One of my favorite fantasy football sleepers at the wide receiver position in 2017 is Jamison Crowder of the Washington Redskins. This player profile will detail why I believe he will have a great year not only for the Redskins but for your fantasy team as well.
Jamison Crowder stands at only 5’8″ but is able to play the position by running crisp routes, having reliable hands, and creating yards after the catch. Last year, Crowder finished as the 26th ranked receiver in PPR leagues. Crowder was solid all year long until completely disappearing for the fantasy playoffs. Despite that rough four game stretch for Crowder, he was still able to finish as a top 30 receiving option in PPR leagues. The numbers that Jamison Crowder put up last season in an offense that had plenty of mouths to feed, shows just how big of a role he has in the offensive game plan.
Jamison Crowder will be entering his third year in the NFL with his largest role ever. As mentioned before, the Redskins offense had plenty of mouths to feed in 2016, however, the offense lost two 1,000 yard receivers this off season in DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. While the addition of Terrell Pryor will certainly fill in for some of those targets that were lost, Crowder is expected to be one of Kirk Cousins’ primary options throughout the season. Even with Jackson and Garcon in 2016, Crowder still received 97 targets in the passing game. I would expect Crowder to be relied on heavily by Kirk Cousins this year. Crowder could possibly be Cousins’ number two option behind Jordan Reed.
Another reason to be excited about Jamison Crowder for the upcoming season is that Jay Gruden has recently stated that Crowder is ready for a larger role in the Redskins offense. Jay Gruden said, “He can play outside, inside. He can play running back probably if he wanted to. So we’ll utilize Jamison and try to get him more involved, not just in the passing game and the running game”(Washington Post). This proves Crowder’s worth to this explosive offense and is why I believe he has a nice fantasy year ahead of him.
At his current ADP of around 80, Crowder is being drafted as a WR3. While it is still June and there is a long way to go until most fantasy drafts kick off, this number can go up or down. If Crowder’s ADP starts to fall, take advantage and draft him in the later rounds because you can be drafting a solid WR3 with the upside to be a WR2.
The combination of an increased role in the offense, a great skill set, less mouths to feed, and another year of experience are all reasons as to why I believe Jamison Crowder will have his best season to date and why he can be a solid wide receiver option for you in your upcoming fantasy season.
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