Fantasy Football Week 10: 3 Players Who Will Surprise in Patriots-Jets

Adam SpencerCorrespondent INovember 13, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Shonn Greene #23 of the New York Jets runs against Chris Johnson #37 of the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on September 25, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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There’s no love lost between the New York Jets and their AFC East rival New England Patriots.

Every time these two teams get together, it’s a hard-fought battle.

And with the way the NFL leans towards offense these days, it’s bound to be a high-scoring fantasy football matchup as well.

Of course Tom Brady and Mark Sanchez are going to put up their fair share of fantasy points, but plenty of other players will contribute too.

Let’s take a look at three players who should have big fantasy outputs in Sunday night’s matchup between two of the best teams in the AFC.

Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets 

Greene hasn’t been a good fantasy back this year, but that will change this week against a lousy New England defense. 

They’ll be so focused on stopping the passing game that Greene will have a few holes to run through.

He’s only run for two touchdowns this year, an embarrassing number for a starting running back.

If he’s ever going to be a decent NFL running back, he has to start getting into the end zone. 

He’ll have a good chance to start scoring some more touchdowns on Sunday night against the weak Patriots defense.

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 6: Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Jets is tackled during NFL game action by Drayton Florence #29 of the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty
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If he doesn’t put up his fourth 10+ fantasy point game of the year this week, it’ll be a major disappointment.

Plaxico Burress, WR, New York Jets

The Patriots have the worst pass defense in the NFL. They can’t stop anyone from throwing on them. 

That’s due in large part to inconsistency in personnel for most of the season.

With the unfamiliarity within the secondary, Burress will be open a lot, especially in the red zone. 

Then he’ll be able to use his height to create mismatches and catch touchdowns.

Look for Burress to put up somewhere around 10 fantasy points against the Patriots.

Aaron Hernandez, TE, New England Patriots 

Rob Gronkowski has been getting most of the attention from opposing defenses this season, and that should continue tonight against the Jets.

That’ll leave Hernandez with some favorable matchups against linebackers and safeties.

Look for Tom Brady to exploit those matchups, especially in the red zone.

Hernandez is fast and big, and he’ll need to get open early and often if the slumping Patriots are going to stop the red hot Jets.