Fantasy Football Bounce-Back WRs: Looking at JuJu and OBJ

JuJu Smith-Schuster
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Odell Beckham Jr. and JuJu Smith-Schuster: two wide receivers that went really high in fantasy football drafts last season and were major disappointments when the 2019 season was all said and done. Can they bounce back to superstar status in 2020? Corey Parson thinks so.

Let’s take a brief look at his latest article for Sports Illustrated regarding bounce-back candidates.

Odell Beckham Jr.

Stefanski has a good track record coaching offenses (see the Vikings last year). I think he can turn around Cleveland’s offense, and I’m willing to bet on a Beckham bounce-back, especially at his early ADP of WR10.

I mostly agree with Parson about Beckham relative to his ADP. He is a borderline WR1 for me in 12-team PPR leagues, likely around WR12 or WR13. There’s still plenty of risk—let’s not forget about his extensive injury history—but he still has a ton of upside and there’s no way his 2020 is as bad as his 2019. I’d feel comfortable taking him in the third round.

JuJu Smith Schuster

Smith-Schuster missed four games toward the end of the season, but his fantasy owners’ fate had already been sealed. He could very well go back to being one of the top wideouts in fantasy. In early drafts, Smith-Schuster is going off the board at WR14.

The health of Ben Roethlisberger will be the biggest key to Smith-Schuster’s success in 2020. The late-season emergence of Diontae Johnson and James Washington might be enough to give other teams pause about doubling JuJu, especially if he moves back into the slot. Right now he’s a solid WR2 for me, but his current ADP is fair. I look at him as more of a fourth-rounder.

What do you think? Will JuJu Smith-Schuster and Odell Beckham Jr. bounce back in 2020? Let us know over on the Forums.

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