Justin Jefferson Says He Should Be the No. 1 Pick in Fantasy Drafts Over Ja’Marr Chase: ‘I Definitely Think I’m Going To Have a Better Season Than Him’

Who should you pick with the No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts: Justin Jefferson or Ja'Marr Chase? Jefferson believes the choice is easy.

The NFL’s preseason is in full swing, meaning so too is fantasy football draft season. Prospective fantasy champions have spent the past several weeks or even months fine-tuning their draft strategies in hopes of bringing home the gold this year.

Opinions vary based on a variety of factors, but, by and large, the consensus is that Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson is your best bet if you land the first overall pick in your draft this year.

Jefferson is going first overall in the majority of PPR drafts. That makes sense, given that Jefferson racked up 128 catches for 1,809 yards a season ago.

Justin Jefferson Says He’s Rightfully Fantasy’s Top Dog

Jefferson was recently asked about his status as fantasy’s top dog in an interview with Yahoo’s Matt Harmon. Specifically, he was asked if there were any merit to drafters selecting Ja’Marr Chase, his former collegiate teammate at LSU, over him.

His response will definitely lead to some chatter in football circles.

In all fairness, Harmon definitely egged Jefferson on a tad. But the reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year did not lack confidence in his response.

“I definitely think I’m going to have a better season than him, anyways,” Jefferson proclaimed.

In all fairness, Chase would probably be more upset if Jefferson bowed out of the competition. Both All-Pro receivers thrive on traits like confidence and competitiveness.

Not to mention crisp route-running, vice grip-like hands, and speed to burn.

The two former LSU standouts combined for a jaw-dropping 195 catches, 3,320 receiving yards, and 38 touchdowns as collegiate teammates in 2019. Neither has turned in less than 1,000 receiving yards in any of their five combined years in the NFL.

Chase is the next receiver off the board in PPR leagues on average, going third overall after Christian McCaffrey. The argument to take him before Jefferson is not without merit.

Chase definitely enjoys better quarterback play, with Joe Burrow under center in Cincinnati, compared to Kirk Cousins in Minnesota. The secondary receivers in Cincy should afford Chase more room to roam as well, with him, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd comprising arguably the best-receiving corps in the NFL.

In addition to that, Chase’s two-year total of 22 touchdowns is four better than the 18 Jefferson has hauled in during that timeframe. And that’s with five missed games for Chase.

To his credit, Jefferson acknowledged Chase has similar capabilities.

“Yeah, I mean, I definitely don’t put it past him. He definitely could have that type of season this year,” Jefferson said.

“I’m always hoping that he does the best. Him and Joe (Burrow). But we’re brothers, at the end of the day. Of course, we’re always going to compete with each other because we play the same position.”

It’s readily apparent that competition brings out the best in both of these young studs. And to date, their best has been pretty darn good.

But to hear Jefferson tell it, his best is just a little bit better.

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