NY Jets to start/sit in fantasy football against the Jaguars in Week 16

James Wudi
NY Jets, Zach Wilson, Tyler Conklin
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NY Jets to sit with reservations

  • Zach Wilson
  • Elijah Moore
  • NY Jets Defense
  • C.J. Uzomah

These entities are listed in order from most likely to produce to least likely. Zach Wilson, from a fantasy standpoint, had a very solid outing of 315 yards, two touchdowns, and only one interception this past week against the Lions. In a lot of leagues, that was a top-half performance out of the 32 QBs in the league.

In real football, that was just the second game of his career with 300+ passing yards and the third game this season with 35+ passing attempts. True to form, this 35+ attempt performance resulted in at least one pick, one touchdown, and a completion percentage near 50.

If the Jets give it their all to get this victory, it's very likely that Mike LaFleur will do everything he possibly can to keep that passing attempt number down. In Wilson's five wins as a starter this year, he averages 25.2 attempts per game versus 32.6 attempts per game in the three losses this year.

The obvious downside there is fewer attempts almost certainly mean less total yardage and fewer touchdown opportunities — he's only thrown one touchdown pass in the five games where he had less than 35 attempts. You could pray for a rushing touchdown (he has one so far this year), but it's probably safest to keep him on the bench.

I told you to sit Elijah Moore due to the stark contrast of his numbers when Wilson is QB versus the other QBs, but they made me look somewhat foolish with seven targets, four catches, and 51 yards. It's possible Moore retains a similar role this week, but with Corey Davis back in the mix, I find that to be highly unlikely.

There is a wild card, however, because Moore has gotten a carry in three of the last four games — if he were to get one this week and take it to the house against a team that is currently allowing 130.9 rushing yards per game, you'd have solid boom potential. Safe money says that is highly improbable though, so keep him on your bench unless Mike White returns.

The Jets' defense continued their streak of games without forcing a turnover to three, continued their streak of allowing opponents to score 20+ points to three, and just had the first game of the season without a sack. Needless to say, for fantasy purposes, this was an atrocious game.

I don't expect much to change. Trevor Lawrence has only thrown one interception since Week 9. Travis Etienne has had some fumble issues but the Jets are dead-last in the NFL at recovering loose fumbles. There's a higher chance you get negative points from starting them than getting 10-plus, trust me.

As for C.J. Uzomah, I just said last week how much I love him despite him having zero fantasy-relevant games and he had to make me pay for saying that. Two touchdowns, including this 40-yard beaut, he was one of the best tight ends in all of fantasy this week.

Still, he had two targets all game. Great efficiency on his part to turn both of those into touchdowns, but I can sleep pretty comfortably letting him reside on the waiver wire knowing that the two or three targets he gets this week will almost certainly result in zero touchdowns.

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