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Fantasy Football Start or Sit Week 8: WR Jermaine Kearse

By Luis Tirado Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: Jermaine Kearse #10 of the New York Jets runs the ball 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 Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: Jermaine Kearse #10 of the New York Jets runs the ball 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 Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football owners would be wise to sit wide receiver Jermaine Kearse of the New York Jets in Week 8 due to where he stands on the priority list of receiving targets.

As the New York Jets continue to fix all the little things wrong with their team, their offense still needs to find its identity. Offensive coordinator John Morton has done a great job in having the Jets offense starts out strong but then fizzles out when it matters the most to finish football games. This directly affects wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and his fantasy football value as he’s been fading away when it comes to the latter part of football games and even in general as of late.

Heading into Week 8, Kearse and the Jets welcome the Atlanta Falcons to MetLife Stadium and hopefully, they’ll be able to end their two-game losing streak. Considering how bad the pass defense of the Falcons have been over these past few weeks, bodes well for quarterback Josh McCown to do what he does best.

For Kearse, however, he’s been losing reps on a weekly basis to other receiving targets on the team. With the emergence of tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, wide receiver Robby Anderson, and even wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, Kearse is getting lost in the shuffle.

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Considering how good Kearse was at the start of the season, it’s surprising to see him taking a back seat on the Jets offense to the aforementioned names. That’s why in Week 8, it’s best to sit Kearse in your fantasy football lineups.

The past three weeks, only four passes were thrown to Kearse in each game which doesn’t exactly scream huge fantasy points. The past five weeks of the regular season Kearse has only scored two touchdowns which again, looks like a trend that isn’t going to change for the better anytime soon.

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Overall, sit Kearse this week and only start him as FLEX option if you are feeling risky. Even if you are feeling risky, he’s still not worth it due to being buried on the depth chart of exactly how the Jets have been dividing up their passing plays among various receiving options on the team. Kearse is simply not worth it this week.

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