No. 3: Wide Receiver Jarvis Landry
Jarvis Landry was the Browns No. 1 fantasy receiver last season, but I don’t think that will be the case in 2020. He had a career year in terms of yards, and made significant improvements from his first season with the Browns. He saw a 20.3 percent increase on yards and a 50 percent increase in his touchdowns on only a 2.5 percent increase of catches and a 7.4 percent decrease of targets.
That’s a lot of numbers, so basically what that all means is he was more efficient. With a season under his belt, his chemistry with Mayfield has drastically improved and should be even better in 2020. He saw a 5.7 percent increase in his catch percentage of his targets. If he could take another leap like that, he could be as efficient as he was in Miami.
The reason why I have him lower on this list than Beckham is because Beckham is completely healthy and has a year of chemistry underneath his belt with Mayfield. Mayfield also will likely spread the ball around more than he did last year now that he has a good offensive play-caller. Landry will likely see a significant decrease in targets, which will hurt his fantasy value.
Don’t get me wrong, Landry will still be a great fantasy value. He’s going to be second on the team in targets and will likely go over 1,000 yards again. His numbers will be similar to last season, just slightly worse due to less usage. Last season he saw his career-high of 14.1 yards per reception, which shows that he is starting to make more out of each catch he makes.
Fantasy value is a mix of efficiency and volume, and while Landry’s volume is likely to go down next season, his efficiency has been on a steady increase over the past two seasons, and will likely increase yet again. He’s an interesting No. 2 wide receiver and flex option on any fantasy team.