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Dr. Roto: New York Jets Team Preview

Sam Darnold has taken over this competition and soon, the entire team. Dr. Roto gets up-close with the New York Jets in this team preview!
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Daily Dr. Roto — August 28, 2018

New York Jets Team Preview

Outlook: The Gang Green have been mired in the bottom of the AFC for the last few seasons. There is a bit of hope on the horizon with Sam Darnold as the new starting QB, but the Jets are still a bit away from competing for a playoff berth.

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QB: As of right now there is an excellent chance that the Jets are going to give the keys to the kingdom to rookie Sam Darnold this season. I might argue that Darnold would be better served sitting on the sidelines and watching for a few weeks, but the Jets know that he is their future and their future is beginning Week 1. I would undoubtedly draft Darnold in any keeper league, but I feel queasy about taking him in a redraft league. I can see 3200+ passing yards and 20-22 TDs, but not much more as he learns to figure out NFL defenses.

RB: No starting RB is flying more under the radar than Isaiah Crowell. Crowell was one of my top picks last season with the Browns before he flamed out. I don’t blame Crowell for last season’s fiasco as much as I blame game flow. The Browns were usually behind by so much at halftime that they abandoned the run in the second half of most games. The Jets brought Crowell in to be their 20-24 touch running back. If that happens, look for him to get very close to 1000 rushing yards and you can still draft him in Rounds 7 or 8. Bilal Powell was one of my worst picks from last season. I thought that the Jets would give him the ball about 10-15 times a game, but that never happened. The Jets see Powell as an 8-12 touch player per game which really hurts his Fantasy numbers. Right now, I wouldn’t take Powell as more than my RB5. Another reason for dropping Powell down so low on my draft boards is the emergence of Elijah McGuire. McGuire is dealing with a foot injury, and there is even a chance that he starts the year on the IR. However, the Jets do think he will be back shortly, and the plan is for him and Powell to share touches backing up Crowell. For now, I would pass on McGuire, but if he comes back healthy look at him on the waiver wire a few weeks down the road.

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WRRobby Anderson might be one of the most underrated wide receivers in all of the NFL. He has this crazy way of always beating coverage downfield and has a nose for the end zone. I am hoping that Darnold is unafraid to make big throws to Anderson, as the Jets could really use this to open up their offense. Anderson is a perfect WR4 right now, and I could see him going for about 900 receiving yards and 7 TDs this season. As for the other Jets receivers, the only one I am willing to take a shot on is Quincy Enunwa. Enunwa had 857 yards receiving back in 2016 (before he was injured) which showed that he could be a reliable receiver in the slot. I am open to taking in in the 18-20th rounds as a flyer to see if he can regain the old magic. As for Jermaine Kearse and Terrelle Pryor, I am happy to keep them on my waiver wire watch list, but for now, they are too unreliable to draft.

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TE:TE: The Jets barely use their tight end, so unless I see some dramatic improvement from Jordan Leggett in the next two weeks, I will pass on him altogether.

K: As of right now the Jets kicking spot is up for grabs. Jason Myers seems to have a small leg up, but I would not recommend him or any Jets kicker this season.

D: The Jets have a terrific young secondary lead by S Jamal Adams and CB Trumaine Johnson. Adams is in the IDP radar. I also like Darron Lee in IDP formats as he always seems to be around the ball. Outside of those players, I tend not to draft the Jets, but am willing to use them as a streaming option in DFS.

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