Kickoff: Sunday, January 3rd, at 1:00 PM EST
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Betting Odds: NYJ +3.5, 43 total via Oddsshark
New York Jets
Sam Darnold (Sit)
In what could be his final game as a Jet, Sam Darnold remains off the fantasy radar in the season finale against New England. He’ll use this game to continue his audition to remain in New York, or for a different team. For what it’s worth, he’s playing below-average ball when on the field this season and appears to be more on an Alex Smith trajectory. Take that as you want, but I’m not sure the next head coach will want to take on Year 4 Darnold.
Ty Johnson (Sit), La’Mical Perine (Sit)
With Frank Gore already ruled out with a lung contusion, this opens the door for Ty Johnson and La’Mical Perine to split touches in the last game of the season. Neither back is worth starting this week. They could have built fantasy relevancy for themselves, but Adam Gase had other plans all season long.
Wide Receivers/Tight End
Jamison Crowder (Start, WR3), Breshad Perriman (Sit), Denzel Mims (Sit), Chris Herndon (Sit)
Last week against the Browns, Jamison Crowder had a receiving touchdown and passing touchdown to Braxton Berrios. If you’re in a Week 17 fantasy final, he is the only Jet receiver worth starting. Breshad Perriman has been a letdown on his 1-year deal with New York this season, and while rookie Denzel Mims has shown flash, he’s not there yet. Chris Herndon found the end zone for the second time last week in an uber-disappointing 2020, but he’s not a tight end to stream in this spot.
New England Patriots
Cam Newton (Sit), Jarrett Stidham (Sit)
For the first season in decades, there was continuous uncertainty at quarterback for New England. Monday night against the Bills was the third time Cam Newton was benched in favor of Jarrett Stidham due to a blowout deficit. Neither quarterback has shown they can be the Patriots’ QB of the (immediate) future and should remain off of your fantasy roster this last week.
James White (Sit), Sony Michel (Sit)
2020 has been a lost cause for the New England offense, and especially its backfield. With Rex Burkhead and Damien Harris both injured heading into the season finale, James White – who is enduring his worst season in his career – and Sony Michel are still not starting options. Attribute that to poor QB play. The Jets have given up the 12th most fantasy points to the running back position this season, but it ultimately does not matter.
Wide Receivers/Tight End
Jakobi Meyers (Sit), Damiere Byrd (Sit), N’Keal Harry (Sit), Devin Asiasi (Sit)
No need to bother reading any further. All three NE wide receivers – Jakobi Meyers, Damiere Byrd, and N’Keal Harry are completely off the fantasy radar for New England. Inconsistent QB play has been their downfall all season. Even in a great spot against a Jets defense that has given up the most fantasy points to the tight end position, healthy Devin Asiasi is an easy avoid as well.
-Matthew Cava (@cavaM_ Twitter & Reddit)