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One of my favorite offseason targets across my dynasty leagues was second-year wide receiver Parris Campbell. Hampered by a slew of injuries last season, Campbell was a forgotten player heading into 2020. His disappointing rookie season, new quarterback, and unknown health all played into his depressed value. Now, with Week 1 behind us, fantasy owners finally have a reason for optimism.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell had an encouraging Week 1, catching six balls for 71 yards on nine targets. Campbell showed in Week 1 why the Colts were so excited about him when they drafted him. While Week 1 was a solid performance, fantasy owners would be advised to wait on him a while before putting him in their starting lineups. Last week against the Jaguars was the most yards and targets he ever saw in an NFL game. The Vikings are certainly a favorable matchup this week, so he can build on his performance if he continues to see consistent targets. If he continues to show consistency, he can be a legitimate flex option in the future. Campbell has a DFS price of $4,500, so DraftKings agrees that he still needs to prove himself to be considered a legitimate fantasy starter.
Forgotten Rookie Season
If you need a refresher, Campbell was a strong producer in college who tallied more targets, more receptions and more receiving yards than his collegiate teammate Terry McLaurin during their three years at Ohio State. Campbell was also drafted a full round earlier than McLaurin, going in the second round to the Indianapolis Colts. His elite athleticism was on full display at the combine as well.
His rookie season was derailed by injuries that included a sports hernia, a hamstring injury, a broken hand, and a broken foot. Couple that with a redraft ADP outside of the WR60 range, and it appears Campbell was a forgotten player by many in the fantasy community. I wrote about Campbell this offseason and wondered if he could put his rookie season behind him. His strong performance in Week 1 demonstrated his potential role and upside this season.
An Emerging Star
The buzz around the Colts organization this offseason was the signing of veteran quarterback Philip Rivers and the drafting college superstar running back Jonathan Taylor. In Week 1, the Colts lost Marlon Mack for the season, which could further open the door for Taylor. On the receiving end, Campbell paced or tied all players in targets and receiving yards.
Campbell’s 20% target share and 82% offensive snap rate gave us a glimpse into how valuable his role could be in this offense. The Colts will lean heavily on Taylor and Nyheim Hines in the ground game, but Campbell’s slot role and raw athleticism will propel him to a safe floor and a high ceiling. Even more exciting, the Colts wide receivers have a strong schedule over the next three weeks.
Wide Receiver Strength of Schedule – Weeks 2-4
Stay tuned for my Week 2 Buy Low Report next week, and you might see Campbell’s name again.