East Rutherford, N.J. - As the New York Jets get prepared to face the Seattle Seahawks in a critical Week Four matchup from MetLife Stadium, fantasy football owners are scrambling to set their lineups. At this point of the season, owners have either stayed the course or have overreacted making several trades that have changed the outlook of their team. Nonetheless, with the Jets and Seahawks 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:
1. Matt Forte, RB: Last week was Forte's lowest fantasy point production of the season. While he only carried the ball 15 times for 65 yards, it was due in large part to the Jets playing from behind the entire game. While Seattle's defense is very strong and the front seven are dangerous, they are also very vulnerable. The Seahawks rush defense is coming off a game they allowed over 100 yards rushing to Carlos Hyde. With Ryan Fitzpatrick expected to throw fewer passes Sunday; expect a heavier workload from Forte out of the backfield through the air or on the ground.
2. Quincy Enunwa, WR: Let's just scratch every performance for Jets player from last week. It was not good. This week - against a tougher opponent - will be difficult but New York has made some changes. With Eric Decker sidelined due to the partially torn rotator cuff, expect Enunwa to step up as the Jets number two receiver and get a bulk of passes with Richard Sherman covering Brandon Marshall. Start Enunwa as a low end WR or FLEX.
3. Robby Anderson, WR: Chances are fantasy owners do not have Anderson on their roster, nor am I advocating pick him up. But, if by chance all of your options are in dire need of help, Anderson is your guy. With Decker down and Marshall and Enunwa as the top two targets for Fitzpatrick, Anderson will be open in the middle of the field and may receive a portion of the snaps as the Jets third wide out. Keep an eye on him - maybe he goes off. Anderson is a low end FLEX this week.
New York Jets Sit 'Em:
1. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB: That performance last week was scary. I think fantasy owners may be traumatized. While you recover, leave Fitzpatrick on the bench this week against an even more dangerous Seahawks secondary. Last week, Kansas City got their hands on 16 passes while intercepting six. Fitzpatrick was careless with the ball and will need to limit the turnovers if the Jets want any shot against Seattle on Sunday. With that said, Fitzpatrick goes up against a ball-hawking secondary, which typically does not bode well for any quarterback.
2. Eric Decker, WR: With news breaking this week about Decker's partially torn rotator cuff, fantasy owners may have to leave Decker on the bench for the foreseeable future. He is too good to simply drop - especially this early in the season - but, be mindful Decker may not provide any huge numbers for the rest of the season. Even if he does come back, he will not be 100 percent. Keep an eye on the injury reports this week.
3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE: Seferian-Jenkins is an interesting player. He had the potential to be one of the stronger pass-catching tight ends in the league during his tenure in Tampa Bay but never panned out. The Jets rarely use a tight end in their offensive plan and are the only team in the league without a tight end reception. This will be Seferian-Jenkins first game in green and may be thrown to multiple times, but until Fitzpatrick and the offense are acclimated, sit Seferian-Jenkins.
Seattle Seahawks Start 'Em:
1. Jimmy Graham, TE: It was a blast from the past last Sunday for Graham who reminded fantasy owners about his time in New Orleans. Graham was nothing short of special last week and now is healthy. Watch out, Jets. His six reception, 100-yard and one touchdown performance on Sunday brought in close to 20 points for fantasy teams in ESPN leagues and now that he is almost at full health, Graham will emerge as a primary target for Russell Wilson.
2. Doug Baldwin, WR: Two out of the three weeks played, Baldwin has put up at least 24 points in fantasy football. He had nine catches, 92 yards and one touchdown in Week One and eight catches, 164 yards and one touchdown in Week Three. Against a New York secondary that showed slight improvement last week in Kansas City, Baldwin is a must start. A big-play is almost guaranteed Sunday.
3. Seattle Defense: “Fast, tough, aggressive” were words that head coach Todd Bowles used to describe the Seattle Seahawks defense. It is a ball-hawking unit that is tops in the league in overall defense and second in the league in scoring defense. Watch out, Ryan Fitzpatrick. A few turnovers can go their way on Sunday.
Seattle Seahawks Sit 'Em:
1. Russell Wilson, QB: There won't be many times this season this will happen. Wilson has an assortment of injuries and will not be 100 percent despite coaches saying otherwise. The usually mobile Wilson will be limited on Sunday. He will need to stretch the field in other ways - through the air and on the ground. Wilson won't be terrible - but - you should avoid starting this quarterback against the Jets front seven.
2. Christine Michael, RB: Michael has emerged as Seattle's number one running back with Thomas Rawls banged up. The young Michael had been solid in the first two weeks but truly exploded in Week Three against the 49ers. He had 106 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. You can expect many touches from Michael on Sunday but the yardage will not accumulate. The Jets rush defense is strong and has looked very good against Cincinnati, Buffalo and Kansas City. Sit Michael this week.
3. Jermaine Kearse, WR: With Doug Baldwin catching the bulk of Russell Wilson's passes and Tyler Lockett as a deeper red zone threat, Kearse's value does not truly stand out. He looked strong in Seattle's season opening victory over the Dolphins with five catches for 57 yards but since then - four catches for 22 yards and zero touchdowns. Kearse will be a nonfactor in Sunday's match so if you are one of the 3.7 percent of ESPN fantasy owners that have Kearse, sit him.
Joe Barone is a staff writer and JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@28JoeBarone), or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)