WATCH: Fantasy Outlook for New York Jets in Week 5 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Mike Esposito

For most NFL fans, drafting a player from your favorite team is all a part of the fantasy football experience and for the most part, a few New York Jets players could put up quality fantasy numbers during the 2019 season. The rest of the bunch, however, are looking like matchup-dependent plays based on the current state of the team.

The Philadelphia Eagles (2-2) are getting hot at the right time and will be hard to stop, but their defensive inconsistencies will provide a quality fantasy matchup for a few Jets players.

With that in mind, here’s the fantasy outlook for each Jets player for Week 5.

Key Stats to Keep in Mind

  • Philadelphia has allowed 385.8 total yards per game this season (No. 23 in the NFL).
  • Philadelphia has allowed 62.0 yards rushing per game this season (No. 4 in the NFL).
  • New England has allowed 323.8 yards passing per game this season (No. 32 in the NFL).
  • Opponents have completed 41.2 percent (14-of-34 attempts) of deep passes against Philadelphia this season.
  • Opponents have completed 68.2 percent of short passes against Philadelphia this season.
  • Philadelphia has allowed 225 yards receiving to tight ends this season (No. 18 in the NFL).
  • Philadelphia has allowed 886 yards receiving to wide receivers this season (No. 32 in the NFL)
  • Philadelphia has allowed 27 receptions to opposing running backs this season (No. 26 in the NFL).
  • Philadelphia has allowed 212 yards receiving to running backs this season (No. 25 in the NFL).
  • Philadelphia averages 357.8 total yards on offense per game this season (No. 16 in the NFL).
  • Philadelphia averages 239.0 yards passing per game this season (No. 20 in the NFL).
  • Philadelphia averages 118.8 yards rushing per game this season (No. 14 in the NFL).
  • Philadelphia averages 27.5 points per game this season (No. 7 in the NFL).
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The Must-Starts

Le’Veon Bell

FantasyPros Week 5 Ranking: RB12

FanDuel: $7,300

DraftKings: $6,800

The run defense for the Eagles will be a nightmare matchup for Bell this weekend, but he’s still a must-start due to the volume of work he’s seen. The two-time All-Pro has a team-high 78 total touches to his name so far and has seen action on 95 percent of New York’s offensive snaps this year. 

Even if he can’t get things going on the ground, Bell has yet to finish a game with less than 17 rushing attempts and can have a huge impact in the passing game, having seen 12 total targets in the two games that Luke Falk played at quarterback.

WR Robby Anderson

FantasyPros Week 5 Ranking: WR38

FanDuel: $5,500

DraftKings: $4,500

Outside of his 81-yard game in Week 2, Anderson has been the furthest thing from fantasy relevant this year. However, the Eagles’ secondary provides the 26-year-old with his best fantasy matchup of the season so far. 

The Eagles have been shredded through the air this year and are especially susceptible to damage from speedy wideouts like Anderson. The third-year receiver has been one of Falk’s favorite targets this year and as long he continues to look his way, Anderson could be in for a big day in Philly.

WR Jamison Crowder (PPR Only)

FantasyPros Week 5 Ranking: WR48

FanDuel: $5,800

DraftKings: $4,300

His fantasy value has been on the decline since Sam Darnold was ruled out with mono, but even with Luke Falk under center, the Eagles provide Crowder with the perfect matchup for a bounce-back game in PPR formats. 

Philadelphia’s defense has been burned by the short passing game, allowing a 68.2 completion percentage on short passes this year. He hasn’t seen anything close to the 17 targets he saw in Week 1 with Darnold, but the 26-year-old slot receiver is still averaging five targets per contest with Falk as his quarterback. 

As long as he continues to see that kind of volume, Crowder should be a high-floor WR3 with upside this weekend.

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Avoid This Week

RB Ty Montgomery

FantasyPros Week 5 Ranking: RB68

FanDuel: $4,600

DraftKings: $4,500

After a season-high snap count in Week 2, Montgomery saw his workload dip considerably (16 percent snap count) against the New England Patriots in Week 3. The 26-year-old’s workload has been too inconsistent to make him worth a desperation start and until he becomes more involved in New York’s offense, he’s better off on the bench.

DST NY Jets

FantasyPros Week 5 Ranking: DST28

FanDuel: $3,100

DraftKings: $2,300

New York dodged a bullet after burner DeSean Jackson was ruled out for this weekend, but Philly’s offense still has too many weapons to warrant a fantasy start. 

The Eagles are averaging 27.5 points per game (No. 7 in the NFL) and boast one of the most well-balanced offenses in the league, featuring the likes of Alshon Jeffrey, Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, and Zach Ertz. 

Streaming a defense with a more favorable matchup would probably the best move fantasy owners can make.

QB Luke Falk

FantasyPros Week 5 Ranking: QB29

FanDuel: $6,200

DraftKings: $4,900

Falk’s fantasy stock was slowly rising after his relief performance against the Browns (20-of-25, 198 yards passing) in Week 2. 

However, the 24-year-old struggled the following week against the New England Patriots who, unlike Cleveland, actually had time to game plan against him. 

Philly’s secondary offers a favorable matchup for Falk, but fantasy owners should still be wary. Looking elsewhere on the waiver wire for a viable quarterback streamer is a better strategy.

WR Demaryius Thomas

FantasyPros Week 5 Ranking: WR128

FanDuel: $4,500

DraftKings: $3,600

Thomas has played just seven snaps in a Jets uniform and hasn’t done anything to prove that he can be a viable fantasy option just yet. Thomas is bound to see plenty of opportunities to prove himself, but until he does, he’s best left on the bench, no matter how deep your fantasy league may be.

TE Ryan Griffin

FantasyPros Week 5 Ranking: TE37

FanDuel: $4,000

DraftKings: $2,500

As has been the case all season, Griffin is best left on the bench. The 29-year-old tight end has been a non-factor to start the year (four receptions for 15 yards receiving) and has seen only two targets with Falk under center.

K Sam Ficken

FantasyPros Week 5 Ranking: K31

FanDuel: N/A

DraftKings: N/A

New York’s inconsistent offense has limited Ficken’s fantasy potential this year and until things start to click, the fourth-year kicker is a risky play. Fantasy owners would be better off finding a streaming option with a more favorable matchup on the waiver wire.

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No Fantasy Relevance Until Proven Otherwise

QB Sam Darnold (Mononucleosis)

QB Trevor Siemian (Season-Ending IR)

QB David Fales

WR Josh Bellamy

WR Braxton Berrios

TE/FB Trevon Wesco

RB Bilal Powell

RB Trent Cannon

TE Chris Herndon IV (Suspended)

WR Quincy Enunwa (Season-Ending IR)

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