NY Jets to start with reservations
- Breece Hall
- Tyler Conklin
Am I out of my mind!? How dare I have any reservations about starting Breece Hall in fantasy this week? Breece Hall, the man who was relieved of a pitch count, immediately got his career-high in rushing yards (177) and was a mere three yards away from his career-high in all-purpose yards.
Am I aware that Breece Hall has the highest yards per carry in his first 12 games than any player in the NFL since 1970? Do I know that the Eagles' rookie stud DT Jalen Carter might miss the game with an ankle injury?
Of course, the answer to all of those is yes, but the Eagles allow 61.2 rushing yards per game, the absolute best run defense in the NFL.
If you combine this with the fact that Zach Wilson wasn't actually that good last week (199 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception is pretty bad), it seems like the Jets may experience a full game that resembles the first half of the Broncos game.
In that first half, the Jets only had eight points, and five of them came directly from a defensive turnover (safety, forced fumble) with no impact from the offense whatsoever.
If the defense struggles (which I predicted on the previous slide), Wilson still has quite a few corners to turn before he is capable of throwing the Jets into an advantageous position.
This means Hall will face stacked boxes with a line that is now without its best player, Alijah Vera-Tucker, for the rest of the year. Perhaps Hall is such a beast that Vera-Tucker's absence doesn't matter?
We literally don't know because this is about to be the first NFL game that Hall will play without having Vera-Tucker on the line. Feel free to start him, but if he ends up with six points, please don't say I didn't at least warn you.
Tyler Conklin continues to have one of the higher floors at the tight end position, though, this time usurping Garrett Wilson as the team leader in both receptions and receiving yards last week.
It is very safe to assume he will continue being in the top two for at least one of those statistics, and if he were to score a touchdown, that is top-10 production at that position for the week.
For what it's worth, the Eagles allowed Hunter Henry and T.J. Hockenson to score a combined three touchdowns in the first two games of the season but haven't surrendered another touchdown to a tight end since. Perhaps this is the week that streak ends.