Dynasty Update: Bilal Powell, RB, Jets
Mike Goodson’s recent extracurricular activity has me thinking that Bilal Powell will be back on the fantasy radar soon ... and he could be a real value on draft day. Now, don’t get me wrong, Chris Ivory is the man in New York. He was the man before Mike Goodson decided to go all Vincent Vega on us. That being said, Ivory is a player with some downside. He’s mediocre as a receiver and his pass protection skills are not what they need to be either. Above all, Ivory is an over-sized contact runner that has had some issues holding up to ... wait for it ... contact.
So, with Goodson likely suspended and quite possibly Jettisoned, there is going to be some opportunity for both 3rd down and change of pace work behind Ivory. There is also handcuff value for those who take the plunge on the ex-Saint and perennial fantasy tease. After all, any sober assessment of Ivory will conclude that his upside is equal to his risk and much of that risk relates to potential injury. For this reason, Powell’s potential ascendence to the #2 job is a good thing for those who opt to roll the dice on Ivory. I say this because Goodson, talented as he may be, is/was a horrible bet to stay healthy with a significant workload. We like Powell’s chances far better in that regard.
The downside we see with Powell is that he is a Mike Tannenbaum selection and it’s hard to tell how new GM John Idzik values him. There is also no holdover at OC to sing Powell’s praises. The 3rd year back will have to do it on his own and earn it. All these factors make Powell a guy to follow but not to bank on. However, by the time most fantasy drafts occur, Powell may have the backup job sewn up, and that will be good news for him and for those looking for an insurance policy on Ivory. Powell, apart from a lack of speed, is a solid fit for Marty Mornhinweg’s offense. He’s a player to keep an eye on now that more off-field issues have popped up for the Jets. Both Powell and Joe McKnight should move up now that the Jersey Police have the goods on Goodson.