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New York Jets Rookie Minicamp

This represents the first article of a series we are referring to as “Deep Impact”, where we at Razzball will examine players who are tucked away deep in the player projections and are bound to surpass their underwhelming expectations. The benefit of these players – aside from showing off your fantasy football prowess – is that they are often available on your fantasy league waiver wire and they can provide relief to fantasy owners looking for quality talent in deeper formats. So without further ado, let us begin with New York Jets Tight End Jace Amaro.

Amaro is a rookie this season after being drafted by the Jets with the 17th pick in the 2nd round from Texas Tech. Prior to being drafted, he was a highly touted prospect primarily because of his abilities as a receiver. Unfortunately, however, he was also widely considered a raw prospect at tight end, particularly as an in-line blocker. Additionally, his route-running and timing appeared to need polishing as well. Yet, in the end, his speed and ability to catch the ball in traffic were undeniable and Amaro ultimately became the Jets second-round draft pick in 2014.

With that in mind, it’s easy to understand how so many analysts are overlooking Amaro as a viable option at tight end in fantasy football this season. Obviously making matters worse, offseason acquisition Michael Vick failed to bring any real competition to the Jets lackluster quarterback group, leaving incumbent Geno Smith as the starter.

Looking around in New York, it almost appears to be the land receiving options forgot. Veteran Santonio Holmes has moved on and even former second-round draft pick Stephen Hill was released by the organization. That leaves recently acquired free agent receiver Eric Decker as the only legitimate option for coordinators to game plan for outside the Jets loaded backfield. Or does it?

So far this preseason has shown flashes of promise between Smith and Amaro. In limited action throughout the Jets first three preseason games, Amaro caught 8 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown. Of his eight receptions, five went for first downs as well, making Amaro a solid intermediate option for the Jets offense. Of course, it’s hard to project exactly how he will be used once the regular season gets underway, but Amaro is a player you should be cautiously aware of. With the lack of receiving options in New York, the young man from Texas Tech could get off to a hot start and never look back.

Owners who are looking for a potential backup tight end with tremendous upside, Jace Amaro could be your guy. His value is substantially higher in PPR or 2 tight end formats, not to mention Dynasty and Keeper leagues as well. At this point, Amaro is owned in only 2% of Yahoo fantasy leagues and is projected as the 1925 best player, but could be the second-best receiving option for the Jets this season. You do the math.

Jarrod Patterson is a Sports Writer for Razzball.com and RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @J_M_Patterson or Facebook or add him to your network on Google.       

  1. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi there,
    Tough to draft any Jets receiver unless they are playing against the Bills. Geno looks great against them too. More of a weekly match up player, no?

    Would appreciate any advice you have to offer…
    Just getting started for the season and drafted a questionable team. My RB’s are Gore, Bush, Sproles and Andre Williams… Do you think I could get a better rb for TE Jason Witten? Who might be comparable? Should I stick to what I got? Ride the waiver wire and match ups?

    Also same questionable draft.. WR Streate(OAK)r or Benjamin (CAR)… I should change my tag to Really Reaching!

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @Joe Shmoe: might not have done as bad as you think! how many teams? 10 or 12?
      First, I actually think rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin will have a solid year in Carolina simply because there is nobody else for Cam to throw to! Keep him.
      As far as RB’s, Gore is steady but getting older. He should, however, give you a decent RB in most formats barring injury, keep him as well. Bush is steadily underrated and a viable starting option, particularly in PPR formats but even in standard leagues. Detroit will score a LOT of points this year! Sproles is in Philly for a reason, he will get his touches and could end up being a solid flex play come week 4 or 5. He looks even better when you consider McCoy has been beaten up a bit. Last, Williams WILL take the starting job from Rashad Jennings this year. That’s right, you heard it here first!! While Williams won’t give you many receptions (hands like bricks), he can tote the rock between the tackles far better than Jennings. I’d see how the Giants backfield pans out before panicing on that one.
      Which brings me to the TE position: most importantly, DON’T get rid of Witten for a RB. He’s a top-5 weapon in Dallas still and will give you consistency in your liineup. Keep him around unless one of those “too good to be true” trades comes along.
      Overall, I don’t think you’re as bad off as you may think. I have my issues with Rod Streater personally, I think James Jones and Denarius Moore are going to eat into his receptions, but if rookie Derek Carr is announced as the starter, all three could get consistent targets! Still, it’s a big “if.”
      Anyway, good luck this season and I hope this helps!!

