Week 4 Fantasy: Thursday Night Football Start/Sit

Man, I couldn’t be more excited about the Thursday Night Football matchup this week!… said no one.

The injury-riddled Denver Broncos take on the miserably bad New York Jets, in what should be Adam Gase’s last chance to make every offensive player on the Jets a fantasy nightmare.

(Seriously, how does he still have a job?)

Anyway… enough slander. I’m going to go over some players that are suiting up on Thursday and tell you whether or not you should start them or look elsewhere to help guide you to victory.

NEW YORK JETS

When I said I was done slandering the Jets, I lied.

Let me make this crystal-clear: there isn’t a single Jets player that should be in your fantasy lineup this week.

They have the league’s worst offense. Mekhi Becton, the only bright spot on their offensive line, is banged up. Sam Darnold is throwing pick-sixes like he’s 2019 Jameis Winston. Frank Gore is their best option out of the backfield at 37 years of age.

Need more convincing? Let’s look at where the Jets’ fantasy LEADERS rank among the league at their respective positions:

I don’t know about you, but that list doesn’t give me much hope.

That said, there is still a very slight glimmer: Braxton Berrios has done as good a job as any filling in for Jamison Crowder.

With the NFL’s first COVID scare impacting the Titans and potentially the Vikings, and Crowder’s health still in question, he could be a decent desperation play if your team is ravaged by injuries, or if you missed out on superior waiver pick-ups such as Allen Lazard and Justin Jefferson. Berrios has scored a touchdown in each of the past two weeks, but when the Jets can hardly ever put a drive together, it’s hard to rely on that type of production.

In short, Jets players are not worth starting, but if you absolutely must, Braxton Berrios is worth a shot. Who knows? Maybe the Jets can take advantage of the depleted Broncos defense and actually look like an NFL-caliber offense this Thursday.

DENVER BRONCOS

The Broncos are coming off a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and are now giving third-string quarterback Brett Rypien a shot behind center. This doesn’t bode well for the Broncos receiving corps and I wouldn’t start any of their wideouts. However, there are a couple of Broncos I’m expecting to have big games:

Melvin Gordon III

Going into Week 3, Melvin Gordon III was the 12th-ranked running back in fantasy. After dealing with the league’s third-best run stopping unit and a backup quarterback running for his life most of the game, Gordon enters this week’s game as the RB 21. The Jets have the 17th-ranked defense and are 24th against the run, so look for Gordon to return to his RB1-type production as Phillip Lindsay (toe) is going to be a game-time decision. Gordon is the 17th-most targeted running back in the league, and those numbers can only go up if Brett Rypien isn’t progressing through his reads and just checking down when under pressure. I would confidently start Melvin Gordon III this week.

Noah Fant

Entering Thursday night, Noah Fant is the third-ranked fantasy tight end. Although he wasn’t able to get into the end zone against the Bucs, he was still the most-targeted player and is definitely the focal point of this offense. The Jets have given up three touchdowns to tight ends so far this season, but have done fairly well in limiting their production between the 20s as they have not given up more than 55 yards receiving. I expect the Broncos to continue to utilize Fant all over the field and exploit any mismatches in coverage. After all, he leads all Broncos players in receptions (14), receiving yards (184), receiving touchdowns (2), offensive snaps (157), and most importantly, fantasy points (half PPR) with 39.4. He is a must-start player, each and every week. 

Credit: https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/ny-adam-gase-nfl-coach-of-the-year-betting-oddsmakers-sportsbook-20200604-f3w5n47gnjff7namumgwqjb2um-story.html

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