The New York Jets saved their season with an ugly last-ditch win over the Buffalo Bills last week, and somehow, this guy saved his fantasy football season as well. However, I don't have any Jets on me team, outside of their defense, which I sat last week in favor of the 49ers' unit, and that turned out to be a good move. But the Jets' skill players actually had a big day against the Bills, and it was long overdue. Mark Sanchez, despite playing a first half that nearly forced a walkout of MetLife Stadium, chucked four touchdowns to three different receivers. Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress and Dustin Keller (despite previous reports, he IS a living, breathing human being) were the beneficiaries, helping out the Jets and some of your fantasy teams as well. The 6-5 Jets visit the 4-7 Washington Redskins on Sunday, again needing to win to stay in contention for the playoffs. I'd imagine many of you need wins to keep your fantasy seasons alive as well, so if you have any Jets on your team, here's what you should do with them this week.
WR - Plaxico Burress - numberFire projection: 3.93 receptions, 42.80 yards, 0.35 TDs, 6.41 fantasy points
If I have to pick between either Plaxico Burress or Santonio Holmes, I'm picking Burress. Mark Sanchez just seems to have a better rapport with him and he targets him way more than he does Holmes, especially in the red zone and in crunch time. Burress has also been a consistent touchdown guy, as he's always a threat in the red zone.
TE - Dustin Keller - numberFire projection: 3.66 receptions, 40.10 yards, 0.35 TDs, 6.09 fantasy points
Sanchez finally looked Keller's way last week and it paid dividens, with Keller scoring twice and making a spectacular grab on a long completion. I'd like to think it woke Sanchez and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer up a little bit. Maybe they finally remembered there was a reason this guy was the first pass cactcher taken in the 2008 Draft.
Jets Defense/Special Teams - numberFire projection: 23.29 points allowed, 2.12 sacks, 2.42 turnovers, 8.57 fantasy points
The Jets defense struggled against the Bills last week, the the Redskins are simply not a good offensive team. New York should be able to force a few turnovers with the always-obliging Rex Grossman across from them. Now, if only the Jets special teams could stop fumbling the freakin' ball.
WR - Santonio Holmes - numberFire projection: 2.74 receptions, 45.50 yards, 0.32 TDs, 6.58 fantasy points
Again, if I had to choose between the two Jets WR's, I'm taking Burress. For whatever reason, Sanchez just doesn't seem to have any chemistry with Holmes. That was evident on the ugly third down incompletion in the fourth quarter last week where they were clearly not on the same page, as Holmes went upfield while Sanchez threw an out route. I think the lack of synergy between the two is a big reason that Sanchez and the Jets' offense has been so inconsistent, and quite frankly it's being overlooked. Holmes is really good, and Sanchez needs to get him the ball way more often. Unfortunately I just haven't seen anything that makes me think that anything is going to change at this point.
QB - Mark Sanchez - numberFire projection: 20.58 completions, 233.68 yards, 1.22 TDs, 1.00 INTs, 14.14 fantasy points
The one thing the Redskins do very well is bother the quarterback, and the Jets offensive line has not held up well against intense pressure. On top of that, Sanchez clearly struggles mightily when under a lot of duress. It's not a great combination, and the Jets' coaching staff know that, so I think they'll really try to run the ball and control the clock. That should keep Sanchez's numbers fairly low.
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Shonn Greene is a starting running back in the NFL. Somehow. I'm done trying to figure him out.