Bilal Powell & Jeremy Kerley with a mid-air celebration (USP)
We now have three full games in the books, and Powell has out-gained Greene on a per-carry basis, 4.0 to 2.8. Greene has out-fumbled Powell, two to nothin'.
As a team, the Jets have delivered only a middle-of-the-pack ground game (98.7 YPG), so it's not as if this offense is some sort of fantasy smorgasbord. Still, it's worth noting that Powell has claimed a significant share of the backfield touches in New York, functioning as something more than a passing-down specialist. He took the first three carries for the Jets in overtime on Sunday, in fact, picking up 19 yards.
New York's upcoming schedule is rough — SF, HOU, IND, at NE, MIA, bye, at SEA — so we have to be careful not to oversell Powell. He's a second-year back coming off an unimpressive rookie campaign (1.6 YPC), and the team context here isn't exactly stellar.
If you've decided to avoid the Jets' roster altogether ... well, I can't fault your strategy.
But not everyone has that luxury. Some of us need to chase every semi-healthy back who might see double-digit touches. Clearly, Powell fits that description. And again, it's not like he's running behind a superstar. Powell may not be your priority waiver add this week, but he's a reasonable Plan B (or C, or D), owned in just two percent of Yahoo! leagues.
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