Here are four fantasy options for the Jets with advice on how to use them heading into Week 7.
First Down - Geno Smith - Sit: We will begin to find out about our newly named starter's fantasy value this week. The Jets decided to move from Ryan Fitzpatrick back to Geno, which doesn't seem like much of a fantasy upgrade but anything is better than the second halves Fitz has played this year. Geno’s career stat line is 27 touchdowns with 36 interceptions. He has shown himself to be inaccurate while starting for the Jets previously. Hopefully the time on the bench has helped, but we will need to see. We have a large sample size of his play, and I don’t expect a ton of fantasy points. Gains he makes might be wiped away by turnovers. At the very least, we need to see positive play out of him before he becomes a viable fantasy starting option.
Second Down - Brandon Marshall - Start: Marshall showed why he is still a handful to cover with the way he held his own against Patrick Peterson. The Jets will be facing the defense that just allowed Odell Beckham Jr. to run wild. Marshall only had six targets against Arizona, but look for more this week. Typically, when an offense struggles to find its identity, it will look to get the ball in the hands of its top playmaker.
Third Down - Matt Forte - Sit: A lot of what the Jets are going to do this week revolves around the quarterback change. The Jets saw Geno as a backup and will likely run the offense as if he were one. They will run the ball a lot on early downs to set Geno up for shorter looks on third down. They will force the ball to Forte early, but he is struggling. I look for this to continue against Baltimore’s stout defensive front, which is fourth best against the run this year, only allowing a total of 418 yards.
Fourth Down - Charone Peake - Sit: He had a nice game against Arizona with 5 catches for 43 yards and was targeted the most of any Jet through the air. Fitz was looking to get him the ball, and he would have had a few more catches with more accurate passes. Fitz also owes this guy big time for throwing him that buddy pass across the middle setting Peake up to get crushed. That said, he is still a blip on the radar in terms of fantasy. Keep him on your free agent watch list but I wouldn’t go dropping many receivers for him just yet.