Denver Broncos Fantasy Mailbag: Wide receiver breakdown
By Brett Chaves
As training camp kicks off for the Denver Broncos, the quest to find the best Broncos fantasy players continues to ramp up.
In our previous installment, we got a chance to evaluate the fantasy values of both Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater heading into the 2021 NFL Season.
Head Coach Vic Fangio announced that Lock will be taking the first-team snaps to begin training camp. Not only is this a huge confidence booster for Lock, but it also boosts the confidence of many fantasy owners. If Lock can prove he is the QB1 coming out of camp, the rest of the team should see a significant rise in terms of fantasy value.
On the other side, former Panthers starter Teddy Bridgewater is taking the second-team reps going into camp. Many insiders first believed it would be Bridgewater leading the quarterback room heading into camp, but Fangio has decided otherwise.
Bridgewater’s experience as a successful NFL starter allowed younger guys such as Jerry Jeudy to form serious chemistry. Now that Jeudy will be taking snaps with Lock, it will be interesting to see if fantasy owners will pass on Jeudy until the later rounds.
Today’s topic in the Denver Broncos fantasy world is debatably the most important position on this team: wide receivers.
This season may be one of the most seasons for the Denver Broncos wide receiver corps. With the return of Courtland Sutton, the Denver Broncos have all of their receivers healthy and ready to roll for training camp.
More importantly, The return of Sutton also allows fantasy owners to get a glimpse of how the Broncos will lineup their receivers for week one of the 2021 season.
The Broncos currently have Sutton listed as the team’s top receiver at WR1, meanwhile, Jerry Jeudy steps back to his original position on the depth chart. Jeudy played the majority of the snaps last season as the primary receiver with the absence of Sutton. KJ Hamler wraps up the starting core as the team’s tertiary wideout going into training camp.
Let’s not neglect the always-surprising receiver, Tim Patrick. Patrick may be listed as the team’s fourth receiver going to camp, but he could provide the boost in depth the Broncos were looking for all of last season. His speed and ability to create open space should be something fantasy owners consider going into draft night.
Going from first to fourth, we’re going to look at what each Denver Broncos receiver brings to the fantasy table heading into 2021.