Full 2014 Fantasy Projections for New York Jets' Top Offensive Performers

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IMay 21, 2014

Full 2014 Fantasy Projections for New York Jets' Top Offensive Performers

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    Despite posting a respectable 42-38 record in five years during the Rex Ryan era, the New York Jets haven't been a hit among fantasy football players in recent seasons. 

    The Jets simply haven't possessed many outstanding individual players on the offensive side of the ball. 

    However, John Idzik and New York's front office did their best to change that this offseason, bringing in the likes of Michael Vick, Chris Johnson, and Eric Decker

    With three new toys in the unit, Gang Green's offense may finally earn some points with fantasy owners. 

    Click through to see full fantasy projections for what I predict to be the Jets' five most productive offensive players next season. 

     

    *Fantasy points based off ESPN Standard Scoring.

    **The rankings aren't based upon which players will score the most fantasy points, but rather which players will rank highest in their positional group.

5. Michael Vick

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    2014 Stat Projections: 14 games, 201-of-352, 57 percent completion percentage, 3,123 yards, 21 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 67 carries, 503 rushing yards, three touchdowns, four fumbles, 236 fantasy points

    I've said it before, and I'll say it againI think Michael Vick will be the starting quarterback in 2014. 

    I like Geno Smith's potential, but Vick is the better player right now, and judging from Idzik's acquisitions in free agency and Rex Ryan's job situation, the Jets are in win-now mode. 

    Vick has been a phenomenal fantasy quarterback for most of his career, mostly because of his ability to create plays with his legs. 

    While Vick is getting up there in age, he still has the speed to make some big gains on the ground. 

    However, the 33-year-old has struggled significantly with turnovers and injuries in recent seasons, and that shouldn't change in 2014.

    Expect him to be plagued by mistakes and nagging injuries at times. 

    Nonetheless, Vick should still be in for a solid season with a reinvigorated receiving corps, decent offensive line and a solid crop of backs. 

    If the former Eagle put up 236 fantasy points a year ago, he would have ranked 16th among quarterbacks. 

    Expect him to be a decent No. 2 QB for fantasy owners in 2014. 

4. Jace Amaro

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    2014 Stat Projections: 48 receptions, 545 yards, seven touchdowns, one fumble, 104 fantasy points

    In a league where tight ends are becoming more and more important to an offense's success, there aren't actually many good ones. 

    That's probably because it's hard to find a big man with good speed and solid hands. 

    However, the Jets may have found the NFL's next elite tight end in Jace Amaro. 

    Amaro is a huge target with above-average speed and top-notch hands. He's coming off one of the most productive pass-catching seasons in college football history for a tight end. 

    Vick loves to rely on his tight ends for cheap yardage in the 20s and in the red zone. That means Amaro, who is a far more dangerous weapon in the passing game than Jeff Cumberland, should see his share of targets. 

    Granted, Amaro's playing time could be limited by his inability to block on running plays. However, if the Texas Tech product can improve in that single area, the sky is the limit. 

    With 104 projected points, Amaro would have placed in the top 10 fantasy scorers among tight ends in 2013. 

    That means the 21-year-old could be a sleeper low-end No. 1 TE in standard leagues.

3. Chris Ivory

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    2014 Stat Projections: 173 carries, 802 yards, 4.6 yards per carry, seven touchdowns, two fumbles, three catches, 21 yards, 124 fantasy points

    After a slow start in his first season with the Green and White, Chris Ivory exploded in the second half of 2014. 

    Ivory's emergence kick-started the rushing game and actually made the Jets offense look decent for periods of time. 

    However, Ivory may take a step back in terms of production in 2014 due to the addition of Chris Johnson. 

    Ivory likely won't see 15 to 20 carries a game, as he will primarily be used on early downs, short-yardage situations and in the red zone. 

    Nonetheless, the 26-year-old should still see enough playing time to merit serious consideration as a low-end No. 2 RB for fantasy owners. 

    Ivory's violent rushing style makes him tough for opponents to stop, and he could rack up a surprising number of touchdowns in close. 

    Ivory should be a top-25 running back in standard formats if my carry projection holds true, and he has the potential to far outplay that estimate if Johnson underperforms.

2. Chris Johnson

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    2014 Stat Projections: 204 carries, 876 yards, 4.3 yards per carry, five touchdowns, 29 receptions, 274 yards, two touchdowns, 156 fantasy points 

    Chris Johnson isn't the same player who rushed for 2,000 yards in a single season or made three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances, but he still has the ability to be a lightning rod for the Jets offense. 

    Johnson has the rare gift of taking any one touch to the house. Even after a couple of down seasons, there's no better home run hitter in the NFL than him.

    The former first-round pick won't get the same load he got with the Tennessee Titans, but he should still exceed 200 carries if he can manage to stay healthy and productive, as Johnson should be the man on most passing downs and long-yardage situations. 

    What's almost guaranteed to make Johnson a more efficient runner is the presence of Chris Ivory, though. 

    Ivory's ferocious rushing style perfectly complements Johnson's less physical approach. Defenders are likely to be worn down after trying to bring down Ivory, making them more prone to a mistake for Johnson to exploit. 

    Expect Johnson to have a solid, if unspectacular, first season in New York. 

    He should be considered a No. 2 running back in standard leagues. 

1. Eric Decker

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    2014 Stat Projections: 72 receptions, 1,123 yards, eight touchdowns, 149 fantasy points

    The jury's still out on whether Eric Decker is a true No. 1 receiver or more of a No. 2 wideout. 

    But there's no doubt that Decker is the top wide receiver on the Jets roster, meaning that he, above anyone else, will be looked upon to carry the receiving corps. 

    Decker should receive a boatload of targets from whoever's under center, and no matter how many of those passes he pulls down, he should end up with pretty respectable numbers. 

    The former third-round pick probably won't come close to his yardage total of last season or his touchdown total of 2011, but as the main man in New York's passing game, he should easily eclipse 1,000 yards and put up a decent number of scores. 

    No matter how you spin it, expect Decker to be a rock-solid No. 2 WR in standard formats next season.