Welcome to the first division of our Fantasy Football team previews, the AFC East. I drew the short long straw and am forced get the 2021 Fantasy Football New York Jets preview!
It is honestly not as bad as it even was last season. The Jets drafted a few new skill players rather highly. They also got the hottest head coaching candidate, Robert Saleh.
Saleh has made his name in the NFL coaching the defensive side of the ball. However, did you know that he was all-conference at tight end in college? Does this mean that he has more offensive strategy waiting to be unleashed?
We will try to decipher that in this 2021 Fantasy Football New York Jets preview.
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2021 Fantasy Football New York Jets Preview
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- Zach Wilson
- James Morgan
- Mike White
Obviously, the biggest addition the Jets made was drafting Zach Wilson with the second overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. To show the ineptitude of the Jets’ franchise in recent years, they moved on from Sam Darnold this offseason. Darnold, who they picked third overall just three years ago, is still 23 years old as of this writing.
Nevertheless, the front office of the Jets decided that Wilson has too much upside to pass up. They have so much faith in him that they have surrounded him with literally zero actual competition. Morgan and White have combined for exactly zero NFL passes.
So with the fact that the Jets are all-in on Wilson, that means he is a polished prospect ready to go, right? This is where the 2021 Fantasy Football New York Jets preview turns into a nightmare.
Wilson had 30 starts in college but was not seen as a prospect until this last season. In his first two seasons, he crossed the 300-yard mark just three times, never throwing for more than 317. Only three of those games were against Power Five college teams, so it is not like he was playing the ’85 Bears every week.
Okay, well this past season he was nearly perfect, right? He averaged 307 yards per game on 73.5 percent passing with a 33/3 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Once again though, his competition was barely passable as a Division I schedule. The only defense that he played with any actual talent was Coastal Carolina. The teal mullets ate Wilson alive and won by double digits as Wilson struggled mightily.
So with all that said, Wilson should not be on anyone’s redraft radar, even in 2-QB/Superflex leagues. You are about to see that he is lacking in talent around him and I do not think he is ready (nor will he ever be a high-level guy) to start.
This running back group is deceivingly one of the most important team position groups in all of Fantasy Football. That sounds stupid, right? Well, hear me out.
The rookie from North Carolina, Carter, has the highest Average Draft Position around pick 150 with the others either a few rounds later or undrafted. So, you theoretically could easily roster the entire group.
Obviously, you do not want to waste five roster spots. Let’s eliminate Ty Johnson and Josh Adams. They both have had a week or two as a hot commodity, waiver fill-ins, but neither is a weekly starter.
That leaves two guys drafted with Round Four picks in the past couple of drafts and the veteran who missed half of last season.
Jets backfield looks like a true committee right now:
“New OC Mike LaFleur rotated Ty Johnson, Tevin Coleman and Michael Carter throughout practice without any frontrunner for the lead job... They will use each depending on the situation.” https://t.co/2foHsJts4F
— Graham Barfield (@GrahamBarfield) May 28, 2021
Perine only got 75 touches last season so he is still a complete unknown. Michael Carter was extremely explosive at North Carolina, averaging almost seven yards per carry. However, his size profile does not fit someone that can handle a full workload.
Then there’s Tevin Coleman. In his last three Atlanta seasons, Coleman had a 1,072-yard pace from scrimmage with 28 total touchdowns and 90 catches while splitting time. He is quite efficient in a timeshare type of role. I know he is 28 years old now, but he has only 693 total carries on his ledger.
So back to why this group is important: one of these guys will end up being a factor in the Fantasy Football Playoffs. There is not enough passing talent on this team and with Saleh’s background around the 49ers he will want to run the ball often. So platooning a couple of these guys as bench stashes could end up winning your league.
Woof. That is a very unappealing wide receiver group. There is even chatter about Crowder getting cut which would easily make this the most unproven I have ever seen a team’s wide receivers.
If Crowder stays, he is probably the only pass catcher that will end up on any of my teams. In Full PPR leagues, he is worth the Round Twelve pick it is taking in 12-team leagues. Crowder has had a consistent five-catch per game pace since arriving in New York which gives you more than double-digit PPR Fantasy Points per game before factoring in touchdowns.
Mims and Moore are intriguing prospects. Mims’ rookie season was cut in half by injury and ended with just 23 catches for 357 yards. Moore is a hot dynasty pick simply by the lack of competition for targets, but I do not see him being a factor in redraft leagues.
Corey Davis is the ever-tantalizing prospect that finally seemed to show some life with 65 catches and 984 yards last season. The problem is he is going from one of the more accurate and poised quarterbacks in the league with the best rushing attack to arguably the worst of both situations.
Like I said, not a lot to like here in redraft leagues.
Herndon has been another dynasty darling after a respectable 500 yards in his rookie season. He then missed almost the entire second season due to injury and was seen as a solid comeback sleeper last year.
That did not really work out as he actually played all sixteen games yet could not even average two catches or 18 yards per game. Those are not exactly high bars to hit. There is always the chance that the rookie quarterback leans heavily on his tight end, but I am not buying it.
Griffin and Kroft have each had their moments. The problem is those moments are random and no one is starting them when they happen.
The only tight end possibility would be if this is the ultimate Zach Ertz destination. Even then he would be a streaming type of guy.
My verdict for the 2021 Fantasy Football New York Jets preview is that they are terrible for real life and Fantasy Football.
The takeaway is that there could be running back gold in their locker room for Fantasy Football purposes. The problem is we have no idea who that is going to be at this point.
So the only way that I am drafting any Jets is if I pay a dollar for a couple of their backs in an auction but there is basically a zero chance anyone else is going to be on my rosters.
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