Fantasy Football: Jets Players to Watch


Sept 9, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill (84) catches a touchdown pass during the first half at MetLIfe Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Week two is in our sights, and that means, time to start thinking about our Fantasy Football lineups for the week. Whether you are coming off of a big win to start 1-0, or need a quick bounce back from an opening loss, it’s time to think about who to start this week.

The Jets have a tough task going up against the Pittsburgh Steelers, as their defense is always tough. I do believe that there still are players that can help your lineup on Sunday, and I will take you through them now.


Yes, I am suggesting the rookie, against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Before you say no, let me give you my reasoning.

Peyton Manning carved this defense up last week, going 19-26, for 253 yards and 2 TDs. No, this is not a statement that Mark Sanchez is going to play up to Peyton Manning’s level. The point is, that at least in week one, there are holes in the Pittsburgh pass defense.

Demaryius Thomas had the most success on the outside, with 5 catches for 110 yards and 1 TD. At 6’3″, he was the tallest guy out on the field. Stephen Hill, standing at 6’4″, will have the same distinction on Sunday afternoon. Besides being tall, we know that he can fly. He showed us all last week that his case of the dropsies is not serious, with 5 catches for 89 yards and 2 TDs. He is not likely to repeat that total, but another 60 yards and a TD is not out of the question. You could do worse than playing Hill on Sunday.

Sept. 9, 2012; E. Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Shonn Greene (23) scores against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE


Yes, I am saying start Shonn Greene against the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. They are tough against the run, granted. They are always near the top of the league. Against a good Broncos running attack last week, they only allowed 3.5 yards per carry and 94 net rushing yards. Remember, average per carry is not a factor in fantasy. The Broncos ran 27 rushing plays, and only gave their lead back, Willis McGahee, 16 carries.

The Jets are going to be more balanced than that, as they showed last week against Buffalo. They ran the ball 36 times, and Shonn Greene carried the ball 27 times, for 94 yards. The Jets are committed to the run, and are going to stay committed to the run. The more carries Shonn gets, the better he gets. He will get the ball 20-25 times again on Sunday afternoon, and see no reason why 80-85 yards and 1 TD is out of the question. Greene will make for a decent RB2 start on Sunday.


Not a lot to say here. If you have the Jets defense, you start them. They will always be around the ball, and the pressure on the QB is going to be better in 2012.

Those are the Jets players who will make the most fantasy impact in week 2. Honorable mention goes to Mark Sanchez, but his great game was against the Buffalo Bills, you might want to wait and see him do it against a better opponent in the Steelers before he is an automatic start.

Good luck, fantasy owners.