Last season, we saw former college teammates Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase, as well as Tua Tagovailoa and Jaylen Waddle, find instant success in their first seasons together in the NFL. “Shower narrative” is a phrase popularized by Adam Levitan to suggest that college teammates, particularly QB-WR Batteries, who had success in college are likely to have similar success at the NFL level.
The Bengals and Dolphins drafted all four of the above players, but the Raiders and Cardinals looked to the trade market this offseason for similar connections. Las Vegas acquired WR Davante Adams to pair with former Fresno State teammate Derek Carr, while Arizona traded for WR Marquise Brown to catch passes from former Oklahoma teammate Kyler Murray.
Let’s take a look at the best NFL shower stories and assess how their fantasy impact could be this season.
Trevor Lawrence (QB-JAC) and Travis Etienne Jr. (RB-JAC)
Trevor Lawrence projections
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Joe Burrow’s massive sophomore jump is encouraging for this year’s sophomore QBs like Trevor Lawrence. The Jags quarterback finished 2021 with the same expected fantasy points per game average as Burrow (17.3), but was hugely underpowered in a bad situation. His -72.3 fantasy points vs. expectation was the most of any QB in 2021.
Lawrence posted a season-high 85.1 PFF in the season finale, giving some hope he can turn things around in 2022 with a new coaching staff.
There’s a big chance Jacksonville will dial in on passing attempts while Doug Pederson is in charge on offense. During his five-year tenure at Philadelphia, the offensive player failed to make the top 10 for pass attempts just once.
– Andrew Erickson
This is STILL the Jaguars’ WR room…
All I can say is GL Trevor Lawrence pic.twitter.com/whSZnNMdIw
— Derek Brown (@DBro_FFB) May 5, 2022
Travis Etienne Jr. projections
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Travis Etienne Jr. was a standout college football runner for the Clemson Tigers from 2017-2020 and was drafted 25th overall by the Jaguars in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. However, his rookie season was cut short by an injury to Lisfranc in the preseason. Some NFL staffers reported that Etienne could have returned later in the year if the Jaguars had been in the playoffs instead of being the laughing stock of the league.
Etienne is expected to be fully vacated by training camp, giving him a head start in the RB1 role as the Jacksonville Jaguars install a new offense under new head coach Doug Pederson. With James Robinson trying to come back from an Achilles tendon injury sustained on December 26, Etienne expects to be the star this spring/summer.
Don’t forget what that guy at Clemson did to quarterback Trevor Lawrence (QB – JAC). During his final season as the Clemson Tiger, he led the country in receiving yards and ranked second in receiving yards for running backs. Etienne also has the most rush attempts from 20+ yards (40) from 2018-19 while carrying the ball just once more than 20 times since 2018.
– Andrew Erickson
Consensus Ranking of Fantasy Football Staff 2022
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