Week 4
October 01, 2016

New York Jets

AFC East

2016 Schedule

  • Week 1

    CIN @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 1

    NYJ @ BUF


    9:30 pm

  • Week 3

    NYJ @ KC


    5:30 pm

  • Week 4

    SEA @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    NYJ @ PIT


    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    NYJ @ ARI


    8:30 pm

  • Week 7

    BAL @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    NYJ @ CLE


    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    NYJ @ MIA


    1:00 pm

  • Week 10

    LAR @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 11


  • Week 12

    NE @ NYJ


    8:30 pm

  • Week 13

    IND @ NYJ


    8:30 pm

  • Week 14

    NYJ @ SF


    4:00 pm

  • Week 15

    MIA @ NYJ


    8:30 pm

  • Week 16

    NYJ @ NE


    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    BUF @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.


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Al Toon was a fantastic wide receiver in the late 1980’s. Toon was the main threat in the New York Jets passing attack, and dominated the NFL from 1986-1988. The University of Wisconsin product could have been one of the greatest of all-time, if concussions had not cut his career tragically short.

The New York Jets selected Al Toon, from the University of Wisconsin, with the 10th overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft. Toon would not get much playing time in the first half of his rookie season, but he would become a full-time starter after his performance in Miami versus the Dolphins in the 10th game of the season. Al lit the Fins defense up for 156 yards on 10 catches, but the Jets lost 17-21. The following week the Jets took out their frustrations on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whipping them 62-28. Toon had six cathes for 133 yards, highlighted by a 78-yard touchdown catch. The stage was set for Toon to make a mad run.

In his second season #88 broke out. Toon proved that the third year breakout receiver was a myth all the way back in the 80’s. In 1986 Al had 85 receptions for 1,176 yards with eight touchdowns. His 85 catches were the third most in the NFL, and his was named to his first of three consecutive Pro Bowls. The Jets relied on Toon in most games, as he had at least five or more catches in eight games. The following year #88 showed the best he had to offer.

In 1987 the NFL and its players went on strike, leading to teams replacing the players for weeks 4-6 of the season, while reducing the length of the season to 15 games. The players referred to these picket line crossers as Scabs. When the strike ended the Jets went into a free fall, but Toon was just producing magic. Al had 68 catches on the season, second best total in the league. In a three week span toward the end of the season Toon had 23 receptions for 378 yards and three touchdowns. He had at least 100 yards and a score in each game. Even though the Jets finished 5-7 Toon was named to the Pro Bowl.

In 1988 Toon would complete his magic three-year run. Once again he was the main target for the Jets offense, and he would lead the league in receptions with 93. Toon had at least five catches in eight games, and never had less than three catches which happened only twice. Toon saved his best for last, as he was the most dominant wide receiver in the game over another glorious three-week span toward the end of the season. In games 13-15, Al went off for 26 catches for 386 yards and two scores. There was one game that stood out amongst the others this season, and it was against the Dolphins yet again. Toon helped the Jets move the offense down the field all day with 14 catches for 181 yards in a 38-34 shootout win over the Fins. The Jets finished with a winning record of 8-7-1, and while they missed the playoffs Toon was named to his third straight Pro Bowl.

During this three year run #88 had 246 catches for 3,219 yards, and 18 touchdowns. He finished in the top three in receptions in every season (86’ 3rd, 87’ 2nd, 88’ 1st). Toon was also in the top 10 in receiving yards in all three seasons (86’ 5th, 87’ 6th, 88’ 10th), as well as in yards per game (86’ 6th, 87’ 5th, 88’ 8th). The sky was the limit for Al, but his road got a lot tougher after 1988.

Toon would continue to play for the Jets until 1992, when he was 29 years old, but was forced into retirement due to concussions. In 2014 we are well aware of the dangers of concussions and the long-term effects, chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. During the era in which Toon played, there was not as much attention paid to them, and the possible implications of multiple concussions. Toon was diagnosed with nine concussions during his eight-year NFL career. Since those are the diagnosed numbers, I bet he sustained even more.   

