Quite the bold proclamation, ain’t it. For the sake of clarity: don’t take anyone on the Jets offense until you have to.
Faced with the real possibility both of their quarterbacks will redefine the word ‘suck’ in the English lexicon, Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan and Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano have designed a new offense to fit the unique skill sets of Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. One guesses the Jets’ brain trust aims to emulate what the Broncos were able to do last year with Tebow – rely as little as possible on the former Gators’ ability to throw the ball.
This will likely involve Sparano’s famed Wildcat formation – which was effectively dismantled by opposing defenses four years ago, but I digress. Strangely, in a preseason that’s seen the Jets fail to register an offensive touchdown, the Wildcat has been kept under wraps. Ryan and Sparano have both cited the fact that David Lee – Sparano’s QB coach in Miami – is on the Bills coaching staff, their Week 1 opponent, and the fear of putting the plays on film as reasons why we haven’t seen the gimmicky formation thus far. We won’t see it tomorrow in Philadelphia, and to be frank, we don’t need to.
So when Shonn Greene falls to you in the sixth round, think twice about selecting the man who has been primed for a fantasy breakout for the last two years. If you missed out on the pack of super athletic tight ends that are now terrifying secondaries, don’t opt for Dustin Keller as your fall back plan. When one of Santanio Holmes or Stephen Hill scream value in the latter portion of your draft remember the people tasked with throwing them the ball have shown a complete lack of ability to throw said ball.
It’s not all dire. Kickers have become a vital part of championship teams in both reality and fantasy. Nick Folk – who beat out Josh Brown for the job this week – will get plenty of looks from 30 to 40 yards when the Jets offense inevitably falters after a hilariously overthrown Techez pass flies into the first row.
This is all pretty obvious stuff, but we do rash things when faced with 60 seconds to make a pick. So remember: Folk or bust.
And now the links part of the links post…
- Tavaris Jackson could be part of a Wildcat package for the Bills. With Brad Smith showing flashes of being a capable wide receiver last season, this makes sense. Just a reminder to Chan Gailey & Co: THROW THE BALL. [PFT]
- DeMarcus Ware and Miles Austin promise they’ll be ready for next week’s season opener against the Giants. Jason Witten remains doubtful. [ESPN Dallas]
- Last night free agent RB Ryan Grant tweeted a picture of Jaguar with a caption that read “Sharp…focused.” With the MJD saga showing no signs of ending, it’s assumed Grant would backup new starter Rashad Jennings if he signed with Jacksonville. [Rotoworld]
- It remains to be seen if Dwayne Bowe will be ready for the Chiefs’ opener against Atlanta in 12 days. The wideout started practicing a week ago after holding out from the team for the entire off-season and all of training camp. [ESPN]
- Rotoworld’s Evan Silva believes Raiders’ Running Back Darren McFadden warrants a top three pick. With Run DMC’s history of injury problems, that’s a bold statement. My faith in fantasy running back’s last year was crushed by McFadden. [Goal Line Stand]
- Skittles connoisseur Marshawn Lynch hasn’t practiced in a week due to back spasms, a condition which forced him to miss a game last year. Rookie RB Robert Turbin has impressed the Seahawks coaching staff this pre-season, so take him as insurance if you plan on drafting Lynch. [Sporting News]
- Kenny Britt’s long, strange off-season took a turn for the better yesterday. The Titans activated the Wide Receiver from the training camp PUP list. The Titans believe Britt will be available for at least 10-15 plays in the opener – that is if he avoids suspension for this off the field transgressions. [SI]