New York Jets

AFC East

ESPN reporter Rich Cimini is reports that Jets running back coach Stumpy Mitchell has continually praised second-year running back Elijah McGuire, comparing him to LaDanian Tomlinson and saying, "he can do it all." (Source: Rich Cimini on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While we have to remember that it's a running back coach that's saying this, it's a lofty comparison for the sophomore who netted 105 touches last year, and that was with Matt Forte and Bilal Powell in front of him on the depth chart. Forte did retire, but the Jets didn't sit tight in free agency, signing both Isaiah Crowell and Thomas Rawls. Those moves don't scream confidence in McGuire, but it's good to see him impressing in camp. It's no secret that the Jets don't want Powell in a workhorse role and we know that Crowell isn't anything special, so it's possible that McGuire makes a bigger impact than most are expecting. He would need to be a starter in the preseason to have any sort of redraft appeal.

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Despite impressive showings from both Teddy Bridgewater and No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold, New York Post author Brian Costello thinks that incumbent Josh McCown is the favorite to open 2018 as the team's Week 1 starter. "McCown looks ready to pick up where he left off before last year’s injury," wrote Costello. "He has more of a command of the offense than the other two quarterbacks." (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: The soon-to-be 39-year-old McCown had the finest season of his career with the Jets and signed a one-year, $10 million deal. McCown's familiarity with the offense and personnel makes sense and allows the Jets to groom Darnold until the rookie is deemed ready. Overall, the situation is still a bit murky, meaning McCown is barely on the radar at all in 2QB leagues, but Darnold looks like a solid investment for dynasty owners.

New York Jets reserve safety Rontez Miles tore his meniscus and is expected to miss a significant portion of the regular season. Miles played just 125 snaps on defense last season but was a key contributor on special teams. (Source: New York Post )

Fantasy Impact: The Jets signed free-agent J.J. Wilcox to fill in for Miles, who is a candidate for the PUP list.

New York Jets WR Terrelle Pryor had a minor "cleanup procedure" on his surgically-repaired ankle and was seen in a walking boot during OTAs. Pryor is expected to be ready for training camp in July. (Source: Manish Mehta via twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Pryor joined the Jets on a one-year, $4.5 million deal after a disastrous campaign with the Redskins. The Jets receiving corps isn't the most talented or deepest in the league, so Pryor could work his way into a role if he's fully healthy for camp, as expected. Pryor is only two years removed from a 1,000-yard season with Cleveland, so it's not inconceivable that he could produce in the right situation, we're just not sure that the rebuilding Jets are the right fit.

New York Jets fourth-round rookie TE Chris Herndon was arrested for DUI early on the morning of June 2 after causing an accident that injured another motorist in New Jersey. (Source: Miami Herald)

Fantasy Impact: The Jets used the 107th pick on Herndon, a three-year starter out of Miami (FL), and he was expected to compete for playing time immediately behind Clive Walford. Herndon is now facing discipline from the league and can safely be ignored in fantasy drafts.

ESPN's Field Yates is reporting the New York Jets have traded QB Christian Hackenberg to the Oakland Raiders for conditional seventh-round draft compensation in 2019. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Now that the Jets have traded away both Hackenberg and Bryce Petty, it is pretty clear that barring injury, New York will enter 2018 with Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Darnold manning their QB depth chart. For Hackenberg, the former second-round pick will compete for a spot on the Raiders chart behind Derek Carr.

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New York Daily News Jets insider Manish Mehta wrote in his 'Mehta's Jets Mailbag' that No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold has a "great chance" to open the season as the club's starter "if Darnold is who the Jets think he is." (Source: Manish Mehta via New York Daily News )

Fantasy Impact: Mehta also said that the Jets' coaching staff and front office "think [Darnold] is going to be special." The only thing standing in the way from Darnold opening the season as New York's starter is soon-to-be 39-year-old signal-caller Josh McCown, who is coming off of the finest season of his long career. While there's no debate that Darnold is the future, if he can learn a pro offense and outplay the journeyman McCown this summer, Darnold will be given every opportunity to win the starting job in Year One.

Category: Rumors

Former New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty has been claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins, according to NFL insider Field Yates on Twitter. Petty had been released by the Jets earlier in the week. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Jets decided to cut Petty just a few days after drafting Sam Darnold third overall in the NFL draft, but Miami is actually a pretty good landing spot for the third-year quarterback. While Ryan Tannehill is the starter for the Dolphins, he is recovering from knee injuries that cost him the end of the 2016 season and the entire 2017 season. And the only other competition for Petty is journeyman quarterback Brock Osweiler and David Fales, who has attempted just 48 passes in his four-year career. Petty could easily win the backup job and play his way onto the field if Tannehill is injured again or struggles.

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According to Mike Garofolo of NFL Network, Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson did not miss a court date on Wednesday and that there is no longer a warrant for his arrest. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Garafolo is reporting that it was a clerical error by the courthouse and that his court date isn't until July 19th. This is all according to Ed O'Donnell, the attorney for Anderson. It seems like Anderson is out of trouble for the foreseeable future, but this dark cloud isn't going to get away from the league. With Anderson's history, expect the league to take a long look into this incident with a police officer and potentially hand down a suspension. If you're drafting early for a start-up dynasty league, you should slightly lower Anderson on your draft board.

