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The final preseason installment of the Fantasy Flatliners is for yet another entire team to avoid. This time it’s the New York Jets and the team is all-around worthless.

You have to start at quarterback when thinking about the putrid stench coming off the Jets. Mark Sanchez hasn’t been able to hit the broadside of a barn with his passes so far this preseason. Tim Tebow hasn’t been any better and the quarterback situation has even drawn the attention of the White House.

Yeah, the White House. President Barack Obama has even weighed in on this issue so consider this your executive order to avoid both of them.

Santonio Holmes is the #1 receiver for the Jets but you’re likely to have no idea who the #2 is. Could it be Chaz Schilens, Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill, Patrick Turner or even defensive back Antonio Cromartie? Regardless of who it is, none of them are worth owning. Tight end Dustin Keller is barely a bye-week fill-in at this point in his career.

The ground game is just as confusing. Running back Shonn Greene is the lead back but the Jets have failed to catch on to the modern NFL and its air assault style. Backup Bilal Powell seems to be the RB2 since Joe McKnight has been suffering from fumbling issues. Factor in Tebow and the usage of the Wildcat formation, and the ball might not even it make it to the running backs to begin with.

Add to that an offensive line that keeps getting shoved around like a shopper on Black Friday and the Jets might not be able to do much on the ground.

On top of all of this, fights have broken out in training camp involving as many as 20 players so the Jets are disorganized heading into the regular season.

Defense has been their strong point with Darelle Revis and Bart Scott. They picked up LaRon Landry from Washington in the offseason but he’s been battling injury issues. With an inept offense in front of them, the defense will likely be on the field for extended periods of time and runs a strong risk of wearing down.

Placekicker Nick Folk might be the only ray of fantasy sunshine for the Jets. Folk has hit six field goals in three preseason games and has accounted for all of the Jets’ offense in the first three preseason games. While he’s putting up the points now, look for his point totals to drop as the Jets get into the regular season and start facing starters for all four quarters.

When you put it all together, the Jets shouldn’t be cleared for takeoff to fly the friendly skies of your fantasy team in 2012.

  1. Mike says:
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    Would u try to trade maclin and rashad Jennings for Ryan Matthews?
    Matthews team has mjd
    Thanks

  2. Rags says:
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    My first draft of the year! This is my non-money league, so I didn’t do all that much prep, and two auto-drafters kind of screwed things up. Don’t know how I feel about it and would love anyone’s thoughts.

    Non-ppr. 12 team. 1QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1Flex, 1K, 1DST

    QB: Big Ben, Fitzpatrick
    RB: Demarco Murray, Ryan Matthews, Reggie Bush, Donald Brown, Cedric Benson
    WR: Megatron, Harvin, Stevie Johnson, Britt, Sidney Rice, LaFell
    TE: Gresham
    K: don’t remember
    DST: Falcons

    I’m a little pissed at the QB situation. I was two picks from getting Matt Ryan and the auto-drafter picked him, even though he already had Vick. Might try and work out a trade with that person. I keep trying to convince myself that both Ben and Fitzy have upside with vertical attacks, I worry about Pitt’s O-line and Fitzy’s unpredictability in general.

    How do people feel about Gresham? Should I drop him for Keller, Marcades Lewis, or oft-mentioned sleeper Kyle Rudolph?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Solid team, nice depth at the skill positions. Gresham is a high upside player as is Rudolph. If Rudolph is out there, just wait and see how the targets look over the first week. I confess to liking both. QB will be ok, you’ll play matchups. Neither are upside plays in my mind but they’re an ok pairing. Yeah, try and hit that auto-draft team up.

      • Rags says:
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        @Sky, Thanks. What do you think would be a fair price for Matt Ryan? The auto-drafter is a first-time player in a new league and I’m the commissioner so I don’t want there to be a whiff of me ripping him off.

        They also have Vernon Davis, Celek and Winslow.

        Would something like Big Ben, Donald Brown, and Sidney Rice for Matt Ryan and Davis be fair? Is that giving up too much? I don’t mind a little overpay to help the competitive balance of the league, but I also don’t want to rip myself off bending over backwards to help everyone else. It’s tough for me to evaluate what’s fair because I’m high on Ryan and Davis.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Trades are all about needs, don’t think it would be considered bad so long as the other team is fitting their needs. Personally, I don’t see a good reason to have two TEs so it depends on what you plan on doing with Gresham at that point since you’re losing some RB depth.

  3. Scott says:
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    Sky, hate to ask, but i’m in the last round (15th) of my draft (took a K and DST for my two previous picks)….14-team PPR league…I want one more RB or WR…I know I’m not giving you all the info, but wanted to keep it short.

    Here’s what’s left at WR and RB:
    S Vereen, B Scott, I Pead, J Starks
    L Robinson, B Quick, N Burleson, L Hankerson, S Hill

    I was thinking Burleson, but interested in your opinion.

    Either way, again, keep up all the good work and advice!

    • Rags says:
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      @Scott, I’m not Sky but I think Robinson and Hankerson have more upside than Burleson. Burleson is who he is, and if you’re in the last round and don’t take him, he’ll probably sit on the wire. Titus Young might also push him for receptions.

      I might also look at Pead or Starks, but I’m super-conservative in football and typically fill my bench with RBs.

      Just my two cents!

      • Scott says:
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        @Rags, thanks, solid advice. I was looking at Starks as well, but now am concerned about this toe injury…and you’re right about Burleson I think, I think I’ll go for Hankerson or Pead…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Agree w/Rags. Go after RB depth. I’d take Pead.

      • @Sky, also, please explain your rationale. thanks again

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Talent level. He’s not hurt like Ryan Mathews entering the season and yet Mathews is going in the 2nd or 3rd round. Plus I update my rankings weekly and plan on doing one more big one this weekend before the season starts. He’ll move down for me but I still think he’s worthy of a second or third round pick. Maybe I’m just obstinate, but I’m an MJD believer.

