During an offseason practice earlier this week, Denver Broncos wideout, Tim Patrick, suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. With Patrick likely out for the season, we can expect to see much more of the rising third-year receiver, Jerry Jeudy. Here’s why Jeudy should be on every fantasy owner’s radar ahead of the upcoming season.
Jeudy’s NFL Career
The Broncos selected Jeudy with the 15th pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. In his impressive rookie season, the University of Alabama alum hauled in 56 receptions for 856 yards and three touchdowns. Peppered with injury in year two, Jeudy was limited to only ten games throughout 2021. However, he still managed to make an impact, recording 38 receptions for nearly 500 yards. While Jeudy’s production may not appear overly impressive to the fantasy owner, it’s important to consider Denver’s quarterback situation over the last two years. Throughout Jeudy’s short career, the Broncos have started a number of sub-par players under center, including Brett Rypien, Teddy Bridgewater, and Drew Lock. This, however, will not be the case in 2022.
Earlier this offseason, Denver traded for nine-time Pro Bowler and future hall of fame QB, Russel Wilson. Wilson’s ability to throw the deep ball should pair nicely with Jeudy’s explosive route running. In addition, as a part of Denver’s agreement with Wilson’s former team, the Broncos did away with their tight end, Noah Fant. This, along with Patrick’s injury, should produce more targets for Jeudy than initially expected.
Due to recent developments in Denver’s offense, look for Jerry Jeudy to stand out amongst his fellow receivers and to make a big leap in his third year. Fantasy owners should expect to draft Jeudy 25th-30th in the wide receiver position for standard 12-team leagues.