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|Powell has quietly been the best running back for the Jets over the past three seasons and a viable fantasy asset while averaging 8.5 fantasy points per game dating back to 2015. Although the seven-year NFL vet has yet to rush for more than 1000 yards in a season or receiver more than 178 rushes in a campaign, he continues to be a reliable flex option with excellent receiving skills.
Despite his success running the ball during that span (4.7 yard per carry average), the New York front office and coaching staff do not view Powell as an every-down back, as evident by the signing of Isaiah Crowell this offseason to a three-year contract. Crowell will be the first and second down back, with Powell acting as the change of pace and sharing passing down duties with Elijah McGuire.
Should Crowell continue to underwhelm as he did last season in Cleveland, Powell and McGuire could see a more active role as the season progresses. Until that occurs, neither player has much value outside of a flex start, and the New York ground game might be better off avoided.
| Elijah McGuire expected to be activated tomorrow|
Trending towards playing
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Nov 2, 11:50 am
|RB Eli McGuire likely to be activated tomorrow from IR. He’s “trending toward playing,” per Todd Bowles. In Bowles-speak, that means he’s playing. (Rich Cimini on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: McGuire will fill the void of Bilal Powell is on injured reserve with a neck injury. It's unclear how much workload he will receive but he's likely to share time with Isaiah Crowell. Trenton Cannon may get some spot duty on third downs.
| Bilal Powell lands on IR|
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Oct 24, 10:10 am
|Brutal news for the #Jets: They’ve placed RB Bilal Powell (neck) on Injured Reserve. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bad news for the Jets. Expect Trenton Cannon to replace Powell as the receiving back in the Jets offense. He won't see a huge amount of carries but he's worth a look in PPR leagues. Elijah McGuire is eligible to come off IR next week.
| Isaiah Crowell expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Oct 14, 1:00 am
|New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell is expected to play against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Crowell is listed as questionable because of an ankle injury but should be able to suit up after rushing for a team-record 219 yards and a touchdown last week against Denver. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Crowell missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and was limited on Friday. Crowell and Bilal Powell have basically split the running back workload this season with Powell seeing 6 more receptions in the pass game. Powell is probably the safer bet of the two, but his upside is capped if Crowell sees a full complement of snaps.
| Isaiah Crowell will be a gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Oct 12, 12:30 pm
|Isaiah Crowell (ankle) was limited today and is listed as questionable. Game-time decision. Leonard Williams (back) was full. Buster Skrine (concussion) ruled out. #Jets (Rich Cimini on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Crowell missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and was limited on Friday. If he sits, Bilal Powell would likely start and be a solid RB2 against the Colts.