Fantasy Football Quarterbacks to Own -
Mark Sanchez was quietly a top ten fantasy football quarterback at the close of 2011. While he was never spectacular he always seemed to get the job done for fantasy purposes posting almost 3,500 yards passing and 26 touchdowns. Mark Sanchez even ran in 6 scores boosting his value into the top ten overall fantasy passers last season. I would not expect similar success in 2012. Tim Tebow has arrived to most likely run the Jet’s red zone offense and will surely sap any value Mark Sanchez had. At this juncture, both players should be considered waiver wire fodder as they will surely cannibalize each others value. If one should go down with an injury the other will be elevated to number 2 quarterback status.
Fantasy Football Running Backs to Own -
Like with the quarterback position, the addition of Tim Tebow will be a drain on the Jet’s running backs in 2012. In standard leagues, Shonne Green is the only one worth owning at this point. He was a solid number 3 running back in 2011 when it was all said and done, but do keep in mind that 3 of his 6 total rushing scores came in a single game last season. This is a running back I am avoiding in all but the deepest of leagues. As long as Tebow is healthy, none of Green’s backups have any significant value.
Fantasy Football Wide Receivers to Own -
Santonio Holmes is back again to provide an under-used but familiar target for this Jets passing attack. Santonio Holmes will surely score 6 or 7 touchdowns amassing maybe 800 yards giving him flex value or value as a number 3 fantasy wide receiver at best. There is talent beyond Santonio Holmes with the perennial preseason superstar star, Chaz Schilens but I doubt the Jet’s passing game can sustain more than one wide receiver for fantasy football purposes. Those in Dynasty league might take a look into the rookie Stephen Hill. He is 6’4” weighs in at 215 and runs a sub 4.4 forty yard dash.
Fantasy Football Tight Ends to Own -
Dustin Keller is a solid fantasy tight end but really nothing to get excited about. I would not feel comfortable starting him on a week to week basis but he certainly works well in bye week relief or spot duty. Expect about 800 yards and 5-7 touchdowns once again in 2012. Tim Tebow will sap some of Keller’s fantasy value but lets not forget, Keller is by far Mark Sanchez’s favorite target in this Jets offense.
Fantasy Football Defense / Special Teams -
The Jets defense as a whole has fallen from the elite ranks but they should still be solid. They have some excellent talent in Darrell Revis, David Harris and Sione Pouha all of which can be had on the cheap in your IDP fantasy drafts. My concern for this unit is actually coming from the other side of the ball. I get the feeling the Jets offense has a little bit of a down arrow coming into 2012 which could mean this defensive unit could spend a lot of time on the field. This bodes well for IDP players but not those starting the defense as a unit in standard leagues. Whatever the format this defense still provides great value.
Fantasy Football Kicker to Own -
Unless you happen to play in a 32 team fantasy football league, steer clear of Nick Folk! Its not that he is a terrible kicker (he is not particularly skilled either) it is more of a matter of his environment. With a potentially anemic offense the scoring potential could be very low this upcoming season. Look else where in your draft. If you decide you need Nick Folk later on, he will be sitting right there on the waiver wire where he belongs.
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