Nick Mimi @nmimi
Sorting Out the Jets Backfield for Fantasy
The New York Jets hit a home run this draft with the amount of talent they were able to acquire. Notably, for fantasy, they drafted the rookie 1.01 Breece Hall with pick 36. The Jets traded up two spots to draft him. Breece Hall was a pick away from landing as the main back in Houston, now he shares a backfield with Michael Carter.
Last season, the Jets were hit hard by injuries. They lost starting left tackle Mekhi Becton in week one for the season. Elijah Moore, Corey Davis, and Michael Carter all missed games for injury as well as Zach Wilson.
Taking a look at the numbers, Michael Carter played in 14 games. He rushed for 639 yards and four touchdowns. He saw 55 targets and caught 36 for 325 yards. Tevin Coleman saw 16 targets, Ty Johnson saw 55 targets. Breaking that down between the three, the Jets running backs saw 126 targets.
Last season, Jets running backs dropped a lot of passes. An example, Ty Johnson dropped three passes in one game against the Saints at home. 15 drops are detrimental to the development and confidence of a young quarterback. Ty Johnson had seven drops Tevin Coleman had two, and Michael Carter had four drops last season as well. Hall does not drop passes. He is an excellent pass-catching back, which will be a nice addition and help for Zach Wilson. Hall is going to dominate the passing downs, and it would not surprise me to see him top 80 or more targets.
Draft Breece Hall with confidence this year. By draft day, he should be going in the first two rounds of all drafts and is already a top 15-20 dynasty player. Michael Carter will find time in the backfield to produce, but the Jets traded up and drafted Hall to be the main back in New York.