NY Jets NFL Draft Fantasy Preview
2018 NFL Draft Fantasy Preview of the New York Jets
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In terms of Fantasy relevance, the 2017 Jets did not offer up much value to owners. Waiver wire wonder Josh McCown and late-round pickup Robbie Anderson were the only Jets players to achieve the 200 Fantasy point total. They were both solid options as weekly starters in any format, but aside from those two, not much help was to be found. The committee backfield of Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, and Elijah McGuire clearly did not work, as there was no consistency to found. But the truth may be that none of these players are very good.
With Forte retired, the Jets brought in Isaiah Crowell to help revamp a very sluggish running attack. As for the receivers, Anderson is likely to miss time due to an off-field incident. This will kill his Fantasy value until we know how long he will be out of the lineup. Behind Anderson, newly signed Terrelle Pryor and Jermaine Kearse are your next options, so there still isn’t a lot of excitement available for Fantasy.
Team Needs: QB, DE, OL
Projected Top Three Picks
First Round: Josh Allen, QB Wyoming
Third Round: Jalyn Holmes, DE Ohio State
Fourth Round: Trenton Thompson, DT Georgia
Once the trade to move up to the third spot was made, it has all been but assumed that the Jets will select their next franchise quarterback. That is just what they may do with the selection of Josh Allen. The Jets will once again be pinning their hopes on a prospect that is likely to be a boom or bust player in the NFL. If they hit, they have their guy for many years to come. If they miss on the pick, it will set them back as a franchise yet again as they look to start over.
Breaking: The Patriots are trading WR Brandin Cooks and a 4th-round pick to Rams for the 23rd overall pick in the 1st round of the 2018 NFL Draft and a 6th-round pick, league sources told @AdamSchefter. pic.twitter.com/ypNj44Stvk
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 3, 2018
Allen has the tools that you look for in a potential franchise QB. Ideal size, pocket presence, excellent arm strength to make throws down the field are all advantages for Allen during the pre-draft process. But the biggest negative against Allen is his accuracy. He was never able to compile a completion rate above 56 percent in his college career and he tends to take too many chances downfield. If he corrects this at the pro level, he projects out to be a fine QB1 in Fantasy down the line if the Jets can put enough talent around him. Allen’s appeal in Fantasy for 2018 will be in Dynasty formats only, as he is likely to sit behind McCown or Teddy Bridgewater for most of the regular season.
After crippling themselves with the trade for the third pick, the next Jets selection isn’t until the third round. I expect them to use their next two selections to add pieces to a defense that needs some help up front. Up first will be Jalyn Holmes, a defensive end from Ohio State. He is a long-armed player that is quick off the edge, and he has plus quickness to get to the backfield. He can come in and benefit early on but will best be used in a situational format. Holmes can be taken out of games by overpowering blockers that can use their big frame against him. The selection of Trenton Thompson will be viewed as a replacement to the likes of Sheldon Richardson and Muhammed Wilkerson. Thompson is a big three-technique tackle that can attack well. He has plus range at his position and can move around quite well to make plays down the line. His biggest concern has been health. He never played truly healthy in college, which hurt his draft stock tremendously. These two adds for the Jets will help the depth of the defense, but in Fantasy, this team will be a waiver wire add during the season as they go undrafted.
Josh McCown Photo Credit: AP Photo/Joe Mahoney
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