Man Up/Step Aside TNF [Jets at Browns]
Last Thursday night’s game between the Bengals and the Ravens was a solid game to watch and despite a Ravens surge towards the end to make it a game, it wasn’t enough in the end. This week to kickoff Week 3, I do believe that we will see another exciting close game here.
The Cleveland Browns have been the butt-end of the jokes here lately. In Week 1, they had a chance to put away their rival Pittsburgh but the game ended in a tie, because they couldn’t figure out a way to win. This past Sunday on the road in New Orleans, they did not lay down defensively against a good Saints team, but Zane Gonzalez could not lead them to a victory, even when his job depended on it.
For the New York Jets they don’t have it all figured out completely here, but Sam Darnold should be an exciting guy to watch. Although the Jets will play their third game in eleven days, they have plenty of playmakers to try to send this young team to 2-1.
With Josh Gordon no longer in the mix, Callaway has proven that he has the speed and talent to be a game changer. Callaway is an interesting pickup in deeper leagues–the volume might not be there immediately, but all it takes is one big play for this speedster to make a splash.
In Week 2, Crowell definitely came back down to earth after being a huge part of that Monday night beat down of Detroit, but this is a revenge game for Crowell. Personally I always like playing guys who are going up against their former teams, especially if they’re getting the ball, because they tend to play with a little attitude.
Duke Johnson Jr. has not been the receiving back that we were hoping to see in fantasy so far. The Jets haven’t necessarily had any trouble with receiving backs as well. Hyde has had double-digit carries in both Weeks 1 and 2, and on a short week for Cleveland, Hyde should see another solid workload.
Enunwa is one of those guys who isn’t a sexy name when you come across him on your roster, but he’s a guy who just gets it done. Like an old school Chevy, it doesn’t matter how it looks, they just keep on going. Enunwa is clearly the Jets top option, and Darnold’s favorite option.
Unless you’re in a deep league, or two-quarterback league, I would not start Darnold. I also think that the Jets may try to avoid passing so much on a short week.
I’m all in on Njoku this season, and I’m hoping for the second-year tight end to start seeing a higher target rate with Gordon’s departure, but it probably won’t be on Thursday night.
It seems like the Jets hate Powell. Powell has been there for quite some time with Gang Green and no matter what, he’s always being overlooked by the new guys coming in at the running back position. We’ve seen Powell be a PPR monster in the past, but I’m not taking the chance this week against a solid Browns defense.
Duke Johnson Jr
Can you believe that Duke has only touched the ball eleven total times through the first two weeks? Don’t start him, until Cleveland starts utilizing him more in the future–if they do.