Rank: WR 31
Risk Level: Low
- Last two seasons has averaged over 10 yards a catch
- Caught almost 70% of his targets
- 7 touchdowns
- Fighting to be the number one WR after Garcon and Jackson left
- Good value going around the 6th or 7th round
- Plays against Philly and Dallas; who have defenses that are on the weaker end of the NFL
- Terrelle Pryor being brought in COULD demand more targets.
- Only 3 games over 100 yards
- 8 games with 3 catches or less
Jamison Crowder is getting over looked a lot this year due to the acquisition of Terrelle Pryor. Crowder is going into his third year and looking to make a huge splash. We saw last season that Crowder and Cousins had extremely good chemistry, which they only have been building on this off-season. Cousins also trusted Crowder in crucial situations. I don’t see this changing this coming season. Coach Gruden has already mentioned that Crowder could be looking for a bigger role coming into the 2017 season which is exciting to hear.
The big question mark is the fact that the Redskins brought in Terrelle Pryor. A lot of people, including fantasy gurus, are high on Pryor this year. Don’t get me wrong, I think Pryor is going to put up good numbers, but I think you could get similar numbers from Crowder with better value in the later rounds. Terrelle Pryor is going at the WR 18 and off the board around the 38th position, which is around the middle of the 3rd round. Other players that you could get around that area would be Sammy Watkins and Keenan Allen, who have proven that if healthy, they can be WR1’s. The guys going around Jamison Crowder are Paul Perkins, Stefon Diggs and Frank Gore. I would take Crowder over all of those guys. I think you are going to get more consistency from Crowder than the not so sexy Frank Gore or a questionable Stefon Diggs. The return on your investment will be more significant if drafting Crowder. He had 99 targets last season with a good wide out tandem in Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. Crowder is next up after Reed on Cousin’s favorites list.
I really do like the Washington Redskins offense a lot this year. I think they are going to be a high power offense that will put up a lot of big numbers against a bunch of weaker defenses. The big question mark in Washington has been there defense. For fantasy owners this isn’t necessarily bad news. If the Redskins continue to be in shoot outs and get caught playing catch-up, Crowder will see a lot of garbage time. This only adds more value to him.
If I had to choose between Crowder and Pryor I’d have to give the edge to Crowder. He’s got more significant upside and has been in the offense for three years. He’s a better value than giving up your third round draft pick for a question mark player in Pryor.