Kickoff: Sunday, December 20th, at 4:05 PM EST
Location: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California
Betting Odds: NYJ +17, 44 total via Oddsshark
New York Jets
Sam Darnold (Sit)
The coverage can end there to be quite honest. Sam Darnold is clearly a sit against the Rams, as they have given up the fewest fantasy points to the quarterback position on the season. There’s no doubt Darnold is internally counting down until 0:00 in Week 17.
Frank Gore (Sit), Ty Johnson (Sit)
This week, Adam Gase legitimately said sitting Frank Gore ‘isn’t an option’, and that’s all you need to know about the Jets backfield in 2020. Ty Johnson had his starting potential come and go since last week, and neither back need to be rostered.
Wide Receivers/Tight End
Jamison Crowder (Sit), Breshad Perriman (Sit), Denzel Mims (Sit), Chris Herndon (Sit)
The only WR I’d even consider starting here is Jamison Crowder, and that’s simply because Darnold needs to throw to someone. At the end of the day, I’m not trusting him in the Semifinals against the Rams secondary. Breshad Perriman has not proved to be reliable, and even with Denzel Mims returning from a family matter, I’d be hard-pressed to consider him as an option here as well.
Los Angeles Rams
Jared Goff (Start, QB2)
Jared Goff did not have his greatest game last week against the Patriots despite the 24-3 box score. He was only 16 of 25 for 137 yards, 1 passing touchdown, and an interception. He did have a rushing touchdown, his second in as many weeks. The Jets are a get-right spot for Goff, and if this newfound rushing ‘prowess’ keeps up, he could be in for a big day. New York as a defense has given up the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks on the season.
Cam Akers (Start, RB2 with RB1 upside)
Welcome to the show Cam Akers. Despite not finding the end zone, he rushed for a whopping 171 yards on 29 carries. It was the rookie’s best game to date, and he has cemented himself as the Rams running back to own. If you held onto Akers this season, you have been rewarded handsomely these past two weeks. Look for another big performance as the Jets defense has given up the 10th most fantasy points to his position this year.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Robert Woods (Start, WR2), Cooper Kupp (Start, WR2), Tyler Higbee (Start, TE2), Gerald Everett (Start, TE2)
Both Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp are in line for big days against the putrid Jets defense. Woods had a down game against NE last week, but shouldn’t have an issue against New York, as they are allowing 193 yards per game to opposing receivers. Kupp was better against the Patriots, catching all five of his targets for just 33 yards and a score. With the Jets giving up the sixth-most fantasy points to the WR position to date, both receivers should have a field day.
Both Rams tight ends could also show up and out against New York. Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett have had very average seasons respectfully, but are set to face a New York defense that has given up the most fantasy points to their position. The kicker here is, Higbee may be rostered already, while Everett may be widely available for the taking. If you’re in a TE being, you may as well kick the tires on one of the two options in LA this week.
-Matthew Cava (@cavaM_ Twitter & Reddit)