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Parris Campbell Fantasy Outlook Rises as The Athletic's 2021 Colts Breakout Pick

Max Staley
Parris Campbell's fantasy outlook is on the rise.
Parris Campbell's fantasy outlook is on the rise. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Parris Campbell has flashed supreme talent in his two years at the NFL level. But the speedster out of Ohio State has yet to put it all together, having dealt with a litany of injuries. The 23-year-old wideout has missed 23 of a possible 32 NFL games.

But the Indianapolis Colts remain high on the third-year wideout. And so do the folks over at The Athletic, as Colts' beat writer Zak Keefer picked Campbell as the team's best breakout candidate for the 2021 season.

Obviously, that would have big implications for his fantasy football value.

Parris Campbell Fantasy Outlook

Coming off a solid rookie campaign, Campbell was a popular fantasy breakout pick this time last year. It seemed like he was going to make a lot of analysts look smart, opening the year with 6 catches on 9 targets for 71 receiving yards (and a 9-yard rush) in Week 1. He led the team in both yards and targets.

Unfortunately, Campbell tore MCL and PCL after playing just 2 snaps in Week 2. He would go on to miss the rest of the season.

When evaluating Campbell for 2021, it's impossible to ignore his injury history. But it's just as tough to ignore the talent. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash at the 2019 NFL Combine and owns a 97th percentile speed score and burst score, according to PlayerProfiler. Receivers like that don't grow on trees.

If he does manage to stay healthy, he's got a real shot to be a huge factor in the Colts' passing game. Campbell will likely start alongside T.Y. Hilton and Michael Pittman Jr. in three-WR sets. With Hilton turning 32 midway through this season, Campbell could eat into a good chunk of the 93 targets Hilton saw last year, or potentially take over as the team's primary deep threat.

That's valuable in a Carson Wentz-led offense. When Wentz was at his best, he was going deep early and often. The Colts' new franchise quarterback had an average depth of target (aDOT) of 10.3 in his near-MVP campaign in 2017.

If Frank Reich, who was Wentz's offensive coordinator that year, can get his QB looking like his old self, Campbell could be looking at a ton of downfield opportunities this year.

And if he stays healthy, he's got more than enough talent to turn that into serious production. That's a smart gamble to take in the mid-to-late rounds of a fantasy draft.

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