The New York Jets tank of a season…I mean “rebuild” of a season, began how you would likely expect it to with a disappointing loss to the Buffalo Bills. The game itself was quite the snoozer, which in turn had lasting effects on Fantasy teams worldwide.
With little offensive production in their debut, it’s definitely a fair question to ask: Are there any Jets worth having on your fantasy team?
To start simply, I think it’s quite obvious that you’d want to avoid any Jets quarterbacks. Josh McCown, who gives the Jets “the best chance to win” was not great in the season opener, throwing two picks and zero touch downs.
Backups Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg may see starting time this year as well, but they should be last resort quarterbacks if you are really in that deep of a Fantasy hole.
This is where things get a little cloudy.
None of the Jets backs showed up against Buffalo. Matt Forte, who was fed the ball through the first two quarters, couldn’t get anything going, finishing with 16 yards on six carries, and an additional 20 yards on three catches.
Bilal Powell, the thought to be Jets rushing (and possibly receiving) leader this season, didn’t see a touch until the final minutes of the first half. He ultimately finished the day with 22 rushing yards on seven carries, and an additional 17 yards on five catches.
So while the Jets worked to split the ball between the two, neither could seem to prove their worth.
Forte and Powell were both solid fantasy players last season, but after a rough Week 1 in 2017, we may have to question if that same production will be there. I’d expect Powell to see more action as the weeks go on, especially if Forte continues to struggle in the running and passing game.
It seems as though the Jets have woken up and realized Bilal Powell is way better than Matt Forte
— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) September 10, 2017
Powell may be the only Jets back worth starting, though it’s risky. Forte should be a trade-now type of player, as I don’t see much of a production uptick from him this year.
Kearse proved on Sunday that he will likely be McCown’s favorite receiver this year if they can both stay healthy and stay on the field. That’s a big “if,” especially with such an uncertain quarterback situation.
But Kearse will likely remain a FLEX play receiver for most of the year as the Jets No.1 guy. He’s good for 50 or so yards a game, but touchdowns will likely be limited with the Jets horrendous red zone attack.
The Good: Adams, Martin, Kearse
The Bad: Mo and good lord those inside linebackers… pic.twitter.com/i41dgIBk2j
— Joe Caporoso (@JCaporoso) September 12, 2017
Kerley will be just a few steps behind Kearse in Fantasy production. He may have a big week once or twice, but he shouldn’t be considered for a Fantasy lineup unless you’re truly struggling. He also sat out Week 1, so we’ll see if he is able to outplay fellow wideout Robby Anderson.
That will be a big question mark for the Jets fantasy aspirations as well. Anderson, who was recently the No. 1 receiver on the depth chart, now likely falls to No. 3.
Like Kerley, there’s a chance he has a big game here or there, but he’s likely better to have stashed on your bench in case of an injury in the Jets receiving corps, which would open up more action for the up and coming wideout.
The Jets have not utilized the tight end position very effectively over the past few years, ranking last in tight end offensive production multiple years in a row.
This year, the plan is to begin changing that. The Jets have a handful of talented tight ends who could make big plays for the Green & White, but it’s still a gamble to play any of them in Fantasy.
The Jets best option at tight end in Austin Seferian-Jenkins, is suspended until Week 3. He could be quite valuable in the Jets passing attack once he returns, so keeping him on your bench could be a smart move. He had a solid preseason, so we’ll have to see if he can keep that up after his suspension.
The recently acquired TE, Will Tye played decently in the Jets’ season opener, but he may be a stretch to add onto a Fantasy squad, especially after Seferian-Jenkins returns.
There’s also Jordan Leggett and Eric Tomlinson, who have been battling injury early on this year. Tomlinson saw a good amount of action in the season opener before being helped off the field with an apparent injury. Leggett looks like a promising player, but he still needs to develop, which will be hard to do this year with Seferian-Jenkins and Tye likely seeing the majority of the workload.
Which #Jets player will have the better Fantasy Football year?
— cover32 Jets (@cover32_NYJ) September 12, 2017
Owning any Jets player in Fantasy this year is definitely a gamble. The team isn’t going to be good, and that will reflect on many statistics your Fantasy team depends on.
Start: Bilal Powell, Jermaine Kearse (FLEX)
Trade: Matt Forte
Stash: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Robby Anderson
Forget ’em: All QB’s, Will Tye