Week 2 kicks off this Thursday when the New York Jets face the New England Patriots. Even though this matchup favors the Patriots, there are fantasy points to be had on both sides of the ball. With only three running backs breaking 100 yards, knowing who to start and who to sit is imperative.
Tom Brady: While Brady did not have his best game against the Buffalo Bills during week 1, he’s always a must start. The sloppy play seen by the Patriots was prevalent throughout the league last week. The Patriots will clean up their mistakes and Brady will come to play against their divisional rivals.
Steven Ridley: One fumble return for a touchdown, another that should have been a fumble, and 9 rushes for 46 yards. Those are Ridley’s stats from week 1 against the Bills. After being benched for the second half, Shane Vereen came in and rushed for over 100 yards. However, Vereen is now out until week 11 and Ridley is the only viable option on the squad. He has a lot to prove after his dreadful performance and will fight for every yard possible.
Julian Edelman: Edelman has the longest running tenure of any receiver in the Patriots organization. During Week 1 against the Bills, he hauled in 7 receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns. With Danny Amendola’s status highly unlikely for Thursday night’s game, expect Brady to target Edelman much more in his absence.
Kellen Winslow: In the nail biting win over the Buccaneers, tight end Kellen Winslow hauled in a team high 7 receptions for 79 yards and touchdown. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith took a liking to the big tight end, targeting him 8 times. Expect this trend to continue in week 2 against the Patriots.
Chris Ivory: Jets’ Chris Ivory had a tough outing against the Bucs in week 1, rushing 10 times for just 15 yards. While the Bucs had the best rush defense last season, the Patriots were able to hold both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson to under 100 yards rushing last week. Ivory will have difficulty finding holes, and expect Geno Smith to lead the team in rushing Thursday.
Santonio Holmes: While Geno Smith had some success throwing against the Bucs last week, do not expect him to continue having good passing games every week. Holmes caught just one pass for 13 yards in week 1 and was only targeted three times. Furthermore, his status for Thursday’s game is questionable. Holmes is another must sit on the Jets’ offense.
Danny Amendola: Patriots leading receiver from week 1 would be a must start, if he wasn’t doubtful for Thursday night’s game. Injury has always been an issue for Amendola, and it looks like the trend has carried over from St. Louis to New England. He is a must sit for week 2.