Dede Westbrook Fantasy Football Outlook Following Impressive Preseason Performance

Dan Israeli
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Now that Blake Bortles is finally out of Jacksonville, and has been replaced by Nick Foles, the Jaguars' passing game is suddenly relevant for fantasy purposes. The most hyped wide receiver heading into the season has been third-year man Dede Westbrook, who did a lot to validate his breakout status in Jacksonville's Week 3 preseason game against the Dolphins.

Westbrook finished the game with four receptions for 29 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown thrown by Foles. It was certainly an encouraging outing, considering Westbrook was targeted six times by his starting quarterback, all but solidifying his role as the top option in Jacksonville's (hopefully) revamped passing game.

Westbrook was taken by the Jags in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. A two-year starter at Oklahoma, Westbrook won the Biletnikoff Award in his second season as the nation's best wide receiver, after posting an 80-1,524-17 line in 13 games. Despite that, he fell to the fourth round of the draft, as his projections varied following Westbrook's decision to not participate in any drills at the 2017 NFL Combine.

After a very quiet rookie year (27-339-1), Westbrook had a mini-breakout in his second season, catching 66 balls for 717 yards and five touchdowns. The fact that he will now receive a quarterback upgrade in Foles, as well as potential target increase on last year's 101 looks, makes Westbrook primed for an even bigger season in what many consider the "breakout third year" for NFL wide receivers.

While second-year Jags WR D.J. Chark has also been drawing some camp praise, it is Westbrook who seems to have the best chemistry with Foles heading into the season. As the WR37 according to average draft position (ADP), Westbrook is just inside the top 100 picks in fantasy drafts.

While there are some other intriguing names around him, few have a chance to be the number one receiver on their own team, making Westbrook a high upside play for the 2019 with a relatively safe floor based on his 2018 output.

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