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Fantasy Football Start or Sit Week 4: RB Bilal Powell

By Luis Tirado Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets runs the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets runs the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Heading into Week 4 fantasy football action, running back Bilal Powell of the New York Jets is worth starting against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

As the New York Jets prepare for their Week 4 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, running back Bilal Powell is coming off one of his better games of the season. Yeah, the Jets still aren’t clear on how to effectively use him but when it comes to his fantasy football value, he’s worth starting as a FLEX option this week.

Due to running back Matt Forte officially being ruled out against the Jaguars due to injuries to his knee and toe, Powell is in as the starter. He should undoubtedly see a lot of reps coming his way since it’s expected they will do their best to establish the run against the stout run defense of the Jaguars.

It won’t be easy but if it’s anything to know about Powell, it’s that he’s a natural born playmaker. He’s a double threat that does damage either through the ground or air if he’s a receiving target. Powell has yet to have a big game but if the Jets plan to beat the Jaguars, it’ll be thanks to their top players stepping up, especially him.

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Fantasy football owners should consider using Powell as a FLEX option but not anything higher than that. He’s simply not at the level of an RB2 and is definitely nowhere near an RB1.

Keep in mind the Jaguars have a solid run defense but expect to see the Jets use Powell in various ways to use his talents to keep them guessing as to what is coming next.

Considering that Powell is coming off a win over the Miami Dolphins where he scored his first rushing touchdown of the season, he’s riding that momentum. He will do whatever it takes to not only shine but prove that he’s more than capable of being a starting running back for the Jets.

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Start Powell as a FLEX option this week and enjoy the fact that he might very well score a touchdown or two against the Jaguars. It’ll be tough but if anyone can be an X-factor against the Jaguars, it’s Powell. Expect to see him be a big part of offense today for the Jets and deliver some solid fantasy football results.

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