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Should I start or sit Robby Anderson in Week 1 fantasy football?

The Jets WR has a high ceiling, but not the easiest matchup facing the Bills’ pass defense. We look at the fantasy implications for Sunday.

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Editor’s update: The Jets expect Robby Anderson to play on Sunday, according to Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter. He was listed as questionable with a calf injury, but it should not come down to a game-time decision.

Robby Anderson is almost the dictionary definition of a WR2 in standard formats. Though injuries limited the wideout to just 14 games and 752 yards receiving last season, the potential for Anderson to improve upon those marks is astronomical. Simply put, the man is a deep threat. While he was held to four receptions or fewer 12 times in 2018, Anderson led all receivers with at least 75 targets with a massive 17.3 yard aDOT. Because of that, Anderson also racked up 1,431 air yards; more than JuJu Smith-Schuster, Stefon Diggs, and Keenan Allen. The highs can be very high for the 26-year-old.

However, the lows can be equally low. The Bills were not a team that was overly generous to opposing WRs last season. This was a squad that sported the AFC’s top pass defense according to DVOA and held opposing wide receiving corps to a league-low in yards per game (117.1). A large part of that success was due to corner Tre’Davious White. The defensive back surrendered only 0.93 yards per route covered - the sixth-lowest rate of any CB who covered over 250 routes in 2018. Well, he’s likely going to shadow Anderson for most of this matchup. Doesn’t sound like too much fun.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson’s viability really comes down to league size and format. With his big play ability incredibly evident, he’s still worth a look in non-PPR settings. Yet, in leagues that emphasize catching volume, Anderson is nothing more than a desperate consideration in a FLEX spot. The fact he’s been questionable with a calf injury all week doesn’t help matters, either.

Recommendation: Sit