Jarvis Landry carries big fantasy risk for 2016
One of the most debatable subjects this offseason is whether Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry is actually a good fantasy football player. This isn’t about him as an actual NFL player, because we think he fills his role better than the average player would. Just know that everything you see with your eyes is subjective, while numbers are not.
Landry gained traction in the fantasy community his rookie year when he totaled 84 receptions for 758 yards and five touchdowns. While impressive, Landry had a bigger role than most know. He totaled 112 targets, which ranked 31st in the league, despite being a part-time player for the first four games.
There were plenty of fantasy owners that loved him heading into 2015 fantasy drafts, saying that his targets would only go up due to the lack of playmakers around him. There were also the people that said he would only produce due to volume, and lacked any upside.
Before getting into the specifics and breakdown of Landry’s first two seasons, I’ll admit that I was on the “needs tons of volume to live up to the WR2 status” side of the argument. But again, this isn’t a place for opinion – this is a place to look at raw numbers.
Playing like an old man
It’s without a doubt that Landry is an elite athlete, but then again, 90 percent of the guys that are in the NFL are as well – maybe more. He is actually bigger than he looks on the field, at 5-11 and 205 pounds. He is bigger than Antonio Brown, Doug Baldwin, Brandin Cooks, Emmanuel Sanders, and slightly bigger than Odell Beckham Jr.