Jamison Crowder has quickly made a name for himself in the Washington wide receiver group. For the 2016 season, he has 16 receptions for 175 yards and 2 TDs through three games. More importantly, he has 25 targets over three games, showing that he has earned a role in this offense. He is currently a better PPR play than a standard league play, due to his lack of yardage. However, his propensity to receive red zone targets may make him a viable starter even in standard leagues quite soon.
Consensus Ranking and Projected Stats
For week 4, Crowder is ranked as the 68th Flex PPR player overall, and the 36h wide receiver. His projections for the week:
Receiving: 4.2 catches, 47.7 yards, 0.3 TDs
Total Points: 10.9 PPR points
Current Week Match-up
Crowder has seen the following target shares in his first 3 games: 10 vs PIT, 8 vs DAL, 7 vs NYG. Crowder also handles the punt returns duties for the Redskins, and nearly added a punt return score last week against the NYG. This week the Washington Redskins host the Cleveland Browns, with the Redskins being heavy favorites to win.
The total Vegas over/under is set at 45.5, a middling range on the week. The Redskins have been involved in high-scoring games each week, with the defense surrendering at least 27 points each week. In theory, the Redskins defense should be able to contain rookie Cody Kessler and Terrelle Pryor. However, Washington will likely be missing DeAngelo Hall (Achilles) and Baushad Breeland (ankle). Having lost two of their starting defenders, Washington may secede more points than people expect. This will force Washington to keep up the pace in what could be a sneakily high scoring game.
Crowder is slowly building himself a season-long role, shaping up as a low-end WR3 in PPR leagues and a WR4 in standard leagues. Look for him to continue receiving red zone targets as well.
Comparable Flex Starters
I’ve analyzed some comparable flex starters, along with a brief description of why I like them more or less:
WR Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals. Projected PPR points – 12.0 points
Michael Floyd is part of the three-headed monster that is the Arizona wide receiver group, though the group has been playing poorly lately. With a tough match-up against the surprisingly solid LA Rams defense, look for another dismal performance from Floyd. Floyd was in the concussion protocol during the team’s blowout loss to the Bills in week 3, but it looks like he should be cleared for week 4. Even with the clearance, the secondary of the Rams may be able to contain the Arizona WR group. I anticipate a very low scoring game. That being said, I don’t anticipate a big week from Floyd.
Conclusion: Start Crowder over Floyd
WR Mohammed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons. Projected PPR points – 10 .0 points
Sanu had a strong week 1 line, totaling 5 catches for 80 yards and a touchdown. However, since then, he has 9 catches for 50 yards and no TDs. The assumed WR2 in Atlanta, Sanu is prone to inconsistent weeks due to game flow and usage. Atlanta seems motivated to control games through their dual-RB committee of Coleman/Freeman. Furthermore, Sanu appeared to injure his shoulder in Monday night’s game but was on the field after missing a few plays. With an upcoming match-up against an angry Carolina team, I can’t see Sanu heading back to fantasy relevance this week.
Conclusion: Start Crowder over Sanu
Record to Date:
Player Projections: 1 – 2
Start/Sit Recommendations: 4 – 2