The New York Jets were a mess at the most important position last season with a rotating cast of quarterbacks. They received a significant upgrade this offseason by landing Aaron Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers, and that should have a huge impact on the offense overall. Running back Breece Hall should benefit from this change as long as he can get back on the field quickly.
2023 Fantasy Football: Breece Hall Profile
Recap of 2022 season
Hall had his rookie year cut short with a torn ACL in 2022 after playing in seven games with two starts. He was highly productive in his limited sample size with 463 yards on 80 carries, which is 5.8 yards per attempt, scoring four rushing touchdowns. Hall was also a contributor in the passing game with 19 receptions for 218 yards with another TD.
Updated Jets outlook
The franchise made the biggest move of the offseason in landing Rodgers, and he brought wide receivers Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb with him. On the offensive line, guard Nate Herbig signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Jets landed former Washington Commanders guard Wes Schweitzer. New York spent a second-round pick on former Wisconsin Badgers center Joe Tippmann. Update: The Jets signed RB Dalvin Cook to a one-year, $8.6 million deal.
The best-case scenario is for Hall to be completely healthy come Week 1 and pick up right where he left off. He was about to have an incredibly productive season before going down with the injury and could get right back to that production if he healed properly throughout this offseason. If that happens, Hall could flirt with top-10 status as a fantasy running back. Even with Cook on board, the Jets give Hall most of the work when he’s on the field. Being ready for Week 1 will be important, but if that’s the case, Hall can still be an RB1.
The worst-case scenario would be for Hall to not be fully healthy at the start of the season or if he doesn’t trust his cutting ability coming off an ACL tear. Now that the Jets have signed Cook, any missed time from Hall could mean taking a back seat upon return. Any type of uphill battle for carries won’t be good and it isn’t like Cook is some slouch. He’s a four-time Pro Bowl RB who has at least 1,000 rushing yards in each of the past four seasons.
The Jets offense could also run stagnant if there are any injuries or Rodgers looks more like last season. That could limit Hall’s effectiveness in the passing game, another area where Cook can be serviceable.
Hall can be selected as a top-15 fantasy football running back with fairly high upside. He’s should be the go-to guy heading into his second NFL season and could develop into a fantasy star. At the very least, you can get a reliable second running back who has the ability to outperform expectations in 2023. Cook will take carries away but we saw how Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott could co-exist last season. The Jets could employ that approach with Hall and Cook, making each fantasy relevant in PPR.