New York Jets Defense Worth Starting This Week
New York Jets Defense Worth Starting This Week?
The New York Jets are not a good team. They don’t have a wide receiver anyone not related to them will recognize. Their quarterback is the best of a trio of bad options, and their running game is pedestrian on a good day. Will their cheerleaders be the highlight of the week?
They are pretty much what fans expected after the team dumped most of the high-priced talent it had during the offseason.
However, for daily fantasy purposes, the Jets do have one redeeming quality—their defense.
Last week they held the Miami Dolphins to just six points, had three sacks, and made two interceptions.
They were torched by Derek Carr and the Raiders but they were not bad against Buffalo in Week One (one interception, two sacks).
So, why start them this week?
For one, they will likely be an inexpensive team which will free you up to spend more on other positions. But along with being cheap, they have a ton of potential upside. Yes, Blake Bortles played a brilliant game last week in London (like he is prone to do). But he often has one of his better performances of the season while across the pond.
This week, now that he’s back in the continental United States, chances are it will be back to normal for him. Doug Marrone will probably try to limit his opportunities to screw up. But it’s impossible to factor him out completely.
When you factor in a defensive front that can rush as well as the Jet, you have a recipe for offensive disaster. Leonard Fournette will help minimize the damage, but the Jaguars will have to trust him to some degree.
Whatever that degree of trust is, it will be a mistake—and what makes starting the Jets defense worthwhile. They may only give you a couple of sacks and an interception against Jacksonville. But they could also give you four sacks, two interceptions, a fumble recovery, and a pick-6 (low risk, high reward).
Jacksonville– and especially Blake Bortles — is that accident-prone and the Jets still have enough talent on defense to capitalize on Jacksonville’s misfortunes.
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