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RB Bilal Powell - New York Jets

5-11, 207Born: 10-27-1988College: LouisvilleDrafted: Round 4

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Summary

We wondered how much burn Bilal Powell would get in 2016 when the New York Jets paid former Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte a lot of money to join the team. Powell had shown flashes of lead-back ability before, but were Fantasy GMs and media folks seeing things that weren't there? Upon closer inspection, Powell was making pretty much the same money Forte was. So it shouldn't have come as a shock when Powell started getting more carries than expected, and once Forte went down with an injury, took a lot more touches. While Forte still out-carried Powell for the year 218 carries compared to 131 for Powell, the 28-year old career Jet was more effective, running for 5.5 yards per carry. Given Forte's prowess as a pass catching back, it was surprising that Powell also caught more passes than Forte - 58 compared to Forte's 30 and on 75 targets compared to 43. All this does is point to Powell as a bigger part of the offense in 2017. The problem is that this offense isn't likely to have much success passing the ball, which would lead to any running back getting stuck facing some stacked boxes as defenses decide to let a mediocre quarterback - whichever one is under center - try and beat them through the air. Powell has the ability to be productive, but defenses may be able to impede his ability as they won't worry about the pass game. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 29, 18, 21, 22, 24, 25, 25, 26, 26, 26, 26, 28, 29, 29, 29, 31, 34, 36, 37, 38, 43, 51
Overall Redraft - 77, 41, 45, 58, 59
RB Redraft PPR - 27, 14, 17, 20, 21, 21, 22, 24, 25, 25, 26, 26, 29, 29, 29, 31, 32, 34, 35, 38, 39, 45, 51
Overall Redraft PPR - 71, 31, 45, 47, 58
RB Dynasty - 40, 35, 38, 49, 50, 51

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2014 NYJ 15 33 141 1 15 11 92 0
2015 NYJ 11 70 313 1 63 47 388 2
2016 NYJ 16 131 722 3 75 58 388 2 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 171 * * 50 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 200 * * 50 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 160 * * 59 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 146 * * 35 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 67
RB: 26
Overall-PPR: 74
RB-PPR: 25

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2017 Schedule

1@ Buffalo Bills
2@ Oakland Raiders
3vs Miami Dolphins
4vs Jacksonville Jaguars
5@ Cleveland Browns
6vs New England Patriots
7@ Miami Dolphins
8vs Atlanta Falcons
9vs Buffalo Bills
10@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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12vs Carolina Panthers
13vs Kansas City Chiefs
14@ Denver Broncos
15@ New Orleans Saints
16vs Los Angeles Chargers
17@ New England Patriots