Jets WR Quincy Enunwa

What New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs players should fantasy owners start and sit before Sunday afternoon?

If you have New York Jets or Kansas City Chiefs players on your fantasy football roster, here is who you should start and sit.

Florham Park, N.J. - As the New York Jets make their final preparations for Sunday's trip to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, fantasy football owners must make their final tweaks to their rosters in anticipation for the weekend's slate of games. Last week Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall were accurately predicted to have big games for their fantasy owners, as were Buffalo's Sammy Watkins and Charles Clay to have quiet evenings. So, why not lend some more advice for fantasy owners who may need some help on which Jets and Chiefs to start and sit on Sunday? 

New York Jets Start 'Em: 

  1. Eric Decker, WR: Decker is the perfect choice as a WR2 or FLEX for this week's game in Kansas City. Aside from cornerback Marcus Peters who will almost certainly cover Brandon Marshall if he plays, the Chiefs do not really have a stellar secondary that will limit Ryan Fitzpatrick's ever reliable target. Decker is off to a strong start in 2016 with eight catches for 163 yards and two touchdowns. He is averaging an eye-popping 17.5 fantasy points through the first two weeks in ESPN PPR formats. Start him and you will not regret it. 

  2. Quincy Enunwa, WR: I have to admit I was dead wrong last week when I said 'sit Quincy Enunwa.' To my defense, I did say keep an eye on him to see if he would replicate his Week One performance against the Bengals in Week Two. He did. Before Enunwa sustained a rib injury, he was dominant compiling six catches for 92 yards. He is healthy now and New York will continue to give Enunwa every opportunity to succeed in this dynamic offense. He should start at your FLEX position this week because Peter's will not be covering him nor Kansas City's second cornerback on the depth chart - Phillip Gaines

  3. Matt Forte, RBAfter practice on Friday, head coach Todd Bowles said he wants to "ride the hot hand." That means no Bilal Powell and more Matt Forte - at least for the time being. While there is a slight chance Forte sees fewer carries because of his heavy workload throughout the first two weeks, Forte has looked like his vintage self against the Bengals and Bills front seven. This task will be a bit more challenging for Forte as Dontari PoeAllen Bailey and Jaye Howard are very talented defensive linemen. Forte is a safe bet to be your RB2 if not your RB1 this week. 

Fence Start: Nick Folk, K rebounded fairly well in Buffalo last week as he went 3-for-3 with one field goal being between 30-39 yards. 

New York Jets Sit 'Em: 

  1. Brandon Marshall, WRThis is a matchup that does not bode well for the Jets on paper. Then again, that is why the games are played. Nevertheless, Marshall will be a game time decision on Sunday and even if he does play it will most likely be less than 100 percent due to his knee. Take a week off from Marshall if you have better receivers on your team because he will also be lined up against an All-Pro cornerback in Marcus Peters. Marshall should be able to catch a few passes for decent yardage but I would not expect another 100+ yard performance from New York's top wide out. 

  2. Bilal Powell, RBWith Matt Forte getting the bulk of the carries and is currently the "hot hand," that takes touches away from Powell who has carried the ball just five times this year for 43 yards. During the summer, Powell was expected to split the time with the veteran Forte - which would keep Forte fresh for a stretch run - but it has not worked out as planned. This is not a knock on how good Powell can be; it is just too early in the season to tap into the Jets running back depth yet. 

  3. Jets Defense: This decision can go both ways. The Jets defense is either going to be very good or very bad on Sunday. The Chiefs are typically a conservative team who never like to extend the field vertically. That being said, teams will continue to try to expose the Jets secondary until they "put out the fire," as many players said on Friday. The front seven will pressure Smith, which can lead to plenty of turnovers. But the secondary is holding me back from saying - 'start 'em.' Keep an eye on them though - this will be an interesting test. 

Kansas City Chiefs Start 'Em: 

  1. Jeremy Maclin, WR: After reviewing the tape, Maclin is probably champing at the bit to face Darrelle Revis and the rest of New York's struggling secondary. Maclin's motto has to be: 'hit them while their down,' as right now you could not get any lower if you are a Jets defensive back that has allowed big play after big play through two games. The Chiefs do not really have an offensive identity at the moment but even Maclin can find space in a secondary that suffered an 84-yard touchdown to Marquise Goodwin last week. Maclin is a WR2 at best this week. 

  2. Travis Kelce, TE: Aside from Maclin, Travis Kelce has emerged as one of Alex Smith's primary targets in the passing game. He has looked terrific in two games this season totaling 11 catches for 108 yards. Kelce has yet to find the end zone and the way the Jets linebackers have been limiting tight ends has been a major positive early on but Kansas City's tight end may be too good for Darron Lee and a banged up David Harris to cover. By the way, Harris is questionable for Sunday. Kelce is your TE1 this week.

  3. Cairo Santos, K: The Kansas City Chiefs may have arguably the most consistent kicker in the league in Cairo Santos. Last season, Santos was a strong waiver wire pick as many kickers around the league sustained injuries. This year - and Sunday in particular - start Santos. The Brazillian native is a perfect 6-for-6 on the season, including 3-for-3 from beyond 40 yards. Santos also converted a 54-yard field goal last week against Houston. Need a kicker? Trust Santos. 

Fence Start: Spencer Ware, RB - If he is your top running back start him, but if there are other options, leave him on the bench. Ware is a dynamic threat that can come out of the backfield to catch the ball and that is how the Chiefs will have to use him Sunday against a top rush defense and dangerous front seven. 

Kansas City Chiefs Sit 'Em: 

  1. Jamaal Charles, RB: If you drafted Charles - like I did, you are probably kicking yourself wasting a draft pick on a banged up running back. That being said - his ceiling his high. When or if he comes back, he will be a good start. Things are not looking good for Charles as head coach Andy Reid reportedly thought the explosive running back "practiced better last week, but hasn't even gotten to this week's availability decision." Sit him. 

  2. Alex Smith, QB: Yes, the Jets secondary has not looked good. But, what has Alex Smith shown through two games that would instill the trust of fantasy owners to start him at quarterback this week? The answer: not much. He was strong enough in Week One to get a win over a San Diego Chargers team that imploded, but with pressure forcing Smith out of the pocket last week against Houston, he was held to just 186 yards and no touchdowns. Smith has also been sacked seven times in two games, lost two fumbles and has thrown one interception. 

  3. Chris Conley, WR: The Chiefs were very high on this receiver in training camp mostly because he is a 6'3, 205-pound wide out entering his second season. He made four catches in his season debut against San Diego but was limited to just two against the Texans last time out. You probably do not have Conley on your team, but if you are the 2.2 percent of ESPN fantasy owners who have Conley on your squad, rest him on the pine this week.


Joe Barone is a staff writer for He can be reached on Twitter (@28JoeBarone), or via email (


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