Fantasy Football 2014: Jets at Patriots 10/16/14 Week 7 Preview
New York Jets (1-5) at New England Patriots (4-2)
Kicking off the Week 7 schedule on “Thursday Night Football” this week, we have an AFC East matchup between the Jets and the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. New York (1-5) fell to the Broncos in Week 6, and New England (4-2) took care of Buffalo on the same day.
As you may expect, there are plenty of notable fantasy players on both sidelines in this one, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at the big names who will be impacting our rosters this week.
Geno Smith, QB, New York Jets: Geno and company had plenty of chances against Denver, but couldn’t capitalize. As a result, Geno posted a relatively good 190 yards, two touchdowns and a pick.
Smith led a crummy Jets rushing attack with 11 yards on the ground. He’s a super-low-end fantasy option, obviously, and shouldn’t be started unless you’re desperate.
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Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: After flopping statistically in his first few weeks, Brady has roared back in the last two weeks. Against Buffalo, he smashed the defense for 361 yards and four touchdowns, which should instill confidence in anyone who was doubting him thus far.
Brady has come back with a vengeance, and there’s no reason to think he won’t keep that fire going against the Jets.
Chris Johnson, RB, New York Jets: Johnson (and Chris Ivory, for that matter) was horrid against Denver. He finished with just nine rush yards on three carries, adding a single catch for two yards.
We can’t recommend any Jets back as anything other than a deep flex, but you knew that already. Lots of danger here. Stay away if you can.
Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots: If there was a hole in the Pats attack against Buffalo, it was with the rush game. Ridley ended up with only 23 yards, part of a paltry 50-yard total overall by New England. The real bummer here is that he left with an ACL injury that could jeopardize his status for the rest of the year.
We’ll obviously want to watch the test results here, but it doesn’t look good. As a result, Shane Vereen gets an immediate upgrade.
Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets: If there’s anything the Jets can feel happy about coming out of the Denver game, it’s that Decker made it through healthy. He finished with six grabs for 54 yards and a TD, and was the obvious first choice among receivers (aside from rookie TE Jace Amaro).
Decker (when healthy) is a borderline WR2/3 due to the fact that the Jets have no one else. Unfortunately, that means the defense will pay more attention to him, so take that into consideration.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Gronk had his strongest game yet (reception-wise) against Buffalo, notching seven grabs for 94 yards. Unfortunately, he didn’t get into the end zone for the first time in four weeks, but that’s beside the point.
Gronk is obviously an automatic start, and we think he’ll do great things here. The Jets were torn up by Julius Thomas in Week 6, and he’ll do the same.
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