Fantasy Football 2013: Fantasy 32; New York Jets
But in all seriousness, there is some fantasy relevance on this football club. Let’s get to it.
It’s pretty sad when the only reason people remember the quarterback position for this team is because of the infamous “Butt Fumble”. Yikes. Mark Sanchez has been ugly to watch as of late. In 15 games last season, he committed 32 turnovers and sported a completion percentage of 54.3. No wonder the team selected Geno Smith during this year’s draft. It’s unclear who will be the starting quarterback come Week 1, but either way, you aren’t drafting them unless you are in a two-quarterback league. While Smith clearly has the most upside, it’s worth noting that Rex Ryan and the Jets (for some reason) have yet to give up on Sanchez. I guess they simply don’t understand that he is not a good quarterback. Reports out of camp are that the two have been splitting reps, but with an ugly receiving corp to work with, neither will provide solid stats this year. Sure, Smith is very talented. But he won’t produce the rushing totals that people may expect out of him, and he is pretty inconsistent when dropping back to pass. It’s pretty safe to say that even if quarterback wasn’t nearly as deep as it is this year, you are not drafting these guys. Unless, of course, you actually gain points for turnovers, in which case Sanchez may go number one overall.
Ahh! A glimmer of hope! The Jets traded for running back Chris Ivory on draft day, and with Shonn Greene signing with the Titans during free agency, Ivory will immediately become the starter. He’s always shown flashes during his limited time in New Orleans. He has a career yards per carry average of 5.1 and has a strong balance of power and speed. Out of his 256 career carries, 33 of them have gone for 10 yards or more. Despite being 220 lbs, he has the speed and skills to get to the second level and make defenders miss. Of course, there is some injury concerns, as the 25-year old back has dealt with hamstring, concussion and and foot issues, but if he stays healthy, there is no reason why he can’t finish inside the top-20 at the running back position. Look at it this way. Last season, Greene averaged a mere 3.9 yards per carry with the Jets and still finished as fantasy’s number 15 fantasy rusher. From a skill standpoint, I believe Ivory is an all around better back than Greene, and with a solid offensive line, there is no reason Ivory can’t do the same, as long as he stays healthy. Right now, Ivory is being drafted at 4.07 (via Fantasy Calculator). The next closest Jet to him? Santonio Holmes at 13.12. Ivory is clearly this team’s most relevant fantasy player and he hasn’t even suited up for a game yet.
Speaking of Holmes, remember when he was a very good, relevant wide receiver? He was a guy who could be lined up in different ways and was dangerous out in space. Holmes was also a safe bet to score at east five touchdowns, having done so every year since 2006. That was, of course, until last year. Holmes was on pace of an 80-catch, 1,000-yard campaign, until a Lisfranc injury ended his season, requiring multiple surgeries. These injuries are difficult for wide receivers, as they need to cut and accelerate and decelerate. Needless to say, Holmes is very irrelevant in fantasy land (see ADP) and shouldn’t be started in your league unless you are in some serious by week trouble. As for sophomore Stephen Hill, there is actually a tad bit of upside here. A guy who is coming off a rookie season where he got his feet wet, Hill has the speed (4.36) and size (6’4″, 215 lbs) to make plays for the Jets. He clearly has some skills and potential, but the quarterback situation is more than enough to scare me away, as it should.
The team did sign former star tight end Kellen Winslow, but at 30-years old and coming off of injury. he is on the downside of his career. The good news is, he likely has a clear path to playing time, but that isn’t nearly enough for me to consider drafting him. Sure, Jeff Cumberland is more of a blocking tight end, so Winslow would be the receiving threat. But looks who will be tossing him the football. Seeing a trend here?
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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