WR Braxton Berrios - New York Jets
|5-9, 186||Born: 10-6-1995||College: Miami (FL)||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2018|
Week 15: at Baltimore Ravens
FBG says: Bad matchup. Sam Darnold continues to flash difference-making potential, as seen on last week's 26-yard touchdown strike to Robby Anderson. From the shotgun, Darnold stepped up through pressure while Anderson broke off his route into the open, and the in-stride throw resulted in an impressive touchdown. Still, consistency evades Darnold, who continues to struggle when hurried and send off too many errant throws. He's only been intercepted twice over the past five weeks, but has had several close calls. Last week, Darnold again struggled mightily to throw effectively down the field, hitting on just 2 of his 9 deep passes (15+ yards downfield). At least his connection with Anderson looks back on track. Anderson has recorded 86, 101, and 116 yards over the past 3 games, producing even without big-time deep balls. The free agent-to-be is playing for a contract, and he closed 2018 on a similar tear, so he looks like a matchup-proof play at the moment. Unfortunately, there's not much fantasy value anywhere else. Jamison Crowder (just 56 yards over the past 3 weeks) is locked into a low-impact slot role, while Demaryius Thomas and tight end Ryan Griffin are novelty pieces in this attack. The Baltimore pass defense has been a tale of two units here in 2019. After a rocky start to the year, the team added cornerback Marcus Peters in the trade market and got Jimmy Smith back from injury at midseason. Over 7 games since, they've been football's stingiest group, giving up just 5.2 yards per opponent dropback and a league-low 5 touchdowns. Peters, Smith, and Marlon Humphrey make up an elite cornerback trio, and they've teamed to contain the likes of DeAndre Hopkins, Emmanuel Sanders, and John Brown in recent weeks. Earl Thomas is an ideal free safety behind them, proving an upgrade over even the rock-solid Eric Weddle. This secondary would be even more dominant if not for a hit-or-miss pass rush, though at least linebacker Matt Judon has been relentlessly disruptive throughout the year. All told, this is simply not an ideal get-right matchup for the Jets' struggling pass game. Sam Darnold will have his hands full looking for the gaps in this ultra-talented unit.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Braxton Berrios's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Berrios didn't see much work and one of his targets resulted in a massive drop. On the Jets first drive, as they were effectively marching down the field, Sam Darnold moved to his right and saw a wide open Berrios. The throw was a little off-target but definitely catchable, and would have given the Jets a first down. Instead, they had to face a 3rd and 7, which they did not convert, and settled for a field goal.
2019 Week 12 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 69 / 0 rec)
Berrios only had the one catch but if that's all youre going to get, you have to maximize - which he did in spades. On the play, a 69-yard catch and run, Berrios ran a post route, and the Oakland defense didn't adjust. Berrios broke free about five years past the first down marker and then turned on the afterburners, getting all the way down to the two-yard line.
2019 Week 7 vs NE (1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Berrios was the target on one pass, a short one where he had no chance to advance it once he caught it.
2019 Week 3 vs NE (6 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Former Patriots receiver Braxton Berrios had the most yards of any Jets receiver, but it still doesn't amount to much. He did have a really nice catch and run for 23 yards in the third quarter. On the play, he went up and grabbed a pass which was just out of reach of the defender, turned up the sideline and ate up a bunch of green space before getting forced out of bounds.
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