Can the New, New York Jets Help You Win Soon? Part 1

July 21, 2021

I am keenly aware that I may have lost my damn mind but hear me out for the rest of this article, and try to keep an open mind. I am a native to Buffalo, NY and this pains me to write, but I do think there is some value to be had in the New York Jets offense, especially at their current cost. I am going to dive into what makes this team appealing for dynasty teams and what makes them so different from last year. Without further ado, I commit career suicide. 

ZACH WILSON

I would like to preface this by saying I did a full rookie film review for Wilson that can be found on sportsobsessive.com, or simply by clicking here. I am a believer in his talents but am also a little cautious. So don’t overpay. 

The New York Jets’ new coaching staff never really wavered from who they were selecting at No. 2 in the 2021 NFL Draft. Wilson was always their guy. I believe that says something about the rookie. They barely even thought about Fields, Lance, etc. We can’t say for a few years whether or not that was a good idea, but this new coaching staff believes in him 100 percent if you look at their actions. I honestly had to look up who else they rostered at QB, which is another tell from the coaching staff. 

Wilson is starting Week 1, no doubt about it. The only rostered QBs on the Jets not named Zach Wilson are James Morgan and Mike White. You’re not the only one scratching your head right now, that is for sure! Unless he gets injured he’s going to be your Week 1 starter. The only other QB in this class who is a clear week 1 starter is Trevor Lawerence, and even he has more competition in Gardner Minshew. 

So what do I like about Wilson? For starters, he has a rushing floor. He has enough wiggle and speed to be a deadly red-zone runner. He had 10 rushing TDs in 2020 to go along with 254 yards. No Lamar Jackson, but if they scheme well near the goal line he can get valuable attempts, immediately.  I always like that about a QB, especially if you’re investing in a rookie QB. Secondly, I love his arm talent in general. He throws with nice velocity and at times, incredible accuracy and ball placement. He threw for 33 TDs and a whopping 3 INTs in his senior year at BYU. That’s an elite level of production. Don’t let having only one good year scare you. Trey Lance only had one year, period. 

He does have some flaws and weaknesses coming out of BYU though. For one he needs to clean up his pocket presence and settle down. He can get sloppy when facing down pressure or understanding where pressure is coming from. The other area of his game that is cause for concern is reading the defense and/or taking what the defense gives him. He was caught throwing into outstanding coverage at times and didn’t see some of the other WRs wide open for a shorter gain. I like the aggressiveness, but it won’t fly in the NFL. I do think these things are teachable, however. I am betting he makes the corrections. 

The cherry on top for fantasy purposes is Wilson’s cost right now. In SF leagues he is QB No. 18, or No. 63 overall according to dynastyleaguefootball.com. He’s going around QBs like Carson Wentz and Matt Ryan. Draft the upside. He also fits his offensive coordinator scheme well, but more on that later. 

ELIJAH MOORE

I don’t even know where to start with how much love I have for Elijah Moore. If he busts, my heart will be broken and I am quitting dynasty altogether. I am not sure if I’m serious or not. 

Moore was the second pick of the second round of the draft, to pair with their brand new QB, and I loved the pick. He can honestly do it all, even at his size. He can get off the line of scrimmage quickly, has great route running skills, and is a home run threat on every touch he receives with his 4.35 speed. Believe it or not, he is also fantastic at contested catches but that’s something I need to see him do at the next level. He’s also insanely explosive short to intermediate and could be Wilson’s security blanket immediately. He will be open. 

Moore’s versatility is also a strength. He can line up outside (yeah, I said it,) inside (probably his main position), and even in the backfield. He’s going to be used on jet sweeps, tap passes, and screens to get him designed touches in space. He should be plenty effective with his touches. He is a perfect fit in the NFL right now. His only real knock is his size but with how many ways he can win, I don’t care. 

His cost is WR40 and No. 97 overall, and I would be surprised if he doesn’t outperform his ADP quite a bit, even in Year 1. He is probably the only Jets player I am good with taking a bit of a reach on. 

Just in case you didn’t see him yet.

MICHAEL CARTER

According to DLF’s SF dynasty rankings, Carter is the 47th-ranked RB. The fourth time the Jets went offense in as many rounds, and a nice cheap upside bet later in start-ups. 

At UNC, Carter showed good ability in reading blocks in runs to the outside (fits his OC), good tackle breakability for his size and speed, good ability to reach the outside, good burst, and good finishing speed. He should also fit in the passing game. 

He has good speed but he isn’t a burner, he can’t handle a full workload at his size, but while being drafted near guys like James White, Zack Moss, and even Philip Lindsay. Gross. Why not draft something that resembles upside?

Part Two will be released shortly. Thanks for reading!