Drake London or Treylon Burks: Who’s the easier fable draft select New York Giants blouse in 2022?

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Fantasy football is a hobby that involves a ton of decision making — none more important than picking between specific players on draft day. Often during drafts, fantasy owners are forced into a split-second decision between two very comparable players. For instance, Drake London or Treylon Burks. Both talented rookie wide receivers offer dynamic skill sets and have similar rankings and average draft positions (ADPs). Which one should you draft in 2022?

That's where Sporting News Fantasy comes in. We take the busy work out of your fantasy prep and handle your research to present an easier path to important draft-day decision making. Let's jump right into this specific positional battle, and reveal which rookie wideout offers the most fantasy upside in 2022. 

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Drake London fantasy outlook, projection 2022

2022 ADP: 96 overall (PPR), or WR41

The Falcons did not hesitate to grab another top-10 pass-catcher, adding London at No. 8 one year after drafting tight end Kyle Pitts fourth overall. London has the size and skills to be a fantastic offensive producer for many, many years.

At 6-4, 220 pounds, London resembles many of the big-bodied wideouts and pass-catching tight ends who found success in the NFL. London enjoyed a 38-percent target share at USC and led all WRs in receptions per game (11) and contested catches (19). Despite playing in just eight games due to an ankle injury, London finished last year third in his draft class in yards per route run (3.52).

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However, the troubling facets of London's outlook are obvious. For one, he's raw and volume-dependent and comes into the league as the likely No. 1 receiving option for one of the worst offenses. Garnering Marcus Mariota targets in double-c Jackets overage seems like a less-than-ideal environment in which to adapt to the NFL, especially with fellow Atlanta wideout Calvin Ridley serving a season-long suspension.

Additionally, London has some health concerns. He already has the ankle injury in the not-so-distant rear-view, and now he's reportedly battling knee issues this preseason. He deserves plenty of consideration in the eighth or ninth round of PPR keeper drafts, but in redrafts and standard leagues, it seems like a stretch to grab him before the 10th.

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Treylon Burks fantasy outlook, projection 2022

2022 ADP: 111 overall (PPR), o Carolina Panthers shirt r WR45

The Titans quickly addressed the receiving void left after they dealt stud wideout A.J. Brown to Philly by using the 18th pick they got from Philly in the trade to select Arkansas receiver Treylon Burks. Tennessee's brass could wind up looking like geniuses if Burks displays even a fraction of the dominance he exhibited as a Razorback. 

At 6-2, 220 pounds, Burks has eve packers t shirt n more size and strength than London. His NCAA profile proves he also has superior durability. While London played just 22 total games in three years for USC, Burks played 32 games with Arkansas. And boy, did he play.

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Burks averaged over 16 yards per catch in each of his three college seasons. He finished first in his class in yards per route run (3.57) and led all receivers in yards per route run when lined up outside (6.08). He demonstrated ability to dominate opposing defenses whether split wide, in the slot, on the perimeter, or even in the backfield.

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Burks possesses a rare blend of elite size, strength, and speed. He can win 50/50 balls over cornerbacks, blazes past linebackers, and storms through safeties with reckless abandon. His 9.3 yards after catch ranked fourth in the nation, likely one of the many factors that went into the Titans using a first-round pick to grab him. 

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The most intriguing part about drafting Burks over London: Tennessee is a much better offense, a much better-coached organization, and a much better environment for a young wideout. We've already seen A.J. Brown flourish with veteran QB Ryan Tannehill under center for the Titans, and Derrick Henry's domina Las Vegas Raiders jersey nce out of the backfield will keep defenses from overcommitting in the secondary. Indeed, it seems like the perfect situation of talent meeting opportunity.

However, preseason concerns about his asthma and not adapting to the Titans' offense qui Ray Lewis ckly enough are enough to raise our eyebrows. He has some time to figure things out, and if he does, the rookie could still return plenty of value in the eighth round of PPR keeper league drafts, and ninth or 10th or seasonal redrafts.

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The Verdict: Burks over London

Don't go with the crowd and pick the guy with the higher ADP. People are only drafting London over Burks because London was a top-10 draft pick and Burks went at No. 18. The two extra inches of height and 0.05 faster 40-time probably sway people, too (honestly, you'd be surprised).

Avoid all that noise! Burks has better size and strength, he serves as a better contested catcher, he's on the better team with a superior QB, and his only real target competition is the oft-injured Robert Woods. He will also have Henry holding the attention of defenses and new Tennessee tight end Austin Hooper attracting defenders in the middle of the field.

I like both San Francisco 49ers jersey these wide receivers — and they each have massive ceilings as impact playmakers — but I'm leaning against the ADP tides and taking Burks over London. In reality, neither of these guys seem like great investments at their initial ADPs in the 90s, and both are going much later than their current ADP consensus in most of the mocks I Ed Reed 've participated in. In redraft leagues, consider picking Burks in the early-to-late 100s overall, while London should be scooped up in the territory of the 110s. 

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