2022 Fantasy Football New York Jets Preview

by Dennis Sosic
2022 Fantasy Football New York Jets Preview

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Football New York Jets Preview.

The New York Jets finished 4-13 last season with an offense led by rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, scoring the fifth-fewest points last season. Additionally, their defense was brutal, finishing last with the most points allowed (504) last season. This deadly combo led the Jets to have the fourth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, which saw them select Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner.

The Jets had three first-round picks and followed up that defensive selection by providing another weapon for their young quarterback in Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson. Then, after head coach Robert Saleh got his way, they grabbed Florida State EDGE Jermaine Johnson II. The following selection makes this Jets' drafts one of the best draft classes this season.

New York moved up and selected the top running back in the draft in Iowa State's Breece Hall. Hall is a playmaker and will be a difference-maker for the Jets' offense.

General Manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh had a vision, and I believe they succeeded in bringing in talent that will compete in the short-term and the long-term.

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Plenty is expected from Zach Wilson entering his second season as the New York Jets quarterback. The Jets surrounded their young signal-caller with as much talent as possible. The Jets upgraded upfront with the addition of Pro Bowl guard Laken Tomlinson, who has only missed one game in his career. Tomlin will pair with 2021 first-round pick Alijah Vera-Tucker to give them an All-Pro interior offensive line. After giving up the fourth-most sacks last season, the line has to do a much better job of protecting their franchise quarterback.

The myriad of injuries to the offensive line and the offensive playmakers does not accurately analyze Zach Wilson. Wilson appears to be the answer behind center. However, that is not to say that injuries were the only issue. Wilson also must improve after finishing dead last at 33rd in passer rating and completion percentage.

Wilson did gradually improve throughout the season. He finished the season strong with five straight games with no interceptions. After that, however, Wilson gave himself up too often, taking sacks he shouldn't absorb. The former BYU quarterback threw 11 interceptions in 13 games but did not throw any over the season's final five games.

Wilson enters the 2022 season with big-play threats at every position. Drastic improvement is expected, but reasonable expectations have to win out here. His supporting cast will be a significant upgrade, and he will now have security blankets in the veteran duo at tight end with C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin.

Zach Wilson should not be considered draftable in one quarterback format. However, in a Superflex league, Wilson could be a sneaky option as a QB2 as you load up at other positions. His ceiling is tremendous, and his weapons should make his life easier with a defense that allowed the most points last season and could lead to some shootouts.

Running Backs

Michael Carter had a promising rookie season, even with a revolving door offense line. Carter finished with 639 rushing yards and added 325 yards on 36 receptions with four total touchdowns. Carter was a solid RB1 and was a dual-threat out of the Jets backfield. The former Tar Heel played in 14 games last season and proved to be the team's best back last season.

The Jets continued to have an outstanding 2022 NFL Draft by trading up two picks to select Iowa State standout Breece Hall at the top of round two. Hall was a workhorse at Iowa State, rushing for over 3,000 yards and 41 scores over the past two seasons. He also caught 82 passes with six touchdown receptions. Hall was the focal point of the Cyclones' offense and was the best running back in the NFL Draft.

The New York Jets will utilize a running back by committee as long as Mike LaFleur is their offensive coordinator. The duo of Carter and Hall will rival the most talented duos in the league. Both backs will put up fantasy numbers and big-play ability behind an improved offensive line. Hall will produce RB2 numbers while Carter can be utilized as a flex option for fantasy managers.

Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson round out the Jets running back room. Coleman was signed to provide veteran depth in the Jets backfield and doesn't provide much fantasy value.

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Wide Receivers

Elijah Moore was a fantasy stud when he was on the field. Unfortunately, his rookie season was cut short after11 games. Moore produced 43 receptions for 538 yards, five receiving touchdowns, and one rushing touchdown. The former Ole Miss wideout developed quite a chemistry with Wilson and was a fantasy stud and the WR8 from weeks six to 12. With few weapons on the perimeter, Moore received plenty of targets on an offense that was a work in progress. The future is bright for Moore, and it will be exciting to see the young wideout play with Wilson and Michael Carter, who we never saw the threesome together on the field simultaneously.

