The Buffalo Bills added some talent during the 2022 NFL Draft who should have a fantasy impact for this upcoming season. Before we dive into what impact these rookies could have on the Bills in 2022, let’s look back at last season.
Last season, we saw Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, and Dawson Knox establish themselves as top fantasy football options at their respective positions. Allen completed 63.3% of his passes for 4,407 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. He also ran 763 yards (career-high) and scored six touchdowns. Diggs had over 100 receptions for the second-straight year, along with 1,225 yards and 10 touchdowns. Lastly, Knox became a weekly starting option at tight end as he recorded 49 receptions for 587 yards and nine touchdowns.
This offseason, the Bills added veteran wide receiver Jamison Crowder on a one-year deal, who will be a solid option in the slot. They also signed tight end O.J. Howard to a one-year deal.
Bills 2022 Draft selections
No. 23 (via BAL): Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
No. 63: James Cook, RB, Georgia
No. 89: Terrel Bernard, LB, Baylor
No. 148: Khalil Shakir, WR, Boise State
No. 180: Matt Araiza, P, San Diego State
No. 185: Christian Benford, CB, Villanova
No. 209: Luke Tenuta, OT, Virginia Tech
No. 231: Baylon Spector, LB, Clemson
Fantasy football impact
The Bills waited until the end of the second round to address their inconsistent run game by selecting Georgia running back James Cook. The younger brother of Vikings All-Pro Dalvin Cook, James has the choice to emerge as the top rushing option in Buffalo this season. Splitting his carries with a committee of tailbacks in Athens, GA, he comes into the league with minimal wear and tear. Fantasy managers should look into using a late-round pick on the rookie.