August has arrived, and all your friends are starting to map out their fantasy leagues – flex or no flex, full or half PPR, who gets the last pick at the turn, and what the punishment will be.
Many teams are seen as factories for high upside fantasy players to fill up roster spots. The Cowboys, Vikings, Buccaneers, 49ers, Bengals, Chargers, and Raiders all have plenty of options to choose from at all levels of the draft.
But nobody is talking about the J-E-T-S when running their mocks. While the Jets do have several players that are locks to get taken in your fantasy draft, some of them are hard to navigate.
Breece Hall is a workhorse back in the making. The former Iowa State Cyclone put together 41 in his last 21 collegiate outings, smashing through 1400 yards in both of his last two seasons. His mixture of size, speed, and agility would scream RB1 to any NFL scout who watches him closely. And with the second-round pick spent to get him, it’s clear that the Jets intend to use amply.
Hall is currently being drafted as the RB20, a tall order for a rookie. The next first year back to go off the board is the Seahawks’ Kenneth Walker III going at RB36, a good 4-5 rounds after Hall in 10-12 player leagues. His stock falls higher on draft boards than the likes of Miles Sanders, J.K. Dobbins, Kareem Hunt, Antonio Gibson, and Elijah Mitchell.
Hall’s three-down upside is too promising to not pick him up in your draft.
Verdict: 5th/6th round steal.
Michael Carter’s role on the Jets is in an interesting spot. While Carter’s 639 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns might not blow you away, many hold him on a pedestal for his receiving ability – 36 receptions for 325 yards is nothing to laugh at.
However, his pass-catching attribute just isn’t enough to push him over the top. Obviously, you can forget about Christian McCaffery and Austin Ekeler. But if you’re looking for more established pass catchers in middle or late rounds, people like Josh Jacobs, Tony Pollard, J.D. McKissic, A.J. Dillon, and Cordarrelle Patterson can all provide similar upside, all in situations where they are more established.
Breece Hall’s presence on the team will likely become more apparent much more quickly. And with pass-catching weapons becoming more prominent on the roster, that will likely take away backfield throw’s to Carter.
There are too many question marks. Carter currently sits at RB40, somewhere in rounds 10-12. Many may reach on him because of his receiving upside. Don’t bite!
Verdict: tempting, but not worth the risk.
Elijah Moore recorded 43 receptions, 538 yards, and five touchdowns in his first 11 games as a Jet. Now with a year of Mike LaFleur’s system under his belt and a fully healthy season on the horizon, expect Moore to step up in a big way.
He is currently priced as the WR28, an area of the draft stacked with high upside WRs for the middle rounds. And while he might not possess the same reception volume as Darnell Mooney, Rashad Bateman or Allen Lazard, his ability to be a red-zone threat in one-on-one situations proved helpful for fantasy users in the latter half of the season. And with 17 games, Moore should be more consistently putting points on your board. Don’t be scared of Garrett Wilson, Moore is the way to go.
Verdict: perfect for three WR leagues.