Deconstructing: New York Jets
Remember Buddy Ball? C'mon, who can forget the aggressive 46 defense, bounties on opposing players, and the brash attitudes of
Well, his son
Let's examine the fantasy impact of the Jets' new toy and style of play.
From a fantasy perspective, Sanchez is nothing more than an average QB2. The Jets are third in the league in rushing attempts (161) and 26th in the league in passing attempts (134). Ryan is determined to establish a run-first identity and protect his raw signal caller from mistakes. Nope, this isn't going to change with Edwards in town.
Sanchez is going to have his moments with a nice stable of receiving weapons. He has a strong arm and great grasp of the offense. In addition, if you watched Monday night's game versus the Dolphins, you also know he's comfortable in the pocket and has the advanced ability to go through his progressions. The issue for owners is predicting when these "moments" will happen.
Sanchez currently sits as the 22nd-ranked QB. There's no question his numbers (especially his TDs) will go up with Edwards in town. That said, don't expect miracles and only throw him in your lineup if the matchup is perfect and you're lacking other options.
This is not a week you should bank on Sanchez having an upside game. The Bills defense is decimated by injuries to their linebacking corps. As a result, coming off a game against the Dolphins where they were man-handled and verbally abused by their coach, the Jets will make a statement by creating an episode of "Running Backs Gone Wild" against the Bills. Sanchez will throw less than 25 times.
The Jets' running game is only going to get better with a proven deep threat like Edwards. The lack of a downfield threat was clogging both the running game and short-passing game as safeties camped out "in the box." Edwards will command safety respect.
Excuse me while I do some shameless begging. Rex, dude, we're buddies, and I know you're obsessed with reading fantasy articles. You need to give Leon Washington more touches. He's averaging 4.1 YPC and 7.1 YPR. Obviously, last year he also proved he was a TD magnet with eight scores in less than 150 touches. Washington is one of the most dynamic playmakers in the game. It's time to let Leon loose for the betterment of your offense and Washington owners. Ahh, it feels good to vent.
I'm confident the not-so-sexy Rexy will follow my advice and give Washington more opportunities. Hold onto him and look for big numbers down the stretch. At this point, start LW as an average flex player. By the end of the year, however, I guarantee you he will be a strong flex, and weak RB3, as Jones continuously loses carries and Washington makes big plays. Trust the upside.
The Bills have an atrocious rush defense (29th ranked) and may need a United Football League scrub to fill-in at LB due to injuries. Even if he's merely crawling for yards, this is a week to throw Jones out there as a RB2 given his goal line role, and his team's commitment to the run.
It's amazing what Braylon Edwards can do when he actually pays attention. That's a lesson for all you kids reading this column. Make sure you focus if you're making millions in your job, and you too can have success.
Edwards was a monster in his first game catching five balls for 65 yards and a TD (barely missing a second TD). Impressive, considering he barely knew the playbook. Edwards will put up sweeter numbers for the Jets simply because he's in a better offense. Of course, there are 85 lb. football teams with better offenses than the Browns, so that's not saying much. You still aren't looking at a WR1 because of the style of offense, but Edwards will have some huge games as the both the primary deep threat and red zone receiving weapon.
The Edwards trade keeps
Some of you who watched
Edwards should once again see a good number of targets this week with Cotchery expected to miss the game or be limited. Terrence McGee is a solid CB for the Bills, but still someone Edwards can beat in man-to-man coverage. Throw Edwards out there as a WR2 and hope he converts on a scoring opportunity.
Keller will bust out of his nasty funk this week due to the Bills' LB woes and Cotchery's injury. My dependable crystal ball shows a play-action TD inside the five yard line with all eyes on the running game and Edwards. Start Keller with confidence.