Florham Park, N.J. - It's Week 14 in the NFL and fantasy owners know what that means: playoffs. This is a crucial week for most leagues, as the winner gets into the championship game. Both the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers are out of the playoffs, but both teams are still playing for pride. With the championship on the line, here's who you should start and sit on your fantasy team:
New York Jets Start 'Em
1. Matt Forte, RB: The Jets absolutely need to give Forte the ball 20+ times. The 49ers have the worst run defense in the league, allowing 169.3 yards per game. Every time Forte is given a heavy workload, he hasn't rushed for less than 80 yards. When handed the ball 25+ times, he's scored six of his seven touchdowns. Forte is a workhorse back and always has been, so the Jets should treat him as such. The Jets don't need to save Forte for the playoffs, so they should be giving him the ball.
2. Jets Defense/ST: The Jets defense is going to have a field day against the 49ers offense. The only thing the Jets need to worry about is Carlos Hyde and the run game the 49ers have, but the Jets have the 4th best run defense, only allowing 90.3 yards per game. Other than that, the 49ers do not have a good offense. They're 31st in the NFL in passing offense (182.2 YPG), 25th in scoring offense (19.5 PPG), 28th in sacks allowed (34), and t-25th in giveaways (20). If the Jets apply pressure up front, it'll make the back end easier.
3. Quincy Enunwa, WR: Enunwa has been the best offensive player the Jets have had this season. He is second on the team in catches (44), yards (653), and leads the team with four touchdowns. Even with the 49ers in the middle of the pack, allowing 246.9 yards per game through the air, Enunwa is still going to have a good day. Cornerbacks are going to be focusing on Brandon Marshall and Robby Anderson on the deep ball, so Enunwa will be focusing on the short pass game.
Fence Start: Bilal Powell has not had a lot of carries this season, but he is averaging 6.3 yards per carry. Also heavily involved in the passing game, Powell's success will be based on how Forte does.
New York Jets Sit 'Em
1. Bryce Petty, QB: I wouldn't trust Petty just yet in his second start of his career. He didn't play that bad against the Rams, but he didn't stand out. The 49ers defense is weak, but their best asset is the secondary. Petty is also a young quarterback who is going to make mistakes. Especially during fantasy playoffs, definitely go with another option.
2. Brandon Marshall, WR: I hate to say it, but this won't be Marshall's week. The whole team struggled last week against the the Colts, who had a weaker secondary than the 49ers. After scoring against the Patriots, he was held to a 4-43 stat line against the Colts. With the 49ers secondary stronger, Marshall will most likely be heavily covered. If Enunwa goes absolutely off, then Marshall will get more looks.
3. Nick Folk, K: This is going to be a sloppy game on both sides, that's for sure. The Jets were absolutely blown out last week against the Colts and the offense was only able to manage to get Folk one field goal. He also had one blocked against the Patriots and hasn't been getting a lot of looks. Don't rely on him.
San Francisco 49ers Start 'Em
1. Carlos Hyde, RB: Yes, the Jets have one of the best rushing defenses. However, Hyde and the 49ers have one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL. Hyde hasn't scored a rushing touchdown since Week Five, but injuries and struggles from the offense in general hurt his production. However, the 25-year-old has run for 243 yards over the last three games and scored a receiving touchdown two weeks ago. The one solid part of the 49ers offense is Hyde.
2. Jeremy Kerley, WR: This is the first time Kerley is facing his old team, which will play a part in how he does. Kerley leads the 49ers with 43 receptions and 466 yards, also adding three touchdowns. Kerley has struggled the last three games, being held to three catches for 42 yards and one fumble. The Jets secondary is very weak, allowing opponents to throw for 264.4 yards per game, putting them 23rd in the NFL. The Jets secondary is also known for giving up the deep ball, so Kerley will get his share of points.
3. Vance McDonald, TE: McDonald is third on the team with 24 catches but is second with 391 yards and leads the team with four touchdowns. The 4th-year tight end also just got a five-year extension with the 49ers a day ago, so he must be feeling good. Before being held to two catches for nine yards against Chicago, McDonald had 14 catches for 240 yards and two touchdowns. With the Jets allowing opponents to score 25.6 points per game, McDonald should have no issue finding the end zone.
Fence Start: Quinton Patton is the next receiver up if Kerley gets heavily covered. He is second on the team in receptions and third in yards, but hasn't found the end zone once this year. Definitely a game-time decision on to start Patton or not.
San Francisco 49ers Sit 'Em
1. Colin Kaepernick, QB: Definitely go with another option at quarterback other than Kaepernick. This game is going to be sloppy on both sides and all starts with the quarterback. Yes, Kaepernick threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns against the Dolphins two weeks ago. And yes, his TD-INT ratio is 10-3. Yet, the same Kaepernick went 1-of-5, was sacked five times, and fumbled the ball last week and was pulled mid game. With a Jets secondary getting better and a front that is strong, Kaepernick is doomed.
2. Phil Dawson, K: Have to sit the kicker on both sides. It's not going to be a pretty game on either sides. Dawson is a good kicker, but the 49ers are a bad team with a bad offense. Dawson hasn't missed a field goal since Week Three, but he's had four attempts in the last three weeks. If the offense is struggling to move the ball, the Dawson won't get his chances. Expect him to get a couple extra points, but only one field goal.
3. 49ers Defense/ST: The 49ers have the worst defense in the NFL. They're 32nd in total defense (416.3 YPG allowed), 32nd in rush defense (169.3 YPG allowed), 32nd in scoring defense (30.8 PPG allowed), t-30th in sacks (20), 29th in third down defense (47.1%), and 27th in red zone defense (63.2%). The only good thing about the defense is the 49ers rank 14th in pass defense, allowing opponents to throw for 246.9 yards per contest. There is the possibility of the defense stopping the Jets weak offense all game, but there is also a possibility of them getting completely blown out. I wouldn't take any chances.null