2013 Team Outlook: New York Jets
TE Jeff Cumberland, NYJ - Deep-league Only
Update (10/20): Cumberland has provided more fantasy value for owners this season than Kellen Winslow. Through seven games Cumberland has fewer reception for more yards with the same number of touchdowns as Winslow. Not only has Cumberland out performed Winslow this season, but he is not serving a suspension for PED use. Owners looking for some help at TE should take a look at Cumberland.
Last year Jeff had 29 receptions for 359 yards with 3 touchdowns for the Jets. While numbers like these are a possibility this season they're just not good enough to keep fantasy owners interested. With the signing of Kellen Winslow in mid June Cumberland now becomes the second string tight end. This means a lot of blocking and not much in the way of offense for Jeff this season. That is of course until Winslow's knees give out again and force him to the sideline. Even if this happens Cumberland will still be called upon to block more often than not so fantasy owners should keep their distance.
Update: Jeff Cumberland continues to be one of Sanchez's favorite red zone targets in the pre-season. With the lack of quality receiving options, it's not hard to believe that Cumberland may post a half a dozen touchdowns this season, making him somebody to watch on the waiver wire.
TE Konrad Reuland, FA - Not Draft Worthy
To begin the season it appears Reuland will be the Jets' number three tight end. At 6'4" and 260 lbs., Konrad will likely be called upon to block more often than go out for a pass. Couple this with the possibility of a rookie quarterback under center and Konrad holds little value to fantasy owners.
TE Kellen Winslow, FA - Deep-league Only
Update (10/20): Winslow has been suspended for PED use. Jeff Cumberland will get the start the next few weeks and could be a value add for owners looking for TE support.
Update (9-11): Whoa, we had a Kellen Winslow sighting in Week 1, a significant one at that, enough to warrant mention in our Week 2 "Sleepers" article.
With the loss of Dustin Keller, the Jets look to fill the void with 9 year veteran Kellen Winslow. Last season Winslow was a member of the New England Patriots where he played in just one game catching one pass for 12 yards. A set of bad knees coupled with Gronk and Hernandez ahead of Winslow on the depth chart last season mean Winslow didn't see a lot of on the field time. This year that should all change if Kellen's knees can hold on. There is little in the way of offensive talent at the tight end position behind Winslow. At this point there's no reason to believe Winslow won't be the starting tight end. Just because Winslow will be starting doesn't mean you should be starting him on your fantasy team. After all, the Jets will be starting Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith under center and nobody believes the Jets' offense if going far this year with either of them.
PK Nick Folk, NYJ - Bye Week Fill-in
For his career, Folk has made less than 78% of the field goals he has attempted. This has caused many to wonder just how much longer will Rex Ryan put up with Nick's lackluster performance? To begin the pre-season, Folk will need to outdual veteran Billy Cundiff to win the kicking job in New York. This will be no easy task because Rex may have already made up his mind to move past Folk and one pre-season miss could mean the end. Couple Folk's low success percentage with an offense that may have trouble getting into scoring range and Jets kickers don't look too attractive.
New York - Solid/Safe Pick
In an effort to make the future a brighter place, the Jets front office made the decision to part ways with one of the (if not the) best cover corners in football, Darrell Revis. The Jets won't be able to replace Revis, but the loss won't be as bad as many speculate. If there's one thing Rex Ryan does know it is defense, so expect New York's to be one of the league's better defenses this season. They may not be top 5 quality, but they could easily be top 12 and fantasy worthy in most leagues.