We didn’t think that the New York Jets offense was going to be this good. “This good,” is a relative term, as they are just middle-of-the-road in both scoring and yardage. They aren’t great, but we were expecting an unmitigated disaster. It made sense, a bunch of no-name receivers, a stable of aging running backs and an older-than-dirt Josh McCown don’t exactly make for inspiring fantasy football options. They’ve created a semblance of an offense that we can believe in, but can you believe in their best asset, Robby Anderson, this weekend as they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
Robby Anderson started the season off slowly, going for just fifty yards in his first two games combined. That had him back to the waiver wire, from whence he came, in many leagues. Since then he’s had just one true lull, a week five, nineteen-yard game against the Cleveland Browns. Excepting the first couple of games of the season as the Jets ramped up, Anderson is on a 990-yard, nine touchdown pace. That pace puts him between 2016 Michael Crabtree and 2016 Rishard Matthews in terms of production, which makes him a weekly WR2. He’s been even more useful lately, posting touchdowns in three-straight games while averaging 62 yards a contest.
This week the surprisingly competent New York Jets offense with suddenly useful wide receiver Robby Anderson take on the Bucs, but what does that mean for Anderson? Well, speedsters like Anderson eat their lunch. Deonte Thompson has torched them with two different squads this year, Stefon Diggs obliterated them and John Brown and Ted Ginn have both gone off against them. You can add Robby Anderson to that list after this week. Overall, the 25.31 fantasy points per game to wide receivers are the third-most in the NFL on the year.
The Jets have put together a semi-competent offense this season, with Robby Anderson as their #1 WR and top offensive threat. He’s on a roll lately, and the Buccaneers won’t be able to put up much of a fight. Slot him in as your WR2, and he’s likely to reward you at a level of production much higher than that this week.