Each time Sam Darnold drops back, he has options on every level of the field. Darnold, who, like Alex Smith, doesn’t receive enough credit for his athleticism, runs his fair share of read options and has the choice of keeping it or not. This puts stress on the defense. The pace is significantly higher than under Chan Gailey, John Morton or Bates.
Also from Connor Hughes of The Athletic, "I came away incredibly impressed with both Darnold’s arm strength and accuracy. He threw three perfect bombs to Robby Anderson (once) and Quincy Enunwa (twice) at different times during the six media-open workouts."
This faster speed of play is good news for the entire Jets offense when it comes to fantasy ceilings, and most can currently be had for very cheap. Sam Darnold averaged 13.0 fantasy points last season over 13 games and should have no trouble besting that in his sophomore year in the league. He makes for a great value stack in best-ball leagues with WR Robby Anderson and TE Chris Herndon, or a late-round redraft QB that has solid potential to outperform his ADP.
NYJ QB Sam Darnold - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 at New England Patriots
Sam Darnold will get his last start of his up-and-down rookie season. He is coming off one of his best performances last Sunday when he threw for 341 yards, a career high, and three touchdown passes. It was a shootout with Green Bay and Darnold was up to task matching veteran Aaron Rodgers.
Darnold will face the Patriots for the first time in his career. He missed the first meeting this season. New England is ranked 20th in aFPA to quarterbacks so there is some possibility for success for Darnold. But overall, we think the Pats will play to win and shut down the Jets offense so keep Darnold on the bench for Week 17 on the road.