Fantasy Football Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Week 3: RB Bilal Powell

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: Running back Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in the third quarter during the first half at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: Running back Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in the third quarter during the first half at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Heading into Week 3 fantasy football, New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is worth starting against the Cleveland Browns as a FLEX option.

As the New York Jets enter their Week 3 matchup on the road against the Cleveland Browns, all eyes will be on which team wants it more. Could the Jets, after being on top of the football world in Week 1 but came crashing down to earth in Week 2, bounce back on Thursday Night Football? Can the Browns, in front of their home crowd, finally get a win after two years or straight losing? Should fantasy football owners trust starting running back Bilal Powell in their lineups this week?

In the grand scheme of things, Powell is in an interesting situation with the Jets. He’s not the starting running back but does most of his damage in a backup role behind starter Isaiah Crowell as mostly a receiving option.

For years now, fantasy football owners know that Powell always has that shot at having a breakout game where he doubles up his points by doing damage on the ground and air. Last week against the Miami Dolphins, Powell totaled just six rushing yards on five attempts but made an impact as a receiving option.

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As a receiver out of the backfield, Powell totaled 74 yards, five receptions, and scored his first touchdown of the season. Ideally, Powell is a strong FLEX option this week but until he gets a bigger role on offense, isn’t worth starting as an RB2 and is nowhere near an RB1 slot.

If you’re looking for a quality FLEX option, Powell is your man this week. He should see a lot more reps as a running back as it’s expected the Jets will go back to what worked in Week 1 and that is committing to their rushing attack.

The Crowell & Powell Connection could see a lot of action this week with hopes that they’ll do their part to avoid the Jets giving the Browns their first ever win in years.

Powell could very well heat up as the season progresses but for now, only use him in the FLEX position if you want a player that could very well have a big game in Week 3. It’s very much a possibility thanks to everything Powell brings to the table.

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