE1 runway in 2022. He's arguably the No. 2 target in this upper-end offense.

Ezekiel Elliott has $12.4M guaranteed this year, so he’ll remain a big part of the offense going into his age-27 season, but contract-year Tony Pollard threatens his RB1 workload in general.

Denver Broncos Depth Chart 2022

Broncos Depth Chart
Denver Broncos
Personnel
Primary Pass
11 (3WR)
Secondary Pass
12 (2TE)
Denver Broncos
% of 2021 Pass Att.
Primary Pass
72%
Secondary Pass
22%
Denver Broncos
QB
Primary Pass
Russell Wilson
Secondary Pass
Russell Wilson
Denver Broncos
WR
Primary Pass
Courtland Sutton
Secondary Pass
Courtland Sutton
Denver Broncos
WR
Primary Pass
Jerry Jeudy
Secondary Pass
Jerry Jeudy
Denver Broncos
Slot WR
Primary Pass
K.J. Hamler
Secondary Pass
-
Denver Broncos
Inline TE
Primary Pass
Albert Okwuegbunam
Secondary Pass
Albert Okwuegbunam
Denver Broncos
Slot TE
Primary Pass
-
Secondary Pass
Greg Dulcich
Denver Broncos
Pass RB
Primary Pass
Melvin Gordon
Secondary Pass
Javonte Williams
Denver Broncos
Run RB
Primary Pass
Javonte Williams
Secondary Pass
Melvin Gordon

Russell Wilson has a deep group of skill players and will be in shootouts all season in the AFC West powerhouse. Because K.J. Hamler is coming off a torn ACL (and likely torn PCL), we should expect the three-WR set to feature Courtland Sutton (X), Tim Patrick (Z), and Jerry Jeudy (slot) for most, if not all, of the year. Patrick is a valuable low-volume deep threat and could be a perfect scheme fit with Wilson. But the debate for the most targets is between the more physical Sutton in his second year removed from injury versus the more dynamic Jeudy coming off another disappointing season. I anticipate Jeudy soaking up more of the underneath and manufactured touches, while Sutton wins in the intermediate portion of the field. Both are probably spiked-week WR2/3 types. Patrick is a better in best ball WR5.

Albert Okwuegbunam is the new every-down tight end with Noah Fant shipped to Seattle. He has receiving ability and should be viewed as a top-16 fantasy option, even with third-round receiving TE Greg Dulcich entering the fold.

Javonte Williams' role will most likely be bigger than it was last year, but Melvin Gordon was re-signed and arguably ran better than Williams did in 2021. With that said, Gordon's market was soft and he only agreed to a one-year, $2.5M contract with incentives up to $4M. This could be a 60/40 split in favor of Williams. That was flipped last year.

Detroit Lions Depth Chart 2022

Lions Depth Chart
Detroit Lions
Personnel
Primary Pass
11 (3WR)
Secondary Pass
12 (2TE)
Detroit Lions
% of 2021 Pass Att.
Primary Pass
73%
Secondary Pass
10%
Detroit Lions
QB
Primary Pass
Jared Goff
Secondary Pass
Jared Goff
Detroit Lions
WR
Primary Pass
Josh Reynolds
Secondary Pass
Amon-Ra St. Brown
Detroit Lions
WR
Primary Pass
D.J. Chark
Secondary Pass
D.J. Chark
Detroit Lions
Slot WR
Primary Pass
Amon-Ra St. Brown
Secondary Pass
-
Detroit Lions
Inline TE
Primary Pass
T.J. Hockenson
Secondary Pass
Garrett Griffin
Detroit Lions
Slot TE
Primary Pass
-
Secondary Pass
T.J. Hockenson
Detroit Lions
Pass RB
Primary Pass
D'Andre Swift
Secondary Pass
D'Andre Swift
Detroit Lions
Run RB
Primary Pass
D'Andre Swift
Secondary Pass
Jamaal Williams

Jared Goff faces no legit competition in 2022, and his weapons will be better than they were last year. Rookie breakout Amon-Ra St. Brown is the Lions' version of Robert Woods, capable of doing a bit everything within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage. Most of his production came when everyone else was injured, so tread lightly. But he is a legit player in general. He'll be joined by vertical X-receiver D.J. Chark, who signed a one-year, $10M contract this offseason. Chark's role will be key in September, while stud first-rounder Jameson Williams works his way back into the mix coming off a torn ACL. Williams may need time to acclimate, but he is one of the most "better in best ball" receivers we've seen enter the NFL. I love his game. I'm debating if I love it for the 2022 or 2023 season.

