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RB Bilal Powell - New York Jets

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 11): Powell's value evaporated when Josh McCown went down

Week 15: at New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Jets' three-headed running back monster has flashed dynamism at times, but only very briefly so; they're still hard to trust in any fantasy capacity. Matt Forte has looked every bit of his age of late, averaging just 3.13 yards per carry and 32.3 per game since returning from injury in Week 12. Bilal Powell is a more athletic and dynamic back than he's given credit for, but in a timeshare with Forte and running behind a mediocre line, the deck is typically stacked against him. Rookie Elijah McGuire isn't much of a factor, either; he's been given just 11 carries over his last 9 quarters of play and hurt his ankle in Week 14. Altogether, this is generally a unit to avoid regardless of matchup or expected game flow. And with quarterback Josh McCown out and the Jets' league-worst backup situation in play, both matchup and script are turning overwhelmingly negative for the trio. The Saints' run defense numbers are actually decent, but they belie the true vulnerability that exists here. They're allowing 4.50 yards per rush, fourth-most in the league, after all. But when they dominate games, as they often did from Weeks 6-10, they've been able to snuff out opposing runners and prevent big fantasy days. Offenses can't stay committed to the run, of course, when the Saints are leading comfortably and their own backs are grinding out the second half. That said, their run of huge wins seems to have skidded to a stop; they've spent most of their last four weeks in neutral or negative game script, and it's afforded their opponents more opportunity - and room - to run. Samaje Perine (117 yards and 1 touchdown), Todd Gurley (74 yards), and Devonta Freeman (91 and 1) have been able to wear them down successfully. The Saints are overwhelming Week 15 favorites (currently -16), but we need to bear in mind what their opponents are capable of when the game is rolling toward the middle.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 vs CAR 23 9 34 0 1 1 12 0 0 4.6
13 vs KC 37 18 48 1 3 2 2 0 0 11
14 at DEN 23 13 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.5
15 at NO PROJ-Dodds * 10 * * 2 * * * *
15 at NO PROJ-Tremblay * 10 * * 2 * * * *
15 at NO PROJ-Bloom * 12 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs DEN (13 / 35 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bilal Powell was the lone 'bright spot' on offense. He had a long run of 12 yards on a stretch play.

2017 Week 13 vs KC (18 / 48 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)

New York's offense totaled 49 rushing attempts, so all three running backs saw numerous opportunities. Powell, however, was utilized most frequently and was a staple in the red zone. In the first quarter, Powell took a toss-sweep off left tackle, bounced off one tackle, and skipped into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Powell was given five touches inside the 7-yard line, but was unable to score. After a Kansas City penalty created a new set of downs, McCown called his own number and scored from 1-yard out. New York showed faith by feeding Powell, but he has to convert.

2017 Week 12 vs CAR (9 / 34 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

All three running backs were activeˇand were mixed in throughout the game. Powell had a long run of 14 yards on a stretch play and one 12-yard catch. Carolina has one of the better run defense in the NFL, so the running game suffered.

2017 Week 10 vs TB (10 / 30 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte was inactive, so Bilal Powell started. New York's offensive line had trouble blocking Tampa's Front 7, limiting Powell's opportunities. Powell had one long run of 21 yards on a toss, but otherwise, was completely contained.

2017 Week 9 vs BUF (9 / 74 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte was rewarded with two touchdown runs, but Powell was impressive in his own right. In the third quarter, Powell ripped off a 51-yard run, his second longest run of the season. A toss-right to the short side of the field was called, Powell was patient, set-up his blocks, before finding a tiny cutback lane to the inside. Once he made the cut, he ran through two arm tackles and one shoestring tackle before rumbling free into the open field. He was tackled at the 10-yard line, but the run was arguably his most impressive run of the year.

2017 Week 8 vs ATL (14 / 33 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)

Once again, Bilal Powell and Matt Forte split snaps, but Powell out-touched his elder counterpart. Simply put, New York's running was completely stagnant against a rejuvenated Atlanta front. As a receiver, Powell served as a check down option and caught two designed screen passes.

