Fantasy Football Start or Sit Week 1: WR Jermaine Kearse

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SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 25: Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse #15 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against the Dallas Cowboys during the preseason game at CenturyLink Field on August 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 25: Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse #15 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against the Dallas Cowboys during the preseason game at CenturyLink Field on August 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Heading into Week 1 of the fantasy football season, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse of the New York Jets might be a decent option if you need a last resort pick for your FLEX spot.

With a full slate of games coming over the weekend, the regular season of the NFL is a glorious time for football fans all over the world. For fantasy football owners, it’s all about selecting the best players facing ideal matchups to win for the week. Jermaine Kearse was traded to the New York Jets just a little over a week ago and easily becomes their No. 1 receiving option.

Now, is it enough to consider starting Kearse this week in your fantasy lineup as a WR1 or WR2? Absolutely not! At this point in time, his quarterback is none other than Josh McCown. Yes, that’s the same guy who has been a journeyman backup pretty much his entire career and hasn’t played much in the preseason.

Experience is important but in this particular case, expect to see McCown rely heavily on Kearse to at least keep those chains moving. When it comes to targeting in the red zone, if the offense of the Jets can even work the field to get into scoring position, McCown will easily hook up with Kearse more than any other receiver on the Jets.

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Make no mistake about it, if the Jets even score touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, it’ll be thanks to Kearse and his ability to get the job done. While it’s hard to imagine him having a huge day for the Jets, he might be worth selecting as a FLEX option.

Consider putting Kearse in as a FLEX option if you literally have no other viable options or are stuck with players facing tough matchups. Some points are better than no points as Kearse should be able to score a decent amount against the Bills.

Overall, Kearse isn’t worthy yet of being a WR2 and nowhere near a WR1 option when it comes to his fantasy football value at this point in time. Perhaps as the season progresses he might work his way up but for now, start him as a FLEX option only if you have no better alternatives.

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