Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Patriots vs Jets

Max Staley
Damien Harris fantasy outlook makes him a solid start in Week 9.
Damien Harris fantasy outlook makes him a solid start in Week 9. / Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

The New England Patriots travel to the Meadowlands to take on the New York Jets in what's shaping up to be one of the least-exciting Monday Night Football matchups of the year. The 2-5 Patriots are currently 9.5-point favorites over the 0-8 Jets, according to FanDuel Spotsbook's Week 9 NFL odds.

If you're looking to make this one a little more watchable, here's some start 'em, sit 'em fantasy football advice for this AFC East clash.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots: Damien Harris is in the midst of a mini-breakout year. He has recorded at least 70 yards from scrimmage in three of his four appearances this season and is coming off the best game of his career in Week 8. He's averaging a stellar 5.7 yards per carry for the year. Plus, Harris' two best games have either come in competitive matchups or were games that the Patriots held a lead. With New England likely to be playing from ahead, as sizable 9.5-point favorites, Harris could be in for a huge game here.

Start La'Mical Perine, RB, New York Jets: With Sam Darnold likely sidelined for this one, there just isn't much to get excited about on this Jets' offense. But La'Mical Perine could be the exception to that rule – at least for this week. The Patriots' are quietly the league's third-worst defense against the run, per Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics. There's some risk here as Perine's role could get reduced if the game gets out of hand, but he has shown some flashes this year and could exploit a surprisingly weak Patriots' front seven.

Sit Any New England Patriots' Pass-Catcher: The Patriots passing game is in shambles. Cam Newton has failed to reach even 175 passing yards in five of his six starts on the year. But his rushing output (49.7 yards per game) keeps him from getting the "sit" designation here. Still, he's just not passing the ball well enough to risk starting any Patriots' pass-catcher – especially with both N'Keal Harry and Julian Edelman on the shelf. A matchup with the No. 31 pass defense by DVOA may seem enticing, but you don't want to be starting the Damiere Byrds of the world tonight.

Sit Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets: Jamison Crowder has been the lone bright spot on an otherwise terrible Jets' offense. But as good as he's been, it's going to be hard to trust him tonight. For one, Crowder is dealing with a groin injury that sidelined him last week, so even if he plays he's not going to be at 100%. He also didn't do much the last time we saw him play in a Flacco-led offense, turning 13 targets into 7 catches for 48 yards. That volume is encouraging, but the Jets' skill-position group has gotten some players back, so he's not a lock to see that much action here. Plus, the Patriots don't do a whole lot well anymore, but they're still an elite secondary, boasting the likes of Stephon Gilmore, J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones and the McCourty Brothers. This is a tough spot for Crowder, but there will be better days ahead.

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