Jamison Crowder Could Be Fantasy Football Sleeper With Sam Darnold and the Jets
By Dan Israeli
The New York Jets are one of the most hyped teams entering the 2019 season, partly due to additions on defense like free agent signing C.J. Mosley, and No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft Quinnen Williams.
When it comes to fantasy football, however, we are more interested in the offense, where the Jets also had no shortage of moves this offseason. While the biggest acquisition was running back Le'Veon Bell, there is another player who could provide serious fantasy value in 2019.
Jamison Crowder joins the Jets after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Redskins. While he never eclipsed 1,000 yards or scored more than eight total touchdowns a season in Washington, Crowder's stats show that he can excel when used as a slot receiver.
Crowder averaged a healthy 5.9 yards after catch (YAC) during his Redskins career, which peaked last season at 7.6 (No. 7 in NFL).
For second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, Crowder will serve as a reliable security blanket, albeit one who can also turn a short pass into a much bigger gain. Darnold excelled at USC by throwing quick outs to his running backs and slot receivers, so Crowder could be targeted early and often in the upcoming season.
If Crowder and Darnold can develop a legitimate chemistry, it could lead to fantasy breakouts for both players. Considering how effective Crowder is when playing out of the slot, he could be an excellent fantasy football sleeper, particularly in PPR leagues.
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