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

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: Leonard Williams #92 of the New York Jets looks on against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: Leonard Williams #92 of the New York Jets looks on against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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When it comes to Week 8 of fantasy football, the defense and special teams of the New York Jets serves as a safe sit against the offense of the Atlanta Falcons.

The New York Jets seemed destined for a sure win last week against the Miami Dolphins, as Gang Green’s defense supplied solid pass rush with three sacks as well as two additional interceptions. However, despite the solid defensive performance, Gotham let up on backup quarterback Matt Moore once Jay Cutler was knocked out of the game. For all you fantasy football owners out there that started the Jets D/ST, you undoubtedly were disappointed.

Moore led the Dolphins to a comeback win which ultimately demoted the Jets to 3-4. Heading back home for Week 8, the Jets will look to bounce back with a much-needed win over the Atlanta Falcons before their Thursday Night Football matchup against the Buffalo Bills.

Defeating the Falcons is definitely easier said than done. Despite Atlanta enduring a slump period after starting the year off 3-0, they have dropped the last three straight games, all to the teams in the AFC East.

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Heading into this game, bench the Jets D/ST this week in fantasy football. Atlanta has a top 16 offense in all offensive categories. They’re the 16th best offense in total points per game with 21.3, 7th in total yards per game with 372.5, 7th in passing yards per game with 252, and 11th in rushing yards per game with 120.5.

New York’s defense, however, has drastically worsened over the last week in the defensive rankings. They’re 20th in total points allowed with 19.6, 21st in total yards allowed with 312, and 22nd in passing yards allowed with 208.7. Surprisingly, their rushing defense is the only category that has improved statistically in the rankings going from the 28th to 19th best averaging 103.3 yards allowed per game.

Atlanta will look to steer the ship back on track with a much-needed boost of confidence win over the Jets this Sunday. Gotham will look to counter that move with a win of their own in order to head into TNF against the Bills with a 4-4 record.

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Nevertheless, bench the Jets defense this week as they’ve proved defensively they can’t get the job done against high-powered offenses.

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