Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers, who's got it...
The Jets passing attack is not very attractive, however it is being undervalued in Dynasty formats. The big question is: who will connect? Three factors that need consideration when determining the fantasy value of the Jets’ passing attack are Josh McCown’s past connections with Terrelle Pryor and Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold’s connection with Josh McCown, and the slot receivers in Jeremy Bates’s West Coast offense, and Teddy Bridgewater’s connection with the bench. Which Jet connection will pay fantasy pay dirt this season?
People have been quick to write off Robby Anderson. If Josh Gordon taught us anything last year, players can come back from off the field issues and regain fantasy relevancy. Anderson has far less to come back from with his felony charges dropped, and if he avoids a league suspension, should continue where he left off. He has success with Josh McCown and should do the same with Sam Darnold. The Jets are going with McCown unless Darnold out-duels him. Part of the out-dueling should include Darnold developing a connection with Anderson. If it is Darnold at the helm, he can follow McCown's blueprint of success with both Anderson and Jet's off-season acquisition, Terrelle Pryor. McCown had a good deal of success with Anderson last year, but also had solid numbers in the brief period he played with Pryor in Cleveland. In the 5 games they played together, Pryor had 25 receptions for 409 yards. That equates to a 75 rec 1227 yard season, probably a ceiling for the McCown-Anderson connection. Last year Anderson had 49 rec and 821 yards 7 TDs in 12 games with McCown, equating to 65 recs 1094 yards and 9TDs. It’s realistic to project Anderson to have 70+ recs for 1100+ yards 7 TDs.
Sam Darnold was the best QB of the rookie class and with McCown on the team Darnold can have even better numbers with Anderson. Anderson and Darnold could be a top dynasty duo for the next 5+ years. Floating around the twitterverse are mentions of Mitchell Trubisky and Allen Robinson as second on the list of youngest combined age QB-WR tandems, Darnold and Anderson are the youngest.
The other Jets WRs, Quincy Enunwa and Jermaine Kearse, fill the same slot WR hole and unless there is an injury it would be wise stay away from them. Darnold and Bates’ West Coast offense will give plenty of targets to the slot WR, but how many each will get is up in the air. As for Terrelle Pryor, he can be a solid number WR 2 on the team but I have a hunch something will derail his season, giving way to ArDarius Stewart or Chad Hansen, quality practice squad players. But in the end, it's Robby Anderson’s connection with big plays and great talent. With either Sam Darnold or Josh McCown this season, he will still see success. He is a great mid round pickup in a start up and a buy low candidate. In our DHH startup draft, I picked him up in the 9th round, about where he should go with a very high ceiling. At the very least he can be a solid/cheap WR3 to start the season but should be a WR2 by season's end. With even more potential moving forward with Sam Darnold.