Orchard Park, N.Y. - Before the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills kickoff on Thursday Night Football, there are some necessary tips spectators will need prior to gametime. Choose your snack and drink now because it will take some heavy decision-making skills to set that fantasy lineup. With the Jets and Bills having some talent on their respective rosters, many fantasy owners may need some help on who to start and who to sit. Here is some advice:
New York Jets Start 'Em:
- Matt Forte, RB: How about the start to the season Forte had against the Bengals on September 11? The Jets handed the ball to Forte 22 times compiling 96 yards. It was a vintage Matt Forte moment dispelling any questions or concerns about his health. You can read how important of a weapon Forte is, here. Start Forte as your RB1 or RB2. He is a dynamic threat who can catch and run - he has done it his entire career.
- Brandon Marshall, WR: Last time Marshall was in Buffalo he went off for eight receptions for 126 yards and one touchdown. Yes, he was held to just three catches in the season opener on Sunday and had a key drop on the final drive of the game for the Jets, Marshall is too good to sit and not expect a bounce-back performance from the wideout. If you have top WRs, Marshall should be in your FLEX slot, but in this matchup Marshall is at least a WR2.
- Jets Defense: The secondary for New York looked scary - in a bad way - on Sunday. But, with a banged up Sammy Watkins and a front seven that is fantastic against the run, you can expect a better performance and more sacks on Thursday night. If the Jets defensive line pressures Tyrod Taylor but also keeps him contained in the pocket, Taylor may be slightly careless with the ball, which means turnovers. It also helps that Buffalo's offense did not look very good against a subpar Ravens team in week one.
On the fence: Eric Decker, WR (Flex, WR2)
New York Jets Sit 'Em:
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB: Fitzpatrick is really not a great fantasy QB as there are plenty more consistent options on the waiver wire, but if you do have him, leave him on the pine this week against the Bills. The Jets hope Fitzpatrick can be better than what he was on Sunday and he should be. With that said, do not have him starting against a Buffalo defense that will pressure the young Jets offensive line forcing Fitzpatrick to hurry many of his throws. Sometimes, Fitzpatrick gets pass-happy which leads to interceptions. Be mindful of that.
- Nick Folk, K: The season opener was very uncharacteristic of Folk as he missed an extra point and a 22-yard chip shot. Is that a sign of bad things to come? Probably not. But, at 31 years old Folk may not have the same accuracy or booming leg he had several years ago. While he is still a reliable kicker in this league, there may be a few better options on the waiver wire like Justin Tucker, Chris Boswell, or Caleb Sturgis.
- Quincy Enunwa, WR: Enunwa is an interesting player because he was projected to have a much larger role in the Jets offense this season but in what position? He is built like a tight end but has tremendous wideout skills. He may very well be a sleeper in the 2016 season but not yet. His seven catch, 54-yard and one touchdown performance was a promising sign to see for fantasy owners in deep leagues but before you jump on the Enunwa train, take notes on how he performs Thursday night. If he can sustain the success he had in week one, maybe consider him as a depth option to stack on your bench.
Buffalo Bills Start 'Em:
- Bills Defense: Any Rex Ryan led defense is a threat for a big game. With a pass-happy quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick on the other side of the ball, the Bills may have a chance to snag some interceptions or fumbles. They also have an advantage against the young Jets offensive line - a unit that played particularly well against the Bengals stout pass rush. To extend, Fitzpatrick who is 2-8 against Ryan led defenses.
- LeSean McCoy, RB: McCoy is a start in PPR leagues. If your league has strict rules for running backs, he is on the fence. McCoy goes against one of the best defensive lines in the game Thursday night. Muhammad Wilkerson and Co. will stop the running game but their constant pressure on Tyrod Taylor will force Taylor to dump it off to McCoy on certain occasions so you can expect a lot of catches for the Bills RB. McCoy - by definition - is a RB1 but in this matchup, he is no higher than a RB2.
- Dan Carpenter, K: It seems like any Rex Ryan team relies on their kicker. He did it with Folk and he is doing it with Dan Carpenter. Carpenter has a tremendous leg and it helps this matchup is in September and not January because the weather should be fine in Orchard Park. While Carpenter missed a 49-yard field goal on Sunday, Carpenter is a safe bet because Rex Ryan offenses typically don't finish drives with touchdowns - just field goals.
Buffalo Bills Sit 'Em:
- Sammy Watkins, WR: How many times have you seen Watkins on the "sit 'em" list? Chances are - not many. Nonetheless, with his foot not at 100 percent, he should not be nearly as dominant as he normally is. Even an 80 percent Sammy Watkins won't do much against a motivated Darrelle Revis who has been destroyed by almost every media outlet in the NFL this week. If you need someone start Watkins at FLEX - but even that is pushing it.
- Tyrod Taylor, QB: Taylor looked very good against the Jets last season in both games but against a dominant defensive line that came to play in week one, things won't bode well for the Buffalo starting quarterback. The pressure from the defensive line will force Taylor out of his comfort zone and make a few mistakes to lurking secondary members - Revis, Calvin Pryor, Marcus Gilchrist, and Marcus Williams.
- Charles Clay, TE: If Sammy Watkins cannot play, Clay's stock rises. But, Clay is too inconsistent to be taken seriously as your starting tight end in fantasy. There may be better options on the waiver wire including Eric Ebron. Be careful of relying on a TE like Clay who can be a major factor in one game but never touch the ball in another.
Joe Barone is a staff writer for JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@28JoeBarone), or via email (email@example.com).null