By Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros), Thu, Oct 8th 2020, 8:53am EDT
He's only played two games so far, but Crowder has racked up a lot of yards after the catch. His 8.3 yards after the catch ranks fifth among receivers with at least 10 receptions, though based on his separation, we should expect that number to be closer to 4.4 yards after the catch. With Le'Veon Bell coming back, it'll surely eat into his target share as well. The Cardinals have second-year cornerback Byron Murphy covering the slot this year, which has gone better than it did on the perimeter. To this point, he's allowed 9-of-14 passing for 131 scoreless yards, so it's not a must-avoid matchup or anything. There have been two receivers who've totaled more than seven targets against the Cardinals (Terry McLaurin, Robby Anderson), and both have finished as top-24 receivers. The issue, of course, is that neither of them are slot-heavy receivers like Crowder and play a different role. As a whole, the Cardinals have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. This was a matchup to target in the slot last year, but that hasn't been the case so far this year. Still, when you have a receiver who's seen 23 targets in two games, you have to at least consider him a low-end WR3 with a decent floor, especially in PPR formats, though the move to Flacco could be more detrimental than anything.