Fantasy Football Start or Sit Week 3: D/ST New York Jets
By Matthew Ordazzo
When it comes to Week 3 of Fantasy Football, the defense and special teams of the New York Jets serves as a safe sit against the Miami Dolphins.
New York continues to disappoint with their lackluster performances week in and week out. The level of excitement the Jets bring to the table each week against their opponents can be compared to the excitement one feels when they must see their dentist every six months for a cleaning or filling.
This once run stuffing, shut-down defense with a top-5 defensive line, now averages 185 rushing yards a game which is ranked as the worst rushing defense in the NFL. A once ball hogging secondary just a few years ago, now sits as the 18th best defense against the pass, allowing 224 passing yards per game. Dare I mention the rest? They’re also the second to last, worst defense when it comes to total yardage allowed with 409 as well as ranked 30th in total points allowed with 33.
As expected, Oakland piled up the score on the Jets, surpassing Gang Green with a 45-20 victory. The Raiders absolutely torched the Jets via the run game with Marshawn Lynch, Jalen Richard, and DeAndre Washington.
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Michael Crabtree also had a sensational game recording six receptions for 80-yards and not one, not two, but three touchdowns against the Jets secondary.
Overall, an atrocious performance by this defense as Gotham enters Week 3 with a 0-2 record for their home season opener against the division rival Miami Dolphins.
Now, Miami isn’t at all an offensive force to be reckoned with. The Dolphins are the 20th best offense in points with 19, 17th in passing yards with 225, and sit as the 11th best rushing offense with 111 rushing yards.
While their offense is an average bunch, New York still serves as a sit option for Week 3 fantasy football as Jay Ajayi will most likely have a field day against the Jets. Let’s be real, I’m not confident this defensive unit could even hold their opponents to a one-possession game.
Jay Cutler, Ajayi, and the rest of the offense may not run the score up as brutally as Oakland did, however, expect a decent chunk of yardage via the run and pass to be given up by this defensive line and secondary. I’m predicting Ajayi has well over 100 rushing yards with a pair of touchdowns as well as Cutler easily managing over 200-plus passing yards this week.
In conclusion, bench the Jets defense and special teams as this unit has ways to go before its even deemed somewhat worthy to start for anyone’s fantasy team.