In The Blitz, RotoViz writers react to the latest news and help you place it within the context of our 2020 research and recommendations.
The 2020 season has been one filled with euphoric highs and crushing lows. One of my favorite positions to track, research, and cover are wide receivers, primarily rookie wide receivers. This class has been as good as advertised, and fantasy managers everywhere are thrilled with their investments. However, one rookie wide receiver who missed a chunk of the season due to injury is making his presence felt.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Jalen Reagor caught four passes in a Week 11 loss to the Cleveland Browns, gaining 52 scoreless yards. The rookie was targeted five times and continued to look good despite most of the offense around him looking quite the opposite. With the struggles of the Eagles offense overall, it’s hard to trust any of their pass catchers in fantasy lineups, but Week 12 against the extremely soft Seahawks secondary seems like a get-right spot. Reagor will have some nice upside and a decent floor next week.
Before the 2020 NFL combine, many around the industry thought Reagor could push for one of the fastest 40-yard dash times in history. Unfortunately, he clocked in slower than anticipated (4.47), but he also tested quite a bit heavier than he played in college. If you check out the rest of his testing numbers, he demonstrated elite explosive ability.
At first glance, his collegiate production numbers are nothing special. However, it’s worth noting that he played with multiple less-than-stellar quarterbacks, and his play on the field highlights his incredible athletic ability. Reagor serves as a great reminder that both the film and analytic community can agree on a player and take a holistic approach to have a true understanding of a prospect.
Despite a slow start to his rookie season hampered by injuries, Reagor is starting to settle into his role as the primary wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles. He has seen 18 targets over his past three games and is looking more comfortable on the field. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of quarterback Carson Wentz. Those who have long defended Wentz point to his lack of support and injuries to his playmakers. While I understand those views, I am finding it increasingly difficult to give him another pass. His decision making is questionable at best, and I believe the problems run deeper than just unhealthy pass catchers.
For Reagor, he remains someone I am looking to buy across my dynasty leagues. It’s important to note that the Eagles spent a high draft pick on quarterback Jalen Hurts, who has seen limited action this season. He certainly offers an exciting change of pace with his mobility and overall athletic profile. Whether or not Hurts sees the field this season is dependent on a variety of factors. As crazy as it is to say, the Eagles are not just in the playoff hunt, but they are in the thick of the race to host a playoff game. The coaching staff may stick with Wentz simply because of the poor division overall. Regardless of the quarterback situation, Reagor is a must-add in all formats.