James Gardner
Wide ReceiverWR
Miami (OH) Redhawks
Injury Undisclosed
2018 Fantasy Outlook
A big-bodied receiver with tremendous contested catch ability, Gardner isn't just one of the MAC's best receivers, he's one of the best receivers in the nation. Gardner (6-4, 216) hauled in 47 catches for 927 yards (19.27 YPR) and 11 touchdowns last season and he had 25 percent of Miami's targets (96). He has even less competition for targets this year with Ryan Smith, Jared Murphy, and Sam Martin gone. Gardner may not be the highest reception volume projection, but he makes the most of his catches and will provide consistent production. Read Past Outlooks
Out indefinitely
WRMiami (OH)
September 19, 2018
Coach Chuck Martin said Gardner (undisclosed) is "facing surgeries" and is "not likely to be back this year", according to the Oxford News.
Gardner is the Redhawks' No. 1 wide receiver, and arguably their best offensive player. In his place, Luke Mayock and Jaylon Bester are in line for bigger roles as top targets for Gus Ragland.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Corey Davis garnered most of the headlines among MAC receivers last season, and rightfully so, but Gardner enjoyed a strong sophomore campaign in 2016 and has positioned himself to be one of the top receivers in the conference this fall. He hauled in 45 of 83 targets for 750 yards (16.7 YPR) and six touchdowns, two of which came against Iowa in the season opener. Standing in at 6-4, 212, Gardner has size that'd make him a mismatch in any conference, let alone a MAC conference where most teams were middling at best on defense last season. Gardner also figures to benefit from improved quarterback play in the form of Gus Ragland, who completely turned the Redhawks around last season and took them to a bowl game after an 0-6 start. If Ragland can maintain or improve his accuracy (64.2 completion percentage in 2016), Gardner should be able to up his catch rate while simultaneously owning a high market share of the Miami targets, making him a viable option in nearly any format.
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Held to one catch vs. Minnesota
WRMiami (OH)
September 15, 2018
Gardner had just one catch for 15 yards against Minnesota on Saturday.
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Catches seven passes vs. Cincinnati
WRMiami (OH)
September 8, 2018
Gardner had seven receptions for 80 yards Saturday night against Cincinnati.
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Catches four passes vs. Marshall
WRMiami (OH)
September 1, 2018
Gardner had four receptions for 62 yards Saturday against Marshall.
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Catches touchdown vs. Akron
WRMiami (OH)
November 7, 2017
Gardner had two catches for 39 yards and a touchdown Tuesday night against Akron.
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Catches three touchdowns vs. Ohio
WRMiami (OH)
November 1, 2017
Gardner had 10 receptions for 166 yards and three touchdowns against Ohio on Tuesday night.
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