Wide receiver Robby Anderson should be a hot commodity in fantasy football this year. The third-year wide receiver is on pace to have another career year in 2018 with the New York Jets.
Fantasy football is on the horizon, and it is beginning to generate its usual buzz. It is the time of the year where competing against your friends for bragging rights becomes the top priority. As always, finding the right sleepers and late round draft picks will carry fantasy teams to the championship. New York Jets fans should look no further than their No. 1 wide receiver, Robby Anderson. Make no mistake about it, Anderson will be a fantasy superstar in 2018.
In 2017, Anderson broke out, finishing the year with 63 receptions for 941 yards and seven touchdowns. His elite speed and ability to make plays downfield has instilled fear into defensive coordinators across the league. Defenses will often play a more conservative approach against him, resulting in more opportunities underneath. If Anderson continues to progress at the pace he has been, this will be the year that he explodes. More opportunities underneath will not only result in more receptions, but it will also allow him to continue making plays down the field.
The quarterback situation will be much better in 2018. The Jets have three viable options in Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, and Sam Darnold. McCown and Bridgewater present two veteran options that have both had success in the NFL. Darnold, while not having NFL experience yet, was a first-round pick for a reason. NFL scouts were raving about him all offseason, and reports suggest that he has been as advertised since joining the Jets.
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Last year, after an injury to McCown, the Jets did not have the QB depth to keep the offense afloat. The team went with backup Bryce Petty, who owns a 53.1 career completion percentage. Anderson’s numbers took a noticeable hit after McCown went down last season, which was the reason why he was unable to reach 1,000 yards. This year will be a much different and better quarterback room. The depth provides the team with multiple quality players at the most important position.
There are many factors that will lead to Anderson becoming a fantasy football stud in 2018. The consistent improvements that he has made during his first two seasons suggest that he will take another huge leap this year. His ability to make big plays down the field will present him with more targets and receptions underneath. On top of that, the Jets have a vastly improved situation at the quarterback position.
When it is time to draft for fantasy football, be sure to keep Anderson on your radar. He has all the tools to become a top 10 fantasy receiver, and with improved quarterback play, it is very possible. The former undrafted free agent out of Temple may be the best move that general manager Mike Maccagnan has made with the Jets.