Jets need road win against Titans to remain in playoff contention
The New York Jets will try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive when they take on the Tennessee Titans tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Even though the Jets are just 6-7, they still have a shot at getting into the postseason, although it most likely will require them to win out and get some help along the way. The Titans (4-9) have already been eliminated from playoff contention, but are looking to finish the season strong and build some momentum headed into an offseason that could feature a fair amount of changes within the organization.
AFC East nighttime clash caps off Thanksgiving Day trifecta of games
The New England Patriots look to build on their three-game lead in the AFC East as they take on the New York Jets in MetLife Stadium at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC. The Patriots have won four games in a row, a streak that started with a 29-26 overtime victory against the Jets in Foxboro back in Week 7. The Jets snapped a three-game losing streak last week with a 27-13 win in St. Louis. Their record is 4-6 and they can ill afford another loss, especially in divisional play, if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Who should you sit in Week 7? Well, with six teams on bye this week, every fantasy owner’s roster depth is sure to be tested. With players like Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning, Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and many others not available, chances are you might be starting some unfamiliar faces. That said, here are a few names we would advise you to sit in Week 7, if at all possible.
Monday Night Football should feature a physical AFC clash.
Two contrasting AFC teams will meet on Monday Night Football when the New York Jets host the Houston Texans at 8:30 pm EST on ESPN. The Texans are off to a stellar start, standing at 4-0 and topping their opponents by a combined 70 points on the year. On the other hand, the Jets enter the game at 2-2 but have been outscored 81-33 since their Week 1 victory over the Bills.
What can the New York Jets do for you this fantasy season? Check out Athlon Sports' team report as we break down the rookies, veteran players to watch and avoid, fantasy playoff schedule and more to help you get ready for the 2012 season.
Inside the Locker Room
with Ernie Palladino, Freelance Writer
The Jets running back might finally be living up to expectations
Oh, Shonn Greene are you teasing us or is this for real?
The New York Jets’ running back has certainly paid off for those of us who waited all season for him to do just that. He has three straight double-digit weeks for the first time this season and now faces a Philadephia Eagles defense that is ranked 18th against the run at 115.1 yards per game. However, the Eagles have given up the eighth-most rushing yards to RBs the last three weeks (355).
In the wake of Sunday night's disheartening 34-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan promised at least one change in their offensive game plan — a recommitment to the running game. In other words, "Ground & Pound" is back.
NEW YORK JETS
• Inside the Locker Room
With Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News
Can Shonn Greene handle being a workhorse feature back?
The Jets coaching staff firmly believes that the physical Greene will be the centerpiece of the team’s ground-and-pound attack. LaDainian Tomlinson, the team’s leading rusher a year ago, will transition into a third down role to pave the way for Greene, who could consistently get 18-20 carries each week. He proved last season that he could remain healthy from start to finish, but the expected heavier workload (250-275 carries) will surely test his bruising style.
Who has more fantasy upside — Mark Sanchez or Dustin Keller?
Keller, the fourth-year tight end, is coming off career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns. He thrived when Holmes was out for the first month of the season due to suspension. Keller, a matchup nightmare for smaller safeties and slower linebackers, averaged five catches for 64 yards and scored five touchdowns during that four-game stretch. Sanchez has proven he can win big games, but don't expect him to air it out consistently from week to week.
How would you rate the Jets defense, from a fantasy standpoint?
Thanks to Rex Ryan’s exotic blitz packages, the Jets unit will remain one of the top-five fantasy defenses in 2011. An injection of youth along the defensive line should bolster sack totals. Ryan’s ball-hawking philosophy produced an AFC-best 18 fumble recoveries last year. That won’t change.
• Fantasy Playoff Run — Weeks 14-16: KC, @PHI, NYG
The Chiefs, the Jets’ Week 14 opponent, were middle of the road against basically all positions. The Eagles, however, gave up the eighth-most points to QBs (19.6 ppg) and the most points to TEs (12.4 ppg). Expect little on the ground in your title game with Jets players, but the Giants gave up 18.0 points per game to the QBs and 26.3 to WRs.
• Athlon Best Bets
Sleeper: Plaxico Burress, WR Deep-Sleeper: Joe McKnight, RB Overvalued: LaDainian Tomlinson, RB Top Rookie: Scotty McKnight, WR Bounce-Back: Shonn Greene, RB Top IDP: David Harris, LB
• Try to Avoid
Darrelle Revis, DB
Quarterbacks avoid Revis, and so will we. The NFL’s best cornerback went from the No. 33-ranked DB in IDP leagues in 2009 to No. 172 in this scoring format in 2010. With QBs shying away from him, Revis is not able to produce numbers worthy of being on your roster. WAIT UNTIL: Never
• Draft Class Fantasy Impact
The Jets owned one of the NFL’s top defenses last season and spent their first two picks on upgrading the depth. The addition of Muhammad Wilkerson and Kenrick Ellis to the line only adds more potential to a top-five fantasy defense. The Jets have question marks about the receiving corps, but Jeremy Kerley will likely make his biggest impact on special teams this year. Bilal Powell possesses a good combination of power and speed, but carries will be few with Shonn Greene, LaDainian Tomlinson and Joe McKnight ahead in the pecking order.