New York Jets, Def, Jets: Fantasy Football Outlook
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New York Jets, Def, Jets

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Age Height Weight
Def - #25 231.29 NYJ Active 47 0' 0 0

2016 Outlook: Quality Backup

Last updated on Aug-04-2016 by Shawn Childs


New York ranked number two in the league in rushing defense in 2015. They allowed 1335 yards on 373 rushing attempts with only four TDs allowed (best in the NFL). Ball carries only gained 3.6 yards per rush. The Jets had 39 sacks while allowing 3763 passing yards (13th) with 25 passing TDs allowed and 18 Ints.

The strength of their defense is the defensive line led by Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams. Both players offer an edge against the runs with value in the pass rush (Wilkerson – 12 sacks and Williams – three sacks). Also, Sheldon Richardson will be a third strong defender on the defensive line. Last year he missed five games due a hamstring injury. Sheldon ended with five sacks with some risk against the run. The Jets will run multiple fronts to their defense. Their only weak link on the defensive line looks like DT Steve McLendon. He's a neutral run defender with no real value attacking the QB.

Of the linebackers returning from 2015, Erin Henderson was the only player success against the run while being on the field for minimal plays. LB David Harris held his own in coverage with occasion value rushing the QB (4.5). It appears rookies Darron Lee and Jordan Jenkins are slated to start. Lorenzo Mauldin will jockey between the defense line and linebackers while adding some value to the pass rush. The upside of this core is tied to the success of their young talent.

CB Darrelle Revis lost his thunder in 2015 where he graded as only league average in coverage. He still has talent, but some of the younger upside WRs can now take advantage of his lost speed. Buster Skrine will battle Dee Milliner for the other starting job. Skrine struggled badly in 2015 while Milliner missed most of the season with a groin and wrist injury. Dee was drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but he's been a bust so far in his career. S Marcus Gilchrist played well in his first season with Jets after signing before the 2015 season. Marcus played well in run support with league average success in pass coverage. S Calvin Pryor was an asset in pass coverage while struggling into all other areas of the game.

This defense is in transition at the 2nd and third levels of the defense. The secondary has strength at three positions with a possible hole at the second CB slot. As Long as Revis plays well, their weakness can be support by slanted coverage. The linebacking additions will upgrade this defense with each game played. From a Fantasy perspective, the Jets will force many teams to be one dimensional on offense especially when playing from the lead, but this doesn't necessarily mean it will be a winning situation as it plays possibly into an area where they have risk. Depending on your format and scoring, this defense will fall into the backup zone with matchup value.

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