Breshad Perriman left Tampa Bay to join the Jets, where he has more target opportunity, but the move doesn't necessarily help his Fantasy value. You should wait until the double-digit rounds to draft Perriman, who will battle Jamison Crowder, Denzel Mims and Chris Herndon for targets in an offense led by Adam Gase. Traditionally, Gase's offenses have focused on shorter passes and slot receivers, and that's not Perriman at all. If you're taking Perriman earlier than that, you're banking on his late-season explosion in 2019 (506 yards and five touchdowns in his final five games) being a sign that a former first-round pick has finally fulfilled his promise. That's not a wager you should want to make with Perriman's track record and the Jets offense.
The Jets and Perriman agreed to a one-year contract Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. After Robby Anderson chose the Panthers earlier Tuesday, the Jets were in the market for a wide receiver. Despite being a first-round pick in 2015, Perriman -- whose deal is worth up to $8 million -- made a negligible impact on the field until last year, which he capped with three consecutive 100-yard performances. He projects to be Sam Darnold's top outside threat next season, with Jamison Crowder operating out of the slot.
Perriman secured five of eight targets 134 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 28-22 overtime loss to the Falcons on Sunday. Perriman once again paced the team in receptions, receiving yards and targets, putting together his third consecutive 100-yard effort to close out the campaign. The previously underwhelming wideout earned high praise from coach Bruce Arians in his postgame press conference, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports, with the Buccaneers' head man stating that Perriman played like a No. 1 receiver down the stretch. The 26-year-old is slated to head into unrestricted free agency in March, but given his strong finish, the Buccaneers could certainly be interested in bringing him back into the fold.
Perriman caught seven of 12 targets for 102 yards in Saturday's 23-20 loss to the Texans. Perriman served as Tampa Bay's No. 1 wide receiver with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin sidelined by hamstring injuries. He led the team in targets, catches and yards, with no other Buccaneer even reaching 50 receiving yards. Perriman came close to having an even bigger day, but he just missed getting his feet in bounds on what would have been a 32-yard catch and had a ball in the end zone bounce off his outstretched hand. With the team's top two receivers unlikely to return for the finale against Atlanta, Perriman's primed to finish on a high note.
Perriman is expected to operate as the Buccaneers' No. 1 receiver Saturday against the Texans after Chris Godwin (hamstring) was ruled out for the contest and Mike Evans (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Godwin failed to practice this week and isn't a lock to make it back for the Dec. 29 season finale versus Atlanta either, so Perriman looks like he could have a significant opportunity ahead of him while serving as the top receiver in what's been one of the NFL's more pass-happy attacks. Perriman took full advantage of Evans' absence and Godwin's early exit in the Week 15 win over the Lions, delivering the best performance of his five-year career with five receptions for 113 yards and three touchdowns on six targets. While no wideout can be asked to replicate that sort of efficiency, Perriman should at least benefit from an uptick in volume with Evans' and Godwin's combined 17.7 targets per game missing from the lineup. Depth wideout Justin Watson and tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate are also expected to take on pronounced roles in the passing game.
Perriman secured five of six targets for 113 yards and three touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 38-17 win over the Lions on Sunday. He also rushed once for three yards. Perriman's numbers are impressive under any circumstances, but given the Buccaneers lost both Chris Godwin and Scott Miller due to hamstring injuries Sunday and are already likely without Mike Evans the rest of the way for the same reason, they're particularly encouraging as well. The fifth-year speedster brought in scoring tosses of 34, 25 and 25 yards from Jameis Winston (thumb), giving him four of his five touchdowns on the season over his last two games. Perriman should be primed for every-snap volume in a Week 16 Saturday matchup versus the Texans, as Evans and Godwin are highly likely to miss that contest.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|6||10/18||@Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|8||11/01||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|9||11/10||New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|13||12/06||Las Vegas Raiders||22||22.63|
|15||12/20||@Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|17||01/03||@New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|3 Year Avg||43||21||354||3||15||16.86||53|