By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)
Somehow the Jets finished the season 8-8 and Rex Ryan got to keep his
job for at least another season. That's good news for fantasy owners
seeing how a Rex Ryan led defense is fantasy relevant. On the other side
of the ball, the Jets did have a few fantasy contributors in 2013 and
2014 could see more of the same. While there aren't too many names
coming from the Jets, fantasy owners can still manage to find key
contributors later in drafts.
Michael Vick- Whether he starts the season as the Jets quarterback or
not is the real question here. If he does, he may have a few games where
he helps fantasy owners but the injury bug could creep up on him at any
moment. Even as the Jets starting quarterback, he's nothing more than a
fantasy backup at this point in his career.
Geno Smith- Geno Smith had quite the roller coaster rookie season last
year. He passed for over 3,000 yards and rushed for another 366
compiling 18 touchdowns along the way. Heading into 2014, Smith probably
won't give fantasy owners much more reason to start him every week as
he only averaged 17 fantasy points per game in 2013 and he needs to cut
down on his interceptions before fantasy owners can take him seriously.
Eric Decker- While Decker had a monstrous 2013 fantasy season hauling in
87 catches for over 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns, that was all with
Peyton Manning throwing to him. Fantasy owners can expect quite a dip in
Decker's production this season with either Vick or Smith throwing
passes to him.
Stephen Hill- Hill hasn't quite lived up to the hype coming into the
league. He was supposed to be a speedy receiver that could stretch
defenses and so far all he's done in two season with the Jets is catch a
total of 45 passes for 594 yards and four touchdowns. In 2012, Hill
averaged 3.9 fantasy points per game and as a rookie, fantasy owners
should have expected that. Last year, Hill averaged even less fantasy
points per game and probably won't be on many radars heading into
fantasy drafts this year.
Jeremy Kerley- In just 12 games in 2013, Jeremy Kerley was the Jets
leading receiver with 43 catches for 523 yards and three touchdowns. He
averaged six fantasy points per game and may be a good bargain late in
drafts this season. The targets are there for Kerley to make some noise
in PPR formats seeing how he has been the recipient of 95 targets in
2012 and 72 targets in 2013.
Jacoby Ford- Ford's name will come up at some point this season when he
has his one big game. Fantasy owners will want to know if he's worth a
waiver wire add or not. Last season with the Raiders, Jacoby Ford
averaged less than one fantasy point per game in the 13 games he played.
His quarterback situation in New York isn't much better than it was in
Oakland. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect much more from Ford in 2014.
David Nelson- Nelson has the talent to be a decent fantasy option for
owners but didn't prove that in 2013 with the Jets in the 12 games he
saw. He averaged 4.5 fantasy points per contest and probably won't give
fantasy owners much more than that at this point with a shoddy
Chris Johnson- Johnson had a quietly decent fantasy season in 2013 with
the Titans. Now with the Jets, he could make a little more noise. The
Jets are a run first team and have a good offensive line Johnson can run
behind. He's also useful out of the backfield. Last season, Johnson
caught 42 passes out of the backfield for 345 yards on top of the 1,077
yards he rushed for. He also scored double digit touchdowns in 2013. At
this point in his career, Chris Johnson is clearly not the 2,000 yard
rusher from a few years ago, nor is he a first round pick in fantasy
drafts but he could have a solid season for the J-E-T-S in 2014.
Chris Ivory- Last season, Ivory rushed for over 800 yards and three
touchdowns while averaging just under seven fantasy points per game.
Fantasy owners can expect a decrease in touches with Chris Johnson in
Bilal Powell- Powell provided some relevance for the Jets and fantasy
owners in 2013. He averaged over six fantasy points per game last season
but despite that, will also lose touches to Chris Johnson. Barring an
injury to Chris Johnson in 2014, no other Jets back will be worth owning
seeing how Chris Johnson will receive a bulk of the touches.
Jace Amaro- While it's difficult to get excited about rookie tight ends
in fantasy football, Jace Amaro comes to the NFL with some hype.
Selected in the second round of the 2014 draft, Jace Amaro had quite the
college career at Texas Tech setting the single season record for
receiving yards by a tight end in his Junior year. While Jace Amaro will
probably not contribute immediately for fantasy purposes, he could be
quite the keeper/dynasty player moving forward.
D/ST- A Rex Ryan defense always has to be taken seriously. Since Rex has
come to the Jets, his defense has always been near the top in fantasy
football. What hurts the Jets defense is the fact the Jets offense keeps
putting them in compromising positions. With another season of Sheldon
Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson, and newcomer Calvin Pace who if he
can play as well as he talks, the Jets defense should be primed for
another run near the top of fantasy defenses.