Will Jaguar’s QB Trevor Lawrence be a fantasy soccer bust?
There are several ways to enjoy an NFL game, and playing fantasy football is one of them. There are some Jacksonville Jaguars players who could have productive fantasy seasons. Wide receivers DJ Chark Jr. and Laviska Shenault Jr. could be a few tempting picks. James Robinson will now have to share the backcourt with rookie Travis Etienne but he could be another solid pick. What about rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence?
Pro Football Network’s Tommy Garrett recently put together a list of nine potential fantasy football busts in 2021, and Lawrence did it. Other players who made the list included Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs.
Garrett believes Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert had a stellar rookie campaign in 2020 and the Clemson product should top it after being anointed “The Next Andrew Luck.” However, he doesn’t think he might be able to. Garrett points out that a total of eight quarterbacks were drafted first since 2020 and only three of them ended up in the top 12 in the fantasy points. He goes on to say that the number one quarterbacks rank 16th on average in their rookie campaign.
Also, Garrett believes the current state of the Jaguars couldn’t help Lawrence get top numbers from a fantasy standpoint.
There’s a reason the Jaguars were # 1 overall. Add to that the fact that they have a brand new head coach making the leap from college to the pros, and the deck is stacked against Trevor Lawrence.
Trevor Lawrence won’t be a fantasy football bust in 2021.
Sure, expectations of Trevor Lawrence on the soccer field are high. Fantasy football, however, is an entirely different matter. You will have a hard time finding someone to pick him early in their fantasy design. When you think of top fantasy picks, there are at least 50 players selected before the former tiger. There is a good chance he will become a standout player in the future, but there are other players you should definitely take before him in your fantasy league.
Among those drafted early in several leagues, you’ll find Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and even Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. When it comes to the quarterback position, there are at least 15 better options than Lawrence. So how does a middle or late fantasy selection qualify as a failure?
In fact, in fantasy football on the street, Trevor Lawrence could have many advantages. The Jaguars have a well-rounded wide receiver corps. Even if they don’t win enough games, the rookie quarterback will hand out the ball, which could result in a solid fantasy production. That said, it might be better to wait a year to see if he becomes a top fantasy pick.