Florham Park, N.J. - After going on a two game winning streak, the longest of the season, the New York Jets fell to the Miami Dolphins last week. Now sitting at 3-6, Gang Green takes on the Los Angeles Rams in a matchup that will likely determine if they have any chance of making the playoffs. If your fantasy football team is the same way, here are the Jets and Rams players you should start and sit this week:
New York Jets Start 'Em
1. Bryce Petty, QB: The time has come Jets fans: Petty will finally start an NFL game. With Ryan Fitzpatrick struggling throughout the season, fans have called for change. Now with a knee injury, it seems like they don't want to push further injury. Why have a guy start on your fantasy team who is making his first career NFL start? This is an extremely bold move, I know, but Petty has potential to go off. During the preseason, Petty went 32-of-56 for 481 yards and three touchdowns to go along with one interception. He's 2-of-2 this season for 19 yards. Petty has made a big leap from year one to year two. In college, Petty threw for 8,195 yards and 62 touchdowns vs 10 interceptions. Don't sleep on the Baylor product.
2. Brandon Marshall, WR: With a gunslinger like Petty under center who has something to prove and everything to gain, look for veteran Marshall to get some looks. Petty is making his first career start, so it'll be obvious he'll look to lean on the veteran for help. Marshall hasn't had the best games the past couple weeks, but he's looking to turn his whole season around in Week 10. With Devin Smith returning from the PUP list, the Rams will look to cover the deep threat there, leaving room for Marshall to get open. With the Jets starting to get deep again at the wide receiver position, it opens up room for Marshall to thrive.
3. Jets Defense/ST: This is an absolute no brainer. The Rams offense has been struggling this season. 24th in the NFL in passing offense (234.3 YPG), 29th in rushing offense (77.3 YPG), 31st in total offense (311.5 YPG), and 32nd in scoring offense (16.3 PPG). Case Keenum is 2nd in the league with 11 interceptions thrown and Todd Gurley has struggled to get anything going off the ground. With a Jets rush defense ranked 4th in the league (81 YPG allowed) and a secondary that has been progressing as the season goes on, the Rams could be in for a long day.
Fence Start: Matt Forte has had three straight weeks of over 80 yards rushing and a touchdown in each of those weeks, but the Rams defense ranks 11th in stopping the run, allowing 98.6 yards per game.
New York Jets Sit 'Em
1. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB: This is obvious since Petty is getting the starting nod. If for some reason you still have Fitzpatrick on your fantasy football team, I suggest you drop him. He was benched for Geno Smith earlier in this season and is now replaced by Petty due to a knee injury. 13 interceptions leads the NFL, and that is not a good category to lead in. Even if Fitzpatrick were to still start in this game, I still would have said to bench him. His time in the NFL is starting to run out.
2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE: As always, never start a Jets tight end. The tight ends have combined for four catches and 30 yards, with Seferian-Jenkins accounting for two of those catches and 17 of those yards. More room has opened up now that Kellen Davis was just cut by the team, but the Jets just recently signed Eric Tomlinson off the Houston practice squad. This will end up being another week where the tight end is missing.
3. Bilal Powell, RB: For a couple weeks this season, Powell was a reliable option in Points Per Reception fantasy leagues. Now, he's not an option in any leagues. With Forte dominating in the past few weeks, Powell has seen less and less time on the field. Against Cleveland, he had six carries for 76 yards and a touchdown thanks to a 35 yard run. Last week against Miami, he had the same amount of carries, but could only get 22 yards. He also contributed four catches for 29 yards. With the Rams also having a tough run defense, look for Forte to get a bulk of the work.
Los Angeles Rams Start 'Em
1. Kenny Britt, WR: The Jets secondary has been doing better the past couple weeks, holding Ryan Tannehill to under 150 yards last week. But, they are still not what they're supposed to be at. The secondary has allowed opponents to get a passing play of 20 or more yards 28 times, 14 of them over 30 yards. Britt has 37 catches for 584 yards and three touchdowns. He's also averaging 15.8 yards per catch. Even with Keenum throwing him the ball, Britt should have a solid day against the Jets.
2. Lance Kendricks, TE: The Jets secondary will most likely not be covering Kendricks, but it will fall upon the linebackers. There have been issues this season in which the linebackers have been getting beat by tight ends. The last time the Jets played a team with a solid tight end, Jimmy Graham burned them for 113 yards. Kendricks 32 catches for 331 yards and a touchdown. If Keenum realizes it, he could exploit the Jets linebackers early and often.
3. Tavon Austin, WR: It seems as if the Rams best players are their pass catchers. Austin is fourth on the team in yards with 316, but is tied with Britt for the team lead in catches (37) and dominates in targets with 67. Austin has clearly been Keenum's favorite receiver to look towards, as he has 13 more targets than next most-targeted receiver. Not a big play receiver, Austin will do most of his damage in the short game.
Fence Start: Los Angeles Rams Defense/ST has been solid this year: 8th in total defense, 9th in passing, and 11th in rushing. However, the Jets have something to prove this week while the Rams are on a 4-game losing streak.
Los Angeles Rams Sit 'Em
1. Case Keenum, QB: Keenum has not played well at all this season. He's second behind Fitzpatrick in interceptions with 11. His 234.3 yards per game ranks his time 24th in the NFL in passing offense. Keenum has a solid core of wide receivers in LA, but continues to struggle in making decisions. If Keenum is your best option at quarterback on your fantasy team, you have a lot more things to be worrying about.
2. Todd Gurley, RB: Enough is enough for Gurley. He just hasn't been reliable at all this season, especially for fantasy owners. Drafted as high as second in fantasy football leagues, Gurley has been a bust for most teams. There have been issues on whether owners should sit Gurley or not with the potential of him breaking out, but this week is not going to be his week. He has not once rushed for over 100 yards this season and hasn't scored a touchdown since Week Five. Oh, and he goes up against a Jets defense that is 4th in the NFL in stopping the run. Definitely sit Gurley this week.
3. Greg Zuerlein, K: This is more of a knock on the team, not him necessarily. The team has posted under 20 points six times this season, with only being able to get 10 the past two games. There haven't been many opportunities for Zuerlein to score. However, in last weeks loss against the Panthers, Zuerlein missed two field goals in which the Rams lost 13-10. Zuerlein is in store for another quiet day.null