We all know that the NFL is king when it comes to sports betting and fantasy football. However, in recent years, college football DFS contests have risen quite a bit in popularity.
Some DFS veterans have even found that fantasy college football is more beatable than NFL fantasy football. This is because there are 129 FBS college football teams instead of 32 NFL teams. If you can get a good feel for some of the smaller conferences, you can find some excellent sleeper picks.
Here are our current fantasy college football rankings for the 2022 season. Also, be sure to check out the writeups for our favorite players at each position above the rankings. It may be a good idea to target these names in the first few rounds of your 2022 draft, or in early-season DFS contests!
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QB Rankings for the 2022 Fantasy CFB Season
It seems like we get a new group of names at the top of these rankings every year, and this year is no exception. The one thing that doesn’t change is the schools at the top of this list. Oklahoma, Alabama, USC, and Ohio State are putting out a top fantasy quarterback every season.
Fantasy owners can add schools like Ole Miss and Louisville that run their quarterbacks like crazy to that list as well. This year’s QB class is once again loaded with top-tier talent.
Bryce Young, Alabama
Young lived up to the hype and then some in Tuscaloosa by bringing home the 2021 Heisman Trophy. The 6-foot 194 pounder threw for 4,872 yards and 47 touchdowns last season. After losing the title game to Georgia, you can bet that Young and the Crimson Tide will be out for blood in 2022. The only thing that may hurt Young’s production is a lack of experience at the wide receiver position.
C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
Many Buckeye fans thought that All-World recruit Quinn Ewers would win the starting job in training camp. However, Stroud proved all of the doubters wrong by putting together a fabulous 2021 season. The 6-3 215 pounder threw for 4,435 yards and 44 touchdowns while also leading the country in QBR. Ohio State lost Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson to the NFL Draft, but Stroud still has plenty of talented wideouts to throw to with guys like Jaxson Smith-Njigba and Marvin Harrison Jr. running deep routes.
Spencer Rattler, South Carolina
You just have to feel bad for Spencer Rattler. After entering 2021 as the Heisman favorite, he ended up losing his starting job to Caleb Williams. We expect that Rattler will bounce back in a big way in 2022 and that the change of scenery will help him. However, South Carolina is not a powerhouse program and Rattler could struggle early on against the speed of SEC defenses. Nevertheless, Rattler has all of the tools to be an excellent fantasy QB once again.
Caleb Williams, USC
Man, what a nightmare for Sooner fans. They not only lose Lincoln Riley but two insanely talented QBs (Rattler and Williams) to the transfer portal. Williams should be just fine at a place like USC, which churns out speedy wide receivers each and every season. The 6-1 218 pounder had a solid freshman season last year at OU, as he threw for 1,912 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also found the endzone 6 times on the ground.
|2||C.J. Stroud||QB||Ohio State|
|9||Will Rogers||QB||Mississippi State|
|10||Sam Hartman||QB||Wake Forest|
|13||Spencer Rattler||QB||South Carolina|
|14||Phil Jurkovec||QB||Boston College|
|15||Jaxson Dart||QB||Ole Miss|
|17||Adrian Martinez||QB||Kansas State|
|19||Grayson McCall||QB||Coastal Carolina|
|20||Jake Haener||QB||Fresno State|
Running Back Rankings for 2022 Fantasy Season
Times have changed around the country, with even powerhouse rushing schools either turning to a running back by committee or a full-blown spread scheme. Nevertheless, there is still plenty of talent at the top of the RB class for 2022. Here are a handful of players that we have our eyes on heading into this fantasy season.
Bijan Robinson, Texas
Second-year coach Steve Sarkisian has to be thrilled to have a talented back like Robinson at his disposal. Robinson rushed for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. The 6-foot 215 pounder also hauled in 4 touchdown receptions out of the backfield. Though he missed some of spring camp with an ankle injury, look for Robinson to possibly contend for the Heisman in 2022.
Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State
Doesn’t it seem like Deuce Vaughn has been at K-State for at least 5 years? Anyway, this kid had an incredible 2021 season by scoring 22 total touchdowns (18 rushing, 4 receiving). He also racked up nearly 1,900 yards from scrimmage. It’ll be interesting to see how well Vaughn does with Adrian Martinez as the QB this season.
Tank Bigsby, Auburn
It was an up and down season for the Tigers, but Tank Bigsby was one of the few bright spots for Bryan Harsin in 2021. Bigsby is a hard-nosed runner who rushed for 1,099 yards and 10 touchdowns last year. Since the O-line returns a lot of upperclassmen, expect Bigsby to have an even more productive 2022.
TreVeyon Henderson, Ohio State
Henderson has all the makings of a big-time NFL prospect. He has a thick lower half, and at 5-10 and 210 pounds is hard to bring to the ground. Henderson is coming off a phenomenal freshman season that saw him accumulate over 1,500 yards from scrimmage and 19 total touchdowns.
|2||Deuce Vaughn||RB||Kansas State|
|3||TreVeyon Henderson||RB||Ohio State|
|6||Jordan Mims||RB||Fresno State|
|10||Zach Evans||RB||Ole Miss|
|18||Chris Tyree||RB||Notre Dame|
|20||Devon Achane||RB||Texas A&M|
|23||Nicholas Singleton||RB||Penn State|
Probably the most difficult position to analyze in fantasy college football is wide receiver. Since the NCAA changed the transfer rule, it’s getting tougher to keep up with where everyone lands due to the transfer portal. Nevertheless, we feel we have isolated the 25 best wideouts in the country for 2022.
Below are a handful of wide receivers that we recommend college football fans and fantasy players alike familiarize themselves with ahead of the 2022 season.
Jaxson Smith-Njigba, Ohio State
Did you see the show this kid put on in The Rose Bowl against Utah? At 6-foot and 197 pounds, Smith-Njigba doesn’t have ideal size but he’s got plenty of speed to create separation. With CJ Stroud throwing to him and Olave and Wilson now in the NFL, the sky is the limit for Smith-Njigba in 2022.
Cedric Tillman, Tennessee
Tillman had a breakout year for the Vols in 2021 by catching 64 passes for 1,081 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Josh Heupel’s up-tempo offense means that Tillman could have another huge year in 2022. It also doesn’t hurt that veteran QB Hendon Hooker is returning to Knoxville.
Jermaine Burton, Alabama
With Jameson Williams and John Metchie headed to the NFL, Burton is now the main man at wideout for the Crimson Tide. The fact that he transferred to Alabama shortly after winning a national championship with Georgia makes for an interesting story. Burton didn’t put up eye-popping numbers for the Bulldogs in 2021, but with the reigning Heisman winner throwing to him in 2022, a 1,000-yard receiving season isn’t out of the question.
Milton Wright, Purdue
Now that David Bell has moved on to the NFL, Wright is now Aidan O’Connell’s new favorite target. The 6-3 195 pounder had a decent season in 2021, even with Bell getting most of the targets. Wright racked up 732 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns a year ago. In Jeff Brohm’s high-flying offense, Wright could double those numbers in 2022.
|1||Jaxson Smith-Njigba||WR||Ohio State|
|6||AT Perry||WR||Wake Forest|
|7||Myles Price||WR||Texas Tech|
|8||Stefan Cobbs||WR||Boise State|
|9||Zay Flowers||WR||Boston College|
|12||Dante Cephus||WR||Kent State|
|13||Jayden Reed||WR||Michigan State|
|15||Dante Wright||WR||Colorado State|
|16||Marvin Harrison Jr||WR||Ohio State|
|17||Josh Downs||WR||North Carolina|
|18||Zay Flowers||WR||Boston College|
|20||De’Zhaun Stripling||WR||Washington State|
|21||Jalen Cropper||WR||Fresno State|
|23||Sam Pinckney||WR||Coastal Carolina|
|24||Jonathan Mingo||WR||Ole Miss|