Joe Burrow: Trust or Bust

Imran Khan

Rookie Season

Back in 2019, Joe Burrow had one of the most sensational years in the history of college football leading LSU to a National Championship. That catapulted him to be the first pick in the 2020 NFL draft and the new face of the Cincinnati Bengals franchise. 

Burrow played in 10 games last year before his season was cut short due to a torn ACL. In those 10 games, Burrow had 16 total touchdowns. His touchdown to interception ratio was nearly 3:1 with 13 passing touchdowns to only 5 interceptions on a respect 65% completion percentage. So with all that promise in that limited sample size can you trust Joe Burrow on your fantasy team in 2021? Yes.

Joe Burrow
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Expectations for 2021

Arguably the most significant addition to the Bengals that I believe will lead to a monster season for Burrow would be their first-round pick, Ja’Marr Chase. Everyone expected the Bengals to draft for need and take Peneii Sewell, but the Bengals took the best player on the board. Chase was Burrow’s college teammate at LSU, and the tandem terrorized the SEC in 2019, breaking records at will. The chemistry these two have will be on display immediately. Chase will have a strong season rookie season.

Last year the Bengals drafted wide receiver Tee Higgins, and he had a solid rookie season, nearly amassing 1,000 yards. This led to the departure of longtime Bengal AJ Green. However, Higgins, Chase, and Tyler Boyd make up one of the more talented receiving trios in the NFL. Add in Joe Mixon, who is hopefully healthy this season, and this has the makings of an explosive offense!

Final Thoughts

The Bengal’s offensive line in 2020 was terrible. Burrow was sacked a ridiculous 32 times in 10 games that pace would lead to 55 sacks in a 17 game NFL season. The Bengals made it a point to address this weakness and project their star quarterback. During the season, the Bengals signed guard Quinton Spain who has been respectable. Cincinnati also signed offensive tackle Riley Reiff in free agency. Not world beaters by any means, but better than what was on the field in 2020. They also drafted 3 offensive linemen in the draft. This unit will see a lot of new faces. The Bengals went out of their way to improve this weakness, and I think we will see a better o-line unit on the field.

Joe Burrow will be coming into his second season with Taylor’s offense, a better receiving core, and a more improved offensive line. He also adds a rushing threat that defenses have to account for. Looking forward to a big season for Joe! As mentioned, Burrow is coming off an ACL injury. All reports indicate that he should be ready for week 1. Unless something changes between now and September, I will also trust that information from the Bengals medical staff.


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