The disrespect Jamison Crowder is getting in the fantasy football community is getting out of hand.
His current ADP is 133 for half-PPR. In a 12-man league, that puts him at the top of the 11th round. He has fallen as far as pick no. 210 and is a steal for anyone who can pick him up late. Crowder not only has the upside of being a week to week starter and also a league winner.
Last year, Crowder finished the year as the 34th ranked receiver. He averaged about 7.5 points per game and was Sam Darnold’s favorite receiver. The Jets as a whole targeted him on 122 passes, making him the 19th most targeted wideout. All this while not playing with Darnold for three games due to making out with dirty Jersey girls and catching Mono.
Crowder has found the offense that works for him. The slot guy is very important to an Adam “Crazy Eyes” Gase’s offense. Crowder posted a career year with 78 receptions, 833 yards and 7 touchdowns. He has a chance to build off those numbers in 2020.
The Jets lost both Robby Anderson and Demaryius Thomas this offseason. They both leave behind 154 targets, 1,212 yards and 6 touchdowns. I could easily see Crowder taking anywhere from 15-25 percent of that production.
In 2019, Crowder held a 25 percent stake in the passing game. This on the low end can add about an extra 23 targets 200 yards and 1 touchdown. The Jets replaced Anderson with a slightly worse version of him in Breshad Perriman. They also drafted Denzel Mims this offseason; both of these receivers should take up the remainder of the targets and yardage.
Crowder is the clear cut number one receiver in what should be an improved offense this year. The Jets addressed the offensive line in free agency and the draft. This should give Darnold more time in the pocket. This could give Crowder more of an opportunity to pad his stats. If Darnold can bring his yardage up to around 3,500-3,800 yards this year compared to the 3,000 he had in 2019, this could be a big year for Crowder.
Unlike the newer receivers, Crowder already has a connection with Darnold. Without a few preseason games this year, this will be hard for the others to overcome.
What’s great about Crowder is his high floor if he plays all 16 games. His high ceiling, on the other hand, makes him a must draft. I can see Crowder ending the season with more than 100 receptions, over 1,000 yards and 7 touchdowns. That would slot him in as a top 20 guy. To get this type of production form a guy in the 11th round is not only a steal but also a league winner. Hopefully people from your league don’t see this. Any advantage in fantasy can make or break a season. I know I’ll be grabbing shares of Jamison Crowder when the 11th round comes around.
BANNER: WR Jamison Crowder of the Washington Football Team running from defenders against the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 4, 2015 PHOTO CREDIT: Keith Allison//Flickr