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Denzel Mims Fantasy Outlook Includes Intriguing Upside With Jets

Larry Rupp
Denzel Mims has a frame and the skills to become a major red zone threat for the New York Jets.
Denzel Mims has a frame and the skills to become a major red zone threat for the New York Jets. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images
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Many New York Jets fans hoped the team would address the need at wide receiver early on in the draft, which they did when they selected Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims at No. 59 overall. He immediately slides into the No. 3 spot behind Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder.

Currently being drafted as the No. 73 wide receiver in fantasy football, according to FantasyPros' average draft position (ADP) data, Mims' upside makes him a boom-or-bust option, as his success may be determined by how much of a threat he can become in the red zone.

Denzel Mims Fantasy Outlook

Following a hamstring injury, Mims recently returned to practice for the Jets and has said himself that he will be ready to go for Week 1 of the NFL season. That would be a vital and quick recovery for a player who posted a 4.38-second 40-yard dash time and is known for his speed out on the field.

One of the most touted attributes of Mims coming out of college was his ability to go up and win contested battles for the football. He caught at least eight touchdowns during each of his last three season at Baylor. With a 6' 3" 20-lb. frame, Mims could become Sam Darnold's go-to receiver when they are close to the end zone. Last year, Le'Veon Bell lead the team with 16 red zone targets, and that shows the need for a receiver who has the knack for scoring.

The departure of Robby Anderson and Demaryius Thomas leaves 154 targets to be accounted for, giving Mims a good opportunity to step into a solid role in the offense. If he can show quarterback Sam Darnold that he is dependable early on, he may start to look his way more often as the season goes on. If Darnold returns to his 2018 form, the passing game could greatly improve for the Jets this season and benefit Mims as well.

His late ADP means that Mims is going undrafted in many leagues, but is a guy to keep your eye on if he starts to produce in the early weeks of the season or finds the endzone a few times.

Injuries are bound to happen, and you'll likely be looking on the waiver wire for a solid replacement at some point this season. Keep an eye on Mims, because he fits the mold of a bench receiver with upside to become more than just that.


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