The New York Jets Best Case Scenarios – Wide Receiver Position

With a complete overhaul of the most important positions at the New York Jets, GM Joe Wilson, first-year Head Coach Robert Saleh, and rookie signal-caller Zach Wilson look to improve Jets futility’s last couple of seasons. 

The storyline questions are many; does Coach Saleh take the ball out of QB Zach Wilson’s hands and develop him slowly by leaning on rookie running back Micheal Carter, or does Coach Saleh throw Wilson to the league Peyton Manning? 

As the season plays out, the answers will become apparent. Still, with a mid-level receiving core, the best guess is a run-heavy, conservative approach to the game, making most Jets receivers insignificant for fantasy purposes. 

There are plenty of well-known names in the wide receiver room, but aside from rookie Elijah Moore, the Jets only have one receiver worth considering, Corey Davis. 

Corey Davis

Last Season

A 71% catch rate highlights the career year for Corey Davis as a member of the Tennessee Titans. Targeted 92 times, Davis hauled in 65 catches for 965 yards and 5 touchdowns in the run-heavy Titan offense. 

Projected 2021 Outlook

Trading from one run-heavy offense for another doesn’t appear to be a significant issue for Corey Davis. Nor does the issue of signing as a free agent for one quarterback only to have the Jets trade him away seem to bother Davis

The question moving forward, was 2020 a contract year aberration, or has Corey Davis made the leap to better production and worthy of a fantasy spot on your roster? 

Keep in mind most #1 receivers produce in this league for both PPR and non-PPR formats. With that said, Davis is projected to lead the Jets in targets (105), receptions (67), yards (928), and touchdowns (4), making him a solid flex option for most leagues.

Denzel Mims

Last Season

In only 9 games played as a rookie, Denzel Mims showed his speed, burst, and size, averaging 7+ targets in the first half of the 2020 season but slowed down to 5.5 targets per game in the second half of the year. 

Of course, the Jets offense was stuck in reverse, which may have impacted Mims’ production more often than not. He had 45 targets to go with 23 receptions, 357 yards, but 0 touchdowns. 

Projected 2021 Outlook

Despite his size, speed, and agility, Mims is projected to be WR4 on the Jet’s depth chart, meaning he has little fantasy relevance unless Corey Davis or rookie Elijah Moore becomes injured. His ceiling isn’t very high, and his floor is projected to be 50 targets with 30 receptions, 400 yards, and two touchdowns. It’s best to ignore Denzil Mims until something happens to shake up the depth chart. 

Jamison Crowder

Last Season

Despite only playing in 12 games last season, Jamison Crowder led all receivers in targets (89), receptions (59), yards (699), and touchdown receptions (6) which positioned him as WR14 for the games he played. Over the 2019 and 2020 seasons, Jamison Crowder was the target at a very high frequency, expecting that to change. 

Projected 2021 Outlook

A new coaching staff and rookie quarterback are sure to take the ball out of Jamison Crowder’s hands. Designated the number 3 WR, his projected target share (89) and receptions (58) aren’t thought to be in danger. However, his ceiling of touchdowns (3) and the low-scoring offense should impact Crowder’s fantasy value. 

Another concern is his usage as the 2020 season progressed, 11.2 targets per game the first half of the season and 5.5 targets the season’s final games, projecting lower production from Crowder. At best, Jamison Crowder is a waiver wire pick-up that will be match-up dependent. 

The crowded WR room doesn’t leave much to be desired. Even in situations where the Jets are playing from behind, there isn’t much to inspire much excitement and confidence until Zach Wilson proves himself. So the best strategy is to ignore all Jets receivers not named Corey Davis, and only then, in the mid-to-late rounds. 

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