Every year there are a handful of players who lose a significant amount of value as soon as the NFL Draft happens. A new, younger, rookie is drafted to the same position by the same team as your RB2 or WR3 and his value immediately tanks. I am here this week to defend some of those players.
Sutton has done everything the Broncos have asked through his first two years in the league. He is the team's WR1, and he looks to be the go-to target for Drew Lock in his second year. In 2018, his rookie year, Sutton finished as WR51 in 0.5 PPR leagues. Last year, Sutton jumped all the way up to WR19. That is precisely the kind of ascent a fantasy manager looks for when projecting a future WR1 in fantasy football.
No surprises here. Head coach Jon Gruden is only entering year 3 of his 10-year megacontract and he hasn't screwed anything up so he's staying. His offensive coordinator Greg Olsen and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther have both been inoffensive so both are being retained as well.
This rookie class is absurdly deep. There were 6 RBs selected in the first two rounds of the NFL draft and 11 in the first three rounds. There were 6 WRs selected in the first round and another 7 selected in the 2nd round. By comparison, the previous 5 years saw an average of 3.8 RBs and 7.8 receivers in the first 2 rounds. The 2020 draft was deeper at both the RB and WR positions than recent years have been, which has pushed some exciting players down dynasty draft boards and made it difficult to make the case that it's an outrage that Player X isn’t going in the top Y picks – but damn it I’m gonna try!