Bilal Powell: Why It's Time for Fantasy Owners to Part Ways with Jets RB

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets fakes a handoff to Bilal Powell #29 against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts early after suffering an arm injury, according to ESPN New York's Jane McManus.

Jets RB Bilal Powell has right arm in a sling. Said will have medical evaluation tomorrow. #NFL #Jets

— Jane McManus (@janesports) October 14, 2012

Given the injury sustained to Powell and the fact that Shonn Greene actually had a great week for once, I'd say it's time for fantasy owners to part ways with the 23-year-old running back. If you don't want to take my word for it, see what Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post has to say:

Based on Bilal Powell’s demeanor about his injury, the Jets will probably need a new No. 2 RB for the rest of the season.

— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) October 14, 2012

Owners shouldn't be at all hesitant to drop Powell, as he was never that much of a solid fantasy player this season. His best game was in Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins, when he ran for 45 yards on 10 carries, netting fantasy owners a mere 6.9 points.

In all, the Jets backup running back had just 15.7 fantasy points on the entire season—your average running back will get you that same amount in a matter of two weeks, and in some cases, even one week.

Furthermore, the Jets offense isn't exactly a juggernaut. If I were you, I'd stay away from anyone on the Jets roster.

But don't worry: I'm not just here to tell you the obvious—Powell has zero fantasy worth—but I'm also going to supply you with some replacement options for the Jets running back.

One guy that comes to mind is Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams.

Williams is seeing a lot more carries than Powell did in New York and has two weeks of double-digit fantasy points, as opposed to Powell's zero. Given Cam Newton's struggles, you may want to think about picking up the Panthers running back.

Another guy worth monitoring is Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell, who has been a PPR machine during the past two weeks. He had 10 combined receptions in Weeks 3 and 4 and is seeing a decent amount of opportunities on the ground.

There shouldn't be too much to ponder here. Powell was never productive and is now in a sling. You do the math.

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