The Jets QB situation begins and ends with Mark Sanchez or Sanchise!! Sanchez has solidified himself as a reliable Fantasy option. He will not get you big numbers but he will put together a string of games that could do wonders for your Fantasy squad. Last season, Sanchez threw for 3291 passing yards and 20 total TDs. Like I said, not big numbers but he had FIVE games last season with 2 or more TDs. Add in a 205 yards per game average, and you get over 20 + Fantasy points in those games. I’m not suggesting that you draft Sanchez to be your starting QB. But if you find yourself in need of a 2nd QB as your back up, take a shot at Sanchez. Also, look at his schedule. You have to take advantage of his unfavorable matchups. This season, the Jets play the Redskins (and what does that mean?),the Jags, and the Broncos, as well as playing the Bills and the Dolphins twice. None of these teams have great defenses against the pass. He also has a way of rising to the occasion when his backs up against the wall. How many times did Sanchez almost lose the game, and then come up with a clutch performance. Sanchez is a decent option if you find yourself in need of a Fantasy QB
In 2010-2011 we witnessed the Fantasy Football return of Braylon Edwards. Ending the season with 904 receiving yards and 7 TD, Edwards was the #1 receiver for the Jets playing all 16 games. In his 2nd season with the Jets, Braylon became a reliable go-to for Sanchez….The issue for Fantasy Football owners is that’s not quite certain if Braylon will be a Jet this coming season. The rumor mill is getting stronger around the prospect that Randy Moss will become a NY Jet. Coach Rex Ryan, never quiet about anything, certainly has not been quite about wanting to beat the Patriots. He would love to have Moss as a weapon. Acquiring Moss would also cause some uncertainty for another top notch Fantasy Receiver in NY: Santonio Holmes. Like Edwards, Holmes has been plagued with a few off the field issues himself. Despite the off the field issues, Holmes has been productive with the Jets. He completed his 2010-2011 season with 746 receiving yards and 6 TDs. With free agency yet to materialize, only 1 thing is for certain: Mike Tannenbaum will be busy on the WR front. If it were up to me, I’d keep Holmes. Let’s see how much that costs them though. Smith is the for sure
On the TE front, Dustin Keller is pretty solid. Leading the team in receptions (55), Keller had 687 receiving yards and 5 TDs. The problem? Keller got all 5 of his TDs weeks 2-4 for the 2010-2011 season. Keller’s stats improve each year, and this being his 4th year coming up, he will continue to get a lot of opportunities to score.
This Jets Defense is NO JOKE. With 40 sacks, 12 Ints, 17 Forced Fumbles, and 3 TDs, they are a fantastic Fantasy Football option. In 2010-2011 the Jets’ defense ranked 9th in the league. Linebackers Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas led the way with 6 sacks each. Another story about that Jets D are those AMAZING corners: Cromartie and Revis. While they shut down a lot of receivers, only Cromartie had 3 picks last year. (More teams also target Cromartie’s side of the field). From the looks of it, Cromartie will probably move on this year in free agency (currently known as limbo). But no worries for Jets fans, Revis and Cromartie have been spending a lot of time with Kyle Wilson, the CB drafted from Boise State in last year’s draft. The Jets get their Safety and Punt Returner Jim Leonhard back from a season ending shin injury. Last year, the Jets lost Leonhard the Friday before they got WAXED in that 45-3 loss to the New England Patriots. Going into this season, the Jets have reportedly said they will not use Leonhard has a return man going forward. Gang Green as also drafted 2 rookies in the 1st and 3rd rounds respectively: Muhammad Wilkerson of Temple University and Kendrick Ellis of Hampton University. The Jets defense will get younger, faster, and more athletic. Not a bad look for the defensive part of your Fantasy Football day draft board…
The Jets running game has two options to choose from for Fantasy: Ladanian Tomlison and Shonn Green. Last year, we saw the reemergence of LT after he was banished into HASBEENDOM by the Chargers. LT led the Jets from the very beginning. In the first half of the season, he was the main man for the Jets, and completely outplayed his counterpart Green. But age and weariness set in, and LT didn’t run as well in the second half of the year. One good thing is that he did last the whole season. Green’s stats pale in comparison to LT. He ran for 766 yards and two TDs. The only thing that Green did similar to LT was yards per carry which was 4.1 compared to Tomlinson’s 4.2. Green is faster and runs between the tackles with much more ease than LT. He just has a hard time finding that end zone. There are not too many other factors in the running game. The Jets do have second year player Joe McKnight, but he won’t be a factor in Fantasy. Look for LT to contribute, but expect Green to be the main man for the entire year. Basically, they are both draft worthy Fantasy Football players who will get plenty of chances to run and score for you if needed.
Staying in Gotham City out next post will be about the G-Men