While NFL fans get ready for training camp, we will examine the top fantasy football picks for the New York Jets this season. This is the fifth of a five-part series.
The 2017 offseason has not been that kind to New York Jets fans who have seen many long time dependable veterans released. For fantasy football fanatics, that includes many players that were counted on to produce in fantasy drafts. Gone are Brandon Marshall, Nick Folk, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Eric Decker. What players on the current Jets roster do fantasy experts predict will be someone they can depend on? Let’s take a look.
Player: Josh McCown QB
This was the hardest position to gauge with the Jets. The Jets starting QB entering training camp is McCown. It would be hard to predict the fantasy values from two other QB (Christian Hackenberg & Bryce Petty) that have played a total of four starts (all made by Petty).
The Jets signed McCown in the offseason from the Cleveland Browns where he played the last two seasons. Before that, McCown played for five other franchises. Only twice in his 14-year career has he made more than 10 starts in a season. In 2004 with Arizona, he made his most starts in season (13), but he threw just 11 TD passes, and averaged only 10 fantasy points a week.
His best fantasy season came in 2013 when he was with the Chicago Bears. That season he made only five starts and appeared in just eight games, but threw for 13 TD passes in those games, averaging 17 points a week.
2016 Fantasy Value – McCown made just five games (making three starts) in 2016, throwing 6 TD and just under 185 yards per appearance. In the three starts he made, he averaged 21.3 fantasy points a start. His best performance in a single week was when he had 26 in Week 8, which was the 10th highest total for a QB that week.
2017 Projection – Since there is such disbelief in the Jets young offense this season under first year offensive coordinator John Morton. I think that McCown can show flashes of brilliance at times, as his 2013 season in Chicago shows. Most fantasy drafts will ignore McCown, but if he is able to establish a rapport with his young WR, especially Quincy Enunwa, he can be the epitome of a “sleeper”.
Mark Kelly covers the New York Jets for ProFootballSpot.com. You can follow him on twitter @CkmagicSports. Looking for more Jets news and features? Like our Jets Facebook page and also follow @spot_jets on Twitter.