Rookie WRs Part II - Philly Special
There was a lot of excitement this past April among the fantasy community with the incoming rookie WR class being touted as possibly the best since 2014. My top rookie WRs coming into the 2020 season were CeeDee Lamb, Jalen Reagor and Justin Jefferson.
We're at the point of the fantasy season where people are making playoff pushes, or looking ahead to next year, and I want to take a look at some of the 2020 WR rookies. How have they fared over halfway of the season for fantasy purposes, and did the shine wear off our new fantasy toys? I’ll take a look at the offenses they play in, the draft capital spent during fantasy rookie drafts, and see if they are worth the price of admission moving forward.
This time around, I’ll be looking at another top rookie WR who was taken with the 21st overall pick in the 2020 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, and who is a personal favourite of mine - Jalen Reagor. For those of you who drafted him this past year, you probably have been a bit disappointed, since he missed weeks three through seven. However, before his injury he did show big play ability in week one with a 55 yard catch, and a solid target opportunity seeing 4 targets in each of his first two weeks. With Jalen, there is some good and bad to his situation, and me being a positive person, I will try to spin the bad into a good light.
Let's first look at the good with Jalen. I've already explained how he's shown big play ability in week one and a decent target share opportunity. The other good thing with Jalen is that during his time at TCU, he showed an ability to build chemistry with a variety of different quarterbacks, and whether you love him or hate Carson Wentz, he is the best QB that Jalen has played with - at least until the other Jalen (Hurts) in Philadelphia gets a crack possibly.
However, with the good in Philadelphia there is also a bit of bad. One of those bad things is the decimated and injured WR core that existed this and last year. As mentioned earlier, Jalen didn't escape the fate of his fellow WR teammates when it came to injury. So far, WRs Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Quez Watkins, and John Hightower have all missed games, along with both TEs Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. This team has taken a beating fitting of a Rocky Balboa montage.
The good that has come out of the injuries? The emergence of another young WR in Travis Fulgham that can be a future young pairing with Jalen. With these two WRS you have in my opinion, a younger healthier version of Alshon and DeSean.
The reason I'm writing this piece now is because I believe the Reagor buying window is about to slam shut after week 10 with a great match up against a Giants defense that is allowing more points to WRs than any other position (25.73). There should be plenty of targets as the Eagles have thrown for a minimum of 40 attempts in 5 of 8 games this season including 43 in a 22-21 meeting last time the two division rivals met.
After coming off a week nine bye, some lazy fantasy managers might have forgotten that Jalen saw six targets in week eight. While his 16 receiving yards left much to be desired, he did find the endzone and had a HOG rate of 10% which is encouraging to see as a rookie.
At this point in the season you should know if your team is a contender for a championship or a pretender. If your fantasy team is out of the playoff picture, Jalen is a player I'd look to acquire in a trade from contender for your older win now players. Now is the time to make a push to grab young players like Jalen Reagor before the price goes up!
Thanks for reading my article. Make sure to check out my future articles, as I'll continue to look and analyze the 2020 rookie class. Please give me a follow on Twitter @Goldjacketqbs and/or a listen to The Gold Jacket Podcast.
Editor: Joe Simonetti (@joesimonetti77)
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