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Best Ball Rankings: Updated List of Top 250 Players in 2022

  • Zach Cohen
  • May 18, 2022
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Who doesn’t love drafts? The NFL Draft is awesome, but in this post, we’re talking about fantasy football. Specifically, we’re ranking the top 250 players in best-ball leagues. If you already play best ball, keep scrolling for my updated rankings. If you’re not sure what  best ball is, read on.

Best ball is the hottest fantasy football format right now. Fantasy managers draft their team, and that’s it. No need to worry about setting lineups; the system does it for you. Following the slate of games, the highest-scoring players are automatically slotted into your starting lineup. In most best-ball leagues, there are no defenses or kickers. A downside is there are typically no transactions, though some leagues have modified this. Still, the roster depth of most leagues tends to offset most in-season issues. 

From a strategic standpoint, this places more value on players with higher ceilings. For example, Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams had a roller coaster of a season in 2021. He posted seven games of eight or fewer points in PPR formats, which isn’t good. However, he had eight games of 16+ points, five of which eclipsed the 22-point mark. You would’ve been greatly rewarded for Williams’ huge weeks in best ball. For his down weeks, teams that rostered Williams had anywhere from, say, four to seven other receivers to fill Williams’ void at no penalty. It makes targeting players with higher ceilings over players with higher floors the better strategy in best ball. Of course, it’s wise to roster both types of players, and you’ll see a good mix of both in my top-250 best-ball players for the 2022-2023 NFL season.

These rankings will be updated once more prior to the season to reflect any moves, including potential trades.

Note: Most best ball leagues use half-PPR scoring, so these rankings reflect that format.

