The 192 players who should be rostered

by Ricardo Gutierrez - "The 192" is designed to rank the players who should be drafted in 12-team leagues, divided into tiers.

Aug 23, 2022 Mike ClayESPN Writer Close Fantasy football, NFL analyst for Member of Pro Football Writers of America Founding director of Pro Football Focus Fantasy 2013 FSTA award winner for most accurate preseason rankings We're closing in on the start of the 2022 NFL regular season, which means it's time for one last run of "The 192." What is "The 192?" Fantasy leagues come in all shapes and sizes, but many have settled into the vicinity of 12 teams and 16 roster spots. "The 192" is a list of the 192 players who should be drafted (and thus rostered) in a 12-team, 16-round, PPR league with relatively standard scoring and lineup settings. The players are technically listed in the order they should be drafted, though it's important to remember that drafts are fluid and your decisions should be altered based on what's left on the board and your previous selections. It's your league. Run it how you want. Choose your league size, customize the scoring and set the rules you want to follow in order to create the fantasy football league you want to play in. Create your custom league for free! What if you're in an eight-team league? Or a 16-teamer? "The 192" can still help you win, but you'll certainly need to make tweaks in the middle-to-late rounds. For example, in a smaller league, you may want to wait even longer at quarterback because the position is so deep. In deeper leagues, running backs and tight ends should be more of a priority, as those positions lack depth and could leave you with a weak spot if you wait too long. "The 192" should serve as a simple guide to help you maximize the value of your starting lineup while making the best possible decision in each round. For a deeper look, check out Cheat Sheet Central , as well as round-by-round analysis via my Ultimate Draft Board . 1. Jonathan Taylor , IND, RB1 Analysis: The defending top-scoring fantasy RB, 23-year-old Taylor is positioned for another gigantic workload and is rightfully the first overall pick in most drafts. 2. Christian McCaffrey , CAR, RB2 3. Cooper Kupp , LAR, WR1 Analysis: McCaffrey's injury struggles are well documented, but he's still in his prime at age 26 and well worth the risk considering his high floor and massive ceiling. Kupp is back for more after pacing the wide receiver position in fantasy points by 96 in 2021. 4. Austin Ekeler , LAC, RB3 5. Justin Jefferson , MIN, WR2 6. Ja'Marr Chase , CIN, WR3 7. Derrick Henry , TEN, RB4 8. Najee Harris , PIT, RB5 Analysis: If you're picking in the middle of the first round, you'll have your choice of a feature/elite back (Ekeler, Henry, Harris) or the remaining wide receivers from this year's "Big 3" at the position (Jefferson, Chase). 9. Alvin Kamara , NO, RB6 10. Dalvin Cook , MIN, RB7 11. Davante Adams , LV, WR4 12. Deebo Samuel , SF, WR5 13. Stefon Diggs , BUF, WR6 14. Joe Mixon , CIN, RB8 15. D'Andre Swift , DET, RB9 16. CeeDee Lamb , DAL, WR7 17. Tyreek Hill , MIA, WR8 18. Leonard Fournette , TB, RB10 Analysis: Kamara is on the rise following Adam Schefter's report that a suspension during the upcoming season seems unlikely. He joins Cook, Mixon, Swift and underrated Fournette as viable Round 2 targets. Adams, Samuel, Diggs, Lamb and Hill fill out a strong top eight at the wide receiver position. 19. Mark Andrews , BAL, TE1 20. Javonte Williams , DEN, RB11 21. Travis Kelce , KC, TE2 22. James Conner , ARI, RB12 23. Aaron Jones , GB, RB13 24. Keenan Allen , LAC, WR9 25. Tee Higgins , CIN, WR10 26. Mike Evans , TB, WR11 27. DJ Moore , CAR, WR12 Analysis: Andrews is coming off a career year in which he paced all tight ends in fantasy points. He and Kelce are fine targets near the Round 2/3 turn. This tier covers the remaining RB1 and WR1 options, including intriguing breakout candidate Williams. 28. Cam Akers , LAR, RB14 29. Saquon Barkley , NYG, RB15 30. Michael Pittman Jr ., IND, WR13 31. A.J. Brown , PHI, WR14 32. Terry McLaurin , WAS, WR15 33. Nick Chubb , CLE, RB16 34. Diontae Johnson , PIT, WR16 35. Jaylen Waddle , MIA, WR17 36. Mike Williams , LAC, WR18 37. Brandin Cooks , HOU, WR19 38. Kyle Pitts , ATL, TE3 Analysis: This tier includes your top No. 2 options at running back and wide receiver. Akers and Chubb are even better investments in non-PPR formats. Pittman, Brown, McLaurin and Johnson are primed for major volume with new quarterbacks this season. Pitts has elite upside, so he's worth a look at the Round 3/4 turn. 