Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit' Em for Jets vs Ravens
"Thursday Night Football" games aren't always the most well-played NFL contests, since both teams are on short weeks, but that doesn't reduce their importance when it comes to fantasy football. With only a couple of days to think about start 'em, sit 'em options, they are often some of the toughest decisions of the week.
With that in mind, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for Thursday's Week 15 matchup between the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens.
Who Should I Start in Fantasy Football
Start Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Marquise Brown has been a boom-or-bust producer in his rookie season, but a matchup with the Jets gives him a chance to show off his upside. New York ranks 22nd against the pass in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metrics, and Brown has topped 15.0 PPR points in three of the four games he's played against teams that rank 20th or worse on the year.
Start Le'Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets: Le'Veon Bell's production has been nothing to write home about, and he sat with an illness in Week 14. He's still essentially a must-start fantasy RB though. He's averaging 20.9 opportunities (15.3 carries plus 5.6 targets) per game on the year, and even with a slight decrease in recent weeks he's averaging 18.5 per game over the last four. His passing game involvement also helps solidify his floor in a game in which the Jets are likely to be playing from behind.
Sit Nick Boyle, TE, Baltimore Ravens: Mark Andrews returned to practice for the Ravens on Tuesday, and even if he doesn't suit up it's hard to get too excited about Boyle's fantasy value. Predominantly a blocking TE, Boyle has played over 90 percent of the Ravens' snaps in each of the last two games, seeing a combined five targets. He scored in Week 14, but notching three targets even with Andrews sidelined for most of the contest shows how low his ceiling is.
Sit Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets: Sam Darnold has been an excellent streaming QB option for the last few weeks, but that has been entirely matchup-related. He has at least 17.0 fantasy points in four his last five games, but four of those five opponents have also allowed top-10 fantasy production to opposing QBs this year. The Ravens have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to QBs, making Darnold a risky option this week.
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