Another Shot of Jamison


Let’s ignore all the drama that has been going on with the New York Jets in the last few days. I want to focus on a player who signed with the Jets this offseason. That player is one Jamison Crowder. Yes, I have been touting Crowder for years. It hasn’t always worked out, but he has had some fruitful fantasy seasons. Last season, he was hampered by an ankle injury. This season, he should be back in normal Jamison Crowder form.

Crowder had a stunning 2016 campaign with the Washington Redskins. The wideout went for 847 yards on 67 receptions while pulling in seven touchdowns. The former fourth-rounder finished with double-digit PPR fantasy points on average in both 2016 (12.1) and 2017 (11.1). On top of that, he shows the potential to be more than your run-of-the-mill slot receiver. He presents quick speed and explosiveness after the catch which will improve with his new change of scenery.

Like it has been stated, Crowder was hurt for a substantial portion of the 2018 season. He only played nine games in the 2018 campaign, catching 29 of the 49 targets that went his way while going for 388 yards and two touchdowns. Crowder also had three games of double-digit fantasy points in 2018, and he could have had even more if he was healthy for the complete season. He is unmistakably more beneficial in PPR leagues over Standard leagues, but he should still have worth no matter what type of league you draft him in.

The 25-year-old wide receiver will now have passes hurled his way from Sam Darnold. Darnold is a quarterback who fancies spreading the ball around. Although Crowder has not been known for his touchdown abilities (two in 2015, seven in 2016, three in 2017, and two in 2018), his new landscape could be advantageous for him.

Adam Gase, coach of the New York Jets, happens to like using his primary slot receivers. They get loads of work in Gase’s system. Gase’s slot receivers have had between five and ten targets each game since the 2013 season, so this seems to be a good sign for Crowder’s value. Darnold also loves throwing to players in the slot, so keep your eyes open for chemistry between the field general and the wideout. The quarterback flashed various times last season while throwing to the slot, and he should continue down this path in 2019. There will be plenty of targets in the middle of the field for Crowder to benefit from.

The fact that Crowder inked a deal worth $28.5 million ($17 guaranteed) confirms that the team will want to use him. Both Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa can be played on the outside while Crowder is in the slot. Looks like three wide receiver sets may be the way to go. Darnold has a lot of weapons including newly acquired running back Le’veon Bell and up-and-coming tight end Chris Herndon. None of these players will diminish Crowder’s value in the slot. The player who takes a hit here is wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. Crowder should be just fine.

Sure, taking another shot of Jamo might be a bad idea, but I truly think he is going to surprise us all this season. He’s going to get you those fantasy points steadily throughout the 2019 timeframe. If you’re in need of a solid flex option this season, Jamison is the guy you’ll want to bank on. Of course, you can always drown your sorrows in more Jamison (the liquid kind) if it doesn’t end up going the way we planned.

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