Sam Darnold has been back from his bout with Mono for four games and has five touchdown passes to nine interceptions. Those aren’t numbers to be proud of, but that’s where they are.
During that span, Jamison Crowder caught 21-of-28 targets for 231 yards and a touchdown while Robby Anderson caught 12-of-26 targets for 211 yards and one touchdown. One of those games was the disaster against the Patriots, where Darnold threw for just 84 yards.
Crowder and Anderson’s stats follow well with their roles on the team, as Crowder sees shorter targets out of the slot while Anderson is a deep threat. That gives Crowder more stability, and with the Jets offensive line not holding their end of the bargain up, Anderson should continue to be inconsistent.
Fantasy football analysis: New York Jets WRs Jamison Crowder, Robby Anderson
The good news for the Jets is that they face a bad Giants pass defense. On the season, they’ve allowed the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season and rank 27th in DVOA against the pass.
Through nine games, they’ve allowed nine receivers to top 80 yards and given up 13 touchdowns to the position. Against slot receivers, the Giants have given up 572 yards on 61 targets. Crowder is coming off his best game of the season against Miami, and Darnold seems to favor Crowder, especially with the offensive line giving up too much pressure.
Anderson’s matchup is excellent as well, but he remains a boom or bust receiver. I would still have a hard time not playing him here, though.
Traditional Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Jamison Crowder as a WR3 with PPR upside.
Start Robby Anderson as a WR3 with standard league upside.
DraftKings DFS Recommendation
Crowder costs $5,000 and Anderson costs $4,700. Crowder is the cash play while Anderson the GPP play. Pairing Anderson with Darnold in GPPs is something I’ll do on a few teams, as the ownership numbers won’t be high, and the upside in this matchup will.