You could look me in the face right now and tell me that besides Le’Veon Bell, there isn’t a single player on the New York Jets roster that holds a significant amount of fantasy value. Guess what I’d say back to you? I’d tell you that you’re exactly right. But I’d also let you know that a savvy fantasy owner looks at a team like the Jets and rubs their hands together in a malicious manner, simply because they see value in the overlooked assets. Everyone covets Le’Veon Bell on their dynasty team, but it isn’t always the stud that carries you to a championship. More often than not, it’s the bench receiver that scores 15 points in your starting lineup in Week 16 after your star WR goes down with an injury. If you’re looking for some insight on a star-studded roster, go check out the article on the Saints or the Browns. However, if you’re interested in filling your dynasty roster with potential late-round gems, you’ve come to the right place.
Le’Veon Bell – As mentioned in the introduction, there’s no denying that Bell is a fantasy stud. Excluding his rookie year, he’s topped 1,800 yards from scrimmage in every season he’s played at least seven games. He may not be a fan-favorite due to his drama-filled tenure in Pittsburgh, but there’s no denying his elite RB1 status. At 27 years old, it’s understandable why many fantasy owners are hesitant to invest in Bell for dynasty purposes: historically, the average NFL running back falls off a cliff after his age 27 season. Le’Veon Bell, however, isn’t your average NFL running back. His world-class pass catching ability combined with his knack of avoiding head-on collisions will tack years onto the end of his career. In addition, he sat out last season but remained in top physical condition, which is significantly better for his long term health than enduring another 400-touch season. If the Bell owner in your dynasty league is selling him below market value, you should be buying with the expectation of top 12 RB numbers for the next two to three years.
The potential 2020 1st/2nd round WR – The Jets have many question marks on both sides of the ball, but one of their most pressing needs is a WR1 for Sam Darnold. It’s possible that Darnold takes an impressive leap forward in 2019, but I truly believe that his ceiling is capped until he’s given an elite wide receiver to work with. While Robby Anderson has proven to be a serviceable top option for the young QB, he doesn’t qualify as the necessary game-breaking weapon that a developing quarterback needs. Don’t get me wrong, it’s more likely that the Jets don’t address the wide receiver position in the first two rounds of the draft, but in the off chance they spend high draft capital on a number one weapon in the passing game for Sam Darnold, I’m buying him as a potential stud for years to come.
Elijah McGuire – Heading into last season, McGuire was a hot commodity among the zero-RB community. He had a clear path to consistent snaps and ended the season on a positive note for everyone that started him in the fantasy playoffs, averaging 18.3 PPR points per game from Week 14 to Week 16. However, the circumstances aren’t exactly the same this year, as the Jets brought in the aforementioned superstar, Le’Veon Bell, in free agency. I’m a proponent of stashing high-upside handcuff RBs on my dynasty roster, but I don’t place McGuire in that category. If Bell were to go down with an injury, I’m not confident McGuire would see enough usage to warrant flex consideration due to the crowded backfield behind Le’Veon (Trenton Cannon, De’Angelo Henderson, and Ty Montgomery in addition to McGuire). I’m not cutting him from my dynasty rosters, but he’s not the high-upside handcuff that most envision him to be.
Trevon Wesco – Many individuals in the dynasty community may not even be aware of who Wesco is, and I honestly wouldn’t blame them. The Jets selected him in the 4th round of the 2019 NFL Draft, which is relatively high draft capital for a tight end. As of late, Wesco has been hyped up as a solid pickup off the waiver wire due to Chris Herndon’s recent legal issues, but I’m here to tell you to look elsewhere for cheap waiver wire production. He operated solely as a blocking tight end at West Virginia, as he only caught 28 passes during his three years in college. Even if Herndon missed a lengthy period of time due to injury, don’t expect Wesco to be asked to do something he’s never done before in his career, and that’s consistently catching passes.
Sam Darnold – As a 21-year-old starting QB in the NFL, Sam Darnold averaged a respectable 15 fantasy points per game while surrounded by one of the weakest, most injury-prone supporting casts in the entire league. He received fairly consistent production from receiving options such as Robby Anderson and Chris Herndon, but neither of these players provide elite play-making ability. Enter Le’Veon Bell. In addition to his rushing upside, Bell posessess game-breaking ability as a pass catcher, which could prove to be highly beneficial for Darnold’s progression as a passer. Assuming that 15 point-per-game average is his floor, just imagine what Darnold will be able to accomplish in year two with one of the top pass catching RBs in the league beside him in the backfield. If you can get your hands on Darnold in Superflex or 2QB leagues, I’m confident you will have secured a decade-long fantasy starter on your roster.
Chris Herndon – After securing 39 passes for over 500 yards and 4 touchdowns, Herdon’s entering his second year with one of the more impressive rookie TE seasons in recent memory under his belt. Drafted in the same year as Sam Darnold, Hernon has an excellent rapport with the young QB, and I expect that rapport to continue to grow over the next few seasons. On a more negative note, Herndon is likely to face a suspension due to a DUI issue from a while back, but I’m using that as a buying opportunity. Young, productive tight ends are a rare commodity; especially ones that are attached to equally young franchise QBs. Herndon finished as the TE16 in terms of total fantasy points last season, and he did so while missing two games. Expect him to sneak into the top 12 tight ends this upcoming season with plenty of room for growth for years to come.
Greg Dortch – You won’t usually find me touting UDFAs as fantasy options, but you will if the UDFA has serious upside and can be had for free off your dynasty waiver wire. Dortch was a player that I liked more than consensus coming out of college, and if you watch his film you’ll understand why. His 5’ 7” frame is certainly a factor as to why he went undrafted, but his impressive route running, production, and ability after the catch are all reasons that leave me excited when projecting his NFL outlook. My pre-NFL Draft pro comparison for Dortch was Jamison Crowder, and he happened to land on a team where he’s able to sit behind Crowder on the depth chart. Crowder’s had difficulty staying healthy as of late, only appearing in nine games this past season. If the injury bug hits again and he’s forced to miss time, Dortch could slide into that role rather nicely. I’m not suggesting you should get your hopes high when it comes to Dortch’s potential NFL production, but if you have an extra spot at the end of your dynasty roster, why not put him on the taxi squad for a year or two? It seems as if the risk is absolutely worth the potential reward.
Robby Anderson/Jamison Crowder/Quincy Enunwa – The New York Jets receiving core leaves a lot to be desired to say the least. Anderson was fairly productive last year with Darnold under center and definitely has room to grow despite his occasional off-field antics. Crowder and Enunwa play similar roles out of the slot, both providing a safety blanket for Sam Darnold when he’s faced with pressure. If I have any of these three receivers on my dynasty roster, I’m holding onto them with expectations of solid short-term production, but with no guarantees in the long-term. My doubt surrounding these players is correlated to the inevitability that more receiving talent is brought into New York through the draft or free agency in the coming year, simply because the skill sets of these three players are not advanced enough to serve as the top options in a young offense. While these three WRs should produce in 2019, expect that production to be relatively short-lived.
Looking over this list of players, there’s certainly not much to be enthused about. However, just because some of these players aren’t exciting now, doesn’t mean they can’t be core assets for a dynasty championship run two years down the road. At first glance, one may take a look at the Jets offense and see Le’Veon Bell surrounded by a group of ancillary pieces. However, take a deeper look and you’ll find a few assets that may experience a massive spike in value after an impressive 2019 season. Act accordingly before your league-mates beat you to it!
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