Jamison Crowder Signs With New York Jets: Fantasy Football Impact
Jamison Crowder has agreed to terms on a three-year, $28.5 million contract with the New York Jets which includes 17 million dollars guaranteed. That is a fairly large contract for a slot wide receiver and gives him the 26th most guaranteed money at the wide receiver position. This is a real investment for the New York Jets and a sign that they want to give Sam Darnold weapons that make sense with his skillset.
Crowder’s tenure with Washington was mostly muddled to due to injury. He was an extremely productive player at Duke in college and actually shocked most people by being drafted in the 4th round 0f the 2015 NFL Draft. Crowder had a fairly poor combine but his 3,776 college yards and 29 cumulative touchdowns gave him a draftable grade. He became immediately useful to Washington as a rookie with Desean Jackson injured and never gave up a starting role after that. His 2018 was completely marred by injuries as were the first few games of his 2017 season. With Washington entering a full rebuilding mode, it just did not make much sense for them to pay Crowder (a slightly above replacement level wide receiver) much guaranteed money.
As much as I did not like the hire of Adam Gase for the development of Sam Darnold, the signing of Jamison Crowder does actually make sense for the type of offense that Gase wants to run. Jarvis Landry was the primary slot receiver for Gase and the Miami Dolphins in 2016 and 2017. Over that time frame, he racked up 292 targets much to my personal chagrin. When Landry left to play for the Cleveland Browns, Danny Amendola was the primary slot receiver. The 2018 Dolphins were horrible but Danny Amendola actually led the team with 79 and 575 yards which is remarkable given the role Crowder will be playing in 2019.
Jamison Crowder 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook
Of all of the places that Jamison Crowder could have signed in free agency, he probably selected the spot that would give him the most playing time and targets. Sam Darnold absolutely peppered Quincy Enunwa with targets last season when he was in the slot and did the same thing when Jermaine Kearse played there. The Jets actually have a formidable group of pass-catchers now with Crowder, Robby Anderson, Christopher Herndon, and Quincy Enunwa. If the Jets did sign Le’Veon Bell, that would definitely take away a chunk of the projected targets from Crowder but with Isaiah Crowell projected as their starting running back right now, there is not a threat of a pass-catching back stealing short targets on early downs. I will be projecting Crowder for around an 18% market share of what I expect to be an improved passing offense in 2019 and think he’ll make a quite viable WR3 in PPR leagues.
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