Dede Westbrook has finally escaped from Blake Bortles and is about to explode and breakout in his third season. The addition of quarterback Nick Foles has simply made Dede Westbrook value in all fantasy formats.
Dede Westbrook’s ADP is currently the 46th drafted wide receiver in standard leagues on fantasy pros. I repeat, Westbrook is WR 46. Dede’s ADP is 110, outside of the top 100 players. This is criminally low in my books. There is no doubting Dede is super talented. His college career is simply breathtaking.
With Baker Mayfield under center at Oklahoma, in the 2016 season, Westbrook had 80 receptions, 1,524 yards at a mammoth 19.1 yards per reception and he totaled 17 touchdowns. This colossal season led to him being honored as The Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, an All-American, The Fred Biletnikoff award winner (most outstanding WR in college football, former winners include Randy Moss, Calvin Johnson and Amari Cooper) and finishing with a Heisman trophy nomination eventually finishing in fourth place behind quarterbacks Baker Mayfield (3rd), Deshaun Watson (2nd), and Lamar Jackson (1st).
7⃣1⃣ Days Until ⭕️🙌🏈 Kickoff.
— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) June 22, 2019
7⃣5⃣ Days Until ⭕️🙌🏈 Kickoff.
Dede Westbrook takes one 75 yards to the house in the snow against West Virginia in 2016.
— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) June 18, 2019
Westbrook was a star in college.
Rookie and Sophomore Seasons
Has Westbrook simply been held back by injuries and poor quarterback play in his first two seasons? Injury restricted Westbrook to just 7 regular season games in his rookie campaign. He posted modest numbers at best in those games of 27 receptions on 51 targets, 339 yards and a lone touchdown. Encouraging however was 12.6 yards per reception which caused for some optimism heading into his sophomore season.
Despite a poor 2018 for the Jaguars after their AFC championship appearance, Westbrook had an encouraging 2018 season. Finishing with a stat line of 66 receptions on 101 targets, 717 yards and 5 touchdowns. All this managed with Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler throwing him the ball. Blake Bortles finished his Jaguars career with a poor 24-49 record and an unflattering completion rate of 59.3%. It leaves the question, what can Westbrook deliver with greater quarterback play?
With the Blake Bortles era coming to an end in Jacksonville, it was only right… pic.twitter.com/gZOH67lp4L
— Steven Ruiz (@theStevenRuiz) March 14, 2019
Westbrook is finally free from Blake Bortles’ poor quarterback play above.
Is Dede Westbrook the WR most poised to break out? He showed flashes of being a number 1 WR like in week 4 against the Jets when he had 9 receptions for 130 yards. pic.twitter.com/40GbNbLaEK
— Another Jags Podcast (@AnotherJagsPod) June 22, 2019
Westbrook has shown flashes in the NFL career to date above.
Bortles poor to mediocre performances lead to him being cut early into his three year, $54 million dollar extension. Post free agency Westbrook appears to be in a much better position to thrive than last season. Bortles departure lead to the pursuit of Superbowl 52 MVP Nick Foles in free agency. Foles wasn’t cheap, 4 years at $88 million with the potential to rise to $102 million. Regardless of the price, this improved the Jaguars. Westbrook has an improved quarterback situation and will be heading into his third NFL season primed for a breakout.
— NFL (@NFL) March 12, 2019
Will an upgrade in quarterback prove beneficial for Westbrook?
Westbrook is the Jags impromptu number 1 wide receiver. It is one of the worst wide receiver corps in the entire NFL. Keenan Cole, DJ Chark and a rehabilitating Marquise Lee will hardly strike fear into opponent’s secondary’s and their coaches.
The undrafted Cole had a mediocre 2018 season after exhibiting flashes during his rookie campaign where he was a popular waiver add. Former LSU star DJ Chark was barely sighted in his rookie year with a stat line of 32 targets, 14 receptions, 174 yards and zero touchdowns. Leaving Marquise Lee as his main competition for targets and he will be working his way back from a gruesome ACL injury.
New offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has a history of placing importance on tight end play under his previous regimes (Eagles and Vikings). DeFilippo’s job is to turn this offence around. However, with a modest tight end roster following Seferian-Jenkins departure, the Jaguars may struggle to be effective at the position this season.
2019 third round rookie Josh Oliver is yet to take an NFL snap, former Cowboy Geoff Swaim is mostly known for his blocking and James O’Shaughnessy will hardly scare me away from drafting Westbrook, in fact they do the opposite and make him more enticing.
Factor in the growing distrust of Leonard Fournette and his pedestrian rushing numbers. Losing TJ Yeldon’s 78 targets to the Bills during free agency. The stage is well and truly set for The Fred Biletnikoff award winner Dede Westbrook we saw in 2016, lighting up college fields across the country to light up NFL fields this season.
Despite being recently released from the Patriots for personal issues, Seferian – Jenkins departure from the Jaguars leaves them thin at tight end.
— René Bugner (Rainbowcave) (@RNBWCV) August 25, 2018
Marquise Lee figures to be Dede Westbrook’s greatest competition for targets but he is working his way back from a nasty injury he suffered above.
Target Dede Westbrook
I am a Dede Westbrook truther. The time is now for Westbrook’s breakout. An ADP of 110 is far too low after the major signing of Nick Foles. Pick 110 is the beginning of the 10th round in 12 man leagues and for the upside he brings, this is would be a steal. I will be targeting Dede in the 7th round in all redraft leagues and I suggest you do as well. In dynasty, buy now before his stocks and price tag rise, while you still may have the chance.