Kickoff: Sunday, November 22nd, at 4:05 PM EST
Location: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California
Betting Odds: NYJ +9, 47 total via Oddsshark
New York Jets
Joe Flacco (Sit)
The fact that the Chargers defense has given up the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, Joe Flacco makes for an intriguing streaming option this week. LA is bottom-1o pass defense, but even then, he’s a desperation start. Chalk up the Week 9 production to over-exceeding.
La’Mical Perine (Sit), Frank Gore (Sit)
Reports out of the BYE this past week suggest that rookie La’Mical Perine will be the lead back the rest of the season in an order to evaluate his RB1 potential with the Jets. In theory, this makes total sense; and should have been the case the moment Le’Veon Bell was released. In reality, I’ll believe it when I see it, and can only consider Perine a stash at best. The ageless one Frank Gore continues to see meaningful touches, but he’s off the fantasy radar entirely.
Wide Receivers/Tight End
Denzel Mims (Sit), Jamison Crowder (Start, WR3), Breshad Perriman (Start, FLEX), Chris Herndon (Sit)
It’s not often this season you find yourself starting any Jets receiver other than Jamison Crowder, but this week I’d go as far as Breshad Perriman as well; all in the name of a BYE week bind. You’ll need to watch his status though, as he was limited on Wednesday with a (new) shoulder injury. Perriman caught five of seven targets for 101 yards and two touchdowns against New England, and Crowder had a touchdown of his own. However, he only had two targets in the game. I think you can expect Flacco to air it out quite a bit in this one, and that leaves open the potential for both receivers to produce. Similar to Perine, fellow rookie Denzel Mims should be seeing a high volume of targets, but he’s seemingly forgotten about in the second half of games. He actually led the Jets in targets against the Patriots with eight but caught half of them to the tune of 62 yards.
In what can be chalked up to one of the more disappointing fantasy seasons based on offseason hype, tight end Chris Herndon is not fantasy-relevant and will need either a new head coach or even team to return to do so.
Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert (Start, QB1)
Destined to be one of this week’s top options at QB, Justin Herbert gets to face a Jets defense that has given up the sixth-most points to the position this year. They rank 29th in passing yards per game allowed and just about don’t do anything right when on the field. Herbert is coming off a down game against the Dolphins where he threw for under 200 yards but still managed to throw for two scores. Look for a bounce-back and highly productive QB1 finish this week.
Joshua Kelley (Sit), Troymaine Pope (Sit), Kalen Ballage (Start, FLEX)
Strap in folks. We’re in for a #RevengeGame this week. Kalen Ballage, former Dolphin, and Jet – both under Gase – actually possess some FLEX appeal against his former team. His involvement in recent weeks in the passing game, as well as on the ground, has him as the anointed Charger back to start ahead of Austin Ekeler’s eventual return. The Jets defense has given up the seventh-most fantasy points to running backs so far this season.
Wide Receivers/Tight End
Keenan Allen (Start, WR1), Mike Williams (Start, WR3), Hunter Henry (Start, TE2)
Keenan Allen had a down game against the Dolphins last week and had his fantasy day saved with a late touchdown. He shouldn’t have any issues bouncing back against the Jets. New York has given up the ninth most fantasy points to his position this year, so fire him up as a clear WR1. Mike Williams has WR3 appeal as well, because the Jets secondary is that poor, and are susceptible to giving up the big play that Williams is known for.
All things considered, Hunter Henry is having a down year. He has two receiving touchdowns and hasn’t topped 100 receiving yards in any game; all in a season where he actually isn’t injured. You can certainly continue to start him because the landscape of options at his position is so weak, but don’t expect a blow-up performance. The Jets defense has actually only allowed six touchdowns to the TE this year through nine games.
-Matthew Cava (@cavaM_ Twitter & Reddit)