New York Jets

AFC East

2017 Schedule

  • Week 1

    NYJ @ BUF


    12:00 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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Decker To Pursue Country Music Career

Pyro's take: Nashville by far was the most exciting landing spot for the Decker's. Eric gets to play with the up and coming QB sensation, Marcus Mariota. And his wife, Jessie James gets to pursue her country music career.

Fantasy Goo: The Titans have turner their WR core from one of the worst in 2016 to potentially the best. Decker will likely play the slot and make his biggest contribution in the Red Zone, with a QB who is yet to throw a Red Zone pick in his career. Get your popcorn ready Nashville.

06/19/17, 01:39 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Jets Release Decker

Pyro's take: After trying to find a trade partner for Decker, the Jets have pulled the plug. Making Decker the most attractive free agent after the recent Maclin signing.

Fantasy Goo: The Jets passing attack could still be fantasy relevant as all signs point towards a season of tanking. Similar to the last few years in Jacksonville, expect the Jets to be passing heavily to Enunwa, Stewart and Anderson in negative game scripts.

06/13/17, 01:49 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

The Beard Goes To The Beach

Pyro's take: Ryan Fitzpatrick had a very disappointing 2016 season, but after Glennon left for the Windy City, Tampa had to reload a backup QB and went with Fitzpatrick.

Fantasy Goo: I don't like this, I don't like it one bit. Our biggest knock on Winston is his high interception rate, and the Bucs bring in a vet who has thrown 32 picks in his last 30 games.

05/19/17, 11:16 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Jets Add Crimson Tide WR In Draft

Pyro's take: The NY Jets add the Alabama product ArDarius Stewart to their WR core in the 3rd round.

Fantasy Goo: Stewart is a nice prospect and they likely brought him in due to Robby Anderson's arrest. Decker and Enunwa are still the expected starters.

05/15/17, 02:39 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Robby Anderson Arrested

Pyro's take: While attending a music festival in Miami, Robby Anderson has been reportedly arrested for resisting arrest and obstructing justice. Sheldon Richardson had a similar situation in the 2015 off-season that resulted in a one game suspension.

Fantasy Goo: Anderson was set to be a limited snap WR behind the likes of Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa, this will create another obstacle for Anderson to break out as a fantasy asset.

05/08/17, 09:25 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

ASJ Suspended 2 Weeks

Pyro's take: ASJ has been suspended for the first two weeks of the NFL season due to his involvement with a DUI. The former Buccaneer has spent much of his career in the news for the wrong reasons.

Fantasy Goo: This is a set back for the possibility of ASJ being a factor in the NYJ offense post Brandon Marshall.

03/24/17, 11:42 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Marshall To Play Batman to OBJ's Joker

Pyro's take: Brandon Marshall has reportedly signed a 2 year deal with the NY Giants. This was originally speculated due to Marshall not wanting to uproot his family.

Fantasy Goo: The Giants ran the most 3 WR formation plays last year so Marshall will have plenty of playing time. Eli Manning has not supported two top end WRs in his career so Marshall's upside is limited as OBJ is that main play maker on that squad.

03/08/17, 09:50 AM CST by The Hartbeat

Marshall Moving On

Pyro's take: Brandon Marshall and the Jets have parted ways, adding another valuable WR to the Free Agent Market.

Fantasy Goo: Marshall showed in 2015 that he can still be an effective fantasy option. His landing spot will have a huge impact on the confidence in Marshall. Sources believe that Marshall's preference would be the NY Giants to not uproot his family. We shall see...

03/03/17, 09:36 AM CST by The Hartbeat

Fitzmagic Officially Expired For Jets

Pyro's take: Fitz's contract had a dummy second year on it and his contract officially expired with the Jets as of Friday 2/10/17.

Fantasy Goo: It is still possible that Jets retain Fitz on a new contract, but due to the verbiage it seems like he is gone. For the Jets expect them to develop their young QBs and emphasize the ground and pound game with Forte and Powell.

02/13/17, 02:09 PM CST by The Hartbeat

Forte Has Been Ruled Out: Week 16

Pyro's take: Officially, Forte is out and Powell will be the man. Last week, B Powell lead all running backs with 12 targets.

Fantasy Goo: IT is quite possible Powell leads all RBs in targets again this week. The Jets travel to face the Patriots. This game opened up with the Patriots a 2 TD favorite and has only grown since. That game script is perfect for Powell coming out of the backfield. The Patriots give up the second most receiving yards to opposing backs.

12/24/16, 10:47 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Powell a Rumbling Running Back Option for Week 16

Pyro's take: Powell passes the eye test, and finally, the Jets coaching staff opened theirs. He faces the Patriots. In last 3 weeks, only 6 teams allowing more FF Points on a per game basis to opposing RBs. Powell was targeted 12 times last week, that number lead all RBs. That number could actually increase as this game will call for the Jets to pass. This game opened with the highest spread of the week favoring the Patriots by two TDs.

Fantasy Goo: Patirots have allowed 4 TDs to RBs out of the backfield on the season and allowed a total of 656 passing yards to opposing backs; only 6 teams have allowed more passing yards to ball carriers.

12/23/16, 06:09 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Petty's Favorite Toy

Pyro's take: Bryce Petty has been an underwhelming fantasy option as the Jets starting QB. However, he has carried over a nice rapport from the practice field to Sunday with Robby Anderson.

Fantasy Goo: Robby Anderson has 23 targets in the last two game. Last week he hauled in 6 for 99 and we can expect this production to sustain with Petty at the helms. He is a sneaky DFS play but too tough to trust in season long playoffs.

12/14/16, 01:37 PM CST by The Hartbeat

Most Added Player Week 15

Pyro's take: After his 145 yard 2 touchdown game Bilal Powell was the most added player of the week. His ownership is still at 55% so still check to see if he is available after waivers cleared.

12/14/16, 11:07 AM CST by The Hartbeat

Need a Sneaky Play?

Pyro's take: According to D-rx the WR with the 4th most looks last week was Robbie Anderson with only 4 catches on 12 targets.

Fantasy Goo: His catch rate should regress to the mean as he gets more work in with Petty and this could mean a big week for Anderson in GPP plays at only $4,700 on FanDuel and $3,000 on DraftKings.

12/08/16, 01:47 PM CST by The Hartbeat

Fitzmagic to Start vs Pats

Pyro's take: Bowles has stated that Fitz will be QB1 against the Patriots this weekend.

Fantasy Goo: Patriots DST Patriots DST Patriots DST.

11/21/16, 12:52 PM CST by The Hartbeat

Fitz Out

Pyro's take: Petty starting today.

fantasy Goo: All week people expected to see Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. Well a change was made today for Petty. I've been off Marshal but I could see a scenario where Petty just peppers his best WR.

11/13/16, 10:51 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

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

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

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

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


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