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Fantasy Football Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Week 15: RB Bilal Powell

By Luis Tirado Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 03: Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets carries the ball as Justin Houston #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends on December 03, 2017 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The New York Jets defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 38-31. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 03: Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets carries the ball as Justin Houston #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends on December 03, 2017 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The New York Jets defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 38-31. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Heading into Week 15 fantasy football, running back Bilal Powell of the New York Jets might be worth starting but only as a FLEX option against the New Orleans Saints.

The offense of the New York Jets continues to be one of the most inconsistent and well, frustrating units in the NFL. One week they’ll execute well, keep those chains moving, and score touchdowns. Other weeks, they can barely get into field-goal range and just last week got blanked out thanks to the Denver Broncos. The defense of the New Orleans Saints is another stout group which means they’ll be blitzing often in this Week 15 matchup. Should fantasy football owners consider starting running back Bilal Powell?

If you’re lucky enough to be in your league’s fantasy playoffs, congrats since every move here on out count big time. Due to this, Powell isn’t worth starting in the RB2 and is nowhere near RB1 status but there might be some value using him as a FLEX option if you’re in need of one.

The Jets are hurting at running back with a severe knee injury to Matt Forte and an ankle injury to rookie Elijah McGuire. Powell will more than likely start at running back and receiving the majority of reps at the position.

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With a new starting quarterback in Bryce Petty this week due to Josh McCown being out for the rest of the season due to a broken hand injury could mean offensive coordinator John Morton relies heavily on the ground game. This would undoubtedly help Petty and alleviate some stress off his shoulders to not have the outcome of this game depend on him too much.

Powell is due for a big game and this has the makings for him to put on a clinic if the Jets offensive line can bounce back from their abysmal performance last week and are able to create gaps for him to succeed. The Saints defense is very good against the run so Powell will have his work cut out for him but could be an X-factor on offense since he’s going to get a lot of opportunities to do what he does best.

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Start Powell but only as a last resort FLEX option, he is one of the few offensive stars worth starting in Week 15 fantasy football from the Jets.

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