NY Jets to start with reservations
- James Robinson
- Jets Defense (if Justin Fields plays)
Hopefully, the whiff I had on James Robinson last week remains the biggest whiff I have in this article series. I still actually believe he could end up finishing the year as RB1, but as of now, it looks like Michael Carter is in a better position.
Robinson had fewer carries in last week's loss to the Patriots and he didn't have much explosion on his players. There are rumblings that the knee injury the Jaguars alluded to might actually be a factor, but nothing has been confirmed.
He is still worth a start though because White, to date, targets running backs on almost a third of his throws. Depending on how much he drops back, that'll be a lot of targets and Carter won't be able to gobble them all — it's possible that both running backs feast in this one, which I know is what I (incorrectly) predicted last week.
Since Week 3, the Jets haven't let their opponent score their season average in their matchup. The Bears come into this one scoring 21.9 per game on the year, so if the Jets can continue the streak, and hold them under 21 points that'll go a long way toward having a good fantasy game.
Justin Fields has been on a tear on the ground recently, so he will be a massive threat, but with his shoulder injury, I don't know if he will be able to maintain the 15.3 rushing attempts he's maintained over the last three games (if he even plays).
If Fields is forced to stay in the pocket, his eight interceptions on the year (T-4th most) may increase with the Jets' elite secondary on the prowl.
I'd feel pretty confident starting the Jets' defense anyway, but the reservations are valid because this team has been on a tear over the last few games, averaging 28.7 in the last three (fifth-best in the NFL). I guess the question for you is, how much do you expect Justin Fields to fight through injury?