23. Ja’Marr Chase (CIN)
The only rookie to crack the top-25. Chase was the first WR to be selected in last April’s draft. Many pundits viewed him as the most complete receiver among the top players in the pool. DeVonta Smith was the most accomplished collegiate player, and Jaylen Waddle possessed the best athletic tools, but Chase is the total package. He’s a great athlete, a gifted route runner, has sure hands, and can win at the catch point. Even with a couple of talented wideouts already on Cincinnati’s roster, Chase will waste no time asserting himself as Joe Burrow’s go-to option.
Chase linking back up with his old collegiate QB is a plus, but that doesn’t necessarily give him an advantage over Smith or Waddle. The two former Alabama wideouts are also back with their former college running mates — Smith with Jalen Hurts and Waddle with Tua Tagovailoa. Among the three QBs, Burrow is by far the steadiest thrower at this stage of their careers. Playing in a pass-happy offense with a gunslinger like Burrow tossing him the rock is enormous for Chase’s fantasy value.
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