Sam Darnold Fantasy Football News 2019

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Jets have reached agreement with RB Le'Veon Bell. That positions him in a backfield with Elijah McGuire as the lead incumbent. Bell, of course, is coming off a full year away from football, so we'll have to track his progress in his return this offseason. He joins a Jets team, however, that is spending liberally on both offense and defense in free agency. Bell will make for a risky pick inside the 1st round of fantasy football drafts, given that we don't know how good the Jets offense can be or what kind of target share Bell can expect. But he obviously carries as much upside as just about any player at the position. Bell's arrival gives another boost to QB Sam Darnold's 2nd-year outlook.

Update: Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport report it's a 4-year deal worth $52.5 million in total money.

The Jets have reached a deal with WR Jamison Crowder, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's not a great landing spot for Crowder's 2019 fantasy upside. The Jets already have WRs Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa in place, along with 2nd-year TE Chris Herndon. But Crowder disappointed big time in 2018, so things can't get much worse. His departure from Washington -- where HC Jay Gruden had expressed interest in re-signing him -- leaves targets for a WR corps that figures to rely on Josh Doctson and Trey Quinn, among others. Jets QB Sam Darnold, meanwhile, heads into his 2nd season with a solid-looking crew of pass-catchers.

Update: Crowder reports it's a 3-year pact worth $28.5 million, including $17 million guaranteed.

The Raiders have traded G Kelechi Osemele and a 6th-round pick to the Jets for a 5th-rounder. It's a cost-cutting move for Oakland, who is about to hand WR Antonio Brown a big contract. Osemele is coming off a down 2018 that saw him miss 5 games and finish 61st among 77 Gs in Pro Football Focus' grades. But he'll turn just 30 in June and was 1 of PFF's top-graded Gs in each of the previous 4 seasons. He should be a big upgrade for the interior of New York's O-line.

Adam Gase has been hired as the Jets' HC. A hot name on the coaching market just 3 years ago, Gase underwhelmed in Miami, compiling a 23-25 record. The former OC's Dolphins offenses never ranked better than 24th in yards or 17th in points. In his defense, Gase was working with 1 of the weaker rosters in the league. The Jets aren't exactly loaded right now, but they do have a promising, young QB in Sam Darnold.

The Jets have fired HC Todd Bowles. He compiled a 24-40 record in 4 seasons at the helm -- with 10 of those wins coming in his 1st season. The Jets won 5, 5 and 4 games the past 3 years. The team shouldn't have trouble attracting quality HC candidates with QB Sam Darnold and over $100 million in salary cap space.

Jets QB Sam Darnold limped to the locker room in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game in Buffalo. This looks like an aggravation of the right foot injury that cost him the previous 3 games. We'll update Darnold's status when we learn more. QB Josh McCown is in the game for the Jets.

Update: Darnold returned later in the 1st quarter.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final injury report. He's fully expected to start Sunday’s game against the Bills. The rookie has disappointed more often than not this season and isn’t a viable Week 14 fantasy play.

Jets QB Sam Darnold is expected to resume starting this weekend against the Bills, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. HC Todd Bowles said on Monday that Darnold was healthy enough to play against the Titans on Sunday, but that he wanted his rookie to get more practice reps after being sidelined the previous 3 weeks. Darnold, of course, isn't a fantasy option. And he makes the Bills defense a stronger play. Darnold has tossed 11 INTs in 9 games.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot) is inactive for today’s game against the Titans. The rookie seems to be nearing a return, but QB Josh McCown gets another start today.

Jets QB Josh McCown is expected to start today's game against the Titans, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. QB Sam Darnold (foot) returned to limited practices this week, but "the are committed to making sure Darnold is 100% when he returns to the field," per Rapoport. McCown played OK against the Patriots last week but remains just a low-end QB2 in fantasy lineups.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Titans. It’s unclear if he or QB Josh McCown will start, but neither should be in your fantasy plans. Tennessee’s defense will be a better play if the turnover-prone Darnold gets the nod.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. "I’m hopeful, but at the same time, seeing how I feel every single day, assess it after every practice and go from there," he said afterward. "It’s a little sore, but nothing crazy. Just treating it. Ice tub and all that. Feeling good. Feeling really good.” The 3-8 Jets, of course, have no reason to rush their rookie back. Darnold still seems no better than 50/50 to play against the Titans this weekend.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot) is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Bills. QB Josh McCown is fully expected to start, but Darnold might be available for backup duties. McCown is just a lower-end QB2 in what figures to be a low-scoring game.

Jets QB Sam Darnold has been diagnosed with a sprained foot and is considered "week-to-week," according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. So QB Josh McCown will start Sunday's game against the Bills. The veteran might actually be an upgrade on the struggling rookie right now -- although you should still try to avoid the Jets passing game in fantasy lineups. New York gets a Week 11 bye, so we'll see if Darnold is ready to return for Week 12.

Jets QB Sam Darnold didn't practice on Wednesday and was wearing a walking boot on his right foot, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. The Jets never announced an injury to Darnold last week, although the rookie did admit he was "dinged up" after the loss to Miami. We'll keep an eye on his status, but Darnold shouldn't be in your Week 10 fantasy plans. Josh McCown would start for the Jets vs. the Bills if Darnold can't.

The forecast for today's Jets-Bears game calls for 20 mph sustained winds with gusts around 35 mph. That's more than enough to impact the deep-passing and kicking games. You shouldn't have been investing in the Jets passing game anyway, but the weather is a downgrade for QB Mitchell Trubisky and WR Taylor Gabriel. Short-range targets like TE Trey Burton and RB Tarik Cohen should be fine.

Sustained winds around 20 mph with gusts over 40 are expected for today's Vikings-Jets game. That'll impact the deep-passing and kicking games. We've moved Kirk Cousins, Sam Darnold, Dan Bailey and Jason Myers down the Week 7 Rankings. Cousins remains in QB1 territory, though, because he tends to throw a bunch of short passes anyway. WRs Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs should also remain locked into fantasy lineups.

Jets HC Todd Bowles officially named QB Sam Darnold his Week 1 starter on Monday. It's been clear this would be the case for a while now, especially after the Jets traded away QB Teddy Bridgewater. Darnold turned in a promising preseason, completing 29 of 45 passes (64.4%) for 244 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. He's just a low-end QB2 for now but could help this 2018 Jets offense exceed expectations.

 
 
 

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