Denver Broncos vs. New York Jets - Week 4
DEN @ NYJ
Two teams off to a rough start to the season face off in this week 4 matchup. Rumors are swirling that Jets coach Adam Gase will be let go if they can’t find a way to win. Denver is dealing with several injuries to key players on both sides of the ball, so finding a way to get their first win is going to be a tough road.
The Jets are led by Sam Darnold, who might have been the worst starting QB option this week if not for their opponent. Injuries are limiting a few his receivers, with Jameson Crowder, Chris Hogan and Breshad Perriman all banged up. There’s optimism that Crowder and Hogan can play, but neither are a good option this week. The highest ranked WR for the Jets this week is Braxton Berrios, who caught 4 balls for 64 yards and a touchdown last week. Avoid this whole WR corps if possible. It doesn’t get much better at TE, with Chris Herndon coming in as a distant TE2.
Frank Gore leads this group ahead of LaMichael Perine, Josh Adams and Kalen Ballage. The team has averaged 88 yards rushing so far this year, and it doesn’t appear that is going to improve much this week. Don’t start any of these guys, the risk is just way too high for a dud.
Brett Rypien gets his first NFL start in East Rutherford. He comes in with Courtland Sutton, his top WR, out for the season, but the team has some other weapons that he will be leaning on. At TE he’ll be looking to find Noah Fant, a solid TE1 starter this week. His targets at WR will be spread between Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Tim Patrick. Jeudy is a startable option this week in the WR2/3 range, but it will probably be best to wait and see on the other two and how they mesh with Rypien.
Melvin Gordon is locked in as an RB2 this week, regardless of Philip Lindsay’s status at game time. Wait and see on Lindsay, as he’s just getting over his turf toe injury and will be tough to trust right away. Royce Freeman is the backup, but he isn’t worth rostering.
D/ST and Kicking
Denver’s D/ST is a good option this week, but they’re kept from being a tier 1 option by their uncertainty on offense with a new QB, and the fact that they’re playing away from home. Jets D/ST have a good chance to put up turnover points as well, at home against a first-time starting QB, but it’s hard to recommend the underdog. Stream the kickers at your own peril – these teams might be desperate enough to go for some 4th downs in the red zone instead of bringing out the kicker, limiting opportunities. They’re a risk I would avoid.