The Jets offense is a work-in-progress. Veterans Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker are gone. How many of the young Jets weapons will be fantasy relevant?
The Jets backfield, like most is not ideal for fantasy owners. Matt Forte owned the early part of the season, while Bilal Powell came on strong at the end.
Most receptions by RB last year
1. David Johnson (80)
2. Le’Veon Bell (75)
3. James White (60)
4. Bilal Powell (58)
5. Devonta Freeman (54)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 21, 2017
BUST: Matt Forte
Matt Forte is now 31, coming off another injury and on one of the NFL’s worst offenses. Sounds appealing right? With the emergence of Powell, Forte will see few targets and doesn’t offer scoring potential. Without an injury to Powell, Forte doesn’t figure to offer any fantasy value this season.
While the Jets offense won’t be lighting up the scoreboard, Bilal Powell will touch the ball a lot. In PPR leagues especially Powell has real value. Whichever quarterback the Jets go with, will need to check the ball down. Powell will see all passing down work and could see 200 carries on top of that.
His current ADP is early round seven and solid value for him. In PPR he should see enough work to be your RB2. In standard, he should be downgraded to a FLEX. While preparing to write this, all of the Jets receiving targets look like potential sleepers. Partially because they are all average players and partly because someone has to catch the ball. Let’s look at three potential sleepers for the Jets.
Can Quincy Enunwa perform against #1 CBs? Here he is against Stephon Gilmore. pic.twitter.com/ScwFs3grGj
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SLEEPERS: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Robby Anderson & Quincy Enunwa
Austin Seferian-Jenkins was a second-round pick in 2014 but has been in and out of the league. He will be suspended for the first two games of the season. ASJ is the most talented pass catcher on the Jets but is unreliable. He’s a later round dart throw in 2 tight end leagues, and a potential DFS budget play.
Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa are the Jets starting receivers with Marshall and Decker gone. While they are less talented, Anderson and Enunwa produced in their roles last season. Anderson was second in the NFL in average target depth while Enunwa posted 857 receiving yards.
The Jets offense will be one of the lowest scoring in the NFL this season. So scoring opportunities for the receivers is low. But in PPR formats Enunwa and Anderson offer value as they will see a high number of targets. Enunwa should be drafted in all formats while Anderson is a deep league, late round flier.