New York Jets, Def, Jets
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2015 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Aug-20-2015 by Shawn Childs
The Jets will face two teams with strong rushing attacks: the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans. The Bills' stats make them look like a weak rushing team, but they have LeSean McCoy now. New York's defense will get what appear to be soft matchups against the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans. New York will also play four teams with below-par aerial attacks: Cleveland, Oakland, Houston and Jacksonville. Conversely, they will have their hands full trying to stop the Philadelphia Eagles and the Indianapolis Colts. The New England Patriots and the New York Giants won't be easy tasks either.
The Jets ranked fifth in run defense last year, allowing 1,489 yards on just 3.8 yards per carry. Their success was spearheaded by two elite run defenders: defensive ends Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson. According to Pro Football Focus, they rated as the second- and third-best defensive ends in the league, respectively, trailing only J.J. Watt. That duo combined for 16 sacks, 24 QB hits and 49 QB hurries. When you add in top-notch nose tackle Damon Harrison and rookie defensive end Leonard Williams, the Jets could possibly have the league's best front four and a dominant run-stopping unit. The Jets recorded 45 sacks last year, sixth-most in the NFL, but they also allowed 31 passing touchdowns and picked off just six throws. The cornerback position gets a huge upgrade with Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie now back on the roster. New York has its top four linebackers returning; David Harris, DeMario Davis, Calvin Pace and Quinton Coples combined for 22 sacks last year, although Davis was the only one of the group who was a force against the run. The Jets may be weak at the strong safety position, but this defense has strength in two areas, and the upside of the defensive line should lead to improved play from each level of the defense. I expect the Jets to pick up more turnovers, but they may lack the playmakers to turn those mistakes into defensive touchdowns. The Jets were one of the worst defenses for fantasy purposes in 2014. They have the talent to finish inside the top 10 in fantasy this year.
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