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Height/Weight: 5-10/204 | Birthdate: 10/27/1988 | Birthplace: Lakeland, FL, USA | Team: New York | College: Louisville | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 5/0
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Jets three-headed backfield precludes strong Fantasy option


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) They say if you have two quarterbacks vying for the starting spot, you actually have no starting quarterback. The same might be said about featured backs.

At least those seeking that title with the Jets. Though newly acquired Chris Johnson is coming off a sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season with Tennessee, but his 3.9 YPC average in 2013 was the worst of his career. Chris Ivory followed strong performances with weak ones throughout last season and Bilal Powell also proved inconsistent.

The trio combined to rush for 223 yards on 43 carries for a 5.2 average in the preseason, which prompted Rex Ryan to declare that the three will alternate in the regular season. Though Johnson is the most likely to emerge as the featured back, it seems clear that all will receive enough opportunities in the season opener Sunday against an improved Oakland defense to make none of them more than a second option in shallower leagues and flex in deeper ones.

Fantasy owners should monitor their reps to determine if any of them emerge as a featured back.


Bilal Powell returns to action, scores TD


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Jets running back Bilal Powell, who missed the preseason opener with a hamstring injury, returned to action and found the end zone Saturday night against Cincinnati.

Powell ripped a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He worked the entire first half with the first-team offense, splitting the load with Chris Johnson. He finished with four carries for 41 yards and a touchdown and two receptions for 13 yards.

Bilal Powell, Greg Salas among Jets inactives


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Running back Bilal Powell (hamstring) and receiver Greg Salas (undisclosed) are among the Jets' inactives for Thursday's preseason opener against the Colts. Salas' absence could hurt him as he battles for a roster spot at the crowded receiver position.

Jets expect to go with 'committee approach' at running back


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters Tuesday he envisions running back Chris Johnson sharing carries with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell this season.

"I definitely think it's going to be a committee approach," Ryan said, per the New York Daily News.


Chris Ivory listed as Jets' starter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) The Jets listed Chris Ivory atop their running back depth chart, followed by Chris Johnson and Bilal Powell, reports the New York Daily News. The paper cautions not to read too much into the initial depth chart.

Bilal Powell won't be forgotten man in Jets' backfield


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Despite the presence of Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Daryl Richardson in the same backfield, Jets running back Bilal Powell should see plenty of playing time, reports the New York Post. Powell ran for 697 last year and has proven to be durable and versatile, the paper noted.

"Powell has a funny way of being the last running back standing, and it could happen again this year," the paper said, noting Johnson is coming off knee surgery and Ivory has battled injuries throughout his career.


How will the Jets split carries this season?


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/27/2014) The Jets have to figure out who will get the majority of carries this season out of Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Daryl Richardson, Alex Green and Mike Goodson, reports ESPN.

The report says two of them likely won't make the team, but figuring out the carries could be tough. Johnson averaged 18 rushes per game in his six seasons with the Titans. Ivory averaged 12 per game last season as the Jets' leading rusher. Powell averaged 11 last season. That's a total of 41 rushes for their top three backs.

"Everybody’s goal is to put wins on the board," said Johnson. "We’re not really worried about the carries, who's going to play this down and that down. We’ve all just got one focus and that’s winning."


Jets backfield takes shape following Johnson signing


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/16/2014) With the Jets signing Chris Johnson on Wednesday, the rest of their backfield should start to take shape, reports the New York Daily News.

The report says Johnson and Chris Ivory will work as a tandem, and Bilal Powell will be the No. 3 running back. Mike Goodson is expected to be released before the start of the season.


Jets 'pretty set' at running back


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) The Jets have a ton of needs to address in free agency and the draft, but running back isn't one of them, reports the New York Post. Chris Ivory can be a "strong feature back" if he stays healthy, Bilal Powell is a "nice backup," and Mike Goodson can provide the "speed component" assuming he recovers well from his knee injury, the report said.

The paper says general manager John Idzik doesn't need to chase running backs in free agency but possibly should draft one in the later rounds "to see if you can develop a back behind the top three."


Report: Jets interested in Ben Tate, Donald Brown


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Although their greatest needs are at wide receiver and tight end, the Jets are exploring free agent running backs Ben Tate (Texans) and Donald Brown (Colts), reports ESPN.com. The news could mean the Jets aren't totally satisfied with the backfield combo of Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell.


Bilal Powell outshines Chris Ivory in Week 17


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Jets running back Chris Ivory took a surprise backseat to Bilal Powell Sunday, in a 20-7 win over the Dolphins in Week 17.

One week after rushing for 109 yards on 20 carries, Ivory touched the ball just five times, finishing with 19 yards on the ground. Instead, Powell got the bulk of the work, carrying the ball 21 times for 76 yards, while adding a 30-yard completion out of the wildcat.

