Fantasy Football: What we learned from the 2021 season that applies to 2022

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The 2022 NFL draft remains months away, and we obviously have little idea where Alabama star wide receiver Jameson Williams, Southern California’s Drake London, Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave and numerous significant others will end up, but those in the fantasy football world better pay attention.

We used to think the only rookies to consider seriously in the early rounds of fantasy football drafts were running backs headed to optimum situations with the promise of volume, as with Najee Harris and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, a year after we saw one first-year wide receiver dominate and set records and a surprising number of others emerge, it occurred yet again.

Yep, think back to the summer of 2021 and how so many fantasy analysts referred to Minnesota Vikings star WR Justin Jefferson as the exception rather than the rule. We warned fantasy managers not to expect a repeat of any rookie soaring to legit WR1 heights, because, well, what Jefferson achieved was quite historic. He was special. Jefferson, the No. 22 pick in the 2020 draft, set rookie records, and his second season was even better.

Then Cincinnati Bengals star Ja’Marr Chase went and did it again, even surpassing what Jefferson achieved. OK, so who will achieve awesome statistical heights in 2022?

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