With week three of preseason approaching, most fantasy football players will be starting to draft in the next week or two. While the New York Jets are not a team that many will be focused on, they do have some sleeper players that could play major roles for fantasy teams. Who are some Jets players to target in your drafts, and who are some sleepers?
The Jets don’t have any players that warrant a top 20 pick at any position, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have valuable assets.
Robby Anderson finished last year as the WR17 in half ppr leagues. He did that as the number one option for Josh McCown for 13 games, and Bryce Petty for three. If it was not for McCown’s injury, Robby would have broken 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. This year Robby returns as the Jets number one WR, on a team likely to be quarterbacked by a rookie, Sam Darnold, for most of the year. With more competitions for targets, Robby could struggle to repeat last years’ 63/941/7 stat line. All 7 of his touchdowns were outside the red zone, which means his is likely due for some touchdown regression. On top of that, Darnold’s worst aspect as a QB is his deep ball, which hurts Anderson as well. The positives are that his route tree seems to be expanding, and that he is the best WR on the team. He will likely never see double coverage as the Jets are going to play a very spread out offense, with many players on the field that can do damage. Robby is a good target in the WR25-35 range of drafts.
The Jets signed Crowell this offseason, and he is likely going to be the starter. Powell hurts his value, as he will have a role in the offense, but Crowell seems poised to be the main guy in the backfield. Assuming he returns for week one from his concussion, he could be a steal in drafts where he is going right now. As a starting running back, who has big play ability, and will play a role in the passing game (not a big one), Crowell should be going as a top 30-35 running back. He is a good weekly RB3/flex option.
RB Bilal Powell
Right now, Powell is basically going undrafted in most leagues, which is crazy. The man has been good the past few years, and will have a weekly role in both the run and pass game. His blocking has gotten better over the years which will likely make him the main player on passing downs, until Elijah McGuire is ready to take that role on, which may not be this year. If Crowell starts slow or gets banged up, Powell could be a fantasy star in a workhorse role, like he has shown in the past. Powell has been the Jets main back in the preseason, even before Crowell got a concussion. In 12 team or deeper leagues, Powell is a solid lottery ticket for your bench.
Enunwa was set to be the Jets #1 WR last year before sustaining a freak neck injury in training camp. Anderson was a stud and now holds that role, but Enunwa will play a large role this season. He will be the number two wide receiver, and likely will lead the team in receptions. He is a freak athelete, who is great with the ball in his hands, and he should excel moving all over the formation. He is worth a dart in deep leagues and best ball.
QB Sam Darnold
Darnold likely won’t be a startle player in standard leagues, but in 2QB and superflex leagues, he could carve out a solid WR2 role. He is mobile enough to do a little damage on the ground, and should be able to spread the ball around well. With a bad o-line, and an average at best defense, Darnold will likely be throwing the ball a lot. He is excellent in the short game, and has underrated weapons around him to excel as a rookie.
RB Eli McGuire
McGuire was one of the coaches favorite players before breaking his foot. He seemed set as the teams receiving back, with solid upside. His injury knocked him off draft radars, but if he returns healthy and gets an opportunity, he could be a very explosive weapon for the Jets. In a deep league, he could be a sneaky late round sleeper.
Pryor is just a year removed from an 1,000 yard season. Last year was a disaster for him in D.C. but he is a talented player. He is a huge, athletic freak, who can take the top off the defense. He will be a main target for the Jets in the red zone. If Enunwa or Anderson go down, Pryor could explode if he is healthy. Many people will say to stay away from him because of last year, but there is no harm in drafting a 6’5 WR who runs a 4.38 like Pryor does.
TE Chris Herndon
The Jets rookie tight end has yet to play in the preseason, but has gotten rave reviews out of camp from coaches and beat reporters. He will likely be the Jets number one receiving tight end, and reportedly has meshed well with Darnold. Rookie tight ends aren’t usually fantasy relevant, but the position is thin, and Herndon may end up on rosters by the end of the year.
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