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Country Roads, Take Mahomes: 2022 Fantasy Football Preview

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Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays just got a lot better with the return of the NFL for the 2022 football season. 

Way back in 2001, my brother, Josh, introduced me to fantasy football, and I’ve never looked back. I turned into the family star when it comes to fantasy sports, pushing my brother into an early retirement from the game that he loved. 

Twenty-one years later, I’m in two different local leagues and I don’t shy away from daily fantasy either. Fantasy football is popular in the state of Kentucky, considering we lack a professional football franchise. Fantasy sports are played by over 1,000 men, women and children between Columbia and Russell Springs. 

The interns and I have spent countless hours simulating the entire NFL season, generating projections, and creating a system (with help from local mathematician John Shelly) to provide with these pre-season rankings.

In this first edition of “Country Roads, Take Mahomes” you’ll find rankings for each position, sleepers, and potential busts for leagues that are non-ppr (meaning points per reception do not count). 

Use this fantasy football toolkit to help you blow your friends’ minds and become the champ. Fantasy football isn’t always the easiest thing to predict, so with this article, the main goal is to show not only who to draft in the early rounds, but to provide the sleepers that could end up determining the league winner. 


  1. Patrick Mahomes- Chiefs               
  2. Josh Allen- Bills                               
  3. Justin Herbert- Chargers               
  4. Jalen Hurts- Eagles                          
  5. Tom Brady- Bucs                             
  6. Dak Prescott- Cowboys                  
  7. Lamar Jackson- Ravens                  
  8. Kyler Murray- Cardinals                 
  9. Joe Burrow- Bengals                       
  10. Russell Wilson- Broncos               
  11. Aaron Rodgers- Packers                
  12. Trey Lance- 49ers                           

Sleepers: Trevor Lawrence-Jaguars, Justin Fields- Bears, Jameis Winston- Saints
Deep Sleepers: Desmond Ridder-Falcons, Kenny Pickett- Steelers 
Avoid: Carson Wentz- Commanders, Deshaun Watson- Browns, Mac Jones- Patriots, Jared Goff- Lions 

Tight End

  1. Travis Kelce- Chiefs                                               
  2. Mark Andrews- Ravens
  3. Kyle Pitts- Falcons
  4. George Kittle- 49ers
  5. Darren Waller- Raiders  
  6. Dalton Schultz- Cowboys
  7. Dawson Knox- Bills
  8. Dallas Goedert- Eagles
  9. Zack Ertz- Cardinals      
  10. Albert Okquegbunam- Broncos  
  11. TJ Hockenson- Lions
  12. Cole Kmet- Bears

Running Back

  1. Jonathon Taylor- Colts                    
  2. Derrick Henry- Titans                      
  3. Christian McCaffery- Panthers      
  4. Dalvin Cook- Vikings                        
  5. Austin Ekeler- Chargers                   
  6. Najee Harris- Steelers                       
  7. Javonte Williams- Broncos              
  8. Joe Mixon- Bengals                           
  9. Alvin Kamara- Saints                         
  10.  D’Andre Swift- Lions 
  11. Nick Chubb- Browns
  12. Breece Hall- Jets
  13. Rashad Penny- Seahawks
  14. Aaron Jones- Packers
  15. Leonard Fournette- Bucs
  16. Antonio Gibson- Commanders  
  17. Cam Akers- Rams
  18. James Conner- Cardinals
  19. Miles Sanders- Eagles
  20. Elijah Mitchell- 49ers                     

Sleepers: Tony Pollard- Cowboys, Travis Etienne- Jaguars, AJ DIllon- Packers
Deep Sleepers: Khalil Herbert- Bears, Dameon Pierce- Texans, James Cook- Bills
Avoid: Saquon Barkley- Giants, David Montgomery- Bears, Josh Jacobs- Raiders, Ezekiel Elliott- Cowboys 

Wide Receiver 

  1. Cooper Kupp- Rams                    
  2. Jamaar Chase- Bengals               
  3. Justin Jefferson- Vikings             
  4. Davante Adams- Raiders            
  5. CeeDee Lamb- Cowboys             
  6. Stefon Diggs- Bills                         
  7. Keenan Allen- Chargers               
  8. Deebo Samuel- 49ers                 
  9. Tyreek Hill- Chiefs                          
  10.  DJ Moore- Panthers 
  11. AJ Brown- Eagles
  12. Tee Higgins- Bengals       
  13. Mike Evans- Bucs                  
  14. Michael Pittman- Colts        
  15. Terry McClauren- Comm.
  16. Jaylen Waddle- Dolphins
  17. Mike Williams- Chargers
  18. Dionte Johnson- Steelers
  19. Jerry Jeudy- Broncos 
  20. Cortland Sutton- Broncos
  21. Amon-Ra St. Brown- Lions
  22. JuJu Smith-Schuster- Chiefs
  23. Hunter Renfrow- Raiders
  24. DK Metcalfe- Seahawks                             

Sleepers: Allen Robinson- Rams, Russell Gage- Bucs, Michael Thomas- Saints, Chris Godwin- Bucs 
Deep Sleepers: Chris Olave- Saints, Christian Kirk- Jaguars, Wan ’Dale Robinson- Giants
Avoid: Chase Claypool Steelers, Adam Thielen- Vikings, Amari Cooper- Browns, Tyler Lockett- Seahawks Thanks for following along throughout the first edition of “Country Roads, Take Mahomes” and keep an eye out throughout the football season, as we will be back with more endeavors based around lining your pockets with the cash of your friends and family.      

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