Fantasy Football Best-Ball Rankings: Top 250 for 2022

  1. Jonathan Taylor, RB, IND
  2. Derrick Henry, RB, TEN
  3. Austin Ekeler, RB, LAC
  4. Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR
  5. Cooper Kupp, WR, LAR
  6. Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN
  7. Najee Harris, RB, PIT
  8. Ja’Marr Chase, WR, CIN
  9. Justin Jefferson, WR, MIN
  10. Joe Mixon, RB, CIN
  11. Alvin Kamara, RB, NO
  12. D’Andre Swift, RB, DET
  13. Deebo Samuel, WR, SF
  14. Davante Adams, WR, LV
  15. CeeDee Lamb, WR, DAL
  16. Stefon Diggs, WR, BUF
  17. Leonard Fournette, RB, TB
  18. Nick Chubb, RB, CLE
  19. David Montgomery, RB, CHI
  20. Mark Andrews, TE, BAL
  21. Travis Kelce, TE, KC
  22. Javonte Williams, RB, DEN
  23. James Conner, RB, ARI
  24. Tyreek Hill, WR, MIA
  25. Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT
  26. Keenan Allen, WR, LAC
  27. Mike Evans, WR, TB
  28. Aaron Jones, RB, GB
  29. A.J. Brown, WR, PHI
  30. Kyle Pitts, TE, ATL
  31. Saquon Barkley, RB, NYG
  32. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
  33. George Kittle, TE, SF
  34. Michael Pittman Jr., WR, IND
  35. Mike Williams, WR, LAC
  36. Josh Allen, QB, BUF
  37. Jaylen Waddle, WR, MIA
  38. Justin Herbert, QB, LAC
  39. Lamar Jackson, QB, BAL
  40. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, ARI
  41. Chris Godwin, WR, TB
  42. Patrick Mahomes, QB, KC
  43. Antonio Gibson, RB, WAS
  44. Darren Waller, TE, LV
  45. Amari Cooper, WR, CLE
  46. Courtland Sutton, WR, DEN
  47. D.J. Moore, WR, CAR
  48. Tee Higgins, WR, CIN
  49. Jalen Hurts, QB, PHI
  50. D.K. Metcalf, WR, SEA
  51. Terry McLaurin, WR, WAS
  52. Cordarrelle Patterson, RB/WR, ATL
  53. Elijah Mitchell, RB, SF
  54. Brandin Cooks, WR, HOU
  55. Marquise Brown, WR, ARI
  56. Brandon Aiyuk, WR, SF
  57. Darnell Mooney, WR, CHI
  58. Rashod Bateman, WR, BAL
  59. Kyler Murray, QB, ARI
  60. Treylon Burks, WR, TEN
  61. Drake London, WR, ATL
  62. Jerry Jeudy, WR, DEN
  63. A.J. Dillon, RB, GB
  64. Josh Jacobs, RB, LV
  65. Travis Etienne, RB, JAX
  66. Amon-Ra St Brown, WR, DET
  67. Hunter Renfrow, WR, LV
  68. Deshaun Watson, QB, CLE
  69. Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
  70. Allen Robinson, WR, LAR
  71. Elijah Moore, WR, NYJ
  72. Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
  73. Kenneth Walker, RB, SEA
  74. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, KC
  75. Miles Sanders, RB, PHI
  76. Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
  77. Joe Burrow, QB, CIN
  78. Russell Wilson, QB, DEN
  79. T.J. Hockenson, TE, DET
  80. J.K. Dobbins, RB, BAL
  81. Cam Akers, RB, LAR
  82. Breece Hall, RB, NYJ
  83. Tom Brady, QB, TB
  84. Matthew Stafford, QB, LAR
  85. Christian Watson, WR, GB
  86. Skyy Moore, WR, KC
  87. Gabriel Davis, WR, BUF
  88. Michael Thomas, WR, NO
  89. Dallas Goedert, TE, PHI
  90. Allen Lazard, WR, GB
  91. Adam Thielen, WR, MIN
  92. Trey Lance, QB, SF
  93. Rashaad Penny, RB, SEA
  94. Damien Harris, RB, NE
  95. James Robinson, RB, JAX
  96. Kareem Hunt, RB, CLE
  97. Melvin Gordon, RB, DEN
  98. Garrett Wilson, WR, NYJ
  99. Michael Gallup, WR, DAL
  100. Christian Kirk, WR, JAX
  101. Russell Gage, WR, TB
  102. Chase Claypool, WR, PIT
  103. Derek Carr, QB, LV
  104. Dawson Knox, TE, BUF
  105. Pat Freiermuth, TE, PIT
  106. Dalton Schultz, TE, DAL
  107. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, KC
  108. Chris Olave, WR, NO
  109. Jameson Williams, WR, DET
  110. Tyler Allgeier, RB, ATL
  111. Dameon Pierce, RB, HOU
  112. Kadarius Toney, WR, NYG
  113. DeVonta Smith, WR, PHI
  114. Kenny Golladay, WR, NYG
  115. Tyler Boyd, WR, CIN
  116. D.J. Chark, WR, DET
  117. Ronald Jones, RB, KC
  118. Tony Pollard, RB, DAL
  119. James Cook, RB, BUF
  120. Devin Singletary, RB, BUF
  121. Chase Edmonds, RB, MIA
  122. Michael Carter, RB, NYJ
  123. Zach Ertz, TE, ARI
  124. Mike Gesicki, TE, MIA
  125. Jahan Dotson, WR, WAS
  126. Corey Davis, WR, NYJ
