Kickoff: Sunday, September 27th at 4:05 PM ET
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
Betting Odds: NYJ +10.5, 43.5 total via Oddsshark
New York Jets
Sam Darnold (Sit)
Another week, another 21 completions, and another loss. Sam Darnold and the Jets are an abysmal offense right now. It’s a combination of factors: injuries to the playmakers and to be blunt, the head coach. This isn’t to excuse Darnold of fault; he has to execute. That said, we need to see aggressive play calling out of him and the offense if there is going to be any progress made. Until then, Darnold is not on the starting radar.
Frank Gore (Sit), La’Mical Perine (Sit)
With the absence of Le’Veon Bell for a few more weeks, the Jets run game continues to be non-existent; not that it was going well even with a healthy Bell. La’Mical Perine should have gotten way more work against the 49ers than he did, only totaling three carries for 17 yards. Instead, he took the backseat to Frank Gore, and if we know Adam Gase, it’ll be the same against the Colts. Both backs are to be kept out of your lineups.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Chris Hogan (Sit), Braxton Berrios (Sit), Breshad Perriman (Sit), Jamison Crowder (Sit), Chris Herndon (Sit)
See a theme here? Until Gase can learn to adjust on the fly and game plan to his quarterbacks’ strengths, it’s hard to trust any receiving option as fantasy relevant. Let’s break it down quickly. Jamison Crowder missed Week 2 with a hamstring injury. While it’s not to be considered serious, I’m not ready to trust him in my lineup again just yet. Breshad Perriman injured his ankle against San Francisco and is considered week-to-week; he may miss this game. If he does, Chris Hogan becomes WR1 for this team, which is a major issue to the overall landscape of the Jets. Braxton Berrios is the only intriguing option right now from a PPR standpoint, as he saw eight targets, catching six passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. However, I just can’t be confident in any Jet producing. Unfortunately, the same sentiments are trending for tight end Chris Herndon, who should be a major focal point to this offense. Instead, Gase has him blocking more.
Philip Rivers (Start, QB2)
If for whatever reason you’re in the market for a QB streamer this early in the season, Philip Rivers could be your guy this week. He gets a Jets team that has given up the 11th most fantasy points to the quarterback so far this season. They are susceptible to giving up the big play at any moment, and if Rivers can be efficient with the ball, he could find the end zone multiple times.
Jonathan Taylor (Start, RB1), Nyheim Hines (Start, FLEX)
Fire up Jonathan Taylor with confidence to finish as an RB1 this week. The Jets just gave up 182 yards to the 49ers’ backs and two touchdowns to go with the yardage. With no more Marlon Mack in the fold, Taylor is the main man in that Colts backfield. He finished with 101 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown last week against the Vikings, and surely could repeat against New York; a defense that has given up the seventh-most fantasy points to the running backs so far this season. Nyheim Hines could be in play for your FLEX consideration despite the big dud last week after a blowup Week 1. This is a great chance for him to see his targets increase against a slower Jets linebacker core.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
T.Y Hilton (Start, WR3), Michael Pittman Jr. (Start, FLEX), Zach Pascal (Sit), Mo-Alie Cox (Start, TE2)
T.Y. Hilton hasn’t been great, to say the least given his price tag. It’s clear Rivers and he is not linking yet, but perhaps this week could flip the script. With a PCL injury to Parris Campbell that landed him on the IR, Hilton should be in line for more targets than the five he saw against Minnesota. Michael Pittman Jr. is an interesting FLEX option this week because of the Campbell injury. I’d rather him over Zach Pascal if it came down to it, as I believe the Colts will want to get their second-round rookie involved. Speaking of injuries, at the time of writing it is unclear if tight end Jack Doyle will be fit to go with an ailing ankle injury. Mo-Alie Cox stepped it up against the Vikings, catching five of six targets for 111 yards and a touchdown. He’s a viable streaming option against a Jets team that just gave up two scores to Jordan Reed.