Fantasy Overwatch League is back for another year in 2022. Though the old platforms may not be around, players can still find ways to play as the Overwatch League heads into its fifth year. With the league kicking off May 5, it is now the perfect time to start bringing people together and starting a new league. Most players enjoy the standard season-long format, which means that players need to draft their teams soon.
Drafting as a whole can be daunting. There are a lot of players, each with varying degrees of fantasy value. The Game Haus is here for the players, veterans and rookies alike, providing some rankings to aid people in their drafts. To kick things off, here are the Fantasy OWL support rankings, ranks 16-30.
30. Masaa, Vancouver Titans
2021 Fantasy Rank: 26
Petja “Masaa” Kantanen enters his fourth season of the OWL leaving the Atlanta Reign and signing with the Vancouver Titans. Through his first three years with Atlanta, Masaa was as solid as they come in terms of main supports. He’s reliable and plays every main support hero pretty well. However, when it comes to fantasy production, Masaa doesn’t quite stack up to other, more aggressive Lucio players. Now with Vancouver, Masaa joins a crowded support line where his playtime isn’t necessarily guaranteed. Vancouver is also looking pretty weak on paper, making Masaa’s likelihood of being fantasy relevant very low.
29. FiXa, Philadelphia Fusion
2021 Fantasy Rank: N/A
The former T1 main support comes home after a quick stint with the Uprising Academy to make his Overwatch League debut. Yeoung-hun “FiXa” Kwon is the lone main support on what looks to be a strong Philadelphia roster, and in theory, he should have a solid season in 2022. The only question mark is just how much will the Fusion need FiXa to really frag out. He’s a solid player but was’t necessarily a playmaker with UA. FiXa could very well be a fine fantasy option, but there’s no need to risk an early draft pick on the Fusion main support.
28. Faith, Boston Uprising
2021 Fantasy Rank: 15
Hong-gyu “Faith” Kim surprised plenty of viewers last year by being quite the reliable support duo alongside Myunb0ng. Even more surprising was the finish among supports last year. At the fifteen spot, Faith was the second-best main support in fantasy OWL right behind Jecse. Unfortunately for the second-year support, there are several new players this year that appears to be slated for a big year in fantasy. Faith also will need to split time with Crimzo and MCD, depending on the meta demands.
27. Dridro, Paris Eternal
2021 Fantasy Rank: 25
Another Uprising Academy alum makes the list and maybe should be even a bit higher. Arthur “Dridro” Szanto came into the league last year after Neptuno stepped away midseason, giving him only part of the season to prove his fantasy worth. Dridro is a very talented Brigitte player with a fine Lucio – which is a bit of a bummer with some rumors about Brig’s strength in OW2. If Brig ends up being as weak as some players are saying, Dridro’s value may not be where it potentially could be.
26. LeeJaeGon, Shanghai Dragons
2021 Fantasy Rank: 23
Jae-gon “LeeJaeGon” Lee is one of the most fun players to watch in the OWL. He is hyper-aggressive and has zero hesitation when it comes to trying to make a play. However, Shanghai is a team that will sub out players very often, taking away valuable game time from players like LJG. Shanghai brought in Hui-chang “BeBe” Yoon this year, in anticipation of a double flex support meta. If that comes to fruition, LeeJaeGon may find himself on the bench quite often. However, if Lucio is back, and that is slowly looking like is the case, LJG could be a steal in the later rounds of the draft.
25. Mmonk, Chengdu Hunters
2021 Fantasy Rank: 21
When it comes to fantasy OWL, flex supports are generally the more successful positions. Ana, Zen and Baptiste are awesome characters that inflate stats through high healing and reasonable damage dealt. That’s why it’s disappointing to see a flex support like Zhou “Mmonk” Xiang so low on last year’s rankings. Mmonk eventually would play far more than Farway1987, but he still couldn’t keep up with other flex supports in the league in fantasy production. Maybe this year Mmonk will take the reins from the get-go and prove his worth in fantasy.
24. FunnyAstro, Los Angeles Gladiators
2021 Fantasy Rank: 34
Daniel “FunnyAstro” Hathaway is back after a rough year of sitting on the bench for part of the season due to travel restrictions. He had to split time with Tobi which significantly capped his potential in 2021. Now he joins the Los Angeles Gladiators as their Lucio specialist ready to make an impact once again. It’s unclear what the game time split will be between the three talented LAG supports, but FunnyAstro has the opportunity to be one of the top main supports in fantasy if the meta shakes outright.
23. Vindaim, Seoul Dynasty
2021 Fantasy Rank: N/A
The former O2 Blast main support makes his OWL debut in 2022, and lands on one of the strongest teams in APAC – on paper at least. Supports truly excel when they are surrounded by talented teammates. Last year Jecse was able to crack the top 15 supports in fantasy thanks to being a part of the very talented Dallas Fuel roster. Jun-woo “Vindaim” Park could see a potential ceiling like that of Sung-soo “Jecse” Lee, though putting a bet on a rookie main support in a brand new game is a tough one to make.
