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Projecting New York Jets skill position depth chart and fantasy impact

The Jets have plenty of talent, but bringing it all together is going to be tough for rookie head coach Robert Saleh.

Zach Wilson holds a jersey onstage after being drafted second by the New York Jets during round one of the 2021 NFL Draft at the Great Lakes Science Center on April 29, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The last winning season for the New York Jets came six years ago. Their last playoff appearance, 11 years ago. Their record over the last six seasons is 23-57 and they have now dumped their 2018 third overall pick quarterback Sam Darnold for their 2021 second overall quarterback pick Zach Wilson.

The Jets only won two games last season, but those two wins came after sitting at 0-13 with the No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence all but wrapped up. But they couldn’t protect their QB, winning two of their last three games under lame duck coach Adam Gase to let the Jaguars slip by them to get to the quarterback. How much that will end up biting them on the posterior remains to be seen.

Quarterback

  1. Zach Wilson
  2. James Morgan
  3. Mike White

Running back

  1. Tevin Coleman
  2. Michael Carter
  3. Ty Johnson
  4. La’Mical Perine

Wide receiver

  1. Corey Davis
  2. Jamison Crowder
  3. Denzel Mims
  4. Elijah Moore
  5. Keelan Cole
  6. Braxton Berrios

Tight end

  1. Chris Herndon
  2. Tyler Kroft
  3. Ryan Griffin
  4. Daniel Brown

Biggest offseason changes

Moving on from Sam Darnold and replacing him with Zach Wilson is the biggest change. They also brought in wide receiver Corey Davis and running back Tevin Coleman. In the draft, they acquired running back Michael Carter and receiver Elijah Moore, both players who should be a factor on offense in 2021.

Biggest questions for fantasy football

The biggest question is how quickly can this new offense come together under new head coach Robert Saleh? There are one or two new players worthy of work at every position besides tight end. Much will hinge on how well Wilson plays from the start. His learning curve will likely be longer than many would like. We did see Justin Herbert look like a seasoned veteran from the start, so it can be done, but there are a lot of new moving pieces on this offense.

Tevin Coleman, Ty Johnson, Michael Carter and La’Mical Perine all have a chance to win touches in this backfield. Coleman is the veteran who will get the first shot as the lead back, but he’s also had plenty of trouble with injuries. I really don’t expect a strong fantasy season to come out of this backfield in 2021.

The receiving core is fairly stacked with talent. Even offseason pickup Keelan Cole has shown he can play in this league and he’s fifth on my current depth chart. The depth here along with a rookie quarterback does make projections extremely tough. But as long as Jamison Crowder is still there in Week 1, he and Corey Davis should be the go-to targets for Wilson.