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Fantasy Football Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Week 4: RB Bilal Powell

By Luis Tirado Jr.
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets carries the ball in front of Chris Smith #50 of the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets carries the ball in front of Chris Smith #50 of the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Heading into Week 4 fantasy football, New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is a safe start against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Coming off a tough and embarrassing loss to the Cleveland Browns, the New York Jets are looking for redemption in Week 4. They are set to face a tough team in the Jacksonville Jaguars with hopes of going back to what works in order to leave victorious. Does this bode well for fantasy football owners of running back Bilal Powell?

In the grand scheme of things, this is the week that offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates should go back to what worked with the Jets and that’s sticking with their ground game as a main point of attack. It will be a great test as the defense of the Jaguars has only allowed one rushing touchdown so far this season.

Powell doubles up well in regards to his fantasy football value as he can do serious damage either on the ground or through the air as an eligible receiving option. Considering that Powell has only scored one touchdown so far this season and that came through a reception, means he’s due for a big game, even if it’s against all odds.

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Could that game be this week against the Jaguars? By the looks of it, the Jets should launch a heavy rushing attack led by Isaiah Crowell and Powell which means they both should get a good amount of plays designed around their skill sets. For Powell, he makes for a good FLEX option this week as it’s not worth risking placing him in a higher slot.

Powell should be able to score a touchdown or two in this matchup and could very well score his first rushing touchdown of the season once the Jets get into red zone situations. Until Powell consistently gets as many reps as Crowell does, he’s not yet at an RB2 and nowhere near an RB1 level.

Only start Powell this week if you’re looking for a decent FLEX option. Powell is due for a bigger load on offense and the Jets know that if they want to beat the Jaguars, it’ll be thanks to a strong rushing attack led by their two solid running backs.

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