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Fantasy Football Projections: New York Jets

The ageless wonder of Josh McCown is back at the helm to start the season for the Jets after resurrecting his career from the grave in 2017. Thirty-eight years old and a resume that would make Rex Grossman look good were the tools that McCown brought to the table last year and then proceeded to rip off 2900 yards, 18 TD and only 9 INT in 13 starts. He will walk in as the starter and perhaps be run out by Sam Darnold, the uber-talented 1st round pick the Jets traded up to land. Darnold has all the makings of a long-term starter in the NFL but he is young and could use a little time to adjust. It’s unlikely that time will be a full NFL season and I expect Darnold to be taking snaps before Week 10 is over. McCown is fine in 2 QB formats if you are stuck, Darnold will be a healthy flier when he takes over.

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Making things tougher on the QB’s for the Jets is a questionable group of skill players. Isaiah Crowell joins the Jets with the hopes of anchoring the early down work but he’ll have to beat out Elijah McGuire. McGuire became a fan favorite among the forlorn Jets faithful after a 12 touch, 131 yard 1 TD performance in Week 3 of last year. He flashed big-play ability as both a runner and a receiver in the showcasing but it was short lived. McGuire failed to exceed 35 yards rushing even one more time over the final 13 games. Still, he averaged 10 yards a catch and showed the ability to contribute on all downs for a lackluster Jets team. Crowell likely wins the early down work but McGuire will contribute. Both are stash and watch types for fantasy purposes.

Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa make up the only real fantasy starter options on the Jets offense. Both receivers have flashed possession skills and Anderson was a top-tier big-play threat in 2017 with his 14.9 yards per catch, 941 total yards, and 7 TD campaign. Enunwa had a similar breakout in 2016 before getting hurt prior to last year. The duo will lead a group that includes Chad Hansen and Jermaine Kearse as the down-ballot options. The Jets will be behind in a lot of games so there will be catches available for the talented guys in this group and that’s Anderson and Enunwa. I have the latter two guys as solid WR3 options in all formats, Kearse is worth a watch as a guy who will produce in a totally unpredictable and infuriating fashion.

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The tight end position is wide open as are a plethora of check down targets, the only problem is there isn’t a talented option here to capitalize. Jordan Leggett and Clive Walford will compete for the starting job and if one wins it outright they could have value on a sheer volume basis. Walford flashed solid skills with the Raiders but not enough to win the starting job there or convince them to keep him around. Walford is likely the best bet for looks here and bears watching.

2018 Projections

NAME POSITION CMP ATT PASS YD PASS TD INT RU YD RU TD
Josh McCown QB 170 275 1950 14 9 70 2
Sam Darnold QB 125 210 1620 10 6 115 2

 

NAME POSITION CARRIES RU YD RU TD REC  REC YD REC TD FUM
Isaiah Crowell RB 210 835 5 15 120 1
Elijah McGuire RB 125 515 4 45 510 3

 

NAME POSITION CARRIES RU YD RU TD REC  REC YD REC TD FUM
Robby Anderson WR 75 960 5
Quincy Enunwa WR 65 905 4
Chad Hansen WR 35 375 1
Jermaine Kearse WR 55 670 4
Jordan Leggett TE 20 220 2
Clive Walford TE 35 350 4

 

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