Sometimes in the fantasy world all you need is for a player to get an opportunity, and right now, New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is that player.
That's because Chris Ivory—the greatest threat to Powell's carries thus far—was forced to leave the team's Week 3 game against the Buffalo Bills with a hamstring injury.
The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta has the news:
Jets RB Chris Ivory is questionable to return with a hamstring injury. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) September 22, 2013
The Jets' offense isn't necessarily one you want to invest heavily in. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith has shown some tantalizing glimpses of talent, but he's still raw, and this team is going to be relying on its elite defense to win low-scoring games.
How would you rank Bilal Powell among running backs over the rest of the season
Nevertheless, Powell is a starting running back, and if Ivory is forced to miss a significant period of time, he's going to receive all the carries he can handle—the next RB in line is Alex Green.
Powell tallied 77 yards and a touchdown in the first two games, and he looked terrific against the Bills, racking up 149 yards on 27 attempts.
He also has eight receptions for 66 yards on the year and has proven to be a nice check-down option for Smith, so that's a little added bonus in PPR leagues.
Powell isn't going to set the fantasy world on fire, but he runs extremely hard and now has the all-important opportunity to be the featured back in a grind-it-out offense. On Sunday, you saw the intriguing fruits of that labor.
If he's still available in your league, Powell is worth a pickup.