Bilal Powell's Latest News and Fantasy Outlook for Jets

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IISeptember 26, 2013

Sep 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) with the ball against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Bilal Powell has been the leading rusher for the New York Jets this season, and if Chris Ivory misses any time, Powell could become a valuable fantasy football option at running back.

This past Sunday was Powell's true breakout game that fantasy owners had been waiting for.  After Chris Ivory left the game due to injury, Powell went off.  He had 149 yards on 27 carries, averaging 5.5 yards per rush.  He has now rushed for 226 yards and a touchdown on 52 attempts. 

Sep 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) rushes with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the fourth quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY S
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

This was a big game for the former Louisville Cardinal, but it's only the beginning for a back that could be getting the majority of the carries for the remainder of the season.

Before Powell can completely take over as the primary back for the Jets, he's going to need to have a big game this week against the Tennessee Titans.  If Ivory is out, he's going to get plenty of chances to do just that.

According to Matt Ehalt of, Ivory could be preparing for a long recovery, saying this about Ivory's injured hamstring:

The left hamstring is the same one that gave Ivory problems during training camp and caused him to miss two weeks of practice and the first preseason game, but Ryan said this time the injury is in a different location. Ivory has struggled with injuries throughout his career, including during his brief time with the Jets. 

Ivory played just four snaps on Sunday, rushing four times for five yards. On his final run, he grabbed his left hamstring after going down and came off favoring that leg. Ivory did not talk to reporters afterward, but had his upper left leg bandaged with a wire underneath. 

The Titans have given up 305 yards on the ground so far, an average of over 100 yards per game.

Once Ivory comes back, it's still unlikely that he splits carries with Powell.  He's been a major disappointment, gaining just 72 yards on 26 carries, or 2.8 yards per attempt.  Geno Smith has six more yards on 13 fewer carries, just to put things in perspective. 

With the injury and under-performance of Ivory, Powell is going to put up a fair amount of fantasy points, if only by volume of carries.  He'll make a solid RB2, and even a possible flex player for the rest of the season.