Best Fantasy Player by Position from the 2021-22 NFL Season

Published by Nicholas Berault on May 6, 2022

Need a quick fantasy refresher before your upcoming draft? Let's look at the Best Fantasy Player by Position from the 2021-22 NFL Season. We'll also cover the biggest surprises in fantasy football from last year.

Best Players Of The 2021-22 Season By Position

Quarterback: Josh Allen

Allen threw for 4,407 yards and 36 Touchdowns and ran for 763 yards and 6 Touchdowns. He scored a grand total of 417.58 points in half-point PPR leagues, which is an average of around 25 points per game.

Allen is certain to be one of the first three QBs off the board next year. The scary thing is that he's still improving as an NFL QB!

Running Back: Jonathan Taylor

No surprise here as the best RB in the league finished with a total of 353.1 points for an average of 20.8 per game, easily the first running back off the board next season.

Taylor's final stats on the season were 1,811 Yards on the ground and 18 TDs. In the receiving game, he accounted for 40 catches, 360 yards, and 2 Touchdowns.

Wide Receiver: Cooper Kupp

The Rams All-Pro wideout had a great season as he caught 145 balls for 1947 yards and 16 touchdowns. He even added 4 rushing attempts for 18 yards as well. He scored a total of 367 points which averaged out to around 21.6 per game.

Kupp is likely to be the top WR off the board in most drafts. He is always a great stack option with Matt Stafford as his Quarterback.

Tight End: Mark Andrews

The favorite pass catcher of Ravens QB Lamar Jackson unsurprisingly topped the league in fantasy points. He accounted for 247.6 points, for an average of 14.6 per game at the tight end position.

Andrews' totals for the year include 1,361 yards and 9 touchdowns, even without Jackson at QB for the last 4 games of the season. He'll easily be one of the top 2 Tight Ends off the board next season.

Biggest Surprises Of The 2021-22 Season By Position

Quarterback: Joe Burrow

Burrow's average draft position was 124th, he finished as the 8th best quarterback last season but was the 15th taken off the board. He accounted for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns in the air.

To go along with his passing numbers he ran for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns as well, all while leading the Bengals to a division title in the process. Burrow also won the comeback player of the year award as well.

Running Back: James Connor

James Conner enjoyed a career resurgence year and was a part of the Arizona Cardinals. He didn’t rack up much yardage only rushing for 752 yards, but he was a menace in the red zone as he found the endzone 15 times this season in just 15 games.

Connor's average draft position was 117th as he was the 37th running back taken off the board. However, he would go on to finish 5th in half-point PPR leagues. However it’s hard to tell if this will be permanent or just a one-year wonder, so you may be able to get him as a steal in next year's draft.

Wide Receiver: Deebo Samuel

The 49ers utility man was easily the biggest surprise of the 2021 season. Samuel wasn’t even in the top 30 for wide receivers before the season and he finished at number 2, just behind Cooper Kupp. Deebo truly did it all last year as he accounted for a total of 77 catches, 1400 yards, and 6 touchdowns, meanwhile running the ball he added 365 yards and 8 more touchdowns.

Samuel is a perfect fit within Kyle Shanahan's offense and he will be a huge addition to any lineup next year as a likely WR1 or WR2. His play is a big reason why San Francisco made the playoffs. Surprisingly though, Samuel has asked to be traded so there's no telling where he'll wind up once the 2022 season kicks off.

Tight End: Dalton Schultz

The big Dallas Cowboys Tight End had an average draft position of 215 and he was the 39th Tight End to be selected on average. A lot of people were kicking themselves when Schultz ended up finishing as the third-best Tight End in the .5 PPR leagues this season. He averaged ten points a game on his way to 170 points total as he had a breakout season for the Cowboys.

Schultz is a secret no more as he will likely shoot up everybody's draft boards going into next season. His totals for the season include 78 catches, 808 yards, and 8 touchdowns, as he helped the Cowboys to an NFC East crown.


Nicholas Berault

Nicholas Berault is a Penn State grad that covers season long and daily fantasy sports for EatWatchDraft. Nicholas also covers sports betting with EatWatchBet and his past work has been featured on FantasyPros.

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