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2022 Fantasy Rookie Running Back Rankings

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Breece Hall tops the rookie running back rankings from the 2022 NFL Draft. Which other backs make the list for who you should target? (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

2022 Fantasy Rookie Running Back Rankings

After taking a look at the rookie quarterback list, we move into the running back rankings. The 2022 NFL Draft should be considered a strong RB class so nailing this list is uber important for any fantasy football league owner. Let’s get right to it.

1. Breece Hall (Jets)

I was super high on Michael Carter prior to the draft. I wanted him in fantasy bad and missed out. Now I feel lucky after the Jets took Breece Hall as the top running back off the board. You don’t trade up for a running back to not use him. Hall is going to get a lion share of the carries for a team that is rapidly improving while playing with a young quarterback that needs a rushing attack. Yeah, I think Hall is going to be alright here, huh?

2. James Cook (Bills)

God, I was so happy when Buffalo drafted James Cook. Can you imagine this guy in this offense? Has anyone brought up how many stupid dump offs Josh Allen is going to feed him on in the passing game? Cook is just damn talented. He’s going to be involved in the run and pass game in an offense you couldn’t draw up a better possible landing spot. Oh, this should be fun.

3. Kenneth Walker (Seahawks)

Real speed for a team that wants to run the ball. Seattle actually drafted two offensive linemen early too to help matters. I don’t think Drew Lock is going to air the ball out 50 times a game. Chris Carson is never healthy. I’m just not buying this Rashaad Penny thing for a second. Walker has great value as a fantasy asset.

4. Isaiah Spiller (Los Angeles Chargers)

We might have to wait some time on this one but we should all believe in the talent. No, Spiller isn’t the fastest guy in the world but he’s got something to him. Wait until you see this Devon Achane this year for Texas A&M and remember that Spiller took all of his touches being relatively the same age.

Austin Ekeler is older than you think. Even if Ekeler remains dominant, they never want to overwork him anyway. I don’t love the landing spot being behind Ekeler on the depth chart but this is an improving football team that’s investing a ton into the offensive line. Spiller could really be a great value in year two.

5. Dameon Pierce (Houston Texans)

This one is the opposite of Spiller. I actually hate Dameon Pierce. I think the guy is awful. However, if you’re being honest with yourself, how does this guy not turn into something? Pierce is the starting running back for the Houston Texans today. How does he not win the job? They have nobody. Houston obviously aren’t world beaters but this is a new regime with a defensive head coach that will run the ball. Would it shock anyone if Pierce got 200 touches this year?

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