          • @Sky, meant for my question, #4. thanks again

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @timmy riggins, This is Andrew’s post and he would normally be responding to your questions. I only responded above because it was directed at me. I’ll get to yours now.

  4. hi, 10-team yahoo league:1qb,2RBs,3WR,1TE, flex (te/wr/rb),.5ppr, 15-week no playoff league. 6pt/td, 1pt/25yrd pass, 1pt/10yds rushing/receiving.

    Please excuse my rambling in advance.

    I have a question regarding draft strategy. w/6th Pick, if I pass on an elite QB (Brady/Brees) when would you suggest to draft Stafford/Cam? Is it worth passing up on Brady/Brees to draft Stafford/Cam in the 2nd rd? ie would you rather draft a McFadden & Cam/stafford or Brady & Charles/F-Jax/Murray combo?
    IF theres an early QB run where stafford/cam are gone by rd 2, which rd would you target vick, romo, ryan, rivers?
    Finally, round one you want an elite but “safe” player, right? At #6, Seems like the safer pick is a QB over a questionable RB albeit w/a high ceiling. McFadden/Charles/Murray/Mathews/Forte/MJD/F-Jax are off injuries/holdouts and could fall to rd 2 (have #15 pick), WR is deep too (Megatron).
    OR would you PREFER those aforementioned RBs for your first 2-3 RDs and pick a qb later?

    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      DMC then Cam or Stafford; like it better if I had to pick between the two strategies. Early QB run, target any of the three R’s unless Vick falls to you. All quality starters. My strategy is to let the QB run go and target Runningbacks early if the value is there.

      Not sure if you’re referring to my post from yesterday but if you read it fully, you’d notice I said I want safety as well as value and don’t think it’s there in taking a QB in the first round if I can help it. It feels like I kinda answered this question with your first question though Charles/Mathews/F-Jax aren’t first round running back targets. More likely 2nd or 3rd round targets. MJD will go at a discount and I’d take advantage of that. Forte is reasonable for top 10 in a PPR league but touchdowns won’t be in high volume with him. Murray is a second round RB to me.

      • @Sky, There are two schools of thought and I seem to be torn in the middle. Ideally, Id like to draft a RB in the first round but the projected available players just seems too risky for the 1st rd. While the upside of McFadden and Stafford/Cam can be enormous, it just seems like a riskier option than drafting a stable and awesome Brady and then get the similar quality RB in rd 2 with the same risks. Both McFadden and Charles were selected with a similar 1st rd ADP last year so they both have huge upside. Stafford/Cam are still kinda unproven too.

        Youd obviously rather go RB/RB and wait on QBs altogether and grab a vick or 3Rs or do you think its imperative to at least grab Cam/Stafford?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I kinda already said how I’d go with the first part of your question the first time. Not certain if I can say it any different/better. Hope I’m not missing something:

          DMC then Cam or Stafford; like it better if I had to pick between the two strategies. Early QB run, target any of the three R’s unless Vick falls to you. All quality starters. My strategy is to let the QB run go and target Runningbacks early if the value is there.

  5. Benny says:
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    I’m in a 10 team lg and waited way too long to draft a QB. While waiting gave me excellent depth and overall big advantages in the skill positions, my starting QB is RG3. I have Luck as well. The remaining QB’s on waivers are overall pretty bad and don’t really offer much upside. Should I pick up Russell Wilson and drop Kyle Rudolph? If can get decent rushing yds for the position it’ll make up for any shortcomings in passing yds or INTs. Im usually against carrying 2, let alone 3 qbs in a 10 team lg, but if one of these rooks end up being nasty early, at least I’ll have him. Thoughts?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Don’t see a team. I assume Rudolph is your backup TE, something I’m against. If so, I’d pick up Wilson

      • Benny says:
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        @Sky, Here is my team:

        QB – RG3, Luck
        RB – McFadden, Forte, D. Martin, Jennings
        WR – Nicks, Harvin, Colston, Britt, Torrey Smith, Amendola
        TE – Pettigrew, Rudolph

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Benny, yeah, Rudolph is your backup TE. Pick up Wilson.

  6. Rags says:
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    Another team for you. This draft was rough. I think half of the top 20 RBs were kept, and I didn’t have one.

    Standard scoring, 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex, K, Dst

    QB: Eli, Tebow
    RB: Doug Martin, Gore, R. Jennings, Donald Brown, Ronnie Hillman, Mendenhall
    WR: Megatron, Austin, DHB, Britt, Santana Moss, Emmanuel Sanders
    TE: Tony Gonzalez
    K: didn’t take one
    DST: Da Bears!

    I’m a little worried about the lack of a true RB 1, but i’ve got decent depth. Hillman was a flier, and if Mendenhall recovers eventually, he could be a keeper for next year (if not take over for Jennings when MJD comes back).

    Was thinking of dropping Sanders for my kicker.

    Thought Tebow was worth a shot and might have the starting job (vs STL) by the time Eli is on bye by week 11.

    Thoughts?

    • Rags says:
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      @Rags, Week 5 is going to be a bitch though. Three receivers and Martin out.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, RB might be a bit of a pain this year for you but hopefully the depth helps you out. Not all that high on a Mendenhall return until way later in the season so how useful he is will be questionable in my mind. Even without him, you should still have a chance to be competitive. Assuming you start 3 WR, Britt as your 4th is pretty nice. Good depth there as well.

      Personally, if you’re stumping for a K I don’t see Tebow having much value this year. I’d rather throw him out there and hold onto Sanders to see how he’s used. What other QBs are on the waiver wire?

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