QB Sam Darnold - New York Jets

6-4, 225Born: 6-5-1997College: Southern CaliforniaDrafted: Round 1, pick 3

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The Jets did a lot to add weapons for Sam Darnold to use, with LeVeon Bell and Jamison Crowder joining a solid, but unspectacular group of Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson and second year tight end Chris Herndon. There are a lot of question marks, though, with a new coach in Adam Gase, who has yet to prove he can manage a young quarterback to greatness, and an offensive line which still needs to get better. It's a lot of question marks to throw at a second-year quarterback who struggled early last season. On the bright side, Bell will be a great option out of the backfield, Crowder is the answer for slot duties and Darnold got much better as the season moved forward. Still, it's unlikely the former USC Trojan will be more than a spot start for fantasy purposes, even if his upside is high. Jets fans will be looking for some nice steps forward, but that won't be enough to make him a safe start for fantasy owners. (May 29)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 24, 20, 21, 23, 23, 23, 24, 24, 25, 25, 26, 26, 26, 26, 27, 27
QB Dynasty - 16, 5, 14, 16, 18, 18, 22

Stats and Projections

2018 NYJ 13 239 414 2865 17 15 44 138 1 2
2019 PROJ-Dodds 15.9 319.0 521.0 * * * 43.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Henry 15.0 319.0 525.0 * * * 49.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 16.0 335.0 530.0 * * * 45.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 314.0 520.0 * * * 52.0 * * *

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Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Sam Darnold's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 168
QB: 24

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Latest News

Jets | Sam Darnold impressing in Year 2 (Thu Jun 13, 01:51 PM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold has impressed Jets wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson in his second season. 'It's everything,' Jefferson said of Darnold. 'The way that he works -- he's here early in the morning, he stays after, he probably doesn't leave this building until six, seven at night. He's in the old quarterback room. I've been so impressed with this kids work ethic and the way he attacks everything. It's just been awesome to see a young kid like that. It's almost like he's been here before. He's a young guy, but he has a lot of veteran attributes to him.'

Our View: It will be interesting to see what kind of steps Darnold can take in year two...now with the guidance of head coach Adam Gase. Having better weapons around Darnold (like RB Le'Veon Bell) should greatly help. Darnold is a low-end QB2 for Fantasy GMs in 2019.
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2019 Schedule

1vs Buffalo Bills
2vs Cleveland Browns
3@ New England Patriots
4--- BYE WEEK ---
5@ Philadelphia Eagles
6vs Dallas Cowboys
7vs New England Patriots
8@ Jacksonville Jaguars
9@ Miami Dolphins
10vs New York Giants
11@ Washington Redskins
12vs Oakland Raiders
13@ Cincinnati Bengals
14vs Miami Dolphins
15@ Baltimore Ravens
16vs Pittsburgh Steelers
17@ Buffalo Bills