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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT BUST: JARVIS LANDRY WR CLEVELAND BROWNS

Jarvis Landry got paid after leading the NFL in receptions last season.  Now he will be a potentially big 2018 fantasy football bust.  Say what?  Hear us out here because even those who take part in PPR formats need to understand the risk Landry brings to the fantasy football table as he embarks on his first go-round with the Cleveland Browns after the Miami Dolphins traded him up north over the winter.  Now in terms of Landry's tenure with Miami, there was a ton of receptions as he caught 84 balls as a rookie and the proceeded to reel off totals of 110, 94, and 113 the last three seasons after that.  PPR gold to say the least but through all those catches, Landry also revealed some red flags.  The first would be that despite all of those catches, only once in four seasons did Landry grab more than 5 touchdowns (that was the 9 he had a year ago) and his yards per catch averages always left a lot to be desired.  So on those issues alone, Landry fell back to WR 3 status in standard leagues and a moderate WR 2 in PPR.

Adding to the problems we talked about above, Landry now heads to a Cleveland Browns team that has the limited Tyrod Taylor at quarterback.  So while Taylor has decent skills and showed last season he can take a team to the playoffs, his pure passing leaves a lot to be desired and the magical statistic here is that he has ranked 31st, 32nd, and 32st in the entire NFL in passing attempts the last three years.  That means Landry will have an almost impossible time making a run at another 100 catches and even 90 could be a stretch.  Then when you add in the presence of Josh Gordon, Duke Johnson, and David Njoku as very capable receiving compliments, Landry should have an even tougher time getting the catches to pile up.  A run-heavy Browns unit in the rough November-December weather is not conducive to catching a lot of balls as well.  Combine everything together and Landry looks like a bust waiting to happen in terms of the fact he is being drafted with his Miami numbers in mind.  As a result, do yourself a favor and take a pass here unless Landry can be had for only a WR 3 cost.

2018 PROJECTION:  86 receptions 905 yards 5 TD  


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