QB – Will Mark Sanchez or Kellen Clemens be named the starter in 2009? Only Time will tell, but I think the Jets didn’t move up in the draft not to play Sanchez right away. He has some raw skills to be a QB in the NFL, but will need to hone them over his career. The fact that the receiving core is not that strong in New York also does not help his cause. I think Sanchez will start in 09, but proceed with caution because there will be many bumps in the road for this raw rookie with only 16 games college experience.
RB – This is where the bulk of the fantasy points will be on the run first oriented team that Coach Ryan will set into place. Especially with a rookie QB it only makes sense to be a run first team.
I look for Leon Washington to produce about at the same level that he has for the Jets this season (mostly the third down and change of pace back). Thomas Jones will probably be decent early on in the season, but look for 8 man fronts to slow him down over last years numbers.
Also, I see Shonn Greene being worked more into the mix the second half of 09 to see if he can handle the load. If he can handle it, which I think he will, it will be bye-bye Thomas Jones in 2010.
WR – Jerricho Cotchery is the undisputed best WR on the team. However in my opinion, that does not say much as I would only expect 1,000 yards and 6 or 7 TD out of him for the 2009 campaign.
The second WR slot is really sketchy at this time.
I personally believe David Clowney will be given every opportunity to earn the job in training camp and the preseason, due to his outstanding preseason last year (222 yards and 2 TD in 2 games). Chansi Stuckey could also compete for playing time as the WR2 on the team.
TE- The Jets let Chris Baker go via free agency, thus making the job all to Dustin Keller. If he could get over the dropped ball syndrome that plagued him last season, he may emerge with some potential at TE.
K- Jay Feely is very average at best and should only be used as bye week filler only.
DEF/ST – The Jets defense finished with the fifth most overall fantasy points in standard Yahoo scoring for 2008.
Leon Washington has been electric as a return man and gives the special teams some value as a potential TD maker.
The defense will probably take a few weeks to gel under Rex Ryan’s new defensive scheme, but once they get it, this defense could make some serious noise.
They do lack that explosive pass rusher off the edge. One can hope that Vernon Gholston comes to play this season and becomes the pass rusher they expected him to be when they drafted him.
My overall fantasy drafting recommendations for the Jets would be to expect the Def/ST to finish as a top five defense and draft them accordingly. Leon Washington has decent value as a RB3 or RB4 in PPR leagues only. Jerricho Cotchery can be considered as a WR3 candidate.
I would probably also stay away from the other RB’s as the split in carries that I suspect will happen will kill an fantasy value this season for either Greene or Jones. Greene has value as an RB3 in dynasty drafts. The same can be said for Mark Sanchez as he looks like he will be a project in the making.
Tomorrow I will preview the Baltimore Ravens.
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