Week 8
October 27, 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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Fitzmagic back?

Pyro's take: Ryan Fitzpatrick has the ultimate get right matchup against the Browns this weekend. They have allowed multiple passing touchdown to every passer so far.

With Geno Smith gone for the year, Fitzpatrick will have a great matchup to recapture his magic.

10/25/16, 03:57 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: pyromaniac.com

Jets To Name Geno Smith Starter For Week Seven

Pyro's take: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the New York Jets will announce Geno Smith as their new starting quarterback.

Fantasy Goo: This isn't terribly surprising, given that former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick has been abysmal so far this season. Still, Smith can't be seen as much of an upgrade at this point, and it leaves the fantasy value of wide receiver Brandon Marshall in limbo. Smith is no better than a low-end QB2 in deep leagues if even that. At 1 and 5 the Jets season is all but lost it's just a matter of time before we get to see if Bryce Petty can be the answer for Gangreen.

10/19/16, 10:35 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: twitter.com

Eric Decker Goes On Season Ending IR

Pyro's take: The New York Jets have placed WR Eric Decker (shoulder) on the injured reserve list.

Fantasy Goo: Decker appeared headed to IR since the news broke of his partially torn rotator cuff, and on Wednesday, it was made official. In Decker's absence, Quincy Enunwa will benefit as the permanent starter opposite Brandon Marshall for the remainder of the season. Enunwa should be added across all fantasy scoring formats.

10/12/16, 01:48 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: twitter.com

Forte has Ribs/Knee pains

Pyro's take: @RVacchianoSNY RB Matt Forte and LT Ryan Clady were limited at practice for the Jets today.

Fantasy Goo: Matt Forte is not a Spring chicken and those early season touches are possibly now evident in a not so good way. Bilal Powell would be a good waiver pickup for PPR leagues if you need RB help. Late last year Powell took much of Chris Ivory’s thunder and may be tossed into much more of the Jets game plan here on.

10/05/16, 07:38 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: twitter.com

Decker - Major Cause for Concern Beyond Week 4

Pyro's take: Decker owners are worried,m with reason. HE will miss Week 4, but that might not be all according to reports.

Fantasy Goo: IF you own Decker, you are collecting as many stories on this as possible, but everything I have read sounds very serious. Shop Decker NOW! Don't get caught like Watkins owners.

10/02/16, 11:28 AM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.ganggreennation.com

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


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