This is the time of year when the hype grows. Coaches speak highly of all players. Everyone is in the best shape of their lives. However, it is important to be able to dig deep and determine which players in fantasy football leagues are going into the season overrated and overrated. Let’s take a look at six of preseason’s most overrated players.
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Joe Burrow (CIN)
Joe Burrow is legit in real-life soccer but is grossly overrated in fantasy soccer. He is the QB6 in early ADP with best ball, despite finishing just three times as a top-five fantasy quarterback in 2021. No quarterback scored more fantasy points than expected, suggesting Burrow will hit some regression in 2022. The Bengals quarterback also rushed for just 118 yards and two TDs. He rushed for fewer yards than Mac Jones, who is notorious for being ranked low by consensus due to his lack of advantage as a rusher.
— Andrew Erickson
Antonio Gibson (WHAT)
The Commanders re-signed and brought in RB JD McKissic and brought in early RB Brian Robinson with a top 100 pick. Antonio Gibson is unlikely to have opportunities to match his talent.
– Matthew Freedman
James Robinson (JAC)
James Robinson had a wonderfully unexpected 2020 season, finally finding his way back into regular carries last year. Having a torn Achilles tendon and theoretically behind Travis Etienne an overdraft from Robinson feels like reaching for the past. I would rather look to the future with Etienne.
– Joe Pisapia
Chris Godwin (TB)
Chris Godwin is a top 12 receiver in terms of talent, but he suffered a cruciate ligament rupture in December. It’s extremely optimistic to assume he can return in time to play most of the 2022 season.
– Matthew Freedman
Michael Thomas (NO)
Maybe Michael Thomas is still the same guy who had 149 catches for 1,725 yards in 2019. Who knows? He has played seven games in the last two years and was completely out in 2021 with an ankle problem. He’s 29 now and Drew Brees is no longer his quarterback. Nobody’s expecting another 149 catch season, but it feels like we’re still overshooting the mark expecting a WR2 season from a player who’s been out for so long and is coming back to a completely different environment.
– Pat Fitzmaurice
Darren Waller (LV)
I would argue that Josh Jacobs is not overrated and that he was limited only by his role as the early down grinder under Jon Gruden. Darren Waller, on the other hand, was a colossal disappointment to his investors last year. Waller was drafted in the middle of the second round. Yes, he missed six games through injury, but his per-game numbers fell across the board. Waller ranked seventh among TEs in fantasy points per game. Now his target share is being jeopardized by the arrival of high-volume WR Davante Adams.
– Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros Staff Consensus 2022 rewrite of the fantasy football rankings
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