Mondays are a hard day to deal with for everyone. They’re especially hard if you’re a NFL team and you lose probably one of your three most talented players on your roster.
Welcome to the New York Jets.
Big loss: Jets are placing WR Quincy Enunwa on injured reserve with a neck injury, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 7, 2017
Quincy Enunwa was on many people’s radar as a potential sleeper pick given the barren wasteland that is the Jets’ wide receiver depth chart and that he had already started to establish himself in the world of fantasy football. Last year Enunwa finished WR42, with 58 catches on 106 targets (2nd on the team), 857 yards (1st) and four touchdowns all while sharing an offense with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. With both gone, most everyone, myself very much included, expected Enunwa to become the go-to receiver in New York and see his fantasy stock rise because of it.
Sadly, that seems like it’s not happening. And this injury puts the Jets, and fantasy owners, in a very weird position: who’s going to catch the football?
As I mentioned on Twitter, with Marshall moving to the New York Giants, Decker now on the Tennessee Titans and Enunwa out, the Jets have 255 unclaimed targets from last year. Two hundred and fifty five. Do you know how many total passing targets the Jets had last year? 550. Almost half of the Jets targets in the passing game are up for grabs and as a fantasy owner, I want to know where those targets are going to go.
I’m wondering about this because the Jets don’t have a lot of talent, both in general but specifically behind Enunwa. Their next best receiver is second year wide out Robby Anderson and behind him, rookie receiver ArDarius Stewart. Maybe this will revitalize the career of tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins but I’m not getting my hopes up.
The biggest benefactor in my mind is Bilal Powell. He already was worth a fantasy investment prior to the injury and now that he stands alone as the Jets’ most talented skill player, he should be climbing up your boards. He was second on the team in rushing attempts and catches last year and fourth in passing targets. He was also tied for third on the team in receiving touchdowns. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the offense quickly build itself around a strong running game and quick passes out of the backfield, both of which work towards Powell’s strengths.
But I want to see who you think is in line to see the biggest boost in terms of role on the team and fantasy stock due to Enunwa’s absence. Let me know in the comments who you think becomes a worthwhile fantasy investment on the Jets offense.
Also shoutout to these answers:
Can I draft the turf at MetLife https://t.co/f4E8ofGyxn— Rich Hill based GOD (@ChristopherOhhh) August 7, 2017
Whose fantasy stock is helped the most by Enunwa’s injury?
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