“In the Scope” is a unique weekly article focused on getting ahead of the 2022 fantasy football waiver wire by recommending less-coveted free agent options. Hopefully, our staff was able to help readers save some Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB) and waiver priority as they pushed for a title. With most leagues crowning championships last week, this edition will highlight our best calls of the season, naming our 2022 All-In-the-Scope Team as a result.
Finishes reflect Points Per reception (PPR) redraft fantasy football leagues. Weeks highlight the week targeted as an “In the Scope” candidate.
2022 All-In-the-Scope Team
• QB: Daniel Jones (New York Giants) | QB7 – Week 6
• RB: Jerick McKinnon (Kansas City Chiefs) | RB20 – Weeks 3 & 11
• RB: Rachaad White (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) | RB34 – Week 10
• WR: Donovan Peoples-Jones (Cleveland Browns) | WR36 – Week 7
• WR: Isaiah Hodgins (New York Giants) | WR69 – Week 15
• TE: Taysom Hill (New Orleans Saints) | TE8 – Week 2
• FLEX: James Cook (Buffalo Bills) | RB44 – Week 12
• Bench: Juwan Johnson (New Orleans Saints) | TE 11 – Week 10
• Bench: Chuba Hubbard (Carolina Panthers) | RB54 – Week 14
• Bench: Rashid Shaheed (New Orleans Saints) | WR77 – Weeks 14 & 16
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Daniel Jones (QB, New York Giants)
Under the direction of new head coach Brian Daboll, Daniel Jones posted career-bests in yardage totals (both rushing and receiving) and interception rate (1.1 percent). His efficiency as a passer, combined with his 700-plus yards and seven rushing TDs, helped him finish as the QB7. He scored 36.2 fantasy points in Week 17 and only scored single digits twice all year, never falling below nine points. This made him a league-winner and someone we were on early.
Jerick McKinnon (RB, Kansas City Chiefs)
We highlighted Jerick McKinnon as a free agent option twice this season. You wound up with the PPR RB1 over the last month of the season – in part, thanks to his seven total TDs scored – if you listened the second time.
Rachaad White (RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Rachaad White was the PPR RB16 following Tampa Bay’s Week 11 bye. He never crossed the 20 PPR-point threshold, but his receiving ability kept his floor safe.
Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR, Cleveland Browns)
It wasn’t always pretty for the Cleveland Browns and Donovan Peoples-Jones this season, but he finished with 10 games of double-digit PPR points. From Week 6 on, he was a high-end WR3 (PPR WR28). His scoring left some to be desired (four total TDs), but he was a steady producer for teams throughout the majority of the year. Yet his rostership percentage on ESPN finished at below 50 percent.
Isaiah Hodgins (WR, New York Giants)
Isaiah Hodgins was a pleasant surprise for fantasy managers in the back half of the season. He was consequently pushed into the spotlight thanks to a slew of injuries in the Giants’ wide receiver corps. The former Buffalo Bill made the most of his opportunity, landing as the overall PPR WR13 over the final five weeks.
Taysom Hill (TE, New Orleans Saints)
It was tough to fully ever trust Taysom Hill this season with his Swiss Army role in the Saints’ offense. However, he still dropped 33.1 PPR points in Week 4 and was the PPR TE9 throughout the fantasy football playoffs. The wild part about it is that he did it by being targeted just 12 times this season. The converted QB compiled 551 rushing yards and seven rushing TDs on 91 carries. Hill added two receiving TDs and two rushing scores, further adding to the folklore.
James Cook (RB, Buffalo Bills)
Rostering James Cook in the back half of the season was a wild ride, but the rookie had two top-13 PPR RB finishes after we targeted him. Fantasy managers saw the upside of Dalvin Cook‘s younger brother and could have used him as a worthwhile FLEX more times than not down the stretch.
Juwan Johnson (TE, New Orleans Saints)
Juwan Johnson was another anomaly at TE for the New Orleans Saints. The third-year man scored double-digit PPR points in five of his last seven active games. He was the PPR TE9 from Week 9-on. The only issue was that he had two games in the stretch that certainly killed anyone who played him, totaling zero and 1.9 PPR points, in Weeks 12 and 16, respectfully.
Chuba Hubbard (RB, Carolina Panthers)
Chuba Hubbard was a serviceable PPR RB2 over the last month of the season (PPR RB16). The ceiling wasn’t necessarily very high, maxing out at 18.9 PPR points. However, he never left fantasy managers hanging, bottoming out at 8.5 PPR points in Week 17.
Rashid Shaheed (WR, New Orleans Saints)
The New Orleans Saints were a mess this season. However, we did get a pleasant, late-season sleeper surprise in wide receiver Rashid Shaheed. The rookie pass-catcher managed three performances of double-digit PPR points in his past four games. That was good enough for the PPR WR25 on a points-per-game basis during that final stretch.
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