Week 1 is behind us. The Jets and Patriots get a short week to prepare for Thursday Night Football as fantasy owners assemble their rosters for another week of competition. Let's take a look at some decisions owners could be facing as they look to redeem themselves from a Week 1 loss or begin to establish a winning streak for the 2013 season.
Tom Brady: Brady has thrown over 300 yards against the Jets four times over the past three years. One could argue that Brady is missing a lot of offensive weapons compared to past contests, but Darrelle Revis isn't eliminating Brady's targets any longer. Brady threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns the last time he faced a Jets defense without Revis Island. It isn't as if anyone is benching Brady in Week 2. It's just a matter of building confidence for Brady owners, and there is plenty to feel good about.
Patriots Wide Receivers: It's looking unlikely that Danny Amendola will be suiting up on Thursday night. He's suffering from a groin injury and the short week isn't doing him any favors. Julian Edelman can be considered as a WR3 prospect as Amendola's 14 targets on Sunday will be up for grabs. Edelman's value is boosted in PPR leagues. Kenbrell Thompkins is a borderline WR3/WR4 player to consider starting despite Antonio Cromartie setting his sights on the rookie. He was targeted 14 times on Sunday, but only managed to haul in four catches for 42 yards. Thompkins was involved in 91 of New England's 94 offensive snaps on Sunday, so look for Thompkins to get an opportunity to redeem himself on Thursday especially with Amendola off the field.
Stevan Ridley: Ridley has an opportunity to bounce back from his 46-yard performance that was cut short after he fumbled the ball away to the Bills during the regular season opener. Running back Shane Vereen fractured his wrist and was placed on IR with designation to return. LeGarrette Blount will likely see some playing time, but it's Ridley's job to lose ... again. Consider Ridley a RB2 play that's both shaky and solid at the same time.
Zach Sudfield: Sudfield has been limited in practice and was only involved in 20 percent of New England's offensive snaps against the Bills. It wouldn't be a surprise if Bill Belichick unleashed Sudfield on the Jets after hiding him on film against the Bills. Regardless, he's more of a desperation play from owners in deep leagues looking to swing for the fences.
Patriots Defense/Special Teams: Even thought the Patriots struggled to contain rookie E.J. Manuel in Week 1, they will likely game plan effectively against Geno Smith. Smith looked better than expected against Tampa Bay in the opener, but the Jets haven't figured out their backfield strengths and will likely rely on beating New England over the top. Expect a few rookie mistakes coupled with a lackluster offensive output.
Geno Smith: Smith was able to edge out the Buccaneers on Sunday, but he'll have his hands full on Thursday. Aside from the fact that rookies are oftentimes difficult to predict, Smith is playing New England on the road with short time for rest. If you've picked up Smith in any of your leagues, continue to allow him time on your bench as he works toward proving some consistency.
Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell: The Patriots held C.J. Spiller to a combined 55 yards on Sunday, but Fred Jackson did deliver 108 total yards for the Bills. Regardless, the Jets backfield is still a risky play. While Ivory still has an opportunity to be a formidable starting RB in fantasy, it's too soon to expect big things from him after just 15 rushing yards against Tampa Bay in Week 1. Neither Ivory nor Powell should be started even as a flex play until the Jets offense develops their identity.
Jets Wide Recievers: Jeremy Kerley will not be playing on Thursday due to a concussion. Stephen Hill and Clyde Gates should see an increase in targets as the Jets may be forced to throw the ball to keep up with New England's offense. Regardless, no Jets wide receiver can be trusted this early in the season. Hill may lead the pack heading into Week 2, but should only be considered in deeper leagues.
Kellen Winslow: Winslow could easily be the highest scoring fantasy player on the Jets offense on Thursday. He caught seven passes for 79 yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers on Sunday. He's a borderline top-10 play for the week and a case could be made that he's a top-10 TE in PPR leagues. It would be a luxury to afford waiting on Winslow to prove he can produce again despite New England game planning against him. However, he can be started by owners that have a lack of options at the position.
Jets Defense/Special Teams: As with most defenses facing Tom Brady, the Jets aren't worth starting for Week 2. Aside from potential pressures and sacks on the veteran quarterback, the Jets will likely have their hands full in Foxboro. If you're streaming defenses every week, you'll find less risk on your waiver wire.