Just four days before the Denver Broncos kick off their 2020 season against the Tennesse Titans, Courtland Sutton has suffered an injury at practice.
It remains to be seen how serious the injury is, but Sutton projects to be one of the most important pieces of this offense, and even a short absence will really shake up the fantasy football value of plenty of Broncos.
After Emmanuel Sanders was traded last year, leaving Sutton as the clear WR1, Sutton averaged 4.0 receptions and 60.9 yards on 7.9 targets per game. That was good for a 25 percent market share of his team's targets, which was tied for the eighth-highest share for any wideout in that stretch.
If Sutton misses any time, the freed up volume will give a nice boost to Denver's other receiving options.
Jerry Jeudy Fantasy Outlook
A rookie first-round pick, Jerry Jeudy's fantasy football value is somewhat limited as a clear No. 2 option behind Sutton, and maybe even as the No. 3 option behind Sutton and tight end Noah Fant. If Sutton misses any time, however, the highly touted rookie will step up as the team's lead wide receiver.
He would still have a shaky outlook in Week 1, however. A wide receiver who hasn't even been able to get preseason reps in this limited offseason is not an exciting proposition to start in fantasy. He should be added off the waiver wire if he's available in your league anyway, because his long-term upside is huge if Sutton misses much time.
Noah Fantasy Fantasy Outlook
Rookie tight ends are often slow to get established in an NFL offense, but Fant showed some really impressive flashes down the stretch in 2019. He racked up at least 50 yards in four of his final eight games, also eclipsing 100 in two of those four.
He had a 15 percent target share after Sanders left (T-No. 14 among tight ends), and Sutton's absence should push that share even higher.
Since the Broncos aren't playing until Monday, we may not even get a concrete update on Sutton before Sunday's 1 p.m. games kick off. If that's the case, you really have no choice but to bench Sutton in Week 1.
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