Bilal Powell Wins Jets 3rd Down Role, Fantasy Value Sees Slight Bump

Aug 15, 2012; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) looks for an opening while running with the ball up field during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

Bilal Powell will be the Jets' third-down back this season ahead of Joe McKnight. We break down the fantasy implications.

Bilal Powell will be the New York Jets' third-down back this season ahead of Joe McKnight, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports. Powell and McKnight competed throughout training camp and preseason for the backup role behind Shonn Greene, with little separating them on a weekly basis.

Analysis: Heading into Week 1, Powell shouldn't be on a lot of fantasy radars outside of deeper leagues. He has showed off an impressive burst during the offseason, however, and could become an option later in the season if Greene struggles or is injured. Powell shouldn't cut into Greene's production much. He will be a bigger weapon in the passing game, however.

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