Introducing you to players and ways to win your leagues, both short and long term, is what we strive for at The Fantasy Authority. An introduction to LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase is another step in keeping that promise to you, our TFA Fam!
Chase won the Biletnikoff Award, won an SEC title, and won a College Football Playoff title all while being Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow’s top target. Chase brought a unique skill set, something I have never seen, against the top competition in the country. His dominance is what has dynasty players drooling at the idea of him becoming a team’s number one receiver the moment he gets selected in the 2021 NFL Draft.
It was reported recently that Chase is going to skip this college season to prepare for the NFL Draft. With that, we now kick off a new series – the 2021 Rookie Introduction.
Chase entered LSU as a four-star, top-100 recruit and was also the fifteenth overall receiving recruit in the nation. The class he was in was headlined by five-star recruits Amon-Ra St.Brown of USC, Justin Shorter of Florida, and LSU teammate Terrace Marshall.
He would quickly earn meaningful reps as he started 7 games and appeared in 13 with the aforementioned Joe Burrow in Baton Rouge. His freshmen year stats weren’t anything overwhelmingly impressive (23 receptions, 313 yards, 3 touchdowns), but as Burrow took off so did everyone else on this offense. Some analysts and fans of the game try to use this against Chase.
He jumped from 313 yards receiving to 1,780 his sophomore season along with a jump in scores from three to 20. He didn’t have much else to prove in terms of what kind of production he can have or improvements with his skillset, as he is truly an elite receiver.
To me, the trait which makes Chase elite is how big he plays while not sacrificing any agility or speed in his game. When I watched him I thought he was 6’3” or 6’4” but when I saw he was listed at 6’1” I was in shock. Ja’Marr Chase and his explosion onto the college football scene last year were key in part to his explosive play.
His length is truly remarkable in that he rarely isn’t in the proper position to win a 50/50 ball or to attack the ball in general. His game reminds me of another receiver who had the speed to beat you long, the length to beat you in a 50/50 battle, and the physical size to go across the middle.
My comp for him is Randy Moss, the kid just reminds me so much on tape of Moss and the way he played. While he may not have the same insane long speed as Moss, he has the length that allows him to play the same way every single play.
Projection/Ideal Landing Spot
After giving a Hall of Fame comp you probably want to know what I think expectations would be for such a receiver right?
Ja’Marr Chase’s introduction to the NFL will be similar to his sophomore campaign – explosive. Whatever team he gets drafted to will likely have him as the team’s number one receiver almost immediately and he would fill in that role perfectly. Several teams have a need for a true dominant, alpha receiver after a lot of the top talent this past draft was selected by teams who already WR1s, like the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys.
Teams like the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, and Jacksonville Jaguars who are in rebuilding phases would give a significant boost to their young quarterbacks with Chase.
The Bengals make sense because of the Joe Burrow factor paired with the aging A.J. Green on the franchise tag. The Jets make sense because they didn’t address that receiver room in a meaningful way apart from the pick of Denzel Mims. Lastly, the Jaguars have D.J. Chark but he would be an excellent two and thrive behind Chase which would give Gardner Minshew ample weapons to succeed.
There’s going to be a lot more to discuss between now and April 2021, but this is your Rookie Introduction to Ja’Marr Chase!