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Jarvis Landry: Fantasy Football Projection for 2017

Jarvis Landry

Jarvis Landry

As a fantasy football wide receiver Miami’s Jarvis Landry has proven to be valuable – in PPR leagues. In standard scoring leagues, he’s merely just another receiver. He doesn't score a lot of touchdowns, and the Dolphins don’t use him as an effective slot receiver (similar to how the New England Patriots used Wes Welker). Landry is in the final year of his contract, and all signs point to him not returning to Miami in 2018, but what does that mean for 2017?

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2016 Season Recap

In looking back at 2016, Landry had 94 receptions for 1,136 yards, both numbers down from the previous season. He scored four touchdowns, the same as 2015, and one fewer than his career high of five in '14. He stopped doing kickoff returns and didn't contribute a lot in punt returns.

Landry, although he dealt with a shoulder injury in 2016, did not miss any games. He was, unfortunately, inconsistent throughout the season. He had four games with more than 100 yards and five games with fewer than 50. He had two games with double-digit receptions and eight games with five or fewer receptions.

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2017 Expectations

Known as a PPR monster, Landry was a disappointment for most of the 2016 season. He was a viable WR3, but he was drafted as a WR2 with upside. In 2017, Landry is playing out the last year of his contract. While it's up in the air whether he stays in Miami or not, the reality is the Dolphins did not offer him an extension.

What that means for his play is up in the air. Likely, Landry will want to put together a solid season in order to get himself a deal with money that he feels he deserves. With Jay Cutler now at the helm, Landry should see more targets as Cutler may look for him, but Cutler vs. Tannehill doesn't change his value much. The addition of tight end Julius Thomas to the team should help Landry as another weapon will need coverage. However, Thomas will likely take more red zone opportunities from Landry, who didn't have many to begin with.

Where to Draft

In PPR drafts, Landry's ADP is currently in the fourth round, as the 20th receiver off the board. He drops slightly in standard formats. This is about right for a player that doesn't get the volume that other slot receivers get. He is the No. 1 in Miami, but if the Dolphins focus more on the running game, Landry is going to get left out. He should be drafted as a low WR2 in PPR formats and a WR3 in standard leagues.

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.

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