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College: USC | 2 years
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 225 lbs
Birth Date: 6/5/1997
Depth Chart: QB.3
2019 Bye Week: 4
Out - Illness
Inactive Week 3

Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 QB

Free Agent

2019 RTSports Outlook

Darnold showed well in his rookie year, throwing for nearly 3,000 yards with 18 total touchdowns despite missing three games because of a foot injury. He played his best football late in the season, having five touchdowns without a turnover his last three games. He did have a few turnover issues throughout the season, getting picked off 15 times. He had four games with multiple interceptions. Darnold seemed to learn from his mistakes, though, and played better, mistake free football as the season progressed. Darnold didn't have the greatest weapons to work with offensively last season, so he will need some help at receiver and running back if he hopes to elevate his game this year. New head coach Adam Gase should be a big plus for Darnold. He is an offensive-minded coach with a good history of mentoring quarterbacks. Darnold has a great arm, can make plays down the field or on shorter throws, and also moves around the pocket pretty well. He will turn the ball over, though, which was an issue last season,

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Darnold was spot start material as a rookie with little help, so he has some potential to improve this year. He is a young player with a lot of promise. He isn't a plug-in starter yet but could reach that level soon. For now, consider him more of a platoon quarterback. He can throw for 3,500 yards with 25 total scores and 13 or so interceptions.

RotoBaller's Outlook

To understand the excitement building around the development of second-year quarterback Sam Darnold under the tutelage of new head coach Adam Gase, look no further than new Jets wide-receiver coach Shawn Jefferson, who recently used four curses in two sentences to describe the throwing abilities of the former USC signal-caller. The PG translation? Sam Darnold has a cannon and is really, really accurate.After taking him third overall in last years draft, the Jets, and their fans are expecting more in Darnolds sophomore campaign after last years lackluster rookie offering. His first pass of the season was a pick-six and from there the season didnt go that much better. Through the first 9 games of the season, Darnold had just 11 touchdowns, with 11 interceptions to match. Darnold then missed Weeks 10 12 with an ankle injury but came back to finish strong in the last four games of the season, throwing six touchdowns to only one interception. Additionally, he completed 64% of his passes, which was a significant improvement over the 55% rate that he had posted prior to the injury.Besides now being under the care of Gase, a supposed offensive guru, Darnold is also surrounded with better weapons. The Jets brought in Jamison Crowder and Ty Montgomery, to join a healthy Quincy Enunwa and emerging tight end Chris Herndon. Oh, and they also added all-world running back, LeVeon Bell.With new and improved weapons, in a new and improved system, Darnold is poised to make a large leap forward in his second year. With an NFBC ADP of #128 overall, as the 25th QB being taken, Darnold arguably has the upside of a QB1, but with the price-tag of Andy Dalton.

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Player Notes
Sep 22 11:53am ET

The New York Jets have declared QB Sam Darnold, WR Demaryius Thomas, DE John Franklin-Myers, LB Jordan Jenkins, DT Quinnen Williams, DE Jordan Willis and LB C.J. Mosley inactive for Week 3.

From TheHuddle

Sep 20 6:53pm ET

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (illness) and LB Jordan Jenkins (calf) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 20, and have been ruled out for Week 3. LB C.J. Mosley (groin) and DE Quinnen Williams (ankle) missed practice and are listed as doubtful. OG Kelechi Osemele (knee) did not practice and is listed as questionable. WR Josh Bellamy (shoulder), OT Kelvin Beachum (ankle), DT Steve McLendon (hip), FS Rontez Miles (hip), OG Brian Winters (shoulder), RB Trenton Cannon (ankle, hamstring) and CB Brian Poole (groin) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. WR Braxton Berrios (hamstring), DE John Franklin-Myers (foot), LB Harvey Langi (knee), OG Alex Lewis (shoulder), LB Frankie Luvu (hand) and S Marcus Maye (calf) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

From TheHuddle

Sep 19 4:33pm ET

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (illness), LB C.J. Mosley (groin), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee), DL Quinnen Williams (ankle) and LB Jordan Jenkins (calf) were unable to practice Thursday, Sept. 19. WR Josh Bellamy (shoulder), RB Trenton Cannon (ankle, hamstring), OL Kelvin Beachum (ankle), DL Steve McLendon (hip), S Rontez Miles (hip), CB Brian Poole (groin) and OL Brian Winters (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis. WR Braxton Berrios (hamstring), DL John Franklin-Myers (foot), LB Harvey Langi (knee), OL Alex Lewis (shoulder), LB Frankie Luvu (hand) and S Marcus Maye (calf) fully participated in practice.

