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RB Bilal Powell - New York Jets

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

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Week 14: at San Francisco 49ers

All RB vs SF

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Well, the Bryce Petty era at quarterback has officially started in New York - he averages a 'scintillating' 105.6 yards passing per game so far, friends. Look for Matt Forte and Bilal Powell to face stacked boxes for the rest of the season - we'll see if the 49ers can somehow exploit this angle. Remember, though, that San Francisco has been a doormat for almost every running back that has faced them - Jordan Howard plowed this team under last week with 32/1178/3 (Chicago posted 40/142/3 rushing as a team), even while the Chicago passing game was limited; Miami was curtailed to 26/95/1 rushing two games ago by San Francisco, but they were missing their starting center and both starting offensive tackles at the time. To date, the 49ers average a horrendous 169.3 rushing yards allowed per game (32nd in the NFL) with a league-worst 17 rushing scores given out. From Week 10 to Week 13 of regular season (the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on byes during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), San Francisco averages 24.2 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (fourth-most in the NFL). This is a good matchup for the Jets' backs, but they have a weak passing offense which may limit the upside for Forte and Powell this weekend.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs LA 32 4 37 0 7 7 52 1 0 14.9
12 vs NE 28 8 36 0 3 1 7 0 0 4.3
13 vs IND 28 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.3
14 at SF PROJ-Dodds * 7 * * 3 * * * *
14 at SF PROJ-Tremblay * 6 * * 3 * * * *
14 at SF PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 13 vs IND (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bilal Powell only had one carry for three yards. He wasn't involved in the gameplan at all, yet castoff, CJ Spiller received four touches in the game and played on special teams.

2016 Week 12 vs NE (8 / 36 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Bilal Powell looked more explosive than his backfield counterpart, Matt Forte, but neither back found much room to run. Powell had a long run of seven yards off left tackle.

2016 Week 10 vs LA (4 / 37 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 52 / 1 rec)

Another week, another sold performance by Bilal Powell. Spelling Forte throughout the game, Powell was featured as a runner off-tackle and as a receiver in the flats. As a runner, Powell showed some burst and explosiveness on designed draw plays. Of note, Powell had a long run of 17 yards where he showed patience by stepping up his blocks before putting his foot in the ground and exploding into the second level. Given the conservative gameplan called with Petty under center, Powell was featured as a receiver on throws into the flats and wheel routes. Powell was involved on New York's only touchdown play, a hook-and-ladder play where Brandon Marshall made the initial reception and flipped the ball to Powell who ran it into the end zone from five yards out.

2016 Week 9 vs MIA (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)

Another week, another sold performance by Bilal Powell. Spelling Forte throughout the game, Powell was featured as a runner off-tackle and as a receiver in the flats. Powell had a long catch-and-run of 15 yards on a designed screen in the middle of the field. As a runner, Powell did not find much room to run inside, but when he got to the edge, he made linebackers miss for three, four yard gains.

2016 Week 8 vs CLE (6 / 76 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

As the season progresses, Bilal Powell has been given more opportunities to produce. In the first half, Powell proved that he is deserving of more touches. Fitzpatrick audibled out a designed pass play to Brandon Marshall and handed it off to Powell, who rumbled 35 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown. Cleveland was showing a two-deep safety look and Fitzpatrick made the right decision to audible. Powell received a few great blocks on the outside, namely from Quincy Enunwa, and rumbled down the left sideline for the long touchdown run. Outside of the touchdown run, Powell saw opportunities on third down and made several key runs. On a 3rd-and-14 play, Powell took a delayed handoff off left tackle and picked up 15 yards to preserve the drive. Powell is running with a lot of toughness and determination whenever he gets the ball.

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.


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