The news of the Julio Jones being traded from the Atlanta Falcons to the Tennessee Titans shook the football world, and had the fantasy football industry abuzz — especially fantasy football Twitter. After letting the dust settle from the trade, our fantasy football expert Dave “Loughy” Loughran has gone over all of the possible outcomes from the trade. Specifically, Loughy has run projections and simulations for predicting how the Julio Jones trade will impact fellow Titans fantasy studs like Derrick Henry, A.J. Brown and Ryan Tannehill in the rankings for the 2021 season. Will the addition of Jones to the Titans offense help or hurt both Henry and Brown? Check out the video to see what Loughy has to say.
Check out this excerpt from Matt Gajewski’s 2021 Rookie Dynasty Rankings
1. Ja’Marr Chase — Cincinnati Bengals
Letting A.J. Green walk this offseason, the Bengals reunited Joe Burrow with Chase with the fifth overall pick. Cincinnati’s 60.5% pass rate ranked 13th last season in a year where Burrow suffered a season-ending injury. Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins accounted for 110 and 108 targets, respectively, last season, but this offense looks capable of taking an explosive leap similar to Dallas last year. While Chase should immediately slide into a starting role, he will compete with more talent than other rookies in this year’s class. Still, Chase’s dominant collegiate profile keeps him at the top of dynasty rankings.
2. Najee Harris — Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers vacated 169 carries and 43 targets from 2020 by letting James Conner go. Standing 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, Harris functioned as a workhorse at Alabama, with 1,446 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns as a senior. He also contributed 43 receptions for another 425 yards in 2020. Harris should slide into a feature-back role immediately for Pittsburgh, giving the best shot to finish as an RB1 for the 2021 fantasy season. Long-term, Harris is a 23-year-old rookie behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines with a 39-year old Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback.
See who rounds out the rest of Matt’s Top-20 rankings.