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RB Bilal Powell - New York Jets

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

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Powell will have to share the backfield with Matt Forte in an offense going nowhere, but Forte is getting close to the breakdown phase of his career and Powell was a top five running back after Forte went out last year. He also contributed five double-digit PPR scoring weeks before Forte got hurt. At a 6th/7th round cost, Powell provides a floor of a RB2/Flex scoring around half of the time with a sky high ceiling for teams that neglect running back early in best ball drafts.


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 - 26, 17, 17, 19, 21, 25, 25, 25, 26, 26, 26, 27, 30, 31, 31, 32, 34, 36, 39, 41
Overall Redraft - 75, 38, 52, 54, 56
RB Redraft PPR - 25, 14, 15, 15, 18, 20, 21, 21, 23, 25, 26, 26, 27, 30, 31, 31, 32, 32, 34, 39, 46
Overall Redraft PPR - 65, 35, 42, 45, 46, 52, 57
RB Dynasty - 38, 34, 34, 36, 36, 53, 54

Stats and Projections

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 15 170 * * 52 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 190 * * 52 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 15 160 * * 51 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 158 * * 51 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 65
RB: 25
Overall-PPR: 65
RB-PPR: 25

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Latest News

Jets | Bilal Powell a bright spot (Sat Aug 19, 10:26 PM) - New York Jets RB Bilal Powell had nine carries for 32 yards and two catches for 14 yards against the Detroit Lions in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 19.

Our View: Powell is set up to be the feature back for this offense if Matt Forte's hamstring remains an issue going into the season, but it's hard to know if he'll perform as well as he did last year with the team taking so many hits to the quality of their offense.
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Jets | Bilal Powell to suit up Saturday (Fri Aug 18, 01:20 PM) - New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (neck) expected to play against the Detroit Lions on Saturday, Aug. 19, while RB Matt Forte (hamstring) will not.

Our View: Forte's hamstring could give Powell the starting job to open the season. Powell was a solid to strong RB1 when Forte was a non-factor last year, but that was on a Jets team that didn't seem to be playing for next year already.
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Jets | Bilal Powell to play vs. Detroit (Thu Aug 17, 06:38 PM) - New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (neck) will play in the preseason game against the Detroit Lions Saturday, Aug. 19.

Our View: With Forte out Powell has his chance to shine. Given that he's going in the mid 6 to 7th round in fantasy drafts Powell could be a nice acquisition since he should get a lot of dump passes for whichever Jets quarterback wins the job. If Forte continues to be banged up it is going to be a good opportunity for Powell to get more carries as well. Unfortunately this Jets offense is pretty bad, otherwise his ceiling would be better.
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Jets | Fully practice for Bilal Powell (Wed Aug 16, 07:06 PM) - New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (neck) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Our View: Powell is back in action and the Jets will use him in a RBBC with Matt Forte. That committee limits the fantasy values of both backs. Powell is RB25 (5.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Jets | Bilal Powell participates in practice (Tue Aug 15, 04:43 PM) - New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (neck) participated in 7-on-7 drills Tuesday, Aug. 15, after being absent from practice for about a week and a half.

Our View: Powell is back in action after missing some time, and so long as there are no setbacks he should be ready for Week 1. In fact, Powell could get some time as the Jets lead back during the preseason...perhaps in the third week. From a fantasy perspective, Powell is a low-end RB2 for fantasy purposes as he'll split time with Matt Forte. Right now, Powell is going off the board at RB25 (5.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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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
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12vs Carolina Panthers
13vs Kansas City Chiefs
14@ Denver Broncos
15@ New Orleans Saints
16vs Los Angeles Chargers
17@ New England Patriots