The Jets used a running-back-by-committee approach for much of the season, so the two players ended up with similar overall numbers. Ivory led the team with 833 yards on 182 carries and three touchdowns, while Powell accumulated 697 yards on 176 carries, with one touchdown. 


Long run gives Bilal Powell respectable numbers on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Jets running back Bilal Powell made one big play Sunday against Cleveland and it made his overall numbers look pretty good.

He bolted up the middle for a season-long 39 yards with 34 seconds remaining in the second quarter to set up a field goal that tied the game at 10-10. He finished with 54 yards on seven attempts, but added 26 yards on four receptions. He managed just 8 yards in five attempts in the second half.

Powell will try to put together a more consistent effort when the Jets finish their season in Week 17 at Miami.


Bilal Powell does little vs. Panthers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Jets running back Bilal Powell failed to make his presence felt during Sunday's loss to the Panthers in Week 15.

Powell broke free for a 15-yard run in the second quarter for his longest gain of the day. He was also involved in the passing game with four catches for 19 yards. He had eight carries for 37 (4.6 yards per carry) in a 30-20 defeat.\

Powell has been held under 42 yards in each of his last 10 games played. He'll look to bounce back in Week 16 against the Browns.

Bilal Powell held to 14 rushing yards Week 14


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Jets running back Bilal Powell wasn't much of a factor during a 37-27 win Week 14 vs. Oakland. Powell had just 14 rushing yards on eight carries, while adding one catch for 24 yards.

The 14 rushing yards was Powell's lowest output since he rushed for 19 yards Week 8 against the Bengals. The Jets are back in action Week 15 at Carolina.


Bilal Powell just a desperation Fantasy option Week 14


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) It's been a while since Jets running back Bilal Powell has hit pay dirt. To be exact, it's been 10 games since Powell last scored a touchdown in Week 2 at New England.

A lot has changed since then, particularly Powell's role on offense. He's become more of a backup to Chris Ivory and has totaled more than 10 carries just twice in the last seven games. Though, Powell still appears to be a key back on passing downs, as he has had at least three catches six times this season.

Running backs have had decent success against the Raiders. In the the last 10 games against Oakland, running backs are averaging 98.1 rushing yards, 38 receiving yards and 18.5 Fantasy points per week. Dallas running backs torched Oakland for 145 rushing yards and three touchdowns Week 13.

The lack of being a featured back and touchdowns has really made Powell a poor Fantasy option. He's averaging just 3.3 Fantasy points in his last eight games. Despite the somewhat favorable matchup, Powell is just a desperation Fantasy start Week 14.


Bilal Powell mostly quiet in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) With Chris Ivory recovered from an ankle injury, Jets running back Bilal Powell return to a backup role in week 13 against the Dolphins Sunday.

Powell rushed the ball just seven times, finishing with 34 yards in the game. He was featured more in the passing game than Ivory, however, hauling in three of five passes thrown his way for 25 yards.

Powell has mostly been involved in a timeshare recently, a trend that will likely continue in Week 14 against the Raiders.  


Bilal Powell facing uncertain role


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2013) Jets running back Bilal Powell could be in line for a big game in Week 13 against the Dolphins, but whether that happens might be out of his control. If Chris Ivory is able to play through his ankle injury, Powell will be relegated to backup duty against what could be a great matchup.

If Powell gets the chance, he could run all over the Dolphins, who have been one of the NFL's worst rushing defenses this season. Only four teams allow more Fantasy points per game than the 21.2 the Dolphins have surrendered to opposing running backs.

The Dolphins have had trouble stopping any running backs this season, and their issues have been even more pronounced recently. Four of the team's last five opponents have racked up at least 140 yards on the ground, which bodes very well for the Jets' chances for success.

If Powell ends up getting the start over Ivory due to injury, he should be a viable Fantasy start. Otherwise, he is likely to be little more than a low-end option for Week 13. 


Bilal Powell leads way for Jets


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/24/2013) With Chris Ivory nursing a sprained ankle and the Jets down multiple scores for much of the second half, running back Bilal Powell made his biggest contribution in seven games Week 12 at Baltimore, rushing 11 times for 41 yards to lead the team in both categories. He also caught three passes for 24 yards.

The 65 combined yards were the most he's had since since Week 4, when he accumulated 108 at Tennessee.

Ivory was able to play off and on despite spraining his ankle on his first carry of the game, but he's scheduled to have an MRI. If he's forced to miss time, Powell would likely carry the load Week 13 against the Dolphins.


Bilal Powell unlikely to do much


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/19/2013) Jets running back Bilal Powell's five carries for 27 yards last week at Buffalo weren't exactly out of the ordinary for him. Since Chris Ivory emerged as the lead rusher in Week 7, Powell has averaged 6.8 carries for 20.3 yards in four games, never getting more than 10 or 29.

So you probably shouldn't expect much from him Week 12 at Baltimore, not against the team that has allowed the fewest Fantasy points per game to running backs this season.

