We are hours away from the start of the second week of the 2013 NFL season as the New York Jets take on the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium. It’s also the kickoff for the second week of the fantasy football season. Here’s a look of players that should be in your lineups tonight.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady should be in virtually all fantasy football lineups despite a limited array of options. He’s just too good to not use. Last week Brady threw for 288 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills. In two games against the New York Jets last year, Brady threw for 582 yards and five touchdowns while adding another score on the ground.
Geno Smith can be used in two-quarterback leagues, but that’s the extent of it. He was decent in the season opener, throwing for 256 yards and a touchdown, while adding 47 yards on the ground against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Patriots gave up 150 passing yards, two touchdowns and 23 rushing yards to rookie E.J. Manuel last week, but I think Bill Belichick will come up with a creative scheme to confuse Smith. Plus, he just doesn’t have the weapons.
Stevan Ridley fumbled his way to the sidelines last week, but a wrist injury to Shane Vereen opened the door to allow Ridley to escape the doghouse. Ridley ran well when he did hold on to the football, gaining 46 yards on nine carries. LeGarrette Blount is waiting in the wings in case Ridley fumbles again, but that is not a risk worth taking for fantasy owners. Brandon Bolden (knee) is not ready to be trusted yet either.
Bilal Powell rushed for 29 yards on 14 carries last week for the Jets against the Bucs. Chris Ivory had 15 yards on 10 carries. Powell has a little more upside thanks to his four receptions for 35 yards, but neither are an attractive option against a defense that held C.J. Spiller to 55 total yards.
Julian Edelman was a popular guy on the waiver wire this week after catching seven passes for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the season opener. He’s worth a look on fantasy rosters simply because he’s Brady’s most trusted weapon. Kenbrell Thompkins had just four catches for 42 yards last week, but he’s worth considering based on the 14 targets he received. Josh Broyce and Aaron Dobson should only be used in sheer desperation.
Speaking of desperation, your cup must runneth over if you are considering any of the Jets’ wide receivers. Jeremy Kerley had the most success last week with four catches for 45 yards, but he is out with a concussion. Stephen Hill caught six passes for 39 yards. He has plenty of athleticism, but it has seldom translated into production on the field. Santonio Holmes (foot) caught just one pass for 13 yards last week.
Rob Gronkowski is expected to miss this week. Zach Sudfeld did not catch a pass last week and is dealing with a hamstring injury. Michael Hoomanawanui caught one pass for five yards last week, but is not a desirable play. There isn’t a good play here.
Kellen Winslow was one of the biggest surprises last week with seven catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. Considering the dearth of quality options at wide receiver for the Jets, Winslow isn’t a bad fantasy option this week.
The New York Jets have so few quality options on offense. Team that with a rookie quarterback playing on the road, and things don’t look good. This makes this an attractive game to use the New England Patriots defense. The Patriots currently rank ninth in the league in total defense after holding the Bills to 286 yards last week. The Jets managed just 304 yards and 18 points last week.
The New York Jets defense ranks fourth in total defense after holding the Bucs to 250 yards. Though they are banged up, the Patriots’ offense is too potent to recommend using the Jets’ defense.
Also check out Lester's Legends Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings.