Justin Jefferson vs Ja’Marr Chase the Ultimate 2022 Dynasty Battle

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I get it, this is a softball to start our 2022 Dynasty Battles. Justin Jefferson vs Ja’Marr Chase is easy. Nobody is going to complain about having either of them. But there is a harsh reality to the NFL and dynasty fantasy football. Players can and will regress. Let’s not forget that prior to the 2019 season, a 22-year-old JuJu Smith-Schuster was coming off of a 1,426, 166 target, 111 receptions, and 7 TD season. He was more polarizing than both Jefferson and Chase, but even I, who thought he was ranked too high, didn’t imagine he would fall this far. Not even close actually.

So, to start out this year’s battle and build our template, we went with the easy, nobody is really a winner/loser matchup. Either way, you still have to decide between the two at some point at the beginning of your draft, even if it seems you can’t mess it up.

Justin Jefferson vs. Ja’Marr Chase

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First off, while teammates at LSU on the 2019 National Championship team, these wide receivers dominated by combining for 3,320 yards, 38 touchdowns, on 195 receptions. That means they combined for 221.3 yards, 2.5 touchdowns, on 13 receptions PER GAME! This is officially where Justin Jefferson vs Ja’Marr Chase started.

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In that season, Chase had 84 receptions, 1,780 yards, and 20 touchdowns to Justin Jefferson’s 111 receptions, 1,540 yards, and 18 touchdowns. Both of them were monsters.

Now that we covered the LSU days, let’s jump into the “debate” and hit the points for both of these young & exciting wide receivers.

Justin Jefferson – Going into 23-Year-Old Season

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As Brad mentions in the Justin Jefferson vs Ja’Marr Chase Dynasty Battle video, Jefferson has put up monster numbers in his first two seasons.

YearTargetsReceptionsYardsTouchdownsFantasy PointsFP Per Target
2020125881,4007274.22.19
20211671081,61610308.31.85
Total2921963,01617582.51.99

These numbers are just disgusting for a 22-year-old to have achieved. In 2020 he added four plays of 40-yards or more and then did the same in 2021. Four of those eight 40-yard plays ended in a touchdown. He has big-play ability but doesn’t rely on it. He has averaged nearly 5.94 receptions per game, but it must be noted that Minnesota inexplicably didn’t start him the first three games of the 2020 season and he didn’t really get hot until the second half of the season. Since week 9 of 2020, he has averaged 6.48 receptions per game.

Jefferson is capable of winning in many ways and should only continue improving in many facets. He has had the benefit of learning from Adam Thielen, who is a great route runner and a surprising redzone threat and as he gains more experience, that will only help him further.

Ja’Marr Chase – Going into 20-Year-Old Season

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Age isn’t really a differentiator between these two players, but 1-year is 1-year. The 21-year-old burst onto the scene in 2021 with big play after big play. This all came after an offseason in which people feared that he would struggle in two areas:

  1. Creating Separation
  2. Catching the Ball

His preseason struggles were debunked right away and Chase would go on to produce the following numbers:

YearTargetsReceptionsYardsTouchdownsFantasy PointsFP Per Target
2021128811,45513300.02.34

His production isn’t a secret to anyone at this point, but if you have watched any of the shows, or been in our Discord or Facebook group, you know that I have been beating the Chase drum since before the 2021 Draft. Since I started evaluating prospects in 2015, he was my favorite WR to come into the draft. I really felt like people forgot how good he was because he sat out the 2020 season.

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