Parris Campbell Fantasy Football Analysis with Colts

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  • See Matthew Freedman's fantasy football analysis for wide receiver Parris Campbell, who was drafted No. 59 overall by the Indianapolis Colts.

Parris Campbell Fantasy Football Analysis

  • Height: 6’ | Weight: 205 pounds
  • 40-yard dash: 4.31 seconds
  • School: Ohio State | Class: Redshirt Senior
  • 2019 age: 22 | Draft position: No. 59 overall

A top-25 recruit in 2014 with legitimate track speed, Campbell could be special in the NFL. He’s not big — especially in comparison to many of the other receivers in the 2019 class — but he’s also not small and his explosiveness is elite.

Next to some of the other non-Day 1 receivers in the class, Campbell compares well.

Unlike D.K. Metcalf, Campbell actually produced in college. In his final season, he had 90 receptions for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns. And unlike A.J. Brown, Campbell has elite speed: At the combine he blazed a position-best 4.31-second 40-yard dash.

Campbell is similar to Dabbo Samuel in his versatility: Campbell had 23 rushes for 210 yards and two touchdowns in his time at Ohio State, and he averaged an impressive 30.4 yards per kick return. But unlike Samuel, Campbell didn’t deal with constant injury issues in college.

This isn’t to say that Campbell is without concerns. Of all the wide receivers Urban Meyer had at Florida and Ohio State, no one ever had more receiving yards or touchdowns in a season than Campbell had last year — but he was strictly a one-year producer.

He redshirted his first year on campus. The next year he saw no playing time. The following year, he had just 13 receptions and four carries. Not until his junior year did he actually do anything of substance, when he had 716 yards and four touchdowns on 40 receptions and 10 carries.

And when he finally broke out as a senior, he did so in a very manufactured way. He didn’t dominate defensive backs with his route-running prowess or line up all over the field. Instead, he played 86.5% of his snaps in the slot last year and lived off of bubble screens and shallow crosses.

He has a limited route tree, and his 2018 average depth of target of 4.5 yards is embarrassing. There are legitimate concerns about whether his playing style will translate to the NFL.

But last year he finished fourth with 8.7 yards after the catch per reception and fifth with 3.47 yards per route. His upside is real. And most importantly, he has Andrew Luck as his quarterback.

With the Colts, Campbell could develop into a regular producer.

In seasonal leagues, I’ll target Campbell heavily as a late-round depth player with league-winning potential. I doubt that his first-year production will be consistent, but that’s fine: I want volatility. At worst, it means that Campbell could be great for the best-ball format.

In rookie drafts, Campbell’s athleticism, college production, draft capital and landing spot will likely conspire to push him up the board. I would not be shocked to see him go as high as No. 3, and he probably won’t be available at the end of Round 1. With Luck, Campbell is a player I want, but I doubt I’ll be willing to pay what it will cost to get him.

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Matthew Freedman is the Editor-in-Chief of FantasyLabs. He has a dog and sometimes a British accent. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he’s known only as The Labyrinthian.

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