Fantasy Football Debate: Jerry Jeudy or Courtland Sutton (2022)

There is always debate in fantasy football. This is often what makes discussions about preparing fantasy football drafts so fun (or frustrating)! That’s certainly the case this year with so many players changing teams. One wide receiver duo that’s been a hot topic this year is Denver Broncos Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton. With Russell Wilson in town, expectations are sky high. But most analysts are either Team Sutton or Team Jeudy. Where do you stand? Let’s take a look at both sides of the fantasy football debate.

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Jerry Jeudy Debate

Jerry Jeudy 2022 fantasy football prospect

Entering his third year, Jerry Jeudy finally has a quarterback who can take full advantage of his ability to separate from defenders — 96th percentile separation percentage in 2021 — with Russell Wilson at the helm.

With Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick operating from the outside, Jeudy becomes Wilson’s target in the slot unless KJ Hamler pushes him out. Jeudy’s efficiency metrics should also get a massive boost now that he’s catching passes from a future Hall of Famer quarterback, but it remains to be seen if Jeudy will play a minor role as a red-zone threat.

Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater’s upgrade to Wilson is great for Jeudy, but we have to remember that he’s still an unproven fantasy commodity. Aside from his great route running and separating skills, he hasn’t scored many fantasy points in the last two seasons.

And that’s not the case with every Denver receiver, as Patrick’s productions over the past two seasons have earned him a three-year, $34.5 million contract extension.

Still, Jeudy should easily have his best NFL season yet in 2022, but it may not be as great as some die-hard Jeudy Stans would like to admit. Guns abound in Denver, and it was often a challenge to predict Wilson’s best option from week to week when it was just between DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.

As with those Seahawks receivers, there will be inconsistent weeks from Jeudy. And his lack of red zone utilization makes him more vulnerable to bust plays without having a touchdown opportunity to fall back on.
— Andrew Erickson

Courtland-Sutton Debate

Courtland Sutton 2022 fantasy football prospect

Entering Year 3, it looked like Courtland Sutton was on the verge of true elite fantasy WR1 production, but his 2020 season was lost due to a week 2 cruciate ligament rupture. It was unclear how productive Sutton would return from the devastating knee injury.

But as the 2021 season began, the Broncos wide receiver looked like his old self. He averaged 13.8 fantasy points per game (ranked 17th) and had a 27% goal percentage in weeks 2 through 7 during the regular season.

It wasn’t until Jerry Jeudy returned from injury that Sutton — and the rest of the Broncos passers — became obsolete in a crowded, run-heavy offense led by a Lock/Teddy Bridgewater combo. Despite this, Sutton finished the season as the fantasy WR46.

Yet even on the anemic offense, Sutton still ranked seventh in air yards (1,756) in 2021, cemented between Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf.

Sutton has a real chance to regain his elite form another year after his ACL injury. It also helps that he got an ultra upgrade at quarterback with Denver’s trade for Russell Wilson.

Wilson has always been an elite downfield passer — he had the sixth-highest passer rating on throws over 20 air yards last season — which greatly contributes to Sutton’s strengths as a vertical threat.
— Andrew Erickson

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