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @Joe Shmoe: Also, I understand your hesitance in drafing or acquiring a NY Jets offensive player of ANY kind (outside the backfield) I truly think Amaro has the same kind of upside Dustin Keller showed prior to his injury, giving Amaro solid PPR value and possible high end No. 2 TE value in standard leagues. Thanks!

      • Joe Shmoe says:
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        @Jarrod: Thanks for the response. Going to pick up Benjamin and drop Streater….

  2. Brian says:
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    Which rb has more value in a non ppr league as a bench spot Roy Helu or James White ?

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @Brian: gonna go with White here. While Helu is bound to poach a few catches and TD’s in WAS, White may actually end up being the every down back in NE given Ridley’s fumbling issues and the fact that Shane Vereen is practically a slot receiver as opposed to being a RB. Tough call though!! Good question!!

  3. Principal Blackman says:
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    J-FOH’s RazzDP league, which I am a member of suddenly went from 12 to 11 players. The draft is today, Sunday, at 5pm (central). Here is the link, I think: https://yho.com/nfl?l=890003&k=dda17b68835c9647 Take the IDP challenge, ya donkey.

  4. Brian says:
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    I think that Johnathan Stewart is going to be a beast this year. If I am correct I should get to be part of the Razzball team projecting top 10 rb numbers.

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @Brian: I’ll admit, being from the Pacific Northwest, I’ve been WAITING for Johnathan Stewart to prove why he was a first-round draft pick! And honestly, the guy has looked good when given an opportunity in Carolina! I honestly hope that the Panthers either decide to move Williams (to give Stewart the bulk of the carries) or move Stewart to a team in need of a lead back. Kid’s got TALENT!! If it happens, remind me and I’ll see what I can do (;

  5. Brian says:
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    Oh I will remind you for sure . Think about it cam cannot make a living running the ball they need a solid rb and he looks sharp this is an easy observation he looks sharp done dealing.

  6. billy bob bob billy says:
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    is a gerhart for harvin trade fair? standard league

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @billy bob bob billy: tough call, Gerhart is going to be the workhorse in JAX, so 1,100 rushing yards and 6-8 TD’s is very doable. That makes him a solid RB2 or FLEX option. On the other hand, SEA is going to absolutely force feed the ball to Harvin. He’s looked outstanding this preseason and looks to be completely in sync with Wilson. That makes him a low-end WR1 or high end WR2. Both have significant upside. I’d say it’s pretty close honestly.

      • Billy bob bob billy says:
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        @Jarrod: ok well I have Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson so harvin was just a bye week/flex guy anyway. Guy also sent me aj green for montee ball. I have ball. Is that fair??

        • Jarrod

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          @Billy bob bob billy: if you can start 3 WR’s, having Megatron, Andre Johnson and AJ Green would probably put you in the playoffs! While I like montee ball, I think he may suffer from RB by committee in Denver, not to mention the fact they will remain a pass first offense! IF you have a couple of decent RB’s behind Ball in your stable, I’d pull the trigger!!

  7. allen says:
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    Thanks for the read jarrod.

    If you got a sec..just drafted my squad for 12 team standard, 6 pt passing tds…

    M.Stafford
    M.Ball
    E.Lacy
    V.Jackson
    T.Smith
    G.Tate
    J.Reed
    D.Bailey
    NE DEF

    BN-cooks
    BN-gerhart
    BN-fred jackson
    BN-jordan mathews
    BN-Ertz

    Feeling pretty good about this squad..what you think?

    • Jarrod

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      @allen: WOW! You did well for yourself! Don’t be surprised if Cooks works his way into your lineup more often than not!! Ertz is also looking severely undervalued, very interesting!! I’d be happy! Good luck!

  8. Anthony says:
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    I have Amaro as my backup TE (:

    Quick question for ya….I’m in a 16 team PPR league and my team is pretty solid…

    Kap
    AP, Forte, Bradshaw
    Garcon, Patterson, Wright
    Ertz

    My bench is really thin though..I was offered Boldin and Wheaton (PIT) for Wright..solid move? Or just keep the better player in Wright?
    Thanks!

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @Anthony: Love Kaep’s upside! AP and Forte, two top 5 picks! Garcon and Patterson should be solid, but to be honest, I’d pull the trigger. While Wright is the better player, Locker has legitimate injury concerns. Plus, Justin Hunter is becoming far more involved along with rookie RB Bishop Sankey in the passing game. Boldin always seems to get his catches and Wheaton has CRAZY upside in PIT. I’d go for the depth, but neither is necessarily the wrong move! Hope that helps!

