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Jets QB Geno Smith was benched at halftime of Sunday's game against the Chargers.  He completed just 4 of 12 passes for 27 yards with an INT in the first 30 minutes.  Smith certainly wasn't the only problem, but he wasn't a solution either.  QB Michael Vick will have the 2nd half to prove that he's the Jets' best bet going forward.  He'll be worth owning in fantasy if he hangs on to the starting job.

Rich Cimini of ESPN.com calls Jets QB Geno Smith “more assertive” in his 2nd season. One way Smith’s shown this assertiveness is with his maturity and composure in the huddle. “It's gotten away from me telling him exactly what to do,” C Nick Mangold said. “It's a two-way discussion.” It’s just another piece of good news as Smith builds off his strong summer. There’s top 15 fantasy upside here thanks in large part to his rushing ability.

The Jets finally, officially named QB Geno Smith their starter for the regular season.  The announcement, of course, comes as no surprise.  All indications have pointed this way all summer.  Smith carries sneaky fantasy upside as a 3rd QB or streaming option, especially given his running ability.

Jets QB Geno Smith turned in a solid half of football in Friday night's preseason game against the Giants.  He completed 9 of 14 passes for 137 yards and a score, adding 17 more yards on 3 rushes.  Through 3 exhibitions, Smith is sitting on a 69.7% completion rate and an 8.1 yards-per-attempt average.  He'll start for New York to begin the season.  Consider snatching up Smith near the end of your draft, especially in best-ball leagues.  Your league mates might laugh at you, but Smith's an improved passer with sneaky rushing ability.  He could post high-end QB2 numbers this year.

Jets HC Rex Ryan declined to name his regular-season starter on Tuesday but confirmed that QB Geno Smith will start the team's 3rd preseason game.  That all but assures Smith of the in-season job, as the penultimate exhibition nearly always serves as a team's dress rehearsal for the regular season.  It has seemed obvious for a while that Smith leads the competition with Michael Vick.  He has gone a solid 14-of-19 passing for 131 yards through 2 games with no TDs and 1 INT.

Through the first 2 weeks of training camp, Jets QB Geno Smith remains locked in as the starter.  He's listed atop the team's initial depth chart, and HC Rex Ryan confirmed that Smith will start the preseason opener on Thursday.  He'd need to completely flop in the exhibitions to lose the starting job at this point.  Smith has reportedly shown improvement this offseason with his accuracy and decision-making.  Remember that this guy was fantasy football's #4 QB over the final 4 games of last year.  There's intriguing QB2 appeal here.  We just bumped Smith up our QB Rankings.

Jets OC Marty Mornhinwheg told ESPN New York on Wednesday that QB Geno Smith will get 70-75% of the 1st-team reps come training camp.  That sure seems to quell the talk of an open competition.  Sure, Michael Vick might still be able to steal more work and eventually claim the job if he grossly outperforms Smith.  But a planned 3-1 ratio of practice snaps says the Jets want Smith to be the guy.  We'll be interested to see what he does with the opportunity.  The combo of good rushing value and a solid downfield arm could propel Smith into the top 20 among fantasy QBs in 2014.

We've been getting mixed messages out of Jets camp about the QB situation.  HC Rex Ryan has called it an open competition.  But QB Michael Vick says he's the backup to QB Geno Smith.  OC Marty Mornhinweg split the difference.  "There is competition," Mornhinweg said. "Now, it may not quite be like the competition we had last year [between Smith and Mark Sanchez], where everything was 50/50. We're trying to continue the progression with Geno, and then have Mike ready to go. It's just that simple, and Mike knows the exact expectations and roles that he has, and Geno knows the exact expectations."  Smith will head to training camp as the favorite for the starting job.  If he face plants in August, though, the Jets won't hesitate to go with Vick.  The winner of this battle will have some QB2 appeal thanks to his rushing ability and a revamped Jets offense.

The Jets will hold an open competition for the starting QB job between Geno Smith and Michael Vick.  HC Rex Ryan is clearly hoping the youngster beats out the vet.  "It's going to be interesting to see the competition, but Geno is going to be hard to beat out," Ryan said.  Smith had a rough rookie season but closed by completing 58.6% of his passes with 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs in his final 4 games. He'll need to be at least that good this summer in order to hold off Vick.  The 33-year-old appeared to have plenty of gas left in the tank last season, racking up 5 passing TDs and 2 rushing in 4 full games.  Vick is also familiar with OC Marty Mornhinweg's offense from their time together in Philly.  Fantasy owners should be hoping Vick wins the job.  He'd at least be an intriguing matchup option and would boost WR Eric Decker's value.

