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Fantasy Football Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Week 1: RB Isaiah Crowell

By Luis Tirado Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 10: Isaiah Crowell #20 of the New York Jets runs the ball in for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 10, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 10: Isaiah Crowell #20 of the New York Jets runs the ball in for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 10, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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As fantasy football owners prepare for Week 1 of the season, New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell is worth starting.

The overall offense of the New York Jets leaves much to the imagination. They have a rookie quarterback starting in Sam Darnold and a wide receiver corps that most fantasy football owners have yet to hear of. Outside of wide receiver Robby Anderson, the Jets are in dire need of offensive playmakers that can win football games and be worth starting consistently in fantasy football.

When it comes to running back Isaiah Crowell, he is presented with a golden situation on the Jets. A natural born workhorse so far in his career, Crowell put up respectable numbers in his four years with the Cleveland Browns.

In his career so far, Crowell has totaled 3,118 rushing yards, 737 rushes, and 21 touchdowns. Since the Jets will likely keep things simple for Darnold as far as the passing game goes, expect to see them use a plethora of rushing plays in their Week 1 road game against the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.

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Ideally, fantasy football owners should start Crowell this week as their RB2 option since he will likely see a lot of reps come his way. Crowell also doubles up as a receiving option as he will contribute in that aspect as well, potentially doubling up his fantasy points this week.

While Crowell isn’t an RB1 option at the start of the season, he’s worth keeping around in the long run since he could be a fantasy sleeper if everything falls into place. Crowell could very well end up being a centerpiece on offense as Darnold continues his development during the regular season.

Start Crowell this week and if you also have fellow running back Bilal Powell, he will also likely get a lot of plays this week in a rotational role. Expect the Jets to commit to the ground game early and often as they do their best to leave the Motor City with a season-opening win.

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