  127. Jakobi Meyers, WR, NE
  128. Kirk Cousins, QB, MIN
  129. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, MIA
  130. Rob Gronkowski, TE, UFA
  131. Hunter Henry, TE, NE
  132. Tyler Higbee, TE, LAR
  133. Jamaal Williams, RB, DET
  134. Nyheim Hines, RB, IND
  135. Jalen Tolbert, WR, DAL
  136. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, KC
  137. Robert Woods, WR, TEN
  138. Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, DEN
  139. Cole Kmet, TE, CHI
  140. Alexander Mattison, RB, MIN
  141. Chuba Hubbard, RB, CAR
  142. Kenneth Gainwell, RB, PHI
  143. Eno Benjamin, RB, ARI
  144. Rex Burkhead, RB, HOU
  145. Jarvis Landry, WR, NO
  146. John Metchie III, WR, HOU
  147. George Pickens, WR, PIT
  148. Jalen Guyton, WR, LAC
  149. Justin Fields, QB, CHI
  150. Darrell Henderson, RB, LAR
  151. Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, NE
  152. Raheem Mostert, RB, MIA
  153. DeVante Parker, WR, NE
  154. K.J. Osborn, WR, MIN
  155. Bryan Edwards, WR, ATL
  156. Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, CLE
  157. Cedrick Wilson, WR, MIA
  158. Rondale Moore, WR, ARI
  159. Devin Duvernay, WR, BAL
  160. Auden Tate, WR, ATL
  161. Sony Michel, RB, MIA
  162. J.D. McKissic, RB, WAS
  163. Jameis Winston, QB, NO
  164. Matt Ryan, QB, IND
  165. Ryan Tannehill, QB, TEN
  166. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, UFA
  167. Robby Anderson, WR, CAR
  168. Velus Jones Jr., WR, CHI
  169. Marvin Jones, WR, JAX
  170. Logan Thomas, TE, WAS
  171. David Njoku, TE, CLE
  172. Zach Wilson, QB, NYJ
  173. Trevor Lawrence, QB, JAX
  174. Rachaad White, RB, TB
  175. Kyren Williams, RB, LAR
  176. Isaiah Spiller, RB, LAC
  177. Tyrion Davis-Price, RB, SF
  178. Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, NYG
  179. Alec Pierce, WR, IND
  180. Joshua Palmer, WR, LAC
  181. Van Jefferson, WR, LAR
  182. Romeo Doubs, WR, GB
  183. Jared Goff, QB, DET
  184. Marcus Mariota, QB, ATL
  185. Davis Mills, QB, HOU
  186. Khalil Herbert, RB, CHI
  187. Zamir White, RB, LV
  188. Brian Robinson Jr, RB, WAS
  189. Marlon Mack, RB, HOU
  190. Sterling Shepard, WR, NYG
  191. Danny Gray, WR, SF
  192. Isaiah McKenzie, WR, BUF
  193. David Bell, WR, CLE
  194. Irv Smith Jr., TE, MIN
  195. Gerald Everett, TE, LAC
  196. Mark Ingram, RB, NO
  197. D’Onta Foreman, RB, CAR
  198. Daniel Jones, QB, NYG
  199. Carson Wentz, QB, WAS
  200. Mac Jones, QB, NE
  201. Tim Patrick, WR, DEN
  202. Curtis Samuel, WR, WAS
  203. Nico Collins, WR, HOU
  204. Laviska Shenault, WR, JAX
  205. Sammy Watkins, WR, GB
  206. Robert Tonyan, TE, GB
  207. Hayden Hurst, TE, CIN
  208. Zack Moss, RB, BUF
  209. Gus Edwards, RB, BAL
  210. Trey Sermon, RB, SF 
  211. Austin Hooper, TE, TEN
  212. Noah Fant, TE, SEA
  213. C.J. Uzomah, TE, NYJ
  214. Chris Carson, RB, SEA
  215. Kenyan Drake, RB, LV
  216. Kenny Pickett, QB, PIT
  217. Mitchell Trubisky, QB, PIT
  218. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, SF
  219. Damien Williams, RB, ATL
  220. James White, RB, NE
  221. D’Ernest Johnson, RB, CLE
  222. James Washington, WR, DAL
  223. Kendrick Bourne, WR, NE
  224. Braxton Berrios, WR, NYJ
  225. Evan Engram, TE, JAX
  226. Mo Alie-Cox, TE, IND
  227. Taysom Hill, TE, NO
  228. Byron Pringle, WR, CHI
  229. Mecole Hardman, WR, KC
  230. Brevin Jordan, TE, HOU
  231. Cameron Brate, TE, TB
  232. Khalil Shakir, WR, BUF
  233. Randall Cobb, WR, GB
  234. Marquez Callaway, WR, NO
  235. A.J. Green, WR, ARI
  236. Nelson Agholor, WR, NE
  237. Chris Evans, RB, CIN
  238. Will Fuller, WR, UFA
  239. Julio Jones, WR, UFA
  240. Justyn Ross, WR, KC
  241. Tyquan Thornton, WR, NE
  242. K.J. Hamler, WR, DEN
  243. Parris Campbell, WR, IND
  244. Josh Reynolds, WR, DET
  245. Sam Darnold, QB, CAR
  246. Baker Mayfield, QB, CLE
  247. Desmond Ridder, QB, ATL
  248. Malik Willis, QB, TEN
  249. Jamal Agnew, WR, JAX
  250. Jakeem Grant, WR, CLE

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