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2013 Fantasy Football: RB Mike Goodson Could Break Out With New York Jets

Mike Goodson - Oakland Raiders

Ed Szczepanski – USA Today Sports

The New York Jets finally made a free agent splash Friday with the signing of RB Mike Goodson, who immediately launches up the fantasy football landscape with the move.

Goodson is coming off a solid season as a backup and change-of-pace back to Darren McFadden with the Oakland Raiders in 2012. He averaged 6.3 YPC (yards per carry) with 221 yards on just 35 carries and also finished with 195 yards and a touchdown on 16 catches. He was a playmaker with two 43-yard runs, a 37-yard catch and a 64-yard touchdown catch during the year. He looked to be on the verge of starting when McFadden went down last year in November, but he unfortunately suffered a high ankle sprain at the same time. When he returned, McFadden did as well. Before last year, Goodson spent two years in the Carolina Panthers and in 2010, the speedy back managed 762 total yards and three touchdowns.

He now joins a Jets backfield of Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight. Throughout McKnight’s career, he has proven to be a very good kick returner but not much of a threat out of the backfield. In Powell, the Jets seem to have a decent but underwhelming chain-mover who can convert in the red zone. The likely scenario for the Jets, if they don’t grab a running back in the draft, is a pretty even split with Powell and Goodson. Given the opportunity, Goodson could thrive as a receiver out of the backfield and will have his biggest fantasy value in PPR (points per reception) leagues. The Jets have always had a good rushing attack under head coach Rex Ryan and still have a good run-blocking offensive line, so Goodson will have a chance to make plays.

At the moment, consider Goodson a decent RB3 option with potential. He will be just 26 at the start of the season and doesn’t have much yardage on his legs, so the chance for a breakout campaign is very real. He moves from handcuff to possible fantasy starter in 2013.

Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert with Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Rarleo, ‘Like’ him on Facebook and add him to your networks on Google.