Fantasy Football Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Week 1: WR Robby Anderson

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 02: Robby Anderson #11 of the New York Jets takes off his helmet during the first half of the game at MetLife Stadium on November 2, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 02: Robby Anderson #11 of the New York Jets takes off his helmet during the first half of the game at MetLife Stadium on November 2, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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Heading into Week 1 fantasy football, New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is worth starting against the Detroit Lions.

Make no mistake about it, wide receiver Robby Anderson is the top offensive weapon of the New York Jets. With rookie quarterback Sam Darnold officially starting in Week 1 action against the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football, it’s expected Anderson will see a lot of passes coming his way. Should fantasy football owners consider starting Anderson this week?

Due to the Jets starting a rookie quarterback and a lack of offensive weapons around him, expect new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates to keep things simple on offense. Expect to see a heavy emphasis on the ground game with hopes of not putting too much pressure on Darold. But when he does end up passing, it will the majority of the time be to Anderson.

Darnold will undoubtedly be looking at Anderson’s way early and often throughout this Week 1 matchup. That is why it’s important to not underestimate Anderson’s fantasy football value against the Lions.

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While not a clear-cut WR1 option, fantasy football owners would be wise to put Anderson in as either their WR2 or flex option this week. He should rack up a good amount of yards and likely score a touchdown or two when it matters most.

If Anderson can stay out of trouble off-the-field, there is no telling how big of a year he can have in his third year with the Jets. Keep in mind that Anderson can potentially be suspended at any point by the NFL due to his off-the-field arrests so it’s best to keep an eye on The Jet Press in case he gets suspended between now and game time.

Anderson is coming off a breakout year in 2017 that saw him total 941 receiving yards, 63 receptions, and seven touchdowns. Mind you, that was with quarterback Josh McCown. One can only imagine the damage he can cause with a younger and better quarterback this time around.

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