Kickoff: Sunday, September 18th, at 1:00 PM EST
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
Betting Odds: NYJ +6, 40.5 total via Oddsshark
Writer: Matthew Cava (@cavaM_ on Twitter & Reddit)
New York Jets
Joe Flacco (Sit)
Picture it: it’s the year 2022. Joe Flacco was the Jets’ starting quarterback in Week 1 against his former team, the Baltimore Ravens. Surely he wouldn’t have 50+ pass attempts on the day, right? Well, you’re wrong. Flacco completed 37 of 59 attempts for 307 yards, one interception, and a touchdown in the 24-9 loss to the Ravens last week. The Jets’ offense looked to be one of the worst in the league to kick off the season, and as long as Flacco remains under center, it’s likely to stay that way.
Breece Hall (Start, FLEX), Michael Carter (Start, FLEX)
Breece Hall, the darling of the draft season – especially in Dynasty leagues – had a quiet and forgettable NFL debut. He only carried the ball six times for 23 yards but did reel in six receptions (on 10 targets!) for 38 yards, which saved his fantasy day some in PPR formats. Hall did lose a fumble, which is extremely uncharacteristic of him; at Iowa, he lost only three in over 800 collegiate carries. The target share is certainly encouraging to build on and considering you likely invested some decent coin in Hall this summer, you can still start him this week; consider him an RB3 on the week.
Michael Carter out-carried Hall 10-6 on the ground against the Ravens for 60 yards, and also did have seven receptions for 40. It was a fairly productive fantasy day – and could have been even bigger if not for a touchdown drop in the 4th quarter – as Carter operated as the RB1 in the offense. It was a lopsided day for the Jets offense, seeing as Flacco had 59 pass attempts, and you would hope they can start to right the ship this week. Also, consider Carter a solid FLEX option this week.
Do keep in mind that the Browns just held Christian McCaffrey to 33 yards on 10 carries, though he did have a rushing touchdown and four receptions for 24 yards.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Elijah Moore (Start, WR3), Corey Davis (Sit), Garrett Wilson (Sit), Tyler Conklin (Sit), C.J. Uzomah (Sit)
The reality is that this offense won’t be able to show out the way we may have envisioned until Zach Wilson makes his season debut. Mike White may be able to move the ball better than Flacco, but in any case, both of them aren’t Wilson and who this offense is best suited with. That being said, if Flacco finds himself having to pass the ball a ton yet again, I could see a bounce-back week for someone like Elijah Moore, who had a down season opener. He caught five of seven targets for just 49 yards and would have had a garbage-time touchdown if it wasn’t for OPI.
Corey Davis, only 6% rostered on Yahoo, led the way with nine targets, catching six of them for 77 yards. He had a brutal drop that would have moved the chains in the 1st quarter, but will still see plenty of targets. He’s certainly worth a bench spot if this target-share continues, but I wouldn’t rush to start him just yet. And then there is rookie Garrett Wilson, who did not see the field nearly enough. Still, he had one more target than Moore, but one less reception and had 52 yards on the day. He looked elusive, and at one point turned a broken play into a really nifty gain. One would hope OC Mike LaFleur realizes it’s important to get Wilson involved more – especially considering he was the 10th overall pick – but I wouldn’t start him either until he’s involved more. The usage of the tight ends, after being a key part of the Jets’ offseason acquisitions, was a bit head-scratching. Tyler Conklin saved his fantasy day with a garbage-time TD in the 4th quarter and finished with just four receptions for 14 yards on seven targets. C.J. Uzomah laid a goose egg, no doubt blocking more than anything. Both tight ends can be left on the wire.
Jacoby Brissett (Sit)
The Browns were able to secure the victory on their final drive via a field goal, but prior to that, Jacoby Brissett had a fairly forgettable day. He completed just 18 of 34 attempts for only 147 yards and a touchdown. He could be in line for a better outing against the Jets, though all things considered, they looked pretty decent against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens despite the score line. Brissett doesn’t hold any value in single-QB formats and can be left on the wire.
Nick Chubb (Start, RB1), Kareem Hunt (Start, RB2)
Both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt operated as advertised last week against the Panthers. Chubb finished the day with 141 rushing yards on 22 carries, but just one reception for two yards. Hunt turned 11 carries into 46 yards and a touchdown, but also had four receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown reception. Despite the Jets holding the Baltimore backfield in check, and even Jackson to just 17 rushing yards, Chubb and Hunt should continue to thrive in this spot.
Wide Receivers/Tight End
Amari Cooper (Sit), Donovan Peoples-Jones (Sit), David Bell (Sit), David Njoku (Sit)
Having covered Browns/Panthers last week, Amari Cooper finished as suggested. He was an afterthought, catching only three of his six targets for 17 yards. Largely in part to the run game being the focal point of this offense, it’s still going to be a challenge for Cooper to thrive, even as the WR1 on this team. Donovan Peoples-Jones had the better day, catching six of 11 targets for 60 yards. I also would consider him a sit candidate, though it’s entirely possible he has another decent day; look and see what Devin Duvernay did against the Jets last week. Rookie David Bell can remain on the wire, and tight end David Njoku isn’t a realistic option to stream this week. He’s coming off a one-target, one-reception (for 7 yards) performance against the Panthers, compared to fellow TE Harrison Bryant who had four targets.