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RB Bilal Powell - New York Jets

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

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News you need to know

General News (Thu Oct 27): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Oct 26): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 8: at Cleveland Browns

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Matt Forte got a featured back's load against the Ravens last week, and he delivered bigtime with 30/100/1 rushing and four targets for 4/54/0 receiving to his credit. Bilal Powell, who had been eating into Forte's workload, was marginalized with 4/18/0 rushing and zero targets, while Robby Anderson handled 1/30/0 rushing and also had three targets for 3/41/0 receiving on the day. All told, the Jets posted 39/155/1 rushing vs. the Ravens - and took home a 24-16 victory. Cleveland's sad-sack rush defense turned in an abysmal outing at Cincinnati allowing 30/271/2 rushing on the day - Tennessee had 31/137/1 rushing vs. Cleveland two weeks ago. From Week Five to Week Seven of regular season (the last three weeks), Cleveland averages 25.7 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (fourth-most in the NFL). To date they average 139.9 rushing yards allowed per game, with seven total scores given out. This is a great matchup for Forte and company. We'll see if the Jets keep feeding him the ball (as they should).

Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs SEA 37 4 26 0 9 6 54 0 0 8
5 at PIT 27 4 10 0 8 6 41 0 0 5.1
6 at ARI 0 3 10 0 4 3 12 0 0 2.2
7 vs BAL 9 4 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.8
8 at CLE PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * 3 * * * *
8 at CLE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
8 at CLE PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 7 vs BAL (4 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte was utilized in true workhorse fashion as a runner and as a receiver, leaving few opportunities for Powell. When given opportunities, Powell produced. Powell had a long run of nine yards, running hard off of left tackle for a first down. The score was fairly close for the majority of the game, which negated his role as a pass catcher.

2016 Week 6 vs ARI (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

Given the negative game script, Powell saw additional snaps as a runner and as a receiver. Powell was deployed on wheel routes out of the backfield and found some success in one-on-one situations against linebackers. Powell has had some success in recent weeks, but it's been largely due to playing against relaxed defense fronts when his team was trailing by 10+ points.

2016 Week 5 vs PIT (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 41 / 0 rec)

Taking advantage of Pittsburgh's zone coverage on third downs, Bilal Powell found success on short dump-off passes out of the backfield. New York's offensive found itself in a lot of 3rd and long situations, which backed up Pittsburgh's linebackers and gave Powell run after the catch opportunities. Powell's final state line once again looks a little better than Forte's, but negative game script gave him more opportunities.

2016 Week 4 vs SEA (4 / 26 / 0 rush, 9 / 6 / 54 / 0 rec)

Taking advantage of Seattle's zone coverage on third downs, Bilal Powell found success on short dump-off passes out of the backfield. New York's offensive found itself in a lot of 3rd and long situations, which backed up Seattle's linebackers and gave Powell run after the catch opportunities. Powell's final stat line looks better than Forte's, but he was able to take advantage of relaxed defensive fronts as Seattle did not view him as a dynamic play-making threat.

2016 Week 3 vs KC (4 / 30 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 41 / 0 rec)

After two relatively non-existent weeks of game action, Bilal Powell led the team in catches and receiving yards in Week 3. With New York in 'catch-up mode' for the majority of the second half, Powell caught check down passes, set-up screens, and generated yards after the catch. Powell also uncharacteristically fumbled in the first half, which has been a rarity in his career. Matt Forte was the clear lead back, but Powell had a role as New York tried to move the ball downfield late in the game.

2016 Week 2 vs BUF (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Given Forte's workload, Powell only saw three opportunities as a ball carrier/receiver. Powell was used sparingly as a receiver on third downs, but when asked to pass block, he was able to pick up blitzing defenders.† Forte's sizeable workload is unsustainable over a 16-game season, so expect Powell to receive more work in the following weeks.

2016 Week 1 vs CIN (4 / 41 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Fans that were expecting to see more opportunities came away disappointed, but when given touches, he produced. Powell was the clear back-up to Forte and only received six touches compared to 28 touches for Forte. When given the ball, however, Powell made plays. In the third quarter, Powell took designed handoff on a draw play for 16 yards and a first down. Powell was also utilized as a receiver, catching two short dump off passes for minimal gains.


Latest News

Jets | Limited practice for Bilal Powell (Thu Oct 27, 06:11 PM) - New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (toe) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 27.

Our View: Powell has ended up as a very expensive caddy for Matt Forte's water bottle, and unless Forte gets hurt or the offense changes, his best days are only RB4 level. He should not be in your lineup unless your playing him as a bet that Forte leaves the game with an injury. Keep in mind, nobody likes when people are betting for craps at the Vegas tables either—it's bad karma.
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Jets | Bilal Powell does not practice (Wed Oct 26, 05:58 PM) - New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (toe) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Our View: We'll see if Powell can practice on Friday. There might be enough there for him against the Browns to be a 'what the heck' flex in PPR leagues.
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Jets | Bilal Powell plays often (Tue Oct 18, 10:28 AM) - New York Jets RB Bilal Powell played 39 snaps in Week 6 for 72 percent of the offense.

Our View: Powell is a back that fantasy owners should be rostering if they have the bench space. With all those snaps against the Cardinals, Powell still only had 22 yards from scrimmage. If Matt Forte goes down, then Powell's fantasy value would skyrocket.
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