Tim Patrick: The Safe Waiver Wire Addition (2021 Fantasy Football)
So you’re interested in the Denver Broncos WR2, huh? You’ve come to the right place. Three weeks ago, Tim Patrick was just a name on a long list of Broncos pass-catchers. Now, he should be seriously considered as a waiver claim.
Tim Patrick went undrafted in 2017 and was subsequently signed and cut by the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers before landing on Denver’s practice squad.
I am genuinely surprised Patrick wasn’t more sought after, coming out of the University of Utah. He’s 6’4’ and runs a 4.45 40-yard dash. That combination of size and speed is enough to pique anyone’s interest.
Patrick saw his first action with the Broncos in 2018. Over his first two seasons, he caught 39 of his 72 targets for 533 yards and a touchdown. He had a mini breakout season in 2020, catching 51 passes for 742 yards and six touchdowns. However, many tampered their expectations coming into 2021 because fellow WR Courtland Sutton was set to return from injury.
State of The Offense
This may turn out to be a classic two-game overreaction, but Teddy Bridgewater is the best quarterback Patrick has ever played with in his time in the NFL. Bridgewater has thrown for 592 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions, and earned a 120 passer rating this season.
Also, 2020 first-round WR Jerry Jeudy is expected to be out with a high ankle sprain for another 3-5 weeks.
Both of those things are boosting Patrick’s stock.
Here’s what’s not.
There are plenty of mouths to feed in Denver. I was the biggest Courtland Sutton fan I knew coming into this season. He has the potential to be an elite NFL wide receiver, and his fantasy draft stock was so low, I have him in nearly all of my leagues. Sutton is the alpha in that WR room.
Jerry Jeudy, when healthy, will also command his fair share of targets.
So will 2019 first-round TE Noah Fant.
So will 2020 second-round WR KJ Hamler.
So will RBs Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams.
So could 2020 fourth-round pick Albert Okwuegbunam.
Tim Patrick has a lot of competition and will need to show something spectacular to remain fantasy-relevant when Jeudy returns.
With Jeudy out, Patrick is a worthy addition. He still faces stiff competition, which could limit his ceiling, but he played more than 70% of Denver’s offensive snaps in week two and should have a fairly high floor.
When Jeudy returns, I’m not stoked about Patrick’s prospects. However, I will be rooting for him. He’s an undrafted free agent making waves amid a group of heralded pass-catchers selected with early draft picks. He was injured throughout college, cut multiple times in the same year, and now has the opportunity of a lifetime.
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