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|First round draft pick Courtland Sutton underwhelmed when given an opportunity after the Broncos traded veteran Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders went down with an injury. Many fantasy owners viewed this sudden shift in the passing game as an opportunity for Sutton to display the skills that made him one of the most highly-touted rookies in the class. His 50 percent catch rate and just 704 yards on the season with four touchdowns were not what we had in mind, however, as Sutton struggled to create separation and secure the ball. He caught more than three passes in a game just three times in 2018 and while all three of those games came in the final five weeks of the season, it's still concerning that he was unable to produce more than that given the lack of competition.
Still, Sutton had an overall solid rookie season when you consider his total numbers in comparison to the average rookie receiver. Most draft experts pegged Sutton as a raw talent who needed to refine his craft at the pro level, so it should have been no surprise that he was not particularly efficient as a rookie.
He's still by far the most likely player in this offense to have a breakout 2019 season, although he may not be the safest of the bunch. Be careful banking too much on Sutton this season in standard leagues as his production might be difficult to predict, but there is a good possibility of some breakout games which would be very helpful in best ball formats.
| Emmanuel Sanders will practice on limited basis|
Will not go on PUP list to start camp
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Jul 17, 1:20 pm
|Emmanuel Sanders will not go on PUP list. Will start practicing tomorrow on limited basis. Good sign. (Mike Klis on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Broncos are reporting to training camp today and as expected, Sanders will begin working out on a limited basis, hoping to be active in team drills some time in August. Sanders is recovering from an Achilles injury raising red flags about his 2019 fantasy value. Sanders, Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton sit atop the Broncos wide receiver depth chart.
| Courtland Sutton think's he's the No.1 WR|
Sanders not expected to be ready until mid- to late-August
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Jul 9, 11:15 pm
|"I’m excited going into this season knowing that I am going to get to be the No. 1 and I’ll get all of the looks and all of the pressure,’’ he said. If new passer Joe Flacco and the Broncos’ offense under new coordinator Rich Scangarello are to make an immediate positive impact in 2019, Sutton must do more in year two.
Emmanuel Sanders, who was the team’s No. 1 receiver last year until he suffered a late-season Achilles injury, is not expected to be full-go for team drills until mid- to late-August. (9News.com)|
FFToday's Take: With Sanders recovering from Achilles injury, Courtland Sutton has an opportunity to become the Broncos main receiving target in 2019. Whether or not he takes advantage of the opportunity is another story. The Broncos reciving corps is young with DaeSean Hamilton and Tim Patrick filling out the top four on the depth chart. Sutton is worthy of a mid-round flier in both standard and PPR leagues.