Courtland Sutton Fantasy Outlook Bright With Improved Efficiency in 2019 Season

Zach Brunner
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Second-year wide receiver Courtland Sutton was a highly touted fantasy option in the preseason, but has since been going under the radar. But while many have been quiet about the Denver Broncos receiver, he has shown positive early signs that point to 2019 being a breakout season.

Sutton worked hard on his route tree during the offseason to expand his game, and it has shown to bring him success through the first three weeks. He has improved his yards per route run from 1.32 to 2.11, ranking 23rd at the position in 2019. Sutton also appears to have worked on his hands, improving his catch rate by 20 percentage points from his rookie year.

The second-year receiver's skill set fits perfectly with the big arm of Joe Flacco. While this offense has not fully opened up yet, it has led to Sutton racking up 247 receiving yards, which is 15th among wide receivers and 18th overall. He has been the favorite downfield target of Flacco, leading the team in air yards with 75 more than veteran Emmanuel Sanders.

Despite this success, Sutton ranks only as WR39 in standard scoring fantasy football leagues. This low ranking, however, is mostly because Sutton has failed to find the end zone, which should change if he keeps getting significant volume. Just a single touchdown would vault Sutton's ranking up to WR26.

With 9.5 percent of Sutton's catches going for touchdowns last season, he should be due for a positive regression in the touchdown column in 2019, which would immediate put him in play as a starting wide receiver in fantasy. He is a great buy-low candidate for Week 4.

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