Anderson caught three of five targets for 39 yards in Sunday's 42-34 win over the Colts. Anderson could have had a much bigger day, but he dropped a perfectly thrown deep ball in the end zone. The Jets are starting to open up the playbook more for rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, which bodes well for the speedy Anderson's fantasy outlook moving forward. Anderson could also receive a temporary boost in workload against the Vikings in Week 7, as Quincy Enunwa (ankle) and Terrelle Pryor (groin) are dealing with injuries.
Anderson caught three of five targets for 123 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 34-16 win over Denver. It wasn't all that complicated. Bradley Roby was locked in on Anderson in man-to-man coverage with no help twice in the second quarter. Two g routes, two catches, 109 yards and two touchdowns later, the Jets were holding a multi-score lead. It wasn't as if he was targeted more than usual, as he has seen at least four in each of the past four weeks. Simply, he and Sam Darnold finally connected Sunday. That chemistry can be dangerous if the Jets continue to find ways to pound the ball and go deep. In New York's two wins, Anderson has just four catches, but three of them have gone for touchdowns of 35 yards or more. A Colts team that ranks in the top 10 in the league in opponent yards per catch might provide a greater challenge Sunday.
Anderson won't receive a suspension from the league as a result of his two arrests within the past year and a half, an NFL spokesman informed Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. After he was cleared of felony charges back in May, Anderson expressed optimism that he would avoid any supplementary discipline from the NFL. Though the league continued to review his May 2017 and January 2018 arrests over the past several months, it ultimately chose not to levy any punishment for Anderson, who apparently satisfied the NFL with his actions since enduring the legal troubles. While the specter of a suspension no longer looms over Anderson, his lack of chemistry with rookie quarterback Sam Darnold has prevented him from building on his 2017 breakout. Quincy Enunwa has emerged as the clear go-to option for Darnold through four games, with Anderson limited to just eight receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown on 16 targets.
Anderson had just two catches for 18 yards on six targets in Sunday's 31-12 loss to Jacksonville. Anderson can be forgiven for a lack of production in this difficult matchup, but he's now been held under 30 yards in each of the past three weeks after catching a 41-yard touchdown in the opener. The speedster built up a great rapport on deep balls with Josh McCown last season, but rookie quarterback Sam Darnold has been unable to rekindle that magic, despite his success throwing deep at USC last season. As a result, Anderson will be little more than a boom-or-bust option against the Broncos in Week 5.
Anderson (nose) returned to Thursday's contest against the Browns, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports. Anderson injured his nose after fumbling earlier in the game, but appears to be okay. The 6-foot-3 wideout caught his second pass of the game for five yards after returning to the field.
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|16||12/23||Green Bay Packers||18||24.33|
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