TE Jason Croom - Buffalo Bills
|6-4, 246||Born: 2-28-1994||College: Tennessee||Drafted: ---|
News you need to know
General News (Fri Dec 14): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report.
General News (Thu Dec 13): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Dec 12): practiced fully on Wednesday.
Week 15: vs Detroit Lions
FBG says: Good matchup. Rookie Josh Allen continues to flash big, explosive traits as a pro quarterback. His mobility and footspeed have been huge for the Bills' anemic offense, and his arm is truly NFL-caliber. And his aggressive mindset has created a handful of big plays, plus a dynamic connection with fellow rookie wideout Robert Foster. Still, Allen remains an exceptionally raw passer. In terms of adjusted net yards per attempt, which factors in touchdowns, interceptions and sacks, he sits dead-last among 35 qualifying quarterbacks. Allen has averaged just 169 yards per start, with just 5 touchdowns on the season. He's paying off with his legs, but remains miles from fantasy relevance as a passer. Foster has emerged as the team's most dynamic receiver, racking up 330 yards over the last 4 weeks. He's broken loose for receptions of 47, 43, and 75 yards, and caught 7 of his 8 targets last Sunday. Foster is primarily a vertical threat, but certainly boasts the talent to unseat Zay Jones as the Bills' No. 1. Jones is a severely limited receiver, averaging an anemic 6.2 yards per target on the year. Altogether, there isn't nearly enough volume or efficiency here to produce a worthwhile fantasy starter, despite a few moments of dynamism between Allen and Foster. The Lions continue to struggle mightily against the pass. The raw numbers aren't terrible: they're allowing just 233 yards per game, good for 11th-best in football. But that's a deflated number, as the 5-8 Lions have faced just 31 attempts a game, second-fewest in the league. And from an efficiency standpoint, they've been a bottom-of-the-barrel unit. Opposing passers are completing 67% of those throws and producing 6.9 net yards per attempt (seventh-most). Their Week 10 drubbing by Allen Robinson and the Bears was extreme, but a great snapshot of their weaknesses, specifically tight coverage and downfield tackling. Aside from top cornerback Darius Slay, who's been good but not great this year, the Lions sorely lack talent in the secondary. Teez Tabor and Nevin Lawson have been targeted frequently and with great success, leading to Tabor's complete benching in Week 12. His replacement, Mike Ford, has been a step up but still nothing to fear. This group will breathe a little easier Sunday against erratic Bills rookie Josh Allen and his barren receiving corps, but remains very beatable by the big play. Robert Foster will see some downfield opportunity, and he faces some very winnable matchups beyond Slay.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Jason Croom's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 3 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 26 / 1 rec)
Jason Croom scored a touchdown on his only target. The play was a fake screen where his defender jumped into the backfield allow Croom to slip up the numbers for an easy touchdown. Croom has been used as an ancillary receiver thus far in the season, but the usage is notably high leverage. The target was specifically designed for Croom and was designed to be a big play, with Croom the intended target instead of starter Charles Clay.
2018 Week 1 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Jason Croom saw two receptions against Baltimore. He was an undrafted player who converted from wide receiver to tight end, but had positive trends in training camp that have translated early to the regular season.
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