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Jamison Crowder 2017 Fantasy Football Outlook

Crowder established himself as one of the better slot recievers in the NFL last season. So what kind of projection can we bank on in his third season?

Jamison Crowder is the Redskins longest tenured starting receiver. Does that sound weird yet?

The Santana Moss, Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson days are over. It's a new era. And get used to it, because after a breakout 2016, Crowder could be set for another career year in 2017. Here is what we should expect from him in 2017, but first, a look back. 

Last season: 130.5 points /  8.2 per game (25th). 847 reception yards, 67 receptions, seven touchdowns. 

2017 expectations:  143.9 points / 9.0 per game (16th). 949 reception yards, 75 receptions, six touchdowns. 

Although an extra 0.8 points per game may not seem like a lot, it would have leapfrogged Crowder over Julian Edelman, Kelvin Benjamin, Demaryius Thomas and Larry Fitzgerald in fantasy production last year. 

While all the other Redskins receivers will be adjusting to new roles this season, Crowder will be able to comfortably stay in the slot position. Although, an increase in volume should be expected for the now third-year player.

Crowder was one of only 13 players last season to have at least 800 reception yards, average 12 yards per reception and have seven touchdowns. He also did it on the fewest amount of targets. The 5'8" Duke product has proved himself as one of the most reliable slot receivers in football, having just one drop last year. 

With some familiar faces gone and a shuffling of the Washington depth chart, Crowder is now the receiver who has built the most repertoire with quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Cousins will likely adjust to the new teammates in front of him, but expect Crowder to -- if nothing else -- get off to a hot start to the season, being most familiar with Cousins. The only concern with Crowder is if he will get any looks in the red zone with the other tall trees Cousins has to throw to. Terrelle Pryor, Josh Doctson, Kendal Thompson, Brian Quick and Robert Davis are all 6'2" or taller. 

What round to draft him in: In 10-team leagues, look for Crowder around the seventh or eighth round. In 12-team PPR leagues, going after Crowder in the fourth or fifth round is not out of the question. In a 10-team PPR or 12 team standard, figure he will be gone by the time the seventh round goes by. 


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