22. Irony, Hangzhou Spark
2021 Fantasy Rank: N/A
Hyeong-woo “irony” Kim joins the league after getting the call-up from Hangzhou’s Contenders roster, Bilibili Gaming. Playing alongside other OWL call-ups like Li “Pineapple” Zhou and Jun “AlphaYi” Kim, irony was able to help the team notch several first-place finishes in Chinese Contenders. Irony could be a major player in fantasy, but the real worry is with how his team will inevitably implode. The past few years Hangzhou has started strong, to then only slowly fade away to the bottom of the standings. If the Spark remain stable through the year, irony could be a great late-round flex support.
21. Izayaki, Shanghai Dragons
2021 Fantasy Rank: 18
Finishing last year at 18th, Min-chul “Izayaki” Kim just missed the cut off to be considered an every-week starter. Izayaki is a good player and helped Shanghai win their first-ever championship in 2021. However, Shanghai may have been just a bit too good for fantasy purposes. Games ended quickly, and as a result, Izayaki’s stats suffered. He shared some time with Molly but ultimately was not enough to make too much a dent. But much like several other teams this year, Shanghai grabbed a second flex support, making Izayaki’s fantasy relevance uncertain.
20. Bebe, Shanghai Dragons
2021 Fantasy Rank: 9
One of the biggest surprises in fantasy last year was just how good Bebe was, despite looking like a weak link on the Justice. With a ninth place finish among supports and 31st overall in points, Bebe was a player that sneakily gave teams two top-ten supports at the end of the year. For the upcoming year however, it doesn’t quite look like that will be the case once again. Sharing time with Izayaki will cause problems from a season-long perspective, but in some spot starts, Bebe could be a fantastic fantasy asset again.
19. Creative, Seoul Dynasty
2021 Fantasy Rank: 16
This is the year that Young-wan “Creative” Kim should break out as a fantasy option. Sung-hyeon “Jjonak” Bang left before the season even began, leaving Creative to be the sole flex support on a reloaded Seoul roster. Sitting at 16 last year, Creative gave owners just enough to remain a viable play week-in and week-out. Why is Creative sitting at a worse rank then? Well, there are unfortunately a few more sure-fire picks that have less risk involved. Creative finished at 54th overall in points, placing low enough to be behind a few main supports. Creative will need to level up in 2022 to reach his full potential. Otherwise, he may just sit on the bench, with owners hoping he will come around.
18. Chiyo, Dallas Fuel
2021 Fantasy Rank: N/A
Hyeon-seok “ChiYo” Han was the second main support alongside Vindaim on O2 Blast, and in a rare case, both players found themselves in OWL this year. The main difference between these two players is their landing spot. While fans feel like the Seoul Dynasty should be great this year, everyone knows that Dallas will be incredible. Four players from the Dallas Fuel cracked the top ten in overall points. Jecse finished 45th overall, but 14th among supports – a notable feat for a main support. ChiYo should find equal success this year, as he will most likely have to play some flex supports this year.
17. Lastro, Houston Outlaws
2021 Fantasy Rank: 12
Jung-won “Lastro” Mun is a gamer through and through. Despite being cut just before the start of the season in 2021, he found a way to stay in the league and still perform at a high level. He managed to stave off rookie Jeong-su “Aztac” Park for the majority of the year, and continually allowed the Defiant to stay in close games. Now he joins the Outlaws in another double flex support situation. Next to Seung-hyun “Ir1s” Kim, Lastro may find himself playing second fiddle. Never count out the loose cannon that is Lastro though, because he could just find a way to match last year’s finish.
16. Molly, Guangzhou Charge
2021 Fantasy Rank: 44
Some say the third time’s the charm. For He “Molly” Chengzhi, it just might be the case. Starting with Chengdu and taking a back seat on the Dragons, Molly is now the lone flex support for a promising Charge roster. Yes the Charge struggled last year, but while Young-seo “Kariv” Park was in the backline for Guangzhou he still managed a 13th place finish among supports. It’s unclear if Molly will be able to replicate that exact result, but all signs are pointing toward a very solid season for the third-year flex support.
In the unknown world that is Overwatch 2, fantasy managers shouldn’t be surprised to see one or two of these players sneak into the top 15 at the end of the season. The main variable that is still uncertain is the impact of the main support position as a whole. Some whispers in the early scrims are pointing towards a heavy dive-focused meta with plenty of Lucio and Ana. If that remains true, teams without a main support will need to pick one of their two flex supports to play a new hero – meaning fantasy managers are going to have to guess on who will be playing which role on draft day. In an already murky draft, drafters will need to be flexible in their roster building.
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