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Fantasy Start or Sit Week 5: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

By William Bologna
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 31: Austin Seferian-Jenkins #88 of the New York Jets fends off Tre Sullivan #49 of the Philadelphia Eagles during their preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 31, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 31: Austin Seferian-Jenkins #88 of the New York Jets fends off Tre Sullivan #49 of the Philadelphia Eagles during their preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 31, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) /
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Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins of the New York Jets could be worth a surprise fantasy football start in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns.

The tight end position has been disappointing to many fantasy football owners so far this season. Many owners are unable to find a tight end who can both stay healthy and produce consistently. For the New York Jets, they have tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins who is set to have a big game in Week 5 action against the Cleveland Browns.

Seferian-Jenkins is worthy of a start this week due to this highly favorable matchup. In his first two games back, Seferian-Jenkins hasn’t been great, but he hasn’t been silent. If there’s any game for Seferian-Jenkins to break out and have a big game, it’s this one, and the numbers prove it.

First, the Browns have allowed the second most points to tight ends this year, allowing an average of 19.8 points. Not only have they struggled against tight ends, but in pass defense in general. This means quarterback Josh McCown, who’s completed 70 percent of his passes, should have no problem finding his 6’6″ tight end.

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The Jets will face one of the blitz-heaviest defenses in the league against the Browns. This could play into the favor of Seferian-Jenkins, as McCown has had success against the blitz.

McCown has completed 75 percent of passes averaging 9.6 yards per attempt against the blitz. Not only is the tight end a good quick-hit target against the blitz, but if the Jets can continue to sustain success on the ground, this can open up opportunities for the play action.

Seferian-Jenkins has averaged 4.5 catches for 38.5 yards in his first two games back, although these numbers can be inflated in a matchup against the Browns. We can expect up to seven catches for 80 yards and possibly even a touchdown this week from Seferian-Jenkins.

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Seferian-Jenkins may not be a great tight end to start all year but could be worth a start this week considering how thin the tight end position is. If you’ve been struggling at the tight end position this year, Seferian-Jenkins is worth the add to start for Week 5 fantasy football.

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