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Who to target and avoid in fantasy football from the New York Jets.

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Warren Sharp’s Strength of Schedule: Warren Sharp projects the New York Jets to face the NFL’s 7th-toughest overall offensive schedule. A note worth including from his 2019 Football Preview: “[QB Sam Darnold is] projected to face the seventh-toughest slate of pass defenses. Including five games against top-ten pass defenses from 2018… they face the NFL’s second-toughest schedule of pass defenses through Week 8. But from Week 9 onward, they face the 11th-easiest. That bumps up to the eighth-easiest when eliminating Week 17 for fantasy purposes.”

Must Draft

Le’Veon Bell has mid-to-high RB1 upside but his floor is dangerous. Adam Gase made it clear that he did not want to sign a high-priced running back and his time in Miami is watermarked by a refusal to even utilize a true lead back. On top of that, his Miami offenses were bottom of the league in snaps per game -- a situation that often bodes poorly for running back production. Fewer snaps means fewer touches to go around.

I reached out to Evan Silva on Twitter and asked him what an optimistic, yet reasonable outlook might be regarding Ty Montgomery. This is what he had to say, “Not much. But you’re not drafting him for his stat projection. You’re drafting him because he costs so little, he has versatility, he may have a bigger role than expected, and he’s the top backup behind a starter who has an injury history & hasn’t played football in 20 months.” The latter could be a big deal, regarding Bell’s healthy and availability in 2019.

Good Values

Jamison Crowder is a good bet to lead the team in receptions, making him a valuable PPR commodity, after developing strong rapport with QB Sam Darnold this offseason. Darnold is a great late-round QB option, coming off the board as QB24.

Robby Anderson has reportedly been expanding his route tree, however, the addition of Crowder has bounced him to No. 2 in the WR pecking order. He’s a matchup-dependent option in standard scoring leagues.

Monitor

Ty Montgomery: See above.

Chris Herndon will be a good waiver wire target around Week 5. He’s serving a 4-game suspension but the Jets have a bye in Week 4. He’s eligible to return in Week 6.

Avoid

Unless Quincy Enunwa retakes the starting slot role, he’s likely to be a non-factor in fantasy this year. Enunwa has struggled to play on the outside.