The Jets announced late Wednesday night that they have reached a deal with former Broncos WR Eric Decker.  Clearly, this is terrible news for Decker's fantasy outlook.  He goes from a hall of fame QB who has set the season TD record twice to Geno Smith.  The Jets carry so much confidence in their incumbent that they reportedly hope to limit him to about 20 pass attempts a game in 2014.  Decker finished each of the past 2 seasons as a top 10 fantasy WR and even caught 8 TD passes in 2011 while playing with QBs Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow.  But he looks like an inconsistent WR3 for 2014.  For what it's worth, Decker at least helps Smith's outlook.  The 2nd-year man won't have to pretend Stephen Hill or Santonio Holmes are #1 options.

Update: Decker's deal is for 5 years and $36.25 million.  He'll receive $15 million guaranteed.  The $7.25 million average annual salary makes him the 17th highest-paid WR.

Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider reports that the Jets hope to have QB Geno Smith throw fewer than 20 passes a game in 2014.  Frankly, expecting 320 or fewer pass attempts for a season would be ridiculous.  The Niners threw less than any other team last year and still tallied 417 attempts, which doesn't even account for sacks.  Over the past 8 seasons, only 1 team (the 2009 Jets) has finished with fewer than 400 attempts.  If that's the Jets' goal, then what they really want is a different starting QB.  Numbers aside, a greater rushing focus for Rex Ryan's team helps fantasy football owners.  There's much more upside in the Jets' RBs than in anyone involved in the passing game.

Jets QB Geno Smith said Monday afternoon that he's been told he'll start Sunday's game against the Raiders.  The rookie is in the midst of a historically bad run, tossing 0 TDs and 8 INTs over his last 5 games.  The Jets don't really have a better option, though, with only Matt Simms and David Garrard on the roster.  And at 5-7, they're essentially looking ahead to 2014 at this point.  Smith will need to play much, much better over the final 4 weeks to convince the Jets he's their long-term answer at QB.

Jets QB Geno Smith was benched in favor of QB Matt Simms for the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Dolphins.  The rookie was abysmal yet again today, completing just 4 of 10 passes for 29 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT.  If Simms can provide any sort of a spark, he might be New York's Week 14 starter.

Jets HC Rex Ryan yanked QB Geno Smith early in a Week 10 loss to Buffalo, and then refused to commit to him after 2 INTs in Sunday's 19-3 loss to the Ravens.  But Ryan said Monday that Smith will remain the starter for a Week 13 matchup with the Dolphins.  “Right now, I would feel that he gives us the best chance to win,” Ryan said, via Newsday.  That's not saying much when the other options are Matt Simms and David Garrard.  Smith needs to show some improvement over the final third of this season or he'll likely face some camp competition -- or worse -- in 2014.  The Jets showed way back at draft time that they didn't love him by passing him over twice in the 1st round before finally drafting Smith in the 2nd.  The rookie took himself off fantasy radars a while ago and now simply creates terrific matchups for fantasy defenses.

The forecast for today's Jets-Ravens game is 31 degrees, 19 mph winds and a chance of snow showers.  The wind figures to make downfield passing a bit tougher, which could be bad news for QB Joe Flacco and WR Torrey Smith.  Flacco isn't a recommended fantasy starter today.  We still like Smith as a WR2 against a burnable Jets secondary.  New York's passing game is best off avoided in fantasy.  Expect a big workload for RB Chris Ivory.

1:07pm EST 11/3/13

The Jets have announced that WR Jeremy Kerley is out for the rest of the game with a left elbow injury.  That certainly doesn't help QB Geno Smith or the pass offense in general.  It's probably good news for WR David Nelson, though.

5:42pm EDT 10/27/13

Jets QB Geno Smith was benched in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game after tossing his 2nd pick-6 of the afternoon.  He finished 20 of 30 for 159 yards, 0 TDs and those 2 INTs.  Smith will almost certainly be back under center for Week 9, but it's a reminder that he's a shaky fantasy option. The rookie has alternated good and bad starts over his first 8 games.

9:21pm EDT 10/18/13

Patriots CB Aqib Talib (hip) is doubtful for Sunday's meeting with the Jets.  That's bad news for the New England team D but good news for Jets QB Geno Smith.  We still would rather not let him anywhere near a fantasy lineup.

The New York Daily News reports that multiple doctors have told Jets QB Mark Sanchez not to have surgery on his injured right shoulder.  Sanchez visited Dr. James Andrews Wednesday for another opinion on the injury but didn't share details.  He has also refused to share specifics on the nature of the injury while continuing to call himself "day-to-day."  Sanchez told reporters earlier this week that he had clearly beaten out Geno Smith in the QB competition before getting hurt.

A checkup by Dr. James Andrews confirmed that Jets QB Mark Sanchez has a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.  Sanchez is hoping to go to rehab route and avoid surgery, but going under the knife remains the most likely scenario.  Either way, Sanchez is highly unlikely to be playing football this season.  Rookie Geno Smith is locked in as the Jets' starting QB.

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