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @Anthony: Plus, Boldin is a BEAST PPR-wise. He’ll be a solid start more often than not as a WR3!!

  9. DiRo says:
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    Would you start Clay or Ebron in week 1?

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @DiRo: While I LOVE what Ebron brings to Detroit, it’s tough to rely on a rookie week one, I’d stick with Clay week one vs. New England in what could be a bit of a shootout

  10. flavaflave says:
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    demeryius thomas/ray rice for andre johnson/le’veon bell/julian edelman

  11. Jarrod

    Jarrod says:
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    I personally do not understand why people are so down on Ray Rice as a fantasy player. Sure, he’s an absolute piece of garbage off the field, but after week 2 he’ll be a SOLID RB2 or low RB1. Plus, Thomas is a top 2-3 WR, I think that’s the better end of the deal. Andre Johnson has QB issues and Leveon Bell is facing suspension early in the year just like Rice. While Edelman is a nice PPR WR3 or FLEX play, he doesn’t bring the value to even in my opinion.

  12. Steve says:
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    Wilson or Brady in opener??
    Thanks!

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @Steve: I’d go with Wilson personally. In my humble opinion, no quarterback in the NFL has looked as locked in as Russell Wilson to this point in the preseason. When he plays in front of the 12th Man at the CLink, he’s unbelievable. Either could be a good start, however Wilson SHOULD be a GREAT start.
      Additionally, New England is dealing with some new faces at receiver as well as a few unknowns (i.e. Gronk’s REAL health). Either way you go though, you shouldn’t expect them to bomb.

  13. Steve says:
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    Trying to trade for cordalle Patterson before season starts
    Think he will blow up
    How much do I give up?
    Would u trade Keenan Allen and a back up rb like Fjax or Moreno ?
    My WR are D Thomas, Jeffery, Allen , decker,and Justin hunter
    Thx

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @Steve: Wow! You already have a phenomenal receiving core at the moment. I personally believe Allen has more value as the No.1 option in San Diego as opposed to Patterson who will not only have Cassel throwing the ball, but Rudolph, Jennings, and a heavy dose of Adrian Peterson to contend with. While I agree Patterson is looking like a budding Julio Jones, I would not give up Keenan Allen in the process. If you can manage some combination of Decker and Moreno (who was just named the starter if I’m not mistaken), that’s about the best I’d offer. Otherwise, stand pat! You’re looking good!

  14. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Do you have any thoughts on the value of ASJ in Tampa this year? The kid is a pretty talented pass catcher. Would you favor Amaro simply for his potential to be the 2nd option in the Jets offense?

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: REALLY tough question. I am a HUGE fan of Austin Seferian-Jenkins and believe he will ultimately be a Pro-Bowler in the next two or three years. Unfortunately, I have more faith in Glennon at QB in Tampa than McCown. During his time in Chicago, he rarely seemed to get past his top two receiver reads, leaving Martellus Bennett open and at times frustrated. I hate to think that could happen to ASJ, but it’s a short-term possibility. On the other hand, his high draft status and superior skillset could force HC Lovie Smith’s hand. Really a toss up. However, since you’re pushing me, I’m going with Amaro for the reasons stated above. Stephen Hill was released and there just aren’t many receiving options in New York right now. Amaro has significant upside despite his relative lack of hype.

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Jarrod:

        Thanks for the detailed reply. I am really excited about this recent crop of TEs and think we will see a boom at the position. Amaro, Eifert, Green, ASJ, Ebron, Kelce, Ertz, there are so many potentially excellent pass catchers coming in to the position…

        My pairing of TEs in the league in question is Olsen/ASJ currently, but I could see starting Amaro a few times in other leagues where I waited longer for a TE.

        • Jarrod

          Jarrod says:
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          @OldMilwaukeePounders: You are 100% right about these young athletic TE’s! I’m a big Eifert fan, have followed him since his first year at Notre Dame. Seems coaches are finally realizing the mismatch they can create when used properly! Olsen should benefit from a lack of other options in Carolina outiside rookie Benjamin and himself, so I think you’ll do better than expected with him! Anyway, thanks again for reading! Good luck to you this season and don’t hesitate to ask questions! I’m always willing to give my advice, right or wrong (;

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