Jets/Bills: TNF Sit-Start Report

Chris Ivory

Chris Ivory scored twice last week, but is fading down the stretch

Any game that features coach Rex Ryan is expected to be entertaining and this tonight is no different. Ryan and his Buffalo Bills are heading to the Meadowlands to take on his former team, the New York Jets. These division rivals meet for the first time this season as both are pushing for playoff spots. The Bills (4-4) are looking to even up the standings with the Jets (5-3)as the two teams could easily grab both wildcard spots in a close AFC. Here is a list of players in this matchup who should start or start for your team.

Start – Ryan Fitzpatrick:  Fitzpatrick has had a pretty good year and with unpredictable quarterback play around the league, that translates into a great year for some fantasy owners. Even against the Patriots this year, Fitzpatrick almost led the Jets to the upset of the year. The former Harvard grad has a 89.3 QBR for the year. He has 7 interceptions on the year, but has posted none in the last three games. Fitzpatrick is nursing a thumb injury, but that doesn’t seem to be bothering his throwing motion one bit.

Start – Brandon Marshall:  Marshall only had 44 yards against the Jaguars last week, but he did average 11 yards per reception and pulled in a touchdown. Not counting that game, Marshall has had an amazing season with Jets. He’s easily the offense’s number one option and his ability to make incredible catches in the clutch is always a problem for defenses. In what could be a close game against two teams trying to kill one another, Marshall should factor heavily in New York’s game plan. Look for Marshall to get back on track against the Bills.

Sit – Chris Ivory:  Ivory was once looked upon as a go-to guy for some fantasy owners. Now, his lackluster performances have many jumping off the bandwagon. Ivory has 6 touchdowns on the year, but only averaged 1.1 yards per carry in the last two games. Ivory had two good games this season, but those came against an uninspired Dolphins team and a confused Redskins squad. Rex Ryan’s Bills will not be so easy on the running game. Ivory’s lack of quality performances is making the Jets, and fantasy owners, wish they put more faith in Chris Johnson.

Sit – LeSean McCoy:  McCoy has had some injuries this season. The veteran back left last week’s game with a shoulder injury, but is insistent that he should be ready come Thursday night. Sometimes players think they’re ready before they are and just want to play. Whether or not he’s is completely healthy, I can’t imagine Shady McCoy lighting up the scoreboard against the Jets defense. McCoy seems to be forcing a lot of his plays in an effort to prove to the Eagles (and Chip Kelly) that they made a mistake with him. This translates on the field with his inconsistent play. Last week, he head a good game with over 100 yards, but this was the first time all season. The only way I’d play McCoy is if I was lacking a running back due to injury a la LeVeon Bell.
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