We have already talked about the underrated players in the 2020 Fantasy Football season. However, Jalen Reagor is THE most underrated player heading into the 2020 Fantasy Football season. He is a MUST DRAFT this year.
These underrated players are the guys that can be referred to as “league winners”. They outperform their Average Draft Position by so much that it’s like you a get free, higher pick.
Reagor is the epitome of someone that can qualify as a league winner. For one of your last picks in the draft, you can get a player with a high floor and high upside. Usually, this combination is only found in the first few rounds.
So here is my six-pack of reasons why Jalen Reagor is the best pick this year in Fantasy Football drafts. The ADP data is per Fantasy Pros on August 20th and all references are for Points Per Reception leagues.
2020 Fantasy Football: Why You Should Draft Jalen Reagor
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The Situation Part I
Jalen Reagor is the WR1 in Philadelphia. Alshon Jeffery has missed 20 games over the past four seasons and is already on the PUP list with a foot injury. Foot injuries are tricky and tend to linger, as this one has since last season.
DeSean Jackson’s mouth has gotten him in trouble in the offseason with some alarming quotes. If his mouth doesn’t send him to the sidelines or the waiver wire, his body most definitely will. Jackson has started all 16 games just once in his career. He will turn 34 years old during the season and has missed 27 games over the past five seasons.
The only other receiver with more than 40 targets last season, Nelson Agholor, is gone. The other top returning receiver is former college quarterback Greg Ward. While he was a fun story last season, his talent cannot be put in the same comparison as Reagor.
The Situation Part II
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) August 17, 2020
The 2019 season was just an injury disaster for the Eagles’ wide receivers. However, before that, Carson Wentz produced a top receiver that scored at least 171.4 Fantasy Points each of his first three seasons. The per-game average of said receivers was nearly 13 Fantasy Points per game. In 2018, Jeffery had a 228-Fantasy Point pace, which would have been WR17 last season.
Agholor had been the second receiver in the Eagles’ offense the past four seasons. In his last two healthy seasons, Agholor hauled in more than 60 catches on almost 100 targets for an average of more than 750 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns.
While that may not sound that impressive, that is the production FLOOR for Reagor. Those numbers are good enough to be a WR3. So the situation is that Reagor has a WR3 floor with a high-end WR2 upside (maybe more -- we will get to that).
Reagor was the Big XII Freshman of the Year and followed that up with back-to-back All-Big XII selections. Think about the number of great receivers to come out of that conference in the past few seasons and he is right there with any of them.
While his numbers don’t blow you away, you have to realize he had some terrible quarterback play in Fort Worth (which brings me to my one knock on him: that he didn’t stick with Texas Tech!!!). Nevertheless, he had 1,067 yards receiving and 11 total touchdowns as a sophomore before injuries slowed down his junior year.
He did show the explosiveness that he brings to the table, averaging a ridiculous 20.8 yards per punt return as a junior. That was second in the nation to Jaylen Waddle, a guy that will be a very high pick next year.
The first time I saw Reagor play football he was a junior at Waxahachie High School here in Texas. The explosiveness was undeniable then and has only gotten more exceptional. He literally jumps off the field at you like an eye-popping statistic on a page.
Let’s just compare his physical talent to Jackson. Reagor is two inches taller and 30 pounds heavier than Jackson. His vertical jump at the NFL Combine (42 inches!!!) was seven and a half inches higher than Jackson’s and his broad jump was almost a foot and a half longer. Reagor was a Texas state champion in the Long Jump.
While his 40-yard dash time was not as fast as he had hoped (still a 4.47), the explosiveness is what shows. He is one of those guys that just plays fast. Reagor also has his head on straight as far as work ethic and the drive to be great. He is the son of 9-year NFL veteran Monte Reagor.
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) August 18, 2020
The entire Fantasy Football community is falling over themselves to argue about who likes the rookie running backs the most this season. I don’t know if it is due to the quarantine or what, but a group of running backs seen as mostly average entering the draft is now being hyped as great.
Well newsflash: Reagor was selected in the NFL draft over every single one of those running backs. He was selected eleven picks above even the now Round One Fantasy pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire. I know, positional priority and stuff; but being selected dozens of picks ahead of someone else means something, no matter the position. That team using a first-round pick needs that player to succeed and show that success quickly.
More important than the draft capital used on the rookie is the opportunity. Every one of the rookie running backs entered a situation with either an established back in place or a recent similar pick used on a running back.
Obviously Damien Williams opting out opened up the door for CEH. However, Reagor is still the TWELFTH rookie off the board in redraft leagues. Which leads me to…
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Reagor is currently being drafted as the WR54 in PPR leagues, 139th overall. There are two kickers and four defenses with higher ADP right now. What are we doing?
While Reagor is the highest-drafted Eagles’ receiver, he is the latest presumable WR1 of any team to be picked. To say that the top wide receiver on a team that throws a decent amount (11th and 7th in passing offense the past two seasons) is only worth a Round Twelve pick is absurd.
I would say that Reagor has the highest target opportunity of any of the rookie wide receivers, yet four are being picked above him.
At the end of the day, you must draft Jalen Reagor around his current cost. You are getting a fringe WR3 with high-end WR2 upside for what is probably your last skill position selection. Fantasy Football greatness comes when talent and opportunity collide. That’s what we have in Philadelphia. Thank me later.
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