Category: Rumors

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo doesn't believe New York Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater is a lock to make the team's 2018 roster. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Garafolo opened his report by stating that the Jets have a crowded QB depth chart, especially if they address the position early in Thursday's NFL Draft, which means Christian Hackenberg and/ or Bryce Petty could be on the move via trade or release. However, Hackenberg and Petty's name weren't the only ones mentioned. Bridgewater was also included in Garafolo's remarks citing the fact that he may not be fully healthy -- he is still recovering from his gruesome knee injury suffered in the 2016 preseason while he was still viewed the future of the Vikings. The Jets QB depth chart should look significantly different come the 2018 season opener.

Category: Rumors

Quincy Enunwa signs tender

Wed, Apr 4th 12:00pm EDT
By Anthony Cervino

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa has signed his RFA tender with the team. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Upon signing his tender, Enunwa, who is coming off a neck injury that cost him the entire 2017 season, is expected to be eased back into football activities sooner rather than later now that he has regained a full range of motion. Enunwa will have a chance to compete for a starting spot this offseason and will have a legitimate shot at winning it, especially if Robby Anderson is ultimately suspended for his multiple Florida altercations with the police. Enunwa put up a 58-857-4 stat line in all 16 games back in 2016 and could surpass those marks if he enters the 2018 campaign in a notable role.

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ESPN's Dianna Russini is reporting that the Saints have signed former Jets linebacker Damario Davis to a three-year deal worth $24 million with $18 million guaranteed. (Source: Dianna Russini on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Another boost for the Saints defense, who just signed cornerback Patrick Robinson an hour ago. Davis was phenomenal for the Jets last year racking up 104 tackles, including 15 quarterback hurries and five sacks. It was easily his best year in the league, as he's under-performed up to that point. Still just 29 years old, it's not crazy to think that his best years are ahead of him. The Saints defense is looking more and more like a viable fantasy defense to draft in 2018.

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Matt Forte retires

Wed, Feb 28th 12:24pm EST
By Anthony Cervino

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting New York Jets RB Matt Forte has announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Forte, 32, is retiring from the NFL after 10 seasons in the league. One of the best dual-threat running backs in the history of the game, Forte will walk away 33rd on the all-time rushing list with 9,796 yards. Since Forte wasn't expected to return to the Jets in 2018, this move isn't an impactful one for the team. With Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire remaining as New York's only reliable rushers, expect the Jets to address the running back position in free agency.

Category: Transactions

New York Jets beat writer Rich Cimini is reporting that the team doesn't view RB Bilal Powell as an RB1. (Source: Rich Cimini on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cimini is reporting that the Jets view Powell as a "complementary back," not an RB1 -- citing that he is "more effective" when he receives fewer than 170 carries. And with the team expected to move on from Matt Forte, the Jets will only have Elijah McGuire remaining on their roster as their most reliable rusher aside from Powell. As a result, I expect the Jets to be in the market for a running back, whether it's in the draft or via free agency, this offseason.

Category: Rumors

The Jets D/ST ends it’s disappointing 2017 season with a lackluster outing against the New England Patriots in which they were only able to log two sacks and no turnovers or touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: 2017 was not a good fantasy year for the Jets’ D/ST, which was supposed to be the strength of this young team heading into the season. To make matters worse, they did not log a D/ST touchdown for the entire season. With that being said, this Jets defense has all the tools to come back stronger and bounce back next season, so it is something to keep an eye on.

Category: Game Recaps

Chandler Catanzaro went 2-for-3 on field goal attempts in the Jets’ Week 17 loss to the New England Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: Considering New York’s problems moving the ball in 2017, Catanzaro put up quality numbers in his first, and probably only, season with the Jets. The fourth-year kicker will be looking for a new job this offseason and unless he signs with a team with a high-powered offense, Catanzaro may be nothing more than a streaming option next season.

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ArDarius Stewart caught one of two targets for 46 yards in the Jets’ Week 17 loss to the New England Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: After a promising start to the year, Stewart had a season to forget in 2017. The third-round rookie out of Alabama saw his role on offense slowly diminish as the season progressed and was eventually outshined by fellow rookie receiver Chad Hansen. Stewart clearly has his work cut out for him if he wants to see more snaps in his sophomore campaign.

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Chad Hansen caught one of four targets for 15 yards in the Jets’ Week 17 loss to the New England Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: Hansen finished his rookie season with nine catches for 94 yards, but the Cal product came on strong down the stretch, working himself into an expanded role in the Jets passing game. It’s safe to say that Hansen has no keeper value, but depending on who starts under center for the Jets next year, he could be a player that fantasy owners should keep an eye on.

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Jermaine Kearse caught five of seven targets for 59 yards in the Jets’ Week 17 loss to the New England Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: Kearse had an excellent first season in New York, recording a career-high 65 receptions and 810 receiving yards despite having to learn the playbook on the fly. Even though he had a productive year, Kearse’s fantasy stock is very much undetermined for 2018. Quincy Enunwa is likely to return in 2018 and could cut into the number of snaps that Kearse sees next season. Needless to say, Kearse has a lot of work ahead of him if he wants to keep his place on the depth chart.

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Neal Sterling had five receptions on his eight targets for 74 yards in the Jets' Week 17 loss to the Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: Neal Sterling had an opportunity for a big game as Austin Seferian-Jenkins was declared inactive, and he did that. Sterling led the team in receptions, receiving yards, and targets in the season finale.

Category: Game Recaps