I’ve been doing this series of free dynasty profiles on 2020 rookies. I love the dynasty profile format, as it provides quick-hitting information in a short and digestible form. My previous work in this series is all found in links at the bottom of the page. Let’s jump straight into my next entry, Jalen Reagor.
Reagor had an interesting career at TCU. In 2017, he burst onto the scene as a freshman, with 33 receptions for 576 yards and eight touchdowns. However, Reagor came into his own as a sophomore. He recorded an impressive 72 receptions, 1,061 yards, and nine touchdowns, and he added 13 carries for 170 yards and two touchdowns.
I’m not a devy expert, but even I remember an insane amount of hype surrounding Reagor after his 2018 season. Many devy analysts considered Reagor a top receiver prospect in the 2020 class, and they were all excited to see Reagor’s junior season. Unfortunately, Reagor flopped as a junior, regressing to 43 catches, 611 yards, and only five touchdowns. He did still dominate market share in TCU’s terrible offense with quarterback Max Duggan. But, it’s hard to deny that Reagor’s final season left some doubt for both dynasty owners and the NFL.
Then, Reagor disappointed in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, running a 4.47. While that’s an impressive score in general, most expected him to run far faster. However, despite all the red flags, the Eagles still picked Reagor 21st overall as the fourth receiver selected. Dynasty owners loved the landing spot, as Reagor was the clear top receiver on the team with a solid quarterback in Carson Wentz.
Unfortunately for Reagor, everything went wrong during his rookie season. He tore his labrum in late August, forcing him to miss practice before Week 1. Reagor managed to debut in the first two games, though, playing as a starter. He caught five of eight targets for 96 yards in those games, but then he suffered a torn UCL in his thumb.
Reagor managed to return to the lineup in Week 8, but he never seemed fully healthy from his two injuries. Combine those injury woes with Wentz’s poor play, and Reagor’s rookie season ended up as a failure. It also didn’t help Reagor that he had to adjust to a new quarterback in Jalen Hurts, even though Hurts improved the Eagles’ offense. Here are Reagor’s full rookie year stats.
|Year||Games||Targets||Receptions||Yards||TDs||Fantasy Finish||Fantasy PPG||PPG Rank|
Overall, Reagor averaged only 2.8 receptions and 36 receiving yards per game, not impressive numbers for a first-round pick. The primary bright side to Reagor’s rookie year doesn’t show in the raw stats. He started all 11 games, and he played significant snaps in all of the games where the Eagles played their starters. At least the Eagles never gave up trying to involve Reagor in the offense.
At this point, I can’t say whether Carson Wentz or Jalen Hurts will be the Eagles’ starter in 2021. Either way, I’m not excited for Reagor’s fantasy prospects in this offense. Wentz looked ineffective throughout the entire 2020 season, and Hurts’ rushing ability and tendency to scramble significantly downgrades his receiving weapons.
I also believe that the Eagles must upgrade their receiving corps around Reagor. Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson have nothing left to offer, while Greg Ward and Travis Fulgham are just depth options for a typical NFL roster. The Eagles will also almost certainly trade Zach Ertz, moving them back to an 11 personnel offense featuring three receivers and tight end Dallas Goedert.
If the Eagles select a receiver like Devonta Smith or Ja’Marr Chase with the sixth overall pick, Reagor’s value will plummet. This offense cannot support multiple weapons beyond Goedert, Miles Sanders, and one receiver, and that type of player would supplant Reagor in the offense. I liked Reagor’s talent coming out, but he got dealt a bad hand. I’d prefer to stay away from Reagor in dynasty leagues, and I’ll sell for anything near market value.
Thanks for reading this article. I love to interact with anyone in the community, so reach out at any time! I take fantasy questions and help with all formats, so keep sending those questions my way.