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Jeudy and Sutton are fun options in this tier with Russell Wilson under center in Denver. Davis is a sleeper to lead the NFL in receiving TDs while playing with Allen this season. Keep an eye on Godwin's health leading into Week 1, but he'll be a steal this late if he's a "full go" in September. Mahomes and Herbert fill out this year's "Big 3" at QB. 55. Josh Jacobs , LV, RB22 56. Elijah Mitchell , SF, RB23 57. Miles Sanders , PHI, RB24 58. Devin Singletary , BUF, RB25 59. Antonio Gibson , WAS, RB26 60. Darren Waller , LV, TE4 61. George Kittle , SF, TE5 62. Lamar Jackson , BAL, QB4 63. Kyler Murray , ARI, QB5 64. Amari Cooper , CLE, WR28 65. Michael Thomas , NO, WR29 66. Allen Robinson II , LAR, WR30 67. Hunter Renfrow , LV, WR31 68. JuJu Smith-Schuster , KC, WR32 69. Adam Thielen , MIN, WR33 70. Rashod Bateman , BAL, WR34 71. Drake London , ATL, WR35 72. Tyler Lockett , SEA, WR36 73. DeVonta Smith , PHI, WR37 74. Elijah Moore , NYJ, WR38 75. Kadarius Toney , NYG, WR39 Analysis: The tiers are getting larger as we progress toward the middle rounds. We're also approaching the RB dead zone, with Jacobs, Gibson and Singletary facing more competition this season (Mitchell and Sanders -- who I'd argue is undervalued -- may as well). This tier is also highlighted by a ton of boom/bust wide receivers, including veterans Cooper (no Deshaun Watson for 11 games), Thomas (29 years old and missed most of the past two seasons), Robinson (29 years old and coming off a poor 2021), Smith-Schuster (is he the Chiefs' new No. 1 WR?), Thielen (the rare fantasy-relevant 32-year-old) and Lockett (adios, Wilson). This tier also includes some intriguing breakout receivers, led by Bateman, London, Smith, Moore and Toney. 76. Jalen Hurts , PHI, QB6 77. Dalton Schultz , DAL, TE6 78. T.J. Hockenson , DET, TE7 79. Clyde Edwards-Helaire , KC, RB27 80. Kareem Hunt , CLE, RB28 81. Rhamondre Stevenson , NE, RB29 82. Damien Harris , NE, RB30 83. Cordarrelle Patterson , ATL, RB31 84. Tony Pollard , DAL, RB32 85. Chase Edmonds , MIA, RB33 86. AJ Dillon , GB, RB34 Analysis: This is a good range to go tight end shopping, as Schultz and Hockenson are fine midrange TE1 plays who won't cost you much. This area also includes back-end RB starters with some slight appeal, as well as a bunch of No. 2/committee backs sure to see plenty of work. In an ideal world, these backs are on your bench to begin the season. Hurts' ceiling is that of the No. 1 scorer at QB, so don't be afraid to take a shot on him. 87. Dallas Goedert , PHI, TE8 88. Zach Ertz , ARI, TE9 89. Dak Prescott , DAL, QB7 90. Tom Brady , TB, QB8 91. Aaron Rodgers , GB, QB9 92. Russell Wilson, DEN, QB10 93. Joe Burrow , CIN, QB11 94. Matthew Stafford , LAR, QB12 95. Christian Kirk , JAC, WR40 96. Allen Lazard , GB, WR41 97. Brandon Aiyuk , SF, WR42 98. Garrett Wilson , NYJ, WR43 99. Robert Woods , TEN, WR44 100. DeAndre Hopkins , ARI, WR45 101. Chase Claypool , PIT, WR46 102. Chris Olave , NO, WR47 Analysis: If you're still waiting on tight end, ex-teammates Goedert and Ertz aren't bad fallback options. I feel there is a tier of 12 good/safe QB1 options this year, so you can feel free to wait until the position dries up a bit before striking. I don't see a major difference between any of these QBs, which makes sense considering five of the six were top-eight scorers in 2021 (Wilson, who missed three games, is the exception). Hopkins' six-game suspension (nearly half of the fantasy regular season) is why he's buried here. Kirk, Lazard and Woods should settle in as their team's No. 1 wide receiver early on this season, whereas first-round rookies Wilson and Olave are intriguing-upside dart throws. Kickoff is coming soon! Sign up for ESPN Fantasy Football today. Play for free 103. Trey Lance , SF, QB13 104. Rashaad Penny , SEA, RB35 105. Dameon Pierce , HOU, RB36 106. James Robinson , JAC, RB37 107. James Cook , BUF, RB38 108. Kenneth Walker III , SEA, RB39 109. Pat