The 2021 NY Jets are trying to climb their way back to relevancy. The franchise now owns the longest current playoff drought in the NFL, dating back to the 2010 season. In some ways, the Jets' lack of relevance in the standings also mirrors their place in fantasy football over the last several years.
The lack of dynamic talent at skill positions has been reflected in the team's lack of success on the field and the Jets' value in fantasy football.
For many years, the NY Jets have produced bottom-of-the-barrel type options in fantasy football. The kind of players you begrudgingly keep on your roster.
Save for a few brief hiccups like the 2015 season — the year where Chris Ivory ran for over 1,000 yards (the last Jets runner to do so), or when Ryan Fitzpatrick went on a tear connecting with the Jets' dominant one-year duo of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker to the tune of 189 catches, 2,529 yards, and 26 touchdowns between the both of them.
Setting aside the flash in the pan that 2015 was, the likelihood is that if you have played fantasy football in the last decade, you have bypassed or ignored Jets players.
Le'Veon Bell was the Jets' highest-drafted fantasy player in recent seasons, but he never panned out for various reasons. Some of his lack of success was beyond his control.
Ever since the Bell flop and the failed expectations, doubting the Jets' ability to get the most out of players has increased in fantasy football circles.
Attempting to identify any Jets players that were worthy of being on your fantasy football team's roster in recent times has also been highly challenging. Even under injury and bye-week circumstances.
In deeper PPR leagues, in the past, having Jamison Crowder on your bench was a decent play in fantasy football, depending on if you picked the right week to insert him in your starting lineup.
See last year's Cleveland Browns game. But outside of Crowder, very few Jets players have been worthy of rostering.
Perhaps, you took a chance and got lucky, and in the act of desperation started Breshad Perriman on Monday Night Football last season, where he scored two touchdowns. But the reality is that if you relied on any Jets to produce in 2020 or before then, it was a losing proposition.
When you hit rock bottom like the NY Jets did in 2020, there's nowhere to go but up, and there are early indications that the Jets offense will be vastly improved in 2021 under new offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur.
Some of their younger players could be worthy of consideration in your team's fantasy draft pool.
Still, the youth of the Jets roster and the unknowns surrounding who will emerge leaves many questions that need answering when deciding if any of the Jets offensive players should be on your fantasy football radar.
The drafting season in fantasy football is on the horizon. And the chances are that you have already laid the groundwork for your upcoming draft.
Let's see what the questions and answers are surrounding the Jets' skill positions and whether or not 2021 is finally the year where you can put stock in their players' production.