It is a shame that Al Toon was not able to achieve his potential due to concussions, but in the end he made the right decision for his future. In a recent interview he was asked about the concussions.  

“I do have some residual but nothing significant,” Toon, 48, said in a phone interview from his office. “Nothing I care to talk about in public. I’m able to live a happy life.”

Toon was an amazing wide receiver, and one of the league’s best for a three-year span. It was unfortunate that his career was cut short, but at least we were able to enjoy his greatness during that run in the late 80’s, and he is still living a happy life today. As far as the New York Jets and their fans are concerned, he is still one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play the game. 

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Al Toon: cool & the one-handed catch

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I'll keep this short and sweet, when it comes to cool and style and the NFL athlete, Al Toon is probably second only behind Jerry Rice. He was the first guy to wear cut-off sleeves, he was the first wideout to wear scuba gloves, he was just really fluid and amazing to watch. Here is an awesome training camp shot of THE TOON trying to haul in a one-handed catch. It's should be stated that he was the second best one handed catch WR in the history of the league, behind only Cris Carter.

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ASJ gets claimed

So the Bears didn't claim ASJ, not surprised as he seems like a locker room headache, but a chance to get a guy that talented for free? Cmon. Instead he was claimed by the New York Jets who have yet to complete a pass to the tight end this season.

Pyro's take: So the Bears didn't claim ASJ, not surprised as he seems like a locker room headache, but a chance to get a guy that talented for free? Cmon. Instead he was claimed by the New York Jets who have yet to complete a pass to the tight end this season.

09/26/16, 06:34 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: pyromaniac.com

Marshall on Snap Count in Week 3, Decker Loves Arrowhead


Pyro's take: In his last two trips to Arrowhead, Eric Decker has 5 TDS. Marshall is set to be on a snap count Week #3.

Fantasy Goo: Snap counts can be thrown out the window sometimes, it just depends on how the player reacts and looks. If he gets going against a KC secondary that only looks like a shell of their 2015 dominance, I could see Marshall being a key force. However, if it is close, I'd go elsewhere, if your next man up does not compare, then do not be scared to roll Marshall, just couch expectations. As for Decker, get him in!

09/25/16, 09:47 AM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.espn.com

ASJ Arrested For DUI And Will Be Cut By Buccaneers


Pyro's take: Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be cut by Buccaneers after he was arrested on Friday morning on a DUI charge.

Fantasy Goo: ASJ was also arrested for a DUI charge while in college. The tight end will be subject to waivers, which means anyone picking him up will also take on his current Bucs salary.
Seferian-Jenkins was the team’s second-round pick in 2014. The Bucs hoped he’d be their tight end of the future, but he’s been an inconsistent and oft-injured producer, despite occasionally dazzling with spectacular catches.

09/23/16, 10:43 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.bucsnation.com

Sweating Brandon Marshall

"The school I come from is, don't rule me out until Sunday. I need all the way up until pregame warmup to see if I'm good to go," Marshall said

Pyro's take: "The school I come from is, don't rule me out until Sunday. I need all the way up until pregame warmup to see if I'm good to go," Marshall said

Fantasy Goo: Quincy Enunwa is a rising talent in the Jets offense and if Brandon Marshall misses any time you might want to use him in your DFS lineup this weekend. He has already played very well and if he becomes the WR2 this week he could top 100 yards or score a touchdown and if you were a good little boy or girl he may do both. Fitzpatrick has already bonded with Quincy.

09/21/16, 04:58 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.nydailynews.com

Ryan Fitzpatrick Looks To Improve On Thursday Night

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Pyro's take: Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets' offense will look to improve Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills.

Fantasy Goo:Fitzpatrick and several Jets' players narrowly missed out on larger fantasy outputs Week 1. He'll be on a short week and traveling to Buffalo for Week 2 when he looks to turn things around against the Bills.A team that beat the Jets twice last season, including a week 17 that eliminated them from the playoffs.

09/14/16, 01:42 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

Brandon Marshall Full Participant At Practice

Brandon Marshall

Pyro's take: Brandon Marshall was a full participant in Tuesday's practice. Marshall and the Jets take on the Bills Thursday night in a division matchup.

