Ja'Marr Chase

Ja'Marr Chase

WR - CIN
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College: LSU
Cincinnati Bengals

2021 Season Outlooks

Ja'Marr Chase was the best receiver in the 2021 class and it's hard to imagine a better landing spot. Chase played with Joe Burrow in college and he should instantly be the team's No. 1 receiver and a low-end No. 2 Fantasy option. That's worth a pick in the first five rounds of a redraft league. In Dynasty, Chase is an instant top-12 receiver and should be the No. 1 overall pick in a rookie-only draft. This may all seem a bit aggressive for a 21-year-old receiver who sat out 2020, but remember Justin Jefferson? While you shouldn't expect Chase to match Jefferson's rookie year, you should remember that in 2019 Chase had 240 more yards and two more touchdowns playing alongside Jefferson and Burrow at LSU.
We’re not sure we’d call Chase a generational talent, but he was our clear WR1 in this draft class. He has all of the hallmarks of a future WR1, both in real life and in fantasy.A massive target ceiling isn’t likely for the 5th overall pick, at least as long as Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins stay healthy. But the Bengals’ heavy 11 personnel and the departure of A.J. Green made it easy to find 119 targets for the rookie. Only 21, the Louisiana native will carry a WR2 ceiling into September.  
Chase was selected by the Bengals with the fifth-overall pick of April's draft. The LSU product is a versatile and physical 6-foot, 201-pound wideout with a laundry list of assets, including good strength, speed, hands, as well as ball-tracking and tackle-breaking ability. He opted out of the 2020 season, but he's only 21 years old and broke out at the young age of 19. The Bengals had a third WR on the field on 82% of their offensive plays in 2020 (2nd most in NFL), so playing time won't be an issue even with Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins in the fold. Also, consider that since 2009, five of the six WRs picked Top 6 in the draft were top-30 fantasy WRs as rookies. Chase has elite upside and is immediately on the WR3 radar.
Chase's college stats with Joe Burrow were eye-popping. It's hard to say which of the following is most impressive: 1,870 yards, 21.2 yards per catch, or 20 receiving touchdowns. All of them led to Chase winning the Biletnikoff Award in 2019 before opting out in 2020. Chase might not begin the season as a starter in Cincinnati, but he'll likely play significant snaps. If he picks up the offense well, he adds a perimeter threat that would allow Tyler Boyd to move inside and play the slot where he's more comfortable.

2021 Fantasy Football Rankings

Standard

#70

PPR

#71

Half-PPR

#72

Superflex

#83

2021 Fantasy Football Draft Projections

Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec TD
72.1 975.8 4.8

2021 Average Draft Position (ADP)

Standard

#69

Pick 6.09

PPR

#67

Pick 6.07

Half-PPR

#65

Pick 6.05

Superflex

#86

Pick 8.02

Injury Risk

Injury Risk:
Low

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