NY Jets to start with confidence
- Garrett Wilson
- Breece Hall
- Greg Zuerlein
All three of these entries made my original list of the safest NY Jets to draft on your fantasy team, and while Rodgers certainly affects these guys' ceilings (just like everyone else), their floors were pretty high to begin with.
With Joe Flacco, Mike White, and Zach Wilson throwing him the ball, Garrett Wilson was the 21st-best receiver in fantasy — a pretty remarkable achievement for a guy who wasn't even consistently drafted among most leagues. There's reason to be concerned about Wilson since Garrett's stats seemed to dwindle whenever Zach was under center.
What do I mean exactly? Well, last game's touchdown was the first time Zach ever threw a touchdown to Garrett despite playing nine games together last year.
In the eight other games of the season, Wilson had four touchdowns and considerably more targets, catches, and yards per game via Joe Flacco and Mike White (with a hint of Chris Streveler).
It seems Garrett Wilson has taken a step this offseason that Zach Wilson (and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett) simply cannot ignore — so while Zach may look to the bigger guys in times of crisis (like he did with Lazard on this play), Garrett is the safest play for volume, chunk plays, and apparently has improved greatly with his jump ball abilities. We'd love it if Aaron Rodgers was his guy, but he's still worth starting with Zach Wilson.
Breece Hall was just spectacular on Monday. After just two carries, he already had over 100 yards rushing on the day and finished the game with an average of 12.7 yards per carry.
He literally wasted no time picking up where he left off, so it's very safe to assume he will only get better as he continues to work his way back to game shape.
Perhaps if he was in game shape, he would've had enough juice to finish this run regardless of whether Garrett Wilson chose to celebrate or block for him.
As for Greg Zuerlein, this one's tough. If the offense goes three-and-out all day like the Cowboys just forced the Giants to do (and Zach Wilson is no stranger to), then starting him will look like quite the failure.
But as we saw against the Bills, the Jets were able to leverage their run game to move the ball — it's just that Wilson could only drive them to the end zone once.
So, for Zuerlein owners, that's arguably the best-case scenario because he was able to drill three field goals en route to a good fantasy week. Since Hall still has a pulse and Dalvin Cook exists, it's fair to assume that, even against this stout Cowboys defense, the Jets will be able to move the ball via the run.
To start Zuerlein means that you believe in the Jets' running backs but are not quite sure how many touchdowns will be scored. All of those drives will end in field goals — and you get points.
Truth be told, that is exactly how I feel about this week's matchup, so I personally am starting him with confidence in the two leagues I drafted him in. Good luck!
*UPDATE: Greg Zuerlein has been downgraded to OUT and will not play on Sunday*