New York Jets quarterbacks Geno Smith and Michael Vick are probably not on too many fantasy owners radars right now. Their ADPs are off the charts, meaning neither one is being drafted. They should be.
Over the past couple of weeks, the Jets have suffered major blows to their secondary.
Defensive back Dexter McDougle, the Jets’ 80th pick in the 2014 NFL draft, tore an ACL and is out for the year. New York drafted McDougle to strengthen a slumping secondary.
Dee Milliner rolled his ankle, and while he avoided a more serious injury, he still suffered a high ankle sprain. But because it’s Milliner’s ankle sprain, it must be the highest ankle sprain.
Milliner said his timetable is only four weeks, but with high ankle sprains it’s usually more like 6-7 weeks. And with him playing a position that relies heavily on making on-the-dime cuts repeatedly, I’d put him towards the latter of any recovery timetable.
Then we have Dimitri Patterson. This guy turned 31 in June and is showing every single day of his age on the field. He even let Hakeem Nicks get the best of him last week. And doesn’t Nicks play on crutches?
All of these injuries add up to a bad secondary. That’s the first part of the equation. The next step is looking at who the Jets’ soft secondary has to face.
After hosting the Oakland Raiders in Week 1, Gang Green faces the following quarterbacks in Weeks 2-7, respectively: Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford, Phillip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
Do you remember the scene at the beginning of Old School when the guy at the door says, “I’m here for the gangbang.”
That’ll be Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boykin in Week 2; Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Bennett and Forte in Week 3; Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush and Tate in Week 4; Keenan Allen, Danny Woodhead, Ledarius Green and Malcom Floyd in Week 5; Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Welker in Week 6; and Gronk, Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen in Week 7.
Gang Green is going to have a different meaning after the first half of the season.
So getting back to Smith and Vick—it’s a foregone conclusion that whichever quarterback starts for the Jets will have to throw the ball often. I’m talking Scott Linehan-type of throwing.
Normally, a solid defense with a strong running game is a good recipe for keeping opposing offenses off the field. The Jets have neither. And the opposing offenses they are facing in Weeks 2-7 are some of the most high-powered offenses in the league.
I don’t care if you like Smith or Vick as a quarterback. Fantasy football boils down to opportunity. Either Smith or Vick will have ample opportunity to score points during the first part of the season.
Neither one of these guys is being drafted right now—they are worth a last-round pick for sure. And Eric Decker is a nice grab at his current 8th-round ADP. Someone’s gotta catch the passes, right?