How Jerry Jeudy Projects with Broncos for Dynasty Rookie Drafts
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- Is Jerry Jeudy the top wide receiver for fantasy purposes in the NFL Draft?
- Matthew Freedman breaks down Jeudy's prospects and where you should select him in dynasty rookie drafts
Jerry Jeudy Dynasty Rookie Analysis
- Position: WR | School: Alabama
- Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 193 pounds
- 40-yard dash: 4.45 seconds
- 2020 Age: 21 | Class: Junior
- Recruitment Stars: 4-5
- Draft Position: 1.15 (Broncos)
Jerry Jeudy’s Fantasy Fit with Broncos
I like Jeudy’s fit with the Broncos. He’s more of a high-end No. 2 receiver than a “show me the money” No. 1 dominator, and in Denver, he’ll get to play a complementary role alongside 2019 breakout Courtland Sutton.
But just because he’s a No. 2 option doesn’t mean that he has diminished fantasy value. Think of Calvin Ridley in Atlanta: He is still a fantasy-relevant receiver even though he plays behind Julio Jones. Whatever you think of Ridley, that’s probably what you should think of Jeudy.
He might struggle early in the season: Because of the coronavirus, it will probably be hard for Jeudy to pick up the offense and create chemistry with second-year quarterback Drew Lock, who isn’t the most accurate of passers anyway.
But once Jeudy finds his groove, he could come on in the second half of the season, perhaps after his original re-draft investors have dropped him to the waiver wire.
Jerry Jeudy: Dynasty Analysis
For most dynasty investors, the No. 1 wide receiver in the 2020 class is either Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma).
Most of the sharp rankers I know prefer Lamb, who is bigger (6-foot-2 and 198 pounds vs. 6-foot-1 and 193) and more explosive (124-inch broad jump vs. 120) and was more productive in college.
- CeeDee Lamb (2018-19, 27 games): 127-2,485-25 receiving, 14.0 yards per target
- Jerry Jeudy (2018-19, 28 games): 145-2,478-24 receiving, 11.9 yards per target
I probably give the slight edge to Jeudy.
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He’s not much smaller than Lamb, but he’s faster (4.45-second 40-yard dash vs. 4.50), and I think he’s the more complete receiver. Lamb might have the higher ceiling, but Jeudy I expect has the higher floor.
Jeudy might never be an All-Pro producer, because he’s not a classic No. 1 receiver. He’s not a go-up-and-get-it dominator. But he does everything well. He’s a smooth route runner with good hands. He plays inside and outside. He can go deep and across the middle of the field. When he’s faced press coverage, he’s usually beaten it.
The 2018-19 Alabama teams had four wide receivers who all got regular playing time and might eventually be selected in Round 1: Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III, Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle.
That Jeudy was able to put up back-to-back seasons of 1,000-plus yards and 10-plus touchdowns receiving while sharing snaps and targets with those three other players is nothing short of spectacular.
Although he isn’t built like a No. 1 receiver, he carries himself like one. The dude is swagalicious.
Coming soon on Sundays. 👀@jerryjeudy | @AlabamaFTBLpic.twitter.com/8VNEJ605YR
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) April 13, 2020
As the 2018 Fred Biletnikoff Award winner, Jeudy is slated to join an elite cohort of past Biletnikoff winners to enter the league as first-round selections and play as 21-year-old rookies.
- Randy Moss (1998, 1.21): 10 seasons with 1,000-plus yards
- Larry Fitzgerald (2004, 1.03): Nine seasons with 1,000-plus yards
- Brandin Cooks (2014, 1.20): Four seasons with 1,000-plus yards
- Amari Cooper (2015, 1.04): Four seasons with 1,000-plus yards
A Cooks-sized receiver with a Cooper-esque skill set, Jeudy is unlikely to have a Moss/Fitz-caliber career, but he could be a reliable 1,000-yard producer for close to a decade.
NFL Prospect Comp: Calvin Ridley but younger and more productive
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Matthew Freedman is the Editor-in-Chief of FantasyLabs, part of The Action Network.
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