Research from the NFL Edge (game breakdowns and Matchups) is leveraged in this space to help us make sharper decisions on some of the key start/sit questions in fantasy
1. How do we handle the Jets RB situation in Week 2 against a tough Browns defense?
The Jets ran 76 plays last week against the Ravens, which is something that we should not expect to happen again this week or this season for that matter. Joe Flacco dropped back 59 times which allowed both Breece Hall and Michael Carter to garner nine targets a piece. Hilow noted in the NFL EDGE that Carter was used as the starter and lead rusher while Hall was more of the third down/ change of pace back. The Browns effectively shut down Christian McCaffrey last week, but with Cleveland expected to win this game against the Jets handily, and Joe Flacco’s penchant for checking down, it puts both Jets backs into low-end RB2 consideration.
2. How do we handle the Browns RB situation?
On the flip side of this game, we have a true timeshare with both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Chubb saw 22 carries to Hunt’s 11 last week against the Panthers, but Hunt saw four targets and scored two touchdowns. In the past, when the Browns were big favorites, it led to Chubb taking the reins a bit as the lead back in the committee, but it’s truly anyone’s guess who Cleveland will use at the goal line on any given drive. For DFS purposes, as JM noted in his Interpretation of the game, it is a likely stay away spot at both of Chubb and Hunt’s respective salaries, but in season long play, both of these guys should get a decent bit of work and put up a score worthy of making your starting lineup.
3. Is Trey Lance a QB1 vs. Seattle?