Fantasy football season is slowly starting to approach! Here is a list of a Jets players to keep in mind when you are drafting your fantasy football team.
Brandon Marshall: He is the New York Jets No. 1 wide receiver who can essentially be the quarterback’s best friend. The Jets traded a 5th round pick away to the Bears in order to acquire him.
He is a possession wide receiver who is big red zone target who should be the main target in Chan Gailey’s offense. One of the biggest issues on offense was the lack of touchdowns the Jets were able to produce. Marshall is a great hand catcher, who is a big threat on the football field. During the offseason, him and quarterback Geno Smith have been working on building chemistry with one another and they plan to hold a workout in Chicago for the Jets offense. If Marshall can stay healthy and he winds up being Smith’s main target, Marshall could increase his value in fantasy football.
Late Round Picks:
Chris Ivory: He will be the Jets main back. If the Jets decide to run the ball and ground and pound this should help increase Ivory’s stock as a running back in fantasy football. Last according to NFL.com the New York Jets were listed at 3rd for rushing offense, however this year Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan has brought in two new running backs this season Stevan Ridley and Zac Stacy, he also resigned Bilal Powell to a one year deal. Although Ivory will be the main back for the New York Jets offense, he will be in a time share with possibly three other backs for starting snaps. Which might decrease his value as a starting running back in fantasy football.
Eric Decker: He will be the Jets No. 2 wide receiver, with Marshall being covered and double teamed by opposing teams defenders this should help free up Decker on the football field. This year, he will be playing a role he is more suited for. Like Marshall, he is also a great red zone target who knows how to get open. Last year, he had 74 catches for 952 yards and 5 touchdowns. Now playing a role he is more suited for and was used to playing when he was on the Denver Broncos he should get more production.
Jets Defense: The Jets already have one of the best defensive lines in football with Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, and Damon Harrison. During the offseason, Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan has worked on and improved the Jets secondary by upgrading the cornerback position and the safety position. Last year, the Jets biggest weakness was their cornerback position. Now with the return of Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and addition of Buster Skrine the Jets will no longer have to force players to play out of position. Revis is a shutdown cornerback who is still playing at elite level. His presence alone helps improves the whole side of the defense. Cromartie is an older veteran who also brings talent on the other side of the field who also is a great mentor for the younger players on defense. Skrine is a slot cornerback can also play on the outside, however he should see most of his time as slot and in nickel and dime packages. With Richardson’s 4 game suspension, this allows for the Jets first round pick Leonard Williams to take a starting spot, which allows the Jets to see what they have Williams going forward. Williams was ranked as the best college football player to take in the 2015 draft.
Undrafted Free Agents:
Jace Amaro: Currently he is playing at H-Back, and Jeff Cumberland is the starting tight end. Last year, Amaro went through his fair shares of rookie struggles such as dropping catchable balls, while learning a new system. He only had 34% of the snaps and managed to out produced Jeff Cumberland. This year with a new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and his history of working well with tight end, Amaro should be poised to have a breakout year. Gailey’s new offense will better cater to Amaro’s strength since he played a similar system at Texas Tech. He is an ideal red zone target for the starting quarterback and is a quarterback’s best friend, however inconsistent quarterback play can affect his value and there are only so many balls to go around after Decker and Marshall.
Jeremy Kerley: He will be the starting slot wide receiver for the New York Jets who may also be a candidate for special teams. He is a small playmaker who knows how to play in space. He is great and efficient at 3rd downs. However with all the talent the Jets have on offense and potential inconsistency at quarterback, he may be limited with the amount of times he is targetted. It is also possible that rookie Devin Smith may also take some snaps away from Kerley towards the end of the year.