Following the bye week, the NY Jets are slated to take on crosstown rival, the New York Giants, at MetLife on Sunday at 1 pm ET. The Giants enter with a 2-5 record to take on the 3-3 Jets.
The Jets have favorable matchups all over the field, but maybe nowhere larger than Breece Hall versus the Giants' subpar rushing defense. For all fantasy owners and players, Breece Hall is a must-start in fantasy football this week as he and the Jets take on the Giants.
Giants poor run defense
This is such a favorable matchup for Breece Hall because the Giants' run defense is one of the worst in the entire NFL.
They currently rank 27th against the run in the NFL after finishing 28th against the run last year. This is no small sample size — this is legitimately one of the worst run defenses in the league for the last 25 games.
The Giants have surrendered 70 yards and two touchdowns to Tony Pollard, 106 yards and a touchdown to James Conner, 85 yards and a touchdown to Christian McCaffery, 79 yards and a touchdown to Kenneth Walker III, 151 yards and a touchdown to De’Von Achane, 71 yards to James Cook, and finally 23 yards and a touchdown to Brian Robinson Jr.
I don’t want to say that Hall is guaranteed a touchdown, but looking at that list of running backs and their success, it’s tough to argue that Hall won’t find the endzone Sunday.
The Giants are currently giving up 137.3 rushing yards per game this year, and I expect Hall to come close to that number.
Breece Hall is the unquestioned leader
Early this year, Breece Hall was splitting carries as he worked his way back into game shape while recovering from his torn ACL last year. Over the first four games of the season, Hall totaled 10 carries, four carries, 12 carries, and six carries.
Since that point, he carried the ball 22 times against Denver and 12 times against the Eagles. He also added eight catches across those two games, totaling 42 touches in the last two games after totaling just 37 across his first four outings.
Furthermore, over the last two weeks, running back Dalvin Cook has seen less and less playing time, suggesting that Hall is the unquestioned leader at the position. In fact, some speculate that Cook could be traded ahead of the October 31 trade deadline.
NY Jets running game is good
The final piece of evidence to suggest Hall is set for another breakout game is the fact the Jets rushing offense has been one of the better units in the NFL so far this year.
Currently, the Jets rank 12th in the NFL with 117.5 rushing yards per game. Before the Eagles game, it was over 123 rushing yards per contest.
Whenever you get one of the better offensive units targeting one of the worst defensive units, it usually suggests that a breakout game could be incoming.
I expect Hall to surpass 100 yards on Sunday, plus add a score and a handful of catches, making for a very solid start for fantasy owners and fans.