New York Jets Fantasy Preview

2018 Projections

Note: all points are calculated with PPR scoring
Team Reception Breakdown

Sam Darnold: 215.8 total, 13.5 ppg (330/500 passing, 3750 yards, 22 TD, 14 INT; 78 yards rushing, 1 TD, 4 fumbles lost)
It’s sounding more and more like Darnold will be starting under center week 1. If this is the case, the Jets will likely try to limit his attempts as he acclimates to the NFL. His receiving weapons aren’t particularly talented, but there’s solid depth; Darnold should have adequate targets to throw to. There are two concerns from a fantasy perspective though. The first is that he’s noted to be rather turnover prone. If that carries over the pros, he could be in for a rough ride. He also doesn’t run very much, which is a must to be successful as a modern fantasy QB. Without the volume to overcome these concerns, Darnold is best left on waivers.

Isaiah Crowell: 216.3 total, 13.5 ppg (275 carries, 1100 yards, 7 TD, 2 fumbles lost; 35 Rec, 273 yards, 1 TD)
Bilal Powell: 144.6 total, 9.0 ppg (100 carries, 480 yards, 2 TD, 1 fumble lost; 45 Rec, 356 yards, 1 TD)
The Jets added Crowell to help out in a RBBC committee only for him to come in and impress everyone in the building. He was quietly efficient for four years in Cleveland and now he should take over as the lead back in New York. The Jets have said repeatedly that they want to reduce Powell’s carries, so between that, Elijah McGuire’s injury, and the Jets’ presumptive desire to not put too much weight on their rookie QB’s shoulders, Crowell should see plenty of carries. He’s no slouch in the passing game either, so he should see some play there as well. He could easily be a sneaky RB2 when all is said and done. Powell, meanwhile, will likely only see play to spell Crowell. He is best viewed as a borderline RB3/4 with some potential upside as a pass-catcher.

Robby Anderson: 220.9 total, 13.8 ppg (70 Rec, 1029 yards, 8 TD, 0 fumbles lost)
Qunicy Enunwa: 138.5 total, 8.7 ppg (50 Rec, 645 yards, 4 TD, 0 fumbles lost)
Jermaine Kearse: 134.0 total, 8.4 ppg (50 Rec, 660 yards, 3 TD, 0 fumbles lost)
There is a risk of suspension for Anderson, but if one is issued it shouldn’t be long enough to change his value. The bigger question is whether he takes the WR1 role or if slot receiver Enunwa bounces back after missing all of last year with a neck injury. Anderson had a surprisingly solid season last year, but remember that Enunwa looked good the year before and was set to come into 2017 as the lead receiver. As it stands, it looks like the role will be Anderson’s to lose. He should be a solid WR2, albeit with some bust potential. Enunwa is more WR5 with some potential upside if he can reclaim his 2016 success. Kearse can also be treated as a WR5, though without the upside as he is the third receiver in the Jets’ pecking order.

I can’t honestly advise taking any Jets tight end this year. It sounds like the top two will be Jordan Leggett and Chris Herndon, but both are inexperienced and will probably be cycling in with more veteran blocking tight ends. There won’t be much volume for the tight end group in general and no one target is going to dominate what little there is. All Jets tight ends should be left on waivers.

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