New York Jets 2021 Fantasy Preview

New York Jets

2020 Record: 2-14

2021 Over/Under: o/u 6

2021 Divison Odds : +1800

2021 Super Bowl Odds: +12500

As you prepare for the fantasy season, whether it be your home league, a big money squad or with us at Champions Round, we want you to be as prepared as possible heading into the season. And most of all we want to see you win! 

For a team coming off of a 2-14 season, there sure is a lot of optimism in New York. Wait, did I just say that? Optimistic in New York? Yet, here we are. The Jets have a new head coach in Robert Saleh who seems to already be a fan favorite and rookie QB and second overall pick Zach Wilson has looked great in the preseason, impressing many people including Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.

For all of the optimism, this is still a roster in a full rebuild that will not contend for much this season. Wilson is still a rookie QB who is going to struggle at times, the offensive line is a work in progress and the skill position players are either young and inexperienced or limited. The goal for this season for the Jets is to do everything they can to support Wilson’s development and build a core that can eventually compete with the Bills, Dolphins and Patriots.

Champions Round “JUICE” Projections

2021 Expected Record: 7-10

2021 Expected Points Per Game: 22.9

2021 Expected Points Allowed Per Game: 24.5

QB

Zach Wilson - Rank: QB25

JUICE Projections: 385-611 Passing, 62% Completion, 3996 Passing Yds., 22 TD, 17 INT; 186 Rushing Yds, 3 Rush TD

The former BYU gunslinger had an outstanding preseason. His arm strength is very clearly his calling card, but his poise in the pocket, pocket movement and overall awareness were impressive. We’ll see if he keeps that up when he’s under fire during the regular season, but thus far his progress has been fantastic.

Our very own Dan Turner believes Wilson will outscore Trevor Lawrence in fantasy this season. While I may not be able to go that far, and our projections do not back up that assessment, Wilson will have quite a few playmakers to target. If the offensive line is better than we think, Wilson could be a legitimate rookie of the year candidate.

Buy in Dynasty, Buy in SuperFlex, avoid elsewhere. But keep an eye out. He could be a valuable midseason addition.

RB

Tevin Coleman - Rank: RB46

JUICE Projections: 129 carries, 529 Rushing Yds, 5 Rush TD; 18 receptions, 135 Receiving Yds, 1 Rec. TD

Michael Carter - Rank: RB29

JUICE Projections: 159 carries, 684 Rushing Yds, 6 Rush TD; 29 receptions, 225 Receiving Yds, 2 Rec. TD

Coleman and Carter look like they’ll be in a time share to start the season. However, Carter is clearly the guy long term for the Jets. Who knows when he’ll establish himself as the featured back, but my guess is it’ll happen somewhere around midseason. 

If you’re going Hero RB, Carter could be a decent option in the middle rounds, but he’s probably being a hair over drafted right now. Meanwhile, Coleman is probably a good buy right now, but you have to be aware that he won’t have much value at the end of the season.

I think Carter could be a special back eventually and the Jets are running a scheme based on the Shanahan system, which turns average backs into elite fantasy players. Something to keep in mind in keeper leagues.

WR

Corey Davis - Rank: WR39

JUICE Projections: 67 receptions, 814 Receiving Yds, 5 Rec. TD

Davis is the top option for the Jets right now at receiver and is being under drafted. I would consider adding him in all leagues. Eventually Elijah Moore will end up as the top target for Zach Wilson this season, but for now Davis is the guy. 

Elijah Moore - Rank: WR35

JUICE Projections: 71 receptions, 784 Receiving Yds, 6 Rec. TD

There hasn’t been one negative word said about Moore since he walked in the Jets building. This kid is going to be an absolute star and is one of my favorite picks in all league formats right now. I think the sky is the limit long term for Moore in this offense with Wilson. We’ll see how quickly he becomes the top receiver, but it shouldn’t take long.

Jamison Crowder - Rank: WR61

JUICE Projections: 56 receptions, 528 Receiving Yds, 3 Rec. TD

We’ll see if Crowder ends up being moved, but for now he’s still an elite slot receiver who should command a decent target share. He’s worthy of a late round pick.

Keenan Cole - Rank: WR102

JUICE Projections: 30 receptions, 368 Receiving Yds, 1 Rec. TD

Cole is clearly the fourth receiver here. If Crowder gets moved, he could have value in deep leagues. But not right now.

Denzel Mims - Rank: WR119

JUICE Projections: 21 receptions, 314 Receiving Yds, 1 Rec. TD

Mims is on the outside looking in. Do not draft in any leagues.

TE

Tyler Kroft - Rank: TE32

JUICE Projections: 34 receptions, 359 Receiving Yds, 2 Rec. TD

The Jets traded away Chris Herndon and waived Kenny Yeboah. Yeboah may end up on practice squad, but it’s likely that Kraft is going to play a lot this year. That being said, I don’t have high hopes for him in fantasy.

TL;DR 2021 New York Jets

  • It may not look like it this season, but buy the Zach Wilson hype
  • Elijah Moore is going to be a star
  • Corey Davis is being under drafted
  • Michael Carter should be productive in the second half of the season, but don’t draft either Jets RB.

Thanks for reading and good luck in your drafts! Next Up: the Philadelphia Eagles!