Wide receiver Jamison Crowder was expected to be ready to go for the New York Jets in Week 2, but that is no longer the case. The veteran pass-catcher has been announced as a surprise scratch against the New England Patriots after being a limited participant in practice this week.
Crowder missed the Jets' season opener due to a positive COVID-19 test and will now be forced to sit on the sidelines due to a groin injury. This development boosts the fantasy outlooks of Jets' wide receivers Corey Davis and Elijah Moore.
Corey Davis Fantasy Outlook
Davis shined during his first game as a Jet acting as rookie quarterback Zach Wilson's go-to target. He finished that game hauling in 5 of his 7 targets for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also played in 89% of the offensive snaps, which only solidifies the role he plays on this team.
Crowder was expected to dip into the target share a bit after he led New York with 89 targets (59 receptions) in 2020. Obviously, that will no longer be the case. Davis draws a tough matchup in Week 2 facing a Patriots' defense that gave up the 10th-fewest fantasy points to opposing WRs last season.
Davis' volume alone is enough to warrant a start this week. He checks in at WR23 in The Duel's Week 2 fantasy football rankings.
Elijah Moore Fantasy Outlook
Rookie wideout Elijah Moore may benefit from the absence of Crowder more than Davis does. At this point, Moore needs as many reps as he can get in order to adjust to playing at the NFL level. He appeared in 86% of the offensive spans in Week 1 and the same should be expected on Sunday.
Moore only hauled in 1 of 4 targets for -3 yards, but remains a viable deep threat in this Jets' offense. The averaged 13.9 yards per receptions during his final college season at Ole Miss. With little competition for the No. 2 WR role aside from Keelan Cole, Moore has FLEX upside as long as Crowder remains inactive.
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