The New York Jets have not had many reliable fantasy football players in the past few years. If you want to find the last Jet that had a real impact in fantasy football you would have to go back all the way to 2015. In 2015, Jets WR Brandon Marshall set the Jets’ single-season receiving yards record with 1,502 yards. Marshall also snagged 14 touchdowns that season. There are a few Jets players you might want to know about this upcoming season for fantasy football… But first, let’s look at some of the Jets’ off-season moves.
Most of the Jets coaching staff is back for year two. The staff is led by HC Robert Saleh, OC Mike LaFleur and DC Jeff Ulbrich. The return of OC Mike LaFleur is huge for all Jets fantasy options. LaFleur’s run-first offense should be easy for sophomore QB Zach Wilson to run as long as the offensive line holds up.
WR Braxton Berrios: The fan-favorite re-signed to the Jets on a two-year, $12 million deal.
OG Laken Tomlinson: The Pro Bowl guard signed a three-year deal worth $40M with the Jets. Tomlinson will provide great help for Breece Hall and Michael Carter in the run game this season.
TE C.J. Uzomah: The former Bengals tight end signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Jets. Uzomah provides a boost to the Jets’ tight end room.
TE Tyler Conklin: The former Vikings tight end signed a three-year deal, $20.25 million deal with the Jets.
The Jets also grabbed WR Garrett Wilson in the draft to pair alongside Corey Davis and Elijah Moore in the WR room.
Quarterback: Zach Wilson (Fantasy Pros QB27), Joe Flacco (Fantasy Pros QB36), Mike White (Unranked).
It is no secret Zach Wilson did not have the strongest rookie season.
55.6% completion percentage.
69.7 passer rating that ranked last.
However, Zach Wilson did show some flashes in his rookie season which does lead us to believe he could have a sophomore breakout season. Wilson was injured in Week 7 against the Patriots and returned from injury in Week 12. Upon his return, Zach Wilson played a lot better and scored a lot more fantasy points! According to Fantasy Pros from Week 12 to Week 18 Zach Wilson scored 103 fantasy points which is significantly better than the 59.9 points he recorded from Week 1 until Week 7. If you are in a 12-team fantasy league I would consider drafting Wilson in the very late rounds due to his potential breakout upside.
Running Back: Breece Hall (Fantasy Pros RB16), Michael Carter (Fantasy Pros RB39), Ty Johnson (Fantasy Pros RB79).
Breece Hall is an elite-level prospect coming out of college and is going to make an impact in the NFL immediately. In 2021 at Iowa State, Breece Hall finished with 1,774 yards, 36 receptions, 5.8 yards per carry, and 23 touchdowns. In Hall’s career at Iowa St., he had over 300 touches which proves he is ready for the volume the Jets will give him this season. During his final year, Hall was a force in the receiving game with an 11.7% team target share. Hall is a freak of an athlete, running a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash. Some running backs comparable to Hall coming out of college are Ezekiel Elliott, Jonathan Taylor, and Christian McCaffrey. On ESPN, Hall is being drafted as the 19th running back off the board. Draft Breece Hall as your RB2 and he has the potential to become your RB1 as the season goes on.
However, the Jets also have RB Michael Carter who is going into his sophomore season. During his rookie season with the Jets, Carter posted 639 rushing yards, 325 receiving yards, and 4 touchdowns. Carter is a well-rounded player and even though Breece Hall will be the lead back there still is a place for Carter in the offense. Carter offers versatility in both the running and passing game. In deeper leagues, draft Michael Carter as a potential flex play.
Wide Receiver: Elijah Moore (Fantasy Pros WR32), Garrett Wilson (Fantasy Pros WR48), Corey Davis (Fantasy Pros WR59), Braxton Berrios (Fantasy Pros WR88), Denzel Mims (Unranked).
In his rookie year, WR Elijah Moore finished with 43 receptions, 538 yards, and 5 touchdowns despite only playing 11 games. In fantasy drafts this season you usually can grab Elijah Moore in the 6th round. During weeks 7-13, Moore was the WR9 and averaged 17.7 points per game. Moore saw eight or more targets in five of the six games that he saw over 75% of the snaps. Moore showed that when he was a full-time player he was electric. Elijah Moore also played with three different quarterbacks throughout the 2021-2022 season. Moore had to deal with Zach Wilson being out for multiple weeks, Joe Flacco, and Mike White. If Zach Wilson can take a step forward this season Elijah Moore could be a WR2 in fantasy, maybe even a WR1. With Moore being drafted on ESPN as the 40th WR I recommend targeting him in every league!
During Garrett Wilson’s shortened 2020 season at Ohio State, he had 723 yards and 6 touchdowns. Wilson put up these numbers in a WR room with first-round pick Chris Olave, first-round pick Jameson Williams, and Jaxon-Smith Njigba who will be the #1 WR in 2023. I would compare this type of play in college with that crowded of a WR room to Odell Beckham Jr. back at LSU with Jarvis Landry. On ESPN Wilson is being drafted as the 47th WR. I will be drafting Wilson in the late rounds as he could be a breakout fantasy stud!
Braxton Berrios and Corey Davis might improve their fantasy stock as the season goes on. Keep your eye on them throughout the early weeks as they could be waiver wire targets. Berrios recorded 431 yards and 2 touchdowns last season. Davis recorded 492 yards and 4 touchdowns prior to being injured.
Tight End: C.J. Uzomah (Fantasy Pros TE28), Tyler Conklin (Fantasy Pros TE31), Jeremy Ruckert (Fantasy Pros TE50).
Last season with Joe Burrow C.J. Uzomah finished as the TE19 in PPR formats. Tyler Conklin finished the season as the Vikings’ #1 tight end but did not have much of a fantasy impact. So far in training camp, Conklin looks to be the TE1 but we don’t know if Conklin will split snaps in games with Uzomah. Right now I am not drafting either Conklin or Uzomah but keep your eye on Conklin as he could be a sneaky waiver wire pickup.
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