Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold

Height: 6' 3"Weight: 225 lbsAge: 22College: USC

2019 Outlook

Strength of Schedule
QB Rank: 18th
Draft Rank (ECR) #163
Best / Worst #94 / #241
ADP #183



The Jets offense is going to surprise people this season, and it's not going to be because of their ground game (28th rated o-line). Sam Darnold is a good NFL QB, and I expect him to take a step forward this season. He was PFF's 2nd rated QB from week 11 on last season, as he was able to increase his completion percentage, and throw just one interception after returning from his ankle injury. Sam now has Anderson/Enunwa/Crowder as his receivers, with Bell in the backfield and sophomore breakout candidate Chris Herndon at TE (once he returns from suspension). That's a dangerous group, and makes Darnold a realistic option in superflex leagues. I probably wouldn't want him to be my only QB in a 12 team single QB league...but he doesn't have to be with how late he's going. Watch him over the first few weeks, and keep his name in mind as a streaming option at points this season.

If there's one thing Darnold has going for him in 2019, it's that he's not going to be benched. Duh, right? Well, that's important for those playing in 2QB leagues, as there are other quarterbacks in his territory who have a chance of getting benched. He was hot and cold throughout his rookie season, though it helps they brought in Le'Veon Bell and Jamison Crowder as pass-catching options. The downside, however, is that Adam Gase is his head coach, who traditionally runs minimal plays for his offense.

At times last year, Darnold flashed that upside that we all knew he had. Perhaps this will be another case of a mediocre rookie blossoming quickly like Jared Goff did under a new regime, but more likely, Adam Gase will limit the Jets' play count and thus fantasy production. The Jets have few competent options in the receiving game so more than likely, Darnold will be a fringe QB2/QB3 again this year.

21 years old. 57% 2800 yards and 17 TDs in 13 games. Nothing to write home about, but the belief is his game will take big steps this season. Think of him as a kid playing his first year on the PGA tour. It's going to get so much better. I'm willing to trust the pedigree and the kid, in general. I think he wants it and he's willing to work to be great.