Here is your weekly fantasy football look at Gang Green.
Mark Sanchez is who we thought he is -- an inconsistent QB just as a capable of throwing for 300 yards and three scores as he is completing 10-for-34 for 128 yards and a pick.
And this week he faces one of the top defenses in the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers, who are surely to be highly agitated after getting embarrassed by the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3. If you have to start Sanchez, you probably are not more than 1-2 in your league, and surely you could probably pick up somebody on waivers for this week against such a great defense.
Head coach Rex Ryan said the Jets were going to be a ground-and-pound team, but so far this season, they are only averaging 98 rushing yards per game. Shonn Greene has been banged up and has yet to live up to the potential he showed in the playoffs a few years ago.
Bilal Powell, who had 10 carries for 45 yards versus the Dolphins and is averaging four yards per run, is being added in many leagues, but against such a stout defense, you would be wise to keep both these Jets grounded.
Santonio Holmes nearly had a career high versus Miami, catching nine balls for 147 yards, but he did not find the end zone. With Dustin Keller still hurt and Stephen Hill both hurt and ineffective, he is Sanchez' only weapon in the passing game. For that reason, you should insert him into your lineup. But be advised that his performance will be tied to the performance of his QB -- obviously, but even more so than most wideouts. Hill has a lingering hamstring issue and should be kept on the bench, even if he does play. Until he starts catching more passes, he will be a one-week wonder.
Start Holmes, sit Hill!
Nick Folk is a perfect 6-for-6 on the season in field goals and has seven extra points. The Jets offense should struggle to move the ball against an elite San Fran defense, meaning Folk could have the opportunity to kick more than the three field goals he booted last week in Miami. He is a viable option, especially with a couple of teams on bye.
The loss of All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis for the season with a torn ACL certainly knocks Ryan's defense down a notch, but they are by no means finished as a unit. Antonio Cromartie and LaRon Landry can still make a big play, and first-round pick Kyle Wilson will be given every opportunity to fill in for Revis. The 49ers are an average offense with an average quarterback, so you could do worse than Gang Green's DST.
Good luck in Week 4!