The New York Jets are looking to kick off a new era of football when the 2021 NFL season begins next week. Unfortunately, they could be without one of their top wideouts in Week 1, as it was announced on Friday that Jamison Crowder tested positive for COVID-19.
If Crowder is vaccinated, there is a chance that he could still play against the Carolina Panthers in Week 1. But the game is only nine days away, so if he's unvaccinated he'll certainly miss time. And he has been dealing with a groin injury as well. Assuming that Crowder does miss the opening contest, Corey Davis and Elijah Moore could become sneaky Week 1 plays.
Corey Davis & Elijah Moore Fantasy Outlook
Last year, Crowder led all Jets pass-catchers in just about every receiving stat imaginable. If he misses Week 1, Crowder's 7.4 targets per game will likely be split between Davis and Moore. That'd be big for both receives' Week 1 values.
And a matchup with the Carolina Panthers should lead to a decent amount of volume as well. New York is a 5-point road underdog in Week 1, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. It's fair to expect this team to be trailing for most of the game, which should result in a pass-heavy game plan.
Crowder's absence and the spread should lead to an uptick in volume for both Davis and Moore, and neither receiver should have much trouble turning that opportunity into production. Last year, Carolina was a bottom-10 pass defense by DVOA. This matchup could allow both WRs to have a nice mix of efficiency and volume in the season opener.
If Crowder is out, both Moore and Davis could be interesting WR3 options in Week 1. If Crowder does play, however, Davis would still be worth a look as a low-end WR3, but it'd be better to take a wait-and-see approach with Moore.
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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.