THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
NEW YORK JETS VS. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
WHEN: 7:25 p.m. CDT
WHERE: NFL Network
With Fantasy Football roster decisions due today in regards to the players taking the field tonight, let’s take a look at some of the pertinent information about the Jets and the Patriots.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez is Out, maybe for the season, and shouldn’t be on you roster. Geno Smith is now the starter and might be a nice guy to have as your back up at quarterback, especially in keepers leagues.
Wide Receiver Jeremy Kerley, who caught 3 passes in week one for 45 yards, is Out.
The good news is Stevan Ridley practiced this week and is listed as Probable. If you need him in your line up, he is a safe bet to play.
Shane Vereen is a definite Out in week two. Make sure he is not in your line up.
START ‘EM OR SIT ‘EM
As always, Tom Brady is a no doubter, no matter who the opponent might be. With Danny Amendola doubtful and Wes Welker in Denver, Julian Edelman looks to be Brady’s target. If he is still on your waiver wire, grab him and start him. I’m sure other receivers will catch passes for the Patriots tonight, but for now, Edelman is the man. Brady has few other options
Stevan Ridley is probably a safe bet to start if he is your second or third running back. With Vereen gone, he should get the bulk of the carries.
There are very few players I would trust to have in my line up from the Jets right. One decent option might be Stephen Hill. Geno Smith targeted 9 times last Sunday, and he reeled in 6 catches. With Holmes banged up and Kerley out, Hill’s role is sure to increase.
I mentioned earlier, Smith looks to be a guy you might want to take a chance on but you should not be relying on him as your starting fantasy quarterback. Let’s see several good weeks before giving him the nod over whomever else you have on your roster.
Outside of Brady and Edelman, there are few must starts from this Thursday night match-up. Hopefully, most of you can sit back and enjoy the game without having to rely on too many of the players in tonight’s game. It isn’t the most glamorous match up on paper but it is New England and New York, and they usually provide entertaining football when they go head-to-head.