As we anticipate the start of the 2017 NFL season, the DFF Degenerates Roundtable (@DFF_Degenerates) is tearing down every team in the NFL – #32teams32days. We’re going round-trip to tackle the entire country – AFC East to West, then NFC West to East. We didn’t have to do it, but we did.
Buckle up! It’s going to be a bumpy ride. We’re traveling to another dimension between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge… that’s the signpost up ahead – our next stop – the RED ZONE.
In the fourth of our series, we visit the last team in the division (and definitely the worst) –
New York Jets
The Jets’ owners are basically life imitating art in the form of the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld.
Quarterback – Situation Critical
@DiBari22: Yuck. Which 2018 QB are they drafting with their top 3 pick next year? That’s everything in a nutshell. Christian Hackenberg is reportedly awful beyond words. Bryce Petty is an ideal 3rd stringer. And Josh McCown is, well, Josh McCown. The only plus side here is that they’re going to be trailing by 28 every single game, so there should be an obscene amount of garbage time production.
@DFF_JamesH: Knowing the Jets they will probably opt for Lamar Jackson who will inevitably be a huge flop in the NFL and probably go the way of Terrelle Pryor.
@DFF_Madman: The QB condition is truly uninspiring. It would be fine if Hack were a potential franchise guy, but most expect him to ultimately flop. I’ve tried to understand the qualities optimists point out, but ever since watching him in Big10 play, I only see a flawed passer all the way around. Petty is at best a career backup and McCown has already sold his soul to the devil to still be playing in the league. McCown is the guy to own for fantasy purposes as the de facto starter.
Runningbacks – Bilal Powell and a bunch of other guys
@ChristipherBean: Matt Forte is basically a set of hands with no legs at this point in this career. His skill as a runner has declined year over year since 2011.
If New York was smart they’d feed Bilal Powell every carry he can handle. Like most agility backs, Powell’s ability as a runner is underrated year after year. He’s more than a pair of hands. Elijah McGuire is interesting as well, good DR and target share, decent speed. I’m not leaping over people to acquire some shares, but he’s likely to become fantasy relevant when they finally put Matt Forte out to pasture.
@DiBari22: Forte is getting older and is wrapping up his Hall of Fame worthy career. I summed up my feelings on Bilal Powell here. I like the upside that rookie Elijah McGuire brings to the table, but with his surrounding cast, it’s hard to expect anything. With the release of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker and the injury to Quincy Enunwa, all the RBs get a bump up in PPR leagues. They’re going to be heavily involved in this passing attack because they have to be… there is literally nobody else left to catch the ball here.
@DFF_JamesH: I really like Elijah McGuire, but all reports point to Bilal Powell being ‘the guy’ next season. I’ve never been on board with Powell, but a little part of me is kind of excited to see what he can do next year with a bigger role on the team.
Who is catching the ball?
@DiBari22: I’ve heard of the Zero-WR theory in fantasy football, but I’ve never seen a real-life NFL team employ it – bold move. I kind of like Charone Peake more than anybody realistically should. Aside from that, look at this and throw a dart. All of this is irrelevant until they get their QB situation figured out. I’m a little intrigued by the Bruce Ellington signing, but I also might be a little dumb too.
@DFF_JamesH: Come on Di Bari! You must be forgetting about the next big thing in Quincy Enunwa. (I’m stuck on the Enunwa train and can’t get off it…)
@DiBari22: That was all written before the Enunwa injury, FYI. Now with him out of the picture, Charone Peake is the most experienced guy on the roster and the only true X receiver they have. By the process of elimination, he’s going to be the main guy here alongside last year’s UDFA breakout Robby Anderson. I’m grabbing all the Peake shares that I can… disgustingly I already have him on about 30% of my current rosters.
@DFF_JamesH: If you take Peake I am happy to take Robby Anderson. I don’t think he is a natural WR1 for the Jets, but he is going to have to step up into that role. He wasn’t amazing in his first season but at the same time, he did show some good signs. I’m interested to see how he does this season. The Jets are bad, but still, they must have at least one or two players that can post good fantasy seasons, don’t they?
@DFF_Madman: I really like Enunwa and am crushed he’s on IR. When he went down, I immediately understood what the Kaepernick cult feels like… as my irrational personal feelings overwhelmed me. I own Enunwa in about 30% of my leagues. I expected him to lead the Jets in receptions this season and be a PPR weapon I could plug in every week based on his versatility. Damn it! I’m not a believer in Robby Anderson. In fact, I don’t think I own him in any leagues. The rookies will take some time to acclimate, so I’m only counting on one guy this year: Charone Peake. See if you can acquire him cheaply. They have to throw to someone. I’m sure McCown will be looking early and often for Jordan Leggett and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
@ChristipherBean: With Enunwa down and Eric Decker in Tennessee, this is a nightmare WR group. I mean look at it:
ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen are probably their best bets, both look like NFL contributors at the least. They’ll probably trot out Robby Anderson again though, who will continue to post some of the most absurdly poor numbers I’ve ever seen on just enough volume to make him fantasy relevant.
You Down with IDP (yeah, you know me)
@FatAdamSchefter: If you still own J.J. Watt in your league, or have just drafted him in a recent start up, keep Leonard Williams on your mind. Williams is a solid backup plan if Watt’s back goes out. Any back injury is a fickle mistress… dude could pick up a toilet seat or sneeze too hard and be out of commission. All the Fantasy Football Gods please lift your curses from Mr. Watt’s back! You should be able to grab L-Will a couple rounds later and feel the warm security of that sweet insurance blanket!
Oh, and by the way JETS! Connor Harris is a LINEBACKER!!! Not a freaking full back! I know he will do what he must to play and be a team player. I also know when Davis and Carter and Paysinger fizzle out you will need him there! UGH! OK… OK… I feel better because DiBari calmed me down with some Vegas backstreet sedatives and told me that Connor Harris is still listed as a linebacker. PHEW! If you have room on your taxi squads go grab this UDFA and stash the hell out of him all over the place.
Good luck drafting the right guys in Gotham!
@DiBari22: Trying to pick which fantasy assets are going to hit here are is like bouncing through an old land mine field on a pogo stick. Like I said, maybe go after the QB (whoever that may be) and try to bank-on volume stats as they’ll be throwing early and often. As of this writing, until we see what is happening in pre-season games, this entire disaster is a no-go zone for fantasy production until further notice.
@DFF_Madman: We had a stellar time in the Big Apple.
This concludes our visit with the AFC EAST. Thank you, New York Jets, “You are the weakest link! Goodbye.”
Tomorrow —> Stay tuned as we begin our trip through the AFC NORTH – rolling into Baltimore like we stole a team from Cleveland.
Thank you for reading. We hope this helps you in your quest to find the Holy Grail of dynasty football.
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