T.J. Hockenson's career 1.46 yards per route run is disappointing, and we're three seasons in. With more target competition now, Hockenson's ceiling is probably in the mid-TE1 range and his floor is lower.

D'Andre Swift will be the lead back and worked on adding more physicality this offseason, but future Hard Knocks star Jamaal Williams will make $4.6M this year if he's kept around. If so, that's a sign that he'll be involved in ways that will tilt Swift truthers.

Green Bay Packers Depth Chart 2022

Packers Depth Chart
Green Bay Packers
Personnel
Primary Pass
11 (3WR)
Secondary Pass
12 (2TE)
Green Bay Packers
% of 2021 Pass Att.
Primary Pass
69%
Secondary Pass
22%
Green Bay Packers
QB
Primary Pass
Aaron Rodgers
Secondary Pass
Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay Packers
WR
Primary Pass
Allen Lazard
Secondary Pass
Allen Lazard
Green Bay Packers
WR
Primary Pass
Sammy Watkins
Secondary Pass
Romeo Doubbs
Green Bay Packers
Slot WR
Primary Pass
Randall Cobb
Secondary Pass
-
Green Bay Packers
Inline TE
Primary Pass
Robert Tonyan
Secondary Pass
Robert Tonyan
Green Bay Packers
Slot TE
Primary Pass
-
Secondary Pass
Josiah Deguara
Green Bay Packers
Third-Down RB
Primary Pass
Aaron Jones
Secondary Pass
Aaron Jones
Green Bay Packers
Early-Down RB
Primary Pass
A.J. Dillon
Secondary Pass
A.J. Dillon

Aaron Rodgers is back, but his skill group is the worst it's ever been. The outside receiver candidates are Allen Lazard ($4.0M), 40-year-old 28-year-old Sammy Watkins ($1.8M), second-round FCS deep-threat Christian Watson. Randall Cobb and fifth-rounder Romeo Doubs can play inside and out, but they'll probably compete with Amari Rogers for slot snaps. Ultimately, I expect the most common 3-WR set to be Watson (X), Lazard (Z), and Cobb (slot), but this will be a fragile projection with Rodgers' pickiness of receivers and how poor these players are in general. Robert Tonyan ($3.0M) is the best bet for TE fantasy production assuming his rehab goes well. Blocking TE Marcedes Lewis and undersized receiver Josiah Deguara back him up.

Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon both project reasonably well with Davante Adams' and Marquez Valdes-Scantling's departures. Jones could set a career high in receptions this year, while Dillon picks up more carries as the offense projectably goes more run-heavy.

Houston Texans Depth Chart 2022

Texans Depth Chart
Houston Texans
Personnel
Primary Pass
11 (3WR)
Secondary Pass
12 (2TE)
Houston Texans
% of 2021 Pass Att.
Primary Pass
74%
Secondary Pass
16%
Houston Texans
QB
Primary Pass
Davis Mills
Secondary Pass
Davis Mills
Houston Texans
WR
Primary Pass
Chris Conley
Secondary Pass
Brandin Cooks
Houston Texans
WR
Primary Pass
Nico Collins
Secondary Pass
Nico Collins
Houston Texans
Slot WR
Primary Pass
Brandin Cooks
Secondary Pass
-
Houston Texans
Inline TE
Primary Pass
Brevin Jordan
Secondary Pass
Pharaoh Brown
Houston Texans
Slot TE
Primary Pass
-
Secondary Pass
Brevin Jordan
Houston Texans
Third-Down RB
Primary Pass
Dameon Pierce
Secondary Pass
Rex Burkhead
Houston Texans
Early-Down RB
Primary Pass
Dameon Pierce
Secondary Pass
Marlon Mack

Davis Mills should start the entire season, pending injury. Brandin Cooks will be the top dog once again and should retain spiked-week WR3 value. He'll be joined by second-year deep-threat X receiver Nico Collins and doer-of-all-master-of-none second-round rookie John Metchie, who will most likely need the first month of the season to finish his torn ACL rehab. Career backups Chris Conley, Phillip Dorsett, and DaeSean Hamilton are also in the mix. Second-year post-hype sleeper Brevin Jordan is moderately interesting with only Pharaoh Brown ($3.4M) in his way. If Jordan is better than his athletic testing showed, he has some TE2 appeal.

