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The Jets and Titans wrap up the slate of games in Week 15. We break down the fantasy implications.
Monday Night Football this week brings us a
thrilling battle of two contenders game between the Jets and the Titans. Take that for what it's worth.
If you keep up with sports at all, surely you haven't been able to escape the media frenzy surrounding New York. Mark Sanchez struggling, or just playing in general, means the offense isn't likely to produce many fantasy stars. The Titans have issues of their own, as Jake Locker and Chris Johnson haven't exactly been impressive in recent weeks.
Hopefully you don't have too much riding on this game in the fantasy playoffs. Let's take a look at who you need to start for Monday Night Football in Week 15, and who you need to keep on the bench, or cut.
Mark Sanchez, quarterback - Sanchez is just not a good fantasy quarterback. He's not really a good real life quarterback either, but you get the point. He threw for 111 yards and no touchdowns against the Jaguars last week. The Titans rank towards the bottom of the league in pass defense, but that won't make much of a difference. If you're starting Sanchez in the fantasy playoffs, I'm not really sure how you got there in the first place.
Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell, running back - Greene saw at least 20 touches in each of his last two games. He finally broke his scoring drought against Jacksonville, and he's still providing decent production even with Powell seeing a fair amount of carries. Powell continues to vulture touchdowns, which should bode well against a Titans defense that has allowed a rushing score in all but three games in 2012. Both backs are flex worthy with this matchup. The Jets offense, though, is bound to implode at any time, so proceed with caution.
Jeremy Kerley, wide receiver - Tennessee allowed four touchdowns to opposing wideouts over the past three weeks. Unfortunately Kerley doesn't score often, but that's not exactly his fault. He has just seven catches for 64 yards in his last two games. He's the only Jets receiver worth considering in your lineup. Even then, he's a risky play. You can find a better option.
Jeff Cumberland, tight end - Dustin Keller is out again, leaving Cumberland to make whatever impact he's capable of. The Titans have allowed one touchdown to tight ends over the last eight games, so Cumberland's upside doesn't look too promising. If you're one of the 10 owners with him on your team, you can go ahead and keep him on the bench.
Jets defense/special teams - New York's defense paved the way to victory in its last two games. The Jets have given up just 16 points in that span, but keep in mind they faced the Cardinals and Jaguars. This D/ST has potential for a decent showing in Week 15. Their No. 2 ranked pass defense should fare well against Jake Locker.
Jake Locker, quarterback - The Jets haven't allowed a passing touchdown in the last two weeks. They didn't go up against Pro Bowl quarterbacks, but it's still worth noting. Locker emerged from his bye week apparently more interested in turning the ball over. He's thrown seven interceptions and just three touchdowns in the past three games. There isn't much promise to his matchup on Monday night. If you're stuck choosing between him and Sanchez, though, that's easy to decide.
Chris Johnson, running back - Johnson's production since the Titans bye hasn't been impressive either. His last touchdown came in Week 10, and he's rushed for just 175 yards since then. Fortunately the Jets give up 137 yards on the ground per game. Johnson was drafted high for a reason. It's time for him to help you in the playoffs. Have faith in him this week.
Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright and Nate Washington, wide receiver - Britt caught eight passes for 143 yards last week, and he hauled in a touchdown in each of his two outings prior to Week 14. The Titans are determined to keep him involved, so he holds the most value in this receiving corps. The Jets are tough against the pass, but they did give up seven touchdowns to wideouts between Weeks 10 and 12. Wright and Washington are always spotty with their production. You might take a chance on Wright in PPR leagues. Britt is the only receiver with solid upside.
Craig Stevens, tight end - Jared Cook's trip to injured reserve puts Stevens in a prominent role. New York hasn't allowed a tight end to score in five weeks, though, so this isn't the best matchup for him. He won't make much of a fantasy impact.
Titans defense/special teams - Tennessee gives up the most points per game in the league. Even against the Jets train wreck of an offense, you can't feel confident about the Titans D/ST. Avoid, like always.