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He out-touched the football against supposed starter Chris Ivory 16 to 10, yet how am I recommending you start a player who averaged 2.4 yards per rush against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
Well, for one thing, the Jets aren't as good a football team as the Patriots. They might get down three touchdowns in the first quarter of the game.
Powell played the lions' share of the third downs for the Jets last week, snaring four passes for 35 yards. Comparatively, Ivory did not record a catch.
The trouble with two-down backs is that they do not play when the team is down big and in obvious passing situations. When the Jets get down, Geno Smith is going to be looking downfield, but due to the Jets' offense being the Jets' offense, Smith will need check-down options.
This is the perfect time for Powell to pick up garbage-time receiving yards. He's a half-decent flex play in 12-team leagues.