Through the good, the bad, and the ugly, the Jets stand at 9-5. A great improvement from a downright abysmal 2014 season, but after an offseason filled with roster upgrades, we can all agree it’s a playoff-or-bust year. However, the point of this article is to not voice my opinions on Jets’ playoff scenarios (for those, follow @RDH_Jets), it is to talk about the use of Jet’s players in daily fantasy for the upcoming two weeks. The good thing about choosing Jets in DFS is that you can guarantee the team will not choose to rest any players in upcoming matchups. The bad thing is the Jets face off against an always-tough Patriots team and the Bills, who will be treating Week 17 as their Super Bowl.
Ryan Fitzpatrick: Fitz-magic has been brilliant this season, which has come as a huge surprise to many. He’s thrown for at least one touchdown in every game he has been healthy in this year and is ranked as the 10th fantasy signal caller. This week brings an interesting matchup against the Patriots, which he 295 yards and two touchdowns back in Week 7. The Patriots allow the 5th fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and haven’t allowed a 20+ point outing since Week 10 against Eli Manning. Hold off on Fitzpatrick this week, but give him strong consideration in Week 17 against a disoriented Bills defense that ranks in the bottom half of the league against QBs.
Chris Ivory: As great as Ivory has been this season, I would search for running back options elsewhere. Ivory has provided inconsistency that has maddened fantasy owners. He has just two 90+ yard games since Week 6 and has become too touchdown dependent. Heighten expectations for Ivory as he faces a Patriots front seven that stifled him to 41 yards on 17 attempts.
Bilal Powell: The new hot hand in the Jets backfield is Bilal Powell. Yeah, that’s right. Ivory’s inconsistency has paved the way for more touches for Powell. He’s had double-digit fantasy outings in the past three games and I believe he’s a great bank for your buck. The Patriots are adept at stopping the run, which could lead to more passing downs for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets; thus more snaps for Powell. He’s a sure fire to be heavily involved in the 3rd down and passing game and a viable option to reach pay dirt.
Brandon Marshall & Eric Decker: The hottest receiving duo in the league is never a bad play in DFS. The Patriots are ranked in the lower half of the league against the pass, which is favorable in a game where the Jets may abandon the run if they find themselves trailing early. Marshall and Decker are the main (emphasis on the) red zone targets for Fitzpatrick and will surely finish the season on a high note. Plug one, if not both, of these players into your DFS lineups for the next two weeks.
Jets D/ST: Minus a monster game against the Eagles defense, the Patriots allow the fewest points to opposing defenses this year. As great as the Jets secondary and front seven have been, better matchups can definitely be found elsewhere. It’s a more feasible option to slot in the Jets defense against the Bills, but do not expect sure-fire results. Surprisingly, the Bills allow the 9th fewest fantasy points to opposing defenses this year.
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