Team Needs: QB, OLB, CB
Projected Top Three Picks:
First Round- Mitchell Trubisky, QB North Carolina
Second Round- Budda Baker, S Washington
Third Round- Raekwon McMillan, LB Ohio State
Entering the 2017 draft, the New York Jets are in the midst of rebuilding. When you are looking to rebuild, the area you look to build around first is the quarterback position. Even with the acquisition of Josh McCown, that is exactly where I have the Jets looking with their first selection, as they will call on Mitchell Trubisky to be their franchise quarterback. He is considered the best quarterback in this class but that isn’t saying much, as this class appears to be very weak overall. McCown will likely start the year under center while Trubisky gets his feet wet because he is clearly not ready to start from Week 1.
However, by Week 6 you could see him placed into the lineup to let him work through mistakes from there. It will be a rough first season, as it typically is for most rookies, primarily due to the lack of receiving threats on the outside. Trubisky has the athleticism and arm to excel at this level, but how quickly he adapts to changing defensive alignments will be the issue. His value in 2017 Fantasy mainly lends itself to Dynasty formats, and he should not be rostered in seasonal leagues. After a few attempts at the position, the Jets are hoping they can finally cash in on Trubisky.
The lone bright spot for this team in 2016 was the effort put forth by the running back tandem of Matt Forte and Bilal Powell. Forte began the season on a tear, and was playing as a solid Top 5 running back during the opening weeks of the season, until injuries began to pile up and slow him down. Once Forte started to loosen his grip on the job, Powell took it and ran with it, ultimately leading many Fantasy owners to championship runs down the stretch.
This duo will be back and healthy in 2017, but with losses on the offensive line and a team headed by a rookie quarterback, the running game may find it difficult to hold value. The loss of Nick Mangold will undoubtedly affect the running game, as he was a vital cog in opening up holes for the backs to run through. Expect a regression from this offense as defenses will be stacking the box to stop both Forte and Powell. The only added benefit for both backs is their pass-catching ability out of the backfield. And seeing what Jared Goff did with check-downs to Gurley in his rookie season, you would have to expect the same from Trubisky and this offense. Forte should be looked at as a mid-to-lower tier RB2 in drafts, while you could potentially sneak away with Powell for an RB4 price tag.
With the departure of Brandon Marshall to the Giants, the Jets have a huge hole to fill on the outside. They will look to fill that void with the returning Eric Decker (who missed most of 2016 with injury), a surprising Quincy Enunwa, and the flashy Robbie Anderson. Unfortunately, these are not names to write home about when you really need stars to help lift up a rookie QB. Look for this group to produce largely inconsistent numbers on a weekly basis and being very hard to trust in Fantasy. Decker would be the only guy I would consider, and that would be as a WR3 at best. Enunwa will be a draftable player, but one that should be taken as a flier only and not counted on to be in your lineups.
With the second and third round selections in this draft, I have to Jets looking to stock up on defense. Playing in this division with teams that can put points on the board, they will need defensive players to come in and make an immediate impact. Baker and McMillan are guys that can come in and play right away at their respective positions, and if they play well it can only help this defense get off the field. For all intents and purposes, this 2017 Jets team will look to play solid defense, run the ball effectively, and hide the weaknesses of their young quarterback. Aside from Forte, this team will offer very little to excite Fantasy owners in 2017, and they are a team that I will be avoiding myself.
Passing Offense- 216.6 YPG (27th)
Rushing Offense- 112.6 YPG (12th)
Points Per Game- 17.2 PPG (30th)
Top Fantasy Performers:
QB- Ryan Fitzpatrick, 122 points
RB- Matt Forte, 141 points
WR- Quincy Enunwa, 105 points
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