The New York Jets are my favorite team and have been a household name around the United States, and maybe even all over the world, but unfortunately not in a good way.
Head coach Rex Ryan, ownership, front office and bad player decisions have turned a Jets’ franchise, that only a few years ago were contending for a Superbowl, into the laughing stock of the NFL.
This leads me to my point of why you should steer clear of any Jets players in your fantasy draft.
For one, they still do not have the talent to compete with any of the top teams in the league. With a hit or miss offensive line, not knowing who the quarterback is, either Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, or the long shot Matt Simms, a putrid running game, and a defense that might be improved a little up front but still have glaring weaknesses in their secondary.
Let me go position by position.
At quarterback: I would say not only are Sanchez, Smith, or Simms not good enough to be your starting quarterback in your fantasy league this year, but they would not even be good enough as your backup. Whoever starts will not rack up any considerable fantasy points in that offense.
At running back, the Jets have, well, nothing. Bilal Powell, Kahlil Bell, and maybe Mike Goodson make me want to throw up as a Jets fan, and those names in themselves should be reasons why to stay clear of any of the Jets’ running backs. I would highly doubt any of those 3 will have any 100 yard games, which would mean less points for you
At wide receiver, you have Santanio Holmes, but there is no guarantee the he is going to play this season since he even said “don’t expect me to,” as he is recovering from a foot injury. Furthermore, many Jets players and coaches believe he is milking the injury because he doesn’t want to play for the team anymore.
Refreshing news, isn’t it?
So onto the receivers that will actually be playing for the Jets this year. Maybe as a bench player in the last few rounds you can take a chance and pick Stephen Hill or Jeremy Kerley, who both have some talent but the only question is who is going to throw them the ball? If they were on better teams both of them would be higher selections in any fantasy draft but on the Jets in that inconsistent offense, both of them would not be worth drafting any higher than the last few rounds.
At tight end the Jets starter is Kellen Winslow, Jr. As a backup maybe you can take a chance on Winslow but be aware that he is always, I mean always, hurt. When he is healthy he can play like a top-five tight end, but he is just never healthy and is a big fantasy risk every single season.
On the defensive side of the ball, even though the Jets lost Darrelle Revis this offseason, they still have a very good defense. However, once again they would only be good as a backup in any fantasy league because with an extremely inconsistent offense, the Jets defense will be on the field for the majority of the game which means no matter how good they are they will, unfortunately, give up a good amount of points.
So, if you want to have a good fantasy football season, it is pretty clear that you should stay away from picking any Jets in your starting lineup. Maybe you can take a chance on one or two tops for your bench.
Have a great fantasy football season and remember to draft wisely.