In an exciting matchup, the Jets will take on the Seahawks this weekend in Seattle. Which players from this game do you want in your fantasy lineup? Check it out and send me some feedback on Twitter!
New York Jets
Over the past half decade or so, Seattle has been blessed with an elite defense, and an offense that controls the football. It has been a winning formula to this point. Their defense still has it’s core together, and as long as they do, they will be a tough opponent every week.
The run defense for Seattle is stellar. Kam Chancellor is like adding an extra linebacker to an already elite front 7. If you are a Matt Forte owner, you may want to see if you can find some other matchups to exploit. I see Forte as a fringe RB2/RB3 who will look to get a nice workload after Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 6 picks last Sunday. Sit Fitz in all formats, he will have a tough time on Sunday.
Despite a recent uptick in usage, sit Bilal Powell in this bad matchup. You can find better options than a backup against Seattle. The biggest weakness for this defense is covering slot receivers. It’s not much, but when the Seahawks can cover the rest of your outside receivers in man coverage, it leaves spacemakers in the middle of the field with room to find holes.
It’s been well documented that Richard Sherman doesn’t shadow wide receivers, but it’s ok because the rest of the secondary is usually up for any challenge. Quincy Enunwa has been a solid option out of the slot this year, but so has slot corner Jeremy Lane. This is a matchup that would be fun to watch, but Enunwa may get more outside looks this week with the new news of Eric Decker’s injury. My advice would be to start Brandon Marshall despite the matchup. Fitz will likely look to Marshall in the red-zone where those targets usually go to Decker. I would sit Enunwa now that he will get more attention from the Legion of Boom.
Players to start for the Jets:
- Brandon Marshall
- Matt Forte (flex)
Players to sit for the Jets:
- Bilal Powell
- Ryan Fitzpatrick
- Quincy Enunwa
- Eric Decker (injured)
- After getting just 23% of the snaps in weeks 1-2, Bilal Powell took 43% last week. Is this a trend or an outlier?
The biggest storyline for the Jets defense has been the rapid decline of Darrelle Revis. At 31 years old, it appears that he has lost a step. On the other side of the field, Marcus Williams is offering little help. Slot corner Buster Skrine is currently the highest rated Jets corner.
It looks as though Russell Wilson will play, but expect him to sit in the pocket and try and attack a Jets secondary that has looked average. His mobility would likely be limited, which does cap his overall fantasy value. If Trevone Boykin gets the start, expect a simplistic offensive approach reliant on short passes and read-options. The Seahawks don’t attack the outside much, which actually does not make many players a good matchup against a Jets unit that thrives off of defending the middle better than almost every NFL team. Doug Baldwin has been playing like a man possessed lately, but temper your expectations to a WR2 because of the QB situation and the presence of Skrine.
A matchup I will be watching closely is how much room Christine Michael will be able to create against the league’s third-stingiest defense in terms of yards against per game. Michael has averaged over 5 yards per tote since that ugly week 1 performance against Miami, and looks like he will get a full starter’s share of carries again this week with Thomas Rawls out of commission. I would keep him at around a flex play because of how stout the Jets defense can be to opposing backs despite his heavy usage.
The Jets just gave up a monster game to Travis Kelce. After Jimmy Graham’s breakout performance, he looks like a solid TE1 option this week given that the Seahawks will likely be limited on offense.
Players to start for the Seahawks:
- Christine Michael (flex)
- Doug Baldwin (WR2)
- Jimmy Graham
Players to sit for the Seahawks:
- Trevone Boykin
- Russell Wilson (unless you play 2 QBs)
- All Seahawks receivers not named Baldwin
- Can the Jets shut down Seattle’s run game behind a weak offensive line?
- How will Russell Wilson look if he plays? Will the Jets solid front-7 make Seattle QB day difficult?