Jets 2018 new york jets Fantasy Preview

Despite missing the playoffs for a seventh straight season, the Jets actually had some solid fantasy options last year. Not many, but a few. The Jets' leading receiver in 2016, Quincy Enunwa, injured his neck in training camp and missed the season. The receiving corps of Robby Anderson (WR16) and Jermaine Kearse (WR30) filled in as reliable fantasy pieces, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE27) showed flashes of being starting-caliber (seven games with at least four catches). Anderson led the team with 941 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Kearse, acquired from Seattle before the season, led the team in receptions (65). Both had value, some weeks as WR2 and other weeks as flex starters. Bilal Powell had a career-high 772 rushing yards and five touchdowns, solidifying himself as a flex option throughout the season. For the first time in his career, Powell was the team leader in rushing attempts (178). Matt Forte entered the year as the starter, but finished with a career-low 381 rushing yards and three total touchdowns as turf toe and a knee strain hindered his availability. At quarterback, Josh McCown started 13 games before a hand fracture ended his season. McCown had a productive year with 23 total touchdowns to nine interceptions, but 11 fumbles (fourth-most in the NFL) limited his upside. Bryce Petty started the final three games of the season, and possibly the final three games of his career given how poorly he performed (three interceptions, 49.1 completion percentage).

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FACT: Anderson had a career-high seven touchdowns in 2017. Six of the seven scores came from outside the red zone and he only had three receptions within the 20-yard line.
Offseason Moves

Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold will compete with McCown and Teddy Bridgewater in camp for the starting job. McCown seems to have the early edge, with Darnold close behind. Whoever wins the quarterback job will have a decent arsenal of weapons, adding Quincy Enunwa (back from injury) and Terrelle Pryor (signed from Washington) to Jermaine Kearse and Robby Anderson. Enunwa led the Jets with 857 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2016 before missing 2017 with the neck injury. Pryor's 2017 season wasn't derailed by injury, just poor production. With Cleveland in 2016, Pryor had 77 receptions for 1,077 receiving yards. Last year, Pryor regressed to just 20 catches for 240 yards. If Enunwa and Pryor can regenerate their 2016 forms, the Jets will have four legit wide receivers. Tight end depth, on the other hand, is an issue. Austin Seferian-Jenkins signed with the Jaguars, leaving the Jets depleted at tight end. The hodgepodge of Eric Tomlinson (TE61 in 2017), Clive Walford (TE78), Neal Sterling (TE80) and Chris Herndon (fourth-round pick) are their best options. Yikes. Former Cleveland back Isaiah Crowell signed a three-year deal with the Jets and will likely split carries with Bilal Powell after Matt Forte's retirement. This hurts Powell's fantasy value after a career season in 2017 where he was the RB26. New York also signed backup running back Thomas Rawls from Seattle.

Sleepers & Busts

At age 28, Jermaine Kearse is a grizzled veteran on this Jets receiving corp. Whether it be 39-year-old Josh McCown or 21-year-old Sam Darnold, Kearse is likely to get a slew of targets. Working with McCown last season, Kearse finished with a career-high 810 receiving yards and 102 targets. New Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates is implementing his West Coast offense, which utilizes quick, intermediate passes over the middle. Kearse averaged 12.5 yards per catch last season, so this pairing should fit nicely. At this point, it seems like all four top Jets receivers have the upside of a flex play in fantasy but the downside of being undraftable. Kearse is the most consistent of the four (Anderson, Enunwa, Pryor). He's had four straight seasons of at least 500 receiving yards, whereas the other three guys have four such seasons combined. Kearse is likely a flex option at best, but he is the safest sleeper bet among Jets wideouts.

Last year in Cleveland, Isaiah Crowell seemed primed to jump into the top half of NFL running backs. He was a consensus top 15 back among our fantasy experts. It made sense. He rushed for 952 yards and seven touchdowns in his age 23 season, but his progress halted in 2017. Crowell fell back to 853 rushing yards and two touchdowns for the 0-16 Browns and signed a three-year deal with the Jets in March. Crowell enters the season as the lead back, but he likely won't reach the same yardage this year with Bilal Powell looming. Powell has performed admirably in a two-back system before with Chris Ivory (2013) and Matt Forte (2016). Crowell is a deep flex option at best, but the new system and fewer touches could have owners labeling him a bust early and often in 2018.

Fantasy Depth Chart
POSFIRSTSECONDTHIRDOTHER
QB Josh McCown Sam Darnold Teddy Bridgewater
RB Isaiah Crowell Bilal Powell Elijah McGuire Thomas Rawls
WR Robby Anderson Jermaine Kearse Quincy Enunwa Terrelle Pryor
TE Clive Walford Chris Herndon
K Cairo Santos