This is it, the time is finally here. The season is upon us, and will begin, in earnest on Sunday, when the Jets square off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. So what about the fantasy implications ? Which New York Jets players should you insert into your fantasy roster and which ones should you leave on the bench ?
K Nick Folk, Jets D/ST
Let's face it, the Jets offense could be in for some growing pains for the first few games. Rookie QB Geno Smith is going to face a tough task going up against the remodeled Tampa secondary featuring ex Jet CB Darrelle Revis, newly acquired FS Dashon Goldson join 2012 first round pick SS Mark Barron. I do feel that the offense will be able to move between the twenties but will stall in the red zone, which will lead to a lot of opportunities for K Nick Folk. On the other side of the ball, I feel the Jets Defense will be able to rattle QB Josh Freeman, forcing him into many 3rd and long situations. This will let Rex Ryan and Dennis Thurman dial up some blitzes and sack Freeman multiple times. As far as the return game, Kerley is expected to return punts and WR Clyde Gates will return kickoffs. Both are legitimate threats to return a kick for a TD.
Everyone on the Jets offense
I hate to be a Debbie Downer/Negative Nancy, which ever female name you prefer, but this a new offense with a rookie QB under center. As I mentioned above, the Bucs have a revamped secondary led by Revis who will want to prove to the Jets they made a big mistake trading him. Also, believe it or not, the Buccaneers ranked first against the run last year, allowing 82.5 yds/ game and 13 TD's. So expect RB's Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell to have a hard time gaining yards on the ground. Another factor to consider is players like WR Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill, Santonio Holmes and TE's Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Winslow are on your team as backups or are free agents in your league. At this early stage of the season, you most likely have better options to start. As the season progresses some Jets players may prove to be startable in fantasy.