3. Michael Carter, RB, NY Jets
- ESPN ADP: 126, Round 13
- Yahoo ADP: 120, Round 13
While Breece Hall is expected to be the RB1 for the Jets, their second-year running back out of North Carolina should not be counted out based on where he is going in drafts.
Michael Carter has quickly become a fan favorite due to his presence both on and off the field. Once Carter got acclimated to the league, he showed his value as a dual-threat back.
From week 4 through 11, Carter averaged 13.7 points per game (half-point PPR) which ranked 14th amongst running backs in the same span. Even as the number two option in the backfield, Carter can still provide value as a pick in the 13th round this year.
There could very well be a scenario where Carter gets the most out of limited touches. In the previously mentioned span of time (week 4 through 11), Carter averaged 16 touches per game showing that he is able to maximize his time on the field.
If Hall were to miss any games or struggle more than anticipated, Carter could see his value increase dramatically. The Jets are also likely to make life easier for Zach Wilson this year which could involve checking down early and often to both running backs.
Players such as Melvin Gordon, Rhamondre Stevenson and Marlon Mack are going above Carter on ESPN or Yahoo. Carter provides higher upside, especially in PPR formats as a flex option or RB on your bench (even more so with a zero-RB strategy).
4. Tyler Conklin, TE, NY Jets
- ESPN ADP: Undrafted
- Yahoo ADP: Undrafted
One player that very few people are talking about who could be a key piece for this offense is Tyler Conklin. The Jets bolstered their tight end room by bringing in Tyler Conklin and C.J. Uzomah.
While the Uzomah signing took up more of the spotlight since he was a key player on the AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals, Conklin finished better in fantasy last season and is a younger player with less injury history.
It still may not be worth it to draft Conklin in fantasy but could be beneficial to keep an eye out for him as a streaming starter on a week-to-week basis.
If Uzomah were to get hurt and Conklin was the clear TE1 on a given week, he could be worth cracking a starting lineup in an offense that relies heavily on using their tight ends.