Bilal Powell: Updated Fantasy Outlook, Analysis for New York Jets RB

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIINovember 18, 2012

Oct 14, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Cory Redding (90) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
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The New York Jets' running game has been a convoluted mess all season, but against the St. Louis RamsBilal Powell scored two touchdowns and showed promise.

With the continued struggles of Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight, there is a serious opening in the backfield for anyone willing to step up and take it.

Will Powell be the one to emerge?

Let's break down his fantasy outlook and analysis moving forward:

Fantasy Outlook

Week 11 was only the second time all season that Powell received double-digit handoffs, but after finding the end zone twice, it will be hard to keep him off the field.

Shonn Greene is the No. 1 back to be certain, but he has averaged only 3.7 yards per carry this season and has gone over 100 yards only once. 

Powell is a versatile 5'10", 204-pound back that is best served as a change-of-pace quick hitter. However, New York would be best served upping the frequency of those attempts the rest of the season.

Still, it is hard to see him ever being a viable fantasy option beyond a deep bench player. Powell's workload will never exceed 15 carries, and he will either have highly productive days or no production at all.

Fantasy Analysis

Powell had 24 attempts for 98 yards and zero touchdowns on the season heading into his emergent Week 11 performance.

The running backs in front of him have been far from impressive, but the fact remains that Powell is unlikely to overtake Greene on the depth chart or ever demand a heavy workload. He is only 24 years old and has tremendous room to grow, but New York wants to be a "ground-n-pound"-type offense and Powell does not lend himself well to that philosophy.

He does have seven catches on the season and can be a dynamic weapon, but based on his placement on the depth chart and the fact that New York has an extremely inconsistent offense, it is hard to get behind Powell in any substantial way.

His two-touchdown performance against the Rams was nice, but he remains a fantasy player to avoid this season.

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