The 2019 NFL season is right around the corner, and another year of fantasy football along with it. Here’s our outlook for New York Jets individual defensive players (IDPs).
Jets fans know that your average fantasy football league will only use team defense/special teams to account for all points scored by defensive players. But for those who want to add a little more fun and slightly different challenge to the game, individual defensive players are added to the mix.
For those fantasy owners, the New York Jets have a handful of quality defenders who will merit consideration when draft day rolls around.
There are two studs at the top of this list: Linebacker C.J. Mosley and safety Jamal Adams.
Mosley joins the Jets after an incredible track record of fantasy production with the Baltimore Ravens. The former first-round pick out of Alabama has been a tackling machine since entering the league, racking up nearly 600 total stops over his first five seasons in the league.
A versatile playmaker, Mosley is also known for creating turnovers and getting after the quarterback when necessary. So far, he’s added nine interceptions, 8.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries in his career.
A four-time Pro Bowler, Mosley is now dropped into the heart of a Jets defense that will feature an aggressive, attacking style from new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Fantasy owners should expect Mosley’s production to continue at its current rate, which should make him one of the first defensive players selected in your IDP draft.
Heading into his third season, Adams has already established himself as one of the premier safeties in the entire NFL. A Pro Bowler last season, Adams is the vocal leader of the Jets defense, and his well-rounded skill set has made him a valuable playmaker in every facet of the game.
Adams has been a durable presence for the Jets, starting all 32 games over his first two NFL seasons. He’s averaging nearly 100 total tackles per year, and while interceptions have eluded him up to this point (just one in two seasons), he’s added 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Another player who should benefit from Williams’ new defensive scheme, Adams should rack up another 100 tackles this year, while making more plays in the backfield and getting his hands on a few more passes as he continues to improve in his third NFL season.
The Jets have a few other defenders who might warrant attention in leagues that require starters at each defensive position (rather than general defenders), namely a dynamic pair of defensive linemen in veteran Leonard Williams and No. 3 overall draft pick Quinnen Williams.