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040 — Teddy Bridgewater, Den (QB34)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Denver Broncos (6/23) Advice: Bridgewater flashed back-end QB1 Fantasy upside during his five-game stint with the Saints in 2019 and it looked like he was ready to expand on that during the first half of the 2020 season in his debut with Carolina. His early success didn’t carry over to the second half after teams got more game film on Bridgewater in OC Joe Brady’s offense and the rushing numbers came down as well. Entering 2021, he will compete with Drew Lock to start for Denver. While OC Pat Shurmur runs a very QB-friendly offense, and Bridgewater will also inherit a better supporting cast, it seems likely the hand-picked Lock will get the first chance to start. If pressed into action, Bridgewater will remain nothing more than a QB2 for Fantasy purposes. (

079 — Drew Lock, Den (QB36)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Drew Lock, QB, Denver Broncos (6/23) Advice: Drew Lock is expected to compete for the Denver starting quarterback job with Teddy Bridgewater. It’s no sure thing he will win. His 73.6% adjusted completion rate ranked 21st among qualified passers, his 5.8 adjusted yards per pass attempt put him 31st, his 3.6% touchdown rate rated him 27th, and his 3.4% interception rate was third highest. Not good. Unless that changes during the preseason, Lock will be a risky, benched-at-any-time, uninspiring middle- to late-round pick in two-QB and Superflex leagues and a no-go in any other format. (

Wide Receivers

078 — Jerry Jeudy, Den (WR25)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos (6/23) Advice: There will be at least one Fantasy manager in every draft who will ignore what happened in 2020 and want Jerry Jeudy on their roster. That’s because the former ballyhooed prospect remains loaded with potential despite a cratered rookie season that included 12 drops (second-most in NFL), a 46% catch rate (third-worst among qualifying players) and just 3.3 receptions per game. The silver lining? Jeudy ranked sixth among wideouts with 1,529 air yards, sixth in receiving average with 16.5, and 19th with 5.46 yards after catch per reception. To reach his ceiling, Jeudy will have to outplay all of his teammates, including Courtland Sutton, and put up big numbers with the Broncos’ inferior quarterbacks. It seems like the odds are against him, which is why anyone who does target him must do so after 75th overall on Draft Day — perhaps higher only in long-term formats. (
ADP: 6.07 — 10.01
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Born: April 24, 1999, Deerfield Beach, FL

103 — Courtland Sutton, Den (WR42)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos (6/23) Advice: The hope is that Courtland Sutton comes back better than ever from a torn ACL suffered in Week 1 of last season. The stakes couldn’t be higher — Sutton is entering a contract year and could be among the league’s highest-paid receivers with a big campaign. But when we last saw him regularly in 2019, he had a 58% catch rate (54% from Drew Lock), 7.8 targets per game (8.0 with Lock) and didn’t have to share the field with Jerry Jeudy. Since Sutton’s injury, Lock’s made no improvement as a passer, nor has Jeudy nor fellow 2020 rookie K.J. Hamler become established pass catchers. So there’s certainly a chance Sutton can re-emerge to help Fantasy managers, but it’s going to be tough if he’s sharing targets more frequently and doesn’t have a strong catch rate with them. Round 6 is a good time to add Sutton to rosters as a No. 3 option with No. 2 potential. (
Range: 4.12 — 8.08
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Born: October 10, 1995, Brenham, TX

164 — K.J. Hamler, Den (WR74)

2021 fantasy player outlook for K.J. Hamler, WR, Denver Broncos (6/23) Advice: KJ Hamler caught a touchdown every 10 receptions as a rookie but really didn’t flash much until the end of the season. Fantasy managers are hoping for much more in his sophomore campaign. Primarily playing in the slot, Hamler caught just five passes for plays of 20-plus yards (two were catch-and-runs), not exactly what the world was hoping for from a guy with sub-4.3 speed. Not only should Hamler reprise his roles in the return game, but he should also be a fixture in three-receiver sets and have a handful of standout weeks. It’s only enough to make him worth drafting late in deeper formats and in leagues that reward special-teams yards, but Hamler will have some streaming appeal as a high-upside flex. Bank on finding him off waivers during the year. (