Veteran wideout Corey Davis was signed to a three-year, $37.5 million deal last offseason and started to show chemistry with Wilson before he was limited to only nine games due to a groin injury. However, Davis finished with just 34 catches for 492 yards and four scores which was the worst season of his career. With the return of Moore and drafting a top wideout in the 2022 draft, his fantasy value is pointing downward.

The Jets could not pass up the play-making ability of Ohio State Buckeye wide receiver Garrett Wilson. Wilson exploded last season with Cj Stroud behind center for the Buckeyes to 70 receptions for 1028 yards and 12 touchdowns. Wilson is set to be an immediate contributor to the Jets' offense. His elite speed-hand combo should allow Wilson to take over as the WR1 and be a wide receiver that fantasy managers should target as an elite fantasy asset.

Braxton Berrios surfaced as the go-to guy with the rest of the Jets wideouts on the sidelines. Berrios finished with 46 catches for 431 yards and two scores and became more of a folk fantasy hero. Speaking of relevance, the Jets are still awaiting the arrival of any impact from Denzel Mims. It will be quite a challenge for Mims in a suddenly crowded wide receiver room.

Tight Ends

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One of the biggest concerns for the Jets entering the 2022 season was the tight end position. The entire Jets tight end group accumulated 505 receiving yards and five scores last season. Jets' general manager Joe Douglas recognized the weakness and attacked the position aggressively.

The tight end is the quarterback's best friend, and the Jets needed to find Zach Wilson, a friend. So they did one better and acquired two tight ends that rebuilt the position into a strength for Wilson and the Jets' offense. The first tight end they jumped all over was former Cincinnati Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah, who had a career year in 2021 with a career-high 49 catches for 493 yards and five touchdowns. He developed into an excellent run blocker and currently sits on top of the Jets tight end depth chart.

Tyler Conklin is another tight end who had a career season with the Minnesota Vikings. Conklin had improved every season from his time as a unique team specialist to his 2021 breakout season when he finished with 61 catches for 593 yards and three scores. Conklin will be an attractive underneath target for Wilson and is no slouch with the football, totaling 329 yards after the catch, which was the eighth-highest in the league last season.

Jets also planned for the future by selecting Ohio State's Jeremy Ruckert in the third round. Ruckert is a good all-around tight end primarily used as a blocker for the Buckeyes. This season, the former Buckeye will not be fantasy relevant, but he is an upside dynasty stash.

This tight end group will be pivotal for the development of Zach Wilson, but this will not transform them into fantasy impactful players. The two veteran tight ends did not produce TE1 numbers as the primary tight end target in better offenses last season. Uzomah and Conklin will snipe each other for targets and, more specifically, red-zone targets. Both veteran tight ends will be streaming options at best this season. If one of them misses time, either tight end should be targeted by fantasy managers for potential spike weeks.

Final Verdict

It's hard not to like what the New York Jets are currently building. Wilson looks to be the franchise quarterback that the team has been looking for decades. Wilson will not be that attractive in fantasy unless you are in a deep Superflex league, but he does exhibit immense potential. His upside is tremendous, and dynasty managers should reach out to the Wilson manager to obtain the Jets signal-caller.

Breece Hall is going to be a fantasy beast. Hall is a workhorse back who is a big play waiting to happen. He won't get gassed with the capable Michael Carter sharing touches. This duo will be fantasy terrific in 2022 and beyond.

Being a huge Ohio State fan, I love Garrett Wilson. Wilson will be a fantasy monster. However, I am not sure if we will see it this season. With a crowded wide receiver room, we will see the gradual elevation for Wilson to be the WR1 in New York. Moore is an underrated fantasy asset. When he was on the field last season, he was a top ten wideout, and he will prove to be on many winning teams for fantasy managers.

The New York Jets won't win many games this season, but they are trending in the right direction. My final verdict is that the New York Jets finish 6-11 in the 2022 season.

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