NFL teams have officially opened up training camp and that means one thing: it’s almost fantasy football draft time. Here are the top three players on the New York Jets to start in PPR leagues.
No, I am not trying to be biased towards PPR leagues. Rather, I am trying to give fantasy football players tips for this type of league because of how widely used and popular it is.
PPR leagues are so popular because the league format allows for many players to be used and effective. Standard scoring leagues are more catered to the first-string, superstar players.
This is the exact reason why it’s so popular. The New York Jets are full of PPR scoring players for the reason that they don’t have any superstar offensive players laying around. Instead, they have some potential PPR sleepers for positions like WR2, RB2, and FLEX.
So, let’s take a look and see who the three Gang Green players are that you should start in your PPR fantasy football league this upcoming season.
3. Running Back Bilal Powell
Some people may have had to resort to Bilal Powell last year if they had a player on a bye week. But, he may be a long-shot RB2 or solid flex option headed into 2018.
Of course, it seems as though Powell and Isaiah Crowell will be splitting reps at the running back position. However, those two will be highly used due to the Jets quarterback situation.
Why is this the case? It seems highly unlikely the Jets will have any signal caller on the depth chart throwing more than 30 times a game. Meaning, Jets running backs will be getting a whole lot of reps.
Powell finished the 30th ranked running back in the ESPN Fantasy Football 2018 positional rankings. The only snafu with him? He doesn’t score a lot of touchdowns. But, his major plus? He can be effective in the pass-catching game too.
Next: 2. Running Back Isaiah Crowell
2. Running Back Isaiah Crowell
Another running back lands on the list. I will put a disclaimer out right now: Yes, I know the first two players are running backs who will be competing for the same role. But, running backs thrive in PPR leagues. Now, back to the list.
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Isaiah Crowell will seemingly take the reigns as the Jets lead, number one running back when the season starts. While Powell is a fringe RB2, solid FLEX option that you can evaluate every week, Crowell is a definite flex starter and reliable RB2.
The former Cleveland Brown has flirted with 1,000-rushing yards in back-to-back seasons, and he is only two years removed from a 40-reception season. Ironically, he was ranked one spot behind Powell as the 31st ranked RB in ESPN Fantasy Football. Again, like Powell, he falls under the radar due to his lack of red zone time.
However, like Powell, Crowell is such an attractive option due to the Jets quarterback situation. You can lock Crowell into your flex every week with no worries, and he can even be featured as an RB2 in deeper leagues.
Next: 1. Wide Receiver Robby Anderson
1. Wide Receiver Robby Anderson
With no suspension in sight, Robby Anderson becomes the most attractive Jets offensive player when it comes to fantasy football. He will undoubtedly be the team’s number one receiver if he can keep himself out of trouble off the field.
Anderson has been a great receiver since he came into the NFL in 2016. In that time, he has 105 receptions, 1,528 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns in 32 career games.
The 25-year old had a strong connection with Josh McCown last season, on his way to 941 receiving yards. He could be a serviceable WR2 or flex player, and he is the 18th ranked wide receiver in ESPN Fantasy Football for 2018.
Anderson finds himself number one because he will be the team’s top target, regardless of who takes the ball under center Week 1. His solid frame and home run playability are very good assets to have in PPR leagues.