2017 Week 7 vs MIA (9 / 43 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 40 / 0 rec)

Bilal Powell started the game - and made an immediate impact. On the first play of the game, McCown and Powell connected for a 31-yard gain on a screen pass. Powell showed good patience and vision to set-up his blocks before accelerating into the second level. Bilal Powell split looks with Matt Forte, but Forte was given more opportunities as a receiver. Powell was given a goal-line carry, but was stuffed and unfortunately, didn't get another opportunity because McCown scored on a QB-sneak.

2017 Week 5 vs CLE (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)

Bilal Powell suffered a calf injury in the first half and did not return. Powell, however, was on the sidelines, but the coaching staff opted to hold him out. Prior to the injury, Powell did not find much room as a runner, but was effective as a pass catcher. Powell had four grabs for 28 yards, serving as McCown safety blanket on check downs.

2017 Week 4 vs JAX (21 / 163 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)

In the first quarter, Powell ripped off the longest touchdown run in 30 years. Taking a toss sweep, Powell ran untouched into the second level, slipped and fell. Jacksonville's defense gave up on the play, so Powell got up and sprinted away for a 75-yard touchdown. The touchdown was fluky, but it counts. Outside of this long touchdown run, Powell turned in a solid, workman-like performance. Working in tandem with rookie, Elijah McGuire, Powell ran hard between the tackles and served as a check down option. Powell did make one big mistake, slipping and falling on a designed screen pass that was intercepted, leading to Jacksonville's game-tying field goal. McGuire's play was impressive, but Powell finally saw volume like what he was given late last season.

2017 Week 3 vs MIA (15 / 37 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Due to positive game flow and an injury to Matt Forte, Bilal Powell saw his largest workload to date. The majority of Powell's workload came in the second half as New York nursed a double-digit lead. Powell was rewarded with a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the third quarter that capped off a 7-play, 49-yard drive, giving New York a 17-0 lead. Once again, Powell played like New York's best back, and depending upon Forte's injury, may get more in coming weeks.

2017 Week 2 vs OAK (6 / 13 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bilal Powell started the game, but did not receive starter touches. Matt Forte paced the backfield in yards, but rookie Elijah McGuire was surprisingly given more touches than Powell. Powell had a long-run of 5 yards, a run off left tackle where he waited for a hole to open before hitting and picking up the short gain.

2017 Week 1 vs BUF (7 / 22 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 17 / 0 rec)

Bilal Powell functioned as the clear back-up behind Matt Forte. In fact, Powell did not receive his first touch until four minutes before halftime. When his number was called, Powell showed decisiveness, finding the hole before putting his foot down and accelerating. As a receiver, Powell served a check down that was quickly met by Buffalo defenders. He had a scoring opportunity, but Powell was tackled on the 1-yard line after catching a quick dump off from McCown.


Latest News

Jets | Bilal Powell leads backfield (Sun Dec 10, 10:53 PM) - New York Jets RB Bilal Powell rushed 13 times for 35 yards in a 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 14.

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Jets | Bilal Powell set for Week 14 (Fri Dec 8, 06:40 PM) - New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (hamstring) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 8, and he was removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 14 game against the Denver Broncos.

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Jets | Week 14 injury report for NYJ (Fri Dec 8, 06:17 PM) - New York Jets LB Bruce Carter (groin) did not practice Friday, Dec. 8, and he has been ruled out for Week 14 against the Denver Broncos. RB Matt Forte (knee) did not practice, either, and he is listed as questionable, while LB Demario Davis (non-injury related) did not practice and is off the report. OG Brian Winters (abdomen, ankle) practiced on a limited basis and is listed as questionable. WR Robby Anderson (hamstring), S Terrence Brooks (non-injury related), CB Juston Burris (knee), OG James Carpenter (knee), DL Xavier Cooper (knee), WR Jermaine Kearse (shoulder) and RB Bilal Powell (hamstring) each practiced in full and have been removed from the injury report.

Our View: Forte's status is uncertain for Week 14. If he can't go this week, Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire will split the work and both be low ceiling flex plays.
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Jets | Another full practice for Bilal Powell (Thu Dec 7, 06:59 PM) - New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (hamstring) was a full participant in practice for the second consecutive day Thursday, Dec. 7.

Jets | Bilal Powell able to go full (Wed Dec 6, 06:45 PM) - New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (hamstring) was able to take part in a full practice session Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Our View: Powell's fantasy value hinges on whether or not Matt Forte plays in Week 14. The Jets travel to play the Broncos on Sunday.
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