Fantasy Goo: Week 1 was very forgettable for the veteran, but owners should be encouraged by the eight targets he saw, specifically the heavy focus he received in the red zone. He should see better games ahead, potentially starting Week 2 in Buffalo, and it's good to see that the hip doesn't seem to be a major concern.

09/14/16, 01:33 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.newyorkjets.com

B Marshall Should Take Advantage in his CB Matchup in Week #1


Pyro's take: Brandon Marshall is likely to face Dre Kirkpatrick, a Bengals CB. The Bengals are road favorites. Since 2012, Marshall, Dez, and Marvin Jones have atop the NFL’s most successful red zone TD converters.

Fantasy Goo: B Marsh should keep his streak of RZ dominance going as Dre Kirkpatrick is graded as one of the worst CBs according to PFF. The matchup between Marshall and Kirkpatrick grades out as the most lopsided, advantageous out of all of this week’s games. Marshall has 2 inches and 40 lbs on the man. I love Marshall in DFS as well.

09/10/16, 04:02 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo

Matt Forte Participating In Positional Drills

ESPN's Rich Cimini

Pyro's take: ESPN's Rich Cimini is reporting that New York Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) participated in positional drills in Sunday's practice for the first time since being sidelined with a hamstring injury on August 2.

Forte's ability to participate in individual drills is a good sign for his full return to football activities. The veteran running back could play in New York's upcoming preseason contest on Friday night against the Washington Redskins if he continues to engage in practice, but his status for the game remains uncertain.

08/15/16, 11:09 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.espn.com

Jace Amaro Stepping Up To Prove Himself In Jets Camp

Brian Costello

Pyro's take: Brian Costello of The New York Post believes that Jets tight end Jace Amaro has stood out through the early part of training camp.

Fantasy Goo: "He is making a lot of catches, including a few diving ones, and has been a noticeable target in red-zone drills," said Costello. The Jets could use someone to step up behind Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, and Amaro stands the best chance of doing that. His first few years in the leagues have been marred by bad play and injury, but he could finally be turning a corner. He is worth keeping an eye on in all formats as a possible TE2.

08/02/16, 08:53 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: nypost.com

Fitzmagic Is Back In The Big Apple As The Jets Get their Veteran Quarterback To Ink A One Year Deal

Can Ryan Fitzpatrick

Pyro's take: Can Ryan Fitzpatrick lead the New York Jets into the playoffs? NFL Network's Kurt Warner thinks so "this could be the year that Jets can make a run at the AFC East Division title." The Jets signed Fitzy to Virtually a 1 year 12 million dollar deal with incentives that can boost it to 15 million on the eve of their first day of training camp in a similar stealth as they did DE Mo Wilkerson.

Fantasy Goo: Fitzpatricks return can only mean better things for a Jets offense that was one the league's best in red zone efficiency. His command of the Chan Gailey scheme should be even stronger this season as continuity with his Recievers and the addition of All-Pro pass catching RB Matt Forte could mean that the beard is in line for another record season in 2016.

07/28/16, 04:28 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.nfl.com

Plan A vs Plan B in the land of J.E.T.S.

“I think Geno can be a good starter, but he’s got to prove it in training camp like everybody else,” Bowles told The News.

Pyro's take: “I think Geno can be a good starter, but he’s got to prove it in training camp like everybody else,” Bowles told The News. “It’s not just about the quarterback position. You got to have a team around that position to play ball, but he’s been in the system a year. He has a better grasp of it going into training camp and we’ll see what he does.”

Fantasy Goo: In 2013 Geno had 18 combined touchdowns and 25 turnovers then followed that in 2014 with 14 combined touchdowns and 16 turnovers. Last season in 2015 Geno only touched the field once which was during week 8. Geno who is only 25 would be given a better opportunity if this was back in the 80’s or later when teams let quarterbacks mature. These days you better impress within two or the franchise begins hunting for a new kid in town or in this case a 33 year old Ryan Fitzpatrick who may be related to Dick Fitzpatrick but, I am not sure. I am pretty sure that I was a believer in Fitzpatrick last year though and Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker would agree. Besides, we always here about a threat of holdout but, almost every time the pen hits-the-paper before the season starts.

