Let’s be honest, when you’re putting together your 2017 fantasy football mock draft, you probably aren’t going to be running to the New York Jets to take the best they have to offer.
Actually, let’s just keep the words “best” and “Jets” separate for a while.
But it’s highly unlikely that your mock draft will ever go as well as your actual draft and you might be faced with the impossible reality of choosing someone from a team that is expected to be one of the worst in the league.
It’s okay to panic…or to start throwing punches at that friend that took the player you wanted two picks ago.
This is where Metro comes in as we will tell you the top five players the Jets have to offer during your fantasy football draft this season:
1) Bilal Powell, RB
Considering the Jets’ quarterback situation is a hot mess right now, it’s probably wise to invest in the team’s backfield this year.
Bilal Powell is expected to be the predominant back in 2017 and could be Jets fans’ greatest source of joy.
The powerful runner has a shifty side to him but is difficult to stop once he gets a head of steam going. He accrued 722 yards on 131 attempts last season (5.5 yards per carry) and showed that he can be a dual-threat option.
He caught an additional 58 passes for 388 yards, ending with a combined five touchdowns.
Powell is going to be a security blanket for whichever quarterback is under center and should see the ball a lot.
2) Matt Forte, RB
You’re probably wondering why I’d have another running back listed as a top fantasy option.
Let this be a preview as to just how bad the Jets will be next year.
While he’s aging, Matt Forte is one of the better dual-threat rushers to ever play the game and still has something left in the tank.
If he can put together a solid training camp, Forte should still see plenty of reps in the Jets’ backfield in the fall. That could lead to a good amount of red zone touches that would result in quick scoring spurts for your fantasy team.
3) Quincy Enunwa, WR
With Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall gone, Quincy Enunwa has an opportunity to build further off his coming-out party in 2016.
The surprising leading receiver hauled in 58 receptions on 105 targets for 857 yards and four touchdowns last year. I’d expect him to get the same amount of targets, if not more, with New York’s largest pass catchers gone.
4) Chandler Catanzaro, K
Usually, the mark of an underachieving team is when its offense stalls in scoring situations, whether it be the red zone or just outside it.
I’d expect plenty of Jets drives to stall in enemy territory, which should give former Arizona Cardinal Chandler Catanzaro plenty of opportunities to rack up some fantasy points for your team.
He doesn’t have a big leg, having hit just 5-of-11 from 50-plus yards out, but he’s hit 73-of-81 from everywhere else during his first three years in the league.
5) Robby Anderson, WR
Part of me wanted to put the Jets defense here, but it will be so bad that you’ll probably be losing points by acquiring them.
Anderson will be the Jets’ No. 2 receiver behind Enunwa and should get a considerable amount of targets. Last year he caught 42 of 78 balls thrown his way for 587 yards and a pair of touchdowns.