By Logan Brown (@loganbrown0805)
The 2021 NFL draft impacted a lot of fantasy players. As I mentioned in my previous article, some big winners were Myles Gaskin, Allen Robinson and Michael Pittman Jr and so many more. With every winner there must be a loser. Here are a few players I believe lost value after the 2021 draft, but do not have any implications against being a football player.
Alright alright, here me out. I am not saying Ja’Marr Chase is a bust or isn’t going to be a viable fantasy option.I am strictly going off a landing spot, I believe Chase is a fantasy loser.
With AJ Green out of town and signing with Arizona, sure he is leaving 104 targets open for Chase, which is more than enough targets to go around however Chase is a rookie. Rookie wide receivers typically take a year to adapt, for example, Henry Ruggs and Jalen Raegor combined stats together 848 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The Cincinnati Bengals averaged 215 passing yards for the 2020 season, ranking 27th best in the NFL and just 35 yards more than the New England Patriots. Burrow was sacked 32 times last year, in only 10 games. Adding another offensive weapon can make you a better quarterback but not if you don’t have enough time to throw in the pocket. If Chase would have landed with the Chargers or the Titans I believe Chase’s ceiling would be much higher.
Chase’s floor this year should be a minimum of a wide receiver 30th as that is just around what accomplished 2020 rookies finished at (Higgins-28th, Brandon Aiyuk-33rd, Chase Claypool -24th).
The 24 year old wideout showed a lot of potential in Kyler Murray’s rookie season in 2019 finishing the season with 108 targets and 709 yards, with the average yard per catch being 10.43, and following up that year with a 79 target season and just shy of 13 yards per touch.
Kirk’s biggest downfall has been high receptions as he has only been over 50 receptions in his 3 years with Arizona. Rookie Rondale Moore was drafted in the 2nd round which could be a fill in for Larry Fitgerald as he is expected to hang up the cleats. Fitzgerald also had more targets and receptions than Kirk last year in Fitzgeralds 17th season. However, the Arizona Cardinals brought in AJ Green, as I just stated above, had over 100 targets.
Kliff Kingsbury loves his passing attack however, Hopkins will be Kyler’s first and second look this season, which will be tough to allow any higher volume than Kirk has seen in the past. If you can move Kirk for a rookie 2022 2nd pick or an older veteran (Adam Thielen, Cole Beasely (wide receiver 27 last year), or TY Hilton) that would be a great deal.
Hollywood! One of my favorite dynasty prospects got a pretty heavy ding to his 2021 fantasy stock due to rookie Rashod Bateman going in the first round.
The Baltimore Ravens average 172 passing yards per game, 32nd best in the NFL. While finishing 36th last year in PPR this mostly came from the final 6 games as he had 3 top 24 finishes, while in the previous weeks only one. The Ravens are known for running the ball so adding any new wide receivers to the mix is only going to make things more difficult to project and expect for the promising 23 year old.
Sammy Watkins also joined the Ravens core, while might not seem like a problem, Sammy Watkins and Bateman are both over 6ft tall which gives a bigger frame for Lamar Jackson to throw to. While I haven’t given up yet on him from a dynasty prospect, it is a bummer we won’t get the full breakout experience.
If you are in a rebuilding mode, I am 100% for you keeping him however as a win now team, moving on from him will help you as he will be a boom or bust player this year.