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2017 Player Outlooks: New York Jets

QB Josh McCown
(2016 QB Rank - No. 30, 16.2 FPts/G)

On the plus side, McCown averaged just over one point per game less than Carson Wentz in five games last season, including an impressive 341-yard, two-touchdown game Week 8 against the Jets. McCown is too injury prone, the team will likely give young signal callers Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg chances to play, marginalizing McCown’s value even further. A journeyman veteran quarterback tasked with leading a team that is in full-blown lose for a top draft pick mode; Josh McCown should be rostered in only two-QB and large formats, as he does not have the skill position players or offensive scheme to put up top 12 points in standard leagues.

Matt Forte

With and ADP in the 9th round as the RB42, fantasy owners are giving Matt Forte the cold shoulder.

RB Matt Forte
(2016 RB Rank - No. 20, 11.1 FPts/G)

It might surprise some fantasy owners to learn that Forte, a 31-year-old veteran tailback well into the twilight of his career, finished 2016 with the 20th-most points per game for running backs, ahead of more highly touted players like Isaiah Crowell, Todd Gurley, and Rob Kelley.

Forte’s age, his 3.7 yards-per-carry average last season, the timeshare with Bilal Powell, and the fact that the Jets are clearly in a rebuilding mode make him an unattractive option for many heading into the 2017 season. Unfavorable game scripts, with the Jets likely behind early and often, forcing whoever ends up under center to throw the ball more to Powell in the receiving game, should also be red flags when considering drafting Forte.

Despite these numerous negative factors, Forte is a starting tailback that will likely receive more than 200 carries if healthy, including the goal line work for the Jets (assuming the offense can move the ball).

RB Bilal Powell
(2016 RB Rank - No. 35, 8.8 FPts/G)

One of only a few attractive fantasy options on an otherwise pathetic offense, Powell was far more efficient than his backfield mate Matt Forte, with a 5.5 yard per carry average on 131 carries in 2016, and was a more accomplished player catching balls out of the backfield.

Only David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell, and James White garnered more targets in the passing game for running backs last season, and Powell will likely continue to be the primary option for McCown, Petty, Hackenberg, or whatever QB the lowly Jets roll out each Sunday.

The fact that Powell has never carried the ball more than 176 times in a season and the likelihood that Forte will continue to receive the bulk of first and second down carries, in addition to goal line work, limits Powell’s value in standard leagues. In PPR formats, Powell is a solid flex option with the upside to be a viable No. 2 RB.

WR Quincy Enunwa
(2016 WR Rank - No. 52, 6.9 FPts/G)

Second-year wide receiver Quincy Enunwa proved to be one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dreadful 2016 season for the New York Jets. The former sixth round pick from the University of Nebraska emerged as a viable number two wide receiver opposite of Brandon Marshall, with 58 catches for 857 yards and four touchdowns on 105 targets.

Neither Marshall nor Enunwa were very efficient with their targets, with each player catching barely half of the passes thrown their way from a subpar collection of Jet quarterbacks.

With Marshall now a member of the Giants, Enunwa assumes the No.1 wide receiver role for the Jets, making him a viable fantasy option in all formats. Assuming he can stay healthy and play a full 16-game season, Enunwa is a lock for triple digit targets at least five receiving touchdowns. The problem is the New York passing game is once again going to be pitiful, and Enunwa is again likely headed for a 50% catch rate.

WR Robby Anderson
(2016 WR Rank - No. 76, 5.4 FPts/G)

With the departure of veterans Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, second-year wide receiver Robby Anderson is slated to be the No.2 receiving option in New York alongside Quincy Enunwa.

Anderson posted some impressive performances last season, including six catches for 99 yards Week 14 against San Francisco, followed by a four-catch, 80 yard game against Miami the following week that included a receiving touchdown.

Although 85 to 90 targets is not out of the question for Anderson in 2017, the targets will be low value passes from a collection of below average Jet quarterbacks, making Anderson a limited option in anything but deep standard leagues and PPR formats.

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
(2016 TE Rank - No. 68, 2.1 FPts/G)

A complete bust in his first season with the Jets, Seferian-Jenkins has reportedly turned his life around from issues of substance abuse and off-field issues, including a focus on healthy eating that resulted in an impressive 30-pound weight loss since January.

Will his renewed interest in the game make him a viable fantasy option in 2016? Most likely not, as the Jets do not utilize the tight end in their offensive scheme and rookie Jordan Leggett might surpass Seferian-Jenkins on the depth chart. We recommend looking elsewhere for a sleeper tight end option in 2017.