From TheHuddle

Sep 18 5:20pm ET

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (illness) said he has "full confidence" that he'll be ready to play in Week 5 against the Eagles after the team's Week 4 bye. Darnold missed Monday night's game with mononucleosis and will also sit out in Week 3 against the Patriots. Wide receivers Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder have little fantasy upside this weekend with third-stringer Luke Falk throwing them passes, but they should be back on the fantasy map when Darnold returns. A Week 5 matchup with Philadelphia is promising, but Darnold will be a QB2 until he shows otherwise.

From RotoBaller

Sep 17 6:13pm ET

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (illness) is hoping to be able to return in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. Darnold, who was diagnosed with mononucleosis following the season opener, believes that is a possible return date after meeting with his doctors recently.

From TheHuddle

Sep 16 7:03pm ET

The New York Jets have declared OT Chuma Edoga, RB Bilal Powell, DE John Franklin-Myers, DT Quinnen Williams, DE Jordan Willis, LB C.J. Mosley and QB Sam Darnold inactive for Week 2.

From TheHuddle

Sep 15 12:40pm ET

Updating a previous report, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (illness) said he's feeling much better and hopes doctors let him rejoin the team this week. He was told to take 21 days to recover from mononucleosis and is hoping to come back after the team's Week 4 bye. Darnold said he hasn't lost much weight at all. His illness likely affected his Week 1 performance in the loss to the Bills, but Darnold is nothing more than a backup fantasy quarterback until he proves otherwise. Trevor Siemian will start until Darnold can return, but he presents owners with limited upside as a low-end QB2. The Jets figure to give Le'Veon Bell a lot of touches to take pressure off of Siemian.

From RotoBaller

Sep 15 10:43am ET

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (illness) is expected to be sidelined for three to seven weeks as he recovers from mononucleosis. For now, he has been quarantined away from the team.

Fantasy Spin: Trevor Siemian will be the Jets' starting quarterback in Darnold's stead but he has little fantasy value outside of deeper two-quarterback leagues. Expect the team to rely more heavily on RB Le'Veon Bell during this stretch, while the stock of WRs Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder will plummet.

From TheHuddle

Sep 15 10:40am ET

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (illness) is out for Monday night against the Browns with mononucleosis and could miss anywhere from three to seven weeks, according to sources. The illness affected Darnold in the season-opening loss to the Bills, and he's being quarantined from the rest of the team. At the very least, you shouldn't expect to have Darnold back until after the team's Week 4 bye at this point. He's a QB2 in season-long leagues, but this news obviously hurts his stock as a fantasy backup. Trevor Siemian will take over for as long as Darnold is out, but he's a low-end QB2 play. Downgrade all Jets receivers with Darnold missing time.

From RotoBaller

Sep 14 4:33pm ET

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (illness) did not participate in practice Saturday, Sept. 14, and has been ruled out for Week 2.

Fantasy Spin: Trevor Siemian will take over as the starting quarterback while Darnold is sidelined but is not a starting option in any fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

Sep 13 12:20pm ET

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase said that quarterback Sam Darnold (illness) is not a candidate to go on Injured Reserve while he deals with mononucleosis. Darnold was quickly ruled out for Monday night against the Browns and could also miss Week 3. Trevor Siemian will get the start in Week 2 against Cleveland and could make multiple starts. His presence under center hurts all of Gang Green's skill players, including running back Le'Veon Bell, who is dealing with shoulder issues of his own. Cleveland's defense/special teams unit also becomes much more attractive as a low-end fantasy play on Monday night.

