We’re in the thick of the NFL offseason, and it’s officially time to start fantasy football prep. I’ll be answering the biggest questions heading into the 2021 season. Click here to read the series of questions answered so far.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are in a new era headlined by head coach Urban Meyer, Tim Tebow and No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence. Optimism is warranted: Lawrence appears to be what the kids like to call a generational prospect, and there are enough weapons across the offense to feasibly imagine this group putting up a decent number of points.
Of course, nothing is for certain until real football is actually played. For now, we’re forced to siphon through coach speak and beat writer tips in order to determine the potential pecking order of things. This is particularly true in the passing game, where D.J. Chark, Laviska Shenault and Marvin Jones, among others, will compete for snaps and targets.
What follows is a breakdown of just how talented Lawrence’s various receivers are as well as what we should make of them as fantasy assets ahead of 2021.
Good things happen when Shenault gets the football
There arguably wasn’t a more versatile rookie in the NFL than Shenault last season. The Jaguars fed their second-round pick 79 targets and 18 rushing attempts, utilizing the 6-foot-1, 227-pound hybrid as both a receiver and a rusher with great success.
66 seconds of Laviska Shenault making plays pic.twitter.com/zTTqfEeyUI
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) April 6, 2021
PFF’s Kevin Cole has been doing a fantastic series looking at the breakout potential of the league’s various second-year wide receivers. The following notes from Cole particularly stood out:
“Shenault’s most comparable players include bigger-bodied receivers, many of whom were frequently targeted underneath as rookies. Jordan Matthews, Diontae Johnson and D.J. Moore all had aDOTs under 10 yards as rookies. Shenault does have the requisite size and college performance history to function as a downfield threat. Seven of Shenault's top-10 comps ended up as top-20 PPR wide receivers in their second seasons, hinting at an encouraging outlook. But many were also drafted in the top 20, and Shenault’s current best-ball ADP is WR45.”