Freiermuth , PIT, TE10 110. Cole Kmet , CHI, TE11 111. Jakobi Meyers , NE, WR48 112. Russell Gage , TB, WR49 113. Marquez Valdes-Scantling , KC, WR50 114. Kenny Golladay , NYG, WR51 115. Skyy Moore , KC, WR52 116. Tyler Boyd , CIN, WR53 117. Treylon Burks , TEN, WR54 Analysis: I mentioned that there are 12 quarterbacks I'm comfortable with as my Week 1 starter, but Lance certainly has QB1 upside ... and his rushing prowess supplies a decent floor. Rookie RBs Cook, Walker and Pierce have a path to considerable workloads and make for good bench holds. Freiermuth is a solid sleeper after scoring the 10th-most fantasy points ever by a rookie TE in 2021. 118. Michael Carter , NYJ, RB40 119. Melvin Gordon III , DEN, RB41 120. Nyheim Hines , IND, RB42 121. Brian Robinson , WAS, RB43 122. Derek Carr , LV, QB14 123. Kirk Cousins , MIN, QB15 124. Hunter Henry , NE, TE12 125. Mike Gesicki , MIA, TE13 126. Dawson Knox , BUF, TE14 Analysis: Carr and Cousins are among this year's top QB2 options, though both lack a high ceiling. Gesicki, Henry and Knox wrap up your best starting options at TE in 12- and 14-team leagues. The veteran backs listed here will play a role every week, but all three have significant competition for touches and lack standalone upside as a result. Robinson is trending up and will be a major value if he cements himself above Antonio Gibson on the depth chart. 127. Trevor Lawrence , JAC, QB16 128. Tua Tagovailoa , MIA, QB17 129. Justin Fields , CHI, QB18 130. Jahan Dotson , WAS, WR55 131. DJ Chark , DET, WR56 132. Jarvis Landry , NO, WR57 133. Joshua Palmer , LAC, WR58 134. Robbie Anderson , CAR, WR59 135. Marvin Jones Jr ., JAC, WR60 136. DeVante Parker , NE, WR61 137. Noah Fant , SEA, TE15 138. Irv Smith Jr ., MIN, TE16 139. David Njoku , CLE, TE17 140. Tyler Higbee , LAR, TE18 Analysis: If you waited at QB or are eyeing a breakout candidate, youngsters Lawrence, Tagovailoa and Fields should top your queue in this range. Rookie Dotson and second-year man Palmer lead the breakout candidates at WR in this tier, though there are also a few fine veteran plays in Chark, Landry, Anderson, Jones and Parker. 141. J.D. McKissic , WAS, RB44 142. Raheem Mostert , MIA, RB45 143. Marlon Mack , HOU, RB46 144. Alexander Mattison , MIN, RB47 145. Darrell Henderson Jr ., LAR, RB48 146. Jamaal Williams , DET, RB49 147. Kenneth Gainwell , PHI, RB50 148. Isaiah Spiller , LAC, RB51 149. Khalil Herbert , CHI, RB52 150. Tyler Allgeier , ATL, RB53 151. Jalen Tolbert , DAL, WR62 152. Rondale Moore , ARI, WR63 153. Mecole Hardman , KC, WR64 154. Michael Gallup , DAL, WR65 155. Nico Collins , HOU, WR66 156. Julio Jones , TB, WR67 157. George Pickens , PIT, WR68 158. Van Jefferson , LAR, WR69 159. Curtis Samuel , WAS, WR70 160. Wan'Dale Robinson , NYG, WR71 161. Christian Watson , GB, WR72 162. Jameson Williams , DET, WR73 163. Alec Pierce , IND, WR74 164. Evan Engram , JAC, TE19 165. Austin Hooper , TEN, TE20 166. Hayden Hurst , CIN, TE21 167. Daniel Jones , NYG, QB19 168. Carson Wentz , WAS, QB20 Analysis: This tier winds down the skill-position players in 10- and 12-team leagues. This group includes some of the top insurance RBs, including Mattison, Henderson, Williams, Gainwell, Spiller, Herbert and Allgeier. We also have a ton of intriguing dart throws at wide receiver, including rookies (Tolbert, Pickens, Robinson, Watson, Williams, Pierce), second-year players (Moore, Collins) and veterans in potentially good spots (Gallup, Hardman, Jones, Jefferson, Samuel). Editor's Picks 2 Related 169. Bills D/ST, BUF, DST1 170. Saints D/ST, NO, DST2 171. Packers D/ST, GB, DST3 172. Ravens D/ST, BAL, DST4 173. Buccaneers D/ST, TB, DST5 174. 49ers D/ST, SF, DST6 175. Cowboys D/ST, DAL, DST7 176. Colts D/ST, IND, DST8 177. Steelers D/ST, PIT, DST9 178. Commanders D/ST, WAS, DST10 179. Chargers D/ST, LAC, DST11 180. Dolphins D/ST, MIA, DST12 181. Justin Tucker , BAL, K1 182. Evan McPherson , CIN, K2 183. Matt Gay , LAR, K3 184. Harrison Butker , KC, K4 185. Daniel Carlson , LV, K5 186. Brandon McManus , DEN, K6 187. Nick Folk , NE, K7 188. Tyler Bass , BUF, K8 189. Matt Prater , ARI, K9 190. Graham Gano , NYG, K10 191. Greg Joseph , MIN, K11 192. Jake Elliott , PHI, K12 Analysis: Wait until your final two selections to select your kicker and defense.