You may be familiar with how poorly the New York Giants have played this year (three losses of 18+ points) and think this is the best week to run to the waivers or your bench to start your favorite NY Jets players, but I urge you to err on the side of caution.
Against two fairly fantasy-relevant teams, the Giants' defense has come to life and held the Bills and Commanders to a combined total of 21 real-life points in the last two weeks. They've been particularly stingy against the pass and haven't allowed a lot of fantasy scoring.
Even in most of their blowouts (Dallas Cowboys), the opponents haven't had extraordinary fantasy numbers due to substitutions and other factors. But of course, the Jets are surging in some areas, so there are definitely some Jets taking a look at it.
NY Jets to sit with confidence
- Xavier Gipson
With the departure of Mecole Hardman and the coaches referencing Xavier Gipson's ascension as the reason ad nauseam, you might be inclined to think that he will be a heavily featured member of the game plan.
When you consider how definitively my colleague Justin Fried explained that Randall Cobb is hurting the team, perhaps this bye week was a time to reshuffle and give Gipson some of those snaps that were previously awarded to Cobb.
I like playing it safe, so I will have to respectfully tell you to leave Gipson on your bench at best, but most likely waivers. The offense isn't prolific enough (lowest passing yards in the NFL) to feed so many mouths, so we have to go with the most likely targets.
There is, of course, the off-chance that he returns a punt for a touchdown again, but I'm not sure that's worth taking a flier on. A more interesting thought is him potentially being RB2 behind Breece Hall via end-arounds and/or screens that just aim to get him the ball in open space.
Those options are certainly possible, but it's probably worth seeing some tangible signs of this before starting him for real.