Heading into Fantasy Football Week 6, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins shouldn’t be starting at all in your final lineups.
When it comes to the New York Jets, there are two very important things to know about tight ends. Not only do they rarely use them on offense, but their defense absolutely has no clue on how to cover them. Fantasy football owners should not be thinking that tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will out of nowhere become a difference maker for the Jets in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jenkins totaled just 17 yards on two receptions. While Jenkins might be a decent talent to have at tight end, he’ll mostly be expected to block in helping the Jets establish the run in Week 6.
If the Jets have any shot at beating the Cardinals on Monday Night Football, it’ll be thanks to committing to their ground game. With running backs Matt Forte and Bilal Powell leading the charge, it’s imperative the Jets stick to what works to end their three-game losing streak.
While it was good to see the Jets be somewhat aggressive in acquiring Jenkins to hopefully be a viable receiving threat down the road this season, it won’t be happening anytime soon. Jenkins still needs another week or so to get acclimated to his new team and offensive playbook.
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The Jets can’t afford to be risky and continue to air it out in hopes of winning football games. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t built like that and at the end of the day, is fighting to keep his starting job under center.
The overall offense of the Jets is as dysfunctional as it can be, they can’t convert key third downs, score on red zone situations, and are unable to keep those chains moving.
Don’t expect them to target Jenkins much in this matchup as again, the Jets will stick to putting their players in a position to succeed. It’s all about winning the battle of the trenches by running the football.
Jenkins will more than likely primarily be used as a blocker in rushing formations thanks to his size against the Cardinals. At 6’6 and 262 pounds, he’s, for now, best utilized in this role.
Overall, fantasy owners should sit Jenkins this week. He might get hot during the next few weeks once he’s mastered the Jets’ offensive playbook but it won’t be happening this week against the tough defense of the Cardinals.