Week 5
October 06, 2015

New York Jets

AFC East

2015 Schedule

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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Ivory may not be able to play full-game


Pyro's take: Ivory is listed as probable, but the Jets don't think he's fully over his quad issue. The coaches call the shots, and I would be surprised if he carries the load. Could see him at the goal line though.

10/03/15, 11:23 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

(Chris) Ivory on the hunt


Pyro's take: Chris Ivory seems to be ready to roll and smash over defenders this week. According to head coach Todd Bowles stated about the situation "Todd Bowles says Chris Ivory (quad) should be good to go vs Dolphins. will rest couple days."

09/28/15, 04:18 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.rotoworld.com

Devin Smith to play in Wedek #3

Smith plays week 3

Pyro's take: The 23 year-old Smith plays week 3. This will be his NFL debut in Decker's absence. The Jets are only playing 4 WRs. I am excited, I am a Smith owner, but certainly want to see it on the field first.

09/27/15, 11:25 AM CDT by M O
Source: twitter.com

No Decker Boosts Marshall in Week 3

No Decker Boosts Marshall in Week 3

Pyro's take: Decker will not play in Week #3, thus Marshall should receive a bump in targets. The Eagles have given up the 7th most fantasy points to WRs thus far. Marshall is a great DFS play. Marshall is only $6200 on Draft Kings and remember, they are full PPR.

09/27/15, 10:44 AM CDT by M O

Decker Out Week 3

Decker Out Week 3

Pyro's take: Decker will not play in week #3. I still like the bearded brotha under center and this should bump up Marshall.

09/27/15, 10:42 AM CDT by M O

Ivory still game time


Pyro's take: No doubt Chris Ivory feels he can play, but according to Manish Mehta via twitter "Jets RB Chris Ivory (quad) believes he'll be ready to go vs Eagles. He'll have to show coaches/medical personnel tomorrow in pregame #nyj"

He did practice on a limited basis Friday

09/26/15, 08:30 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Decked Decker day to day


Pyro's take: According to beat writer Rich Cimini via twitter "Eric Decker, sprained knee, day-to-day, per Todd Bowles. Hopeful he can play Sunday."

It may difficult for him to return on Sunday after being injured Monday night, but the MRI is a hopeful sign that he wont be out much more than that if he misses next week.

09/22/15, 10:15 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Fitzpatrick Job


Pyro's take: Rich Cimini has reported via twitter that "Not that there's much doubt, but Bowles said Ryan Fitzpatrick would be QB even if Geno Smith were healthy."

The moment Fitzgerald was named starter due to Geno Smith injury he was a lock. IF somehow the Jets start stumbling or out of the picture, then Geno will most likely return.

09/22/15, 10:11 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Owusu Out 2-3 Weeks


Pyro's take: According to reporter Manish Mehta "Todd Bowles said on ESPN radio that WR Chris Owusu might miss two weeks with a leg injury."

09/22/15, 10:09 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Ivory Groin


Pyro's take: According to Jets beat writer Manish Mehta "Jets RB Chris Ivory (groin) was limited in today's official practice report. He's expected to play."

Chris Ivory has been an injured prone athlete for most of his career, but when he is on the field he is a load to bring down. He should put up some top-notch numbers against a poor Indianapolis Colts defense.

09/18/15, 01:47 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Jace Amaro's Season is over..

"The #Jets placed TE Jace Amaro (shoulder) on season-ending Injured Reserve." Jeff Cumberland is expected to take over the starting role and will be the tight end to own on the Jets if any!

Pyro's take: "The #Jets placed TE Jace Amaro (shoulder) on season-ending Injured Reserve." Jeff Cumberland is expected to take over the starting role and will be the tight end to own on the Jets if any!

09/01/15, 12:36 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: twitter.com

Sets Franchise Record

Fitzpatrick was back in the starting saddle after Ryan Mallett was injured and out for the season last week. Fitz threw for a career-high and franchise record six touchdown passes in the Week 13 game against the Tennessee Titans. He finished 24 of 33 with 358 yards, the six touchdowns came with zero interceptions.

Pyro's take: Fitzpatrick has a way of cutting up bad teams, and that was shown on Sunday. This up coming game he has the Jaguars and then the Colts, Ravens and Jags in week 17. Fitz could easily be a valid in two-quarterback leagues or for streaming purposes.

12/01/14, 06:41 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: scores.espn.go.com

Back in the Saddle

Due to the torn pectoral muscle of Ryan Mallett it appears that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be back in the saddle for the Houston Texans. According to John McClain Texans beat writer "If the MRI shows a tear in Mallett's pectoral muscle, he could miss several games. The bottom line is that Ryan Fitzpatrick is likely back."

Pyro's take: There is little doubt that Fitzpatrick is going to be the starter, as the Texans are still in the playoff hunt, but if eliminated, look for their rookie draft choice Tom Savage.

11/24/14, 04:34 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Not Practice Participating

Brandon Marshall did not participate in practice today

Pyro's take: We will see how they come up on Friday, it may very well be the fact he may miss this week, but stay alert for him later this week.

11/13/14, 01:46 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.vikings.com

Decker Still No GO

Dennis Waszak has reported via twitter that Eric Decker, among others "Didn't practice: Reilly (knee). Limited: Salas, Harris, Decker, Colon, Adams, Aboushi."

Pyro's take: Eric Decker hamstring has been lingering all-season, Rest and play, repeat.

10/23/14, 12:47 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Kerley Signed

Jeremy Kerley has signed with the New York Jets for a four-year $16 million extension., $5.4 million guaranteed. He has he has 22 receptions for 201 yards and one touchdown on the season.

Pyro's take: The Jets are trying to set the pieces before they get the quarterback they need to get these guys the ball, until then expect inconsistent results from all of them. This is a good signing for the Jets.

10/21/14, 08:10 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nfl.com

Out for Season

Stevan Ridley tore his ACL and MCL and will be out for the season. Ridley was New England’s top rusher with 340 yards in six games, running for two touchdowns and was averaging 3.6 yards per carry.

With Ridley now out, Shane Vereen will step up to the number one, while Brandon Boldin will see his role expand.

Pyro's take: Stevan Ridley was having a below average season, and now he can safely be dropped in most leagues. Brandon Boldin, might be the safest bet to fill the Ridley role, while Vereen will continue to be the PPR specialist.

10/13/14, 09:12 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: boston.cbslocal.com

Should of Rested

Brandon Marshall has stated that he feels his week one injury should have kept him out of the lineup for four weeks, but was able to convince Bears officials that he could play. “I can’t just sit on the sideline and was the guys have fun and battle together,” he said. “It’s just not in my blood.” This would attest to his poor performances over the last three weeks, as he has only caught six receptions in three games since his three touchdowns against the 49ers. “So last week was the first week where we really had a chance to get me involved,” Marshall said. “The first two weeks, the doctors ruled me out. they said I wasn’t going to play and I went to them and said, ‘Just make it a game-time decision’
“I thought that with some adrenaline I’d be able to go. I was able to help the team out, pull some coverage and get Martellus (Bennett) and Alshon (Jeffery) 1-on-1 matchups. Get Matt Forte some seven-man boxes.”

Marc Trestman believes that Marshall is back at 100% and has done everything possible to get there “All I can tell you, from my standpoint with Brandon, is he did everything he could to get ready and get himself back,” Trestman said. “And the last 10 days or two weeks of practice, he looks to be at full strength.”

Pyro's take: A healthy Brandon Marshall means a healthy dose of stats for your fantasy ball-team. Its great to see the positive strides that Marshall has made, and maybe this could be passed down to players like Mike Wallace.

Continue to start Brandon Marshall as your number one receiver, and it doesn't matter who he plays.

10/10/14, 02:05 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: voices.suntimes.com

CJ not even ok

Chris Johnson couldn't get it going against the Bears on Monday Night Football. 34 yards on 10 carries, and no receptions is not special. Chris Ivory outplayed Johnson badly, as he has the last three games.

Johnson has 123 rushing yards in 35 carries (3.5 ypc) with six receptions for 23 yards and one touchdown, while Ivory has rushed 33 times for 189 yards and two touchdowns, and even though Ivory has hands of steel, he has caught just one pass shy of Johnson, but has gained 32 more yards.

Pyro's take: The Jets brought in Chris Johnson to be their main ball carrier, but it seems as though Chris Ivory has something to say about that. If Ivory continues to outshine Johnson, CJ will see his carries dissipate, while Ivory's rise. New York faces a tough match-up against the Detroit Lions this week.

09/23/14, 01:21 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Missed Practice

Eric Decker sat out of practice again today. because of hamstring issues, that he suffered in last Sunday's game. He spent the time stretching and doing exercises in the training room. Since, the Jets do not play until Monday night, Rex Ryan can refrain from publishing an injury report at this time.

Decker leads the team with nine catches for 137 yards and a touchdown.

Pyro's take: This doesn't sound overly serious, but more will be known when Ryan releases his activity report. Decker will take on the Bears this Monday.

09/17/14, 05:25 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: nypost.com


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