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Top 5 New York Jets for Fantasy Football in 2014

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Top 5 New York Jets for Fantasy Football in 2014

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The 2013 season was a surprise for the New York Jets, as they finished with an 8-8 record. Even with a rookie under center, they were able to muster enough offense to finish with a .500 record behind a strong defense. They have added weapons to help the offense on the field, and become more relevant in fantasy again as well. Here are the five best Jets for fantasy in 2014.

5. Quarterback Michael Vick

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5. Quarterback Michael Vick

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Vick should not be the starting quarterback, but the Jets look to be in a win-now mode and he gives them the best chance to do that. If he is able to find his way onto the field, he is a good asset for a fantasy team as he produces through the air and with his legs. With improved talent at the skills position, the Jets' offense could be something if Vick finds his way under center.

4. Wide Receiver Jeremy Kerley

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4. Wide Receiver Jeremy Kerley

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Kerley has become a good slot receiver, and with an improved WR unit, he should benefit even more. Last season, he was too often the go-to guy on offense, something he is not fit to be. As a complimentary piece in the slot, he should be able to produce. The addition of Eric Decker makes everyone else’s life a little easier on the offense. He also returns punts, an added bonus for leagues that reward special team stats.

3. Running Back Chris Johnson

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3. Running Back Chris Johnson

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The Jets brought Johnson in after the Tennessee Titans released him, giving him a real chance to revive his career. He won’t approach the 2,000-yard plateau, but he should easily be the lead back for the Jets. A RBBC approach has been talked about, but if Johnson can prove he is healthy and able to produce, he should get the lion’s share of the reps. He could be a sneaky flex play week in and week out, producing RB2 numbers if given the touches.

2. New York Jets Defense/Special Teams

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2. New York Jets Defense/Special Teams

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As long as Rex Ryan is head coach, you know the defense will produce. Last season, the Jets were sixth in the NFL in sacks and third in interceptions: fantasy gold. If they improve on the 24.2 points per game they gave up, it would easily make them a top-10 fantasy defense this season. If Quinton Coples can become the pass rusher they envisioned him to be next to Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson, this unit will be very strong.

1. Wide Receiver Eric Decker

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1. Wide Receiver Eric Decker

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Decker was the Jets' big offseason acquisition, and he was a must-add. The Jets were extremely thin and for the most part unproductive at WR last season, and Decker will help that. He will not put up the stats he did with Peyton Manning throwing him passes, but as the No. 1 option, he will still get plenty of chances to produce. Like the rest of the offense, if Vick is under center, he will have an uptick in production.

Kenneth Teape is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @teapester725, “Like” on Facebook, or join his Google network.