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Courtland Sutton's Quiet Top-20 Season in 2023



The Broncos offense has seemingly turned a corner this year after their abysmal 1-5 start, winning their last four games to get back to .500 and right back into the thick of the playoff race. Even with the struggles and inconsistency throughout the year on offense, WR Courtland Sutton has quietly put together a very high-quality 2023 season through ten games and has established himself as Russell Wilson’s No. 1 target in a crowded WR room. That’s come in the form of elite week-to-week consistency with solid WR2 production - something we hadn’t seen from Sutton up to this point in his career.


Courtland Sutton has been taking care of business every week, regardless of the conditions.

As the graphic above mentions, Sutton has notched double-digit PPR points in nine of his ten games this year, including 16+ points in three of his last four games. And while the target share he’s earned hasn’t exactly been ground-breaking – his 23% share leads the Broncos team – he’s more than made up for it in touchdown efficiency, scoring a touchdown in eight of his ten games this season.


Those touchdowns have come as a product of not only improved play from Russell Wilson, but also Wilson’s preference for Courtland Sutton once the play breaks down. Sutton is the first read on just 27% of Denver’s offensive pass plays - for reference, Jerry Jeudy’s first read rate, per Fantasy Points Data, sits ahead of Sutton at 29%. While he hasn’t been earning those first read targets in 2023, he’s been excelling at making off-platform (and quite frankly, clutch) catches off of improvisation by Wilson late in the play. It’s been very Tyler Lockett-esque, and it’s made Sutton into one of the most consistent fantasy receivers in the league - his 0.352 consistency rating ranks fifth-best among all WRs.

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