The New York Jets are a team in transition with both eyes firmly focused on the future. The Jets got a bargain in the 2018 NFL Draft, taking Sam Darnold third. Many people in the industry touted Darnold as the number one pick; getting him at third was a value. They also have a new center (Spencer Long) who will help protect whoever starts the season at quarterback and help in the run game. With that in mind, here are the fantasy bargains at Metlife.
Josh McCown will start the season after performing so well in 2017, only being derailed by a hand injury in Week 14. The ever popular McCown was very serviceable in fantasy last year and could be a streaming option this year. His stats last year were good, throwing for 18 touchdowns and 2,926 passing yards In only 13 games with a 67.3% completion rate. The only concern was the nine interceptions, probably due to the fact the Jets were behind a lot and fast points are scored through the air.
Will Sam Darnold start this year? Most definitely. Around Week 10 - if the Jets are in win/loss purgatory - the rookie will step in and show what made him touted for number one overall. His college tape is good, he’s a leader of men and the skills to play well in big games at USC. The most concerning issue about Darnold is he signed his rookie contract after the start of training camp and as a result will be lacking rapport with the rest of the tram.
Lastly, Teddy Bridgewater. A free agent signing from the Vikings, Bridgewater returned to the field last year after missing over a season with a horrific knee injury. Bridgewater isn’t the starter, but his experience in big games and his winning record as a quarterback In Minnesota will be great as a teacher to Darnold and a backup to McCown.
The Jets wideout corps is tall and quick, which fits perfectly into the west coast system the coaching staff wants to use. Pryor was abysmal last season with the Redskins but was hampered by a foot injury. If he can get somewhere close to his 2016 stats of 1007 yards, 5 touchdowns off of 77 receptions. He may struggle to achieve the ceiling of 2016 due to there being more mouths to feed in NY than CLE 2016. If he does then he will be a steal and at his current redraft ADP of 256.4 is undrafted so why not take a late round stab at him?! Enunwa returns to the lineup after missing all of last season with a neck injury in the pre-season. His breakout 2016 season saw him haul in 58 receptions for 857 yards and 4 touchdowns. He is a tried and tested slot receiver and should line up well in the slot alongside Anderson and Kearse. His ADP is currently 238 in redraft leagues, so like Pryor he will go undrafted. Enunwa will most likely not see top cornerbacks, as they don't tend to cover slot receivers as commonly as perimeter players. Jermaine Kearse was a decent acquisition of the waivers in 2017 and threw up decent flex play numbers: 810 receiving yards off of 65 receptions and 5 touchdowns.He is currently being drafted at the ADP of 290, way too low for his stats last year. Kearse will be a very useable flex or WR3 in deeper leagues. Robby Anderson was waiver wire gold in 2017, weeks 7 through 12 he was a top 5 wide receiver. He finished 2017 with hot fire stats. 941 yards off of 63 receptions and 7 touchdowns. That's a touchdown every 9 catches! With an ADP of 99, his draft price is far too rich when considering players such as Pierre Garçon and Jamison Crowder are going after him. Both are locked in as top wideouts on their respective teams and not facing possible league suspension from two recent arrests.
The old guard in Bilal Powell at 30 years old has a very different skill set to the new banger in town Isaiah Crowell. Powell played in all but one of the Jets’ games last season, running for 772 yards from 178 attempts at a decent 4.3 yards per carry. The worry with Powell is he could be cut depending on how the Jets value Elijah McGuire and how they think McGuire will recover from his injury. Alfred Morris visited with the Jets recently but nothing has been reported of his visit as of writing. Powell is a stay away in 2018 unless in very deep leagues. His ADP is 175 so a good value in deeper leagues.
McGuire was used a decent amount in his rookie season and broke off a huge run in a game against the Jaguars. He ran for 315 yards of 88 attempts with a touchdown at 3.6 yards a carry. They obviously think he could be their next back along with Crowell and he could be a diamond in the rough. At an ADP of 258, McGuire is undrafted. Now he has fractured his foot and may not see the field much this year, and he won't be worth picking up except in dynasty formats.
Crowell is the big free agency running back pick up from the Cleveland Browns. Crowell was awful last year after a huge 2016 season running on a terrible Browns team, the difference between 2016/17 Is 100 yards. Along with 5 fewer touchdowns. 2016 saw him rush for 952 yards off 198 attempts at a decent clip of 4.8 yards a carry for 7 touchdowns. His current ADP is 94; if you can get a starting RB in the 9th round after drafting starters already I'm all in.