When it comes to Week 12 of fantasy football, the D/ST of the New York Jets serves as an emergency start against the offense of the Carolina Panthers.
The D/ST of the New York Jets faces a middle of the pack, Carolina Panthers offense this Sunday. Coming off a Week 11 bye, the Jets will look to turn their 4-6 season around with a desperately needed win in Week 12.
Shockingly, the Jets are not out of it just yet. They remain in the hunt for a shot at the sixth seed in the Wild Card slot. However, per usual Jets, it’s easier said than done. Gotham has a strong second half schedule facing teams such as the Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Chargers, and the New England Patriots.
Realistically, I see another possible three wins with a projected 7-9 record on the season. But hey, 7 possible wins is 7 more than the original prediction of a 0-16 year by most analysts. Nevertheless, Gang Green faces an interestingly even matchup with the Panthers, which is why I listed them as an emergency start.
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What I mean by emergency start would be, if you find yourself in the common scenario of drafting a top-tier defense to only find out they aren’t what they were the previous season (Denver Broncos).
Or if you drafted multiple defenses, dropped one for an extra player to accommodate player bye weeks, and then began bouncing around the waiver wire for different defenses each week (me). The Jets defense is your answer for this week unless you possess defenses such as the Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Rams, Saints, etc. this does not apply to you.
The offense of the Panthers has ranked anywhere between 7-22 overall. They’re 17th in both points and total yards per game with 21.3 and 336.6. They’re 22nd in passing yards per game with 209 and 7th in rushing yards per game with 127.6.
The Jets defense is ranked anywhere between 16-23 in the rankings. They’re 16th in both points and passing yards allowed per game with 22.2 and 229. The Jets defense is 21st in total yards allowed with 346.9 and 23rd in rushing yards allowed with 117.9.
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There is nothing amazing on either side of the football for both teams. I don’t see the Panthers torching the Jets via the passing game. I think the biggest test of this game for Gotham will be stopping the run with Jonathan Stewart, Christian McCaffrey, and even mobile QB Cam Newton. In conclusion, start the Jets defense if you’re searching for a viable waiver option for Week 12 to help lift your fantasy football team to victory.