Thursday night Start/Sit

Thursday night Start/Sit

Sep 15, 2016, 2:21:17 PM Sport

Week 2 kicks off with the 0-1 Buffalo Bills hosting the 0-1 New York Jets. Buffalo is coming off a 13-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. It was a terrible week to have started any Buffalo players. Let's hope there are some options this week. The Jets loss to the Cincinnati Bengals 23-22 on a last second field goal. Still a loss, but there was some fantasy value with the Jets. Let's take a look and see who's a good start, who should sit and who those players are you might have to start even though you're not sold on them.


Tyrod Taylor threw for 111 yards and rushed for 11 yards in Week 1. There was no saving this fantasy performance as Taylor didn't put anything into the end zone.  Taylor was a much talked about sleeper fantasy quarterback, but didn't get off to a very good start. I wouldn't give up on Taylor just yet, but he's a SIT this week.

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw the football 35 times in Week 1, but completed just 19 of them. Fitzpatrick didn't rack up a lot of yards (189), but did throw 2 touchdown passes. Fitzpatrick threw an interception and was sacked 1 time; so not too many negatives. The Bills have a solid defense; so I think I'm going to SIT Fitzpatrick this week.

Running Back:

I'm a LeShon McCoy owner and I thought that he would have a bounce back season. McCoy got 16 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown. McCoy also caught 4 passes, but for just 4 yards. Hopefully the Bills continue to give McCoy the football and try to establish their ground game. McCoy is still a threat in the passing offense, but the Bills have to find a way to get him the football in open space. With where I drafted McCoy he's a START for me even against a tough Jets defense.

Matt Forte proved some people wrong in Week 1. Forte ran the football 22 times for 96 yards and caught 5 passes for 59 yards. Pretty good stats for a guy a lot of people thought was washed up. Of course the problem for fantasy owners is you didn't see the word touchdown in that stat line. Forte is the Jets #1 back and still has the skills to be a 3 down guy. Hopefully Forte continues to get these kind of touches and I think he's a START tonight.

Wide Receiver:

Sammy Watkins was targeted 6 times in Week 1 and caught 4 passes. Watkins ended up totaling 43 receiving yards, but didn't score. Watkins is dealing with a foot injury and is questionable for tonight's game. I'm not sold that Watkins will play tonight; so he's a SIT.

Robert Woods needs to step up for the Bills tonight. Woods had 4 catches on 5 targets for 20 yards. There's not much fantasy value with Woods right now, but if Watkins is out or limited he might become more valuable in a deep league. I just can't get on board here. SIT!

If Watkins injury affect his playing time there are some other names you'll see at wide receiver for the Bills. Greg Salas, Brandon Tate and Marquise Goodwin may see the field. I don't think there's a sleeper in this group; so SIT all of them.

Brandon Marshall was targeted 8 times, but caught just 3 passes for 32 yards. Marshall is still a top wide receiver and he did get the targets in Week 1. As long as Fitzpatrick continues to throw the football Marshall way he'll get his fantasy numbers. START

Eric Decker 2 catches for 37 yards on 7 targets, but he did score a touchdown. The yardage wasn't there for any of the Jets wide receivers, but that touchdown was big. Decker will always be the 2nd receiver to Marshall, but he seems to thrive in that role. I just can't get behind him this week. SIT

The Jets leading wide receiver in Week 1 was Quincy Enunwa. Enunwa was targeted 8 times and caught 7 of them. He went for 54 yards and scored a touchdown. Since the Jets don't employ a tight end on their passing offense Enunwa should get those targets. It was a solid Week 1, but you have to wait and see how he'll fit into the Jets offense. I did pick Enunwa up off waivers, but he's a SIT for me this week.

Tight End:

Charles Clay had the Bills one long pass play in Week1, but after his 33 yard catch Clay caught just 1 more pass and was only targeted 3 times. Clay can be a solid fantasy option and was probably a Top 5 draft pick at his position. Hopefully you have another tight end option as the Bills try to figure out their offense. SIT

I actually had to search a couple of depth charts to find out who the listed starter at tight end is for the Jets. By the way it's Kellen Davis. Davis is listed in the injury report and I don't believe he played in Week 1. Either way this is an easy choice. SIT

Defense/Special Teams:

The Bills defense played pretty well in Week 1 giving up just 13 points to a Baltimore team that has some home run hitters on offense. They did force a fumble, but didn't intercept any passes. Fitzpatrick will throw picks; so maybe they get at least 1 tonight. Dan Carpenter is a good field goal kicker; he just needs opportunities. I think you can START this unit tonight.

The Jets defense put up 7 sacks in Week 1, but gave up 349 passing yards as Darrell Revis was exposed a little bit. They did limit Cincinnati to 57 rushing yards. The negative was Cincinnati scored a rushing touchdown. The only issue they may have this week is if Taylor can find running lanes against there pass rush. Nick Folk actually missed a short field goal, but he's still a solid kicker. After watching the Bills offense struggle in Week 1 how can this not be anything, but a START.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope it give you some help setting your line up for tonight's game. Come back tomorrow and will see if I made the right choices.    

Published by John Burke

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