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6 Most Intriguing Rookie WR’s For Dynasty Midway Through the 2020 Season:
2020 has been an unprecedented year, especially for this year’s class of rookie WR’s. 2020 may very well be one of the best, if not the best, rookie WR class of all time. A star-studded rookie class means great fantasy production for years to come. Below I will take a look at some of the most intriguing rookie WR’s moving forward for dynasty leagues. Keep in mind that the following players are in no particular order:
Justin Jefferson (MIN):
The rookie from LSU has proven he is legit, catching 34 passes for 627 yards and 3 TD’s on just 44 targets through his first 8 games. Jefferson has quickly emerged as the #2 passing option for the Vikings, trailing the veteran, Adam Thielen. However, over the last 3 Vikings games, Jefferson has 19 targets compared to only 14 for Thielen. At only 21 years old, Jefferson will soon be the #1 option in Minnesota as Thielen is approaching the dreaded 30’s. Jefferson is even averaging more yards/game than Tyreek Hill, Tyler Lockett, Kenny Golloday, and Chris Godwin. Not to mention, he will become more consistent as he gains more experience. If you don’t have this guy on your dynasty team, good luck trying to get him.
Ceedee Lamb (DAL):
The Oklahoma product is putting up impressive numbers through 9 games, hauling in 44 catches for 595 yards and 3 TD’s. Before Dak Prescott went down with a season ending injury during their week 5 game against the Giants, Lamb piled up a 29-433-2 stat line. Assuming he kept the same pace, Lamb would have finished with 87 catches for 1,299 yards and 6 TD’s! However, since Dak went down things have not looked the same for Lamb. Over the last 4 weeks, Lamb only has 15 receptions for 162 yards and 1 TD. In week 7 against Washington, Lamb had his worst game of the season as he ended up with 0-0-0 on 5 targets. The Cowboys season has been abysmal considering they were expected to make the playoffs and had Superbowl hopes to begin the season. Those who own Lamb should hold onto him because once Dak comes back, Lamb has the potential to be a top 20 WR or even higher. If you aren’t one of the lucky Lamb owners, now would be a good time to buy low if possible.
Jerry Jeudy (DEN):
The 2nd WR taken off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft, Jerry Jeudy has shown the Broncos that they made the right choice. Through 8 games, Jeudy has 30 catches for 484 yards and 2 TD’s. Leading the Broncos WR’s with a 74% snap percentage, Jeudy has been the WR1 in Denver while Courtland Sutton is out with an ACL injury. Drew Lock, who has been battling a shoulder injury, has played okay this season. However, over the last 2 games, Lock put up good numbers in a comeback win against the Chargers and almost came back against the Falcons. This has helped Jeudy receive 11 catches, 198 yards and 1 TD on 24 targets over the last 2 weeks. If Lock can continue his higher yardage output going forward, Jeudy has a chance to get over 1,000 yards in his rookie year. Looking beyond this season, Jeudy will have to compete with Sutton and Fant in the Denver offense which limits his ceiling. I see Jeudy putting up consistent WR2 numbers with some WR1 performances mixed in once Sutton comes back next year.
Tee Higgins (CIN):
If Tee Higgins was in any other recent WR class, he very well could’ve been the 1st WR taken. Coming out of Clemson, the expectations were not as high for Higgins as other WR’s like Lamb, Jeudy and Jefferson. Higgins has already begun to develop chemistry with fellow rookie, Joe Burrow, which will be a deadly duo for the foreseeable future. Operating as the WR3 in Cincinnati, Higgins has put up 33 catches for 488 yards and 3 TD’s in 8 games. For this season, his ceiling is limited in a shaky Bengals offense. There is good news for Higgins due to the fact that AJ Green’s contract expires this year, which could open the door for Higgins. There is still Tyler Boyd, but Higgins is the superior talent and in short time should pass him on the depth chart. Once the Cincy offense gets better and Joe Burrow gets some experience, Tee Higgins could very well be looking at WR1 numbers (assuming AJ Green is not resigned).
Chase Claypool (PIT):
The late 2nd round pick out of Notre Dame, Claypool was WR4 on the Steelers depth chart entering training camp. However, midway through the 2020 season, Claypool is sitting 2nd in snap share percentage at 64.5% among Pittsburgh receivers. Most people began to take notice in week 5 when Claypool obliterated the Eagles secondary, posting a 7-110-3 stat line. This game alone accounted for about 25% of his production so far this year, which causes some concern. Another small concern is that the Steelers have 4 capable WR’s in Juju, Diontae Johnson, James Washington and Claypool. The good news is that Claypool is the biggest of the 4 at 6’4” and 240 lbs. His deep play ability has shown he can contribute in this offense, averaging 14.32 yards/reception. This is one of the reasons he climbed the depth chart so fast. The biggest concern going forward for Claypool is dealing with the competition and an aging Big Ben. Claypool and Juju will remain 1a and 1b in this offense going forward, but you can expect Claypool to have consistent WR3-4 numbers.
Brandon Aiyuk (SF):
The 22-year old out of Arizona State has operated as San Francisco’s #1 WR as Deebo Samuel missed some time this year due to a foot injury. Aiyuk has stepped up in place of Samuel, catching 28 passes for 371 yards and 2 TD’s. After getting off to a sluggish start to his rookie campaign, Aiyuk has picked it up the last two games with a 6-115-0 performance against the Patriots and a 8-91-1 performance against the Seahawks. The 49ers offense has been killed with injuries from Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, Deebo Samuel, Raheem Mostert, and Tevin Coleman. This benefits Aiyuk as he is now the cemented #1 option in the offense, although Nick Mullens is not the best choice at QB. Looking further past this year, Aiyuk will become the 3rd or 4th option in the offense which will greatly limit his ceiling. Aiyuk will most likely be a borderline FLEX play in the future. For this year, you can comfortably start Aiyuk weekly.
Jalen Raegor (PHI):
Denzel Mims (NYJ):
Henry Ruggs (LV):
Laviska Shenault (JAC):