New York Jets Fantasy Football Preview

Joe Caporoso with a preliminary fantasy football preview for the New York Jets

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…

Draftable 

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.

Fliers 

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.

Photo Credit: NewYorkJets.com 

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • glegly

    Yet another year where we’ll got 5+ rounds before a Jet is picked, and once he does, someone will let out a “whooooooooooa too early!” while the Jet fans hang their head in shame.

    Good times!