The entire fantasy community seems to be on board the Laviska Shenault Jr. hype train this year. Shenault had a strong showing in his rookie year. He is in a perfect position to take the next step to become a great wide receiver in the NFL. This article will dive into his outlook for the 2021 season and beyond.
Coming off a rookie campaign of 58/600/5 on 79 targets in 14 games while adding 91 rushing yards on 18 carries, Shenault is a favorite to breakout. On the surface, these first-year numbers do not look overly impressive, but let’s take a closer look. In his final four games of the season, Shenault was averaging 5.5 receptions per game. This was done by averaging 8.25 targets. Although his average depth of target (aDOT) was fifth lowest in the league out of players with at least 50 receptions, Shenault’s ability to break tackles and get to the next level is among the top in the league. Tied for seventh in the league from the wide receiver position with eight broken tackles, Shenault is a menace with the ball in his hands. He had 298 yards after the catch, which was ahead of guys like Calvin Ridley and Chris Godwin.
Shenault was productive in his first year in the NFL, catching passes from Gardner Minshew and Mike Glennon. The Jaguars just drafted the highly touted prospect, Trevor Lawrence, with the first overall pick in the draft. With a successful first year under his belt and a massive upgrade at quarterback, expect Laviska Shenault to be heavily involved in the offense and a fantasy asset this year.
Being tied to the number one overall pick and a generational prospect is always encouraging for any player. This is exactly the case for Laviska Shenault for at least the next three years. While the team has other talented wide receivers in DJ Chark and Marvin Jones, there is no denying how special the 6’1” second-rounder is. Shenault will build chemistry with Trevor Lawrence as the season goes on and the following years ensue. I expect him to only get better. I do not doubt seeing him jump up in the ranks within two or three years and be a solidified WR2. I would be reaching out to the Shenault owner immediately to try to acquire this asset. Once the year begins, it may be too late.
There is no doubt the prospects on this talented, young wide receiver. After an impactful rookie season, he finally gets a quarterback whose ceiling seems to have no limit. Laviska Shenault Jr. is in line to be a dynasty darling. While I do think he will be fantasy relevant in 2021, expect him to really shine in the coming years. In dynasty, we need to get ahead of the curve and see trends before they happen. Once they happen and become noticeable to everyone, the asking price will shoot up. Maybe not so much in 2021, but it would not surprise me if Shenault is a part of some championship teams in the coming years. The 22-year-old is something special, and his time is drawing near.
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