07/23/16, 08:15 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.nydailynews.com

Jets Are Looking To Keep Veteran Running Back Matt Forte Rested This Season

The New York Post's

Pyro's take: The New York Post's Brian Costello reports the Jets will give Matt Forte "plenty of rest" this season.

Fantasy Goo: The Jets see Forte as their lead back, replacing Chris Ivory, but he is going to get plenty of rest in a rotation that includes Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson.
The main question with Forte is how much tread he has left on the tire. He had a remarkable workload in Chicago. He leads the NFL in all-purpose yards (12,718) since he entered the league in 2008. Forte is now 30, which is seen by most as the point where running backs fall off the cliff. Forte is out to prove them wrong. This is not good news for Forte's fantasy value as he's currently being drafted as a top-15 running back.

07/22/16, 12:00 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: nypost.com

Ryan Fitzpatrick And Jets Stalemate Could Linger Into Preseason

The Jets

Pyro's take: The Jets are reportedly waiting to see not only practice reps in training camp but also game reps in the preseason for Geno Smith as they continue to consider re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Goo: There appears to be no end in sight to this stalemate, as Fitzpatrick could remain unsigned into the preseason. His absence impacts not only his fantasy value but also the value of the Jets' playmakers. I do believe however a deal will get done sooner rather than later as the Jets recently signed DE Mohamed Wilkerson to a long term deal which in turn helped free up some cap space and a little wiggle room to Retain the services of The Bearded veteran QB.

07/19/16, 05:42 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

Jets cannot live without Powell

The Jets let Powell know how they felt about him by signing him to a three-year, $11.25 million contract in free agency.

Pyro's take: The Jets let Powell know how they felt about him by signing him to a three-year, $11.25 million contract in free agency. Powell is one of the few holdovers left from the Mike Tannenbaum era. Powell’s ability to stick with the Jets through three general managers and four offensive coordinators shows how valued he is.

Fantasy Goo: This may sound like bullshit but after watching a ton of Jets games particularly at the end of 2015 I noticed how important Bilal is to the Jets. Powell was ranked tenth last year for running backs receiving pass targets with 5.73% per game. Powell caught 63 passes which beat out bigger named pass catching running backs such as Matt Forte, DeMarco Murray and Lamar Miller. Bilal also was able to carry the ball out of the backfield with a very nice 4.5 YPC. Matt forte is now a Jet and will receive his share of passes so, for now just keep track of Bilal Powell in case Matt Forte stumbles or gets banged up. Bilal will be a far greater PPR producer than standard league play.

07/07/16, 02:10 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: nypost.com

Brandon Marshall Asked To Lose Weight By Jets Coach

The Jets

Pyro's take: The Jets would like Brandon Marshall to lose roughly five pounds so that he's playing at 230 pounds this season. Marshall has averaged a playing weight of roughly 235 pounds. (NY Daily News)

The goal here is likely for Marshall to retain his health and overall fitness through a long season as he gets older. It's an interesting atmosphere considering the Ryan Fitzpatrick situation, and it's not clear what the team is thinking of the prospects of Geno Smith being under center. Marshall should be able to produce no matter the QB, as he's shown in the past, but he would seem to be in a better position if Fitzpatrick were to be re-signed.

06/22/16, 10:13 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.nydailynews.com

Cameron Brate Emerging As Top Tight End In Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pyro's take: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could have a changing of the guard at the tight end position in 2016 with Cameron Brate emerging as the team's top threat over Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Head coach Dirk Koetter has praised Brate for the entire offseason and believes he is turning into a legit red zone threat. "Cam has got an uncanny ability to show up in the red zone and we saw that again today," Koetter told the Tampa Bay Times. The Buccaneers wrapped up their mandatory minicamp this week and will unite again for July's training camp.