Get ready for the electric RB competition of early-down home run threat Marlon Mack ($1.7M), passing-down backup Rex Burkhead ($2.5M), and fourth-round rookie Dameon Pierce. According to the "mystery box" theory, Pierce is the player to target. He was extremely efficient scoring touchdowns and breaking tackles at Florida but was never given a massive workload. Maybe his coaches were just wrong. At least he has a skillset ceiling to chase here. We know what Mack and Burkhead are at this point in their careers.

Indianapolis Colts Depth Chart 2022

Colts Depth Chart
Indianapolis Colts
Personnel
Primary Pass
11 (3WR)
Secondary Pass
12 (2TE)
Indianapolis Colts
% of 2021 Pass Att.
Primary Pass
75%
Secondary Pass
16%
Indianapolis Colts
QB
Primary Pass
Matt Ryan
Secondary Pass
Matt Ryan
Indianapolis Colts
WR
Primary Pass
Michael Pittman
Secondary Pass
Michael Pittman
Indianapolis Colts
WR
Primary Pass
Alec Pierce
Secondary Pass
Alec Pierce
Indianapolis Colts
Slot WR
Primary Pass
Parris Campbell
Secondary Pass
-
Indianapolis Colts
Inline TE
Primary Pass
Mo Alie-Cox
Secondary Pass
Mo Alie-Cox
Indianapolis Colts
Slot TE
Primary Pass
-
Secondary Pass
Kylen Granson
Indianapolis Colts
Pass RB
Primary Pass
Nyheim Hines
Secondary Pass
Nyheim Hines
Indianapolis Colts
Run RB
Primary Pass
Jonathan Taylor
Secondary Pass
Jonathan Taylor

Matt Ryan is an upgrade over Carson Wentz, especially for possession receiver Michael Pittman. There is little target competition for the third-year pro, and it's possible the offense passes a bit more with Ryan under center. Pittman's outside sidekick will be second-round athlete Alec Pierce, who is mostly a jump ball specialist and not a projected volume hog. Parris Campbell will slide into the slot in 3-WR sets assuming he can stay healthy. The Colts have a deeper tight end depth chart with Mo Alie-Cox, second-year receiving specialist Kylen Granson, and elite athlete Jelani Woods who was drafted in the third round. There's probably too many mouths to feed for a big ceiling here.

Jonathan Taylor is Jonathan Taylor. But Nyheim Hines is still around on a $5.1M cap charge as a rotational pass-catching back. Ryan is likely to pass more to his backs than Wentz was. Marlon Mack is out of the picture, and Phillip Lindsay and Deon Jackson aren't threats to Hines.

Jacksonville Jaguars Depth Chart 2022

Jaguars Depth Chart
Jacksonville Jaguars
Personnel
Primary Pass
11 (3WR)
Secondary Pass
12 (2TE)
Jacksonville Jaguars
% of 2021 Pass Att.
Primary Pass
78%
Secondary Pass
14%
Jacksonville Jaguars
QB
Primary Pass
Trevor Lawrence
Secondary Pass
Trevor Lawrence
Jacksonville Jaguars
WR
Primary Pass
Marvin Jones
Secondary Pass
Marvin Jones
Jacksonville Jaguars
WR
Primary Pass
Zay Jones
Secondary Pass
Christian Kirk
Jacksonville Jaguars
Slot WR
Primary Pass
Christian Kirk
Secondary Pass
-
Jacksonville Jaguars
Inline TE
Primary Pass
Evan Engram
Secondary Pass
Chris Manhertz
Jacksonville Jaguars
Slot TE
Primary Pass
-
Secondary Pass
Evan Engram
Jacksonville Jaguars
Pass RB
Primary Pass
James Robinson
Secondary Pass
James Robinson
Jacksonville Jaguars
Run RB
Primary Pass
Travis Etienne
Secondary Pass
Travis Etienne

