Treylon Burks Fantasy Football Outlook 2022 (Can He Take Over No. 1 WR Role in Tennessee?)
The Tennessee Titans traded wide receiver A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles in a shocking move during the 2022 NFL Draft. They received the No. 18 overall pick in return, which was used to select Treylon Burks. Burks logged 1,216 yards and 12 touchdowns on 66 catches as a senior at Arkansas.
With that being the case, it's no surprise to see Burks check in as one of the top rookies in fantasy football rankings this year. His average draft position (ADP) has him going as the 44th wide receiver off the board and as a ninth-round selection.
Treylon Burks Fantasy Football Outlook
There is a massive void to fill in the Titans' passing attack this season as Brown leaves behind 105 targets, 63 receptions, 869 yards and 5 touchdowns from 2021 (13 games). Burks could take on that role, but it's important to mention that Roberts Woods was also brought in via trade this offseason. Woods is a savvy nine-year veteran that has never accumulated less than 500 yards in a season. He is coming off a torn ACL, though, and could be limited to the slot receiver position.
Burks has the intangibles needed to make an immediate impact. He stands at 6-foot-2 and weighs 225 pounds, which means he has the size to take on even the league's biggest defenders. He also averaged 8.5 yards after the catch over his final two college seasons. That ranked 14th out of 169 qualified wide receivers. The 22-year-old's ability to take a short pass and turn it into a long gain will certainly come in handy for Tennessee. Burks is a deep threat.
The upside that comes with drafting Burks is that his skillset and situation makes him a possible top-30 option at the position. The downside that comes with drafting Burks is that his floor is much lower than some of the other players drafted around him. Keep in mind quarterback Ryan Tannehill averaged only 10.5 yards per completion in 2021 (T-No. 24 in NFL) and 219.6 passing yards per game (No. 20 in NFL). That makes being patient with the rookie the most important thing here.
Treylon Burks Projections
Projections from the NFL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook don't expect Burks to come out the gate swinging in 2022. He's 44th to lead the NFL in receiving yards (+10000), which compares to where Kendrick Bounre finished the 2021 season at with 800 yards. Burks is also not included among the 61 wide receivers listed in the odds to lead the NFL in receiving touchdowns. That's despite the fact that fellow rookies like Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson are. When taking into account Burks' college average of 16.4 yards per reception, it's possible he only needs to log 50 receptions to outperform expectations with the Titans.
Is Treylon Burks a Good Fantasy Football Pick?
When it comes down to it, is Burks someone to target in the middle rounds? For sure, but fantasy managers have to be aware of his low floor. Burks doesn't sneak into the top 50 wide receivers inThe Duel's PPR fantasy football rankings, but he's a great option for managers willing to take a risk.
What fantasy managers cannot do here is expect a Ja'Marr Chase-esque season from Burks. More often than not, it takes time for rookies to adjust to a NFL style of play. Burks does have a chance to finish with a similar rookie season to DeVonta Smith, though (No. 30 WR: 946 yards & 5 touchdowns).
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