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What to do with Robby Anderson in Week 5 fantasy football

Robby Anderson hasn’t been fantasy viable all season long. However, could a matchup with an injury-depleted Eagles secondary change that?

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson makes a catch in front of Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The case for Robby Anderson in Week 5 is a complex one. Leading up to Sunday’s tilt with the Eagles, there was a brief bit of optimism that Sam Darnold might actually be able to play after missing the Jets’ past two games with mononucleosis; you know, as long as he was “not going to die” out there because of his spleen. Well, on Friday, those dreams were vanquished when we learned that the quarterback’s illness will keep him sidelined at least one more contest. That’s a shame, especially for Anderson, because if there’s a secondary to be exploited by a deep play wide receiver, its Philadelphia’s.

The Eagles have been torched by WRs through all four games of the 2019 campaign, as their secondary’s surrendered a whopping 221.5 yards per contest to opposing receiving corps — the highest figure in the entire league. A lot of the team’s problems have stemmed from injury. While Philadelphia’s strength on defense was always going to be its front seven, ailments to Ronald Darby, Avonte Maddox, and Sidney Jones have literally left the Eagles pulling in guys off the street to populate their 53-man roster. Heck, in the last 10 days, Philadelphia’s signed both Orlando Scandrick and Ryan Lewis and each could be expected to shoulder a significant load in Week 5. New York, who has to start Luke Falk this Sunday, is probably not shedding any tears for the Eagles’ woes; but, in a vacuum, this is arguably the best non-Dolphins matchup Anderson will draw this season.

Fantasy Football Analysis, New York Jets WR Robby Anderson

Falk has generated just 0.20 fantasy points per drop back this year, the lowest output of any QB with at least 20 attempts to his name. No matter how easy the opposition might seem, I can’t suggest utilizing anyone associated with the Washington State product in any season-long format. We simply haven’t seen enough to warrant that level of trust. However, DFS is another story. Anderson’s about as far from a cash game play as humanly possible, but Philadelphia’s allowed the third-most 40-plus yard opponent passing plays through four weeks. As a high-ceiling flier in a GPP, you could do worse that having a little exposure to the Jets’ No. 1 option.

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