While the aggravation of a groin injury bears watching, the chemistry that was brewing between Sam Darnold and Terrelle Pryor was real. Pryor is worth starting in Week 7 fantasy football.
The New York Jets took a hit in the last game against the Colts, losing leading receiver Quincy Enunwa to an injury that will most likely sideline him a month. That is the bad news. The good news? It appears Sam Darnold began immediately developing chemistry with his other (forgotten) receivers, one of them being wide receiver Terrelle Pryor.
Five catches and 57 yards are relatively pedestrian in the fantasy world, however, adding a touchdown to that changes it from bench/borderline flex to more viable flex territory. The issue here is that with so many receivers who fit the same mold (complimentary), it is hard to demand 15 targets a game. This is the problem the Jets have, and more specifically the problem they have in the fantasy football world (because I am sure they worry about it just as much as we do).
Here is my take: Pryor at the very least needs to be rostered and monitored, especially on a team searching for some “boom” points. I don’t envision a scenario where he becomes an every week starter as a WR1 or WR2 (even his breakout season was WR2 territory), however, I do see a place for him on rosters that like to play week to week with their flex based on matchups.
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While his modest yards per catch are an eyesore for a field-stretching pass catcher like Pryor, he is also just as likely to break out with a 45-yard TD at any time. The problem? He is a pass catcher that sometimes has an issue catching passes.
Take that information for what you feel it is worth, but the fact that his height and speed make him a viable threat to score at any time are probably worth enough to even out the scale.
Bottom line? I feel Pryor is a low floor, high ceiling roster stash right now. I don’t see him putting up this production week to week consistently, however, his point total might hover around the 8-18 mark depending on his chemistry and route running. His speed is not in the Robby Anderson category, but who is? Pryor is much better suited to catch contested balls out of the air and then make moves after the catch. Seems perfect for a red zone target to me! This, to repeat, all depends on the health of his groin and his ability to actually catch the passes coming his way.