Week 3 of the 2021 NFL slate features a matchup between your NY Jets (0-2) and the 2-0 upstart Denver Broncos. While there are a number of various on-field storylines to be discussed, let's take a look one off-field area of note: the game's fantasy football implications.
Each week throughout the season, we will take a look at the fantasy implications of the Jets' upcoming matchup. Does New York have any players that you should have on your radar this week? Let's take a look.
Start of the Week: C.J. Mosley, LB, NY Jets
This is a bit of a stretch for traditional leagues that start a full defense and special teams unit. However many leagues have pivoted by adding individual defensive players to their rosters.
If you've never tried a league like this, I highly recommend it as a change of pace. It adds a fascinating new wrinkle to drafts, roster construction, and starting-lineup strategy.
Startable Jets are few and far between in a tough matchup against a Denver defense that can make a legitimate case for the distinction of best defense in the league. While I fully expect players like Zach Wilson to bounce back, this is not the matchup to go all-in on Gang Green.
C.J. Mosley, however, offers Jets fans a real chance to utilize their team's players. He currently ranks as the 20th best linebacker play according to ESPN. With a bit of good fortune, he could easily surpass this slot.
Mosley has a real chance to lead the 2021 Jets in tackles. A matchup against a run-oriented Broncos' offense will give him plenty of opportunities to rack up fantasy points.
Denver's quarterback Teddy Bridgewater also has a reputation as a safe passer whose specialty is accuracy with his short game, although that's been different this season.
This could allow New York's linebackers to add even more tackles as they bring down receivers and tight ends on slants and short completions.
If your league features IDP, start Mosley with confidence.
Sit of the Week: Zach Wilson and his wide receivers
Most league managers would not consider starting Wilson in their starting QB spot. In fact, even those in deeper 12 and 14 team leagues are likely planning other options. However, the growing popularity of the SuperFlex position allows many managers to start a second QB each week.
If you play in a SuperFlex or 14+ team league, avoid the notion of starting Wilson. Even if it means going with a relevant wide receiver, running back, or tight end in his place. Wilson will bounce back and have good games.
But be careful pulling the trigger against Denver.
By extension, it would be wise to sit Wilson's weapons this week as well. Corey Davis and Michael Carter are likely the only two players on anyone's radar. Both are extremely touchdown dependent. Both are bad gambles this week.
DFS Play of the Week: Denver DST
Are you a Daily Fantasy Sports player looking for a lock for your lineup? The Jets vs Broncos matchup has you covered! For all the reasons stated above, the Denver defense and special teams unit is the best play in the league this week.
Despite an injury to star pass rusher Bradley Chubb, the Broncos' defense should be ready to feast on a young Jets offense. It's a case of the league-best defense matching up against one of the least threatening offenses.
Pay the extra price tag and enjoy the results.