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.