October 21, 2022, 10:59 pm
Jets (+1) @ Broncos (-115) O/U 38.5
Texans (+7) @ Raiders (-315) O/U 46
Seahawks (+5) @ Chargers (-230) O/U 50.5
Chiefs (-130) @ 49ers (+2) O/U 49
The truly elite fantasy football managers will do in-depth research on every game of the slate to determine who their best options are for their starting lineup and which players are worth benching for one reason or another. In this preview, we’ll be looking at the four games that are set to kick off just after 1pm PST/4pm EST.
Jets @ Broncos
Key Storylines/What to Watch
We can’t start talking about the run-heavy 4-2 Jets without talking about the trade demand debacle that has gone on this week with WR Elijah Moore. The receiver voiced his displeasure with his role on the team on Twitter after receiving just six targets over the last two games. While Moore is going to be inactive for Week 7 after his trade demand (it is worth noting that was at the team facility this week), the Jets have been playing really good football of late behind stellar defensive play alongside a running game that has allowed Zach Wilson to be more of a game manager than anything else.
The Broncos offense continues to sputter with Russell Wilson, who is now coming into Week 7 with a hamstring injury that is worth monitoring ahead of kick-off. The offensive line that the Jets have doesn’t inspire a great amount of confidence and the Broncos are one of the best pass-rush teams in the NFL. That will likely be the area where this matchup will be won, as the Jets will hope to continue to run the ball while Wilson look to bounce back after a divisional loss to the Chargers that has them 2-4 on the season.
WR Courtland Sutton – Sure, he had a really bad performance in Week 6 with just three targets, which was four fewer than fellow WR Jerry Jeudy received in the loss to the Chargers. However, Sutton has led Jeudy in targets in every other week of the season with the exception of Week 1 when they tied with seven targets apiece. Sutton continues to be the safest WR to start in an offense that has not looked as advertised so far in 2022.
DEF/ST Broncos – The only top-start option in this matchup has to go to the Broncos defensive unit as they have really helped keep them in games for the majority of the year. They should be able to deliver top-12 value at the position and can be started across formats as a result.
RB Breece Hall – The Broncos have been pretty stingy against the run with the exception of Josh Jacobs’ explosion in Week 4. That might instill some sort of fear in starting the rookie RB, but the potential AFC Rookie of the Year has not fallen below 10 fantasy points since Week 1 and hasn’t been below 15.0 PPR fantasy points over the last three weeks. Start him with confidence across formats as he continues to be the primary focal point of a very impressive rushing attack from this new-look Jets squad.
WR Jerry Jeudy – The Broncos offense doesn’t inspire confidence and while Jeudy is less of a boom/bust option given his relatively safe floor over the last three weeks of 50-plus receiving yards, he’s far from a top-start option as the WR2 on a disappointing offense that has struggled to score many touchdowns. He’s a touchdown-dependent flex option with a relatively safe floor.
WR Corey Davis & Garrett Wilson – Both Davis and Wilson have slightly less competition in the receiving game with Moore inactive for Week 7 and Denzel Mims not posing as big of a threat to the target tree in the receiver room. However, Zach Wilson has only thrown 21 and 18 passes over the last two contest as the Jets have won games with their rushing attack. That makes both receivers nothing more than boom/bust flex options with Davis the preferred choice given his history of better production with the second-year QB than the rookie, who only came down with 1-of-5 catches for eight yards in Week 6.
TE Greg Dulcich – My favorite boom/bust option for Sunday’s contest given how well he performed in Week 6 with the touchdown as well as getting targeted in the end zone by Russell Wilson, a catch that he wasn’t able to come away with. The rookie TE has a legitimate shot at coming away with 12-team value once again if he can find paydirt once again vs. the Jets.
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Texans @ Raiders