This is the thick of it — in these next two weeks, you are undoubtedly drafting the fantasy football team that could make you a champion.
I am here to help you reach glory, and I personally have three drafts in these next 18 days, so please know everything I say is things I use for myself and my friends (those I'm not in a league with) to help keep the good times rolling.
The Jets have had so many changes and moving parts this offseason that, suddenly, on paper, they figures to boast one of the most prolific offensives in the league this year — which is extremely exciting from a fantasy perspective.
This means that plenty of Jets will find themselves in starting lineups universally in every league — something that hasn't happened since 2015.
The key here is knowing which Jets players to select. Can you trust Mecole Hardman to provide a high level of fantasy points week in and week out? Will the Jets' defense, a highly regarded unit in the real football world, start turning their constant pressures into sacks and turnovers so they can become more fantasy-relevant?
My answer to both of those questions is no, so they won't be on this list. Sure, Hardman may pop here or there and even have multiple touchdowns in a game, but there are much better options out there.
I love Robert Saleh's defensive unit, but if they couldn't cough any turnovers out of Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff, or Geno Smith at full strength last season, I don't know how you could feel confident in them getting turnovers out of Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Hurts, or Justin Herbert this season.
These five players we're about to discuss are players that I can guarantee you, barring injury, will be worthwhile starters for your fantasy team for more weeks than not.
5. Breece Hall, RB, NY Jets
Hall was absolutely dominant last year and has all of the physical tools, personality intangibles, and fundamental talents you look for in a three-down running back.
Dalvin Cook is a perennial Pro Bowl running back who has made the Pro Bowl with at least 1,100 rushing yards for four seasons in a row and has a chip on his shoulder.
He figures to get the lion's share of touches early on as they still ease Hall back from injury, but that is exactly how Hall's rookie season started splitting carries with Michael Carter until he took the reins.
Consider Cook as number six on this list as I'm confident both he and Breece will place in the top 25 of fantasy running backs, as did Rodgers's two backs last year (Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon).
Hall gets my nod to make the top five over Cook simply because he's younger, faster, and more useful in the passing game than Cook. You know I love my backs who can catch!