The Ravens rank 11th against the run, giving up 102.7 yards per game, but they've allowed one touchdown on the ground all season. They're also surrendering just 3.7 yards per carry.

Powell remains one of the more valuable handcuff options in Fantasy right now given Ivory's injury history and minimal track record, but you'd be playing an enormous hunch by starting him this week.


Bilal Powell held under 30 rushing yards again


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Jets running back Bilal Powell rushed for 149 yards during a Week 3 win against the Bills. He had a much different performance during a 37-14 loss Week 11 at Buffalo.

Powell, who played in a backup role to Chris Ivory, rushed for 27 yards on five carries, with his longest rush going for 12 yards. He added one catch for 1 yard.

Powell got one carry down near the goal line in the third quarter, but was stopped for a 1-yard gain on third-and-goal. On the next play, Ivory scored a 1-yard touchdown on fourth down.

Powell hasn't surpassed 30 rushing yards in his last four games. The Jets are back in action Week 12 at Baltimore.


Bilal Powell unlikely to have repeat performance vs. Bills


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2013) Jets running back Bilal Powell had the best game of his career during a 27-20 win Week 3 vs. Buffalo, totaling 149 rushing yards and one touchdown. Powell and the Jets are set to face Buffalo again Week 11, but this time Powell might not be as successful.

A lot has changed since Week 3, especially the emergence of running back Chris Ivory, who has surpassed 100 rushing yards in two of his last three games. Powell still gets his touches, but he hasn't surpassed 10 carries in his last four games.

Running backs are averaging 103.8 rushing and 25.9 receiving yards per game against Buffalo. However, running backs are averaging 13.6 Fantasy points, which is the eighth-lowest average, because they have totaled just three touchdowns (two rushing) in 10 games against the Bills.

Powell did play well against Buffalo earlier this season and running backs have been able to rack up yards against the Bills. However, Ivory is the Jets running back to start in Fantasy. Powell is a low-end Fantasy option Week 11.


Bilal Powell can't keep up with teammate Week 9


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Jets running back Bilal Powell played a secondary role in the running game to Chris Ivory during a 26-20 win Week 9 vs. New Orleans. While Ivory rushed for a team-high 139 yards, Powell added 29 rushing yards on nine carries.

Powell could have made a bigger impact Sunday, however, he had a 20-yard carry in the second half called back due to a holding penalty. His longest carry went 9 yards, and he failed to catch any of his three targets in the passing game.

The Jets are on a bye Week 10 before returning to action Week 11 at Buffalo. Powell did rush for a season-high 149 yards against the Bills in Week 3.


Bilal Powell not a reliable Fantasy option


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2013) Jets running back Bilal Powell has been an enigma for Fantasy owners since rushing for a career-high 149 yards Week 3 against the Bills. Powell has totaled 159 rushing yards in his last five games heading into Week 9 vs. New Orleans.

Running backs have had moderate success against the Saints. They are averaging 90.9 rushing yards, 37.9 receiving yards and 16.6 Fantasy points per week. Running backs have totaled five rushing touchdowns against New Orleans.

Powell and Chris Ivory have emerged as the top two backs for New York, but it's been very difficult to gauge their success on a weekly basis. It seems whoever gets the hot hand will end up with more work that week, which has made the Jets' running back situation very unreliable.

It's hard for Fantasy owners to expect Powell to turn in a huge performance Week 9. Consider him more of a No. 3 Fantasy running back or flex option.


Jets backfield still muddled after defeat to Bengals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) The Jets running back situation got both worse and cloudier Sunday in Cincinnati.

It appeared that Chris Ivory had taken hold of the featured spot in Week 7 with a 104-yard performance on a workmanlike 34 attempts. But he was given just six carries against the Bengals for a mere 11 yards. He was also not targeted in the passing game.

Meanwhile, Bilal Powell took 10 handoffs for only 19 yards. He caught four passes for 20 yards as seven passes were sent his way.

It's obvious that neither has run away with his opportunity. Perhaps more clarity will come from the game next Sunday against New Orleans.


Bilal Powell a Fantasy nightmare heading into Week 8


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2013) There is trending downward and there is falling off the table. The Fantasy stock of Jets running back Bilal Powell has fallen off the table.

Powell has received decidedly fewer carries in every game since peaking in Week 3 with 27 for 149 yards against Buffalo. He bottomed out Sunday against New England with just three attempts for six yards and no receptions as Rex Ryan decided to make Chris Ivory his workhorse.

Add that to the fact that Week 8 foe Cincinnati boasts the eighth-ranked run defense in the NFL in both overall yards (685) and touchdowns allowed (3) and you have a Fantasy disaster waiting to happen in Powell. He should be ignored in all leagues this week.

Powell should also be monitored. He has talent and could be a solid Fantasy option if he receives consistent playing time. That doesn't seem to be a possibility anytime soon, however.