NY Jets to start with confidence
- Breece Hall
- Greg Zuerlein
- Jets Defense
For too many consecutive weeks, I've had egg on my face telling you to bench the Jets' defense or start them with reservations because I've been unable to recover from the PTSD of seeing them start last year with so many takeaways and then end the season 29th in the league in that stat.
Right now, they are tied for first in the entire NFL in takeaways per game, and while that doesn't guarantee they'll continue getting them in every game, the fact that they've held two out of their last four opponents to 15 points or less is an extremely encouraging sign.
The Giants have only scored 15+ points twice all year (none of them with Tyrod Taylor at QB), so it's safe to say the Jets will get you some points this week.
Greg Zuerlein has been one of the best kickers in all of fantasy recently, completely living up to all of the hype I have been heaping on him from the second the Jets acquired Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers' absence may be helping him, as the Jets are completely unable to finish drives in the end zone. They have just two offensive touchdowns in their last two games played.
Kaʻimi Fairbairn is the only other kicker in the NFL to score 33 points in their last three games played, so it's safe to say Zuerlein is eating as a result of this offensive ineptitude. Even if more drives end as touchdowns, he should still have enough work to give you a double-digit performance.
Last, and absolutely not least, is the sole player to score an offensive touchdown in the last two games — Breece Hall. Hall has been unleashed and currently leads the entire NFL in yards per carry among qualified RBs.
Without a pitch count, the sky is the limit for him, and he will only get better as the Jets start facing lesser defenses than the six stout units they began the season against.
Over the last three weeks, the Giants have allowed the fourth most rushing yards in the league and haven't tightened up that part of their game despite improving drastically in points allowed per game.
Hall should have plenty of chances to gash this defense and make his mark on this game, so he's almost guaranteed to have a really good game.
I'd say 100+ rushing yards, one or more rushing touchdowns, with three catches for 33 yards, is a realistic expectation. If he were to accomplish all that, he might put you over the top to win your week. Good luck!