This Sunday the Patriots will travel to New York to take on the surprising 3-2 Jets. New England will have the benefit of extended rest following their 19-14 win last Thursday against the Buccaneers. Meanwhile the Jets come into Sunday’s game with a three game win streak. But don’t let that fool you. The Jet’s actually had no business winning last week’s game versus the 0-5 Browns. Amazingly they were almost doubled in yards 212 to 419. Here’s all you need to know for this week in two sentences. Last week the Patriots totaled 402 yards without Gronk on a short week in Tampa Bay . Last week the Jets allowed 419 yards to the 0-5 Cleveland Browns. Time to fire-up all your Patriots this week!
Who to start
Tom Brady: He’s dealing with a sprain to his non-throwing shoulder. Lets hope his other shoulder doesn’t become injured too after he throws for a million yards on Sunday. QB1
Rob Gronkowski: The Pats decided to play it safe with Gronk on short rest in Week 5. He’s now had plenty of time to heal up for the Jets. Big things could be in store for the league’s best tight end this week. TE1
Brandin Cooks: He’s only blown-up once in five weeks. Still, he’s given solid production in his “off weeks”. Another blow-up is coming. He’s a low end WR1 with huge potential this week.
Chris Hogan: Mr Consistency. Hogan just continues to produce every single week. It’s hard not to call him a low end WR1 at this point. Hogan is as safe as it gets. He just doesn’t have the same upside as Cooks does. He’s a low end WR1 in what should be a high volume game for the offense.
Danny Amendola: He’s been money! Amendola has stepped up in a big way for the Pats thus far and looks as good as he ever has in his career. Sure there’s alot of mouths to feed with Gronk back. Still, he’s a great option this week in PPR formats. I like him as a WR3 in PPR and a WR4 in standard leagues.
Stephen Gostkowski: He went off last week! He’s among the top for fantasy kickers.
Who to Sit
Rex Burkhead: He should return this week. And if he’s available in your league, pick him up because he’s worth a bench flier. But you definitely can’t start him at this point.
Under the radar option
Dion Lewis: “Are you crazy!?” Probably, but keep an eye on him. He’s looked better every week, and probably has the most talent of any of the Patriots backs. He scored in Week 4 and lead New England in rushing yards last week with 53 yards on only 7 carries. He quietly is averaging 5.2 yards per carry, which is way more than any of the other three backs. I like him as a real cheap prayer play in daily fantasy this week. At the very least don’t forget about him.
Patriots D/ST: They actually looked like a real NFL defense versus Tampa Bay. A ton of the yards they allowed came in the forth quarter when they played more conservatively. The Jets offense on paper is an embarrassment. I’d roll the dice with the defense this week. Things are trending up.
Mike Gillislee: Yikes. He was a disappointment yet again last week. That said, I’m not sure its all his fault thus far. Game scripts haven’t been in his favor and the oline has underachieved. But he did actually look good last week. If the Patriots get off to a big lead in the first half, which is pretty likely, he could get a lot of work as the game progresses. This is a great week for him to bounce back. With no receiving work, that makes him touchdown dependent. But the game script should favor him in terms of usage. And he could easily find the end zone again. You can do a lot worse at the RB2 spot.
James White: He might as well be list at wide receiver. He had seven catches for 57 yards in Week 5 and leads the team in receptions this year. Unfortunately for owners he hasn’t found the end zone yet. That makes him a high floor, but low upside RB2 in PPR formats. He’s a RB3 in standard leagues.
Tom Brady: (Shoulder) He has an AC joint sprain. But you better believe he’ll be out there and ready to go Sunday.
Rob Gronkowski: (Thigh) He sat out Week 5, but probably would of played had it been the playoffs. You shouldn’t have to worry about his health this week.
Rex Burkhead: (Ribs) He’s sat out the past three weeks, but should finally be active this week. How much he’ll play is anyone’s guess.
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