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New York Jets 2021 Fantasy Football Preview

There new leadership in town for the Jets but will it make a difference? Here's a breakdown of the roster for fantasy this season.

It has been a long time since the Super Bowl, and remembering exactly how things left off last year can be a challenge. So, I’ll be writing up a fantasy preview for each NFL team to give us a quick refresher on what happened last year, and what changes took place in the offseason. All fantasy stats will be in ESPN scoring format unless otherwise noted. 

If I missed any change or left out any big notes, throw them down in the comments for me!

What Did They Do Last Year

The New Jersey Jets went 2-14, finally rid themselves of Adam Gase, and did just enough to fornicate themselves out of the No. 1 overall pick. 

New Jersey hopes they can turn it around with newly minted head coach Robert Saleh, of San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator fame. (David Dorey has a nice writeup on TheHuddle.com on the coaching changes here.)

While Saleh has no head coaching experience at any level, he’s already making moves like a seasoned veteran, tapping his former co-worker Mike LaFleur (not Matt LaFleur) as his offensive coordinator, and Jeff Ulbrich as the defensive coordinator. 

Maybe they’ll completely turn it around in that front office this year. 

Quarterback
OVR
Rank
PlayerGCOMPATTYDSTDINTATTYDSTDFFPFFP/G
32Sam Darnold122173642,20891137217213211
41Joe Flacco57413486463622054.811

At the 1.02, the Jets drafted small school, one-year-wonder Zach Wilson out of BYU. He’ll be under center behind an offensive line which last year, Pro Football Focus ranked as 29th best. Maybe they’ll completely turn it around in that quarterback room this year. Maybe.

Wide Receivers
PPR
Rank
STD RankPlayerGTGTRECYDSTDSTD PTSSTD PTS/GPPR PTSPPR PTS/G
3939Jamison Crowder1289596996107.38.9166.313.86
7770Breshad Perriman125930505369.15.899.18.26
8081Braxton Berrios135537394360.34.697.37.48
108109Denzel Mims94523357035.7458.76.52
134147Jeff Smith83717167016.72.133.74.21
148157Chris Hogan52614118011.82.425.85.16
190193Josh Malone1641602.82.86.86.8
194190Lawrence Cager2623503.51.85.52.75
207204Jaleel Scott1111601.61.62.62.6
210207Vyncint Smith2311301.30.72.31.15

Jamison Crowder has proven himself an asset as an at-least-serviceable wide receiver in the NFL. So it is no surprise that some are speculating the Jets will move on from Crowder, saving $10 million. 

Former Titans first rounder Corey Davis signed with the Jets after his mini-breakout with A.J. Brown missing time in 2020. There’s some optimism around Davis after his solid 2020 season and now being the WR1 on an offense. He’s currently ranked our WR38 in .5PPR this year.

Pre-draft darling Elijah Moore ended up being forced to play in New Jersey after the Jets picked him at No. 34 overall. Moore appears to be very good. 

Maybe they’ll completely turn it around this year in that receiver room this year.

Running Backs
PPR RankSTD RankPlayerGATTYDSTDTGTRECYDSTDSTD PTSSTD PTS/GPPR PTSPPR PTS/G
4746Frank Gore151876532191689084.25.6100.26.68
5258Kalen Ballage119130333729166064.95.993.98.54
6362Le'Veon Bell118232822016138058.65.374.66.78
7773La'Mical Perine9642312151163041.44.652.45.82
8683Josh Adams62915728629030.65.136.66.1

The Jets signed Tevin Coleman for a couple million bucks, and then they drafted another pre-draft darling in Michael Carter in the third round. I loved what I saw out of Carter in North Carolina, and I was really excited to see where he ended up. The hype is real around Carter has he’s currently our RB26.

Maybe they’ll completely turn it around in that running back room this year.

Tight End
PPR
Rank
STD RankPlayerGTGTRECYDSTDSTD PTSSTD PTS/GPPR PTSPPR PTS/G
3334Chris Herndon134631287342.73.373.75.67
7881Ryan Griffin51298608.61.717.63.52
9998Daniel Brown2223103.11.65.12.55
113114Trevon Wesco221500.50.31.50.75

The Shanahan scheme leaves a lot of room for a tight end to make hay and I’ll be speculating on Chris Herndon at the end of drafts because of it.

Maybe they’ll turn it around in that tight end room this year.

The Schedule

The Jets are smack dab in the middle (16th easiest) of the old strength of schedule ranks by the great Warren Sharp. 

Additional Notes

Maybe they’ll finally turn it around in New Jersey this year. 

What Does It All Mean?!?! (AKA – Bold predictions)

The Jets are likely going to be terrible again this year. Don’t talk yourself in to drafting Jets.

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Thanks to FFToday.com for hosting such great stats info!

Thanks to TheHuddle.com for their great Coaching Change Tracker