RotoViz is continuing our look back on the 2019 rookies with a review of Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. After a promising preseason, Arcega-Whiteside crashed and burned in the regular season. So what can we expect from J.J. Arcega-Whiteside during the 2020 fantasy football season?
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside’s Rookie Season
Per the NFL Stat Explorer, Arcega-Whiteside ranked outside the top 100 among WRs, all major categories save for touchdowns, in which he ranked 98th (He scored one TD.)
- He had 10 catches for 169 yards, so the 16.9 average is certainly encouraging
- He never had more than two catches in a single game
We’re leaving the door somewhat open for JJAW “because of his draft slot and the gaudy market share numbers he posted from 2016 to 2018,” wrote RotoViz’s Shawn Siegele. Fair enough. But things certainly look bleak — especially when you look at his comps.
Using the RotoViz Screener‘s Similarity Search, I found the closest rookie WR comps to Arcega-Whiteside over the last two decades. Here are the results:
And here’s how these players fared in their second season, which could give you an idea on what to expect from J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in 2020:
Chris Conley is Arcega-Whiteside’s best comp by about 10 miles, and Conley has barely averaged 400 receiving yards through five years.
- The Good: Conley has carved out a role as a supporting player in NFL offenses, which is better than riding the bench or sitting at home, we suppose. But there’s not a ton of fantasy value.
- The Bad: DeVier Posey? Amara Darboh?! Yikes.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside 2020 fantasy football outlook
Arcega-Whiteside’s 2019 campaign was about as bad as it gets for a highly-drafted WR. Not only did he fail to produce — he flatlined despite a perfect storm for early-career opportunity. The Eagles played large swaths of the season without Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor, and even Zach Ertz. They desperately needed a playmaker, and JJAW didn’t step up.
Arcega-Whiteside is undraftable in redraft leagues in 2020, but his second-round draft grade, his strong college production, his flashy 2019 preseason, and the fact he’s only 23 are enough to keep him on your waiver wire radar.