Fantasy Goo: Cameron Brate's name has been all over the media this offseason being praised by head coach Dirk Koetter. Brate is entering his third season in the NFL following his best season in the league in 2016 where he caught 23 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Monitor the Austin Seferian-Jenkins situation closely as he is said to be on a short leash after being sent home from practice last week. Brate would likely be next in line for the starting job if Seferian-Jenkins ends up on the bench to start the season. Consider Brate a low-end TE2 with upside if he winds up at the top of the depth chart.

06/18/16, 02:49 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.tampatimes.com

AS-J was Dismissed for Practice

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Pyro's take: Austin Seferian-Jenkins was dismissed from practice last Thursday because he "didn't know what he was doing", according to Head Coach Dirk Koetter. After practice, he was grilled on Twitter by fans and responded harshly. He has since then apologized to fans and his actions on the practice field. He said that he now realizes he was wrong and that his fans want to see him succeed.

Fantasy Goo: Seferian-Jenkins in 6'5" and was a basketball player in High School. He has the size and speed to exploit the average defensive back. With a young quarterback in Jameis Winston, many expected him to be a natural check down last year. Through two seasons he has seen 16 games due to injury. Coming out of Washington, his attitude was in question. With a new coaching staff, you would prefer a player to mold to the staff and be a favorite on a deep tight end roster. This situation should be monitored through preseason and affirmed that ASJ maintains his starting job ahead of Brandon Myers.

06/15/16, 11:35 AM CDT by The Archer
Source: www.buccaneers.com

Matt Forte Looks To Return To His Old Form With The Jets

Following an eight

Pyro's take: Following an eight-year tenure with the Chicago Bears, Matt Forte will enter the 2016 season with his new team, the New York Jets with the hopes of returning back to his old form. "That was one of the reasons for me wanting to come here because the training room is so good," Forte said to NJ.com. "At this point in your career, health is so important. You're not as young as you used to be, or recover as fast as you used to. But if you get the right (trainers) in there and work with them, you can turn back time," the running back added. The 30-year-old rusher also spoke highly on New York's offensive scheme citing that he is "looking forward to getting back into having a fullback, a lead blocker, a power-type running game."

Matt Forte is entering his ninth season in the NFL, but it will be his first with the New York Jets. Forte was signed earlier in the offseason to replace Chris Ivory as he departed via free agency to the Jaguars. Forte could benefit from a more run-friendly offense with New York and the power rushing attack could open up more holes for the aging back in 2016. Forte finished 2015 ranked ninth at his position with 170.7 fantasy points, averaging 13.1 FPPG through 13 games. With the Jets, however, Forte's numbers could easily increase this year due to the question marks that surround the team at the quarterback position. Forte will once again be one of the most coveted players in PPR formats in the upcoming fantasy football campaign and should be a safe selection in the latter part of the third round of fantasy drafts.

06/05/16, 06:21 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.nj.com

Christian Hackenberg Struggling Like Typical Rookie At Jets Practices

ESPN's Rich Cimini

Pyro's take: ESPN's Rich Cimini notes about Hackenberg so far, "Right now, he looks like a typical rookie. His passes are fluttering, his footwork is robotic and he tends to miss high when he misses a receiver. In last Wednesday's practice, he sailed two consecutive 15-yard passes over the head of a tight end -- against air. That's right, there was no defense. He had a couple of nice moments later in a two-minute drill, but it wasn't a great practice."

It's way too early to pass judgment but it would be surprising if Hackenberg saw any game snaps this year.

06/05/16, 06:04 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.espn.com

No Timetable for Devin Smith Return

Devin Smith

Pyro's take: Devin Smith went 9 for 115 yards, with one touchdown last year. Smith was a 2nd round pick last year and spent most of the year on the sidelines due to rib injuries.

Fantasy Goo: Smith is a late round draft pick that may slip out of your fantasy drafts because he is the projected WR3 behind Marshall, who had a monster season last year, and Decker. Not knowing who will throw from the pocket week 1, I would shy away from Smith until we get word of consistent practice participation. Another key take away is the fact that his touchdown came on a punt return, rather than a receiving touchdown week 9 against the Dolphins.

06/02/16, 11:45 AM CDT by The Archer
Source: nypost.com


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