The NY Jets' disastrous game against the New England Patriots is in the rearview mirror. That's why I'm turning your eyes forward to the home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Who should you start and who should you sit on your fantasy football teams?
Start: Ja'Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Ja'Marr Chase is coming off his insane week with eight receptions on 10 targets, 201 receiving yards, and a touchdown. With those stats, Chase scored 34.1 fantasy points in PPR formats. With a target share of 27.8 percent last week, it's more likely that we won't see a drop-off against the Jets.
Even though the Jets' pass defense is pretty passable with only seven passing touchdowns allowed (tied for third-fewest), they have yet to record an interception.
With the great chemistry between Ja'Marr Chase and his quarterback, there should be plenty of fantasy points coming out.
Start: Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Mixon finished last week as the RB11 in fantasy football. He scored 59 yards and a touchdown on 12 rush attempts. On top of that, he had an opportunity share of 50 percent.
That means Mixon is getting half of all rush attempts and running back targets on the entire team. That makes him a true point guard.
Opposing him on Sunday is the Jets' weak rush defense. The Jets' defense has already allowed 11 rushing touchdowns — the second most in the league. That makes Mixon a must-start for me in the matchup against the Jets.
Start: Michael Carter, RB, NY Jets
Michael Carter is currently the lone bright spot that the disappointing Jets offense offers. His workload in the run game has now leveled off at 10 to 13 rush attempts per game.
In addition, Carter was also used in the passing game against the Patriots. With a target share of 22 percent, Carter got nine targets for eight receptions and 67 receiving yards.
This made for an opportunity share of a strong 60.6 percent last week. That ranked Carter 13th among all running backs in the league. His 16.4 fantasy points in PPR formats tied his personal best.
The Bengals' rush defense, however, is very strong. They have allowed just 4.0 yards per rush attempt so far — tied for sixth-fewest.
Therefore, I think Carter's success in the matchup with the Bengals will be in the passing game. The Jets' receivers will be well covered most of the time, so Carter can be a welcome weapon.