• Courtland Sutton

  • WR
  • , Denver Broncos
  • 27
  • 216 lbs
  • 6' 4"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
The Denver offense is one of the great mysteries of the 2022 season. The Broncos are getting a huge quarterback upgrade (to Russell Wilson) but there are pecking order questions at all the skill positions. Sutton is currently one of the first 20 receivers off the board, which is/was (prior to the Tim Patrick injury) a bit surprising given his production (58-776-2) on 98 targets last year. Still, he has a 1,112-yard season on his resume (from 2019) and led the team in snap percentage (85%) along with Patrick (83%), well ahead of Jerry Jeudy (65%).

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Scouting report

by Spencer Babbitt

DEN WR Courtland Sutton - 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook

2022 Fantasy Upside
Courtland Sutton has been languishing in Denver's quarterback debacle for four seasons now, one of which was cut very short by a torn ACL in 2020. In his other three seasons, Sutton has managed to average over 57 receptions and 864 receiving per year with a combination of Case Keenum, Joe Flacco, Drew Lock, Brandon Allen, and Teddy Bridgewater throwing the passes. In 2021, Sutton had the second-best average depth of target in the NFL at 15.7. He also finished sixth in deep targets, eighth in air yards, and fifth in unrealized air yards. In other words, the Broncos want Sutton to be a deep threat but have not had the downfield accuracy at QB to maximize his talents. Enter Russell Wilson. Sutton will now be paired with arguably the game's best deep ball passer and the Denver offense should be much more potent with Wilson under center. Sutton drafters can expect a significant jump in realized air yards this year, and he will carry substantial touchdown upside being targeted downfield by Wilson. Sutton will compete with several other players for targets this year, but he is poised for a potential breakout season if he can establish a consistent connection with Wilson downfield.

2022 Fantasy Downside
Having talented teammates is great in real football, but not so great in fantasy. Sutton's primary concern for fantasy is the stiff target competition all Denver pass catchers will deal with. Sutton will have to split targets with Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, and Albert Okwuegbunam in the passing game, and RB Javonte Williams will command targets from Wilson coming off his promising rookie season. While Sutton will have weekly blow-up potential with Wilson under center, he will likely face some consistency issues when his teammates have big weeks along the way. There aren't many downsides with Denver pass catchers relative to recent seasons now that Wilson is there, but their stockpile of receiving options may end up being one for Sutton.

2022 Bottom Line
Sutton makes for an exciting WR2 pick this year now that he is getting a massive upgrade at quarterback. Sutton is physically talented and has managed to produce with backup-level talent throwing to him, so it stands to reason we have not seen his ceiling yet. Keep in mind the fact that Sutton will face tough competition for targets if his post-Russ ADP climbs too high, but he has the looks of a WR2 this year.

2022 Strength of Schedule - DEN

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17W18
6
@SEA
20
HOU
17
SF
4
@LV
14
IND
3
@LAC
26
NYJ
21
@JAX
BYE28
@TEN
4
LV
8
@CAR
30
@BAL
25
KC
23
ARI
7
@LAR
25
@KC
3
LAC

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

Game Stats

WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1@NYG1140314.0000000.001.42.453/6680.3%
2@JAX915901217.6700000.0015.924.953/6976.8%
3NYJ537057.4000000.003.78.751/6776.1%
4BAL3470815.6700000.004.77.758/6195.1%
5@PIT712011117.1400000.0018.025.054/6090.0%
6LV89411411.7500000.0015.423.471/8187.7%
7@CLE5680513.6000000.006.811.847/5094.0%
8WAS2400420.0000000.004.06.046/5386.8%
9@DAL19029.0000000.002.93.965/7883.3%
10PHI2290314.5000000.002.94.955/5894.8%
11BYE--------------
12LAC217038.5000000.001.73.745/6272.6%
13@KC215067.5000000.001.53.568/7788.3%
14DET19029.0000000.000.91.959/6886.8%
15CIN212076.0000000.001.23.269/7592.0%
16@LV433058.2500000.003.37.333/4278.6%
17@LAC3600520.0000000.006.09.052/6086.7%
18KC1130313.0000000.001.92.941/5475.9%
Per game3.4145.650.125.7613.3800000.005.438.8454.12/63.5985.04%
Totals5877629813.3800000.0092.24150.24920/108185.04%