The Thursday night season opener is a month from yesterday. This is a weird year to even think about fantasy football, but draft season is upon us. As a lifelong Jets fan, I’ve always avoided taking Jets in my fantasy drafts given their offensive ineptitude. I selected a few Jets who are worth targeting in your draft later this month.
Jamison Crowder – Le’Veon Bell is the obvious Jet to be selected the earliest in fantasy drafts. I would rather take a chance on Jamison Crowder for 2020. Jamison Crowder is not a superstar receiver by any means, but he is quite productive when healthy. If you play in a PPR league, he has tremendous upside. In Week 1 last year, Jamo caught 14 passes. He is unlikely to do that again, but Adam Gase always values slot receivers compared to guys on the outside. Jarvis Landry (whether he likes to admit it or not) put up great numbers in the slot under Adam Gase. Jamison Crowder makes for a sneaky good WR3 in PPR leagues with potential upside to be a backend WR2 if no one else emerges in the WR corps.Chris Herndon – Every Jet fan is praying to see Chris Herndon take the field consistently in 2020. 2018 left a lot of fans drooling over the long-term upside Herndon showed as a rookie. He had great chemistry with Darnold once he was an every week starter. The TE position in fantasy is always a crap shoot after the 5 top guys go off the board. Herndon is a great flier in the later rounds given the Jets have no established pass catchers minus Crowder going into the season. Ryan Griffin emerging last year could hurt Herndon’s value in fantasy, but I think they will see the field a lot together. Herndon starts the year off as a TE2 with the upside to be a top 10 guy at the position if he picks up where he left off as a rookie. Target him in the 15th round in your drafts.
La’Mical Perine – This is a deep deep sleeper for dynasty leagues. Perine will most likely have a limited to non existent role in the offense as a rookie in 2020. This a long term play if you are in a keeper league. Every indication you hear is that the Jets will move on from Le’Veon Bell after the 2020 season. When you factor in Frank Gore being on a one year deal and also being 100 years old in football years, this isn’t a crazy idea. The Jets 2021 runningback room is very bleak but taking a chance in the last round on a guy JD handpicked could have great returns in 2021.
Bonus* – If you are into DFS, my favorite guy to throw a dart on depending on the matchup will be Vyncint Smith. I think the Jets may develop a wildcat package for him this year due to his versatility as well as have in four receiver sets.