Week 2 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Patriots vs Jets
The New England Patriots will look to bounce back in Week 2 when they go on the road to take on a divisional rival in the New York Jets. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Patriots slated as 5.5-point road favorites in a game that is sure to have fantasy football implications as well.
If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this AFC East Week 2 clash.
Jakobi Meyers Fantasy
Start Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots: The Patriots passing attack looked much improved in Week 1 as rookie quarterback Mac Jones racked up 281 yards through the air. While wide receiver Nelson Agholor caught a touchdown, Jakobi Meyers led the team with 9 targets. He hauled in 6 of those targets for 44 yards and now gets to face a Jets defense that gave up the sixth-most receptions to opposing WRs in 2020 (227). Overall, the Jets posted the fifth-worst pass defense DVOA rating last year. New England should have no trouble moving the ball down the field and that makes Meyers a must-start player this week.
Corey Davis Fantasy
Start Corey Davis, WR, New York Jets: Wide receiver Corey Davis is the only player fantasy managers can trust to start on the Jets right now. The 26-year-old pass-catcher caught five of his seven targets in Week 1 for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns. There seemed to be immediate chemistry between him and rookie quarterback Zach Wilson. The lack of offensive depth on the Jets roster should allow Davis to continue to thrive as the No. 1 WR. New England may not be the easiest matchup on paper, but Davis' volume combined with his ability to get into the end zone is enough to overcome that obstacle.
Hunter Henry Fantasy
Sit Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots: This is a dream matchup for Patriots tight ends as the Jets gave up the most fantasy points to the position in 2020. However, Hunter Henry may not even be the best TE on this team. Jonnu Smith saw 5 targets in Week 1, compared to Henry's 3, and added in 6 rushing yards as well. While both players were in for over 70% of the offensive snaps, Smith seemed to be the preferred option in passing scenarios. There is suddenly a lot of mouths to feed on the Patriots offense. Henry should stay on the bench unless he can take on a more prominent role.
Zach Wilson Fantasy
Sit Zach Wilson, QB, New York Jets: It was a mixed result for rookie quarterback Zach Wilson in his first NFL start. He looked impressive passing the ball deep down the field, but struggled to make quick decisions, leading to six sacks on the day. He draws a horrible matchup in Week 2 going up against a Patriots defense that allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs last season (16.26 average). New England kept up its success from 2020 going in Week 1 by giving up just 202 yards through the air. Wilson simply needs more experience before any fantasy managers can feel comfortable with streaming him.
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