174 — Tim Patrick, Den (WR80)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos (6/23) Advice: Tim Patrick is coming off a career year in Denver, but the odds are stacked against him repeating it. With Courtland Sutton out for most of the year and Jerry Jeudy struggling, Patrick posted career-bests across the board to lead the team. Sutton’s coming back strong, Jeudy figures to improve in his second season, KJ Hamler could also take on a bigger role, and the quarterback situation is still messy. Patrick will have to compete for playing time, meaning Fantasy managers shouldn’t expect a repeat of 2020. Don’t draft him unless it’s with a very late pick in the deepest of PPR leagues. (
ADP: 9.05 — 15.12
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Born: November 23, 1993, San Diego, CA

Running Backs

139 — Javonte Williams, Den (RB32)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos (6/23) Advice: Javonte Williams is set to be among the most popular rookies taken in Fantasy drafts. Built like a linebacker, the North Carolina product is a strong, violent runner with good burst, balance, and very quick cuts. He also has very good hands and is as close as a rookie can be to being an effective pass blocker. As part of a two-back committee with the Tar Heels, Williams rumbled for 19 touchdowns (along with three more through the air) and over 1,400 total yards. His experience sharing touches will help him deal with Melvin Gordon in 2021. If you draft Williams (21 years old), you’re hoping Gordon (28) fades sooner than later, leaving Williams as the primary back. Gordon’s pedigree will make him the first back taken in drafts, but Williams’ potential in this offense cannot be ignored. Eager seasonal Fantasy drafters might find themselves reaching for Williams by the end of Round 7, while others would pleasantly take him by Round 9. He’ll definitely be a Round 6 or 7 choice in Dynasty start-ups and keeper leagues, and bank on him getting nabbed between sixth and ninth overall in rookie-only formats. (
Range: 1.09 — 16.01
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Born: April 25, 2000, Wallace, NC

171 — Melvin Gordon III, Den (RB39)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver Broncos (6/23) Advice: Even though Melvin Gordon has scored at least nine touchdowns and totaled at least 75 yards per game in each of his past five seasons, he figures to be an unpopular Fantasy pickup. That’s because the Broncos drafted fresh young rookie Javonte Williams to work in tandem with Gordon. However, many people feel Williams will overtake Gordon at some point this season, making the 28-year-old veteran useless for Fantasy purposes. Here’s the reality: The Broncos prefer a multi-back approach, so Gordon will see work so long as he’s healthy and effective, even if it’s on fewer touches. And that’s the issue: Gordon has hit 15-plus PPR in just 11 of 29 games over the past two seasons, so if he’s seeing fewer touches with Williams in the fold, then the Fantasy frustrations will only grow. You might want to root for someone else to take Gordon by the end of Round 4 before you’re stuck considering him in Round 5 or 6. If the idea of him in your lineup makes your gag reflex kick into overdrive, then strongly consider taking other rushers earlier on Draft Day. (
Range: 3.10 — 6.04
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Born: April 13, 1993, Kenosha, WI

Tight Ends

117 — Noah Fant, Den (TE6)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos (6/23) Advice: Noah Fant is running out of time to be a major Fantasy asset. He scored 33 PPR points in his first two games of 2020, seemingly on his way to a breakout campaign, but then averaged 7.5 PPR points the rest of the way with only three outings north of 10 points. In non-PPR he had only three games with seven-plus points all season! So what gives? His 64.2% career catch rate isn’t too bad, and his target share blossomed to a not-bad-for-a-TE 6.2 per game in 2020. The man needs more touchdowns after scoring only three in each of his first two seasons. To get more scores he’ll need more targets near and in the end zone; he had just four in 2020 and six in 2019. That’s 6.3% of his career targets! Gross! A man Fant’s size should be more involved in the paint, but the Broncos have a bunch of different playmakers who will continue to keep Fant’s touchdown share small. A decent schedule helps, but he’s at best a pick around 100th overall as either a streaming tight end or as a breakout candidate who just might be in a make-or-break year. (
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