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Bilal Powell generates most of Jets' fantasy buzz at ESPN summit

Many of the smartest NFL people at ESPN met last week for a Fantasy Football summit, a two-day conference in which their position rankings were discussed and dissected. Based on the conversation in the room, it would be fair to say the New York Jets aren't viewed as a strong team, certainly not from a fantasy perspective.

Consider the PPR rankings (points per reception):

No Jets quarterbacks in the top 25. No surprise.

No tight ends in the top 25. No surprise.

Eric Decker was ranked 32nd among 40 wide receivers.

Bilal Powell and Matt Forte were ranked 21st and 35th, respectively, among the 40 running backs.

The Powell-Forte tandem generated most of the Jets-related discussion, with many trying to project their roles in 2017. Frankly, I think there will be a shift from last season, which is to say Powell will become the lead back.

Powell rushed for 411 yards over the final four games, third in the NFL, opening a lot of eyes around the league -- and probably some on his own coaching staff. Curiously, he was an afterthought at the start of the year as Forte was used as the workhorse, but Powell -- perhaps because his legs were fresh -- came on strong when Forte went down with a knee injury.

Forte finished with more offensive touches than Powell -- 248 to 189 -- but Powell was on the field more than Forte -- 51 percent to 47 percent.

Look for the "touches" to flip in the coming season, with Powell moving ahead.

Decker drew praise from ESPN's fantasy experts, but there was concern about how he will recover from two surgeries, hip and shoulder.