From RotoBaller

Sep 13 12:13pm ET

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (illness) isn't likely to be placed on the Reserve/Injured list as he deals with a bout of mononucleosis, head coach Adam Gase said Friday, Sept. 13.

Fantasy Spin: A trip to IR even with a return would mean Darnold would be out two months, but he is expected to recover well before then. Keep him around if you have the roster space in deeper two-QB leagues, but in other cases you're going to need help for the next 2-3 weeks at least.

From TheHuddle

Sep 12 1:23pm ET

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (illness) could be sidelined until October as he deals with mononucleosis, in the opinion of one injury expert.

Fantasy Spin: A tough way to start Year 2 for Darnold, who is regarded as one of the league's top up-and-coming young quarterbacks. Keep him around if you have an open IR slot in your two-QB league, but others will need to look for help elsewhere over the next few weeks.

From TheHuddle

Sep 12 12:00pm ET

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase said that quarterback Sam Darnold (illness) could miss several weeks with mononucleosis. Darnold has already been ruled out for Week 2's Monday night affair against the Browns. The Jets have already signed Luke Falk to back up Trevor Siemian for however long Darnold will be out. With Siemian under center, you'll need to downgrade all of New York's skill players, and that includes running back Le'Veon Bell (shoulder), who might be questionable to suit up himself. The news surrounding Darnold and Bell is making Cleveland's defense/special teams very intriguing come Monday night. Siemian will be a QB2 to avoid.

From RotoBaller

Sep 12 10:43am ET

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (illness) will miss the Week 2 game against the Cleveland Browns. Head coach Adam Gase said Darnold could miss multiple weeks with mononucleosis.

Fantasy Spin: Trevor Siemian will draw the start, and Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder will lose some luster. However, Le'Veon Bell figures to be leaned on heavily and will serve as a high-end RB1. Siemian doesn't deserve consideration. Anderson and Crowder are flex options, but they don't have a lot of upside this week.

From TheHuddle

Sep 11 4:03pm ET

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (illness) was told not to come to practice Wednesday, Sept. 11, due to an illness but is expected to play Monday, Sept. 16.

Fantasy Spin: Darnold passed for a lackluster 175 yards with one touchdown in Week 1. He's a mid-tier QB2 who could become a bye-week option in standard leagues later in the season.

From TheHuddle

Sep 11 11:40am ET

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (illness) was sent home from practice on Wednesday with strep throat, according to head coach Adam Gase. Gase thinks that Darnold will be fine for Monday night against the Browns. While Darnold should perform better than he did in Week 1 against a tough Bills Defense, he's still more of a QB2 for fantasy purposes against an improved Cleveland defense. The Jets also lost wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (neck) for the season on Wednesday.

From RotoBaller

Sep 8 6:13pm ET

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold went 28-for-41 for 175 yards and one touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1.

Fantasy Spin: Darnold did not make many big throws but did have good chemistry with his new pass catchers. He will be facing the Cleveland Browns next week and probably can be avoided in most leagues.

From TheHuddle

Sep 8 5:10pm ET

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold completed 28 of 41 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Bills Sunday. The Jets new-look offense was stuck in neutral most of the day failing to put up points despite getting great field position several times from four turnovers forced by the defense. The bright spot for Darnold was not allowing a turnover but the Jets and fantasy owners should expect more from their signal-caller. Darnold is a startable option with upside in two-quarterback leagues but needs to show improvement in Adam Gase's offense before owners in one QB leagues need to take notice.

From RotoBaller

Sep 4 9:50pm ET

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold will open his sophomore campaign with a tough matchup with the Bills. Last season, the Bills gave up the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks and improved their defense via the draft. As for Darnold's weapons, tight end Chris Herndon will be out while serving his four-game suspension and top wide receiver Robby Anderson is dealing with a calf injury and will draw coverage from Tre'Davious White. Darnold has season-long sleeper appeal, but should only be started in 2QB leagues this week.

From RotoBaller

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