Robby Anderson has proven to be a talented receiver on the field, but he's had trouble staying out of trouble off the field. He's had two run-ins with the law in as many offseasons, and he could be facing a suspension from the NFL this year. We'll see what happens and if he's going to miss any games, but it could alter his Fantasy value. If he's scheduled to play 16 games, Anderson has the potential to be a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues. Any missed time, however, will bump him down to a No. 3 option. He also has a crowded receiving corps in 2018 compared to 2017 with Quincy Enunwa (neck) healthy and the addition of Terrelle Pryor. The upside for Anderson, who is entering his third season in the NFL, is he scored double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league six times in 2017, and all of them came in the 12 healthy games with Josh McCown, who is back as the Jets' starting quarterback as long as he can hold off rookie Sam Darnold. Plan on drafting Anderson as early as Round 5 in all formats if he's not suspended, but his value will slide if he's forced to miss any games due to a suspension.
Anderson caught one of two targets for four yards in Thursday's 15-13 preseason loss to Washington. Anderson played all 23 first-half snaps along with quarterback Sam Darnold, so it's a bit discouraging that the two didn't link up more often. Darnold hasn't really uncorked the deep ball yet, and the speedy Anderson does his best work downfield. New York's playbook should open up more when the games start counting, so it's too early to push the panic button.
Anderson caught his lone target for eight yards during Friday's 17-0 win over the Falcons in the preseason opener. Anderson's lone catch came during New York's second drive on a pass thrown by Teddy Bridgewater. While the speedy wideout showed excellent downfield chemistry with Josh McCown last season, he's poised to thrive regardless of who's throwing him the ball this year. The biggest concerns regarding Anderson have to do with off-the-field issues, as he may still be handed a short suspension for getting arrested twice in the past year.
Anderson's case is still being reviewed by the NFL under its personal-conduct policy, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. Arrested for the second time in a span of nine months back in January, Anderson saw nearly all of the charges dropped, but he did plead no contest to one count of reckless driving. While a lengthy suspension seems unlikely, the league could ban Anderson for a game or two at the start of the season. He'll report to training camp with the rest of his teammates Thursday, still unsure of whether he'll be allowed to play Week 1 in Detroit. The speedy 25-year-old is a clear favorite to serve as the Jets' No. 1 receiver this season.
Anderson's attorney, Ed O'Donnell, said that his client pleaded no contest Wednesday to charges of reckless driving stemming from a January arrest, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. After the plea, Anderson is no longer facing charges from either of his two arrests the past 13 months. He'll still face six months of non-reporting probation for the January incident, but neither legal issue should impact his preparation for the upcoming campaign. The wideout is still awaiting a potential fine and/or suspension from the league for violating the personal conduct policy, with an NFL spokesman relaying Thursday that a review of both incidents is ongoing.
Anderson said last week that he doesn't expect the NFL to suspend him, despite being arrested twice in a nine-month span, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. Charges from the first arrest have been dropped, and Anderson is only facing a misdemeanor reckless driving charge for the second incident. While the league doesn't need a conviction to levy a suspension, a single misdemeanor charge is unlikely to draw anything more than a fine, or perhaps a one-game ban. Anderson likely will reprise his role as the Jets' No. 1 receiver in 2018, but he'll have a bit more competition for targets than he did last season, as Quincy Enunwa (neck) and Terrelle Pryor (ankle) are both expected to be available at some point during training camp. Anderson's next court date is July 19.
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|12||11/25||New England Patriots||27||22.58|
|16||12/23||Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|17||12/30||@New England Patriots||27||22.58|
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