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NEW YORK JETS PREVIEW: Finding Your Forte

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August 12th, 2016

 

Offensive Nuggets:

Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets finally got over their differences just in time for training camp and Jets nation can breathe a collective sigh of relief.  Fitzpatrick clearly won the stalemate, getting his money when the Jets refused to pay, knowing that Fitzpatrick wasn’t their guy.  After realizing Geno Smith was even less of their guy, the Jets in a puzzling move shelled out for Fitzpatrick, reunited him with a pair of 1000 yard receivers in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker who averaged over 1250 and 13 TD’s.  The offensive line is intact and healthy, and the Jets intend to make use of the their new toy Matt Forte is easily the most dynamic RB that changed teams this seasons.  This is a playoff offense that should be even more potent this season.

Defensive Nuggets:

Defensively the Jets should be stout, with playmakers at every position.  The Jets did well in the draft, and didn’t lose anyone major.  If the Jets can stay healthy they should have one of the top defenses in the league, and will challenge New England for the division title.  Head Coach Todd Bowles took huge steps in his first year, and the same should be expected on the defensive side of the ball this season.

Don’t Forget About:

Devin Smith is coming off of a major injury and should be ready to go early this season.  Hey is currently on the PUP list, but he has already proven to be ready for the big league with his play in pre-season last year. 

X-Factor

Will the decision to part ways with Chris Ivory and sign Matt Forte pay off?  This question and many others will play out early in the season but the Jet’s offensive scheme is contingent on an effective running game.  Forte hasn’t given anyone a reason to doubt him, but if he doesn’t pick it up quickly the Jets could be in a quite a hole to start.

Fantasy Fruit

Brandon Marshall has a much higher ceiling than Eric Decker, but based on their production last season they are similar.    Marshall had two more TDs, and less than 500 more yards, but will be way more costly on draft day.  Decker worked on being a deep ball threat this off season, and so adds another weapon to his impressive arsenal.  In daily leagues Decker will consistently out perform Marshall at 80% of the value so make sure and give him consideration at draft time.

Verdict

There’s no reason to think the Jets won’t make the playoffs.  They are easily a wild card team at the least and should give teams a lot of fits.  Starting in week 3 the Jets have a brutal schedule going to Kansas City, hosting Seattle, than traveling to Pittsburgh and Arizona, before coming home to face the Ravens.  It’s going to get worse before it gets better schedule wise, but 10 wins should be about right.

 

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