The New York Jets enter week 7 at .500 after a heartbreaking loss to the New England Patriots. I dubbed last week “the battle of the tight ends” which it turned out to be. Rob Gronkowski scored two touchdowns, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins also scored twice – well technically your fantasy team only got credit for one, because a crime was committed. The touchdown that was called on the field and subsequently overturned upon review turned out to be the difference in the Jets loss.
It’s apparent that the Jets are not as bad as most people predicted. It’s hard to say what the outcome would have been if the ASJ touchdown was upheld last week, because that overturn changed the entire complexion of the game. This injustice relates to your fantasy team not only for the points taken off of your player upon review, but it also sets up the dreaded trap game scenario for Week 7.
It sounds crazy to think the Jets could have a trap game when they weren’t expected to play any meaningful games, but this contest fits the bill. They are coming off a heartbreaking loss, and are facing a team that they were on the verge of shutting out earlier in the year. After the Miami Dolphins the Jets will face the reigning NFC champion Atlanta Falcons, so this is a trap game.
What does this background mean for your fantasy team?
It screams a huge day for Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi. The Dolphins are the only team in football without a rushing touchdown, but that is sure to change soon. The Jets did a phenomenal job bottling Ajayi up in Week 3, holding him to just 16 yards on 11 attempts, but he rushed for 130 yards last week against the Falcons. The Jets have had a propensity for allowing opponents running backs to have a good day at the office, and Ajayi is poised to break out this week.
On the Jets side, keep playing Austin Seferian-Jenkins. He is showing himself to be the Jets number one red zone option. Jets fans should be excited about the future, because ASJ will be a big part of it. Seferian-Jenkins has been producing more and more each week, and hopefully for the Jets and fantasy owners it will culminate in a multiple touchdown reception performance.
I would advise steering clear of any Jets receivers or running backs. The talent gap between the fourth wide receiver on the depth chart, ArDarius Stewart, and the number one option, Jermaine Kearse, is slim. This is a good problem to have for coach Todd Bowles, but for fantasy owners depth at a position is devastating.
Depth is also the issue for Jets running backs. Bilal Powell, Matt Forte, and Elijah McGuire are all healthy this week spelling disaster for Powell or Forte owners. Starting a Jets running back is not a risk worth taking, even if the move pays off it was still foolish.
Hopefully Todd Bowles has his team mentally ready for this matchup versus the Dolphins to avoid the dreaded trap game. The Jets purged their roster of star talent on offense this offseason, and most people saw that as a sign of tanking. Those moves have actually opened up slots for young players to shine, but not necessarily your fantasy team.
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