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Fantasy Football 2013: Jets at Patriots Week 2 Preview

New York Jets (1-0) at New England Patriots (1-0)

September 12, 2013 8:25 PM ET

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Now that the bulk of the Week 1 games have been completed, it’s time to start looking forward to Week 2. That round of games will kick off on Thursday, with a big AFC East matchup on tap. We’ll be seeing the New York Jets head to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots, and though this one seems like a mismatch on paper, there’s no telling what could happen on the field between these two divisional rivals. Both teams are coming off close come-from-behind victories in Week 1: the Jets beat the Buccaneers and the Patriots took care of the Bills.
There are plenty of impact fantasy players in this one, so let’s take a moment to examine some of the key names and see what sort of impact they’ll have on your roster.

Geno Smith, QB, New York Jets: Smith logged his first career NFL victory in dramatic fashion against Tampa Bay in Week 1, and it’s thanks in part to his mobility. He led the team with 47 yards on six carries, which is good for his stat-line but bad for the Jets’ rushing attack (and we’ll get to that in a second). As of right now, he’s only viable as a backup or in two-QB leagues, but could carry some value down the road if he can keep it up.

Fantasy Football 2013: Jets at Patriots Week 2 Preview

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Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Well, what can we say about Brady that hasn’t already been said? He was clutch in the late stages of the Pats’ win over Buffalo, leading the team to a game-winning field goal in the final seconds. He wasn’t perfect, but still managed 288 yards and a pair of scores. Brady will see a similar defense in the Jets this Thursday and should be able to find some space to throw. He’s a strong start as always.

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: The Jets’ backfield is something of a mess right now, with supposed No. 1 Chris Ivory coming off injury and Powell only managing 29 yards on the ground (he did add another 35 through the air, but it’s still bad). We’d recommend benching both players again this week; Ivory will likely emerge as a low-end play, just not right now while they’re splitting carries.

Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots: On the other hand, there are some bright spots in the Patriots’ running game. Vereen was the hero in Week 1, totaling 159 total yards after fellow RB Stevan Ridley fumbled and was punished by not getting back into the game. Ridley will likely get another chance Thursday, but Vereen could be a factor as well. He’s a lower-end play but not a bad one.

Kellen Winslow, TE, New York Jets: Winslow was the major surprise of the Jets’ receiving corps, snagging seven grabs for 79 and a touchdown. There aren’t too many other pass-catching options on the roster to speak of (besides the coming-back-from-injury Santonio Holmes) so Winslow gets the vote of confidence concerning chemistry with his new QB. Is he worth a start? Not just yet, but he’s probably worth checking out in deeper or TE-heavy leagues.

Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots: Amendola played just about as expected during the win over the Bills. He finished the game with 104 yards on 10 grabs, with the most important one coming late and setting up the game-winning field goal. Amendola also missed some time during the game with a groin injury, but was able to battle through it. Most owners knew about his injury issues before the draft, though, so it’s not such a big surprise. He’s still a solid play Thursday.

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