The New York Jets had a roller coaster of a season, going 5-5 in their first 10 games. They finished strong, winning three of their last four games, but missed the playoffs.
Geno Smith‘s rookie season followed suit. He had double-digit fantasy points in alternative games for the first nine weeks. After the bye week, Smith scored -4 fantasy points. Two weeks later, he scored -1 points. However, he turned it around and scored at least 12 points in the final four games of the season.
In those four games, Smith threw for 790 yards, rushed for 186, had four passing touchdowns, three rushing scores and two interceptions. He scored a total of 76 fantasy points and finished the season as the No. 20 fantasy quarterback in ESPN.com standard scoring leagues.
Smith accomplished those stats with very little talent around him. Running back Chris Ivory helped, but the receiving corps was struggling. Jeremy Kerley was the best receiver for the team, but finished 65th among all wide outs. Santonio Holmes will be 30 next season and dealt with a hamstring injury for the latter half of the season.
If the Jets can add a big-time wide receiver via free agency or the draft, Smith will be a much better quarterback. He just needs to make better decisions and not throw as many interceptions. While 21 picks is not a huge amount, it does affect his fantasy value.
Right now, Smith is a borderline QB2. He is still draftable in two-QB and deeper leagues. Smith should be drafted ahead of Eli Manning, Joe Flacco and Carson Palmer. With the right group of receivers, a good running game and the support of Head Coach Rex Ryan, Smith will have a great sophomore season.