Fantasy Football Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Week 5: RB Bilal Powell

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 30: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets hands the ball off to Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on September 30, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 30: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets hands the ball off to Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on September 30, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /
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Heading into Week 5 fantasy football, New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is worth starting as a FLEX option against the Denver Broncos.

Believe it or not, New York Jets running back Bilal Powell has yet to score a rushing touchdown this season. He’s also yet to have a game in which he has rushed for over 100 yards. Unfortunately for him and the rest of the Jets offense, it’s been a hot mess so far this season. Should fantasy football owners trust Powell to get the job done against the Denver Broncos?

In the grand scheme of things, yes. The problems on the Jets offense isn’t on Powell as it’s the terrible playcalling of offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates. The truth of the matter is, it’s his first year on the job and he has yet to establish any kind of identity on offense.

This Sunday’s game against the Broncos could very well be Powell’s big shot to prove that if you give him the football, he can make magic happen. Powell doubles up as a receiving option as Bates would be wise to utilize his unique skill set in both the ground and receiving game.

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Fantasy football owners would be wise to start Powell this week as a FLEX option since he should go back to being a catalyst on offense. Even though running back Isaiah Crowell is the starter, expect to see Powell used a lot more against the Broncos since they need to get a win bad.

Powell isn’t worth starting as an RB2 or RB1 as it’s best to find other running backs that are entering more favorable matchups for those slots. The Broncos run-stopping defense is good so the Jets offensive line will have their work cut out for them.

Overall, Powell should prove to have the upper hand since Bates should have gotten the hint that if he wants to win after three straight losses, it’s time to put the football in the hands of his impact players. Powell is one of them and should see more reps in Week 5 than any other game so far this season.

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