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Fantasy Football Start or Sit Week 1: RB Bilal Powell

By Luis Tirado Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01: Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets runs with the ball during the first quarter of their game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01: Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets runs with the ball during the first quarter of their game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)
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Running back Bilal Powell is worthy of starting this week in fantasy football lineups. He’s one of the few bright spots on the New York Jets.

In the grand scheme of things, the overall offense of the New York Jets will easily need a few more weeks of working together in order to find some kind of consistency. Unfortunately, they have quarterback Josh McCown as their starter and as you can imagine, that’s not anything worth bragging about. The Jets will more than likely stick to their rushing attack as they prepare to face the Buffalo Bills in Week 1 action. Due to this, should fantasy football owners consider starting running back Bilal Powell this week?

The truth of the matter is, Powell will more than likely be one of the few bright spots for the Jets this season. Not only is it his time to shine, but the offense of the Jets will need to put both Matt Forte and Powell in a position to keep those chains moving and hopefully, score some touchdowns in order to beat the Bills on the road.

Expect to also see rookie running back Elijah McGuire get some reps since he’s been producing solid results in preseason action. When it comes to Powell this week, however, fantasy football owners should consider using him as their RB2.

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Powell will double up his efforts this week against the Bills since he’s a quality threat both on the ground and as an eligible receiving option out of the backfield. Last year with the Jets, Powell, totaled one of his best seasons yet.

On the ground, Powell totaled 722 rushing yards, 131 rushes, and three touchdowns. As a receiving option, he totaled 388 yards, 58 receptions, and two touchdowns. Expect to see Powell rise to the occasion and put up a strong game against the Bills.

It’s expected that the Jets will commit to the run in order to leave Buffalo victorious and if that is the case, they will put Powell in a position to be an x-factor. Fantasy owners would be wise to start Powell this week as an RB2 since if the Jets do indeed start the season with a victory, it’ll be thanks to everything he brings to the table.

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