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Robby Anderson Fantasy Outlook Could Include Surprising Upside Playing With Teddy Bridgewater

Jason Schandl
Robby Anderson's fantasy football outlook in 2020 includes a ton of upside in Carolina.
Robby Anderson's fantasy football outlook in 2020 includes a ton of upside in Carolina. / Mike Stobe/Getty Images

When Robby Anderson signed with the Carolina Panthers, he entered a muddy situation from a fantasy football perspective. That's a crowded offense, as he'll be sharing looks with D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel and Christian McCaffrey.

He'll also be catching passes with Teddy Bridgewater, who was notoriously conservative in 2019. That doesn't seem like it would mesh well with Anderson's strength as a downfield threat, but a deeper look shows some reason to be excited about the fit.

Robby Anderson Fantasy Value

There's no questioning Anderson' prowess as one of the league's premier deep threats. Since entering the league in 2016 he has averaged 14.8 yards per reception — ranking sixth among all players with at least 200 receptions in that time.

The question marks come with whether Bridgewater will get him the ball downfield or not. In 2019, Bridgewater's 6.2-yard average depth of target (aDOT) would have ranked dead-last in the NFL if he had enough attempts to qualify. That's not all on him though. He was stepping into an established offense, being asked to just hold down the fort. This was also an offense built around short passes. In fact, the lowest aDOT for a qualifying passer was Drew Brees' 6.4 yards.

When Bridgewater was a full-time starter in 2014 and 2015 he had a 7.5-yard aDOT. He also threw downfield plenty.

Greg Jennings led the Vikings in targets in 2014, with 92 looks and an 11.1-yard aDOT. That mark was a jump from his 10.1 yards the previous year. Stefon Diggs then led the Vikes with 84 targets in 2015, posting a 10.6-yard aDOT. In 2016, with no Bridgewater, that mark fell to just 8.5 yards.

Bridgewater has proven that he's willing to push the ball downfield if he's given the chance, and the Panthers signing Anderson is a great sign that they're going to give him that chance.

Anderson will be a boom-or-bust option in Carolina, because there are still a ton of mouths to feed, but that upside is going to give him plenty of fantasy football appeal for 2020.

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