Todd Bowles is slowly killing the New York Jets season, but quickly killing your fantasy team. It’s obvious that this Jets roster was built to compete for the first overall pick in the draft, not a playoff spot. Losing 14 games could be the best thing for this organization, because it could finally bring a franchise caliber quarterback to the Jets, but that still does not excuse some of the decisions Bowles makes gamely.
We are not going to exam all of the shortcomings of the Jets coaching staff, because this article is dedicated to finding fantasy pieces that will put your team over the top. For the first two weeks of the season I declared Bilal Powell a safe bet for your squad. Todd Bowles has turned me into a liar, because this week the Jets have announced a three running back
I wish I had an answer as to why Powell finds himself as the third-down back year after year, when all he does is produce given the opportunity. Matt Forte is too old to be a permanent solution at running back for the Jets in the future. Bilal deserves an opportunity to be the featured back this year, he has a nose for the end zone and is prone to picking up first downs in third and long situations. This roster will be overhauled come the 2018 season, so it would behoove the Jets to see what they have in Powell moving forward.
Todd Bowles has rendered a running back owned in 98% of ESPN leagues useless. In a pinch you could start Powell and hope that he catches a touchdown pass, but it is abundantly risky to play him if you have another option. Last week he only had six carries for 13 yards, whereas McGuire has six carries for 29 yards.
My Jets player to look out for this week, like every week, is Jermaine Kearse. Kearse has quickly become Josh McCown‘s first option after hauling in two touchdown receptions last week, and he brings a professionalism to the Jets receiving corps. He has steady hands, and put simply, he is the best offensive player on this Jets roster.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins will begin his season Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins after a two game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The Dolphins are very soft at linebacker, so Seferian-Jenkins may have a chance to break out in his first action of the season. I would hold off a week on starting Seferian-Jenkins in a league, because Coach Bowles said the recently reinstated TE needs to be in better football shape if he wants to be active this week. I am confident he will suit up, but I can’t attest to how big a role he will play this week. Austin will soon become an economical tight end option for both one-week fantasy players, and also league managers when bye weeks begin. He adds an element into the Jets offense which hasn’t existed since the Dustin Keller days.
Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi has been banged up this week, and he is officially listed as questionable versus the Jets. Ajayi is expected to be active, and why wouldn’t he when he’s staring down the barrel at a 200 yard day. He is the third most expensive RB on DraftKings because the Jets defense can’t stop a nose bleed, let alone this explosive back.
The Jets defense was supposed to be the one positive this season. It is alarming how bad they have been against the run, giving up 180 yards against the Raiders and 152 yards to the Buffalo Bills. Jay Ajayi is poised to have a dream day for fantasy owners if Todd Bowles doesn’t tighten up his defense, the side of the ball that he masterminds.
Week 3 is going to show us if this Jets defense can step up and stop an explosive back. I don’t think they are up for the task. McCown has been decent so far in 2017, and that’s good enough to make Jermaine Kearse a viable fantasy option at a flex position.
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