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Fantasy Football Start or Sit Week 2: QB Josh McCown

By Luis Tirado Jr.
ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets during the second half against the Buffalo Bills on September 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets during the second half against the Buffalo Bills on September 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Heading into Week 2 fantasy football, quarterback Josh McCown of the New York Jets is easily a safe sit as he prepares for a tough road game against the Oakland Raiders.

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard how abysmal the overall offense of the New York Jets is. They can’t convert third downs, have a very hard time scoring touchdowns, and at the end of the day, don’t have an identity on offense. When you think they’ll be able to get something consistent going, they tend to go in the opposite direction. Now, when it comes to the fantasy football value of quarterback Josh McCown, it’s easy to see why he should be sat in Week 2.

First off, McCown’s weapons around him didn’t do him any favors in Week 1 and probably won’t for at least a few more weeks. Yeah, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse was a bright spot last week against the Buffalo Bills but that’s pretty much it. Receiving options on the Jets tend to have issues even hauling in receptions since dropped passes have defined this offense. Besides Kearse, McCown has no other quality receiving targets to even be worth starting in Week 2 action.

Worst of all, this week, he travels to Oakland to face the Raiders. Oh yes, that very same Raiders team that has an amazing defense. They have a solid pass rush, have defensive backs that can disrupt passing, and let’s not forget they have the dynamic Khalil Mack ready to feast on an offensive line that is flat out terrible.

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For fantasy football owners out there hoping for some kind of miracle, don’t even bother wasting time thinking about it. McCown is on borrowed time until the leadership of the Jets want to get a better look at their younger quarterbacks in Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg.

At the end of the day, it’s best to sit him and look for any other alternative backups via the waiver wire if you’re desperate for a quarterback to deliver solid fantasy points. McCown is going to have a rough time against one of the better defenses in the NFL.

Overall, there is a big reason why many fantasy owners don’t even own him on their rosters because he’s a journeyman backup who simply doesn’t win football games or deliver in the clutch. Sit McCown in Week 2 and avoid the embarrassment.

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