FantasyHolics Week 9 Monday Night Football Preview
Monday Night Preview:
New England Patriots @ New York Jets
Vegas Lines: NE -9.5, O/U 41
To be frank these are the worst two offensive rosters in the NFL. Both Cam Newton and Joe Flacco are playing with horrendous surrounding casts that would make even an elite QB look bad. With that said at least Cam makes up for his awful 2:7 TD:INT ratio with his 298 rushing yards and 6 ground scores. He is our FantasyHolic’s expert ranked QB #16 for the week because he has a decent floor based off of his role as the league’s most dangerous goal line runner. Flacco is far outside our top 20 QB ranks and even if healthy Sam Darnold would only be a slight upgrade to an embarrassing offense and coaching staff collectively.
I would harp on how much of a disaster these backfields are but the reality is the wideouts and tight ends aren’t any better. Damien Harris is ranked as our RB #21 but offers a lot of risk as a banged up committee back. He offers some upside as the Jets give up the 8th most points to RBs, yet his lack of involvement in the passing game plus Cam’s red zone prowess is a concern. His teammate James White is our RB #39 but hasn’t been as much of a pass catcher as he was in the past. Rex Burkhead can be used both in the passing game and short yardage to continue capping everyone else’s ceiling and driving us all even crazier. Sony Michel also has a chance to return and muddy the waters even more. Tread lightly on all parties involved. Speaking of treading lightly please avoid as many Jets here as you can. La’Mical Perine is our RB #40. Although he’s been seeing his playing time go up and NE is giving up the 9th most RB points I don’t expect there to be wide open rushing lanes or many targets turned into fantasy points. He and Frank Gore Sr. will not be recommended in your lineup tonight or anytime soon.
What a wild cast of characters lining up out wide tonight. The only top 40 ranked pass catcher we have is slot maven Jamison Crowder (WR #20). Crowder has been a rock solid PPR machine when healthy as a modern day Dolphins version of Jarvis Landry 2.0. As long as he is active he has a healthy double digits floor in that format. He is a fairly average talent of a player who receives a ridiculous amount of targets in this pathetic excuse of an offense. His teammates Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims are merely WR5s with the potential to blank you. The Pats are without Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry, leaving the meeting room an absolute skeleton crew. Jakobi Meyers will be the favorite target as Edelman’s replacement and is an acceptable WR4 or emergency flex. Damiere Byrd is a WR5 who at least has some chemistry with Cam and hardly leaves the field. “Gunner Olszewsky” will be their third receiver. Don’t expect much more than the 12 yards he has already racked up so far this season.
This group of practice squad quality players starts and ends with the disappointment that is Chris Herndon. He is outside our top 25 but is the closest thing to being usable as there is on MNF. His teammate Ryan Griffin is as useless as a poppy flavored lollipop. On the other side Ryan Izzo rarely leaves the field so in theory he has some opportunity. That theory is not one I’d like to test with my money and pride on the line, however. Let him show you us that he can do much of anything before earning our trust.