2022 was an abomination of a season for the Broncos, with Russell Wilson floundering in his first season with the team and former HC Nathaniel Hackett being fired mid-season. Part of the offensive struggle revolved around Wilson’s inability to connect with WR Courtland Sutton, who enters 2023 on a downward trajectory. But is all hope really lost with the big-bodied perimeter receiver?
Despite the hardships the Broncos offense faced last year, Sutton was able to out-target his teammate Jerry Jeudy 106-100, yet he registered fewer receptions on the season (64 to Jeudy’s 68), total receiving yards (830-987), and receiving touchdowns (2-6). Both Jeudy and Sutton played 15 games in 2022.
With Sean Payton coming in to help fix what ailed the Broncos last season, the fantasy community is all over Jerry Jeudy as a potential breakout candidate. However, could we be underestimating what Courtland Sutton is capable of in 2023? Word out of camp is that he’s been Russell Wilson’s favorite target once again, and given the fact that he led Denver’s WRs in targets even during a down yea, could a return to normalcy be in the cards for Sutton?
Jeudy is currently coming off the board in the 3rd round of drafts on Underdog, while Sutton is coming off the board 5 (!) rounds later in the late 8th. Jeudy has a much better chance of being overall more productive, but Sutton could realistically produce similar numbers, even if they aren’t exactly the same, and be a value in drafts.