Courtland Sutton
Courtland Sutton
24-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Denver Broncos
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Sutton was one of several young receivers who broke out in 2019, managing 15.4 YPC (7th) and 8.9 YPT (11th), despite adjusting to a variety of low-end quarterbacks throughout the season. At 6-3, 218, Sutton is a downfield playmaker despite average timed speed (4.54 40). His size, length, athleticism and catch radius allow him to go over top of defensive backs even when he hasn't created much separation - six catches of 40-plus (T-7th) and 18 of 20-plus (T-8th) on 125 targets (18th). Sutton was also active in the red zone with 20 targets (T-8th), including nine from inside the 10 (T-9th), and he tied for the league lead in pass interference penalties drawn with eight. Of some concern is Sutton's drop-off once Emmanuel Sanders was traded - his per-game numbers fell by 1.1 catches and 19.7 yards. But Sutton will have two strong complements - and also more competition for targets - after the Broncos drafted Jerry Jeudy in the first and KJ Hamler in the second round. Hamler profiles more as a slot receiver and deep threat, while Jeudy will run routes all over the field opposite Sutton. Suddenly, second-year quarterback Drew Lock has a loaded offense, which includes 2019 first-round pick Noah Fant at tight end and free-agent signee Melvin Gordon in the backfield, but Sutton is still the favorite to lead the team in targets. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $6.84 million contract with the Broncos in May of 2018.
Acquires supporting cast in draft
WRDenver Broncos
April 25, 2020
The Broncos doubled-up on wide receiver during the first two rounds of the draft, adding Jerry Jeudy of Alabama and KJ Hamler of Penn State to complement Sutton, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
ANALYSIS
Sutton took a huge step in Year 2, flashing the ability to outmuscle defenders for the deep ball and make contested catch-and-runs like a true WR1. He struggled a bit, however, following the trade of Emmanuel Sanders, which enabled defenses to double- and triple-team him regularly with no established options opposite him. Though his targets per game were nearly identical before and after the Sanders trade, Sutton averaged 80.6 yards on 5.1 catches per game with Sanders on the roster as compared to 62.7 yards on 4.0 catches per game without him. Catching passes from two quarterbacks making their professional debuts certainly didn't help, but Sutton came into this offseason needing reinforcements in the receiving corps. Early draft picks at a player's own position typically spells doom, but Jeudy's technical prowess and Hamler's sub-4.3-40 speed will more likely help Sutton, freeing him up for one-on-ones, which he has shown the ability to dominate.
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How do Courtland Sutton's 2019 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
89.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.52
 
% Team Air Yards
43.0%
 
% Team Targets
25.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
11.7 Yds
 
Catch Rate
58.5%
 
Drop Rate
4.9%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.1
 
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Courtland Sutton's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
218 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.54 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.11 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.57 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.5 in
 
Broad Jump
124 in
 
Bench Press
18 reps
 
Hand Length
9.75 in
 
Arm Length
32.38 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Courtland Sutton
Payne's Perspective: QB Draft Strategy
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Kevin Payne analyzes the options at quarterback and offers draft advice and strategy for the position. Where does the value lie?
Job Battles: New Faces in Denver
2 days ago
The additions of Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler are great news for Drew Lock, but maybe less so for Courtland Sutton's target share. Also breaking down Tennessee TEs and backup Philly RBs.
Health and Opportunity-Neutral Rankings
16 days ago
If everyone were guaranteed to stay healthy, Odell Beckham would be the No. 2 receiver on Chris Liss' board.
WR Tiers and Rankings (Top 75)
23 days ago
A foot injury drops Deebo Samuel outside the top 40, but that doesn't necessarily make Brandon Aiyuk a prized commodity for redraft leagues.
2020 NFL Team Previews: Denver Broncos
57 days ago
After Drew Lock flashed once given a chance last season, the Broncos showed commitment to the quarterback by surrounding him with additional weapons. Whether those moves pay off remains to be seen.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Taken with the 40th pick in the 2018 draft, Sutton got an extended opportunity with the Broncos after Demaryius Thomas was traded midseason. The results were passable under the circumstances - Sutton managed 8.4 YPT, 16 catches of 20-plus and three catches of 40-plus yards on 84 targets with Case Keenum at quarterback. At 6-3, 218, Sutton is a substantial receiver with a large catch radius, making him a good candidate for red-zone looks, even though he had only eight last year. He's not especially swift - 4.54 40 speed is roughly average for a receiver his size - and he dropped nine passes (10.7 percent of his targets) last year. Sutton should have a significant role again this season, though last year's top target, Emmanuel Sanders, appears to be back from an Achilles injury, and the team drafted tight end Noah Fant in the first round. More important, the Broncos' passing game - especially with newly signed Joe Flacco under center - projects to be among the league's worst.
Taken with the 40th pick in the draft, Sutton has a promising future, but enters the year as at best the Broncos' No. 3 target behind stalwarts Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. At 6-3, 218, and with a large catch radius, Sutton profiles as a good red-zone target - he scored 22 TDs his final two seasons in college - but his 4.54 40 speed is merely average for even a big receiver. GM John Elway believes Sutton can take over as the team's No. 1 eventually, but barring an injury to Thomas and Sanders, the rookie likely have to wait at least another year.
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Shows WR1 ability in 2019
WRDenver Broncos
January 4, 2020
Sutton caught 72 of 124 targets for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns in 2019. He added 38 yards passing and 17 yards rushing on three carries.
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Snags four passes in win
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Concussion
December 29, 2019
Sutton caught four of eight targets for 52 yards during Sunday's 16-15 win over the Raiders. He temporarily left the game with a head injury but returned, Brandon Krisztal of KOA Colorado reports.
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Exits Sunday's game
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Concussion
December 29, 2019
Sutton was forced out of Sunday's game against the Raiders with a possible concussion, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
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Held in check by Lions
WRDenver Broncos
December 22, 2019
Sutton reeled in five of 10 targets for 41 receiving yards during Sunday's 27-17 win against Detroit.
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Comes alive in fourth quarter
WRDenver Broncos
December 15, 2019
Sutton caught four of 10 targets for 79 yards during Sunday's 23-3 loss in Kansas City.
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