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Early fantasy football predictions for Bilal Powell

Dec 13, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) crosses the goal line for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 13, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) crosses the goal line for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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When it comes to Fantasy Football, running back Bilal Powell presents owners with a dual-threat option capable of scoring plenty of points thanks to an expanded role in 2016.

When it comes to early fantasy football projections, running back Bilal Powell will be utilized in many packages that will help the offense of the New York Jets become a bigger threat. His fantasy value is very good considering he is known to do some major damage either through the air or on the ground.

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Heading into his sixth season with the Jets, Powell showed some amazing movement at the running back position. Even though he was bothered by injury early on in 2015, Powell came on strong in the second half of the season and helped the Jets’ offense be potent.

Last season, he had a career year with 388 yards in total receiving yards and two touchdowns. He helped running back Chris Ivory last season in making the running game a very productive one.

Even though the spotlight was on Ivory, Powell was key in keeping those chains moving and handled the running back situation very well as he didn’t mind being in a platoon at the position. He had two big games last year against the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys. He had in total 81 yards in rushing and 88 yards in receiving yards which helped move the ball in timely situations.

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Heading into the upcoming season, expect to see an expanded role with Powell as he’ll more than likely be the No. 2 running back behind the newly acquired Matt Forte.

Many teams were having trouble in containing Powell coming out of the backfield in passing situations for how fast he is.

Powell will never be a powerful running back but he uses speed and agility to get the job done.

If Powell can stay healthy and also help in relieving Forte during breaks, he could have a very consistent production with fantasy points.

Expect to see Powell mostly used in key third down situations and as well as in goal line packages because he has the ability to move through tackles.

Fantasy owners could select Powell late in their draft selection and use him as a backup or in a flex position. Powell looks like he will come out to prove a point in him meaning business this upcoming season.

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Overall, fantasy owners shouldn’t be afraid to take a chance on Powell because of how productive of a player he could be in 2016. Powell could provide the certain amount of points that most would want on their team. He might be the x-factor in for what the Jets need in order to be successful against much tougher opponents this time around. Powell brings an interesting dimension on offense and if he gets red hot like he did towards the end of last year, he will be a smart pickup for fantasy owners everywhere.

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