Luckily for Bilal Powell, fellow running back Chris Ivory was not much of a pass catcher, and Powell hauled in 272 receiving yards in 2013. With the addition of Chris Johnson to the rushing attack for the New York Jets, however, the value for Powell is severely limited this season. He will be in competition with Daryl Richardson for the third spot on the depth chart at running back, so most fantasy football players will overlook Powell because of his situation.
Ivory has only recorded five receptions in four seasons with the Jets, and Powell has been used as a dual-threat back the past two seasons. Johnson will take over as the main pass catcher for the running back committee, but any injuries to Johnson would mean an increase in playing time for Powell. The Jets love competition, and Powell could improve his playing chances during training camp.
Johnson is a better runner and has better hands than Powell, and Ivory is a bruiser that will be used for short yardage situations. That means if Powell is to have any value, he will have to rely on an injury to Johnson. Richardson has shown flashes of talent in his first two seasons in the NFL, and Powell might not even be on the roster by the start of the season.
Johnson killed any value Powell may have had heading into the offseason. Quarterback Geno Smith will also have Eric Decker to target this season, and the offense should not have to rely on the running game as much as it did in 2013. Again, the only way you can add this 25-year-old back to your team is if Johnson is out with an injury.
Bye Week: 11
Projected Round: Last
Auction Value: $1