Kickoff: Sunday, December 5th, at 1:00 PM EST
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Betting Odds: PHI -6.5, 45 total via Oddsshark
Jalen Hurts (Start if active, QB1), Gardner Minshew (Sit)
Jalen Hurts had his worst game of the season last week against the Giants, completing 14 of 31 attempts for 129 yards and three interceptions. In fairness, Jalen Reagor dropped what should have been two touchdowns, but Hurts is on the hook for the multiple ints. Heading into Week 13, Hurts is nursing a sore ankle, but HC Nick Sirianni is “hopeful” he’ll suit up against the Jets. Assuming he does, he’ll be back on the QB1 radar, and if he can’t go, Gardner Minshew will fill in, but not be a viable streaming option. I bet the Jets would be glad to get their 6th rounder back for Joe Flacco.
Boston Scott (Start if you must, Flex), Miles Sanders (Start if active, RB2), Kenneth Gainwell (Sit)
The Jets defense has given up the most fantasy points to RB’s this season. However, the issue this week is, the Eagles backfield is quite busy. Since returning to action, Miles Sanders has posted just 7.40 points in back-to-back games; full PPR formats. He suffered an ankle injury in the loss to the Giants last week and was limited in practice at the time of writing. If he’s healthy, he is nothing more than an RB2 in this matchup. Jordan Howard has been hurt, and will likely miss another game this week. Kenneth Gainwell has had scarce usage all season, and Boston Scott did find the end zone against the Giants last week. Scott was a DNP on Wednesday due to a non-COVID illness, but no signs as of Wednesday point to him missing the game (yet). If he’s playing, he is a Flex if you must.
Wide Receivers/Tight End
DeVonta Smith (Start, WR3), Quez Watkins (Sit), Jalen Reagor (Sit), Dallas Goedert (Start, TE1)
As I mentioned earlier, Reagor had two key drops – both would-be touchdowns – in the loss to the Giants, and watching him on the field each week is a constant reminder to Eagles fans that the team opted to draft him over Justin Jefferson. Reagor only ended up catching two of seven targets for 31 yards and remains firmly on the wire. Quez Watkins is another receiver not worth starting or rostering, leaving rookie DeVonta Smith to be in the WR3 mix. He had a down week against the Giants, catching two of only four targets for 22 yards, but should have the opportunity to bounce back against a Jets defense that is allowing the 15th most fantasy points to WR’s this season. Tight end Dallas Goedert may as well have laid a goose egg against the Giants, yet he finished with 1 single point, having caught one of three targets that went for zero yards. The good news is, the Jets are on tap, and like Smith, he should be able to rebound against a New York defense giving up the ninth most fantasy points to TEs on the season.
New York Jets
Zach Wilson (Sit)
As expected, Zach Wilson had some major rust to shake off in his return to action last week after missing four games with a PCL injury. He found the end zone on the ground against the Texans, but still played rather poorly. He completed 14 of 24 attempts for 145 yards and a “C’Mon Man”-worthy interception off to his Ty Johnson’s back. Wilson has no fantasy relevancy to speak of and remains on the wire.
Tevin Coleman (Sit), Ty Johnson (Sit), Austin Walter (Sit)
With no Michael Carter in the fold for a few weeks – if he even does return from an ankle sprain – Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson are not strong enough options to trust starting in these pivotal fantasy weeks. They both did little against the Texans with Carter sidelined, and it was practice squad call-up Austin Walter who looked the best, finding the end zone as well for his first career score. Despite the touchdown and burst, Walter too is not a viable option this week against a Philly defense that has given up the ninth most fantasy points to running backs this season.
Wide Receivers/Tight End
Elijah Moore (Start, Flex), Corey Davis (Sit), Jamison Crowder (Sit), Ryan Griffin (Sit)
With Corey Davis out against Houston with a groin injury, at the time of writing his status is still up in the air for a return against the Eagles. He didn’t practice Wednesday, but he did say he feels “better than last week”. Even if he is active, it’s hard to trust him despite the early season connection Wilson & he built. The only viable Jets receiver worth trotting out there is Elijah Moore. Despite his down week against the Eagles, he still had eight targets, and one would hope Wilson will continue to give him necessary looks. Jamison Crowder was a major dud last week, catching his lone target for five yards. I would be hard pressed to trot him out there, hoping for a rebound. As has been the narrative all season, tight end Ryan Griffin – who dropped a touchdown on a beautiful pass from Wilson last week – remains irrelevant and on the wire.
-Matthew Cava (@cavaM_ Twitter & Reddit)