The New York Jets are not going to be an attractive option for many fantasy football players in 2017. However, let’s dig a little and see where you should be able to get value…
Quincy Enunwa, Wide Receiver – He was the team’s best offensive player in 2016 and there is no reason that should change in 2017. Enunwa is the top candidate to lead the Jets in targets and has the ability to both create after the catch and be a vertical threat. He will continue to be hampered by likely substandard quarterback play but he still found ways to produce with it last season. The key to Enunwa increasing his fantasy value is finding the end zone more than four times next season. He should probably break 1,000 yards receiving and increase his touchdown total, if so, he will be good value in middle rounds.
Bilal Powell, Running Back – Averaged 5.5 yards per carry last season en route to 722 rushing yards. He also tacked on 58 receptions, heavily increasing his value in any PPR leagues. Look at his box scores down the stretch last year when the Jets finally began making him more of a focal point. These were the only four games he received more than 8 carries all season (!)
- Week 17: 22 carries, 122 yards, 3 receptions, 15 yards, 1 TD
- Week 16: 15 carries, 60 yards, 2 receptions, 14 yards
- Week 15: 16 carries, 84 yards, 11 receptions, 78 yards
- Week 14: 29 carries, 145 yards, 2 TDs, 5 receptions, 34 yards
Powell is likely to be more of a featured back this season and even when he is splitting time with Matt Forte, is extremely valuable in the passing game as a check down option. Powell has potential to be an absolute steal in the middle or late rounds of a fantasy draft. If you drafting a Jets running back, it should be Powell, not Forte.
Robby Anderson, Wide Receiver – Came on strong down the stretch last season, finishing with over 60 yards in four of his final seven games and scoring a pair of touchdowns. Anderson is a vertical receiver on an offense that is likely to frequently be playing from behind. As of today, he is most likely to be the second most targeted receiver on the offense. He is a late round flier because of how bad the Jets quarterback situation may be but if the offense stabilizes, he could provide quality value.
Matt Forte, Running Back – If the Jets continue to make him the goal-line workhorse, Forte may have more value than expected. Despite fading down the stretch and looking like a plodder for most of 2016, Forte finished with 8 total touchdowns. He is going to receive less carries than last year so the range of his value is going to be heavily determined by his ability to score touchdowns.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tight End – If you are buying spring football, Seferian-Jenkins was the most impressive player on the field. He has lost 20 pounds and apparently found a new appreciation for the game. The Jets are also expected to use the tight end position more frequently than in year’s past. Seferian-Jenkins is suspended the first two games so he is somebody can you likely grab off the waiver wire and stash as a deep sleeper.
ArDarius Stewart, Wide Receiver – If he can stay healthy, Stewart could be useful in a PPR league. The Jets may get creative in how they package screens and touches for him. He feels like the kind of a player who could have a few 7 reception, 51 yard type games down the stretch.
Chad Hansen, Wide Receiver – If Robby Anderson struggles or gets hurt, Hansen will become the team’s primary deep threat. He has a higher ceiling than Stewart but a steeper climb up the depth chart.
Elijah Mcguire, Running Back – If Matt Forte or Bilal Powell go down (eminently possible based on their history) McGuire will be in line for a good share of offensive touches. He was drafted because of his ability in the passing game and will be a strong check down option for whoever is under center.
New York Jets Defense – They will be a sound play in some weeks (Cleveland, Jacksonville, Buffalo), particularly if Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson have their head on straight and Jamal Adams lives up to the hype.
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