Fantasy Football Start or Sit Week 8: D/ST of New York Jets

Oct 23, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin (55) reacts after a defensive stop against the Baltimore Ravens during second half at MetLife Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the Baltimore Ravens 24-16.
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Oct 23, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin (55) reacts after a defensive stop against the Baltimore Ravens during second half at MetLife Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the Baltimore Ravens 24-16. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
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When it comes to Week 8 of Fantasy Football, the D/ST of the New York Jets serves as a must-start. They hit the road to face the Cleveland Browns.

The New York Jets have been an absolute mess this season having a mediocre offense and an atrocious secondary. Last week, the Jets appeared to have awakened as their secondary picked off quarterback Joe Flacco twice. They also recorded two sacks and a season-best 11 fantasy football points.

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Heading into Week 8 against the Cleveland Browns, the Jets defense has a favorable matchup against an average offense. The Browns rank as the 27th best offense in points per game with 18.6.

They are 16th in total yards per game with 348.6 and 24th in passing yards with 228. The Jets are 8th in rushing yards per game with 120.6. While Gang Green’s defense allows an average of 25.7 points per game and 282.7 passing yards as well.

The Jets also have the second-best defense against the run. They will be facing an offense with its potential fifth starting quarterback of the season.

Rookie quarterback Cody Kessler suffered a concussion last week and Kevin Hogan may get the nod for Week 8. It’s also worth mentioning that Kessler and offensive guard Cameron Erving are both listed as questionable. Rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman is listed as out for their matchup with the Jets.

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Gang Green is coming off a huge victory in which they recorded their second win of the season improving to 2-5. It effectively salvaged their season for one more week. Quarterback Geno Smith showed promise in his play before eventually tearing his ACL. Ryan Fitzpatrick filled in for the injured Smith and led the Jets to three scoring drives, capping off a 24-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

The Jets defense will look to capitalize on this small burst of momentum with their third victory of the year against the Browns. New York’s schedule lightens up from now until their bye, with two road games against the Browns and the Miami Dolphins.

Then a home bout against the Los Angeles Rams will test the character of this team. Gang Green will look to improve to 5-5 before the bye, and it all starts with Week 8 against Cleveland.

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Start the Jets defense and special teams this week, as Gotham seeks to deliver the Browns their eighth consecutive loss on the season.

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