Courtland Sutton’s time with the Denver Broncos has been an up and down ride. He was first on fantasy owner’s radar during his rookie season, where he posted 42 catches for 704 yards and hauled in four touchdowns. Sutton had an even better year topping the thousand-yard mark and finding paydirt six times the following season. Unfortunately, 2020 was disappointing for Sutton and his fantasy owners after he tore his ACL in Week 2. With the Broncos wide receiver back healthy, he is poised for more success this season.
PRESEASON + FIRST 5 GAMES
Heading into the 2021 season, Sutton was penciled in as the WR32 in PPR formats. Many fantasy experts believed this to be Jerry Jeudy’s team now, opposed to Suttons. Jeudy, ranked WR28 this preseason. He’s had to miss some time due to injury allowing Sutton to slide back atop the Denver depth chart. Through 5 games, Sutton has put together two 100 yard performances and three pedestrian games that he could not top fifty receiving yards.
Sutton has been mostly a matchup-based play this season. With Jeudy out, Sutton’s role will continue to grow as the season progresses. Let’s jump into why fantasy owners should be excited for Sutton to have continued success in the next 12 weeks.
HERE ON OUT
The Broncos face off against a Raiders team in total turmoil after Coach Gruden resigned earlier this week. This year, the Raiders pass defense has been relatively good against the pass, only giving up 205 yards on average to opposing offenses. After Sutton’s Week 5 performance, Teddy Bridgewater has to feel more comfortable with him. He was Bridgewater’s most reliable target and had the frame to make tough contested grabs in the endzone. Sutton sees over 50% of marks that have come in the endzone through this week. When Sutton starts to convert more of those opportunities, his fantasy floor bumps up tremendously.
Along with Sutton’s red zone presence, he has a 23% target share leading all Broncos wide receivers. Will that take a hit when Jeudy returns? Possibly. However, I believe that it may be too late for Jeudy to take over the depth chart for the tail end of the season. Bridgewater will take some time to get reacquainted with the second-year receiver and continue to get the ball to Sutton. Sutton has matchups against Cleveland, Washington, Dallas, Kansas City, Detroit and Cincinnati left on his schedule, and all of these defensive units have struggled vs. their opponents’ passing game. The stars seem to be aligning at the moment for Sutton, and the Hizzy is rockin’ with Sutton for the rest of the season!
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