Trevor Lawrence's weapons were moderately improved. Marvin Jones has been retained on his $8.7M contract as a starting outside receiver, and GM Trent Baalke went crazy on Christian Kirk ($37M guaranteed) and Zay Jones ($14M guaranteed) to round out the starting lineup. Kirk will be a slot in 3-WR sets but will stay in 2-WR sets. Meanwhile, Jones will have to hold off third-year fringe starter Laviska Shenault, undersized special-teamer Jamal Agnew, and Laquon Treadwell ($1.2M). Jones won't be a fantasy option unless Lawrence takes a massive leap in 2022. Expect this to be a downfield passing attack.

Evan Engram is playing on the 8th-highest TE contract in 2022, so he'll be featured as a receiver in Doug Pederson's tight end friendly offense. Engram will be aided by blocking specialist Chris Manhertz with Luke Farrell and Dan Arnold as depth. It's a good group.

Travis Etienne (lisfranc) and James Robinson (achilles) are both coming back from brutal injuries. Etienne has way more time to recover, but that's a worrisome foot injury and Etienne was already a boom/bust pick made by the previous coaching staff. At his best, he has explosion out in space, including as a receiver. At his worst, Robinson can start over him despite the Round 1 draft capital. This will be a battle that could feature no clear winner due to injuries. 5th-round rookie Snoop Conner is a name to remember as a powerful potential goal line option. He's Robinson insurance.

Kansas City Chiefs Depth Chart 2022

Chiefs Depth Chart
Kansas City Chiefs
Personnel
Primary Pass
11 (3WR)
Secondary Pass
12 (2TE)
Kansas City Chiefs
% of 2021 Pass Att.
Primary Pass
77%
Secondary Pass
17%
Kansas City Chiefs
QB
Primary Pass
Patrick Mahomes
Secondary Pass
Patrick Mahomes
Kansas City Chiefs
WR
Primary Pass
Marquez Valdes-Scantling
Secondary Pass
Marquez Valdes-Scantling
Kansas City Chiefs
WR
Primary Pass
Skyy Moore
Secondary Pass
JuJu Smith-Schuster
Kansas City Chiefs
Slot WR
Primary Pass
JuJu Smith-Schuster
Secondary Pass
-
Kansas City Chiefs
Inline TE
Primary Pass
Travis Kelce
Secondary Pass
Blake Bell
Kansas City Chiefs
Slot TE
Primary Pass
-
Secondary Pass
Travis Kelce
Kansas City Chiefs
Pass RB
Primary Pass
Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Secondary Pass
Jerick McKinnon
Kansas City Chiefs
Run RB
Primary Pass
Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Secondary Pass
Ronald Jones

Patrick Mahomes loses Tyreek Hill, but the Chiefs spent that money wisely to fill some of the void for 2022. While 33 years old, Travis Kelce still projects reasonably well as a tight end turned X receiver in this offense. He's surrounded by specific role players in efficient deep threat Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($9M) and pure slot JuJu Smith-Schuster ($3.25M). Kelce and JuJu are the projected leaders in targets, but MVS is the "Better In Best Ball" King attached to another quarterback with a rocket arm. I'm in. Second-round versatile rookie Skyy Moore will play in 3-WR sets and could lap Smith-Schuster as the second underneath target if he's as good as his prospect profile looked.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire is probably bad, but we know Ronald Jones is pigeon-holed into an early-down only role. RoJo only signed a $1.5M contract this offseason, so I'm firmly on team CEH between the two based on the capital spent on each and CEH's theoretical three-down upside. Derrick Gore is the RB3.

Las Vegas Raiders Depth Chart 2022

Raiders Depth Chart
Las Vegas Raiders
Personnel
Primary Pass
11 (3WR)
Secondary Pass
12 (2TE)
Las Vegas Raiders
% of 2021 Pass Att.
Primary Pass
70%
Secondary Pass
16%
Las Vegas Raiders
QB
Primary Pass
Derek Carr
Secondary Pass
Derek Carr
Las Vegas Raiders
WR
Primary Pass
Davante Adams
Secondary Pass
Davante Adams
Las Vegas Raiders
WR