Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson Fantasy Value Improves With Sam Darnold's Return

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 08: Jamison Crowder #82 of the New York Jets is tied up by Siran Neal #33 of the Buffalo Bills during the at MetLife Stadium on September 08, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
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Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson are both talented wide receivers. The problem with owning them in fantasy this season, however, is that they have been catching passes from second and third-string quarterbacks.

After playing in Week 1, starting QB Sam Darnold missed the Jets' next two games before they went on their Week 4 bye. In that time, he was replaced by Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk who threw for a combined 419 yards, zero TDs and three INTs during that span.

With Darnold behind center, though, Crowder and Anderson are both proving their value. After beating the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, both wideouts showed a strong connection with Darnold that should only continue the rest of the season.

Crowder has 28 catches this season, 20 of which have come in the two games Darnold has started. In those games, Crowder has had 99 and 98 yards receiving. In his other three games he has not topped 40.

Anderson, meanwhile, was the star on Sunday, catching a 92-yard touchdown and racking up 125 receiving yards. In his two previous outings the wide receiver had totals of 11 and 16 receiving yards. Needless to say, Anderson is significantly more productive with Darnold under center.

The Jets have had a difficult start to the season thanks in large part to not having a quarterback. This has trickled down to the receivers and depressed their numbers, but with Darnold back we can already see their fantasy value returning.

Anderson and Crowder have a tough matchup in Week 7 against the New England Patriots, but both WRs should be fantasy viable as long as Darnold is on the field.

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