Where do we even begin? The Jets are coming off an embarrassing home performance against the Patriots where Sam Darnold apparently went full Haley Joel Osment from “The Sixth Sense.” New York was shut out, it gained only 73 net passing yards, and its quarterback completed almost as many attempts to the other team (4) as he did Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder (5). It was a nightmarish effort that left the Jets well out of the playoff picture at 1-5 and apparently looking to deal Anderson for draft picks according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. Does that at least mean the fourth-year wideout is coming into a “Narrative Street” contest in what could be his final game with New York this Sunday?
Regardless of how you feel about that, Anderson owners can take some solace from the fact that the receiver’s matchup looks pretty good on paper this weekend. Tre Herndon’s struggled to fill the shoes of the departed Jalen Ramsey, surrendering 1.81 yards per route covered along with being Pro Football Focus’ lowest graded boundary corner among all AFC players. Jacksonville’s opponents have also not been shy about testing its secondary since Ramsey took to the sidelines back in Week 3. In fact, in that span of time, the Jaguars have seen teams direct 116 passes at WRs - the second-highest mark in the NFL. Factor in that Anderson’s seen at least seven targets in all three contests he’s played with Darnold so far in 2019 and you don’t have to look all that hard to find the wideout’s path to fantasy success.
Fantasy Football Analysis, New York Jets WRs Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder
While Monday Night Football’s performance still weighs heavily in the minds of those who watched it, I’m willing to give one Jets wide receiver a shot this Sunday and it has to be Anderson. Jacksonville’s been susceptible to big plays in the passing game this season, with its 28 receptions of over 20 yards and seven receptions of over 40 yards both ranking as the third-most in football. With that being the case, give me the guy with the 16.8-yard aDOT over the one with a 6.3-yard aDOT. Sometimes its just that simple.
Start Anderson. Sit Crowder.